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  • “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” – Richard Bach   If you search deep enough through my photo albums on Facebook, you’ll find this gem from 2014. It’s Kristen Joyce and I faux crying at her going-away lunch. Why faux crying?  Because I knew it was only a matter of time before my sister in design would come back to the McMullin Design Group. Here we are four years later and she’s back! And I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with her again. Kristen had been… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on November 02, 2017

  • It may be cliché to say, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” But the reason clichés become part of the lexicon is because they’re (at least partially) based in truth. The “first impression” aphorism applies to all aspects of life—from making friends to forging relationships with customers. But for my money, the area where it’s most relevant is in real estate. For the potential homeowner, a good first impression is paramount. If a property looks run-down, shabby or dated, it’s unlikely that a potential buyer will make an offer. But if a home on the market… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on October 19, 2017

  • It’s been a year of incredible growth for MDG. We are beginning to wind down our busiest year on record, and one of our newest team members has had a seamless integration, Kiki DuChemin. Kiki (Kristen–but as you know we have too many Kristens to keep track of around here) just moved here from Columbus, Ohio. Columbus, you say? They have Interior Design in Columbus? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Kiki was a huge talent back in her hometown. Her portfolio is proof of that! In Ohio, Kiki spent 12 years working with a high-end homebuilder. That kind of… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on October 06, 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 spend the time and resources needed to design and build pieces that are appealing from 360 degrees when 25 percent of the item will… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on May 16, 2017

  • 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 different ideas of what they want from their kitchen.  Here are a few of our favorites. A New Kind of Eat-In Loving your eat-in style kitchen… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on October 18, 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 glamourous combination. Arteriors Calvin Barstool This low-back Leather barstool has a wide seat.  It’s perfect when you want to achieve an uninturupted view of  your… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on September 28, 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 on this notion.  The only people I know who have time to DIY their kitchen remodels seems to be bloggers and reality TV renovators who… Read More

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on September 13, 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 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

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on June 21, 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 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

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on June 07, 2016

  • 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

    Posted by Bridget McMullin on May 24, 2016

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