Define Yourself and Your Space

We all know someone whose style is impeccable. If we lived in Baltimore we’d be talking about Michelle Miller, an artists with a designer’s eye!

Thanks for joining us, Michelle. Tell us a little bit about how you got started in interior design and how you ended up in Baltimore.

My mother had a passion for design, although not a professional interior designer, our childhood home was always being transformed with new layouts, furniture and paint.  I think that designing spaces has always been a part of my life.  I moved to Baltimore after studying Fine Arts in New Mexico and begin dealing in antiques and studying Interior Design.  I eventually opened my own antique store in Historic Oella and begin working with designers.

You live in an interesting city! What is it about Baltimore and the history of the city you find most inspiring?

I am inspired by the people who live here and the communities and neighborhoods that they have created.  Baltimore boasts a very large art scene and is thriving with talented people from artists, designers, fabricators, developers and now more than ever offering exciting culinary experiences.  The city continues to be gentrified making a wonderful place to work and live.

Do you face a lot of challenges working with some of the cities older structures? 

I like to consider the “challenges” as opportunities to find new ways to create the space I envisioned and having a great team of contractors is key.

What are you fist priorities when meeting a new client in a new space? How much are you matching their needs to your education and inspiration?

I believe the most important part of the first meeting is listening to the client(s) and understanding their needs and goals for the project.  I like to talk about their lifestyle, how they use their current spaces and how might that change with the new design.  Each and every client has their own individual style and it is my job to turn that into a home that represents them and make it truly personal experience.

Your city is known to have a few lofts and that can mean hardwood floors. All this adds up to area rugs, which we like! Tell us how you use some of these in your designs.

Area rugs help define spaces and can create atmosphere in any room.  In loft spaces I incorporate larger scale rugs as they help ground a furniture groupings and help the eye to travel across the room.  I use textured and patterned rugs to add a bit of tension when keeping the furnishings monochromatic and sometimes I like to throw a bold color down to give the space some drama.

Do you have a type of area rug that you lean on most? Or is it a case-by-case basis?

I like natural fibers and warm tones with texture to create neutral backdrops for my interiors.  I also am loving the incorporation of linen in flooring as it gives a beautiful age to the rug but keeps it modern at the same time.

How much is too much when it comes to rugs? 

Working within each client’s budget is key but if I find something that I feel passionately about I will show them and work with them to make it happen.

Any final words of design advice?

As a client, find someone that you like both stylistically and personally; having both of these elements will make creating your home a great experience.

Where can readers see your work, or make an appointment for consultation?

Michelle Miller Interiors

2654 Maryland Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Office No. 410-702-4993



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