THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 9 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Spring Launch Party at Ann Sacks

Trade members are invited to help celebrate the all-day Spring Launch Party at Ann Sacks, Suite 91, while seeing the season’s newest lines. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.; lunch from noon - 1 p.m.; and cocktails from 4 - 6 p.m. RSVP: or 248.643.3393.

Renovations Done Right

Considering a home renovation? Before risking costly mistakes, learn how to do it the proper way from the pros at the second-annual Renovations Done Right on Friday, April 26, at Michigan Design Center. See three keynote presentations in the Mid-America Room by expert interior designers. Admission is free, but you must RSVP by April 24 to reserve your seat.

Spring Trunk Show at Designer Furniture Services + Fabrics

Trade members, visit Designer Furniture Services + Fabrics, Suite 22, for an exclusive trunk show of the spring lines for Fabricut, S. Harris, Stroheim, Vervain, and Trend, presented by Fabricut’s Wendy Baker. Take advantage of the Trunk Show Discount offering trade members 10% off any orders placed at the showing on all luxury brands (S. Harris, Stroheim, and Vervain).  Also learn about the new Quick Ship Drapery Panel Program available through DFS’ Finished Product Department. A light lunch and desserts will be served, and there will be goody bags and a door prize. Please RSVP to

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 | 10:30 A.M.
The Power of Niche

Trade members are invited to a lively presentation by Sean Low at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in the Mid-America Room. The Power of Niche will focus on understanding your unique talent and how to hone your special skills. Sean is founder and president of the consulting firm The Business of Being Creative and has vast experience as a lawyer and consultant to creative professionals. Please RSVP to Debbie Homenik at by Friday, May 3. Breakfast will be served.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 | 11:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Sherwin-Williams CEU: “Design's Role in the Healthy Home Movement”

Trade members, join Sherwin-Williams in the Mid-America Room for a presentation navigating the complex maze of product choices made available through the healthy home movement. Specifically, which paint technologies you can specify to help improve the quality of your client’s home with respect to indoor air quality, odors, mold and mildew, and disease-causing bacteria on painted surfaces. You will also learn how to find paints and coatings that are third-party certified and strategies for incorporating natural elements with biophilic design theory. Lunch will be provided. This presentation is limited to maximum of 40 trade professionals, so please RSVP here by Friday, May 10. This CEU is .01 LU for IDCEC & AIA.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 | 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Chet’s Cleaning Lunch & Learn: Debunking Myths and Discovering Truths

Trade professionals are invited to learn from industry professionals about textiles and the “truths” about cleaning on Tuesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Mid-America Room. Lunch will be provided. Experts will dispel myths regarding cleaning and care of fabrics such as rayon, viscose, jute, sisal, silk, and Crypton. Also, two attendees will win either a $500 gift certificate toward Diamond Protection Services or a $100 spotting kit from Chet’s Cleaning (must be present for the entire presentation to win). Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17, to or register here.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 11:30 A.M.
Pindler Hosts a Lunch & Learn CEU

Trade professionals are invited to join Pindler for a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mid-America Room. A representative from Applied Textiles will present a CEU on “The Science Behind Performance Textiles.” Please RSVP to by Friday, May 17.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 | 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Maximizing Tile Installation with Trim Profiles CEU

Virginia Tile invites design professionals to join Craig Weiss, Commercial Sales Manager for Schluter Systems, for a presentation in the Mid-America Room on how trim profiles improve the integrity of tile installations and increase the versatility of tile in various applications, including floors, walls, countertops, and more. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, May 24, to Kristen Fantin at or 586.255.5049.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 | 5 - 8 P.M.
 | Suite 82
“The Unexpected Mix” Trade Reception

RJ Thomas, Ltd. and Judy Frankel Antiques are collaborating to bring you an ongoing series, “The Unexpected Mix: The Beauty of Mixing Old with New,” in which notable designers combine contemporary furnishings with antiques in their vignettes. The next designers are Dan Davis and Amy Vucaj, whose vignettes will be on display from June 1 - July 15. Trade members are invited to a reception with food and drinks on Wednesday, June 5, from 5 - 8 p.m. in Suite 82 of the RJ Thomas showroom. Please RSVP by Friday, May 24, to or 248.822.1300.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 | 1 - 3 P.M. | Suite 82
“The Unexpected Mix” Meet & Greet

RJ Thomas, Ltd. and Judy Frankel Antiques are collaborating to bring you an ongoing series, “The Unexpected Mix: The Beauty of Mixing Old with New,” in which notable designers combine contemporary furnishings with antiques in their vignettes. The next designers are Dan Davis and Amy Vucaj. The public is invited to see the vignettes and meet Dan, Amy, and Judy, from 1 - 3 p.m. in Suite 82 of the RJ Thomas showroom.

“The Year in Design”: A Keepsake

Recently, MDC hosted a gala party, “The Year in Design,” which celebrated the fine work of metro Detroit’s trade professionals. We asked interior designers to submit a few images of what they considered their favorite work over the last year. Here’s a pictorial souvenir of their spectacular designs.

The Latest

Through a harmonious collaboration with Japanese artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, Black Edition has embarked on an exploration of time-honored Japanese printmaking practices. As beautiful up close as from a distance, Katsutoshi Yuasa’s artwork is reimagined in this wallcovering collection that embraces Asian design and ancient craft in a contemporary and elegant way.

This exclusive group of Linen Textures were inspired by the colors and warmth of Tuscany. Rustic yet refined, elegance with a sense of simplicity – these linen blended qualities make a statement but have a relaxed sophistication. Woven in earthy, usable colorways, this grouping is a new and decorative look for linen.

Italian Icon porcelain tile

Italian Icon is a collection of vein-cut and cross-cut travertine-look porcelain tile in four colors with two coordinating mosaic options. It comes in 12" x 24" and 24" x 48" sizes and is suitable for residential and commercial applications.

Trompe L'oeil wall covering

Full-tilt decorating is back! Schumacher’s Trompe L'oeil collection is a take on the age-old painting technique, with an artful spin. These inventive wallpapers, several of which were designed specifically for ceilings, add drama and elegance to any space. Beautifully crafted with the look of hand painting, fanciful classical forms, and figurative elements celebrate artifice with a playful wink.

Mont Blanc by Stanton

New from Stanton, the Mont Blanc broadloom is woven in solution-dyed nylon for superior colorfastness. Nylon is the most durable of all synthetic carpet fibers and has inherent anti- microbial properties since it is resistant to moisture and bacterial growth. Available in six colorways.

Lunada Bay Tile Namibia

A trip to the South Atlantic coast of Africa offers vistas of rippling dunes, flat clay pans, and rocky outcrops, not to mention endless sky. This landscape is the inspiration for the Namibia series, a three-dimensional ceramic tile collection which incorporates a hand-sculpting techniques to create tiles that are truly one-of-a-kind. The undulating patterns come in four formats that engage a sense of adventure and rejuvenation.

Crazy X Tray Console Table

A contemporary alternative to the bar cart, the Crazy X Tray Console Table is narrow enough for the hallway, and chic enough for the foyer. From the TA Studio No. 2 collection, this stainless steel with inlaid tray top table is available in over forty unique finishes.

Osborne & Little Memphis

Celebrated textile designer Margo Selby follows the success of her Ragtime for Osborne & Little with Memphis, a new collection with a variety of woven fabric qualities including cut velvets and wool. The patterns are inspired by the recording artists from Memphis and Motown, the homes of blues and soul in the 1950's and 1960's. The color palette features vibrant fuchsia, cherry, teal, jade, and citrus as well as quieter tones of sage, silver, and grey.

Jan Showers introduces her second collection of furniture with Kravet Design. Featuring an assortment of chairs, tables, sofas, and benches, this collection is a reflection of Jan’s signature style. Sophisticated silhouettes with unparalleled luxury and comfort fit interiors that range from traditional to contemporary – and everything in between.

Moroccan-inspired rugs by Dash & Albert are electric, bold, nuanced, and graphic. Find the perfect rug for your style in jute, wool, and indoor/outdoor rugs, available in several hues from natural to blue – and every shade in between. These rugs also serve as a fine complement to Chatham House’s Verellen upholstery.

Cynara Medium Chandelier

The Cynara Medium Chandelier by E. F. Chapman celebrates whimsy and structure with a bounty of gilded brass petals that cast a soft glow from within. Hardwired for one light, this show-stopping fixture is also available in white, silver leaf, and matte black.

S. Harris Naturalist Collection

The Naturalist Collection from S. Harris is a grouping of textiles that are reminiscent of nature in its true habitat – animal skins, floral, botanicals, and textures. Adventure to new, unexplored possibilities with the newest fabrics, trimmings, and wallcoverings at Designer Furniture Services + Fabrics.

RJ Thomas accessories

RJ Thomas offers a remarkable selection of art, wall décor, lamps, and accessories, now available with Special Spring Savings. Registered designers may take them out on “48-hour approval” for the perfect installation. An RJT design consultant can provide details.

Ann Sacks Vedere mirrored glass tile

Vedere, a remarkable vintage-look mirrored glass tile, is handcrafted by gifted artisans from Siena, Italy. This Ann Sacks exclusive tile gives the appearance of a time-aged mirror. Its shimmering face shifts in varying soft colors and has a surface broken by contrasting mottling and flecking, making it a beautiful choice for all indoor wall applications.