Designer Rex Todd Rogers had his eye on the property at 106 W Shiawassee, for
over two years. When he was ready to open his
business, Rex Todd Rogers Design Studio, the former residence of Judge Leroy was the perfect location.
heard the city owned the property and wanted to tear it down and build a
three-story building in its place. I wondered why they would want to tear down
such a great building? It had great bones,” says Rogers.
knew that he could renovate the space, both inside and out, and bring his
vision of a design store to life. He was able to convince the city, and went
right to work. Now, he’s just a couple of months from completion.
exterior porch was redone, and new grass, a garden, and a sitting area were all
added. Rogers thinks of the space as the
“outdoor living room”, because it is so inviting, and showcases his landscape
design work for the Fenton community.
interior space is meant to feel light and lofty. The narrow hallways and small
rooms were opened up by tearing down walls, adding large windows, and restoring
the original hardwood floors. Sitting areas with mid-Century furnishings, local
art and decorative plants and pots make the space inviting and comfortable.
Rogers strategically placed his office in the back, but directly in line with
the front doors, so that he can see when customers come and go. Hearing
impaired since birth, Rogers says he has learned to depend on his sense of
sight in everything he does.
space differently than most people, and can visualize more deeply since I
cannot hear,” says Rogers. “I can see details in a room that most people don’t
first interior design job was at the early age of 14. A neighbor wanted to
change the living space in her home, and
was struggling to do it. Rex Todd gave the neighbor different options, and she
loved the ideas. Rogers was a happy to have made $100 on that first job, and
the neighbor was very happy with the results!
always certain he wanted to pursue interior design as a career, though. He went
to college locally, but felt he may want to become a civil rights attorney for
the hearing impaired. He moved to Washington D.C. and worked in the mental
health field, but was continuously drawn to do interior design.
had lost his father earlier in his life, and relied on his spirit to help guide
him in the right direction. “My father had always told me to not let being deaf
get in the way of what I wanted out of life. He gave me a sign that I should
pursue interior design,” said Rogers.
wanted to pursue work in New York City. A large design firm contacted him and
he was a front runner for a position. In the end he didn’t get hired, but was
encouraged that they liked his work. It was then that Rogers decided to pursue
his own business in Fenton.
client in the area is one he still does work for eight years later. The owner
of a farmhouse in Holly, MI area, struggled to arrange and decorate the dining
area. Rogers suggested the Victorian styling, and the homeowner loved the idea.
Rogers went on to design new bedroom and kitchen spaces for the home as well.
also has works for clients in Milford, MI.
pleased to have a local custom furniture maker and artists whom he works with
to create interior and exterior home furnishings. He travels to find unique
furniture pieces from other areas in Michigan, Pennsylvania, VA and the east
Rogers is excited to have his store opening soon. He will have support staff to
assist him, but in the meantime is taking appointments to help new clients with
their design projects. Visit his studio Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RexToddRogersDesignStudio. You can connect with Rex Todd Rogers at RextrStudio@gmail.com