Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

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This room was designed for a client looking for a do-over that would be current, but have a timeless appeal. Furnishings and fabrics were classic, but felt contemporary at the same time. Sofa, lounge chair, and ottoman from Hickory Chair. Kravet fabrics.

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The foyer to this apartment makes a grand statement with the crystal light fixture over the the Baker table. The Barbara Barry armchair is upholstered in a Designers Guild mohair. The printed grasscloth is by Thibaut. The rug is through The Ghiordes Knot.

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The library in this apartment is painted a deep marine-grey. We chose to paint cabinetry and walls the same color to provide a seamless look to a smaller scaled room. Decorative fabrics by Romo. Wool striped rug through Ghiordes Knot.

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Gentlemen’s master bath. Walnut finish on custom cabinetry. Sconces by Visual Comfort. Vein-cut travertine in shower and floor through Virginia Tile.

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Hammered copper sink and faucet are part of this historic Albert Kahn home’s kitchen renovation. Textured matte subway tile through Virginia Tile. Sconces are by Visual Comfort. Custom paint color on cabinet is Wall Street by Benjamin Moore.

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Hammered copper sink and faucet are part of this historic Albert Kahn home’s kitchen renovation. Textured matte subway tile through VIrginia Tile. Sconces are by Visual Comfort. The Shinola clock and hand-knotted rug were supplied by the homeowner.

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The original quarry tile floor and exterior brick walls are all that remain in this mudroom turned fashionable laundry room. This room is part of a historic Albert Kahn home’s renovation. Custom paint color on cabinet is Wall Street by Benjamin Moore.

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This beautiful Florida great room was the product of an Italian “Do-Over.” The primarily neutral, and heavily-textured Mediterranean design plan, gave way to a true palette of the tropics: Fresh cerulean blues, citrus greens, and the palest of yellow.

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This Florida vacation home is a balancing act of colors. The kitchen's vibrant shades of blue, green, and yellow become a backdrop to the neutral cabinets, floor, and furnishings. Window treatments by Vantay Draperies with fabric by Designers Guild.

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Florida bathroom renovation with antique brass plumbing and hardware. The metal finish was repeated in the sconce light fixtures by Hudson Valley. Neutral pale oak 12 x 24 porcelain tile on floor

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The guest house has a custom specialty bed Fabrics by Jim Thompson at Tennant & Associates. The Milling Road chair is from Baker Furniture.

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This Gulf of Mexico beach cottage great room has a Kravet Furniture sofa upholstered in outdoor fabric from Pindler with pillows in an outdoor fabric from Robert Allen.The McGuire Knot Chairs feature outdoor Holly Hunt fabric with Designers Guild pillows.

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The powder room is tiled with a teak wood tile by Walker Zanger.

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The Lanai furniture uses outdoor fabrics by the Robert Allen Outdoor Collection.

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Wood staircase, door hardware and floors were fully restored. The Townsley flip-top console table was provided by Henredon.

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Mixing velvet, linen, and chenille creates texture in this inviting space.

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Richard Bogart's oil on canvas provides inspiration for the palette in this transitional living room.

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The custom 110" table provides for a dining space as well as a casual meeting venue.

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The marble mosaic tile floor, vintage style sconces, and a mid-century bench create an eclectic style in this master bath.

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Grey and taupe provide a restful palette in this high-rise master bedroom.

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Sophisticated transitional dining room demonstrates the drama and intimacy that was created by the use of dark walls and luxurious fabrics.

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The neutral palette of this loft was punctuated by the use of bold green accents.

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The custom light fixture and cocktail table provide exquisite detail to this space. Elegantly casual entertaining space overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

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A blue and driftwood palette was selected for this beachfront home. Elegantly casual entertaining space overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

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Boston Edison solarium’s bay-end anchors the room with a stylish Kravet Banquette, stone-based glass-top table and Delaware Chairs from Hickory Chair to accommodate the client's frequent entertaining needs. DHDA Winner.

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Renovations to this Boston Edison solarium include clerestory windows that allow more sunlight. Interior architecture dictated a casual, sophisticated furnishing plan that encourages use day and night. DHDA Winner.

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The natural wood and stone of this Northern MI home takes cues from the dense woods outside. Upgraded features here from a renovated cottage a few miles away turning this 2nd home into a sustainable treasure. DHDA Winner.

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The copper hood and field stone range wall are this kitchen’s focal point. Stone is repeated on the interior and exterior of the home. Locally made cabinets, pine floor and cedar ceiling complete the design. DHDA Winner.

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Using high back chairs to enclose the dining table creates an intimate dining experience in a free flowing space. Don’t Touch, Arizona artist Beth Zink. Pearson chairs, Lee Jofa fabrics. DHDA Winner.

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The blue and bittersweet chocolate bedroom provides sophistication and intimacy 'cozied' up by the corner fireplace on cold desert nights. Pearson chair/otto; Barbara Barry fabric. DHDA Winner: Best Vacation Home Outside MI.

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AZ Vacation Home. Once the angles of this completely redesigned bath were established the design elements were selected in the same geometric language. DHDA Winner: Best Vacation Home Outside MI.

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Color palette inspired by the cerulean blue water of the Gulf. Floor to ceiling Ann Sacks Moroccan tile dictated the custom paint finish on the cabinetry. Crisp white and stainless steel complete this beachhouse kitchen.

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The kitchen anchors the sunny south end of this open floor-plan beach house. The color palette, inspired by the Gulf of Mexico just steps from the house, envelopes the kitchen and flows to the dining room and living room.

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This beach house kitchen is casual and relaxed with white Italian countertops and Arne Jacobsen style counter stools. Light fixtures are vintage, replated Halophane lights. Floor is wide planked waxed French Oak.

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This cozy vacation home family room was designed for extreme comfort and high style. The Kravet sectional is relaxed and inviting upholstered in lush tropical green ultrasuede corduroy. Winner of 4 DHDA Awards.

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This master bath (HERS) has a traditional aesthetic with an up-to-the-minute look with plantation shutters, McGuire bamboo bench and pendant fixture. Ann Sacks Calcutta marble floor; Lee Jofa fabrics. Winner of 4 DHDA Awards.

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The veranda of this coastal vacation house overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The French doors, planked floor, outdoor fabrics and furnishings bring practicality as well as beauty to this outdoor space. Winner of 4 DHDA Awards.

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A casual dining group anchors one end of the 70' long veranda. Custom light fixture designed by Kathleen McGovern Studio. McGuire Dining Chairs; Lane Seaside Dining Table; Lee Jofa Solarium fabrics. Winner of 4 DHDA Awards.

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This vacation home’s poolside loggia is steps from the beach. Guests relax in comfort on the flow-thru cushions of the 21' concrete sectional. Chicago reclaimed brick floor. Cypress walls. Winner of 4 DHDA Awards.

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Detroit Home Design Award Winner. The palette of the walls and floor was selected as a quite backdrop to the architectural detail and furnishings in this conservatory. Stone floor by Ann Sacks.

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Detroit Home Design Award Winner. Complete kitchen renovation with Mutschler Kitchens & The Blake Company. The stone on the walls compliments the cherry wood & iron hardware of the cabinetry. Stone floor by Ann Sacks.

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Not just another beautiful pass-though foyer, this large entryway serves as a place for an informal meeting, cocktails for four or Sunday with the New York Times. Larsen rug; Fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils.

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The secondary entrance to the living room is an intimate space that showcases important artwork. DHDA Winner.

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The French garden outside this dining room inspired the design palette. Curved Baker sofas flank each end of this 13’ table. Chairs by Artistic Frame. DHDA Winner.

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Michigan Governor's Residence; a Wallace Frost home. Detroit Home Design Award Winner. The Women's Power Room was inspired by the powerful women from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame whose framed photographs fill the space.

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An Artful Home. A traditional home is given a pleasant shot with colors that spark. Curiously lively yet traditional, this home pushes the limits of color without being overwhelming. A truly exquisite experience. DHDA Winner.

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The palette in this living room was selected in response to the client's request for a distinctive color palette. Hickory Chair sofa and table.

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Taupe walls, a seagrass rug and the soft blues of the sofas create a serene and comfortable family room. Romo fabrics; Kravet custom sofas.

Design Philosophy

We create functional and beautiful design solutions inspired by the home’s architecture and natural surroundings. We combine our expertise with the thoughts, ideas and needs of each client to produce spaces that are unique to each individual project offering comfort and timeless style. We solve by creating spaces that flow effortlessly, utilizing color, form and scale in a harmonious relationship.

Specialties

Kathleen McGovern Studio is a full-service interior design firm with over 25 years of experience offering a complete range of design and project management services from the initial consultation through timely completion. Kathleen McGovern Studio works with architects, builders, fabricators and installers as a team of professionals, continuously exploring new resources to produce exceptional spaces that are uniquely personal, usable and well designed.

Fee Methods

Hourly rate plus commission on specified furnishings, fixtures and materials. Retainer required.

Complimentary Consultation

Yes

Additional Information

Kathleen has the distinction of being selected for the renovation of Michigan's Governor's Residence. She has been privileged to style interiors in homes designed by such noted architects as Robert O’Derrick, Alden Dow, Louis Redstone, Hilary Micou, Wallace Frost and Albert Kahn. Her work has appeared in Detroit Home, Home & Design, Kitchen & Bath, MI Blue, Gulfshore Life, LUX and MDC's @home. She’s won many Detroit Home awards in a variety of categories from Use of Color to Best Vacation Home.