Interior Design Challenge

10 model homes / 8 local designers / One goal

Most developments employ a big company to design their model homes, resulting in a home beautiful to look at but not easy to replicate.

It’s not hard to make something look irresistible. The trick is presenting something in a way that is both beautiful and attainable. Bardis Homes –The Mill at Broadway’s builder – pioneered the Interior Design Challenge to do just that. The goal was two-fold: to design the model homes to reflect an aesthetic future residents could actually attain in their own home, and support local designers from the community.

The design challenge started with a city-wide call to interior designers. Designers all over the region applied and we began assembling the “dream design team.” It wasn’t easy to choose the final lineup. In the end we chose eight designers who have each been given the task of transforming our model homes into beautiful spaces that anyone can recreate. Each designer has a unique challenge before them, as each model home has an entirely different floor plan. The individual designers themselves bring different styles, philosophies, and outlooks on design – each of which will further add to our unique model home presentation.

Kerrie Kelly

I love what I do because it’s who I am. I breathe design. Pushing the limits by maximizing space is a big component of how I create. I enjoy challenging what people think a space can provide. When a space is underestimated because of its size, layout, or location, I love to use that challenge as fuel to build a unique type of beautiful. I’ve been doing this as long as I can remember. The homes at The Mill have so many fun and unique architectural details. I’m really looking forward to making these spaces shine.

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Misha Lindsey

I tend to have a different take on things. My compass for design is lead by a few key elements: functional, attainable, creative, modern, warm, clean, and texture. I am really proud of all the places my career has taken me: from TV shows to philanthropic projects around the world, to being able to help redefine urban living with The Mill at Broadway. It’s always my goal to make sure a design feels like it belongs to both the space itself and the client’s style. All in all you have to learn to interpret the personality of a space and that’s what I do really well.

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Jake Favour

I would describe my design style as masculine. I love deep, dark colors, mixing interesting textures and implementing urban elements. To me, design is most interesting when it is inspired from a variety of eras and cultures. I always have been drawn to clean, modern design, but my parents were basically a couple of hippies and they helped me appreciate more organic architecture and design elements. This juxtaposition is often experienced in a lot of my designs and I think it adds a lot of interest to the final product. I get to design the smallest floor plan at The Mill which presents some fun challenges and opportunities. It’s going to be fun to see that space come together.

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Whitney Johnson

Design should have no limits, hard and fast styles, or real rules. The client, your wants, my dislikes, your dislikes, my obsessions, the mood of the team, and our vision for the future all factors into my designs. Design is esthetic but it’s also influenced by feeling. So I pay close attention to the emotion that goes into design and try to use the space to define a feeling. After all, we remember what we feel far more than what we saw. I feel like this vision for design meshes well with the vision for homes at The Mill.

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Palm Singh

I love to design space in a way that is timeless. You start with a vision and end with a result that is pure, beautiful, and clean. Keeping it free of the unnecessary fuss is key. Sometimes when a design lacks a strong vision, the esthetic gets compensated by adding clutter. Simplicity can require far more planning and intentionality but always yields a lasting result. I always ask whether the way I design a space today will be relevant in five or ten years? This is especially critical for people at The Mill who may want to sell their home eventually. Designing a space to be relevant as long as possible is so important.

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Matthew Lechowick

I love that I get to create spaces that reflect a person on a personal level. When I am designing a home, I always think about the user first and really analyze how they will use the space. Even if specific requests have been made, I carefully question these to see which requests are “needs” and which requests are “wants.” This is an idea my father really instilled in my brother and I as children and I find it helpful to cut through what a client perceives as a need versus their true requirements. The home I’m designing at The Mill has a few awesome features like big open spaces and a roof deck. I’ll imagine the type of person that would live in the home and design something that supports their lifestyle.

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Leyla Jaworski

Design starts for most of us as a fantasy in our minds. It’s an idea that then slowly evolves into more of a functional and livable concept. Ultimately the challenge is arriving at a happy marriage within the two planes of thinking: design and function. I always focus my design on pairing these two components in harmony. Function adds value to a person’s daily experience of a space while design adds value to the emotion a space creates. The home I’m designing at The Mill is the largest plan available. Balancing design and function will be critical in maximizing the space.

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Amy Aswell

A cool phrase I’ve invented to describe my style is “nuanced, earthy modern.” I believe good design – in terms of functionality – should be straight-forward. Design should always make people’s lives easier and more streamlined, freeing them up for meaningful activities like spending time outdoors and with friends and family. This is definitely true for homeowners at The Mill who don’t want to be tied down by their home. I also try to consider artwork early on in a project. Sometimes one well-curated piece can set the tone for an entire space. I like to work with all the elements of design in congruence. Space, form, function, art, emotion, and so on.

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