Our team at Black Dog Design House (formerly known as Main Street Interiors) forms a full service design firm specializing in creating unique spaces that incorporate our clients personal style and tastes. We have been blessed to meet and work with many amazing clients over our 22 years in business in Forsyth County. Having been recognized for our custom approach to meeting the individual styles and needs of each client, our goal is to create a space that truly reflects our clients own style.
MJ- Owner, Designer
I guess you could say my passion for design began at a very young age while curiously peering over my mother’s shoulder while she worked on a new creation at her sewing machine. This curiosity led to my first job at the age of 15 at a local fabric store where my love of fabrics grew! After graduating from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration, I took a short detour from my creative outlets into the world of corporate banking. But quickly found myself drawn back into the world of design and started Main Street Interiors (now called Black Dog Design House) with Gail in 1994.
Also fueling my passion was the opportunity of working alongside my husband, Jay, while building our first 2 homes and several remodels. Although his definition of my “help” probably differs somewhat from mine, he taught me so many aspects of the building & construction process.
My goal as a designer is to create a comfortable space that reflects my client’s personality and is as unique as you are. The best compliment I receive is when a client’s friend walks into their newly decorated home and says “your home is so you!” Incorporating family heirlooms and personal items into my clients’ home is one way I like to accomplish this feel. As I am a true “picker” at heart, I also love to find vintage pieces to work into your design scheme. Or with the talents of my husband, repurpose them to design a custom piece for you.
I am certified with the Interior Design Society and an active member of the Sawnee Association of the Arts. In my personal time, you will probably find me out running with Jay (especially on the trails around North Georgia), cooking, spending time outdoors at our farm in Banks County or playing with my family and many nieces and nephews.
Jay- Owner, Master Carpenter, Artist
I was born into a family of many talented carpenters. From a very young age, you could find me working alongside my grandfather in his woodworking shop. In my high school years, I was on the job site with my dad learning all phases of the construction industry. I began my career with the goal of being able to paint a piece of artwork to hang over the mantle that I created that resides in the home that I built.
I love the whole process of building a new home or remodeling an older home. But ultimately, I love creating a space that functions well and looks great for my client. I take great care in finding out exactly how my client will be using the space and aim to give them a final result beyond their expectations.
Additionally, designing and creating a piece of furniture or artwork is my true passion. I love working with my client to design a piece that helps solve their problems and fits their design style – Or repurposing an old piece giving it a new life. Take a look at some of these creations at www.blackdogartstudios.com and www.jaydavidart.com
I am an active member of the Sawnee Association of the Arts and the Cherokee Arts Council. If I’m not creating and building, you will probably find me outdoors -plein air painting, running with MJ or on my tractor at our farm.
Heather Wilkes- Design Assistant, Marketing Manager
I can remember even as a child, I loved to draw and color, I’d even get onto my twin brother for not coloring in the lines— the pages had to be pretty and neat. That passion grew and led me to SCAD years later, where I graduated with a BS in Illustration. Immediately after school, I gained interest in “painting” on a larger and more tangible scale. My home was my canvas and composition. I was constantly playing with shapes, texture, and color to make a space more inviting. In 2014, my husband and I found a a 1910 bungalow that we simply fell in love with. While we waited for the title to clear, I daydreamed of restoring it and bringing life back to its walls. I drew out floor plans and laid out all the fabrics for panels and pillows. I had so much fun putting together all the pieces that I realized I wanted to help other people transform their homes. So, I left the illustration & graphic design industry, and hunted for a remodeling & interior design company. Thankfully, I found Jay & MJ! I admired their style and charisma, asked to join their team, and it’s been an adventure ever since!
Barry Wilkerson- Installer
Deb Michaud- Workroom Owner