RJ Thomas

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.

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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.

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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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Hit the Deck

The mild winter we’ve been experiencing has us eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. Whether it’s hosting friends and family for a weekend barbecue or enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, here are some of the latest outdoor products, sure to help you relax in the great outdoors this upcoming season.

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September Lobby Vignette: Pamela Livingston Hardy

As you enter the “D” lobby, you’ll spot the comfortable-looking vignette created by designer Pamela Livingston Hardy. Pamela describes the space, titled “Family Friendly,” as “a family room that represents a space with room for all to relax, play games, watch TV, and gather as a family.” These showrooms graciously lent furnishings for the vignette: Duralee, RJ Thomas, Ltd., Kravet, and City Lights Detroit.

Pamela also shared her design tips for family rooms:

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Refresh & Rejuvenate for Spring

Seasons change outside, so there’s no reason that interiors can’t also change with the season – and it doesn’t require a major style overhaul or big expense. Like wardrobes, our décor can go into winter storage and brought out again when the weather turns cool. Here are some suggestions on how to spring into action with your décor:

Take down heavy curtains that seemed appropriate for winter and install draperies with a lightweight fabric, like muslin, sailcloth cotton, or a silk-linen blend.

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Treat Yourself!

With the holidays officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for gift-givers everywhere to treat themselves to something special. We asked some of the area’s top designers which particular design elements they “splurge” on, and which elements they take a more modest approach with, leaving their clients happy while also staying within budget.

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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.

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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.

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

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