Back It Up! Seating Highlights from High Point Market’s Spring 2017 Show

Posted by Bridget McMullin on May 16, 2017

Most seating options are designed to be viewed from a relatively limited number of vantage points. Owners tend to align their seating options against a wall so details on the back of the piece are ignored or thrown in as an afterthought, while the furniture designer concentrates only on those angles which are viewable from the front and sides. From large manufacturers always looking to maximize the efficiency of their processes, this makes sense. Why…

Simple Tricks to Make Your Kitchen Work for You

Posted by Bridget McMullin on October 18, 2016

Kitchen design is not a one size fits all agenda. Sure, you have to consider the major pieces that make a kitchen function (like your sink, dishwasher, and stove), but you also need to consider other factors such as the age of your client, the kitchen tools they cannot live without, their entertaining goals… the list can go on and on. Over the years we have considered many families, singletons, and empty nesters all with…

Belly On Up: The Best Metal Barstools for your Buck

Posted by Bridget McMullin on September 28, 2016

Forget those horrid black metal barstools! These hot metal classics will rev up your kitchen island with some sophisticated flair. Sunpan’s Stanley Barstool with Cowhide Made of plastic, cowhide and stainless steel, this lightweight barstool will add a punch of texture and hipness to your otherwise quiet kitchen. Safavieh Couture Kian Barstool Brass is back!  Embracing the change will bring a whole new design element to your home.  Black and brass is a sophisticated and…

Diary of a Designer: Girl PLEASE! Don’t Tell Me You Have a $20,000 Kitchen Budget and Want a Sub-Zero Refrigerator.

Posted by Bridget McMullin on September 13, 2016

The top pet peeve of every designer, contractor, kitchen cabinet supplier, and all other professional service providers in my industry:  People NOT being realistic about their budget! I’m going to get honest here, kitchens don’t cost $20,000 anymore. Maybe if you go to IKEA and plan a whole DIY kitchen, you might be able to pull it off.  I prove otherwise below, and many other blogs and articles will also bring you back to reality…

8 Pillows That Make The Designers at MDG Happy

Posted by Bridget McMullin on June 21, 2016

A pillow is the perfect design tool.  It’s quick and easy to replace, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and it makes a BIG impact in a room.  You can change your pillows with the season. Heck, you can change your pillows when you change your mind.  No one is judging! Pillows can start a design conversation or can be the last element to find for a space.  Next time you are ready to…

Five Reasons To Order Custom Window Treatments

Posted by Bridget McMullin on June 07, 2016

Did you think that all window treatments were the same?  You thought wrong.  Here are five great reasons to order custom window treatments for your home. Because they fit just right. We all know that when a suit is tailored to your body it looks amazing.  The same is true for your window treatments.  Ready-made treatments are made to fit the most windows possible.  I say “fit” with a grain of salt, as sheering a…