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Watch as Studio M’s president and principal designer, Michelle Jennings Wiebe, shares her highlights at High Point Market! Enjoy a fun and fast-paced High Point tour with Studio M founder and Style Spotter Emeritus Michelle Jennings Wiebe to find out what makes this jet-setting Style Spotter return to High Point each Market season.
“We were looking to open [the home] up more to the wilderness and add a more modern, updated vibe,” homeowner Joel Cantor says. “We wanted something a little different than the typical log cabin look.”
After passing though a double-height ground-floor entry, an open stairway leads to the living and dining areas on the second floor to maximize views. In crafting the combined living-dining areas, interior designer Michelle Jennings Wiebe (who worked with the Cantors on several previous projects) found inspiration in the picturesque landscape. “They wanted a contemporary mountain look, warm but rustic. My intent was to take the colors from the outside and bring them in, but in a soft way.”
In the living room, that idea translated into a travertine fireplace matched with a pair of chairs upholstered in dove-toned tweed. Twin sofas give off subtle blue tones reminiscent of the clear blue Colorado sky, with a touch of orange, inspired by autumn hues, picked up in the accent pillows. Michelle Wiebe and architect Eric Cummings collaborated on the materials palette, rooted in wood with metal accents, starting with the home’s ash hardwood flooring, originally devised for Audi automobiles. “This is a family with four boys, so it needed to withstand high traffic and be durable,” Wiebe says. Darker woods such as walnut and oak with an espresso stain provide accents on the kitchen cabinets and dining room table. A variety of metals, including the steel-framed stairway and copper accents in the kitchen contribute to the home’s unusual aesthetic. “It adds warmth and a little bit of shimmer,” says Wiebe about the copper sink and backsplash tiles. “And it brings in the tones found in the mountain views.” In the end, “the team really worked their magic,” says Joel Cantor contentedly. “We wake up in this wonderful setting and see the peaks, and it’s just ethereal.”
Read the full editorial, written by Brian Libby, inside this month’s issue of Luxe Interiors + Design: Colorado.Share your thoughts on Studio M’s Telluride, CO hillside residential project on Twitter!
Studio M’s owner and Principal Designer, Michelle Jennings Wiebe, sits down with Rue Magazine for a firsthand look into the life of one of today’s top interior design talents. Get personal with Studio M’s own style icon, as written by Crystal Palecek!
“Tampa based designer, Michelle Wiebe of Studio M is a veteran when it comes to high style, social media savvy, and staying at the pulse of the interiors industry. Known for her unparalleled knack for luxury design and running a design firm with purpose and intention, we’ve long been admirers of hers at Rue. In the fourth installment of our High Point Market “Style Spotters” interview series, we sat down with Michelle to find out what fuels her fire, snag her business advice, and get inspired:”
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT HIGH POINT MARKET IS:
Its gentle southern hospitality. Only in the South will you find showrooms that are always so lavish with great lunches, parties, etc. And the people of the High Point area are extremely kind and gracious. The October market is my favorite, as it is beautiful with the leaves changing color.
MY MUST-SEE SHOWROOMS AT MARKET ARE:
Over the past several markets, my favorite showrooms have been Bernhardt, Century, and Vanguard. Each of these companies seems to be setting the latest trends, while showcasing their products in gorgeous settings.
AS A STYLE SPOTTER, I’M MOST LIKELY TO “SPOT”:
An amazing new piece from Emporium Home. I always love to go see what new creations have come from the mind of Ashely Childers!
AS A DESIGNER, WHAT I ADMIRE MOST IN A ROOM IS:
A certain style or object that shows the personality of its owner. Perhaps it’s an heirloom area rug, or an original piece of artwork purchased while traveling overseas, or maybe even it’s the colors (whimsical and vibrant…or soft and serene) I always like to “see” the owner in a room.
MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
I’ve had a few lately. One quote that I love (and I don’t know the source of) is this: “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” It’s very applicable in the design business, especially since I specialize in luxury new construction. I have become much more intentional about building our business dream, setting personal “big hairy audacious goals,” and even getting serious about our next new home (we hope to buy or build within the year!)
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I dive into prayer and snuggle with our Australian labradoodle, Tagg.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN TAMPA IS:
New York City and London for design inspiration. For family, I love to go to the Pacific Northwest (I’m related to most of the state of Washington!) or the mountains of North Carolina.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
Travel always gives me a different perspective, and I always return with many creative ideas for our business, for design projects, and for living life fuller. When I’m home, I love to cardio box or walk on the beach to stimulate my creativity and to solve tough problems.
Seeing your God given dreams become reality while glorifying Him!
Read Michelle’s original interview in its entirety over at Rue Mag!
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This coastal chic home is located on Davis Island and incorporates classically coastal interiors with transitional finishes and furniture selections for a calmingly cool one-of-a-kind home. We’ve been asked a ton of questions about this new construction luxury residential project and decided that we just had to share them with you on the blog!
“What are the exterior and trim colors? They totally remind me of Key West!”
All of our paint colors used for this project were from Benjamin Moore. The exterior paint color is AC-19: Homestead Green and the trim color is PM-1: Super White. For a brighter/snowier white trim, try CC-20: Decorators White!
“Can you please tell me who makes the wallcoverings used for the walls and ceiling?”
Both wallcoverings are part of the Glam Grass collection by Phillip Jeffries. The walls are Maldive Blue and the ceiling is Moroccan Sand. We definitely recommend using both of these grasscloth wallcoverings together to create a luxuriously relaxed vibe, especially for a master bedroom.
“I’m considering this look for my own bathroom. Is the design just painted or is it a paper?”
The wallpaper used was Romo’s Pinkerton wallcovering in Alpine from their Samsara collection. Please note that we installed the paper horizontally, so you’ll have to apply it sideways. We’re so glad you’re loving the look!
“Would you mind sharing the paint color that was used in this room? It’s lovely!”
The paint color is OC-11: Clay Beige by Benjamin Moore, a perfect color for adding your own pops of color with window treatments, throw pillows and decorative accessories!
“Love this beautiful light fixture! Could you please tell me more about it?”
The chandelier is from Oly Studio and is called the Serena Chandelier XL. Each polished Capiz shell piece was added by hand with the help of the entire Studio M team and it’s one of our all-time favorites!
“What are the island and overhang dimensions in this kitchen? It’s perfect!”
This kitchen island is custom and was made to be exactly 10 feet wide with an overhang of 27 inches deep, which is great for entertaining friends and family while cooking at the same time.
“Where did you find the framed shell pictures? Can you buy them separately?”
These framed shell prints are from Trowbridge Gallery and were designed by Meridith Martens out of North Carolina, which you can view here. Feel free to give us a call and order them directly through us!
“This artwork is stunning! Care to share where the piece is from?”
We commissioned this piece by local artist Alberto Murillo. In fact, the homeowners love it so much that they had more commissioned for the rest of their homes and offices around the country! You can check out the rest of his work here.
Have a question for the Studio M design team or want to see more finished projects?
Be sure to visit our official page on Houzz!
In the interior design world, color is everything. Each season, a new color palette strives to inspire designers and interior design lovers alike, and we are obsessing over this spring color palette put together by the 2017 Style Spotters and Steelyard Access. In the newest edition of the Steelyard Access Focus online magazine, each High Point Market Style Spotter was asked to pick a color and name that represented their brand. Our pick? Goldie Luxe of course! This color blended beautifully with picks from the other 2017 Style Spotter duo teams to create a spring palette of fresh, modern colors that flow together perfectly.
If you’re familiar with Studio M’s interior design style, you know there’s one thing we always try to sneak into every design and that’s gold. From gold leaf to brushed bronze, we love to add luxurious finishes and metallic depth wherever we can. There are so many shades and styles of gold, you really can’t go wrong when using it as hardware, plumbing fixtures, accessories, or even furniture. It looks beautiful with almost any color, but we love juxtaposing it with dark navy or black to add contrast, or with feminine colors like light blush and lavender to add a chic modern touch.
Amongst Goldie Luxe, the spectrum of colors in this spring color palette consists of deep and light colors, giving the palette a perfect balance between light, dark and metallic. “Starliner,” a stark, deep black, was chosen by Ishka Designs. In contrast, the light, cool blue tone “First Light” chosen by Cloth&Kind adds a soft yet moody component to the palette. “Blush” is a sophisticated choice by Woodson and Rummerfield House of Design, and totally reflects their elegant design style. Last but certainly not least, “Alabaster” by Parker Kennedy Living is the perfect neutral to add brightness and versatility to the spring color palette. Each palette color has corresponding items for your inspiration, linked to where you can find them on the Steelyard Access product platform.
Make sure to check out the newest edition of Steelyard Access Focus online magazine to see more about this spring color palette, inspiring articles and links to beautiful products. Click the photo below to see more!
Which color is your favorite? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
Here at Studio M, we work hard to make sure our clients get the best of the best. Every year, we take a day for our Studio M Team Retreat to reflect on the past year, plan our goals for the next year and have a little team bonding time. We’re all so excited about our personal and company-wide goals this year, and can’t wait to keep Studio M delivering work that makes it Tampa’s leading interior design company.
Our 2017 company retreat was held at the East Lake Woodlands Golf Course. We spent the morning presenting our personal goals and discussing how we could help each other achieve them, while snacking on bagels and coffee of course! After lunch at the country club, we brainstormed some branding ideas and then we hit the course! We were lucky enough to get a lesson from a golf pro and swing a few clubs at the driving range. If you can imagine the whole Studio M team swinging (and sometimes missing), you can bet it was a sight to see. Once we had the swing down, we hit the course for a few holes, drove a few golf carts around and lost a few balls to the water.
Over all, our team retreat was a great opportunity to get out of the office, refocus on our goals and get some serious team building time in! Here’s to another great year at Studio M!
Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Do you want to work exclusively for the top income earners in the world? Do you love to be on construction sites – and not just design furnishing schemes, but also play a pivotal role in the construction process itself? Do you long to show clients not just your creative self, but also how you can handle the technical aspects of our profession? Do you want to transition from selling a room of furniture to an entire house full of furniture? Then this in-depth, informative presentation is for you!
Please join us on Saturday, April 22nd at 3PM at the Universal Furniture Showroom at High Point Market for this informative and inspiring presentation. Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID, will show how any motivated interior designer can break into the lucrative new construction design industry and what it takes to succeed there! She will coach on the processes and schedules that are successful for luxury construction or major remodeling, specific organizational methods she employs for each project, present samples of her firm’s CAD construction drawings, provide insight into this VIP client group, offer advice on cutting edge marketing, and discuss what has made her firm thrive in this area. Attendees will leave with actionable items that can be implemented in their own firms.
A meet and greet with Michelle on the Universal Furniture Showroom patio with cocktails and light bites will follow the presentation. Seating is limited, so if you’re ready to set yourself apart from the crowd as an interior designer, please RSVP for the event here and save your seat! You don’t want to miss this.
Last month, Studio M proudly hosted the Spring 2017 New Product Premier Twitter Chat with the High Point Market Style Spotters. Hundreds of companies submitted over 500 new products to in hopes of being picked by the Style Spotters, and you can see those products here. Ultimately, each Style Spotter Duo chose four products to launch on the Twitter chat which took place March 8, 2017. This was Studio M’s second time hosting the New Product Premier Twitter Chat, and our team has a blast every time.
The new product picks did not disappoint, as almost 700,000 accounts were reached and 1,300 tweets were generated during the hour-long chat using the hashtag #HPMKT. Designers from around the world participated in the chat, discussing the products and new trends they were seeing. We also loved hearing from companies during the chat, such as Bernhardt Furniture and Shine by S.H.O. as they shared their inspiration for the product picks.
Each Style Spotter Duo cultivated a trend theme with their picks reflective of their personal design styles. All of the products below are to be debut at Spring High Point Market, April 22-26, 2017. Be sure to check out the New Product Picks Pinterest board for more! Which style is your favorite?
1. Glam Meets Geometric – Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Studio M, Style Spotter Emeritus
2. Natural Beauty – Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom, Ishka Designs
3. Organic and Refined – Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design
4. Going for Gold – Krista Nye Nicholas and Tami Ramsay, Cloth & Kind
5. Feeling Neutral – Lance Jackson and David Ecton, Parker Kennedy Living
If you’ll be at High Point Market, be sure to watch out for more Style Spots by the 2017 Style Spotters! And join us for the Style Spotters LIVE breakfast on Tuesday, April 24th, 2017!
While scrolling through Instagram for inspiration, Studio M Designer Meredith Ashley stumbled upon an incredibly unique tile shop. The Cement Tile Shop has an impeccable Instagram presence and coincidentally happens to be a few miles up the road from Studio M in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, FL. When Meredith looked further into the handmade cement tile products at The Cement Tile Shop, she instantly knew it would be a perfect option for our current project “The Nine at Tallahassee” luxury student apartments at her alma mater, Florida State University.
Meredith chose the Tulum pattern tile to use in the public restrooms and coffee bar for the Clubhouse at The Nine specifically because of the black and white tribal pattern (after all, they are the Seminoles). Cement tile is perfect for this project because it combines a little bit of rustic historical feel with a modern pattern, creating a contemporary twist on a more common natural product. Another selling point concrete tile boasts is its durability, which is definitely necessary for high traffic areas populated with college students.
Another characteristic that Meredith loves is that the cement tile is manufactured with a standard thickness (and for a semi-custom product, that’s pretty rare). Since it’s such a unique product, we originally thought there was going to be an issue with flooring transitions. But thankfully, because of the standard sizing, it’s really easy to transition from the tile to other flooring surfaces using a standard Schluter Systems edge for the transitions.
The Cement Tile Shop is America’s leading supplier of handmade cement tile, and has supplied custom tile for thousands of unique projects. Not only do they offer in stock pattern and colored tile, but also they can customize the colors of patterns so the project possibilities are truly endless. All of The Cement Tile Shop’s patterns are handcrafted and customizable. Our designers love these cement tiles, as they’re a fantastic cross-over product for commercial and residential projects thanks to their residential look with commercial durability and cleanability.
We’re definitely keeping The Cement Tile Shop in mind for future projects, and we encourage you to check them out too!