Resources

Index of Resources

The MMID Interior Design Resource Center provides a wide variety of resources and tools for professional interior designers and homeowners. 


Articles

There is so much to read on the web.  Marta and her team are constantly sifting through relevant articles on home and commercial interior design to share.  We've listed some of the more valuable and interesting articles below.  Enjoy!

Articles

BAMBOO is a natural surface covering material that has many of the properties of hardwood flooring, even though it is actually produced from a type of grass. It shares many of the positive benefits of a hardwood floor, as well as the drawbacks and vulnerabilities. The more you understand the properties of this material, the better informed you will be when making a purchasing or maintenance decision.

Read the full article at THE SPRUCE.

Ipe and Teak are two of the highest quality woods available today. These two lumbers are both prized for their beauty and durability, but despite their similarities, Ipe and Teak are two very different types of wood. If you are seeking a high end lumber option and are considering using Ipe or Teak for your project, read the full article at ADVERTICIA.COM

Khoi Vo is Professor and Head of the Department of Interior Architecture at UNC Greensboro.  In this article, published by Triad Business Journal, Mr. Vo discusses the importance of Interior Design in today’s Healthy Workplace.  Read the full article published in Triad Business Journal.

The Office of the Future:  Designing a space worthy of your company’s potential

This in-depth article explores the latest trends for modern office interior design. Contemporary interior architecture and design have evolved to provide stimulating, efficient, and productive working environments.  Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.

The new Apple corporate office in Cupertino California gives new meaning to awesome. As you’d expect from this high-tech company, their campus features innovation and state of the art interior design.  Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.

The new NCR corporate office in Atlanta GA is custom designed for this technology driven company. It incorporates the latest office trends for a modern, skilled workforce.   Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.

The new Washington Post corporate office in DC, offers a creative workspace for this publishing giant. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, bought this 142 year old legacy media company in 2013, and the new offices provide journalists with inspiration for the digital age.  Read the full article published in the Triad Business Journal.


 

Events

Upcoming events that should be on your "short list" if a home remodeling, redesign, or new construction is in your future.

Events

The dates for the upcoming High Point Furniture Market events are below.   Learn more at the FURNITURE MARKET website.

2018 Spring:   April 14 – 18 (spring market was fabulous and we are looking forward to Fall market)

2018 Fall:        October 13 – 17

The Spring 2018  dates for the popular Greensboro and Winston Salem Parade of Homes will be April 28 – 29 and May 5 – 6.

Don’t miss this great event for home decor and interior design inspiration.  Learn more about the event at the GREENSBORO BUILDERS ASSOCIATION Website.

Don’t miss this great event to tour some of Greensboro’s finest remodeled home projects.

Upcoming dates for 2018 will be announced soon.


 

Tools

The Marta Mitchell Interior Design team uses numerous complex tools and software platforms in their design process.  We have provided some simple design tools below that will be useful (and fun!) for you.

Tools

Working through color selections can be overwhelming. Use this HANDY COLOR PICKER from Sherwin Williams to help visualize how different colors will look in your space.


 

Books & Magazines

These books and magazines are dedicated to the topics of interior design and home decor.  Another great resource for inspiration.

Books

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST MAGAZINE is the source for interior design and decor inspiration.


 

Interior Design Newsletters & Blogs

Newsletters and blogs can help you explore different styles, trends, and ensure your home interior and decor stays current.  Below are several of our "must read" sources.

Marta Mitchell Blogs & Resources

Explore topics, get inspired,  and join conversations on the Marta Mitchell Interior Design Facebook page.

Design pros and homeowners alike connect with Marta and the MMID team on LinkedIN.  Join us on LinkedIN.

Browse around the MMID design board for ideas and inspiration.  Follow us on Pinterest.

Marta Mitchell Interior Design is a 3x Best of Houzz award winner. Explore some of our most recent projects on Houzz.

Follow Marta and the MMID team on Instagram for awesome ideas and inspiration.

Sherwin Williams Paint Resources

Working through color selections can be overwhelming. Use this HANDY COLOR PICKER from Sherwin Williams to help visualize how different colors will look in your space.

STIR® is a digital and print publication by Sherwin Williams.  It is often a go-to source for interior designers, architects, and specifiers. While the print version is distributed once a year, articles are available online throughout the year.  Get inspiration from this awesome resource from Sherwin Williams.  Visit the STIR website for more.

Explore how to use High-gloss finishes to deliver high impact to your decor in this edition of Sherwin Williams STIR Magazine.

Go BIG.  Go Bold. With these tips from this month’s edition of Sherwin-Williams STIR Magazine.

Sherwin Williams introduces the colormix forecast for 2019.  Each of the six palette groups in the 2019 forecast takes on its own personality and tells an honest story.  Learn More.

Learn how savvy design pros plan to use the Colormix Forecast 2019 palettes in the latest edition of Sherwin Williams STIR newsletter.

Explore how one of the newest design trends can add a punch of bold, modern elements to your next client project in this latest edition of Sherwin Williams Monthly STIR newsletter.

Surya Rugs, Pillows and Accessories Resources

Surya has a large variety of home decor including rugs, lighting, pillows, throws, accent furniture, wall decor, and bedding.  Learn more about Surya by visiting their website at www.surya.com .

Surya opened their new Chicago Showroom in the Design Center at theMart.  Be sure to visit the new showroom at suite 619 and explore all the collections.

Loloi Rugs, Throws, Pillows and Accessories Resources

Loloi is one of our “go-to” vendors for fine collection of rugs, throws and pillows.  You can learn more about Loloi by visiting their website at www.loloirugs.com.

Loloi has introduced the new Hygge Collection of fine rugs.  Enduring colors and elevated textures are hallmarks of this collection.  Learn more.

Explore some of the upcoming Fall selections from Loloi in their latest newsletter.

Create Calm.  Explore the Idris Collection from Loloi.

It goes with anything.  It elevates everything.  Explore the Vestige collection from Loloi.

Other Newsletters

Furniture.com is the online store for some of the largest furniture retailers in the United States.  Their website features a sections on Tips and Trends in furniture.  Always an inspiration.  Learn more at their website. 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our daily conversations with clients often surfaces some of the similar type questions.  You may be seeking an answer to these interior design and home decor dilemmas too.  In the coming months we will be posting FAQs that we hope you will find helpful.  In the meantime, if you have a question, feel free to reach out to us.

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Marta and her team use 3D renderings and walk-thru technology to help clients visualize the space.  The rendering technology we use creates images that are incredibly life-like.  It can be difficult to distinguish between a rendering and a “real picture”.

We hear time and time again that this technology helps our clients make decisions they feel confident about.  Renderings are also a great way to communicate design details that can otherwise be difficult to convey.

See examples of renderings on our capabilities page and learn how we use them in our recent blog post.

Tile is one of the most versatile mediums in your home. Selecting the best tile to use for your new home or home renovation project can be confusing with all the options available today. When it comes to tile selection, there are several factors to consider such as material, cost, placement, and installation. Because tile is available in such a wide variety, it can really bring some exciting character to your home.   Read more about selecting tile for your home interior in our blog post The Thick and Thin of Tile Selection.

A mirror can serve many purposes when applied to an interior space. Even when used in the most obvious application, it can yield many other benefits that the user may not be aware of.  While the use of a mirror can add to your space visually, it can also create a whole spectrum of graphic effects.  Read more about how to select the perfect mirror for your home interior in our blog post Mirrors! They can reflect your personality.

Rugs have the power to affect the entire area that they’re in, and that’s a powerful tool when it comes to redecorating. A new rug could be exactly what you need when you’re looking for a dramatic, quick, and inexpensive change.   Read more about selecting rugs for your home interior in our blog article One Items that Packs the Biggest Punch – Rugs.

A professional interior designer will help you create the home you have always dreamed of, while reducing material costs, project time, and helping you avoid costly mistakes. The ideal designer will also make the process fun and a hassle free experience.  Here’s our top tips.

  • Look for an interior designer with formal training
  • Make sure they can match to your life style and design style
  • Make sure they can keep your interior design budget in mind
  • Clear communication on the cost of their services is important
  • They should have a deep network of experienced resources and suppliers
  • Inquire about how they stay up to date on style and design trends
  • They should have a process that will help you navigate choices
  • Ensure they will coordinate with the builders, sub-contractors and vendors
  • Inquire if they pass on savings from wholesale purchases to you
  • Personality and chemistry fit between you and your designer is critical

Read more in this recent blog post about How to Find a Good Interior Designer.

Deciding where to place the TV can be a dilemma in many households.  Put it front and center or tucked away and hidden?  These considerations can help settle the debate.

  • Do you use your TV much of the time?  You’ll likely want it front and center.
  • Would you prefer your TV to blend into the room? A console or entertainment center can help take the focus off the TV. Other high-tech options are available to complete conceal the TV when not in use.
  • Do you want your TV to be a focal piece of furniture in your room or blend in?
  • Do you have limited space?  A wall mount option is the most kind to small spaces.
  • Is your TV competing with your fireplace as a focal point?  Managing two focal points in a room is a tricky dilemma, especially if they are on different walls.
  • What distance and angle should the TV be from the main viewing area?  According to THX (a high-fidelity audio/visual reproduction standard for movie & entertainment areas)  the optimal viewing angle is between 28 degrees and 40 degrees from the viewer’s eye level to the screen.  Distance should be  5 – 7.5 ‘ for a 50″ screen, 6-9’ for a 60″ screen, and of course further for the larger screens.

Read more about our tips on how to make your TV an effective part of your home decor in our recent blog post It’s a Love-hate Relationship with our TV’s.