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

A small sailboat abandoned on a sandy beach surrounded by blue sky, water, and wild grasses have become the palette for a blue and sand master bedroom.
A small sailboat abandoned on a sandy beach surrounded by blue sky, water, and wild grasses have become the palette for a blue and sand master bedroom.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Decoration by Inspiration

Design inspiration can be found everywhere, contends Terry Ellis of Room Service Interior Design, and it can be employed in design to create something personal and customized. Whether that inspiration is from a far-away vacation, or just down the street, Ellis suggests to “let your guard down and look around, something might just call your name.” Spaces inspired by a family vacation, or a park in your neighborhood will always be a meaningful reminder of a special time or place.

If something is particularly interesting, Ellis recommends taking a picture of it in that moment. “I often feel compelled to take photographs of objects or scenes that I find beautiful,” says Ellis. “Those images might stay in my mind for a period of time, and then I’ll want to translate them into something tangible that I can have in my home.”

Ellis travels extensively, and often finds that inspiration from those trips will filter back into her designs. Inspiration doesn’t need to come from a trip to Croatia or Buenos Aires. Ellis has found objects just down the block that have been transformed into beautiful pieces to enjoy.