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.
Over 4,000 visitors toured the home, helping raise more than $200,000 for the Junior League of Detroit’s projects benefitting women and children. Inside, a living room by Kevin Serba created a memorable moment of contrasts against a fuchsia and citrine space designed by second-time participant Barrie Spang of Sapphire Pear. “It was a really compelling room to be in,” says Dabir of Spang’s Kit Kemp- inspired salon. “I remember asking her, do your clients let you use color like this? She said, ‘my clients come to me because they know I use color this way.’”
The Grand Foyer was transformed by Jeanine Heith into an oasis reflecting nature’s diversity. Extinct animals, tiger fights, birds singing, flowers blooming and oddities mesh together in perfect harmony with classical architectural detail.
Moooi Wallcovering: Aristo Quagga in Snow
Seen above, each pattern in Moooi’s Extinct Animals Wallcovering Collection is inspired by the characteristics of one extinct animal. Striking combinations of colors, features and patterns of its fur, plumage or skin bring it vividly back to life on our walls. Some designs narrate a story; others stimulate our senses using imagery and textures.
Above, an ordinary bedroom becomes a Lounge, fit for the world traveler who loves to be surrounded by lavish textures and global inspiration. Tiffany René Cobb created a space that is primarily used to escape from the mundane and recharge. Rather than adding a traditional bed, she chose a statement daybed covered in sumptuous leather, and positioned it in front of floor-to-ceiling draperies and custom art.
Cleo Table Lamp in Bronze by Kelly Wearstler
Seen above, the Cleo Table Lamp features a series of angled Antique Burnished-Brass rods which are anchored by a Bronze rod and ornamental sphere and culminate in an adjustable conical shade (with metal interior). Provides convenient task lighting for desktops, nightstands, and functional counter spaces.