The Junior League of Detroit—veterans of almost five decades of showhouses—hosted its biennial event in September 2020, bringing together 27 design teams to reimagine the city’s historic Bingley Fales House. Migrating for the first time to Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood, the 2020 Designers’ Showhouse transformed the first two floors of a more than 100-year-old Georgian mansion into a dynamic mix of decorating styles. “The home has a very interesting history, and it has all its original features,” says charity chair Liana Dabir of the 16,000-square-foot estate set on over an acre of meticulously manicured land.
In our recently released aspire design and home Showhouse Issue, we sat down with Claudette Wellons to learn more about her creative process in designing the Powder Room for this project.
aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Claudette Wellons: We had approximately 2 weeks from start to finish, which was definitely enough time.
aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Claudette: My biggest challenge was making sure that our florals were ALWAYS fresh so that the experience for our quests was unforgettable.
My [Eureka moment] came when I walked into the powder room and saw the BEAUTIFUL window.
aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Claudette: The space was completely individual-inspired.
aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Claudette: We did step out of our comfort zone, [this was our] first show house experience!
aspire: Is your preference for a showhouse a small space or a large space? Does one or the other provide a better opportunity to stretch your creativity?
Claudette: For me, a medium space is great to create with fresh florals and other decor accessories.
aspire: Describe Detroit in one sentence.
Claudette: Detroit is a place of beauty, strength and love.
Photography by Jeff Garland.
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