DESPERATE DESIGN: Ask Dr. Margi – Your Design Dilemma Solved!

Do you have a Design Dilemma? Building a new home or renovating an existing one? We’ve got an expert here at LKNConnect — Margi Kyle. A professional Interior Designer for over 45 years, Margi has an extensive portfolio, a brilliant vision for color and style, and a willingness to help the design-deprived among us! If you have a Design Dilemma, write to Dr. Margi at and ask your question. Include pictures and details, and Dr. Margi will respond to your Design Dilemma with a perfect Solution!


Photo courtesy of Deborah Young Studio

Dear Dr. Margi,

My design dilemma was: what type of floor pattern should I put in my laundry, bathroom, and mud room? I love the one you selected (herringbone) and wanted to show you the completed area. My question today is: what can I do to finish it? I don’t like to have a lot of accessories and stuff; I prefer a clean look. However, I know it is too bland. Also, the room has no windows, and I love natural light. How can I bring some of the outdoors and lake in?




The picture on the left is the before, and we love the new after. Thank you for your design advice!  How can I finish it and not let laundry be the focus?


Dear Reader,

  1. Plants and greenery will bring the outdoors in, and our focus in 2021 is the outdoor living space. I put some greenery in for you so you can visualize it. There are many ways for designers to give you ideas. The fastest and easiest way – and my preferred method – is to take a picture and put it into PowerPoint. Then I put plants, pictures, and furnishing where I feel they should go.

  3. As far as artwork, consider another version of “bringing the outside in.” You don’t have windows to the lake, but you can bring the lake inside. Many of us in the community know John McHugh from all the Chamber functions. John is the main photographer for the Chamber. He has a new line of artwork; he can work his magic and create the look you want for your space. You select the image you like, and he will get it printed on a canvas, glass, plate of metal, or whatever you envision. His pricing is extremely competitive as well.
    The crane image shown on the wall is a very soft version of bringing the Lake Norman area into your space. I narrowed the choice down to two of them and love the finished room with the crane on the wall. You can focus on the beautiful lake scene while doing your laundry.  Enjoy! (John McHugh’s contact information is at the end of this article.)




If you have a design Dilemma and need some help, please email me at

Or call me at 704-661-5223. I look forward to helping you solve your Design Dilemma!


For over 45 years, Margi Kyle, “The Color Doctor”, has built an astounding portfolio from the ever-important ‘Designer’s perspective’. Never idle, this Professional Interior Designer has contributed to this industry as an Interior Designer, Television Host, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Writer.  Margi has Taught Interior Design of over 45 years and is the executive director for We Make Color Easy, The Dewey Color System.  As well as one of the  founders of a new E-Mentoring Co-op Company called

To contact John McHugh regarding his photography, you can reach John at Ocaid Photography at 8712 Lindholm Dr. Ste 300 in Huntersville. You can reach John by phone at (425) 947-4546 and via email at






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