The Michigan Design Center Smart Solutions home tour, to be held Sept. 29, includes a contemporary home in Bloomfield Hills with teak floors and organic materials emphasizing a balance with nature.

The Michigan Design Center Smart Solutions home tour, to be held Sept. 29, includes a contemporary home in Bloomfield Hills with teak floors and organic materials emphasizing a balance with nature.

Photo by Jeff Aisen, provided by the Michigan Design Center


Home tour to showcase dramatic transformations

By: Linda Shepard | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 10, 2018

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD/FRANKLIN — This year’s Michigan Design Center home tour features designer solutions to décor dilemmas.

“We try to get a mix of architectural styles of houses,” said George Bulanda, Design Center director of marketing and communications. “Three of the homes are pretty large. One is only 1,800 square feet. Some of the homes have unique floor plans.”

A 7,000-square-foot contemporary tour home in Bloomfield Hills features a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification. “The house was built in 2011,” Bulanda said.

“The smallest and oldest house (on the tour) is a Cape Cod in Birmingham that was essentially gutted,” Bulanda said. “Another one is a midcentury ranch.”

The home tour features “smart solutions” by designers. “At times, a designer will be faced with ‘what can I do with this space, this brick, or do I knock down a wall?’” Bulanda said. “They are usually working with what they’ve got. Small spaces present a challenge to a designer. It is not always about adding on.”

The self-guided tour includes interior designer Carrie Long’s own home, as well as three designed for clients by designers Ann-Marie Anton, Diane Hancock and Rita O’Brien.

“The homes on this year’s tour are spectacular,” Design Center Vice President Susan Todebush said in a statement. “The designers have very skillfully incorporated custom touches throughout the homes, and they will be on hand all day to answer questions and discuss the details with our guests.”

Home tour ticket proceeds will benefit the educational and charitable programs of the Junior League of Birmingham, including CARE House of Oakland County, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Common Ground, Foster Closet of Michigan and Metro Detroit S.O.A.P.

“These women are amazing,” Bulanda said about Junior League members, who will serve as docents on the tour.   

The Design Center Smart Solutions home tour will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29.

Tickets cost $35 each or $60 for a pair. Order tickets online before Sept. 17 at www.michigande sign.com/news-events. For more information, call (248) 649-4772.

“Don’t wait too long to get your tickets,” Todebush said. “Last year’s tour was an early sellout, and tickets are limited.”