By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Home Interior Retail | Issue: June 2011
Joan Smith-Murphy, Bob Barnes and Jodie DeArmon at Mill Creek Design Center.
Have you ever watched a home improvement show and wished you could work with a local company to achieve the same effect? Do you long to find a store featuring quality products and experienced designers to help you? Are you a do-it-yourselfer, but afraid you won’t be able to find the quality you desire close by? Well have no fear, Mill Creek Design Center is located right in the heart of Tulsa, and they have recently undergone a major renovation to serve you better.
Mill Creek Carpet & Tile is a name known for quality and reliability, and the addition of the new 6,000-square-foot kitchen design area makes Mill Creek Design Center the place to plan your next project, whether you are flooring a single room, designing an entire home or anything in between.
If you find inspiration in the new wave of home and garden television shows, you’ll be thrilled to see what Mill Creek has to offer. In fact, Mill Creek is launching its own cable home improvement channel featuring items available in the local store, how-to tips, maintenance information and, perhaps best of all, the designers you’ll see creating wonderful rooms on Cox On-Demand Channel 610 will be the same designers you can work with to make your dream home a reality.
Mill Creek Carpet & Tile carries all the popular brands including HGTV by Shaw, Karastan, Mohawk, Disney and Beaulieu. Mill Creek Carpets manager Gary Gray explains that this is a new generation of carpet and flooring to match a new generation of tech-savvy consumers. “Carpeting went for many years with no substantial change in how it was made. The carpeting that is out now is just incredible. It is both softer and more durable, whether you choose a sophisticated, patterned Berber or a luxurious, fine Saxony,” he explains. “Many warranties are now good for the lifetime of the carpet, such as the Anso® stain warranty. We even have carpeting with odor reducing qualities in the yarn, and silver and zinc ions to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. This isn’t your mother’s carpet.”
A wide variety of hard surface flooring is also available including hardwoods by Anderson, Mohawk, Shaw and Cork and laminates by Shaw and Formica. A growing trend right now is the use of luxury vinyl tile, solid vinyl tiles designed for residential and commercial use. “There is something for every market and budget, and we can meet and exceed the high standards of today’s informed consumer,” says Gary.
The new Mill Creek Design Center incorporates the carpet and tile showroom and makes it a complete design center, able to serve customers with everything from flooring to cabinetry, including bathroom designs, granite countertops, and even window treatments.
Designer Bob Barnes, manager of Mill Creek Kitchens, says his expert team can help you with everything except the furniture and appliances. Bob has done kitchen design in Tulsa for the last nine years. Prior to that, he did full interior design in Aspen for many years, working with some of the most renowned designers in the country: Mimi London, Charlotte Moss and Prince Michael Spinelli-Medici, to name a few. “Design work is all about the client’s needs and desires. My work in Aspen has helped me think outside the box, and that has been extremely helpful on my projects here.”
Joan Smith-Murphy has been designing kitchens in Tulsa for the past 20 years and has become something of an icon in her field. Her favorite part of the new Mill Creek Design Center is the 21 vignettes, showing cabinetry uses for everything from a traditional kitchen setting, to a modern kitchen featuring exotic zebra wood, to a custom mudroom featuring painted cabinetry to stow the family gear and a bench to sit and remove your shoes. “The vignettes allow the customer to see cabinetry used in applications that they might normally not think of. It’s a fantastic way for customers to get an idea of the styles they prefer. We even have a working kitchen where we will host special cooking events featuring local celebrity chefs.”
Jodie DeArmon has been in the kitchen design business for the past six years and had several years in management in the home improvement industry before that. “I have a great insight to the technical aspects of our projects, and everyone here works as a team. I really enjoy concentrating on a project and taking it from conception to completion. The atmosphere we have created here is relaxing and enjoyable for our customers.”
Visit the new Mill Creek Design Center for yourself and see how you can make your home dreams come true.