Good Clean Fun

These talented designers have created welcoming environments to tackle life’s little chores


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Penny Heideman

Who: Penny Heideman, owner of Lake Orion-based Interiors by Holmes, LLC, has 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. Her love for design developed at an early age with influences from both her mother, who was a seamstress, and father, who was in the landscape business. “Their background roused an interest in texture, color, natural materials, and architectural structure in my design process,” Heideman says. “I enjoy the creativity that is inspired by my clients’ needs and the interesting challenges that come with home-remodeling.  Further, the process feels effortless when working with talented craftsmen such as those of Hemphill Builders (builder of this home).”

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Life Cycle: A Laundry Room for a Young Family With two young children, homeowners Angie and Paul Blowers needed to maximize their space for efficiency in their renovated Bloomfield Township quad-style home. Although the laundry room’s large window allowed natural light, it monopolized much-needed wall space. The solution? A stackable washer and dryer, as well as cabinets installed by Hemphill Builders, based in Birmingham; a well-positioned laundry tub; and practical countertops, all streamlining functionality. “We kept the existing walls, but we re-routed the plumbing, electrical, and dryer vent,” says Dan Hemphill, president of Hemphill Builders. By moving the washer and dryer away from the window, Heideman took advantage of the space by adding a custom-made bench (by Interiors by Holmes, $400). It doubles as a seat and folding area.


Practicalities Plus: Hampton Bay’s cabinet in Satin White, $99/ea.; Tempo laminate countertop in Tumbled Roca, $45; and Delta stainless kitchen faucet, $99, all from The Home Depot,


Lighten Up: Sherwin-Williams’ Useful Gray, SW 7050, is a “soft gray, allowing for contrast yet bright to keep the room light,” Heideman says.


Fab Fabric: Pindler fabric in Oak, $57/yd., and Mist (similar to room photo), both $57/yd., Pindler Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy,  “The blue-green fabrics for the window treatment and cushion give a chore area a cheery feel,” Heideman says. 


Timeless Accents: The mini, preserved wreaths (on wall behind door in room photo), Park Hill Collection, $84/six, “are cute and I use them often in designs.”


Wash & Ware: New and Useful Products for Laundry Day

Left: All-natural detergent, lemon, lavender, or eucalyptus, $8.50,

Right: The Organically Clean Home book, $12, and Barnes & Noble stores. 


Left: Fresh Linen mist, $24, Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake,,

Center: Rowenta Eco iron, $150, Bed Bath & Beyond stores,

Right: All-natural goat’s milk detergent with essential oils, $16,

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