Design Tips

Left: Kravet, suite 105 | Right: Pollack at Tennant & Associates, suite 61
Left: Kravet, suite 105 | Right: Pollack at Tennant & Associates, suite 61

Monday, April 6, 2015

Green Design

With Earth Day right around the corner, we’re highlighting a few of the many products at MDC that are environmentally sustainable. Whether it’s flooring, fabric, surface materials or windowcoverings, we’ve got the goods you’ll feel good about putting in your home.

1. Fabrics
You do not need to look very far to find green fabrics here at MDC, and we’re not just talking color! Duralee (suite 38), Fabricut (Marie-Howard, suite 119), Kravet (suite 105), Pollack (Tennant & Associates, suite 61), and Robert Allen (suite 28) all offer expansive collections of green certified fabrics that are composed of all-natural and sustainable fibers.

2. Flooring
Wool carpeting and cork flooring are great eco-friendly flooring options. Both materials are renewable by nature and prevent the depletion of raw material resources. Bloomsburg Carpet (Flooring Design Distributors, suite 73) offers a substantial line of wool and woven carpets that utilize eco-friendly nylon fibers, while cork flooring (The Ghiordes Knot, suites 19 & 20) is harvested by hand from cork trees every nine years – a practice that can prolong the trees life for two centuries more!

3. Surfacing Materials
"From Curbside to Oceanside" is Oceanside Tile’s (Virginia Tile, suite 100) company mantra, and for good reason – all of the glass used in their wide array of tiles are sourced from recycled bottle glass that would otherwise end up in landfills. Cambria (Extraordinary Works – Luxury by EW Kitchens, suite 93), a manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces, also employs green practices by adhering to strict mining guidelines; requiring each quarry site to be fully restored after the quartz is extracted. Because of this practice, flat surfaces are reclaimed with soil and vegetation, rocky slopes are stabilized and quarries are transformed into large, fresh-water lakes teeming with fish and surrounded by native flora and fauna.

4. Minimal or No VOC Paints
VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, contribute to ozone and smog formation and are also linked to respiratory illnesses and memory impairment. Benjamin Moore (Resource Center, suite 84), Farrow & Ball (Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, suite 105), and Sherwin-Williams (Resource Center, suite 84) each offer paints that are water-based and contain minimal or no VOCs, making them safer for the environment and our families.

5. Sustainable Windowcoverings
Both Hartmann & Forbes (Tennant & Associates, suite 61) and Conrad Shades (Rozmallin, suite 60) produce windowcoverings sourced from plants and grasses that are sustainably grown and harvested free of pesticides and other harsh chemicals. Additionally, both companies are committed to cultivating and harvesting rapidly renewable materials, which reduces environmental impacts on the air and water quality in the regions where the materials are grown and processed.

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1. REPLACE HEAVY DRAPES. Design by AMW Studio | Photo by Michael Weinstein
1. REPLACE HEAVY DRAPES. Design by AMW Studio | Photo by Michael Weinstein

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring Refresh

March brings renewal and warmth to the outdoors, but also inspiration for the indoors. We all feel the need to clean up after months of hibernation and breathe life into the space we call home, but sometimes we don’t know where to start. We caught up with Featured Designer Amy Weinstein, of AMW Design Studio, and asked her to share some techniques for taking a space from winter blues to springtime fresh.

1.“Replace heavy drapes and window treatments with light and airy ones. Allow the natural light to stream in, and try a more minimal approach to privacy and sun control. Many window treatments today are woven, meshy, and have a lighter feel.”

2. “Accessorize with white! Whether you choose glossy, matte, or distressed, white is always fresh and always in vogue. White works with every color scheme and will add an updated modern punch to any interior scheme.”

3. “Wallpaper a small space…powder room, foyer, etc. Wallpaper also looks great on the back of open shelves as an accent feature. This is a quick and easy way to add a new vibe to an old, tired space.”

4. “Incorporate more gloss and more shine for a bit of sparkle.”

5. “Pick a room and redecorate with a bold color that you secretly have always loved, but never had the courage to use.”

6. “Toss out interior plants that are barely alive and treat yourself to some potted flowering bulbs or orchids…place them with intention and enjoy their fresh energy.”

7. “Install a new, modern chandelier somewhere…anywhere in your home.”

Using any of these seven tips is a great way to make the indoors feel like the outdoors: bright, rejuvenated, and refreshed!

Left: “Mom’s Time Out” by Conway Interiors | Right: "Collector’s Gallery” by David & Davis Home
Left: “Mom’s Time Out” by Conway Interiors | Right: "Collector’s Gallery” by David & Davis Home

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Design 2 Ways is a Hit!

Our recent “Design 2 Ways” event attracted more than 350 guests and collected over $1500 for the event’s charity partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s ArtAccess Program. Held on February 6, the one-day event featured twelve of the area’s top interior design professionals going head-to-head to create their own unique interpretation of a room. Within each participating MDC showroom, a pair of designers created dramatically different spaces, starting with three similar investment-grade furnishings. In addition, many of the vignette’s featured artwork created by local artists from the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

The event kicked off with a standing-room only Designer Presentation where the designers shared their creative process for designing each space, as well as tips for reinventing rooms using key furnishings as trends and tastes change over time. After viewing the assembled vignettes in participating showrooms, event-goers were invited to vote for their favorites in the People’s Choice Awards. The ROOM OF YOUR DREAMS AWARD went to Corey Damen Jenkins, of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates in Birmingham, for his cosmopolitan-themed “Posh Parlor” vignette in de Grimme Gallery, Suite 72. Winning the ROOM YOU WOULD RECREATE IN YOUR HOME AWARD was Richard Ross of Richard Ross Designs in Royal Oak for his masculine lounge titled, “Members Only,” in RJ Thomas, Suite 82.

Thank you to all of the showrooms, designers, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and of course the attendees that made this event a great success! Visit our Facebook page to see more images from the event!