Confident Color: Furniture for your Future

I am always advocating for my clients to take chances with their style and think outside-the-box. Not scary outside-of-the-box, but to try something that expands their horizons and surprising. It would be a waste of our services not to encourage our clients to try something they never thought of before. It may be a new pattern or textured fabric they’d never considered before. Or, it may be a colorful and fun piece of furniture! In 16 years of creating spaces, I have never had a client regret one of these bold choices. In fact, they all comment about how much… Read More

Ten Rugs to Make You Happy

I promise, by the time I finally finish this blog your views will change when it comes to “oriental” rugs.  Let’s just break down the term “oriental rug”.  In the context of rug weaving, this usually envelopes India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Nepal as your custom producers.  The rug designs that are “typical” in the traditional sense belong to tribes in these regions.  Different patterns weave stories of the people who make the rugs.  The patterns and designs have been passed on through millenniums, each step along the way adding and deleting tales based on the times.  Women have primarily been… Read More

Pictures of us Sitting in Things – Trust us, We’re Professionals

As we get ready for the High Point market season we’d like to remind you about our shopping expertise. As skilled sitters, we have special knowledge, gained from years and years of professional-level sitting on things. We know what makes furniture ideal for a good loungin.’ McMullin Design Group’s experts know what the most important features are in a chair are determined by its purpose. For example, a statement chair versus a TV chair will have different baseline levels of comfort. No matter where a chair is going, we know how to analyze the sofa for comfort; is it too… Read More

Diary of a Designer: Coffee Table Woes

When it comes to my home, I can sometimes be as bad as my clients when it comes to making a decision. But when my clients come to me, they’ve probably already spent way too much time picking a piece of furniture. That’s where a professional designer comes to the rescue. I swoop in, listen to their goals and VOILA! I come back with three perfect coffee tables for them to pick from. It sounds easy, but even though it’s my job, making choices isn’t always that simple. Sometimes, even the experts get hung up on making a final decision.… Read More

A Thanksgiving Meditation

I give thanks every day for the wonderful clients that let us into their lives. Their trust in us is amazing!  Without their dreams we would not have such wonderful jobs. I give thanks every day for the talented designers that have come my way. The eclectic mix of artistic talent, technical expertise, and unique personalities have given me a very special place to call work. We all honor the space that we share and do our best to respect and support one another. Monday through Friday they may be my employees, but every day in my heart they are always my friends.… Read More

Welcome (Back) Kristen Joyce!

“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

Welcome Kiki DuChemin to the MDG Team!

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

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

  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

Simple Tricks to Make Your Kitchen Work for You

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