Interior Design Blog - McMullin Design Group - Haddonfield, NJ

Discrimination in North Carolina

Posted by Bridget McMullin on April 18, 2016

The furniture industry has always been a “Good Ole Boys” club. Even during my years as a student, it was quite evident who ruled the roost when it came to the industry.  It became even more prevalent when I began attending High Point Market in 2007.  A women’s place was behind the desk, answering phones, and assisting the male sales force. They teetered on their stilettos walking us through the showrooms killing their feet on…

How to Keep a Construction Project on Time (Which in Return Usually Means on Budget)

Posted by Bridget McMullin on April 12, 2016

One word. PLANNING! Planning for any project takes patience.  It’s hard, especially when our clients have been waiting for years to build that perfect house or to move into their dream neighborhood.  Waiting another day to get started is always tough, especially when they realize that the HGTV half-hour timeline is not compatible with the family room/kitchen open concept vision that needs to be ready by move-in.  The Property Brothers fail to show the five…

Never Choose Your Paint First!

Posted by Bridget McMullin on April 05, 2016

Please, read the title again.  As a designer, I say this on every single project.  MDG’s other designers say it on every project.  And still, clients insist on picking paint first.  I am passionate about this stance, so much so that I will stake my reputation upon this absolute statement.  Unless you have an unlimited budget that allows you to have everything custom made, you should never, EVER chose your paint first. Here are the…

You Can Never Go Wrong with These Four Wallcoverings

Posted by Bridget McMullin on March 29, 2016

Most people have a love/hate relationship with wallpaper. They love the impact, but they hate the cost. They love the options, but they hate the commitment. They want the pattern, but are scared of making a mistake. If you are phobic of wallcoverings but are open to the idea, consider these five neutral options to start your journey. A Neutral Repeat This “tiled” wallcovering from York Wallcovering almost feels like a wood grain or a…

How to Create Better Use of an Entry When Space is Limited

Posted by Bridget McMullin on March 23, 2016

The Zone of Chaos! The Magnet of Clutter! My Insanity! These are just a few descriptions of my client’s foyers.  Their words, not mine. They lament about the old days, when there was enough room.  This is usually the days before kids.   But now, everything is out of control and they are looking for a quick fix, a furniture solution, a cubbyhole paradise. I had a client a few years ago show me her back…

Welcome Home – Foyers That Set the Tone

Posted by Bridget McMullin on March 22, 2016

Sometimes a foyer is small and sometimes it is grand, but in any situation a foyer sets the tone for the rest of the home. Tiny Takes Small doesn’t mean unconsidered!  The reflective wallcovering, detailed mirror, and dainty artisan pieces make this cozy entrance feel considered. Traditional Accents Before & After:  Everything is the same and yet totally different!  By removing the dated chair rail and adding a cork wallcovering, this antique-style space now feels…