This year I embarked on a project to create a new cafeteria and lounge at my family’s printing company in Troy, treating our employees and clients to homemade meals by our full time chef and a fully stocked mini mart with a self-service kiosk. As overwhelming as design process seemed, I knew that I wanted an overall feel of a rustic, comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Through a referral, I had the pleasure of meeting Sam at End Grain, one of the most friendly and talented people I encountered throughout the project. Sam and his team made unique tables and booths that were stained with a dark shade of brown, perfectly complimenting our neutral palette and overall theme. The biggest showstopper of our café is the large conference table created completely from reclaimed wood of a past supermarket with custom built legs to hide the messy cords and unsightly electrical equipment. The history behind the materials and the company that revives the otherwise considered “garbage” is an instant conversation starter, impressing our visitors from all over the Midwest. Even more than I love supporting our comeback city, I love supporting the blossoming Detroit businesses, especially End Grain.
After my positive experience at work, I also asked Sam to create some custom pieces for my new home. He took all my expectations and exceeded them, delivering on every need and adding unique touches that make my new furniture unlike anything from a store. My dining room table was created with a hand welded piece of iron to create a giant X in middle for support and aesthetic appeal, finished with a dark, reclaimed top perfect for formal family dinners. My fiancé, Eli, finally got his dream desk for his office, a light colored top with a shelf along the bottom for extra storage. Even though I cannot pick a favorite, I am infatuated with my barn door covering my closet; a Z shape was made over the door with knotted wood that gives my space the special twist I had hoped for. I have truly enjoyed working with the whole End Grain team and look forward to using them again in the future.