Product Highlight: MegMade One-of-a-Kind Furniture

An interview with MegMade founder, Meg Piercy.
Hand-painted and restored furniture for everyday living.

Today I have a very special post for you! If you love the look of unique painted and restored furniture you need to know about MegMade, a Chicago-based showroom that offers furniture refinishing, upholstered pieces, and more. Since its 2012 inception, Meg Piercy, founder of MegMade, has grown her business from painting changing tables in her home basement to a booming business that has sold over 3,000 pieces of furniture and has shipped to over 30 states. 

Wells Dresser by MegMade - Photo by  Aimèe Mazzenga

Wells Dresser by MegMade - Photo by Aimèe Mazzenga

I first heard of MegMade through one of my favorite podcasts, The Lively Show. In this episode Meg honestly discussed finding self-worth beyond work, marriage, and motherhood. I immediately checked out Meg's work and her one-of-kind furniture pieces have continued to appeal to me over the years. I believe it's important to bring objects and experiences into our lives that Elevate the Everyday, and Meg's furniture represents this so well. They are beautiful, functional pieces that you can incorporate into your daily life. After years of following her work I wanted to know more. Meg graciously agreed to an interview which you can read below! 

You clearly take great pleasure it giving new life to a piece of furniture. What is your favorite part of the process? 

I don’t know if it is a gift or a curse, but I can literally picture exactly what they will look like when we get them. Because of this, I still think the finding of the piece is the best part. Obviously the final reveal, where the beauty is displayed is pretty awesome too!

What draws you to a piece of furniture and how do you decide if it's a good candidate for painting, refinishing, or new upholstery? 

Gosh, there are so many different aspects of a piece that draw me in. Sometimes it is the shape of the piece, the grain of the wood, the hardware and hopefully, all three at the same time. The brand is also a big draw because now that I have done over 4,000 pieces I know quality and there are definitely certain brands that deserve respect when it comes to craftsmanship, so even if it is not ideal hardware or grain, if it has the right lines, we can change the hardware and paint goes a long way. When I am looking for vintage pieces to re-upholster, I look for the lines of the piece. I am not currently into furniture that does not have a break int he upholstery. I love when the arms are wood or there is wood trim around the top. I love it because then you break it up with a pop of a different fabric or a piping that is a different color. Makes it more interesting.

The before and after transformation!

The before and after transformation!

What are your favorite finishes and colors being produced in your shop? Do your favorites align with what customers ask for?

Although I am a sucker for a good restore, our most popular color is Benjamin Moore Polo Blue. It is the perfect shade of blue that goes with anything, whether you are going preppy and nautical or dramatic with black and white - polo blue is the perfect color for you!

With so much great inventory I would want to keep everything for myself! How do you decide which pieces to bring into your home and how do you use them in your daily life?

Right! It used to be a problem and our house was a bit of a revolving door. It still sometimes is if I meet the perfect piece, but I take so much joy in finding the perfect spot for my most favorite pieces in client and customer homes now as I know they will appreciate it just as much as I do!

If I offer the phrase “Elevate the Everyday” what does this mean to you? How do you elevate your everyday?

Find the best in everyday. There is something to be thankful for in each and everyday and if you are able to hold onto that then you will stay positive and encouraged.

Thank you to Meg for taking the the time to chat furniture and more! To get more of MegMade, follow along on Instragram to catch the latest furniture coming out of her shop and to get some major interior inspiration. 

Interior Design Blogs with the Best Product Roundups

Let these interior design blogs narrow down the choices and do some of the shopping for you!

The vast number of interior design ideas and products available on the internet is an amazing opportunity for consumers to find the perfect piece for their space. At the same time, it can be incredibly overwhelming, not to mention time consuming, to sort through all of the options. This is one of the reasons I love finding interior design blogs with product roundups and design guides. This cuts down on the leg work, narrows down the choices, and provides a starting point. This can be really helpful, especially if you are not working with an interior designer who would typically take on this role. It's also an excellent way to find new resources and online shops that fit your aesthetic. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite interior design blogs for product round-ups. 

Fabric: Kufri - Samarkand - Purple & Pink

Fabric: Kufri - Samarkand - Purple & Pink

Style by Emily Henderson
If you don't follow Style by Emily Henderson you need to start. Whether you are looking for kid friendly sectionals, dining tables for every style, or the perfect office chair, this blog is a great place to begin. Roundups aside, Emily Henderson produces beautiful content, sharing her design process and vision in an authentic way. 

Design Sponge
Design Sponge is the first design blog I discovered and it continues to be a favorite. Not only does Design Sponge offer great roundups such as 10 Shops for Affordable Artwork and 10 Online Wallpaper Shops We Love, there are amazing home tours, interviews, and design related essays that you won't find anywhere else. 

Lark & Linen
Jacquelyn Clark, the interior designer behind Lark & Linen, has established a gorgeous blog over the years. Clark shares helpful roundups for items such as ready-made throw pillows, beautiful brass pulls, and the best gray paint colors. You'll also find posts on entertaining, fashion, and more.

Studio McGee
The husband and wife duo behind Studio McGee design beautiful interior spaces and produce an equally beautiful blog. You'll find a collection of decor highlights such as their favorite flushmount lighting, dining chairs, and cabinet paint colors.  Studio McGee also has an online shop that I recommend checking out. 

What are you favorite interior design blogs? 

Wallcoverings That Will Survive Your Kids and Pets

Design Dilemma: You love the look of wallpaper but you're worried that it won't be able to withstand the wear and tear of kids and pets. 

Washable Vinyl Wallcoverings

Wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to add color, texture, and pattern to a room. However, the material can be a bit delicate and difficult to clean. This can be an issue if you have kids and pets. One solution to this common design dilemma is vinyl wallcovering.  Now, before you discount vinyl, let me say that it has come a long way and it deserves a second chance!  Many of the new vinyl wallcoverings on the market imitate silk, linen, and grasscloth quite well.

Even if you don't have children or pets, vinyl wallcovering can be a great option for high traffic areas in the home such as a mudroom. Vinyl wallcovering also works well in areas that are at risk of minor splashes such as a powder room or laundry room. 

Not all vinyls are created equal so I've rounded up a few of my favorites.

Phillip Jeffries - What a Gem
What a Gem is a versatile geometric and is available in an array of classic and vibrant colors. 

Image via Phillip Jeffries

Image via Phillip Jeffries

Phillip Jeffries - Vinyl Silk Road
Phillip Jeffries also offers a wide variety of vinyls that mimic natural wallpapers.

Image via Phillip Jeffries

Image via Phillip Jeffries

Maya Romanoff - Weathered Metals II
Depending on the colorway, Weathered Metals II could work in a wide range of interior settings. Another metallic vinyl look to consider is Hurly Burly II. Check out Silver Gunmetal which could go glam or industrial.

Image via Maya Romanoff

Image via Maya Romanoff

Designers Guild - Savine
Designers Guild always offers a gorgeous color selection and Savine, a contemporary tie-dye pattern, does not disappoint.

Image via Designers Guild

Image via Designers Guild

Vinyl won't be the right choice for everyone and every project but it is a great option to consider if you want the look of wallpaper and the wipe-ability of paint. What do you think? Would you give vinyl a try in your own home? 

Designer as Client: Why I Choose Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops allow you to spend more time enjoying your home and less time worrying about common spills and maintenance.

Whether I’m designing for myself,or for a client, it’s important to ask how much time, money, and effort am I or the client willing to be spend on maintenance.  As a busy mom of two I’m always on the lookout for products that are beautiful and easy to maintain. Below I share why quartz countertops are one of my go-to kitchen and bath materials.

Interior Design by Desi Interior Design ( The New Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast )

Interior Design by Desi Interior Design (The New Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast)

No Ongoing Maintenance
The main reason I love quartz countertops is that they are so easy to maintain - quartz requires no periodic sealing, polishing, or reconditioning. If left unsealed or not maintained on a regular basis, stones such as granite, marble, and soapstone are easily stained and may be permanently damaged by something as simple as a spilled glass of wine. Quartz is very stain resistant making it perfect for kitchen and bath applications.  

Daily Cleaning Ease
Cleaning quartz countertops is as easy as wiping them off with mild soap and water. Because the product is non-porous and stain resistant, you never have to worry about the surface harboring bacterial from raw food or soaking up a spill that you didn’t catch right away.

Strength
Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with a small amount of resin binder and colorant. This creates an extremely hard, strong stone that is stronger that granite or marble, and is very scratch resistant.

Unique Colors, Patterns, and Finishes
Whether you want a pattern that mimics natural stone or are in the market for a color not found in nature, you’re likely to find something that fits your aesthetic.  Cambria, a leader in the quartz industry, recently launched a matte (vs polished) finish that offers a previously unavailable low-sheen look with the same great performance.  

If you’re interested in seeing more examples of quartz countertops I highly recommend checking out Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone.

Questions about using quartz in your kitchen or bath project? Leave me a note and I'll respond!