Linda Shears

Dining Rooms, Entertaining & Recipes

November kicks off the holiday entertaining season, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Three design pros offer entertaining tips and show how to create a dining room that’s comfortable yet sophisticated, such as this colorful space designed by Cynthia Evans. The designers also share favorite recipes you may want to add to your entertaining menu.

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Creating Cozy

Many homeowners want their rooms to be cozy and comfortable, especially here in Michigan, where summer gives way all too soon to an extended period of shorter days and colder temperatures. With the holidays just around the corner, we thought it appropriate to highlight some top designers’ favorite spaces that are always popular gathering places for friends and family.

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Designer Horror Stories

From unpleasant surprises in a newly purchased home to DIY projects gone wrong, we’ve all heard (or experienced) horror stories about design projects gone awry. Luckily, interior designers encounter problems like these every day and have the resources and experience needed to conquer all sorts of challenges. Some of the area’s top designers share stories about how they were able to solve tricky problems and treat their clients to a beautiful space.

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The Finishing Touch

No room design is complete without the finishing touch – the design elements that complete a room and tie everything together. Whether it be an area rug, artwork, colorful accents, or a unique fabric, these top designers share how they created fully finished spaces for their clients.

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Designers’ Go-to Colors

Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or create a neutral background, updating a room’s paint color is a simple way to make an immediate impact. Several top designers share their tried-and-true favorite colors they rely on again and again in their design projects.

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Window Treatments

With spring right around the corner, windows take center stage as our thoughts turn to balmy breezes and the sun-filled days ahead. Top designers share their tips for creating window treatments that frame the view and finish the room beautifully.

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Open Floor Plans

While prior to World War II, most homes had a central hallway that provided access to separate rooms with specific functions, innovations in construction materials and a more casual lifestyle have given way to homes with more open concepts. Several of the area’s top interior designers share their tips for creating functional open floor plans for their clients’ homes.

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Color Gets Creative

While neutrals have a definite role in decorating, it is a refreshing change to see spaces that effectively use vivid colors. Whether through repeating vibrant colors from a painting throughout a space or incorporating a daring color scheme, when done correctly, unusual color combinations can make a stylish statement. From intense yellow to eggplant purple, several top designers share how they integrated color in striking ways.

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Vacation Inspiration

We wouldn’t grow as people if we remained forever in our little corner of the globe. For designers, travel serves as a conduit for creativity and inspiration. Perhaps centuries-old mosaics in India, hand-blown Murano glass viewed in Italy, or the turquoise beaches of Mexico will find their way into a designer’s repertoire once he or she arrives back home. A region’s architecture, geography, flora, and even cuisine can inspire, too.

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