Project Description


This beautiful home located on 18 acres in Ada, Michigan was designed by one of the world’s leading authorities on Japanese folk houses, Norman Carver. With floor to ceiling windows, sweeping views of nature and shoji screens throughout, my client and I did not want to take away from any of the original character that made the home special to them.

Over the years, wear had taken its toll and modern life calls for thoughtful updates. New flooring, lighting, wall covering, furniture, art and accessories enhanced the existing architecture while supporting my clients personal taste and lifestyle. Outdated carpet was replaced by white oak flooring throughout the main floor to tie all the rooms together, lighten up the space and provide contrast with the existing dark wood details.

“Our biggest concern about hiring an interior designer was fit. We have specific taste, and appreciated how Deidre listened to us. There are so many options to choose from when doing a large project. Deidre curated a design, presented the selections and guided us to an amazing result. The value she added can not be measured!”

Art and accessories truly make a house a home. Curated new pieces mixed with personal items and family photos add enjoyment at the end of a busy day. We loved accessorizing the existing built-ins to make them feel warm and collected.

In an existing home with beautiful architecture sometimes space is limited. For this dining area I designed a custom concrete dining table to accommodate eight people, that fits the space perfectly. Since my clients love to entertain, a mix of upholstered chairs and benches make it easy for both kids and adults to be comfortable.

In the master bedroom we decided to make structural changes to provide more views to the outside. The existing floor to ceiling windows next to the bed were widened to create wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass. We were mindful to replicate the window casings to tie in with the original design intent. Electronic shades were added for privacy as well as new furniture, lighting, art, accessories and wall covering.

Rooms worked on in this house:

  • master bedroom
  • master bathroom
  • guest bathroom
  • nursery
  • kitchen
  • dining
  • living
  • den
  • art studio
  • 3 season porch
  • entry

Watch this video for some fun behind the scenes and in process images!