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John McClain is an accomplished interior designer, speaker, writer, and on-air contributor who has turned his lifetime passion for interior design into an opportunity to do the same for others.

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Home Trends for 2022

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Our team’s annual pilgrimage to Market in High Point, NC was as successful, fulfilling, and inspiring as ever.  While the squeal-worthy introductions and moments are too numerous to mention we did want to share some upcoming trends we noticed.  Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the journey with us as we review Market 2022.  Twice […]

How to Be Simple But Effective This Fall Season

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It is officially Fall and as Lauren DeStefano once said, “ Fall is the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” What are you doing this season? Here is a tip: spend some time outside, and enjoy the view of mother […]

It’s Book Launch Time For Me!

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Welcome to September! This is that time of year when summer starts to fade and fall takes center stage. I especially love this time of year because it causes us to start reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments and setting goals for the upcoming new year. For me, things are pretty busy at the moment, […]

What Are Suburban Apartments? All About These Affordable Homes

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Remote work environments and rising rent prices have made suburban living more
attractive in recent years. Young professionals are opting for larger homes with more
rooms that double as office spaces, which come at a significant discount in the suburbs.
Others are moving to look for a slower pace or better access to outdoor space.

My Tile Exploration Trip to Spain

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Part of the protocol for an interior design professional is to continuously educate ourselves on our chosen profession. Sometimes this means a trade show, sometimes a webinar, and sometimes, if we’re really, really lucky, it means a trip to Valencia, Spain to dive into the intricacies of tile and its origin.

Written in the Stars: My New Book, The Designer Within

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Well folks, I’m an author. My book, The Designer Within, is a reality. Words that I only used to dream would come from my mouth. Sometimes it seemed like a pipedream and sometimes I was so close I could smell the ink as it dried on the pages. I promise I’m not going to use […]

Liven Up Your Front Porch for Spring

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As we transition from season to season, I’ve always found it a good rule of thumb to use the quarterly change as an opportunity to refresh your home’s exterior entry. After all, your front porch is the first impression guests have when they arrive to your home, and an infrequently touched porch can often present […]

Making Work from Home Actually Work

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Modern Loft Bungalow

One of the driving factors into purchasing this residence was the desire to incorporate the John McClain Design LA office with my home.  The property provided the unique opportunity of a ground floor office with a separate entrance for my team and clients.  Our design directive for the space was functionality and simplicity…

How I created a Loungey Loft

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Modern Loft Bungalow

Shake a martini and slip on that smoking jacket, we are headed to the loft.  When I began the initial design process for the loft, my goal was to have it feel like an old school lounge, think Hollywood Rat Pack mixed with modern conveniences…

Living/Dining: 5 Design Ideas for Open Floor Plans

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Modern Loft Bungalow

Open floor plans have been all the rage for at least the last 20 years. While they are rock stars when it comes to entertaining and create vast sight lines, they generate their own set of challenges. How does one delineate areas of usage…

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