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Cocktail Chic: An Elegant Home Bar in Bloomfield Hills

March 8, 2022

Happy hour gets a stylish update at this elegant Bloomfield Hills home bar.

BY BRYAN GOTTLIEB / PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRETT MOUNTAIN

After meeting Jordan and Michal, it’s apparent how the Bloomfield Hills couple’s taste in furnishings matches their personalities: unfussy and warm, unstarched but not sloppy. Their living and dining rooms transmit a Scandinavian vibe, with flourishes of curated art and well-maintained flora; the minimalism is offset by the warmth of an adjacent, more lived-in family room. (The latter is surely aided by the couple’s two young children.) But what of the “orphan room?”

“When we moved into the house [in March 2018], the people we bought the house from left some creative space for us to think about,” says Jordan (he requested we not use the couple’s last name). “Our friends and family would come over and ask, ‘What’s this room?’” Adds Michal, “An architect came through and called it an orphan room because it … can belong anywhere.”

The orphan room is actually an ante-room abutting the dining room, separating the family room from an egress outdoors. The space is substantive, measuring approximately 18 feet by 25 feet; its single exterior wall comprises floor-to-ceiling windows allowing indirect light to fill the room from dawn through dusk. After much thought about the room’s function, Jordan and Michal concluded that a bar would give the area definition while providing a unique gathering spot. The result, finished last year, is a convergence of unpretentious elegance and utility. “We love entertaining, we love having interesting drinks and making them,” Jordan says of the decision to add a bar. “We didn’t [previously] spend much time at this end of the house because nothing was going on there.”

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TOAST OF THE TOWN: Jordan and Michal’s bar transformed a formerly unused “orphan room” into a prime spot for entertaining.

Helping the couple choose materials and finishes was Jordan’s stepmother, herself an accomplished interior decorator, who ultimately directed the pair to designer Rebecca Liss of RGL Designs. The room’s centerpiece is, naturally, the quartzite waterfall countertop draping to the floor. The bar’s honeycombed base panel, cabinetry and the adjacent suspended shelving are made from cus-tom-fabricated metal with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

Taking pride in the ambience, Jordan worked with Robert White, principal of Troy-based Illuminart, to design the bar’s lighting. The result is most striking as the inch-thick plate glass shelves glow by way of low-voltage lights. Other elements, like a collection of unique tequilas lining one shelf, or the Portuguese-made bar stools, lend the chaste but sophisticated “hotel vibe” the couple say they desired.

Brett Mountain
Brett Mountain

“I said it should feel like a place you could sit at 11 a.m. with a coffee and newspaper as much as it is for a night with guests [enjoying] liquor,” Michal says. “With two young girls, we wanted this space to be exciting and accessible for them, as well.”

 

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