Preparing for Holiday Guests: 4 Things You Can Start Doing RIGHT NOW

Let’s be honest, your house is the most fabulous in the family. This is why everyone always wants to be your holiday houseguest. And really, you did spend all that time, effort, and money on your pristine home, so why not show it off?!

Even though you have a chic, daily setup that works for you, there’s always a fair amount of preparation to be done right before the guests arrive. Your guest space looks great, but to be the ultimate hostess and make your guests feel as comfortable as possible, there are a few things you might want to put on your to-do list right now. But don’t boggle your brain trying to figure that out, we have it all figured out for you. Just stick around for this quick read on what you can do to be prepared for holiday guests. 

 

Clean and Declutter

Woof. This is the least exciting part of guest prep. But it has to be done. Move any unnecessary clutter to a storage closet, far away from the guest space. Friends and family will be living here, so make it easy for them to move around. They don’t want to have to worry about bumping into that super expensive picture frame and breaking it. 

Want to make your cleaning life easier? Use cloth diapers (clean ones, of course) for cleaning. They’re fantastic for all the surfaces! And they’re so absorbent, they can take a stain out of just about anything.

 

Create Additional Space

This doesn’t mean start that over-the-garage guest suite addition you’ve been waiting on. Don’t get too crazy. All you need to do is create space within the rooms you already have. Make sure there’s space in your coat closet, add a guest laundry basket to the mudroom, and free up extra drawers and closets in the guestroom. This is why decluttering and moving things out of the guest space is important. Especially if your guests are staying longer than just an overnight visit. 

If you really want to go the extra mile, you can add a coffee bar in your guest space or kitchen. You can also make snacks and beverages easily accessible by adding a mini-fridge and treat basket. Remember, the ultimate goal is to make your guests feel at home, without you having to wait on them hand and foot. And, it helps you avoid awkward conversations when someone has to ask you for something. 

Putting extra stools at the breakfast bar and chairs at the table also helps guests feel more welcome. Additional seating is like a subliminal message to guests that they’re free to sit wherever, no need to wait for an invitation. 

Our designer Debbie is basically the queen of houseguests, here are a few of her suggestions for making a guest area more functional:

  • Make sure the guest bed is layered with plenty of pillows and extra blankets. Also, make sure there are more in the closet. 
  • Bring in an extra chair or bench, if you don’t already have one. Guests need a space to put their belongings, like a handbag, that isn’t the bed.
  • Fresh towels are a must! And lots of them. 
  • Provide good mirrors. A magnifying mirror in the bathroom is great, and a full length mirror in the bedroom. 
  • Add a blow dryer and let your guests know they don’t have to bring one.
  • Provide makeup remover sheets, your towels will thank you!
  • Keep a vanity cabinet empty so your guests have a place to store their items and keep the counters free from clutter.
  • Stock those small bottles of water so your guests don’t feel like they’ll disturb the household if they need some water in the middle of the night. 
  • If your guest room was previously one of your kiddos’ room, make sure it’s updated to be a true guest retreat. Tuck away any of those high school relics that might usually live in this room. 

 

 

Stock Up

Now THIS is the fun part. It’s time to shop… for the guests, of course. Your endgame here is to get everything you need for your guests to take full advantage of the space you’ve already designed. Here’s a quick list of things you might want to buy while you’re on your shopping adventure:

  • Breakfast foods and late night snacks
  • More toilet paper and paper towels than you think you’ll need
  • Outdoor activities for the little ones
  • Treats for any traveling pets
  • Extra toiletries 
  • Additional phone chargers
  • Adult beverages (little bottles are cute to have on display in your guest space)

 

 

Add the Finishing Touches

Before you stand back and brush the dust off your hands from a job well done, we have a list of things you can do to make sure your guests remember who is the most wonderful host in the whole world. Give them a stay they’ll never forget by “polishing” your space:

  • Add a welcome sign or a simple handwritten note.
  • Make a list of nearby coffee shops, cafes, and grocery stores.
  • Add motion detector night lights in any areas where guests might venture out to in the night.
  • Make a playlist of background music and share it with your guests… holiday music is a bonus.
  • Put together a basket of toiletries in the bathroom and a separate snack/bev basket in the bedroom. 
  • Frame your wifi password for easy access, or just create a QR code so guests can have it handy at all times. 
  • Add fresh flowers wherever you can. And, to keep it festive, add just one or two holiday decs. You still want to keep it minimal, but festive at the same time. 

 

 

Now you can take a step back and admire your hard work. Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax… until the guests arrive, of course. And, if you’re realizing you really do need more space, or you’re ready to design that home addition you’ve been dreaming of, we’ve got your back!

 

Michelle Lynne Interiors Group is a Dallas-Ft. Worth based Interior Design team that specializes in creating homes that are happier and more efficient for busy people. If you’re ready to take your Dallas hospitality to a new level with a smart, stylish, and fun space give us a call or reach out via our contact page

 

This is How You Style Your Home With Beloved Travel Mementos

Traveling is one of the best ways to create lifelong memories, yet when you return from a great trip, you’re left with a bit of a post-travel let down. We call this, “Post-Vacation Depression” and folks, it’s a very real thing. It’s that massive feeling of “womp, womp, womp” that creeps up on you the second you walk through the door of your home and have to unload that beautifully curated suitcase. 

Adding travel mementos to your home is a great way to keep those sacred travel memories alive, and add a little spice to your existing design. That doesn’t mean dig out all your Spring Break ‘00 or fortieth birthday souvenirs and sprinkle them throughout your home, or go room to room adding a travel-inspired theme. There’s a definite balance to incorporating your travels throughout the home while keeping your home stylish and efficient. 

Do you love to shop while on vacay, looking for those hidden gems that bring you and your family joy? Are you in constant “memento mode” on your vacations, snagging anything and everything in an attempt to keep these magical moments alive when you return home? If the answer to either of these is yes, then stick around. If you’re planning a trip and you’d like to better understand what to look out for while shopping and exploring, stay right here. This blog is sharing all the deets (and by “deets,” we mean details of course), of how to properly style your home with your beloved travel mementos that will bring you daily joy for years to come.  

 

Planning a Trip? Make a “Shopping List.”

 

Before you hop in the car or jump on a plane, do a little research to find possible places to shop. Look for artisan markets or shops frequented by locals. When you get to your destination, ask around, see what people are saying, and then go exploring. 

Your goal should be to find unique, inspired, hand-crafted or one-of-a-kind items that you can use in your home, as opposed to loading up your coffee table and built-ins with knick knacks. And, things you will use daily will always keep your travels fresh in your mind. Purposeful, intentional, and thoughtful are the keywords here.

 

 

Smaller Decor Items 

 

Although not impossible, bringing home your favorite chaise from a Parisian furniture boutique poses a few logistical challenges. Instead, opt for smaller pieces that blend seamlessly with your already established style. This will allow you to enhance the individuality of your space, without taking away from the cohesive design you’ve already worked so intentionally to create.

Here are just a few ideas of travel tokens that fit in your suitcase, that will also add an extra level of happiness to your home: 

  • Linens, handkerchiefs, and handmade cloth items to use as table runners and placemats
  • Handmade artwork from local artists
  • Baskets to use as wall hangings, table decor, or even hire someone to turn into a light fixture if you’re really feeling creative
  • Smaller area rugs
  • Handcrafted picture frames 
  • Christmas ornaments

 

Clever Ways to Incorporate “Souvenirs” with Style

 

There are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to styling your souvenirs. Our very own designer, Debbie Pratt, notes the importance of creating a cohesive space that doesn’t “resemble a theme park,” and to make sure that the spaces “speak to each other, yet still retain their own identity.”

Our design on Pasadena Ave. showcases our clients’ love of international travel with pieces they brought home, as well as travel-inspired decor. The natural flow of the decor and the home in this design are a perfect example of travel-inspired design, done right.

 

 

Another important tid bit, from our other fab designer, Megan Fornes, is to consider your souvenirs carefully. Choose pieces that tell part of your travel story. Make sure everything you add is important and brings you joy.  

 

Balance Existing Decor with Tangible Travel Memories

 

When you bring home something from your travels, it’s essentially a memory that you can hang onto. While the sentiment is lovely, it’s important to strike a balance between your existing decor and these pieces, so you don’t find yourself living in what looks like a tropical hotel gift shop, or mountain lodge. It’s all about balance. 

When you add collected items from older trips, make sure to consider the balance and scale. Ask yourself, and answer honestly, does it fit in the space or does it look out of place? Avoid smaller accessories grouped together, this can appear too cluttered. 

Your existing color story has to be part of your thought process as well. Make sure you’re thinking about the room and surrounding spaces, so everything has a natural, seamless flow, including your newly added accessories.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The bottom line is you don’t have to leave all your travels behind, you can bring them home with you. And, because you’re you, and your home is a work of art, all of these travel mementos can be incorporated into your existing design in the most tasteful, classy way so that you can continue to have the most beautiful home. 

But, if you’re staring at all of your travel mementos and feeling completely overwhelmed by the idea of how to integrate them into your impeccably styled home, don’t worry. You don’t have to approach it alone. We’ve helped plenty of clients with this very challenge. 

Contact us today to enlist the help of our professional design team. We’ve had years of experience designing homes to be happier and more efficient throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. You can feel confident that our team creates a space that accurately fits your style and provides the solutions you need to make your life even easier. If you’re ready to take action on your space, contact us today to get started.

 

 

 

Want to maintain a stylish home with kids? Read on for our expert tips!

If you have kids or teens at home, the thought of maintaining your stylish and organized home has crossed your mind at least one or two million times… am I right? Finding the balance between allowing your home to be lived in and keeping the kiddos happy, without compromising the design you’ve worked so hard to keep, is tricky, but not impossible. 

When school is out in Dallas-Ft. Worth and kids are home for the entire summer (or holiday break), it feels like there’s a lot MORE chaos and a lot LESS organization at home. With the constant traffic, plus trips to the pool, the Dallas Zoo, summer camp(s), and general transportation to and from friend’s houses, life is BUSY during this season of life!

While it’s definitely a shift in routine having your kids home all the time, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep your space well-designed and organized! We’re serving up our tried and true expert tips and solutions to keeping your home smart, stylish and fun, even with school-aged kids at home.

 

Create Dedicated Kid Zones

Kids will be kids, as in they’re done with school and ready to be free for the summer. Chances are they’ve had enough rule-following and structure for a while, so the only thing on their radar is to let loose and have fun. 

Creating a designated space in your home that is kid-friendly gives your children the freedom they need to do all of the kid things, without creating chaos around the entire house. For example, at our Dallas interior design project, Living La Vida Lokar, the library was a designated space in the home used for music lessons, playtime, and gathering with family, but was completely separate from the family living room.

Stylish storage with kids

It may seem simple, but for a lot of us, we’re just struggling to get someone to pick their shoes up off the floor, so a dedicated space may feel like a delusion. Sure, your kids have rooms where they can have their own personal space, but an actual area outside of that gives the idea of having even more freedom to roam… so they’re less likely to attempt to take over the entire home. 

Whether you choose an entire room or a designated part of the house, creating a dedicated kid-friendly space helps maintain organization and contain the mess. It’s all about the boundaries! And if you approach them with a “this is your very own space” instead of a “quit destroying my space” mindset, children will be more likely to get on board with your plan, instead of rebelling against your attempt to enforce any kind of structure or rules, you know how much they hate that. 

Incorporating storage into this space will help keep all the games, loose parts, art supplies, and who-knows-what-else tucked away in style, while blending in with your existing design. It doesn’t have to be a super complex storage system with labels and whatnot, unless that’s your thing. And if labels are your jam, then by all means, DO IT! But don’t stress too much about storage right now, we’ll dig into specifics next. 

 

Find Unique Storage Solutions

Storage is important, of course, but the RIGHT storage is what will really bring the organization and order.  The solutions that fully cater to your family’s needs are where you’ll find that happy medium where style and design meets mess-free living.  

There are two ways to accomplish this mission: furniture with storage space or creating your own custom designs. Choosing furniture with storage is an easy way to integrate a function piece, such as side tables with drawers or ottomans with hidden storage. If you have extra shelves, you can incorporate storage space by adding baskets. 

While kid-dedicated spaces are essential, having custom storage options for kids in areas that the family regularly hangs out, like the living room or dining room, creates style in an organized manner. 

For example, in our interior design project, Mockingbird Lane in Park Cities, custom storage was a must. A large scale built in cabinetry was made to house all of those small pieces that nobody wants to see (or step on), without much effort. Again, you can organize within the storage and go buckwild with labels and specifics, but it also works great on it’s own with just simple baskets and bins inside. 

 

Playroom cabinet storage

 

Choose Durable Furniture for Your Home

Being intentional in the furniture you choose can go a long way in maintaining a stylish home. Let’s be honest, kids don’t mind messes, they can throw their shoes on the ground and step over them at least 16 times before picking them up and putting them away, and even then a prompt is usually required. And, hello, snacks: kids and snaccidents go hand in hand! No matter how many times you say “please eat that in the kitchen,” you’re still going to find the random spill or trail of crumbs. 

For example, selecting leather couches are fashionable, easy-to-clean, and long-lasting. If that’s not your style, distressed furniture adds a stylish touch and will last beyond any kid-related messes.

If you prefer a lighter-colored fabric, such as white or bright blues, using kid-friendly washable covers can not only prevent permanent damage to your furniture from accidents and spills but is also easy to clean up. 

One of our best examples of a smart, stylish, and fun space that embraces kid-friendly living with style, Builder Blah to Home Sweet Home, showcases white sofas integrated into the space, creating a perfect balance of neutral colors to reflect the family’s aesthetics. Yes, white fabric and kids CAN work! 

With the performance washable cover couches, this family’s Midway Hollow Neighborhood home in Dallas now offers the flexibility for their kids to play and clean with ease. Plus, we treat all of the fabrics in every interior design project with a stain treatment. Adding this to any of your furniture will help to extend the life and beauty of your purchase. 


Performance Fabric

Work Together as a Team

While you may maintain the house normally by yourself, it can be a team effort during the summer. Take turns having your kids help to declutter or clean the space around the house. When you do this consistently, you’ll be able to maintain the style of your home. For example, one way we integrated working together as a team for Project Grayson on Mockingbird Lane was to add a chalkboard wall between both kids’ bedrooms to create a chore list so the kids could stay organized and know precisely what was expected of them. 

Less Is More 

Instead of trying to fit every corner of your home with design, do more with less in the house. Not only is this easier to clean and maintain on a daily basis, but it helps create open spaces and areas for movement without something breaking. Again, being intentional is key,  in the items you put into the room to create more style with less. 

For example, in our Southcrest interior design project, our goal was to transform the upstairs game room from an unfinished, unused space to an area the whole family could enjoy. One of the most important parts was planning out the furniture and creating space to play games without bumping into each other. By using minimal furniture and game additions, we were able to create a functional space that worked well for the entire family.

Maintaining the Perfect Kid-Friendly Space

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to keeping your stylish home in shape while the kids are home for summer. Use what you already have in place, and make it work for you. 

While the tips and tricks above are certainly going to help you on your way to organizational bliss, it’s possible that enlisting a professional might be the way to go. Especially if the mini-humans have already invaded your space and made their presence known, then it might be time to call for backup. Don’t panic! We’re here for you. 

We’ve had years of experience designing homes to be happier and more efficient throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. You can feel confident that our team will create a space that accurately fits your style and provide the solutions you need to make your life even easier. If you’re ready to take action on your space, contact us today to get started.

 

Achieving the Outdoor Living Space You Actually Want 

The recent Dallas-Ft.Worth winter snowstorm left us with a new appreciation for our “normal” Texas winters (and a whole lot of doom and gloom scattered around the exterior of our homes). What’s the bright side here? Mother Nature has officially granted you permission to go for it- it’s time to create the outdoor living space you have always wanted. After all, recent events have clearly proven that the real parties happen outside.

Flashback…

As you’re looking out the window, watching the beautiful, crisp white snow hit the ground, your first thought might have been, “Surely this isn’t going to stick,” and then maybe, “It’s mid-February, how much longer can this snow last?” Mother Nature answered with several inches of snow in and around our Dallas-Ft.Worth area and more snow than most of us have ever seen at once, or ever care to see again. And that’s not even including the record breaking streak of below zero temps… yuck.

During a time when outdoor spaces are a must, there wasn’t much of a silver lining in sight… until now. NOW is your chance to create a functional space for relaxation, fun gatherings, hosting, and entertaining with style and intention. But where do you start? What do you need to consider? Read on for our recommended first steps in achieving the outdoor living space you’ve always wanted. 

 

 

The design of your outdoor space is just as important as the design of your home interior. The style of your outdoor living space should complement the design style of your home’s interior AND architecture, in order to create a feeling of continuity between the interiors and exteriors. 

In addition, and well before selecting styles and color, it’s important to consider the functional needs of your outdoor spaces to achieve the goals of these areas. What’s the intended use for your outdoor space? What activities do you, family members, and/or your guests enjoy the most? Is this space meant to entertain or be a place for rest and relaxation, or both? The way you intend on spending your time in your outdoor space, will guide the design. You’ll begin to better understand your needs and overall have more clarity (and who doesn’t LOVE clarity? This team certainly does!). 

 

What Kind of Space Are You Working With? 

Our firm creates beautiful outdoor living spaces for homes all over the Dallas-Ft. Worth area from large estate homes to urban high rises and lake homes and everything in between. Each home has beautiful one of a kind potential and it’s our job to discover it and bring it to life for our clients. 

Estate homes offer all sorts of exciting ideas for creating outdoor spaces. The challenge becomes effective and efficient use of space. It’s important to first designate living areas or zones to achieve the goals of your space. Once you do, the opportunities are endless. Build in a cozy fireplace or a fire pit – outdoor living is made more special near the glowing ambiance of a fire. Bring the kitchen outdoors with a professional outdoor cooking space. Add bar style seating to create a gathering space, bring in the house chef’s selected outdoor kitchen appliances, and watch the joy ensue! For those that have a little extra space, freestanding retreats are popping up in many backyards. This type of “patio” is nice because it’s separated from the home and gives off the feeling that you’re truly on vacation! Design a pool that aligns to your home and achieves your family’s goals of rest, relaxation and activity. Lastly, with the right landscape design, you can create an outdoor oasis that is full of natural foliage to promote relaxation. 

 

 

Urban Dwellers 

If you’re one of the lucky urbanites living the high rise life, you may be working with limited outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add beauty and function. Even a few feet of space can be adequate for a cozy outdoor seating spot! Larger rooftop terraces and smaller balconies alike can both benefit from creative design selections from floor to ceiling windows or bifolding doors, outdoor kitchens with beautiful modern appliances, pergolas, beautiful flooring, the right plants and decor, and intentional lighting. 

 

Lake Living 

There’s something so tranquil and soothing about a lake house. Perhaps it’s the peaceful sounds of lake water and nature just feet away from your own front door or maybe it’s the nostalgic memories of summer days spent by the lake with family and friends. Whatever that feeling is for you, the lake is an ideal focal point for any outdoor design. A large screened-in porch (with retractable screens) paired with outdoor dining allows ample room for lounging and entertaining. Multiple-level decks allow additional vantage points of the lake as well as more livable areas to enjoy, and of course a chef-inspired outdoor kitchen helps you soak up all those lovely summer nights over delicious food and conversation.

 

 

… And Finally, Decorating

Yes, now you get to put the icing on the cake. Making selections for windows, lighting, furniture, flooring, appliances, foliage, and accessories are the finishing touches that everyone looks forward to. This is when you get to put your own personal stamp on the project. And of course, there’s the whole shopping component. Who doesn’t look forward to that part of a design?!

 

 

Putting all of these pieces into motion is when the magic starts to happen. But, it can get a little overwhelming. If the thought of pulling all of these thoughts together feels a bit overwhelming, enlist the help of a professional. We are here to help. 

We’ve designed homes all over the DFW metroplex, including University Park, Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Midway Hollow, North Dallas and Frisco, Westover Hills, Rivercrest, and Crestline in Ft. Worth. We believe that your house should reflect your style, make your life easier, and become the perfect backdrop for your family’s memories. 

If you’re ready to take action on your new outdoor space, give us a call. We would love to help you reimagine your space, design a beautiful outdoor environment, and set the stage for happy gatherings and fond memories for years to come. 

XOXO,

Michelle Lynne

 

Choosing the Right Kitchen Backsplash

Choosing the right kitchen backsplash can be overwhelming.

Remodeling a kitchen is a difficult and highly detailed project. There are so many decisions to be made, some of which are aesthetic, while others are purely functional.

There are so many kitchen styles to choose from, how do you narrow your selections down?

I wrote this article for Texasliving Magazine almost two years ago but with all of the kitchen renovations happening today, I thought it was a great time to share it again!

If you need help with selecting a kitchen backsplash, making selections for your kitchen refresh, or a full-blown kitchen remodel, we are here to help. But call NOW because the process takes longer than you would imagine. CONTACT US to get on the schedule.

Why You Need To Hire An Interior Designer For New Construction

Recently, my sister-in-law and her husband built a new house. Of course, I advised her when she asked, but I wasn’t going to “insert” myself and tell her all of the reasons why you need to hire an interior designer for new construction.

She has great taste and strong opinions (kind of like her brother…my husband…haha). Plus, she’s Type A and can get stuff done quickly and effectively, so she was ready to take on the task.

As she was finishing the project and had already moved in, she texted me this:

You need a designer for a new build

 

Obviously, I’m the one writing the article, but it brought up some great points about why you should hire a designer for new construction. All of the points noted are applicable whether building a whole house, creating an addition, or remodeling your space altogether.

First, let me start by saying that most builders are great people, working from the heart in an industry that they love. They are similar to interior designers…we do what we do because we love it. That doesn’t mean that we all have the best business practices.

More often than not, our industries muddle through the process and patch things together as they go. I know this because I work with interior designers, architects, and landscape professionals via my Designed for the Creative Mind division that provides education to business people in the creative space and have seen it first hand.

If you’re thinking about any sort of new construction, whether a new house or a remodel of your current home, here are some key reasons why you need to work with an interior designer:

Your builder may have a designer on staff, but do they simply take what you want and say yes to it? This is what happened to my sister-in-law, and her selections didn’t fit on the wall in her powder bath. The selections she made were beautiful, but when installed, they didn’t fit on the wall so they hung the sconces too high in order to accommodate. Does anybody else see Mickey Mouse in this image?

Powder bath don't

Why you need to hire an interior designer during new construction: so you don’t end up with Mickey Mouse ears above your bathroom mirror.

Another question about the builder’s designer is whether or not he or she is qualified, or just a family member with good taste?

A professional designer works with construction details regularly, and will often have the room dimensions in front of us when making selections. When in doubt, we can drop the details into our software to confirm they will fit and SHOW the client what will and will not work.

We are your guide through the construction process.
An interior designer provides measurements and elevations to confirm accuracy.

Know exactly what will and what will not fit in your new construction.

Often, we simply provide an “elevation” such as the image above that shows the dimensions of EXACTLY what will fit on the wall (and where) while also showcasing the design details. This saves time and money for the client and headaches during the new construction phase.

Your builder (or contractor if you’re remodeling) wants to please you and may not have the confidence, experience, or diplomacy to push back on some of your (ill-thought) requests. We currently are designing a kitchen for a client who did not enlist a designer for their master bathroom renovation. They now have to sit on their bathtub in order to brush their teeth at their vanity because the contractor did exactly what they asked for. Seriously.

Many builders or contractors operate on low pricing + high volume and want to get through your project as quickly as possible and may overlook details or provide less than stellar craftsmanship.

When you hire an interior designer, we are your advocates throughout the construction process. If your builder is not meeting timelines, switching out selections without your permission (yes, that also happened to my sister-in-law), or installs the backsplash with the wrong grout color, a designer will act as the intermediary to ensure the difficult conversations are not a distraction to your already busy day.

An interior designer will provide the builder with all of the selections in advance so there is plenty of lead time for ordering, shipping delays, and so forth.

When you work with an interior designer, we are looking at your house as a whole to ensure cohesiveness and consistency throughout the new construction. You don’t want your home to feel like Disneyland with various themed (i.e. styles) rooms.

The above are just a few of the key reasons you want to hire a designer for new construction. Any construction.

A designer is an extra expense but will benefit you before, during, and after the actual construction process.

A good designer will also know how – and where – to mix and match high and lower-end finishes so that your new construction doesn’t bankrupt you or not provide a return on investment, should you need to sell sooner than you anticipated.

Many clients have called once they realized how many hundreds of decisions need to be made when building a new home. Everything from the fun and sexy kitchen backsplash, countertop material, and gorgeous lighting, to the not so sexy plumbing valves, countertop edge, bathroom paper holder, and more.

If you are busy, do you have the time to be running all over town mixing and matching all of these details? Do you feel comfortable mixing and matching your metal finishes so your entire house isn’t “gold” or “silver”? What about black or pewter or brushed finishes? All of these details add character and beauty to a home.

Even if your builder sends you to a design center, don’t you want an advocate who isn’t getting commission and has more than a few hours to spend with you?

And finally, we’ll catch design details that builders don’t notice…they build…we design…it’s a team effort!

Don’t wait until you’ve already started the process. Call today and let’s discuss how we can make your new construction project fun instead of frustrating.

 

p.s. Wondering how to consider an interior designer? I’ve compiled some questions to ask an interior designer that may help you.

Better than Basic – A Guide to Modern Built-Ins as Office Shelves

With so many of us working from home these days, maximizing the space in our home office is more important than ever and an easy way to do that is to create modern built-ins.

If you caught the recent blog post on How to Design A Home Office that works as hard as you do, we discussed the overarching details that go into creating a home office. The where the what, and the how-to personalize it was key “ingredients” to creating a home office instead of working from your dining table but we didn’t talk about modern built-ins…a potential must for many who need ample storage.

I have recently relocated my own workspace and found that storage was integral to my productivity. Not just within my desk, but also for stationery, copy paper, the copier, banking supplies, reference materials, file folders, extra binders, hole punchers, extra batteries, and on and on and on. All the things that you don’t want to put on display, but all the things we need at our fingertips. Ideally, most of this can go into a closet with the room you’ve designated for your office, but that isn’t always an option. Office shelves can add beauty and function when planned and implemented properly.

Don’t settle for basic.

Often we find clients who ask their contractor to “build them some office shelves” and this is what they get:

Previous custom built ins lacked style.

Project Southcrest Study Built Ins BEFORE

Functional, right? But when we opened the doors and drawers, the client didn’t have anything inside them. They’re fortunate and have a large closet that provided ample storage. Basically, this solution was to house his television and the decorative items that had sentimental value. When we measured it, this built-in unit, “ate up” 26 inches of depth. That means there were more than 2 feet of space that was not able to be included in a floor plan, which decreased the size of the desk that would fit into the office space – and almost completely eliminated any additional seating (the Mrs. enjoyed coming in and keeping the Mr. company).

Determining WHAT sort of solution you need is the first step in creating shelving that is more stylish AND functional for your needs. Why create a basic shelf solution when you can have a modern built-in?

Sophisticated and masculine home office design created by Dallas based interior design firm, ML Interiors Group.| Includes mid century style desk, hide rug, and custom, modernized built in shelving.

Project Southcrest shelving AFTER

You can see above, we created modern, “floating” shelving that housed the decorative items he loved the most, a few reference books, some art, and of course some greenery. The shelves were different widths and depths so the solution was not only functional but also highly decorative. By removing the over two-foot-deep built-in, we added room for a larger desk, a comfy chair, and definitely more style. See more of this project via Instagram searching the hashtag #ProjectSouthcrest.

Don’t assume your office shelvs have to start from scratch.

In some instances, the built-in office shelves are too magnificent to simply rip out and replace. So what do you do? Add a coat (or three) of paint and transform them into a more modern version of what was original to the home. In this instance, we covered the dated wood with a beautiful black color selection to add richness and depth, while also keeping the masculinity and honoring the architecture of the space. Voila! Traditional shelves become a modern built-in!

Transform your traditional built in shelves into a modern masterpiece.

Before                                              &                                      After

 

Home Office with black built in shelving, a feizy accent rug, a fabricut upholstered desk chair and mixed metal accents. | ML Interiors Group

Project Tulip Home Office

Don’t be afraid to go bold.

Don’t be afraid to paint over yesterday’s trend.

Just make sure you hire a professional to do the painting so you’re not finding paint chips or missed curves & crevices that will annoy you as you use your home office in the years to come. See more of this project via Instagram searching the hashtag #ProjectTulip.

Wall-mounted shelving solutions still count as cool.

Home office shelves can provide a lot of storage solutions, but sometimes you just want to add a dose of pretty to your space without committing to modern built-ins.  If you don’t need a bunch of reference materials at your fingertips – you just want to gaze at your decor and enjoy the serenity of what surrounds you, adding a wall-mounted shelf may be just the solution needed!  A home office can be a sanctuary for your sanity…getting work done in a beautiful surrounding may not feel like work at all.

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Project Mockingbird Lane includes a soothing home office.

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Display of Pretties

This home office served as the home base for a mom who ran her own business AND the household, so it needed to provide peace and productivity. The gold & white mountable shelving provided a place for beautiful displays as well as adding visual depth to the design. See more of this project via Instagram searching the hashtag #ProjectMockingbirdLane.

Need it all? Hire a professional.

And finally, when you absolutely have to have storage at your fingertips and a dual workstation, identify what you need, what you want, and hire a designer. This beautiful modern built-in wall unit was designed to meet the specifics of the client.  See those drawers? There are hanging files, niches for folders, and one even pulls out with a printer. Plus, they were all designed around the existing windows so the natural light could continue to pour in around the office shelves. Additionally, the client wanted to have the option to turn around from his computer, use his writing desk, AND have room to host a conversation.

Home office shelving

With the wooden desktop accentuating the painted built-ins, subtle shiplap texture on the wall, and accent lighting above the windows, the aesthetic is as purposeful as the storage created with these modern built in shelves. See more of this project via Instagram searching the hashtag #LovelyInLakeHighlands.

If you want a workspace that reflects your needs and your style, give us a call at 972-248-4733, contact us – or simply email at Hello(at)MLInteriorsGroup(dot)com. We would love to help you find your groove as the #WFH (work from home) practice doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon!

XOXO,

Michelle

How to Design a Home Office that Works as Hard as You Do

When life came to a screeching halt last year, we were all in the same boat. We found ourselves working from home in spaces that were completely unprepared for us. And, because of that, we had to improvise.

Our kids took over the kitchen island, our spouses claimed the living room, and we ended up at the dining room table surrounded by piles of paperwork, computer cords, and a crick in our backs. Sound familiar??

Although the better part of a year has passed since that time, we’ve still had a lot on our plates. From working at home to schooling our kids, navigating this new normal, and doing our best to maintain some semblance of sanity…who has had the time to design a home office? For many of us… it’s taken the back burner.

But… it is a new year and that means a fresh start for you and a brand new beginning in your work-from-home journey. Who’s with me?!

So, today we’re going to dive into how to design a home office that works just as hard as you do. Let’s goooo…

 

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Step 1: Choose the room where you will design a home office

Alright, alright…this might be easier said than done. But before you get overwhelmed by the fact that you don’t have a spare room in your house where you can design a home office, answer these few questions…

  1. Based on the nature of your work, does the home office space need to lock?
  2. Do you need complete privacy at every hour of the day?
  3. Is absolute silence a requirement for you to do your work?

If you answered no to all of these questions, then you’re in luck. Even if you don’t have a spare room, any low-traffic area in your home can become a home office. For example, that cozy nook under the back stairwell that once felt like wasted space? Claim it! Since there isn’t a lot of activity back there, it will be perfectly suited for a home office setup that is semi-private and intentionally designed.

However, if you answered yes to all of these questions, don’t you worry! We will just have to get a bit more creative. So, you might not have a spare room, but any shared space in your home simply won’t do either. Where do you turn?

How about that guest bedroom that only gets used a few times a year? By trading in your standard bed for a Murphy bed built into the wall that is out of sight until needed, your guest room can easily double as a home office. If you don’t like the Murphy bed idea, you could even opt for a smaller profile daybed or trundle that acts as a guest room when needed (and allows you to take a quick power nap without “leaving the office” on those long, grueling days).

See, this doesn’t have to be rocket science. And you definitely don’t need to sell your home and purchase a larger one just to acquire some dedicated work space. A little creativity and a willingness to make your rooms into multipurpose spaces can go a long way.

 

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Step 2: Acquire the essentials for your home office

The Desk

Before you start online shopping for a desk that catches your eye aesthetically, make a list of the features that you want it to have…

  1. Do you need lots of drawers for storage?
  2. Is a large work surface essential?
  3. Do you prefer to sit, stand, or have the flexibility to do both?

If you determined that you need substantial storage and a large work surface, a stationary executive style desk is likely your best bet. Just make sure you either position it so that you’re looking out the window, or have space to add a pretty picture on the wall you’ll be starting at all day long.

If you have a small space and don’t need much surface area, then a writing desk could be perfect for you. These are ideal for placing directly against a wall in tighter quarters. Again, just take your view into consideration.

If you want to design a home office for flexibility throughout the day, opt for a convertible standing desk that can allow you to work from a seated or standing position. And consider “floating” the desk in your space so that you can face the entry (extra ideal for parents who are simultaneously trying to work and keep an eye on the kiddos).

 

The Chair

While the definition of a perfect desk chair varies by person, one thing that applies to every professional is the need to invest in a great, high-quality chair. Let’s be real here, you’re parked in this baby for hours on end…it needs to be comfortable AND good for your health. Plus, spending more on a chair that supports you now is better than paying a chiropractor to fix your spine later. Ha. A good quality desk chair is worth every dime!

Next… chair functionality. You may be thinking, “Gee, anything is better than that static dining room chair I was sitting at.” True, but there is so much more than just the movement of the chair to factor in.

  • Do you sit with your feet on the floor at all times? Make sure your chair is appropriately sized for your stature.
  • Do you sit with one leg under and one leg down? Or maybe even criss cross applesauce? Opt for a chair with extra padding so the legs tucked beneath you aren’t constantly in danger of falling asleep.
  • Find yourself doing a combination of all the above? Look for a height adjustable chair that will allow you flexibility in positioning throughout the day.

When asked for my recommendations, I usually suggest swivel or reclining features, as well as chairs with ergonomic benefits, such as lumbar support. And I always, always, ALWAYS, remind people that rolling chairs absolutely require a chair mat to protect your floors and carpeting. This is a non-negotiable. Love your home, and it’ll love you. 😉

 

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The Lighting

Before you go any further, make sure you have the electrical access you need in your space. Obviously if you’re commandeering the guest bedroom, you know you have lighting options and electrical outlets. But if you’re claiming that tiny, precious nook underneath the stairs, this might not be the case.

You’ll need electrical for at least one hard-wired light, plus at least one outlet, but ideally more, to power your computer, printer, lamps, etc. So, if you need to get on an electrician’s schedule, go make that phone call right now. We’ll wait…

With that taken care of, let’s talk about selecting the right lighting or combination of lighting for your space, because it isn’t just about setting a mood. It also minimizes sleepiness, reduces eye strain, and negates fatigue. Lighting is a powerful tool!

Consider natural lighting, overhead lighting, task lighting, table lamps, etc. In fact, go check out our blog post about selecting living room lighting. Much of it applies to your home office as well.

 

The Stuff

Yep, time to talk storage, because I can’t think of a single work-from-home professional who doesn’t have “stuff.” The best way to design a home office that keeps your mind clear and maintains productivity is making sure every single item has a designated home.

If you have a desk with built-in storage (think drawers and cabinets), you’ve got it made! This provides a place to hide all of those items you don’t need at-the-ready, keeping your work surface clutter-free. My only encouragement here is that you invest in drawer and cabinet organizers so that your entire desk doesn’t become one large dumping zone.

If your desk doesn’t have storage, but you do have some extra space, consider using a sideboard or media console. Just make sure you factor in the space needed to open the drawers and doors. There is nothing worse than a good plan that is poorly executed, creating frustration later on.

If you don’t have space for additional furniture and your desk doesn’t include any storage, then floating shelves or even some floor space dedicated to bins, baskets, and buckets will provide a stylish storage solution. Again, just take the time to create systems that are easy to maintain so that your “stuff” remains organized and easy to locate when needed. Hello, smooth workday.

 

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Step 3: Personalize your home office

Your furnishings are ordered, the electrical work is completed, and you’re ready to start putting it all together. So what’s next?

Color, of course! Before you move all of your furniture, lighting, and office essentials into the space, liven up your backdrop with a brand new coat of paint. And in a home office setting, you can’t go wrong. This is a highly individual matter, so simply choose what makes you feel good. For some, this might be a bright, bold color like orange or chartreuse that is stimulating in all the right ways. For others, this might be a soft blue or light green that is calming (but doesn’t lull you to sleep).

With the walls painted and the furniture moved in, now comes the really fun part…adding homey accents that reflect YOU! I’m not talking clutter. I’m talking about a throw pillow in a fun print that showcases your personality. Or a piece of framed artwork you acquired on an international adventure. Or that “best mama ever” coffee mug your kids painted you when they were little…reminding you daily of your “why” for working so dang hard!

Things like that…things that motivate you, make you smile, and keep you going, even on the toughest days — that’s how you design a home office you love. 😉

 

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When it all comes down to it, every design rule in the book doesn’t matter if it’s not comfortable for you. Period. So, as you design a home office space, the thoughts at the forefront of your mind should constantly be your work style, what you need to be most productive, and what will make you happy.

As long as you’re self-aware and thoughtful about each of these decisions, your finished home office will work as hard as you do, providing motivation when necessary, calm on a daily basis, and a retreat from the loveable chaos that is your home.

If you’re ready to take action on your New Year’s resolution (of FINALLY creating a home office, of course), give us a call. We would love to help you reimagine your space, design a beautiful working environment, and set the stage for your most productive year yet.

XOXO,
Michelle Lynne

P.S. If your home office is going to be in a corner of your kitchen (therefore requiring a bit of a renovation), you can download our Guide to Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel here.

How to Select the Best Combination of Living Room Lighting

If your family is anything like ours, the living room is the hub of the home…that and the kitchen, of course. (But since we have an open concept floor plan, these are basically one and the same.)

Considering so many of us are still working from home, schooling from home, and living at home, this should come as no surprise. In such close quarters, doesn’t it just make sense that everyone would congregate in the comfiest room of the home?! I sure think so.

Which means that now, more than ever, the lighting in your living room is absolutely crucial. If it is too dim, everyone is straining their eyes. If it is too bright, the family is vying for the best seat in the room to avoid glares. And if you don’t have the right combination of lighting, the room simply won’t function as well as it could.

This is where today’s topic comes in:

  • the importance of a variety of lighting in your living room
  • how to select the best combination for your space

Come take a look and prepare for some lightbulb moments, my friends. 😉

Step #1: Determine the Function of Your Living Room

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This might sound like a no-brainer. I mean, isn’t the living room for relaxing? Does it really need a defined purpose?

My response: Yes! Given our current at-home lifestyles, each room of the home plays multiple roles. You most certainly need to define the desired function of your living room.

Relaxation can be one component. But consider these questions as well:

  1. Are your children schooling (even for a portion of the day) from the living room?
  2. Do they do homework in that space?
  3. Are you a prolific nighttime reader, either for leisure or for your job?
  4. Do you plan to entertain in the space (when we’re allowed to do that again)?
  5. Do you ever use the living room as an extension of your dining area?
  6. Are there family hobbies (TV watching, game nights, etc.) that happen in the living room?

Each of these scenarios calls for a different combination of ideal lighting to maximize the enjoyment and utility of your all-important living room (or family room…whatever you want to call it).

Step #2: Begin with Your Available Natural Lighting

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With the purpose of your living room defined, now is the time to get to work layering in the lighting necessary for your space. I always begin with the available natural lighting. Regardless of what direction your living room faces, it is important to factor this in first.

In order to fully understand the amount of natural light available to you, start by washing your windows inside and out. I know, I know…this sounds like an unnecessary pain the butt. But believe me, it makes a huge difference! It is like washing your face at the end of the day when you know you have too much makeup on…a good wash provides a beautiful clean palette.

(And hey, while we’re on the topic, you really should wash the outside of your windows twice a year, and the inside of your windows at least once per year…it’s just best practice. You can thank me later…)

Once you have a clear view (see what I did there?) of the natural lighting available in your living room, the next order of business is arranging your furniture accordingly. You don’t want a high-backed chair to block any of that precious sunlight, or the couch turned away from the freshly-washed windows. I suggest placing your sofa perpendicular to the largest window (like the photo above). This allows indirect natural light to flood and illuminate the space during the daylight hours.

Of course, if you’re not sure how to best rearrange your furniture, you may know a designer who would be happy to help. Hint, hint… 😉

Step #3: Take a Look at Your Overhead Lighting

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There are two types of overhead living room lighting that we encounter time and time again, each with its own quirks and nuances…

Recessed Can Lights in the Living Room

The most common of all overhead living room lighting, recessed can lights aren’t necessarily beautiful, but they are functional and highly recommended. These are just as important when you’re watching television (since you don’t want a glare from table lamps obstructing your view) as they are for entertaining.

No matter the main use of your can lights in the living room, however, you’ll want them on a dimmer. Full light is perfect for schooling hours at home. Ambient (or dimmer) light is great for evenings of relaxation, kiddos optional. (And BTW, the can lighting in the above photo is TOO MANY – we’ll be editing them in the next phase of the design…aim for every 6 – 8′ or so!)

Ceiling Fan Lighting

If you live in Texas, you have a ceiling fan. That is just a non-negotiable for those sweltering summer days. But certain ceiling fan/lighting combos are more practical than others. If you have one of those combination fixtures that look like a fan that wants to be a chandelier (and probably gives off a serious 80s vibe), it’s time to kick that one to the curb.

I recommend a low-profile ceiling fan with a dome light…as unobtrusive as possible, while still functional. Even better if it also has a dimming feature, which again, is helpful when you’re entertaining and want to set the mood, but you still want to see people’s faces. Ha!

Of course we occasionally run into living rooms with pendant lighting (rare) or chandeliers (super rare). But no matter the fixture, the fact remains that overhead lighting is critical to any fully-functional family room space.

I have mentioned this in blog posts before, but I will mention it again, because this is an important thing to remember: keep all of your lighting, whether it’s recessed cans, pendants, chandeliers, or ceiling fans, no more than 6 to 7 feet apart from each other. Otherwise you’ll get shadows, and no one likes those. Trust me!

Step #4: Account for Task Lighting in Your Space

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Nowadays, if you (or any one of your family members) are working from home, homeschooling, reading regularly, or even doing homework in the living room, you’re going to want task lighting.

What is that, you might ask? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like…lighting for one particular task.

If you sit and knit while you’re watching television, obviously you need a light to see your hands, so you might opt for a special floor lamp that comes around so you can see your hands without going blind. (Just be careful with those needles!)

Or, if you’re regularly on the computer while sitting on the couch, maybe you’ll choose table lamps on either side table, or behind you on the sofa table so that the blue light from your screen doesn’t put as much strain on your eyes.

Make sense now? Task lighting will look different for each family…but is crucial for using your space to its full potential.

Step #5: Layer in Your Beautiful Accent Lighting

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Accent lighting is less about function and more about setting the vibe of the space and providing an added aesthetic for enjoyment.

In the spaces I design, I love adding art lamps over wall art, uplighting for floor plants (which also casts a fun shadow on the ceiling, FYI), and under-cabinet lighting where appropriate. These small details really help set the mood of the room and provide visual interest throughout the space.

Last, But Not Least… Let’s Talk Variety of Living Room Lighting

By this point, you know that you need many different types of lighting in your living room. But you’re probably wondering how to tie it all together. And honestly, this can be the tricky part, because you want everything to coordinate and create interest…but you most certainly don’t want them to be matchy-matchy.

Think of your light fixtures as cousins…not twin sisters. They are related, but not identical. (More on this in our previous post – from entryway to living room, how to coordinate light fixtures.)

Just like your light fixtures are going to have different jobs (overhead lighting prevents glares on the tv…task lighting allows you to read easily…accent lighting adds visual interest…etc.), light fixtures should also have different finishes.

  • Select a variety of metals. Natural black, hand-rubbed bronze, antique copper…you get my drift.
  • Choose a variety of textures. Paper or canvas or fabric lamp shades, frosted glass or art glass globes…the list goes on.
  • Finish them with a variety of light bulbs. Daylight, warm white, cool white…although personally I always think we look better in candlelight…so I tend to opt for the bulbs with a warm glow.

Whatever combination you choose, make sure the fixtures are talking to each other, painting a cohesive picture that is visually interesting.

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Unless the sole function of your living room is for drinking wine (no judgment here), you’ll need a combination of lighting that sets the mood, maximizes functionality, and provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s daily life.

But if you don’t want to tackle the lighting task on your own…you don’t have to! Our team would love to create a lighting design that allows you to work, play, and relax in the hub of your home…the living room! Just give us a call…we can’t wait to curate an interesting yet functional collection of lighting that illuminates your life.

OH – and if you’re looking to upgrade the lighting in your open concept kitchen as well, you can download our Guide to Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel here.

XOXO,
Michelle Lynne

ML Interiors Group’s Luxury Interior Design Process (Part 1)

ML Interiors Group’s Luxury Interior Design Process (Part 1)

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Today I want to share what we like to call “the ML Experience,” the high-end, 4-phase interior design process that every single project we take on is funneled through. This full-service experience will transform your home into a place you love to live. Why?

Because we believe your home should tell a love story about the people who live there. It should bring ease into your life, during the interior design process and every day after.

So… how do we get from where your home is now… outdated, dreary, non-functional to a personalized home that is family-friendly and luxurious??

Let’s talk about it…

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What Factors Influence the Interior Design Process:

Let’s just talk decorating, let’s not talk renovations. (That is it’s own beast for another blog post since there are 999+ details to each construction project…) With each decorating job, there are quite a few factors that we have to consider before moving into our 4-phase interior design process:

  • How many rooms are we designing? (Note: We typically have a minimum of 2 rooms that we work on decorating at any given time.)
  • What is the outcome that you desire? (Is this an interior design overhaul, or are we doing a lighter refresh?)
  • Is minimal construction needed? (You know, like moving a door over slightly, needing to widen a window, etc.)
  • What special adornments are being considered? (Is there a designer wallpaper you’re drooling over? How about special millwork accents?)

Based on the answers to these varying questions, the length of your project from start to finish may vary slightly, but all of our projects will run through the same 4-phase collaborative and stress-free process.

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Phase 1: Research

Onboarding new clients is generally a good 4-week process. Not only are we diving into the specifics of the interior design project, confirming we are a good solution for your needs, but we are also getting to know you in-depth once you have committed to moving forward with ML Interiors Group.

What does that look like?

Well, after an internal kick-off, we go through a variety of different interviews to gather as much information as we can about the desired project outcome, your lifestyle, etc. We call this “frontloading” so that by the time we get to design and development, we’ve already climbed into your mind and generally do not have to do many revisions after the design has been presented. For this reason, the research phase of our interior design process is absolutely crucial!

Additionally, during this phase…

We take extensive measurements of each room. This goes far more in-depth than simply measuring square footage. We measure things like:

  • How far is it from the corner of the room to the window?
  • How wide is the window frame?
  • What are the dimensions of the window itself?
  • What size crown molding is in place?
  • How high are the baseboards?
  • Where are the vents located?
  • What is the placement of the outlets in the room?

And a few dozen other things… (you may have thought interior designers just pick out pretty things – it’s really much more detailed!).

Once we have all of those measurements, we are able to accurately “drop” all of these details into a space planning software so that as we move into the development phase and start making selections, we know that they are 100% accurate in regards to the size and the scale of the furnishings. Details make the design!

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3D Rendering of #ProjectSouthcrest Master Bedroom

Phase 2: Design Development

The actual development of the design concept takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks, maybe a little bit longer, depending on how many rooms are included in the project. A whole house design, on the other hand, is going to take 8-12 weeks. (Although that depends on the size of the house, of course, because we just picked up a project that’s close to 10,000 square feet, and that’s going to take a while!)

What goes into the development is key. It’s not just picking paint colors and fluffing pillows. One of the reasons this phase takes so long is because we are not only working on the aesthetic…we are also ensuring that the design is highly functional and efficient while also being comfortable and stylish.

Floor Plan

Remember that floor plan we mentioned earlier? Now is the time that we are taking an even closer look at that and starting to arrange furniture in the design plan so that it has the best egress and ingress (i.e. coming and going). After all, flow is a huge part of making a space functional.

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3D Rendering of #ProjectSouthcrest Dining Room

Furnishings

Once we are happy with the overall layout, we begin shopping for furniture that will please the aesthetic. This usually means looking through hundreds of fabric samples to narrow the choices down to the dozens that will be needed in any given home.

We are assessing where performance fabrics are needed, like rugs and upholstery so that spills, stains, dirt, muck, etc. don’t end up living in and on the fabrics of the home. And if you ask us to do your accessorizing as well, we start to choose those finishing touches during this development phase. Although, in many cases, we also add a few accessories during installation.

The beauty of working with ML Interiors Group is that it’s “buy 1, get 2 free”…meaning that while you’re given a lead designer, the other 2 interior designers, including myself, will be providing ideas and information to that lead designer throughout all 4 phases. This means you’re guaranteed the best of the best when it comes to the design and development – because 3 minds are certainly better than 1!

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3D Rendering of #ProjectSouthcrest Home Office

 

I still have Phase 3 and 4 to share with you, but let’s not turn this blog post into a novel, right? I’ll share those with you in exactly 2 weeks from now.

In the meantime, if you’re ready for our team to design a space that tells the love story of your family…one that is as beautiful as it is functional, blended perfectly into a design of livable luxury – give us a call. We can’t wait to walk you through the ML Experience, transforming your home in a collaborative and exciting way.

OH – and if that space is a kitchen, you can download our Guide to Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel here.

XOXO,
Michelle Lynne