WHO: Jeanine Haith, right, is the principal designer and chief executive officer of Grosse Pointe-based ShowHouse Interiors. Haith’s first foray into home interiors began in retail in 2007. Her Grosse Pointe Woods showroom became known for its popular seasonal room vignettes, incorporating new as well as vintage home furnishings and one-of-a-kind antiques. She quickly garnered a loyal following of design enthusiasts, which motivated her to open a full-service interior design studio in 2012. “I find great inspiration in working with each client to create their own personalized environment that reflects their history, lifestyle, and interests,” Haith says.
DESIGNER’S GOAL: “I pulled my inspiration for the room (below) from the colors of the original stained glass windows, which had a hint of yellow, purple, and green,” Haith says of the space she designed for the Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House in Grosse Pointe. “I wanted to showcase the originality of the space in a bold and colorful way, and create multiple seating areas.” The designer used unconventional seating patterns and other furnishings to lighten up the room. “Without furniture, the room had a heavy feel with the wood beams and paneled walls,” she says. Haith explains that she built her design around a one-of-a-kind rug by Stark Carpet that she used as the focal point, or “main piece of artwork.” Then, she set about mixing textures, colors, and patterns in a cheerful way. She completed the design by using an assortment of vintage accessories including Murano glass lamps, brilliant watercolor paintings, and a vintage Picasso lithograph.
INFORMATION: 313-458-8785, showhouseinteriors.com
JEANINE HAITH’S TIPS FOR MULTI-PATTERN DESIGN
- Carefully consider the scale, type, and number of patterns when coordinating these elements.
- Mix a large-scale graphic print with a complementary stripe and a dot print. This creates a balanced flow of patterns that won’t fight
- Three to five patterns is a safe balance for one room.
- Get creative and make your own patterns. I designed custom-striped drapery by mixing three different colors of fabric.
GET THE GOODS
A. Robert Allen Anna ottoman, starting at $940, Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center, Troy; B. Robert Allen Coco ottoman, starting at $2,045, Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; C. Custom pillow and drapes created with Beacon Hill Prism satin fabric in orchid, $222/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; D. Chair upholstered with Beacon Hill Sabrina Stripe in Neptune, $232/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; E. Custom pillow and ottoman created with Beacon Hill Cheetah velvet fabric in emerald, $332/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; F. Custom pillow created with Robert Allen Swift Stitch fabric in wisteria, $130/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; G. Custom drapes created with Beacon Hill Prism satin fabric in ivory, $222/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center; H. Custom pillow, chair, and drapes created with Beacon Hill Prism satin fabric in chartreuse, $222/yd., Robert Allen Duralee Group, Michigan Design Center
WHO: Jane Henderson, right, principal designer of Ann Arbor-based Jane Henderson Interior Design, says she discovered her passion for design at the University of Minnesota, where she majored in textiles and design. A self-proclaimed fashionista, Henderson started her career in the world of fashion amid the hustle of Los Angeles. Her transition from apparel to interiors developed naturally. “After taking a few years off from pleats and fringe to raise my family, I rediscovered my love of fabrics and patterns — but this time on sofas, instead of models,” she says. Henderson’s unique skill of manifesting clients’ visions with charmingly unexpected twists, combined with her enthusiasm and contagious energy, make the design process fun and stress-free.
DESIGNER’S GOAL: When Henderson created this covered porch, right, for a Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House in Detroit, she drew inspiration from iconic 1920s designer Dorothy Draper. “I imagined Charles and Sarah Fisher (the original owners of the Show House) spending leisurely summer afternoons here sipping sidecars in high style,” the designer says. Using contemporary fabrics featuring large motifs, a bold color palette, and classic furnishings that maintain the spirit of the Roaring 20s, Henderson masterfully transformed the space. “Whimsical and radiant, these interiors are designed to entice anyone to have a seat, enjoy their company, and sip on some au courant libations,” Henderson says.
INFORMATION: 845-705-8966, janehendersonid.com
JANE HENDERSON’S TIPS FOR MULTI-PATTERN DESIGN
- To make multiple patterns work in tandem, make sure you’re using patterns of different scales. Using too many small patterns gets busy. Don’t be afraid to use large-scale patterns, as it will make a great statement in any room.
- Mixing motifs adds noticeable dimension to a space. Keep things interesting and make a statement with an accent chair or ottoman in a dramatic pattern.
- Have fun and be unique!
GET THE GOODS
A. AERIN for Visual Comfort Jacqueline two-tier chandelier, $2,769, circalighting.com; B. Mr. Brown London Wilhelm custom chair shown in Santorini white, price upon request, Jane Henderson Interior Design, Ann Arbor; C. Wilhelm chair upholstered in Thibaut Open Spaces fabric, in turquoise, $98/yd., Jane Henderson Interior Design; D. Ottoman upholstered with Scalamandré Zebra fabric in black, price upon request, Jane Henderson Interior Design; E. Lounge chair upholstered with Scalamandré Reed Texture fabric in palm color, price upon request, Jane Henderson Interior Design; F. Custom pillow made with Schumacher Fuzz II indoor/outdoor fabric in black, price upon request, Jane Henderson Interior Design; G. Custom pillow made with Schumacher Abstract Leaf fabric in leaf color, price upon request, Jane Henderson Interior Design; H. Custom drapery made with Thibaut Cyrus Cane fabric in emerald green, $110, Jane Henderson Interior Design