A Serial Entrepreneur's Recently Renovated Modern Farmhouse

A Serial Entrepreneur's Recently Renovated Modern Farmhouse

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Diana Liang
Nov 17, 2017
Lisa is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for developing products and building lifestyle brands, her most recent being Lillybee. She shares this calming, beautiful home on 13 acres in a small-town suburb of Detroit with her husband Rob and son Quinn.
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In 2015 Lisa and her husband started a major renovation, which took approximately 16 months. But it's still not entirely finished: "...the clock is still counting as we move into a few other areas of the home, like a bonus room that lies above our garage and a large backyard that is ready to be transformed."
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Classic design elements mingle with an atmosphere of minimalism in the family house. "As an avid collector and vintage seeker, a good portion of items sprinkled and installed throughout our home are found goods. All tell a story of sorts and I think it makes a unique conversation for wandering guests when they come to visit."
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A bright white color palette make the whole place feel airy and fresh. "We have infused fine lines and modern touches to play off our all-white space. The interesting thing about white is you can change your room up easily with color and texture. You aren't as constrained as you are when you have a color to work around. I have often said that I started the white trend long before it was a trend."
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"Our modern day, recently renovated farmhouse is definitely our haven."
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Our Style: Classic, Modern, Minimalist with an avid vintage flair.
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Favorite Element: That we decided to go ALL white and it just works for us.
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Inspiration: Nancy Meyers' films and boutique hotels that we frequently indulge in.
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The white slip-covered sofa is from Joss and Main. Candles are from Anthropologie.
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The kitchen island pendants are from Restoration Hardware.
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Biggest Challenge: It's a large home and not easy to wrap your arms around so much space and so many nooks.
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The dining table is Restoration Hardware, the dining chairs are Ballard Designs and the chandelier is vintage.
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Biggest Indulgence: Probably all of our antique light fixtures. 85% of the lighting in our home is vintage, found, restored and retrofitted to our space.
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Quinn's bedroom.
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"The interesting thing about white is you can change your room up easily with color and texture."
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What Friends Say: Probably that I should entertain more than I do.
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Lisa says her closet was also a big indulgence.
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Best Advice: Buy what you love not what you like...
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...And less is more.
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Name: Lisa Palmer, husband Rob and son Quinn
Location: Fenton, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit)
Size: 5,300 square feet (including basement)
Years lived in: 16 years, owned

Lisa Palmer is a seeker of all things vintage, lover of nostalgia, and fan of making her home a place where anyone can walk in and feel loved by it. On the professional side, Lisa is a serial entrepreneur (16 years in) who has a knack for developing products and building lifestyle brands such as her most recent Lillybee.

Her products have been featured in O Magazine, Real Simple and Southern Living and have found their way into the homes of celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Angela Bassett. She has been named a Detroit Style Maker and is excited to be building her next company — a retail tech company in the social commerce space (scheduled to launch this winter) — from the Corktown district of Detroit.

How on earth does she accomplish all these things? Having a calming, beautiful home she shares with her husband Rob and son Quinn helps."Our modern day, recently renovated farmhouse is definitely our haven. As much as I have traveled for business and we have traveled for pleasure, I love being home," admits Lisa.

The large house sits on 13 acres in a small-town suburb of Detroit, and in 2015 the home underwent a huge renovation, which took approximately 16 months. But it's still not entirely finished: "...the clock is still counting as we move into a few other areas of the home, like a bonus room that lies above our garage and a large backyard that is ready to be transformed."

Classic design elements mingle with an atmosphere of minimalism in the family house. "As an avid collector and vintage seeker, a good portion of items sprinkled and installed throughout our home are found goods. All tell a story of sorts and I think it makes a unique conversation for wandering guests when they come to visit."

A bright white color palette make the whole place feel airy and fresh. "We have infused fine lines and modern touches to play off our all-white space. The interesting thing about white is you can change your room up easily with color and texture. You aren't as constrained as you are when you have a color to work around. I have often said that I started the white trend long before it was a trend."

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Sherwin-Williams – Stock Flat White
High Gloss White on all trim

ENTRYWAY
1950s Schoolhouse Lights – Found

LIVING ROOM
White Slip Covered Sofa – Joss and Main
Candles – Anthropologie

DINING ROOM
Dining Table — Restoration Hardware
Dining Chairs – Ballard Designs
Vintage Chandelier – Found

KITCHEN
Dining Table – Restoration Hardware
Island Pendants - Benson – Restoration Hardware
Farmhouse Sink Sconce – Brook Farm General Store
1940s Vintage Dining Milk Glass Pendant Light – Found
Latte Bowls —Anthropologie

BEDROOM
Lighting — ETSY
1940s vintage pendants – found

BATHROOM
Sconces — Schoolhouse Electric and ETSY
Vintage Chandelier – found

Thanks, Lisa!


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