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Meet Our New Interior Designer: Michi Baez


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! 

Photo 1 Credit: Pinterest

Photo 2 Credit: Pinterest

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!


High Point Update: Spring 2019


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!



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.


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.


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.


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


Design Trend Forecast: Spring/Summer 2019


Design Trend Forecast: Spring/Summer 2019

With every season comes a new wave of design inspiration and fresh trends. We know it can be daunting keeping up with all the updates and changes that come with the advent of Spring, so we’ve got you covered!

In today’s blog, we’re going to introduce you to three trends to watch for. Keep an eye out for future blog posts in which we’ll take you deeper into each one of these individual design aesthetics !

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Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

The first trend on our radar is a dreamy hearkening back to the domesticity of the 1950s, seen through a nostalgic lens. Think retro looks, color blocking, feminine details, and vibrant pastel patterns. Bright pops of color, large patterns, and design with a playful edge will make appearances this season. Use vintage furniture or look for new pieces that have soft edges and timeless appeal.

Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

The second design trend is right up our alley: global influences! Many designs this season will draw inspiration from the mountains and forests of South America, the terrain of the Australian outback, indigenous cultures throughout the world, and generally, a sense of cultural tradition, diversity, and history. Natural materials will be used heavily, interspersed with beautiful metallics. This trend invites you to find a welcome respite and escape, right at home.

Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

Photo Credit: Fashion Snoops

We’re seeing yet another trend this season that looks back in time for inspiration: Art Deco is back! This season keep your eye out for curved nouveau silhouettes, brushed metallics, and dusty shades of green, navy, and pink. Feminine details along with rich textiles will be layered with luxurious glasswork and metals. Thankfully this reemergence of the Art Deco trend will be updated and elevated by modern lighting and imaginative details.

Be sure to check back in next week when we’ll be discussing these trends more fully!


The Luxe Life With Louie: 24 Hours in New York City


The Luxe Life With Louie: 24 Hours in New York City

Our President, Luis Stauffer, is our team's resident guru for all things luxury. To him, everything is about 'the experience'. Whether it's travel or shopping, dining or drinking, Luis is constantly in pursuit of the absolute best. This week, Luis will share an ideal itinerary for a weekend away to NYC!