Design Tips

Ann Sacks Kallista console, Baker print, Maitland-Smith sculpture, Hickory Chair armless chairs
Ann Sacks Kallista console, Baker print, Maitland-Smith sculpture, Hickory Chair armless chairs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is in full swing, which means the search for the perfect gift is on. Let our 2015 Gift Guide do the shopping for you. Members of the MDC management team visited our showrooms and selected a few of their favorite finds that they would like for their own homes.

“Everyone who knows me knows I’ve been up to my elbows in home projects. This vanity from Ann Sacks would be great for my guest bath – it has a vintage feel that would be perfect for the era of my home. I love this print from Baker with its watery colors and the subtle metallic sheen on the frame for that same room. This pair of armless chairs from Henredon Interior Design Showroom would be perfect by my fireplace, and I have a niche in my living room that’s just the right size for this brass star sculpture, which I also found at Henredon.”
Susan Todebush, EVP/General Manager

“When I am looking for furniture to compliment my home, I am consistently drawn to Art Deco-inspired items. In my imaginary holiday shopping spree around MDC, more than a few “wish list” pieces caught my eye. I found a wonderful Theodore Alexander cabinet in the Marie Howard showroom that had the classic geometric lines and a subtle gilt finish that reminded me of the decadent 1920’s. Further down the hall, I also was drawn to a bench in the RJ Thomas showroom that juxtaposed the clean wooden lines of the frame with a lush, cut velvet fabric on the seat. I could imagine it looking right at home in my entry foyer. Those were just two of many pieces that Santa is welcome to bring down the chimney.”
- Whitney Gillespie, VP of Leasing

“I love color, texture, and pattern. I was really attracted to the vibrant color of the oil painting from the de Grimme Gallery, the richness of the teal velvet chair from Kravet, and all the colorful pillows at Master Suites (it was tough to pick just two!). The texture of the hair-on-hide shade lamp from Henredon is so unique, and the graphic pattern of the plush hand-tufted runner from The Ghiordes Knot really knocks me out!”
- Barb Cameron, Art Director

“The Jonathan Charles haberdashery cabinet from RJ Thomas would be a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. The many drawers and hooks create the perfect place to store all of my odds and ends, and there is even a hidden compartment for my most prized possessions. The Aztec rug from Ghiordes Knot would add instant energy to my bedroom and compliments the hardware, legs, and movement of the Haberdashery cabinet.”
- Emily Crawford, Events Manager

“With plans to finish my basement in the near future, the Vici Motion Sofa from Designer Group Collection, along with the Jonathan Charles Triple Decanter Set from RJ Thomas, would be great pieces to liven up the party when hosting family and friends in the new space. The Leather Valet from Decoroom would be a great addition atop my bedroom dresser. The buckle strap secures several compartments which provide ample storage space for accessories.”
- Craig Argenti, Marketing Administrator

“I would love to have this fireplace in my home! Not only does it honor the history of Pewabic Tile, a Detroit institution since 1903, I appreciate the beautiful richness of the color and unique finish. The feeling of warmth from this fireplace makes me think of snuggling up in a cozy chair with a good book, only to be interrupted by feeding the fire with more wood held by this handsome log holder and stirring the embers with the hand-forged fireplace tools, both by Ironworks International from Rozmallin. Each have a long history of craftsmanship that endures, and that I can enjoy in my home today.”
- Bonnie Brown, Resource Center Manager

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter Whites for 2016

Pantone’s 2016 color of the year will be announced soon, but we have already seen a dominant trend among recent color forecasts that is very fitting for the upcoming season; White, specifically shades of off-white, is the top color choice from paint manufacturers next year. Here’s a look at how a few of metro Detroit’s top designers incorporated these white hues into their designs.

All-white interiors, when done well, are a great way to visually open up any space while also creating a clean appearance. Kevin Serba of Serba Interiors designed a beautiful kitchen that uses hand-planed wood floors and counter top to contrast with the crisp white cabinetry for an inviting cooking space.

If you prefer bold, vibrant pops of color, incorporating white may be the perfect way to break up the palette. The clean and crisp nature of these tones allow other colors within a space to truly pop, like the artwork in this sleek breakfast room designed by Toby Sneider of Sneider Custom Interiors.

Another advantage that white interiors brings is staying power. Neutral spaces tend to feel less dated than those that use vibrant, trendy colors. Jane Synnestvedt and Marianne Jones both used neutral tones and classic design elements when creating their timeless living spaces that are sure to stay current for many years to come.

Many people are choosing to incorporate a minimalistic design style within their homes in order to decrease stress and improve overall health. Choosing light, monochromatic hues is a great way to accomplish this, as seen in this airy bathroom designed by Amy Weinstein of AMW Design Studio.

One of the greatest advantages of working with lighter colors is their ability to showcase your own personality and style without having to compete with the color on the walls or furniture. The cream color of the wall in the foyer and the white tone of built-in shelving provided the perfect backdrop for Jimmy Angell of James Douglas Interiors and Cheryl Nestro of Tutto Interiors to create an artful display of heirloom pieces from their clients’ collections.

Photos courtesy of Dan Davis
Photos courtesy of Dan Davis

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Perfect Host

With Halloween behind us, we are officially into the holiday season. Many of us will be hosting friends and family in the coming weeks, so we thought it appropriate to ask a few of our designers for some of their top entertaining tips:

“It’s not just about the table. Bring color or thematic pieces to the buffet, or even the next room. This makes the event a little more grand, and invites guests to explore a little more. For a French-Rustic themed table, I used copper colanders and all green flowers and vegetables. We also placed a copper fish steamer on a coffee table in the next room. In it, we placed an orchid, green moss, and carved out green apples to hold tea lights. The host served champagne in this sitting area before they all sat down to the table.” – Dan Davis, Dan Davis Design

“Try to tailor your décor to match the personalities of your guests. We did a table setting recently for a kid’s event. This whimsical setting could be a great way to switch things up and decorate for the holidays. Menus were ‘cootie catchers’, glasses were milk bottles, fun stuff!” – Barbi Krass, Colorworks Studio

“Plan ahead! Setting the table a day ahead will provide you with extra time to prep the perfect meal. I tell my clients to use their nicer items that may be locked up in the attic, but these items often need to be polished. I do all my silver polishing three days ahead so it's all ready, to avoid last minute stress. I also suggest minimizing the table centerpiece a bit. As a former floral designer, I tend to get carried away with elaborate florals. So I lower the flowers in bowls instead of tall vases, and opt for tea lights around the base. It gives the same lovely feel without the obstructive view.” – Linda Winborn Minster, Linda Winborn Designs

“When it comes to the holidays and entertaining, my favorite part is setting the table! The china and crystal come out as well as things that have been passed down through the generations. I offset the "formality" of it all by adding Christmas tree stumps from the previous year.” – Tanya Hamilton, Studio Tanya Interior Design

“When hosting family and friends, I dim the lighting to set the tone – it has been tested and proven that people look best in candlelight! I’ve also learned that favors never go out of style. They don’t need to break the bank either. Try something as easy as visiting a local nursery and picking up succulents, planting them in pretty pots, wrapping them up nicely, and placing them at each table setting. They act as an organic, pretty memento from the day/event.” – Corey Damen Jenkins, Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates

“I like to incorporate natural elements to my designs when hosting. For Thanksgiving this year, I plan to incorporate some beautiful gourds, which have become increasingly more available in recent years. To celebrate the true meaning of the holiday, I’m planning on covering the table with craft paper to allow my family members to document what they are most thankful for this year.” – Jill Schumacher, Rariden Shumacher Mio