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February 09, 2012 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-02-09

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One enormous living space includes a gathering

room (shown here) and the dining area. To warm and

divide the space white maintaining unity, the Mettlers

created boundaries with large-scaled iron floor lamps

softened with linen shades. A light camel area rug

adds striking, warm contrast to the floors, stained

a deep brown-toned black, and the existing walnut

cabinetry, whose glass shelves display a collection

of large, white porcelain pieces. Two Barcelona chairs

(originally designed by Mies van der Rohe), upholstered

in saddle leather, and a woven leather ottoman

(repurposed for extra seating) surround a coffee table

created from a leather ottoman and topped with a

dark wooden tray. The homeowner commissioned the

enormous black-and-white canvas from Sylvan Lake

artist Eric Wiegand. "I met him when he was out

rollerblading one day, showed him the space and Jane

and Joel took care of the rest," says the homeowner.

Mettler replaced a row of lighting in the kitchen with

four custom large-scale beveled mirrors framed in

dark wood. "They give the impression that the win-

dows keep going throughout the kitchen and reflect

the water from the outside," says the homeowner. In

between each mirror is a large-scale iron wall sconce

with white linen shade, giving the area a more inti-

mate feeling. "It's so welcoming; it feels like a liv-

ing room instead of a kitchen," says the homeowner.

"When I have people over, it doesn't matter how hard I

try to get them out of the kitchen; this is where they

want to be." Black granite tops the breakfast table's

natural oak base; French bistro chairs are woven in

tan and black leather.

Upstairs, two bedrooms provide plenty of comfort

when the homeowner's out-of-town children and

grandchildren come to visit. A loft sitting area, with

A custom Indonesian-inspired headboard in natural oak brings sculptural texture to

the first-floor master bedroom, which also faces the water. Floating night tables add

weightlessness to the room. The chair belonged to the homeowner's mother.

a Marcel Breuer white wood and steel coffee table

and an Eames lounge chair, easily doubles as extra

bedroom space when the sofa pulls out into a bed.

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