Interior designer Barbara Gaber renovates an award-winning home.
Photography by Laszlo Regos\ by Carla Schwartz
From the street, drivers observe a rusted steel barrier. Once inside, guests and visitors experience an awesome, majestic sight. Architecture becomes sculpture when massive windows form a V-shape intersection in the foyer of an ultra-contemporary home where many of the rooms enjoy a lakefront view.
Enter Royal Oak interior designer Barbara Gaber. She has the creative task of making an award-winning home by architects Dirk Denison and Adrian Luchini reflect the new owners’ personalities. “It gave me a showcase for what I could achieve,” says Gaber.
Most of the furnishings are from the Michigan Design Center (MDC) in Troy and Gorman’s in Southfield. The owners met Gaber while she was working at Gorman’s and were impressed by the fact that she guaranteed to work within a set budget.
Gaber added to the dramatic foyer by designing a matte black asymmetrical shelf built by Greg Bartelt of Vogue Furniture in Royal Oak, and placed three wood veneer vases from MDC’s Beacon Hill showroom on top. The owners Worked with a photograph in Style magazine of a rug from Azar’s in Birmingham, and ordered a custom carpet in earth tones.
They also commissioned two Schumacher custom rugs with a Frank Lloyd Wright motif for the dining room and living room.
The artwork throughout the home is eclectic. Most of the pieces are from Danielle Peleg in West Bloomfield and Batista Gallery, formerly the Anderson Gallery, in Birmingham. The African pieces complement the bold architecture. “The contemporary lines went well with the primitive art,” adds Gaber.
Working with Birmingham Architect Kevin Akey of AZD Associates Architects, the owners requested a 60 foot indoor lap pool. Akey deftly created the pool out of the crawl space. He also enlarged the master bedroom.
While the front of the home is unassuming, boaters on the lake have a breathtaking sight of two modern wings of a three-level home cascading down a 22-foot drop to the lake.
Spectators and visitors agree with Gaber’s assessment- “You couldn’t ask for a better canvas.”