Design Tips

Sharon Kory, Sharon Kory Interiors | right: photo by Beth Singer, left: photo by Jeff Garland
Sharon Kory, Sharon Kory Interiors | right: photo by Beth Singer, left: photo by Jeff Garland

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Back to Basics

The cold temperatures and snow will keep most of us snuggled up in our homes this month, so what better time than now to spruce up our indoor spaces? We asked our designers to go back to the basics and share the essentials that they cannot live without when designing a room:

The most basic and integral part of any good interior is lighting. This can refer to natural light, ambient or mood lighting, task lighting or general overhead lighting. A well-designed room has all or most of those components. The most common mistake made by builders and homeowners is to overdo the overhead lighting, such as recessed cans, and underdo the rest. Wall sconces and lamps, especially with dimmers, provide great ambient light, while a picture light can highlight a piece of art or sculpture and create a “hot spot”. Good natural light is the dream for any space and, in my view, the gold standard when designing a well composed, balanced room.”
 Sharon Kory, Sharon Kory Interiors

I think one of the most ‘basic’ things about interior design is creating a space where the homeowner's personality shines through. One of my favorite ways to do this is lining shelves and stacking tables with books that reflect a client's interests, travels or favorite novels. Then, by integrating a carefully (carefully is the key word here!) curated collection of photos, curiosities and mementos you reveal the homeowner's point of view. Ultimately these small touches define the culture of a home.”
 Anne Strickland, PORT Mfg. & Design

Basic to every room design is the focal point. It is the place where the eye first comes to rest when entering the room — making it one of the most important features for a well-decorated space. Creating a focal point that draws attention to itself will help pull the furniture arrangement together and make a busy space seem less so. Sometimes a focal point is an architectural feature, which tends to be more natural — like a fireplace, built-in cabinets or a wonderful outdoor view. Other times, a focal point has to be created, which can be accomplished by placing a beautiful piece of furniture or artwork on a feature wall. Painting the wall in this area a contrasting color is a great way to emphasize this type of focal point.”
 Linda Shears, Linda Shears Designs

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Left: Room Service Interior Design. Right: Richard Ross Designs.
Left: Room Service Interior Design. Right: Richard Ross Designs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 – The Year of the Bathroom Remodel

2015 is officially here, and while personal resolutions are a great way to improve one’s physical and mental health, it’s important not to forget the brick-and-mortar that keeps our families safe and sound. We asked designers and MDC showroom staff alike what interior design resolutions they made for 2015. We quickly learned that bathroom renovations were the most popular design project on people’s to-do lists:

• “I’ve noticed that bathrooms are replacing the kitchen in importance for updating amongst our clients. Homeowners want an in home spa feel, furniture pieces retrofitted for vanities, tile and stone continuing from a heated floor to cladded walls, showers, tub enclosures. Curbless showers with seating and cubbies complete the feel of relaxation in the bath, with mood lighting and warmed towels.” - Barbi Krass, Colorworks Studio

• “My intent is to renovate my main bathroom...Keeping the tile and bringing it back to life, replacing the cabinet and counter, and adding some new lighting and paint.” - Camile Naimy, Showroom Manager at Decoroom

• “I’d like to blow out a hall bath to the studs and completely redo it, paint the master bedroom and replace the window treatments. Also, I’d like to redo the basement and add an addition to the back of the house.  In other words in 2015 I want to think big! Why not?” - Teri Main, Main Design Innovations

• “First, I’d like to add more native Michigan plants to my garden. Second, I’m planning on remodeling the last two harvest gold and avocado green bathrooms left in the area…Mine!” - Barbara Bilobran, Showroom Manager at Marie-Howard Showroom

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see other designers’ and MDC showroom staff resolutions for 2015! What do you plan to accomplish in your homes in 2015?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Give the Gift of Great Design

The holiday season is in full swing which means the search for the perfect gift is on. Let our 2014 Gift Guide do the shopping for you. We make it a little easier to find something special for everyone on your list.

Antique brass finish candlesticks from de Grimme Gallery will make the perfect addition to any mantle or dining table.

The decorative glass jug with rope handle from Michael Coyne Design is beautiful on its own, as a vase, or memento holder.

The black wooden cat from RJ Thomas, Ltd. would look great perched anywhere in an animal lover's home.

Decoroom has several vintage Detroit prints featuring some of the city’s landmarks throughout history. Perfect for the Detroit enthusiast or history buff.


The antique cake plate from Marie-Howard Showroom is lovely on its own, or with a delicious cake on top.

The bar set with bone inlay from Decoroom is a great addition to any bar and the perfect tool set for any mixologist.

The wine enthusiast can display their wine in style with the metal tree wine rack from Lighting Resource Studio.

The 4-piece bathroom set from Ann Sacks is a great gift for the hostess that wants to pamper her guests with a hotel experience.


The magnifying glass and letter opener set from RJ Thomas, Ltd. will make any desk complete.

Give the executive on your list the gift of organization with the Barbara Barry desk organizer from Henredon Interior Design Showroom.

The vintage map tray from Lighting Resource Studio looks great on a desk or coffee table.

The swirled glass perfume diffuser from Decoroom looks great on a desk or bookcase and allows for a quick freshen-up.


Inspire someone’s home with Barbara Barry’s book Around Beauty from Henredon Interior Design Showroom.

The granite throw with silver lurex weaving from Designer Group Collection looks great draped over a sofa and feels great to snuggle with.

The modern spot tables from Michael Coyne Design add a pop of color to any room.

The Michigan Design Center gift certificate is perfect for anyone on your list – from the new homeowner to the remodeler. Everyone can find something for their home at Michigan Design Center