October Designer of the Month
Get to know our October designer of the month, Michael McKendree! Michael and his partner of 37 years, live in Palm Springs, Ca. They moved from the San Francisco Bay area 8 years ago, mostly to slow down a bit. Over the span of his career as an Interior Designer, Michael has been very lucky to work with some great clients and projects such as: a 20,000sq ft mansion in Saratoga for Arnold Swartzennegger and Developer Robert Emami. He has also decorated and hosted a fundraiser for Palin and McCain, which featured design inspiration such as old world French with 35ft curtains, the budget was over the top coming in at over 80K and also featured fine threads by Italy’s Etro. While working on this project, Michael was also consulting on Kid G’s penthouse at the new Millennium Tower in San Francisco this projected included a zebra rug in his kitchen! Then he worked for Michael Chiarello Napa Style Stores in Marin, which featured hay on the floor. He also helped design showrooms at the San Francisco and Denver Design Centers for modern kitchen cabs and appliances, and has also worked for Clarence House and Ralph Lauren.
Michael’s mom was an interior designer and he missed a lot of time from school as he was always working with her, thus he attended 5 different high schools and 3 colleges! Michael stays fit and maintains an active lifestyle, at one point he was really good at tennis and fencing. At 15, he even had a stint as a professional ice skater, which seemed “to keep me fit and looking good and on the track to health and fitness”.
“Life is to be enjoyed not endured”
Style and Design Trends
What Inspires You: New clients inspire me and when they are willing to be brave, try new ideas and listen to my ideas. I love to fight back and fourth with couples over design ideas, it means they are serious!
What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. Any one can spend a million to make a place look good, but try to spend less and make it look like a million is talent
Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference? I like the shutters crowd. They are very aware and in touch young and old. The product is great because it adds a lot of value to the clients lifestyle in many ways. Having said that, I love Hunter Douglas Duettes and Roller Shades.
Michael serves the Palm Springs area. If you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (800) 684-3434 to schedule an appointment with Michael and take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% OFF on all window coverings or other special promotions!