How To Improve the Curb Appeal of your Home

Exterior Curb Appeal of a Home
We always say that beauty is not everything; it’s on the inside, that counts. After all, the interior should always exceed that of the exterior in every way, right?

We’re diverting ever so slightly from this notion with home design, and it comes down to one reason – curb appeal.

When selling your home or even having guests arrive for a dinner party, the exterior is the ultimate first impression. From a well-manicured lawn to the color of your home, from the stone on your driveway to the hedges outlining your property, the curb appeal of your home really is everything.

So how can you ensure your home has the curb appeal it needs for resale or those dinner parties?

Ensure your home has an updated paint color.

Your home color ultimately depends on the style of your home – traditional, modern or urban, perhaps? Although the color of your home is dependant on your style and overall taste, it is important to keep the quality updated. One of the worst mistakes you can make during the selling process is to not have your home’s exterior well-kept. Should you see chips on the siding of your home or discolor after weather and time, it is important to invest in a refresh of the exterior.

Invest your time in landscaping.

Investing in landscaping does not have to be a monetary investment; in fact, we encourage you to get outside and have fun with your lawn and garden yourself! From ensuring your lawn is freshly cut to removing weeds from your flower bed, investing time in landscaping will go a long way to the overall look of your home. Should you need to hire a landscaping company, we advise you read reviews and do your due diligence before having a business arrive on your property.

Keep exterior material clean and updated.

From stone on your back deck to the material on your driveway, ensure your exterior material is both clean and updated. This means pressure-washing yearly, removing the grit and grime accumulated from the weather, and replacing any material that requires updating. Much like investing time in landscaping, make sure you are investing time and resources in the materials around your home. Pressure-washing yearly can go a long way to long-term protecting and support of your exterior materials.

The curb appeal of your home is second-to-none in terms of importance and a first impression. How would you rate the curb appeal of your home? Tweet us.


Happy 4th of July!

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With the 4th of July upon us, we are looking forward to hosting family and friends for a beautiful barbeque and celebration of our country. This day is not only a time to get your loved ones together, it is also a time to decorate your home and exterior in a way that truly reflects your unique design style and trends.

If you are hosting this year’s 4th of July celebration and your home is not quite ready for friends and family to arrive, below are some quick and easy ways you can prepare yourself for this wonderful day.

Tables and Decor

The 4th of July is a time to infuse tradition in your home. Forget the ideal color schemes and palettes; this day is all about red, white and blue. Integrate blue table runners with soft white plating and accessories, or bring together red and white outdoor candles with your traditional, dark wood table and chairs. And remember – no 4th of July celebration would be complete without our flags waving proudly at each table placement. Consider placing your flag accessories in a mason jar surrounded by your accompanying cutlery.

Games to Play

With family and friends in your home, it is important to remember that children and adults alike enjoy games to play on beautiful, sunny days. Consider bringing out the bocce set for outdoor fun, or place checkerboards around your back yard.

Take Home Gifts

If you often go the extra mile, it is worthwhile considering small take home gifts as an added surprise for your guests. Remember – these do not have to be large in scale. Visit your local grocery store and collect red, white and blue jellybeans and wrap these in cellophane. Or, gift your guests with our flags and a small red, white or blue candle. A small gift can go a long way in creating an impression on your guests.

Most of all, we wish you a safe, fun and celebratory 4th of July. May you truly celebrate with your loved ones and take part in all that this Holiday has to offer.


Using Lucite Material for your Home

The transparent trend of lucite material has returned to the interior design industry and it’s quickly taking us by storm. With a deeply rooted history, lucite’s light reflective surface is now making its way into the modern, chic home once again.

So how did lucite material begin? 

This material is often associated with Hollywood Regency glamor. It was commercially available in 1937 and was used in a variety of designs and applications. Fast forward to 2015, and this material has made a comeback as a versatile and beloved material for home interiors. Adding an element of splendor in just about any home, lucite has certainly not lost the Hollywood Glam it originated in.

What was it originally used for? 

We mentioned that lucite was used for a variety of purposes, and it’s true – this material was used in everything from military applications on submarines and airplanes to women’s jewellery and handbags. In the modern world, there was really no limitations to its use.

So what about interior design?

Lucite is a popular choice and an alternative to glass because the material is very strong, light and durable. In many projects, lucite is actually the preferred materials because it is shatter resistant and can be carved and dyed in a variety of colors. In addition, lucite is able to reflect light in such a way that it keeps it on the material’s surface. As such, it is perfect as an edgy piece to a classic, modern room, providing visual energy to the interior. Lucite can turn a traditional space into something marvelous, modern and amazing, as it has the ability to break up the visual weight of items such as wooden tables. Lucite made a comeback in the 60’s thanks to Modern Interior Design and was used in light fixtures, accessories and furniture. By 2002 Philippe Starck introduced the now infamous Ghost Chair and that was the beginning.

We love integrating lucite into the classic and modern home. Just remember: you shouldn’t use traditional glass cleaner on the material; instead, search for an acrylic cleaner.

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Lighting Options for your Bathroom

We’ve all been there. You walk into a new home or hotel and you enter the bathroom,
only to find that the lighting is dim and dark, or light and fluorescent. It is nowhere near perfect,
and you’re unsure how your make-up or outfit will look in natural lighting.

With this in mind, how can you properly light your bathroom to ensure yourself –
and all visitors – never step foot in a poorly lit room in your home again?

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With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to determine the lighting that suits your home best. First and foremost, you should ensure that light sources are placed so that your light emanates from above, below, and both sides of the mirror. This technique is called cross-lighting, which is used with the purpose of eliminating shadows. It eliminates shadowing in your bathroom, allowing you to have a proper view of not only your bathroom accessories, but your makeup and hair as you’re getting ready to start the day.

To ensure energy efficiency, we recommend exploring LED lighting options. With a long lifespan that uses approximately 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lights, this option provides an excellent source of lighting with a feel-good efficiency. LED can also achieve the same amount of lumens while using a smaller light source.

Electric Mirror
A recommended option to explore are electric mirrors. With the ability to provide light while de-cluttering your room, electric mirrors provide forward lighting for excellent visibility. This is a great option as they come in many sizes including customizable and as a medicine cabinets for more storage. It creates a very clean space where de cluttering is key.

TV Mirrors
Have we mentioned we love lighting? TV mirrors are a great addition to the modern, sophisticated bathroom. With an appealing feature that is sure to impress any guest in your home, TV mirrors provide an urban addition to your bathroom, while also providing lighting. You can place them in all wet areas including showers, above your bathtub or integrated into your mirror.

Lighting Control 
Of the utmost importance is lighting control. To ensure your lighting is appropriate for any time of the day, control of your these features is integral to your bathroom’s atmosphere. We recommend exploring dimmers or occupancy sensors, adding a sophisticated element to your home.

From lighting and bulb options to control of your bathroom, we want to ensure that the next time you walk into your bathroom, you feel comfortable and proud of the home you have created.

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Interior Design – An Exhilarating Adventure At MDK Designs

Melanie Kokoros, MDK Designs

Melanie D. Kokoros

Melanie D. Kokoros, Interior Designer

When I first started MDK Designs in 2003, I had no idea how fulfilling and exhilarating this business would be. Creating spaces that are intimate in nature, functional, beautiful and balanced has been a dream come true. Meeting and working with so many wonderful clients, while transforming their homes and businesses, has been more than I could have ever imagined.

As excited as I was to begin this adventure back in 2003, I am even more excited to introduce the next transformation of MDK Designs in the form of my brand new website and Image.

Through this new website, I want to give you a look into my world of interior design and decoration. With a new digital design, I am very excited to launch new and innovative ideas online for my clients and readers in the Wellesley, MA , Weston, MA, Boston, MA and surrounding areas.

What can you expect from this new look and design?

  • Weekly blogs with the latest trends in design and decor
  • Tips and tricks to improve your interior space
  • Design inspirations
  • Client features and visual transformation

I encourage you to read my blog regularly and visit my Twitter and Facebook page to share your thoughts and feedback. Additionally, if you love what you see, contact me to talk about transforming your space. I am so very passionate about interior design and the work I do with my clients. I can’t wait to share new ideas and innovative spaces with you as you begin your very own transformation.

~ Melanie Kokoros


Top 6 Trends for Spring


Can you believe it’s already Spring? With interior design ideas brewing around-the-clock, we’re so excited to dive into some incredible trends for Spring 2015. From pastels to geometric shapes – and everything in between – below are our Top 6 Trends for Spring 2015.

1. Pastels. We really couldn’t be more excited about this one. For Spring 2015, there is a move toward cooler, and softer hues that sku on the cooler sidel. With understated brights and pastels, think nature and neutrals – two things that suit any home. Pastel colors brighten and illuminate your home. This inspiration is surely coming from the runway and right into interior design.

2. Accent Pieces. Accent pieces are the perfect way to bring a pop of color and interest to your home. From a mohair throw and silk wall fabric to a geographic rug pattern and stacked leather containers , accent pieces add style, texture and color to your living areas. Don’t be afraid to browse around for unique pieces that will bring character and reflect your personality.

3. Quirky Stripes and Graphics. Why stick to the straight and narrow when it comes to your home? After all, your abode is an extension of your personal style. Bold colors, patterns and unconventional graphics are not only for the runway…bringing them into your home is an amazing way to incorporate a variety of effects and a tailored look that is fashion forward.

4. Sculptures. Much like unique accent pieces, sculptures will be making their way into homes. Acting as an addition to both walls and shelves, sculptures are the perfect mix of traditional and modern, fused into one. Sculptures are more exciting than the traditional vase and compliment any space.

5. Eclectic Wall Ornaments. The days of keeping square frames grouped with square frames and circular images grouped exclusively together are gone (and that’s a great thing). Expect to see an assortment of eclectic wall ornaments with multi-faceted frames and color palettes.

6. Vintage Prints. We love vintage prints at any time of the year, but these elements really pop in the Spring. Integrate these with your modern-chic interior or or find that perfect print and frame to hang in your master bedroom, living room or hallways. Have some fun with the search!

Who’s ready for the Spring? We certainly are. With ideas brewing in our notebooks and compiling palettes around-the-clock, we couldn’t be more excited to see what Spring has to offer for interior design.

Ready to chat more? Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.


Organizing Your Home for Spring

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After acquainting yourself with our top trends for Spring, you’re likely fretting about all of the interior Winter decor you need to store away and save for just a few more seasons. Equipped with knowledge of the best interior design tips and tricks, we have compiled our suggestions for organizing your home and preparing it for the Spring.

Closet Organization

The often dreaded – but always appreciated – closet organization. Once every season (at the beginning, if possible) take out all of the clothes in your master bedroom closet. All of them – each and every one. Decide which items you need to keep and which items you can donate, sell, or pass along to friends and relatives. Will you really be wearing that red blouse again? Has that sweater defied the odds and stood the test of time, or is it ready to be thrown into the donation hamper? Although this is never an easy task, it’s necessary – and fulfilling, we promise. Stick by the rule, If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to give it to someone who will, this will keep you organized in the future.

Kitchen Cabinet Organization

If you’re a fabulous home chef, or if you simply like to whip up a fresh salad and organic chicken every once in a while, it’s time for kitchen cabinet organization. From your utensils drawer to your pots and pans, take inventory of what you have. Do you have space for a new juicer? Do you really need that extra, extra large pot for your family of four, or can you pass it along to someone else? Let you kitchen cabinets shine and feel like new again. Once you remove all your cabinet clutter, you will realize that you can live without that apple slicer after all.

What About the Shoes?

We get ladies – we all love our shoes. Unfortunately, some of our attire just doesn’t last the way it used to (or we’ve put so many miles on them, it’s just time for a change). Take inventory of each and every pair of shoes around your home and decide whether or not you will be using them in the Spring or ever again. If your shoes are so beat up not even the best shoe cobbler can save them, up it’s time to put them in the trash pile. .

For those Winter boots that we absolutely need in these Boston snowfalls, be sure to keep them around – but perhaps place in storage until November arrives once again.

Take Inventory of your Home

Much like we suggest with your closet and shoe storage, visit each and every room in your home with an open mind. As Spring comes upon us, it’s time to reflect on our interior design dreams and goals for the upcoming season. Take inventory of your home – and don’t be afraid to use a critical eye. Does your living area need some TLC, or is your bathroom ready for a refresh? With the flowers beginning to grow and the sun shining through the clouds, Spring allows us to reflect with an open mind.

Organization comes in many shapes and forms to individual people, but we hope our recommendations will help lead the way for you.

Are you planning on organizing your home this Spring? Share your photos with us on Twitter. We would love to feature them in an upcoming blog post.

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