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 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, has one son, a dog and resides in Birmingham where she’s currently building her own home.
Lauren is NCIDQ certified and a member of ASID.
ANDREA RICHARDSON, LEAD DESIGNER
Growing up in a family of architects, contractors and designers, it was no surprise when Andrea knew from a very young age she wanted to be an interior designer. The desire to rearrange her bedroom weekly started as young as 8, and has since evolved into a deep love for both design and aesthetics in general.
Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University, and has spent the last six years working as a kitchen and bath designer. She believes strongly in establishing a solid understanding of the needs, wants, and problems to be solved at the beginning of the project, and she excels at utilizing that information to create beautiful, functional spaces for our clients.
With a keen ability to consider each space in relation to the house as a whole, Andrea is able to create spaces that flow from one room to the next, while still allowing each room to feel unique. As our lead designer, Andrea enjoys working together with our clients to see their visions come to life.
As a Spartan alumni, Andrea is an avid Michigan State fan, and a Detroit sports enthusiast. She lives in Rochester Hills with her husband, another big sports fan.
KAREN CLOVER, OPERATIONS MANAGER & ACCOUNTANT
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.