Saturday, December 15, 2012
We are thrilled to announce that FGI-Detroit recently named Corey Damen Jenkins "Interior Designer Of The Year" at their annual Night Of Stars Awards. The swanky black-tie gala was held at the Detroit Opera House on December 6th, 2012. Jenkins is the first Michigan-based designer to win the award for this category.
FGI is a global organization of executives and artists dedicated to recognizing emerging talent in a number of related categories, including fashion, automotive, engineering, exterior and interior design. Jenkins, along with two of his assistants, Tama Anderson and Alysia Gauthier, was on hand to receive the award.
(Pictured: DWV's Corey Damen Jenkins and Alysia Gauthier)
Have you been following Clean Fresh Design online? This blog has become one of the most popular resources in the country and is a "must-read" for serious design enthusiasts. Recently, the blog launched a new series called "The New Guard" and the second edition features Corey Damen Jenkins! Check out his candid "Tell-All" interview with celebrated shelter magazine writer Carl J Dellatore at the link below. The article also includes a 1-minute video clip of Corey Damen speaking to consumers on the power of choice.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Did you miss the premiere of our HGTV reality series earlier this year? If so, there's another chance to catch it this week! We've been recently informed that Scripps Network/Home & Garden Television has placed an encore airing of Showhouse Showdown on its schedule for Tuesday, November 20th. Check out our firm's principal Corey Damen Jenkins in the show's new time slot at 10:30 AM!
We are very proud to announce that StyleLine Magazine has honored us with a generous five-page feature spread in its November issue! Penned by celebrated writer Jeanine Matlow and lensed by Gene Meadows, the article covers one of our Northville clients' homes and is available now at newsstands, Barnes & Noble, CVS and other fine stores. As some of you know, StyleLine is Metro-Detroit's biggest selling magazine and my firm is thrilled to be covered in its pages.
You may also read the article online starting on page 104 at this link: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d522adee#/d522adee/1
Sunday, August 5, 2012
We are excited to share that the September 2012 issue of House Beautiful hits newsstands this week. DWV's principal Corey Damen Jenkins had the privilege of being interviewed for the magazine's "Top Color Picks" section.
House Beautiful, which has been running successfully since 1896 as one of America's top shelter magazines, conducted a special research project earlier this year. The first of its kind, the study focused on color interpretation by region in the United States. A number of interior designers were invited to weigh in on the subject, sharing with the reading audience what colors are currently hot and which ones are fading in popularity. The results are very interesting and provide the reader a bird's eye view of how living in certain parts of the country impacts people's usage of color in their homes.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Story By Hayley Beitman
"There's already a healthy design industry in New York and Chicago, but Michigan needs resources too. A lot of people could benefit from that so I can't jump ship. I'm committed to the area and seeing it through," he said.
Jenkins grew up in Rochester Hills, where he drew for the first time at the age of three. "My mom used to cut open cardboard cereal boxes and I would watch TV and draw Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman inside the box," Jenkins said.
Helping his parents redecorate, Jenkins realized he was interested in furniture layout, unlike his two younger brothers who enjoyed playing sports, and moved to New York after high school.
"I grew up in Michigan with grass and roads. New York is all subways and concrete. At 19, I was absolutely terrified by myself but I kept pursuing my dream," he said.
He moved back home and first followed in his father's footsteps, working in the automotive industry. After purchasing furniture and designing offices for ten years and briefly working at The Michigan Design Center, he started his own firm in 2009.
"I created a position for myself where I could control my own fate and couldn't be outsourced," he said.
Jenkins parents both remain huge supporters of Design with Vision, but from opposite ends of the spectrum. "My mom is 'go for it!', while my dad is 'go for it...cautiously'," he said.
HGTV saw his website and ask him to audition for the nationally televised design competition, Showhouse Showdown, an opportunity he initially thought was an April Fools Joke.
"I didn't call them back because the likelihood of HGTV calling me just felt a little too far fetched," he said. "When they called, I was so sarcastic because I thought it was a joke."
He competed with 52 designers from Michigan in a grueling interview process before getting the call that he was cast on the show.
"It was surreal to end up winning. At first I didn't think I really won. Even the day it aired, I kept waiting for the alternate ending," he said. "It brought tears to my eyes because it validated two years of really hard work."
Jenkins intends to remain in Bloomfield Hills. "It's a classy, sophisticated and timeless city. It's trendy and cosmopolitan, but also has old world class. It's like a little mini elegant New York," he said.
His dreams extend to having his own television show and launching an exclusive furniture line.
"I'd like to do it all. I don't see why I can't. If people say you can't sail your boat, sail it anyways. Not to prove them wrong, but to prove yourself right," he said.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Bloomfield Hills designer Corey Damen Jenkins shows his flair
Article by Susan R. Pollack
Bloomfield Hills designer Corey Damen Jenkins, above left, created this Old World Italian kitchen and breakfast nook in his showhouse for the HGTV “Showhouse Showdown” competition, which he won. The episode aired twice in March. (HGTV / Scripps Network)Corey Damen Jenkins, an interior designer in Bloomfield Hills, almost didn't return a phone call from HGTV inviting him to participate in "Showhouse Showdown," a nationally televised reality design competition.
"I felt at first that it was a joke, someone messing with me," says the 35-year-old designer.
Jenkins, who was one of two Michigan designers cast from among 52 considered, went on to win the competition with his Old World Italian farmhouse design. It featured hand-scraped planked floors and Tuscan-plastered walls finished with an eight-step hand-application process.
Filmed in Midland but called "Saginaw Michigan Showdown," the episode aired recently on HGTV. During a Saturday open house, about 800 locals came out in the pouring rain to tour. The first 100 were given scorecards to determine the winner. And Jenkins is now a featured designer — along with the likes of Candice Olson and David Bromstad — in HGTV.com's national Designers' Portfolio, an online resource viewed by millions.
An Oakland County native, Jenkins spent 10 years in purchasing for the auto industry before launching his design firm, DWV: Design with Vision, in 2009. Homestyle recently caught up with the busy designer to learn more about his work:
Congratulations on winning the showdown . How did you get involved?
The folks at HGTV saw my website and gave me a call. I didn't call them back at first. … Later, when they called me back (to say he'd been picked for the show), I almost dropped the phone.
What did you do then?
I drove up to Midland, which is not exactly my background. I wanted to get to know the area.
Was the show challenging ?
I've never had to design so quickly! I prefer to bake my design versus microwaving. It really showed me what I could do under pressure and tight time constraints. Gorman's was very supportive and enabled me to get custom pieces quickly. Showrooms at the Michigan Design Center — Robert Allen and Kravet — supplied the fabrics that gave the house that really luxurious finish and feel. And several local family-owned companies, such as Designer Furniture Services, donated literally thousands of dollars and manpower. That's how I was able to maximize my budget.
What's your background?
I grew up in Pontiac and Auburn Hills and later Rochester Hills. I graduated from Pontiac Northern (1996).
Early on, I always knew I wanted to get into this field. When I was 6 or 7 years old, I was rearranging my parents' furniture. They did a major remodel when I was maybe 13 and I came up with some ideas: I had a color swatch with my mom's handkerchiefs and scarves and I drew out sketches. I was very serious.
In school, I took architecture, drafting, everything that was remotely related to design. I took a lot of trade school classes — I just loved that.
Jenkins stocked the "Showdown" house wine cellar with Michigan-made wines from Fieldstone Winery in Rochester. Beth SingerAfter high school?
I had an opportunity for a scholarship to the Center for Creative Studies (now the College for Creative Studies) in Detroit. And I had an offer from a New York-based construction firm looking for interns for historical hotel restoration projects. I decided to move to New York at 19 and worked on some gorgeous renaissance-style hotels.
What happened after that?
Then I had a bit of a career shift. My dad's a banker, my mom is in the banking industry and both my (younger) brothers, too. I was making a clear break from tradition. My dad really wanted me to focus on business; he didn't want any starving artist kids.
So I did purchasing for 10 years in the automotive industry. It was a postponement of my dreams but I'm really glad I got that experience. Now I know how to crunch numbers, too. Eventually I got laid off.
I did decorating here and there, some nonprofit community work, pro bono design projects. … And then I decided to take control of my own career, my own destiny. In 2009 I started DWV: Design With Vision in Bloomfield Hills.
I have two assistants working for me. We've been able to maintain a consistent flow, mainly word of mouth. Most of our work is in Grand Blanc, Davisburg, Northville, Ann Arbor, Oakland Township, and I'm starting now to get some in Birmingham.
What are you working on?
Right now I'm juggling six different projects. One is a family in Northville with a very Park Avenue/contemporary meets traditional mix. And her sister hired us in Ann Arbor for a huge, 22-space project. It's in a totally different direction, more rustic.
The Northville project is an entire first floor — kitchen, breakfast nook, parlor, foyer, two sunrooms on each end of the family room. In the living room we installed a black and white, Greek key-pattern carpet. The walls are a soft taupey gray and the sofa is a bright lemony velvet. It's modern-traditional, very clean, very exciting. There's lots of crystal but very contemporized.
Any other cool projects?
I've been working with a Davisburg couple on their home since 2010; we stepped outside the box with honey-colored walls and fun plaid carpet. They called us back to remodel the kitchen, a study and the second floor. I'm excited about the study: I'm covering the walls and ceiling with a vintage-looking geographic map. There's a chair rail framing the room's perimeter and from that point down I'm running a masculine hound's-tooth wallpaper.
I like doing the unexpected, something different. If I can move clients outside their comfort zone even 5 percent I feel I've done my job.
This warm bedroom master suite helped Jenkins win HGTV's "Saginaw Michigan Showdown" design competition. HGTV/Scripps NetworkHow would you describe your design style?
A fresh continental mix of traditional and modern design. I like things mixed and matched. You'll never see me do a 100 percent period room. Like with the HGTV Tuscan house, I had crocodile-skin upholstered chairs — so whimsical. I can't really explain the rationale. If it works and I'm feeling it, I just do it.
I try to stay away from trends. I don't want to have to "Botox" any of my rooms — I don't want them to look dated. In our economy staying power is very important.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love working out, hitting the gym. Staying fit, mentally healthy, is important — this is such a detail-oriented job. I still love drawing — there are sketches on my website — and I love reading decorating books, trade magazines. I really eat and breathe and drink the stuff.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120511/LIFESTYLE01/205110311#ixzz1ucIwQuLk