Terry Ellis

When to Splurge and When to Save

Mixing high-end items with more moderately priced pieces to stay on a client’s budget is a balancing act that professional interior designers are adept at handling with skill and taste. Designers know when and how to choose a more affordable piece in a room without sacrificing the space’s cohesion or impact, such as in this example by Dan Davis Design. Find out how designers accomplish this as they share some of the tricks of their trade. MDC’s Sample Sale is March 13-14, so maybe you can find a furnishing that mixes well in your space.

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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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It’s a Picnic

Whether you’re enjoying a late summer evening on the patio or having a pool party on a hot July day, our outdoor spaces are ideal when hosting family and friends during the warm summer months. We asked some of the area’s top designers to share their top priorities when creating outdoor spaces their clients will love for many summers to come.

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Art Lesson

A well-placed piece of art or the perfectly incorporated artwork collection can do wonders in completing any space. Whether it unifies a room via an appropriate color palette, or simply provides a stunning focal point, artwork has solidified its role as an essential design element. Some of the area’s top designers shared their tried-and-true methods on how they successfully incorporate artwork into their projects.

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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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Get Organized!

Great design not only beautifies our homes, it enhances our lives.  Here’s a look at how several of metro Detroit’s top designers incorporated clever organizational concepts into their clients’ homes.

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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.

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