8 Pillows That Make The Designers at MDG Happy

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 start a project, maybe one of these fun finds will inspire you. This Villa Home Collection pillow begins a lively and modern palette for a… Read More

Five Reasons To Order Custom Window Treatments

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 fabric on a rod is not a sign of a fine treatment.  I would compare it to a “one size fits all” elastic waist band,… Read More

Vanity Envy – Five Must Have Vanities for your Powder Room!

A great vanity sets the tone for any bathroom. These designer consoles are a fine step above the pressed board “miracles” sold online or in big box stores. A carved chest front with storage makes this Ambella Home piece updated and unique. Marble and metal translate to a classic look that could be modern or traditional!  I’ve been waiting for the perfect client for this new beauty also from Ambella Home. The curved legs say traditional but the multiple finishes say right now!  Your plumbing fixtures, mirror, and hardware will define which way your decorating focus goes with this beauty… Read More

Beautiful Bathrooms- Before & After

Nothing can beat a great “Before and After” collage!  It’s like a movie fashion montage… but for houses.  Here are some recent MDG bathroom projects with suggested budget numbers should you want to complete a similar renovation in your home. Going for Gold Our clients replaced everything except the bathtub!   This original bathroom was well over 40 years old.  There may have been a few updates over the years, but not much was done to bring style to this tired bath.   The extra-long cabinet was custom made, the stone used was a higher grade, the back wall tile was an… Read More

Bathroom Renovation Budgets – A Dose of Reality (NOT Reality TV)

For the next few weeks we will be concentrating on Bathrooms.  This will include small ones, big ones, and even what they cost. At MDG we find that generally our clients are unaware of the cost of renovating a bathroom.  Misinformed by unrealistic television renovation shows, $10,000-$15,000 seem to be the numbers that most people expect, which leaves them unpleasantly surprised when we discuss the actual costs of these spaces.  We always have to remind our customers that they live in the Northeast and not in Texas where every renovation seems to cost $15,000. Bathrooms & Kitchens are, hands down,… Read More

Being Bold!

  Grey is the new beige……and we are sooooooo over it!  Sure, we can do grey.  We do grey every day.  Grey and navy, grey and powder blue, grey and spa blue… you get the idea. At this year’s High Point Market we were inspired by the spaces that showed color!  They were bold, inspirational, and fresh.  Color stood out while the grey and boring showrooms left Kristen and I feeling uninspired.  Unremarkable would be a better descriptor.   While Joanna Gaines flash-in-the-pan “Texas” style permeated the ad space, it also seemed that the furniture vendors were racing to following the… Read More

Bar Carts that “Up the Bar”!

Last year you couldn’t find an original bar cart to save your life!  This year’s selections seemed never ending during our visit to the Spring Season High Point Market. Here are our favorite gold accented bar carts!  They will be sure to bring a bit of sophistication and glamour to your next event. All of our great finds are always available for purchase.  Call Tina today to get pricing – 856.673.0290.

Never Choose Your Paint First!

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 top three reasons why this is a really bad idea: The Cerulean Blue Speech Remember the speech Miranda Priestly gave Andy in The Devil Wears… Read More

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

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 entry, which consisted of one door from the garage, one door from the family room, a closet under the stairs, and a top load washer… Read More

Welcome Home – Foyers That Set the Tone

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 updated and fresh. Contemplating Casual If not considered correctly, this large Haddonfield, NJ center hall entry could become stodgy.   However, by choosing more casual finishes… Read More