Do you buy, sell or stay? That is the question facing many homeowners during this rollercoaster economy


TROY, Mich. – Do you buy, sell or stay? That is the question facing many homeowners during this rollercoaster economy. If you are wondering what you should do, be sure to join Michigan Design Center (MDC) on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for their Buy, Sell or Stay event.

This information packed day will help Michigan homeowners gain a stronger understanding of all of their options and will provide many ideas that will inspire them to make the most of any decision. Tickets are just $10 per person and include a keynote presentation, all of the home design seminars and Interior Design consultations by professional interior designers. This event will be offered throughout the designer showrooms of Michigan Design Center located at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event will begin with a keynote presentation at 10:30 am, entitled THE REAL STATE OF REAL ESTATE – an insider’s view of our current marketplace. Join William Brundage of Max Broock Realtors as he shares an insider’s view on the condition of our local real estate market and provides professional tips on things to consider whether you are buying, selling or staying.
In addition to highlighting opportunities that do exist in our current marketplace, William will be joined by three builder / architect teams that will share actual case scenarios of three currently listed properties at varying price levels.

These home builder / architect teams will share the design challenges that existed and will reveal their process, project costs and overall recommendations as to the best solutions for improving each home, while staying competitive with the local marketplace. The three teams include:

Bosco Building and McIntosh Poris Associates
Wellington Chase Homes and Mark Johnson & Associates
Capaldi Building Company and Patrick Dyke Collaborative

The keynote speakers will be available directly following the presentation in the Mid America Room, until 3:00 p.m. They will have samples of their work to share with you and encourage you to bring pictures and plans to discuss your personal home design or construction challenges.
Patrick Dyke will be available to create a quick sketch up of your design solution.
Following the keynote presentation, guests are invited to attend a variety of home design related seminars throughout the design showrooms of MDC, including:


Back to Basics: realizing your home's true potential
Speaker: Joe Keenan, Joseph A. Keenan & Associates
Location: F. Schumacher & Company, Suite 110
Renovation can take the ugliest house on the street and turn it into a subdivision showstopper. No matter the condition of the rooms, having a solid bone structure to start with is crucial. Join Joe Keenan for this ultra-informative presentation that will discuss the budgetary benefits of utilizing your existing footprint and will provide tons of ideas for updating the look and functionality of your home, including the ability to remove walls to modernize spaces for today’s living, reworking bathrooms, providing a face-lift to the façade and many more ideas for the interior and exterior design of your home.

Before and Happily Ever After: interior transformations
Speaker: Linda Shears, Linda Shears Designs, Ltd.
Location: Marie-Howard Showroom, Suite 119
This lecture is sure to provide priceless home design inspiration as interior designer Linda Shears reveals photos of her many house renovation projects and provides us personal accounts on what makes it all work. In addition to highlighting a major lake home “new buy” renovation that updated an existing bachelor pad into a classic, bright and airy family home, she will also share a dramatic “stay” remodel that took a 1980’s trendy design and updated it into a classical, traditional setting.

Sensible Style: big impact changes that won’t cost a fortune
Speaker: Charles Dunlap, Dunlap Design Group LLC
Location: Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 122
Updating your home doesn’t always mean you need to start from scratch. Join interior designer Charles Dunlap as he shares professional interior design tips on how to make dramatic changes while staying on budget. Learn why now is the best time to update your home and find out how to decide what to keep and what needs to go. Charles will even be sharing many “before and after” photos from his portfolio to provide further inspiration for your own home remodeling projects.

Kitchen and Bath Remodels: a virtual 3-D tour of before and after possibilities
Speaker: Diane Hancock, Diane Hancock Designs Inc.
Location: Beaver Tile and Stone, Suite 101
Making those kitchen and bath remodeling choices just got a lot easier thanks to designer Diane Hancock who will take attendees on a virtual 3-D computer tour of kitchen and bath remodel projects to help show you first hand how your choices affect the overall design. With the click of a mouse, you can see the impact of adding a backsplash, changing your wall color or modifying the layout. She will even share tips on getting the most for your money buy determining where to spend your money accordingly to get the look you want.

Opening the Door to Your Unique Design
Speaker: Joan Whitman, Joan Whitman Interior Design
Location: Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Suite 13
During this interesting presentation, interior designer Joan Whitman will reveal rooms inspired by many of the clients she has worked with over the years and will highlight how their vision (not the designer's signature look) helped her to create houses they loved coming home to.


Renovating Your Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle: finding and following the trends that work for you
Speakers: Jill Schumacher and Michele Mio, Rariden Schumacher Mio & Company
Location: Rozmallin, Suite 60
If a kitchen remodel is in your future, you won’t want to miss this fabulous seminar by local design pros Jill Schumacher and Michele Mio who will provide answers to many of your kitchen remodeling questions, including how to decide if your kitchen needs a full tear out or just a face lift. In addition, attendees will learn to address lifestyle changes and family requirements BEFORE beginning their projects. Jill and Michele will even offer advice on how to make your spaces work better for you.

Suite Dreams: master bathroom and bedroom makeovers
Speaker: Donna Brown, Dazzling Designs
Location: de Grimme Gallery, Suite 90
Looking to create a personal retreat just for you? Join us for this informative lecture that will help teach you how to put function first in your master bathroom and bedroom design project. In addition to helping you gain the most from your budget, interior designer Donna Brown will help you better understand the process, selections and timing required to create a beautiful master suite. She will even offer tips on determining which features are a must.

Designer Digs: a designer home renovation project revealed
Speaker: Jimmy Angell, James Douglas Interiors
Location: Virginia Tile Company, Suite 100
Ever wonder what interior designers do when faced with their own renovation projects? Now is your chance to find out. Join Jimmy Angell of James Douglas Interiors as he provides a first-hand account of his own renovation story recently undertaken at his Pleasant Ridge home. Learn what decisions he made and why as he shares the solutions that worked for him, including moving the kitchen location, flipping the dining room and den locations, enlarging the footprint by 500 square feet, creating a more ‘open’ floor plan and more.

Defining Your Furnishings: do they fit into your redecorating plan
Speaker: Kristen Catto Armstrong, KCID
Location: Duralee, Suite 38
Kristen Catto Armstrong of KCID will help attendees determine the value of their home furnishings by providing real-life examples of projects that feature a variety of new, used, donated and sold goods. In addition to promoting the use of recycling and reusing furnishings, she will provide helpful hints on how to sell or donate items that don’t meet your home redecorating needs and how to feel good about incorporating your new purchases into the overall design plan. She encourages attendees to come prepared to share their current challenges.

Renovation 101: everything you need to know from beginning to end
Speaker: Kevin Serba, Serba Interiors
Location: Stark Carpet, Suite 30
Before you begin your home remodeling or renovation project, be sure to join us for this informative seminar by Kevin Serba of Serba Interiors. In addition to providing advice on how to develop an overall plan and secure professional help, Kevin will provide professional tips on how to begin the bidding process, how to choose materials and furnishings and what to expect from the beginning of your project until it is complete.


Extreme Kitchen Makeover: The 2010 Jr. League of Detroit Designers’ Show House kitchen renovation
Speaker: Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design
Location: Ann Sacks, Suite 91
Meet and hear from the team at Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen design transformation they recently completed for the upcoming 2010 Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House. In addition to before and after photos of the project, the team will share ideas on how to think outside of the box for your own kitchen renovation project and they will share their tips on how to select and coordinate materials.

Designing a Small Space
Speaker: Jan McCollum, J. Parker McCollum, Inc.
Location: RJ Thomas, Ltd., Suite 72
“Living Large” is not always about overall square footage. If enlarging the footprint of your space is not an option for your renovation project, than you will want to join us for this informative seminar that will offer design strategies for maximizing the potential of smaller spaces. In addition to discussing functional space planning, interior designer Jan McCollum will offer tips on determining the right scale for furnishings, use of color in a small space and more.

Re-Imagine Your Home
Speakers: Arturo Sanchez and Barry Harrison, Art | Harrison Interiors
Location: Tennant & Associates, Suite 61
During this enlightening presentation, the design team at Art | Harrison Interiors will challenge you to think of your home interior in an entirely new way. In addition to offering options that will redefine rooms for new uses, this dynamic duo will offer suggestions on how to add architectural elements and details to your design project. They will even offer tips on how to stay sane during the entire home renovation process.

Design Ideas That Work – and how to make them work for you
Speaker: Jennifer Taylor, Jennifer Taylor Studio, Inc.
Location: Kravet / Lee Jofa, Suite 105
Join interior designer Jennifer Taylor as she illustrates how expert space planning, fabulous finishes and attention to detail can help you create a home you could never dream of leaving. Sometimes, making a design investment in your current residence is all it takes to brighten up your outlook and make your home more stylish and comfortable.

Before, During and After: a photo story of remodeling transformations
Speaker: Kevin McManamon, Kevin McManamon Design Consultants, Inc.
Location: Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 60
Join interior designer Kevin McManamon for this revealing presentation that highlights a variety of home remodeling and renovation projects he has undertaken during his career. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful photo tour of before, during and after snapshots that will bring the projects to life and offer a glimpse into the possibilities that may exist for their own homes.
In addition to our presentations, guests are encouraged to enjoy our 20 minute complimentary interior design consultations being offered by:

Becky Andrews, ASID, Interiors by Becky Spier Inc.
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Suite 102-D

Michael Coyne, Michael Coyne Design
Time: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Suite 29

Maha Jano, ASID Allied Member, Maha Jano Interiors
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Suite 102-B

Jan McCollum, J Parker McCollum, Inc.
Time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Suite 104-B

Judy Welch, ASID Allied Member, Walker Interior, Inc.
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Suite 102-D

Tickets are $10 per person and include the keynote presentation as well as all of the design seminars and the design consultations. Advance reservations are requested and can be made online at or by calling 248.649.4772.
Based in Troy, Michigan Design Center (MDC) is the premier resource for home furnishings and interior design services. Everyone is welcome to explore their 30+ showrooms which are filled with the finest names in furniture, fabrics, flooring, wallcovering, tile, rugs, lighting, kitchens, artwork, accessories and more.

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