After Renting in Brooklyn, This Family Found Home in Historic Detroit

published Apr 27, 2023

After Renting in Brooklyn, This Family Found Home in Historic Detroit

published Apr 27, 2023
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Emily Gershen and her husband, Dion Harris, are relatively new residents of Detroit, by way of Brooklyn, New York. It was Dion’s job that brought them here to the city, and a year and half ago they purchased this roomy, character-filled house in Detroit’s historic University District.

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“Our home was built in 1928 and like so many in the city, has incredible architectural history! We love the intricate plasterwork throughout, the original stained and leaded glass windows and doors, and the feeling we get when we are here — we spent most of our adult lives renting and transient and it feels amazing to finally be home. I am definitely the driver of home projects, but I think I can safely say, we have both had fun working to make this home our own! There’s still plenty to do though,” explains Emily, who shares peeks at the progress of home projects on her Instagram account.

A few months after moving into the house, they welcomed their son, Milo, and quite soon, they’ll welcome baby number two. Rounding out the charming family are two dogs, Birdie and Goose. See more of this lovely family’s home by clicking “Take The Tour” above.



  • Kitchen + Family Room – Behr’s “Crisp Celery”
  • Living Room – Unknown
  • Dining Room – Unknown
  • Son’s Bedroom – Benjamin Moore’s “French Canvas”
  • New Baby’s Nursery – Benjamin Moore’s “Rolling Hills”
  • Guest Bedroom – Unknown


  • Ceramic Umbrella Holder – Vintage
  • Square Bamboo-Framed Art – Vintage


  • Chandelier – Murano Tronchi; purchased from ASW Detroit
  • Framed Modern Floral – Original from Erin Lynn Welsh purchased from @upriseart
  • Wood Round Mirror – Old CB2
  • Hand-Carved Teak Thai Table – Purchased from Craigslist in NYC
  • Green Onyx Lamp and Letter Holder – Thrifted Vintage
  • Stained Glass in Window – Made by my Aunt


  • Bone Inlay Console – Purchased from Craigslist in NYC
  • Sisal Baskets – Purchased from @xnstudio_ and @indego_africa
  • Powder Blue Glass Table Lamp – Antique, Gifted from a friend
  • Mudcloth-Inspired Carved Bowl – West Elm
  • Large square Canvas – Michelle Armas
  • Rug – Anthropologie
  • Sofas – Antique John M. , purchased from @hollerandsquall
  • Glass Round Coffee Table – Antique purchased from NYC Craigslist and carried down
  • from a 6th floor walk-up.
  • Faux Bamboo Silver Floor lamp – Bought on FB Marketplace
  • Terra Cotta Planter Trio – Made in Mexico
  • White Faux Bamboo and Glass Side Table – Antique purchased secondhand
  • Multi-colored throw pillows – One of a kinds from @thegoodrug and made by Emily
  • from Hmong textiles from Thailand
  • Faux sheepskin behind sofa – Costco
  • Mirror above Fireplace – Antique, purchased from Detroit estate sale
  • Red Kid’s Slide – Discontinued IKEA
  • Spotted Landing Mat – Gathre
  • Wood Toys – Lovevery
  • TV console – EQ3


  • Milo Baughman Burlwood Dining Table – Antique, purchased from @atomic_furnishing in Asheville, NC
  • Faux Bamboo And Cane Dining Chairs – Vintage, purchased from an auction in Connecticut
  • Console – Antique Ficks Reed, purchased on FB marketplace in Michigan
  • Crystal Chandelier – From LampsPlus


  • Sofa – Antique purchased from Craigslist and reupholstered in Mudcloth (before and
    after featured in AT before)
  • Padded Arch trio – Gathre
  • Leather Chair – Antique Kontiki Chair made by Arne Norell
  • Square modern art pair – Michelle Armas prints, framed by Framebridge
  • Green Dining Chairs – Vintage Henredon purchased from FB Marketplace in
  • Diaper Changing Console – Built by Emily as a gift (originally intended as a liquor
    cabinet) for her then-boyfriend, now-husband and repurposed for this stage of life
  • Large-scale Hanging Calendars – Poketo, then laminated for longevity
  • Gold rail and cup system – IKEA


  • Chairs – Malabar Chairs, painted black
  • Round Hanging Art – Hand-carved Calabash from Grenada
  • Glass Console Table – Safavieh
  • Rattan Table Lamp – IKEA
  • Curtains – IKEA
  • Throw Pillows – One of a kind from St. Frank
  • Glass Bar Cart – Vintage


  • Campaign Nightstands – Vintage
  • Table Lamps – Safavieh
  • Marble Pedestal – Purchased from Detroit estate sale
  • Fabric Hoops – Hand-blocked Indian Silks from India stretched in embroidery hoops
  • Bed Spread – Otomi from Mexico


  • Wallpaper – Constellations from Chasing Paper
  • Crib – Caravan from Kalon
  • Rocking Chair – Emily’s grandma’s chair, recently reupholstered by @trystitchroom in NYC in Eskayel fabric
  • Wicker Side Table – Urban Outfitters
  • Ottoman – Anthropologie
  • Shelves – Floyd Shelves in birch and white
  • Changing Table – Gesslein changer, made in Europe, purchased from NYC Craigslist
  • Curtains – Pottery Barn Teen
  • Rug – Floyd
  • Cane Chandelier – Crate and Kids


  • Bassinet – Snoo
  • Dresser – Antique Drexel
  • Rocking Chair – Vintage, purchased at an estate sale
  • Pink Ottoman – Vintage, purchased at an estate sale
  • Curtains – Vintage, purchased from FB Marketplace
  • Pink Scalloped Shelves – Purchased from Michael’s and painted
  • Peony Print – Kelly Ventura
  • Embroidered Bouquet – Made based off of Emily’s wedding bouquet
  • Chandelier – Antique
  • Black Pouf – CB2
  • Jute Rug – IKEA
  • Black and White Rug – Floyd

Thanks Emily and family!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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