Tour a Strikingly Elegant Detroit Home by AD100 Designer Corey Damen Jenkins
When it came to the world of design, Corey Damen Jenkins literally got a foot in the door by knocking on 779 of them only to come across a reluctantly willing couple in need of an interior designer. Despite his success and his full front door, the unconventional job opportunities remain: Not so long ago, Jenkins was sitting on a pedicure chair chatting with his nail specialist. “She made my toes and we’re talking about life… and she mentioned one of her good friends, a client of hers who was building a house with her husband and was looking for something [interior design] Help.”
Shortly thereafter, Jenkins met the cute and charismatic couple with three children who were completely overwhelmed with demanding careers building their 7,800-square-foot mansion in Detroit. Fortunately, after immediately getting along, they could trust Jenkins to work with the duo to create their dream home.
Despite the trio’s harmonious marriage, Jenkins often played the role of design intermediary between husband and wife. The husband, who was content with modern neutrals (gray, white, and black), often clashed with the woman who longed for more color and vibrancy. Jenkins, who is aware that “Interior designers wear many different hats, including [that of] the occasional marriage counselor, ”turned this to his advantage and designed the high, double-height living room with the man’s neutrally-toned wishes, delicately sprinkled with splashes of bold purple for the woman, which ultimately pleased both parties.
The use of space was a focus for Jenkins, making sure that every design component had its purpose. In the kitchen, the banquets connected to the kitchen island with concave seating were specially developed for the modern family. “While the parents cook on the countertop and talk about their day, the children are nearby and doing their homework in sight … and everyone is together,” says the designer.
When it came to details, Jenkins used custom moldings throughout the living room to personalize the space. Despite the couple’s initial hesitation, the moldings were such a success that the husband requested the same details for his office walls. Equally controversial at the beginning were the black oval inserts in the entrance and living room ceilings, which worried the couple. Even so, Jenkins knew they would give the room a similar bespoke effect. With ceilings this high, “you can get away 100%,” says the AD100 designer. “And if you can make a statement, why not?”
In the kitchen, the statements come in a similar color scheme, partly thanks to different shades of white. The black tones of the room also appear throughout the house, such as the same black marble Jenkins used in the living room, a technique the designer uses to create continuity and minimize costs (buying in bulk always or reasonable). The neutrality of the kitchen is offset by a bold red La Canche oven and hood, highlighted by a geometrically patterned Carrera backsplash. Taken together, it is “its own little vignette”.