Our team brings over 50 years of cumulative experience creating kitchens and baths for distinctive residences throughout the country
Maison Birmingham is a Michigan-based design studio specializing in kitchens and baths: the rooms that so often start as the focal point for many of the projects we design and manage. We are a full-service design build firm offering everything from interior architecture, to custom cabinetry, interior design, construction, and project management. We pride ourselves on creating timeless interiors that reflect our client’s lifestyle and needs. We focus on fabricating versatile spaces that can grow with our clients, while maintaining a strong balance that can make both a formal space inviting and a casual space practical.
Our firm works on all scales of projects, and we enjoy working with different styles as well, whether that be creating new modern spaces, or working with older homes that want an updated look while holding true to the historical integrity of the home. We also collaborate with architects, builders and designers on additions, renovations and custom homes.
LAUREN TOLLES, ASID, FOUNDER
Inspired by her mother’s constant redesigning of their family homes, Lauren grew up following her mother around the San Francisco Design center. She developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.
Lauren’s architectural background also gives her the unique ability to completely understand the entire home, ensuring the interior design is consistent and harmonious with the exterior. She believes every project should represent a successful collaboration of the entire team – designers, architects, and contractors. It all begins with the clients, and making their visions come to life.
Prior to starting Maison Birmingham, Lauren operated her own interior design studio, and also worked with local architecture firms HF:architecture and McIntosh Poris Associates.
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, and her Master of Architecture degree from The University of Michigan. She is married with one son and a new baby girl, and a dog and resides in Birmingham where she recently finished building her own home.
Lauren is NCIDQ certified, a member of ASID, and a member of The City of Birmingham's Design Review Board.
In March 2017, Lauren was named the Brian Killian Rising Star by Detroit Home.
KRISTEN HAAS, designer
Following her education at the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD), Kristen found herself diving into the kitchen & bath world. With a degree in furniture design, Kristen was easily able to both design gorgeous cabinetry, and posses the technical knowledge of how it all goes together. This gift, along with her incredible attention to detail, allows her to create beautiful, detailed designs early in the process, and see them through all the way through construction. Kristen enjoys space planning, and pulling together the materials for the project from the cabinetry, to tile and plumbing.
Kristen lives in Livonia her husband, two small daughters, and two large puppies. She enjoys spending time with her family, and being an active volunteer at her daughter’s school.
KAREN CLOVER, director of OPERATIONS
After obtaining her Accounting degree from Michigan State, Karen worked for numerous builders and developers in the metro Detroit area. With over 30 years of experience, her work has included accounting, as well as coordination, purchasing, handling logistics, and she was even a home inspector for twelve years.
Karen wears many hats here at Maison Birmingham as she handles all of our accounting, scheduling, ordering, and much more. She has a keen ability to multi-task and organize, which makes the process of remodel both seamless and smooth for our clients.
Karen lives in Berkley with her two sons and two dogs. She is potentially the largest sports fan in our office, and enjoys all things Michigan State, as well as the Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.
MIKE BRINKMAN, TECHNICAL DESIGNER/ENGINEER
With over 30 years of experience working with cabinetry and design, Mike offers a wealth of knowledge in handling all of the technical details that come with cabinetry design. He enjoys problem solving, and working with both vendors and clients throughout the design process.
KOA, GREETER & SECURITY
Koa can often be found lounging in a sunny spot near the front door, or sharing a seat with Lauren in the Atelier. He loves to hop down from his seat and great clients coming in…. as long as he can actually hear them.