Ellwood Interiors

Inviting Outdoor Spaces

After a chilly, rainy spring and being cooped up indoors, most of us are eager to enjoy outdoor spaces. But designing these areas takes as much planning and aesthetic sensibility as creating an interior room. This space designed by Amanda Sinistaj is a prime example. We asked a trio of expert designers how they designed these outdoor spaces in Grosse Pointe, Novi, and Bloomfield Hills, and for advice in how best to take advantage of the natural environment.

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The Big Edit

As another calendar year turns the page, it’s time to start off on a fresh foot. That includes design, where a streamlined simplicity is the goal, such as this space designed by Laura Zender. Careful editing will reduce clutter, and rearranging items can create an invigorated look. A fresh décor can sometimes have the added benefit of clearing our minds. Whether they’re starting from scratch or refreshing a current space, professional designers offer their advice on editing a space.

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Open Shelving

Fun Summer Hideaways

It’s no surprise that Michiganders love to be near water, and although our summers may not last long, that does not stop us from maximizing our time in the sun. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool or water on your property, how about a cozy spot adjacent to the water to eliminate trips into the main house or simply for relaxation? Several designers share their favorite summer hideaways.

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Vacation Inspiration

We wouldn’t grow as people if we remained forever in our little corner of the globe. For designers, travel serves as a conduit for creativity and inspiration. Perhaps centuries-old mosaics in India, hand-blown Murano glass viewed in Italy, or the turquoise beaches of Mexico will find their way into a designer’s repertoire once he or she arrives back home. A region’s architecture, geography, flora, and even cuisine can inspire, too.

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In the Dark

Light and airy rooms are very welcoming and accommodating, but they sometimes lack the warmth and sophistication that a well-done, dark and moody space offers. Read more about how several of the area’s top designers incorporated these dark hues into their clients’ spaces.

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Wrapping It Up

“Trend forecasting” is always a hot topic this time of year, but we thought we would take a different approach and ask designers and showroom staff what design trends they believe have overstayed their welcome. Conversely, we were curious to learn the trends they have seen emerge recently and believe will continue to gain steam in 2017.

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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:

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