Remodeling. Building. Contractors. Designing.

All words that evoke equal amounts of excitement and fear in designing your home or office. Why is that? Shouldn’t designing your office lobby, building your dream home, or remodeling a kitchen with the newest styles spark eager anticipation and excitement?

For most people, the answer is no. The age-old issue with remodeling, building, or designing a new space is that all the available options are not in one convenient location and, of course, the number of options can be overwhelming, especially when you are driving from store to store to see what’s available. But what if all the tile, stone, paint, glass, cabinetry, and décor you could ever want was available and on display in one convenient location that could fit your budget, without compromising style and quality?

Michigan Design Center (MDC), located right in the heart of Troy, has this capability and has been the epicenter of the design community since 1977, serving designers, architects, builders, their clients, and the general public. With over 30 showrooms in a 215,000 sq foot space, the MDC is home to the finest names in the home furnishings industry. On-site designers are available to assist clients with inspiration, customization, and, of course, design. The designers, paired with the abundance of products and styles available, provide an unmatched level of support and guidance throughout the entire design process.

Upon arrival to Michigan Design Center, Mayor Ethan Baker, Tara Tomcsik-Husak (President & CEO of the Troy Chamber), Evan Rinaldi (Director of Member Services), and I were greeted by MDC’s Executive Vice President & General Manager, Susan Todebush. As we toured the design campus, noting the variety of styles in each showroom, it was evident that the curators for MDC worked diligently to provide a strong diversity of styles that cater to all tastes.

“We have more design options here than anywhere else, which will save you an enormous amount of time,” said Todebush. “The most luxurious thing you can have is more time.”

Todebush, while pointing out many top name brands, emphasized the level of service at the MDC in conjunction with the number of options available.

“Service and knowledge are paramount to us,” said Todebush. “We have products for any project or room and can match you up with builders, contractors, and designers that come with extensive knowledge, all under one roof. We are the essential one-stop resource for our clients.”

As we toured the 30 plus showrooms, it was clear that Michigan Design Center has a variety of options for both their commercial and residential clients seeking tile, fabrics, floor coverings, furniture, décor, kitchen and closet designs, lighting, artwork, and even outdoor decor.

“We are so proud to have a design center of this magnitude right in Troy,” said Mayor Baker. “Your showrooms have been serving our corporate offices and residents since the 70s, and it’s really inspiring to see how this campus has grown from its original footprint.”

The Resource Center, operated by MDC,  is a great way to get acquainted with all that Michigan Design Center has to offer. Their 30 plus exhibitors enjoy a high-profile display space at the MDC, as well as special access to their trade members through special events, presence on the website, and more.

“Design can be intimidating,” Tomcsik-Husak said, “but you guys are breaking that standard by providing not only an affordable experience but an educational one. It was one of the reasons I came here when I built my home. I left with a better understanding of design and some great products to beautify my home.”

The 30 plus showrooms at MDC provide a well-rounded design experience that can satisfy the taste of any client with any budget. And with the ability to customize everything in the showrooms to your standards and needs, what’s not to like?

Michigan Design Center and its showrooms are open to the public with courtesy to the trade, whether you’re looking for tile, cabinets, lighting, assistance with designing your space, or seeking inspiration for your next remodel.

For more information or inquire about showroom and studio space, visit their website:

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