Meet Our New Interior Designer: Michi Baez

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Meet Our New Interior Designer: Michi Baez

Today on the blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member, Michi! Read below to learn about her background in design, interests, and why she joined the Crimson Team!

What were you doing before you began working for Crimson?

I grew up in the amazing equestrian community of Wellington, Florida! I may have only ridden a horse once, but living in Wellington has given me an appreciation and love for a humble life full of family, soccer games, and summer days in the pool.

For college I attended Florida International University in Miami, Florida. I graduated from the School of Architecture’s accelerated 5 year multi-disciplinary architecture program with a Masters in Interior Architecture.

After that I launched Michi Interiors where I worked with clients in Licking and Franklin counties, primarily focusing on projects in Grandview and Granville, Ohio.

Why switch to Crimson?

We all want to find where we fit in. When I launched Michi Interiors, I got really close, I thought I found where I fit in. I loved my work, I loved my clients, and I loved what I stood for; designing spaces that inspire happiness.

But I realized that I was missing out on the opportunity to work alongside other creative individuals. This collaboration was a top priority for me, and when I interviewed at Crimson Design Group, I knew I had found the right fit.

At Crimson I get to be (overly) excited about amazing fabrics with others, coproduce incredibly rich designs, and be nourished by other designers’ excitement and creativity. Not only do the Crimson designers and I benefit from this collaboration, but current and future clients will too. This next step in my career has me jumping out of bed in the morning!

I am so excited to announce I am bringing my love for thoughtful and beautiful design to the empowering team of talented female designers at Crimson Design Group.

When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

I knew I wanted to be an interior designer when I first learned I could actually make a career out of it! I was 8 years old when I designed an espresso themed kitchen to inspire my abuelo while he made his exceptional café Cubano. This design project led to a love for creating beauty and my official role as the lead (and only) designer for my sweet Cuban family.

What is your favorite thing about being a designer?

I love getting to work closely with my clients, learning their stories, the things they love and what is important to them. By developing this type of relationship with my clients, I get to curate a design that reflects who they are and advances them to who they want to become. I really enjoy participating in such a personal process.

If you were a design style what would you be?

If I were any design, I would be eclectic minimalism. I love using one color palette to bring unexpected pieces together to tell a client’s story.

If you could be any piece of furniture what would you be?

Definitely a mid century minimalist accent chair. It would have an ashwood frame, rattan back, olive green plush velvet cushion and beautifully crafted mortise and tenon joints. I love the details! 

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Any favorite hobbies?

I love anything art related, especially painting and ink drawings. When I’m not painting or drawing, you can find me running on a beautiful outdoor track or playing with my two Golden Doodles, Tucker and Oli. I love taking them for spontaneous ice cream runs to Whits and bragging about them to friendly strangers. What can I say? I’m a proud dog mom!

Favorite movie or book?

My favorite all around movie is “Home Again.” It is a down-to-earth romantic comedy about an interior designer in the throes of a divorce. In the midst of this, three men, an aspiring director, actor and writer become a part of her family’s life in an unexpected and wonderful way. A must watch!

In the summer my favorite move is Mama Mia! Two words: Meryl. Streep. The beautifully rich blue and white Greek architectural landscape transports me overseas in a matter of 90 minutes.

My favorite book is “Paper Towns” by John Green. I read this book while I was feeling overwhelmed during my master’s thesis in architecture school. It gave me a breath of fresh air and new perspective on the importance of spontaneity in my life. This book helped me learn how to let go of so much control, but sorry, no spoilers here!

Any guilty pleasures?

I love Edy’s chocolate ice cream topped with frosted flakes, the Lizzie McGuire movie, and the song A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton! 

Favorite place in the world?

I’d have to say my favorite place in the world is anywhere that I’m with my twin sister, Kelly. But I wouldn’t mind if we took a trip to Visby, Sweden and spent a day lounging at Almedalen Park ... it has to be the most charming corner of the world!

Photo Credit: Tourism On The Edge

To see pictures of Michi’s upcoming projects, be sure to follow us on Instagram!

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Behind the Design: It's Patio Season!

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Behind the Design: It's Patio Season!

It’s finally patio season!! We’re ready to bust out the sangria and margaritas and bring our lives to the outdoors. But how do you bring design to your patio? Today we’re going to give you a few tips on how to do that!

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High Point Update: Spring 2019

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High Point Update: Spring 2019

Twice a year members of our team head to High Point, North Carolina to get inspiration, see what’s new in the design world, and place orders for clients at High Point Market.

Cheryl and Stephanie spent four days in High Point earlier this month. We sat down with them to hear about their favorite trends, moments, details, and more!

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What did you see?

I love this Spring High Point. There was tons of color (finally!!) and a lot of Art Deco inspiration.

We saw a lot of wood furniture stained with color rather than your standard wood stain. Greens, yellows, and blues were everywhere.

There were also a lot of Deco-esque curved elements to the furniture we saw. Particularly curved sectionals, tulip shaped chairs, and channel tufting. I also noticed that where last year there were lots of mixed metals in fixtures and finishes, this year mixed materials made an appearance in furniture design. Chairs used velvet and leather, leather and metal, and details were key. Embroidery, carving, nail head details… Craftsmanship and detail work is definitely on the rise!

A few of the vendors also included inspiration boards in their presentation areas. When we present to a client we frequently include a few mood boards for them to reference. It was great to see what the in-house designers were inspired by when they created the furniture, lighting, and fabrics that we were seeing.

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What were your favorite trends?

I was so happy to see color and playfulness back in design. For years and years it’s been nothing but tonal design with layers and layers of gray. Now, we’re seeing pinks, yellows, greens, oranges, and reds all making an appearance in design. Artwork is also much more playful and youthful. It doesn’t take itself so seriously. I loved the amount of vibrant portraiture and graphic patterns.

I loved the use of multiple design styles in one space. For example, I loved the mix of midcentury modern furniture and classical elements, like a marble bust. This new trend allows for a more personalized, eclectic design style, which I love.

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Customization was also a big trend we saw, that I love. Everything from artwork to furniture to light fixtures- there were so many options. When you have the kinds of creative clients we have, this is so helpful!

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What vendors really stood out for you?

I loved this vignette by Highland House. There was a live tree flanked by moss and live flowers. Really everything Highland House did this year was so fresh and exciting. The chair in this vignette felt so Spring-y and vibrant. It really was inspiring.

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I also loved this collaboration between Chaddock Home and House of Harris. House of Harris creates amazing fabrics and wallpapers. For this particular item, they lined a Chaddock piece with their Baxter wallpaper pattern. The result was gorgeous.

Another detail I loved in this vignette: The eclectic artwork. The marble bust, neon artwork, and more traditional wallpaper and furniture makes this space layered and so fun!

What excited you the most?

I love the use of detail and craftsmanship! There were hand painted side tables and carvings and inlays in tables and chairs that really elevate the design of the furniture. That attention to detail really adds depth and interest to the pieces we’ll be placing in our clients’ homes.

I’m also so excited about the mix of leather, wood, and metal in furniture design. This table was amazing, a real feast for the eyes. And, again, check out the detail work. There’s a pattern in the metal base of the table (which is wrapped in leather too) which you wouldn’t notice at first. But that’s what makes good design- that kind of attention to detail and appreciation for artistry.

Lastly, I just fell in love with these unique pieces. The lucite chair with the tiger patterned fabric is completely amazing. The emerald green chair is a great statement piece. The patterned side board cabinet has a great global feel that is very “Crimson” and the carved cabinet is a real testament to craftsmanship.

What was your favorite High Point Market moment?

Well, Cheryl and I won a trip to Paris, courtesy of Bernhardt Furniture! It was a thrilling moment, and definitely my favorite!

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Cheryl

What did you see?

So much color! Thankfully there is lots of color coming in. We saw a lot of pink, green was a hot color, navy, and bright red. Oh and yellow!! I’m so glad to see red coming back into a trend. It’s so refreshing. There were a lot of nods to Art Deco, too. You could see its influence in furniture design, light fixtures, hardware and even patterns.
Layers of gray are finally diminishing and the farmhouse, reclaimed wood trend is very minimal which I was happy about.
We did see ‘mink’ as a color, that is a bit of gray and brown. I’m not sure I’m ready for that color to be back and to replace gray as a neutral. But it does have a bit of warmth to it.

We also saw furniture pieces designed with a very architectural feel and style. I was especially drawn to the Hickory Chair line by designer Ray Booth.

What were your favorite trends?

Definitely the use of color. But also, the use of detail. We always appreciate attention to detail at Crimson. Even if you don’t immediately notice a carving or embellishment or, say, a hammered detail in a metal bed frame, when your eye lands on it, it just brings your appreciation for the space you’re in to the next level. We live for that moment of happy surprise.

What vendors really stood out for you?

I always love stopping by Design Legacy’s room at High Point. Everywhere you look, there’s something beautiful and full of meaning. I’m always drawn to globally influenced design so Design Legacy is an obvious favorite. The mix of patterns and colors makes me feel like I’m in a candy store. The owner, Kelly O’Neal, is infinitely creative and she collaborates with other amazing designers. I always leave feeling excited to design after visiting the room.

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I also loved Alexa Hampton’s work with Theodore Alexander. The red tufted, velvet couch was amazing and well placed in the room. The whole space felt rich, lush, and glamorous while still inviting and comfortable. It can be tough to find that perfect balance. I was definitely taking notes!

I also loved a lot of what Highland House is doing this season! The furniture and color play was so fresh and refreshing. It felt perfect for Spring and got me very excited for our Summer projects.

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What was your favorite High Point Market moment?

Stephanie took a hula hoop break… that was definitely one for the books. But then again… we did win a trip to Paris. So it’s a tie.

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Read more about Spring/Summer design trends in our trends series!

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Join Our Team!

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Join Our Team!

We’re excited to announce that our team is growing! We’re looking for three new employees. Here’s why you should apply…

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Women Who Dare, An Interview Series: Becca Apfelstadt

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Women Who Dare, An Interview Series: Becca Apfelstadt

Happy International Women's Day! As a woman owned and operated business, we are reminded daily that women truly do make this world go round. So, we've started a new interview series on our blog, dedicated to the amazing women in our community. Visit our blog for today's conversation with Becca Apfelstadt, the CEO of treetree!

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 Our Asia's Hope Home in Chiang Rai: Update!

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Our Asia's Hope Home in Chiang Rai: Update!

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In November 2018, we launched our philanthropic initiative, Crimson Gives Back, and hosted our first charitable event, benefiting Asia’s Hope. Our goal: raise $150,000, the seed money needed to begin the building phase of the Asia’s Hope Chiang Rai home. We were blown away by the support of our vendors, clients, friends, and even strangers, who all came together to make the evening a success.  Thanks to your courageous leadership and generosity, we’ve raised $120,775 so far! With these funds in hand, we’re very excited to announce…

We broke ground!

Construction on our Asia’s Hope home in Chiang Rai has officially begun and will continue over the next few months or so. The house is projected to be finished in late summer! Then, the Asia’s Hope team on the ground can begin moving abandoned and orphaned Hill Tribe children into the home!

Tutu Abourmad, Asia’s Hope Thailand’s national director will continue to send us photos as the project continues!

Tutu Abourmad, Asia’s Hope Thailand’s national director will continue to send us photos as the project continues!

But We still need your help…

In order to finish the house on time, we still need to raise $30,000. That’s all we need to finish the house on schedule and start bringing the kids home!

If you’re interested in joining the group of courageous leaders who are changing children’ lives in Thailand already, visit our designated Asia’s Hope donation site!

Over the next few months we’ll continue to update you all on the house’s progress! We’re so thrilled you’ve joined us on this journey!

For more information, please visit www.asiashope.org!

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