Peter and Sons
Homeowner Peter Rosenfeld, who came from Chicago to the Detroit area some 20 years ago, has, during that time, worked with Keenan to bring out the best in each of the three houses he’s called home. Thus, Peter was certain Keenan would be ready to design the interiors of this home (the third), built in 1922 and located on three acres in Bloomfield, one of Detroit’s satellite communities and an easy commute to downtown.
“The whole experience was stress-free,” says Peter, reflecting on Keenan’s contributions over the years. “Working with him was certainly not what I expected after hearing about the renovation difficulties friends had experienced with their designers.”
Put the question to the designer about client relationships and the answer is similar: “Working with Peter has always been a partnership,” Keenan says. “My goal is to give clients what they want. And if they don’t have the confidence of their vision, or even know what they want, I believe it’s my job to help them find it.”
With two sons, Peter knew he needed a family home with space for growth, so durability and a sense of warmth were first requisites for his latest remodeling project. As a prominent member of the Detroit business scene, he also needed a con- genial space for sophisticated entertaining. “In winter, I’ve had strolling, buffet dinners for up to 150 people,” says Peter, “and I’ve even converted the lower level to a dance floor.”
This versatility is due largely to the home’s multi-level floor plan that revolves around a central staircase, with each room opening off its neighbor. “The flow is basically circular,” explains Keenan, “so people can move easily from room to room and never feel crowded, which makes it terrific for parties.”
Homeowner Peter Rosenfeld and sons Adam, 15, and Elliot, 13.