Design Tips

Monday, November 25, 2019

Top-Shelf Advice

Ideally, shelves should bring clarity and order to a space. But too often they become a repository for random knick-knacks, clutter, and out-of-scale items. Balancing creativity with practicality, designers know how to maximize shelf space and make it look attractive.

Natural materials create ultimate comfort in this warm, intimate setting by Colleen Farrell. Photo by Beth Singer

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Creating Cozy

Many homeowners want their rooms to be cozy and comfortable, especially here in Michigan, where summer gives way all too soon to an extended period of shorter days and colder temperatures.

RL Concetti removed the walls and used blue and white to create an open feel. "After" photo by Kris Ilich

Monday, September 30, 2019

Designer Horror Stories

From unpleasant surprises in a newly purchased home to DIY projects gone wrong, we’ve all heard (or experienced) horror stories about design projects gone awry.

Carrie Long used quality materials and a neutral color palette for a timeless look in this living room. Photo by Beth Singer

Thursday, August 29, 2019

What Makes a Classic?

Design trends come and go and what seems popular today may be passé tomorrow. Good news! There are many timeless designs with staying power that can keep our homes fresh and current for years to come. Top designers and MDC showroom managers share their favorites.

Jane Synnestvedt’s clients display a collection of African artifacts from their travels. Photo by George Dzahristos

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Homage to Heritage

Design elements from around the world have long influenced interior design and acted as a source of inspiration. Whether inspired through travel or to honor their own culture, these top designers share how they incorporate global elements into their clients’ homes.

Colorful accents and artwork provided the finishing touches in this black and white space by Phyllis Whitehead.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Finishing Touch

No room design is complete without the finishing touch – the design elements that complete a room and tie everything together. Whether it be an area rug, artwork, colorful accents, or a unique fabric, these top designers share how they created fully finished spaces for their clients.

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