Three designers present two takes on blending the old with the new

Margaret Skinner, principal interior designer at Birmingham-based Margeaux Interiors Inc., is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), as well as a licensed builder. Margeaux Interiors Inc. was established in 1998 as a design studio offering design and building services to clients with a variety of project scopes, budgets, and design preferences. The goal of this Detroit Home Design Award-winning firm is to create an aesthetically pleasing environment that also offers function, creativity, and sophistication. The studio’s designers strive to incorporate sustainable and recycled products in each project, and to use local artisans, suppliers, and trades as much as possible.

MOTOWN INSPIRATION: When creating this vignette for the Michigan Design Center, Skinner started with a Detroit theme and incorporated a variety of antiques, vintage, and modern pieces that were sourced locally (or had ties to Detroit), giving the space a vintage yet modern look. “I wanted to evoke a space for relaxing and inspiration — 1920s glam mixed with a destruction of Detroit, then leading (to today’s) rebirth,” the designer says.

A-1 ANTIQUES: Skinner mixed a small Macassar (rosewood) table with a black leather top from the Jacques Garcia Collection and a walnut console from Judy Frankel Antiques in Troy into the design of the space. In addition, she combined vintage apartment doors — replete with their numbers — sourced from Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Detroit.

DESIGNER SKINNER ON HOW TO ADD ANTIQUES

• Pick pieces that speak to your personality.

•Try not to go overboard with one time period, finish, or texture. Less is always more!

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