A Serial Entrepreneur's Recently Renovated Modern Farmhouse

A Serial Entrepreneur's Recently Renovated Modern Farmhouse

Diana Paulson
Nov 17, 2017

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."


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

1950s Schoolhouse Lights – Found

White Slip Covered Sofa – Joss and Main
Candles – Anthropologie

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

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

Lighting — ETSY
1940s vintage pendants – found

Sconces — Schoolhouse Electric and ETSY
Vintage Chandelier – found

Thanks, Lisa!

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