I visited Detroit a few summers ago as part of my quest to hit every MLB park. I was curious about the city, especially after hearing all the reports of urban plight. I found some beautiful architecture, very nice people, tasty Coney dogs (All American is the way to go) and an oddly empty city. It was the height of the economic downturn and Motown was hurtin'.
But if those Chrysler ads are even only a little true, perhaps there's some hope for the Motor City. One area with some development is Midtown and one notable business is Hugh.
Joe Posch took a $50,000 prize to turn his pop up shop into a lifestyle store featuring "bachelor pad style", mostly accessories and furnishings for the well-appointed man. Something tells me Hef (a Mr. Hugh Hefner) would approve.
While in Detroit, I stayed at the Westin downtown, which is definitely one of the nicer hotels in the city. Let's just say the "Heavenly" moniker for the bed was certainly appropriate. The room features comfy beds, attractive lighting and a stylish bath. So why did it leave me feeling so cold?
I have recently returned from terrifically fun three city tour through the Mid West. Or the "rust belt", to be more exact. Just one adventure in my mission to get to every baseball stadium in the Major League. It gives me the opportunity to visit some places in America that I'd probably never get to any other way. Like Detroit, for instance, which was the first stop. And that also means finding some some surprising design inspiration along the way.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.