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CLASSIC ENVIRONMENTS: Kevin Serba of Serba Interiors

Kevin SerbaFor more than 25 years, Kevin Serba of Serba Interiors has been creating clean and timeless interiors by collecting antiques, art, furniture and unique accessories.

What drew you to design as a career?
While I was growing up, my family owned a flower business. In high school, I worked in window display design. When I went away to college I started in hotel management, but after about a year, I knew I wanted to study design.

After graduation I bought my family’s flower business and turned it into a floral and design company in Grosse Pointe. After a 16 year stint with another design firm, I founded Serba Interiors. I love working with people so interior design is a great job for me.

Serba Interiors
Belgian factory windows converted to mirrors are a great architectural element in this space. A collection of furniture, art and antiques creates interest.
Serba Interiors
Hand planed wood floors and counter top combined with crisp white cabinetry and marble provide an inviting work space.
How would you describe your design philosophy?
I believe in classic design, and clean lines. I’m attracted to objects that are not too trendy, and those that will withstand the test of time. Comfort is really important to me and my design aesthetic. The colors I use come from a palette that is easy on the eye – calming neutrals.

What serves as your inspiration?
Details inspire me. Finding and paying attention to small elements will always translate into tremendous larger projects.

Travel and nature also inspire me. We travel to Europe at least once a year. I find Italy, France, and Prague particularly interesting from a design standpoint. As a family we take a yearly trip to visit our National Parks. A few years ago we stayed on a remote island in Maine.

Is there a particular design process you use with clients?
By working closely on projects with clients I try to understand the way they live and how they function day-to-day.

The initial meeting is to understand how they live, and to get a feel for their lifestyle – whether that is formal, casual, or somewhere in the middle. Then I try to determine what they really want out of an interior. Some clients are more concerned with entertaining, others, with how their family will function in the new space. I have a number of single clients who simply use their homes and interiors for their own enjoyment, and art is really important to them. That is something I love – collecting unusual art and antiques, then mixing them with more contemporary objects. I think it’s a great look. Many of those antiques come from my trips to the LA Market, Atlanta, North Carolina, and New York.

Are you working on a project that is particularly exciting?
I just finished a project in La Jolla, California. It was challenging working on a home in California, but I had a lot of fun. The travel and the change of scenery are always great, but the time change makes communication with the builders a little difficult and the long travel days were hard. But it’s fun meeting and getting to know new trades people, and finding exciting new sources. Next, I’m working on a home in Palm Desert, California. Distance jobs are fun because I get to look at things from a different prospective than my projects in Michigan. Ninety percent of my jobs are in the state of Michigan, and my client’s second homes typically make up the out-of-state portion.

Read more about Kevin Serba and his great advice on collecting antique furniture and accessories in Time & Place from the inaugural issue of Michigan Design Center @home by clicking here.

Serba Interiors This custom Florida waterfront home utilizes museum white walls, floors and ceilings to highlight the bold art collection.

To see more of interior designer Kevin Serba’s work, click here.



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