Meet Our Team
"Individuality will always be one of the conditions of real elegance"
- Christian Dior
Phyllis Whitehead, Owner & Principal Designer, founded PJ Whitehead Design Group in 1989 and Fifi & Coco’s Gallerie in 2010. This was her original design studio and original gallerie for vintage, new and consigned pre-owned furnishings.
In 2018 the two were combined and relocated to the Michigan Design Center under the name Fifi & Coco Interiors. The new studio offers full-service interior design as well as a showroom filled with unique furnishings, art and accessories.
Phyllis studied art and fashion design as her first career choice. After a successful career in fashion, she returned to college to study Fine Art, Textiles and Interior Architecture as interiors proved to be her passion. She has been practicing in the Detroit metro area as well as Illinois, Ohio, Colorado and Florida bringing expertise and distinguishing touches to all of her projects. In life, fashion and interiors have always had an ever-evolving relationship. The most significant similarity between interior and fashion design is that they are both an expression of individuality defined by personality and lifestyle.
As a collector of fine furnishings, Phyllis believes finding unusual pieces to insert into the design scheme sets her apart with one of a kind rooms for her clients. Her designs are inspired by the French style of mixing art, antiques and repurposed pieces with the latest fashion to create elegant and livable interiors. Classic iconic pieces are mixed with current trends, creating a timeless modernized design. Phyllis is always striving to create the perfect sanctuary for any style.
Brooke Johnson is a recent graduate from Wayne State University with a degree in Fine, Performing and Communication Arts with a focus in Interior Design. Brooke has always had a passion for the arts, along with art history. Being able to express yourself creatively is something that many people find joy in whether it be through fashion design, interior design or creative art. Realizing this has kept Brooke inspired and encourages her to share her passions.
For the past two years Brooke has been working with Phyllis on a multitude of
design projects along with managing their showroom within the Michigan Design Center. She is a creative individual who is inspired to design responsibly and resourcefully, adding a fresh perspective to Phyllis's years of expertise. As well as
being trained in traditional interior design practices, she is also skilled in digital design. Her up to date knowledge of 2-D CAD design, 3-D rendering and modeling, and graphic design allows her to create visual services for every client. Brooke is a diligent, organized and motivated designer who strives for seamless and stress-free operations within the company.
Her personal designs are often inspired by modern innovations and green design
along with a touch of traditional, more artistic design. Being able to mix antique
and vintage aspects with modern and innovative designs allows Brooke to work
well alongside Phyllis creating unique and impactful designs.