November 23, 2018

Opa Grill & Taproom Relocated, Redesigned

“We partnered with Dorina to help us with the build out of our new business location for Opa! Grill & Taproom, and could not be happier. She was very easy to reach when we needed an answer and provided us with lots of great insight. Her talent and personality gave us an end result that…

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January 30, 2015

Maxbauer’s Market Transformed

Maxbauer’s Market – a staple in Traverse City for over 100 years – has re-opened and been renovated since a grease fire forced the business to close this past July. The market has been transformed into a whole new store, with the same dedication to high quality meats and groceries that their customers have come…

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June 6, 2014

Traverse City Business News – Featured Designer, Interiors Issue

The Art of Design  For the past 20 years, interior designer Dorina Rudd has been transforming living and working spaces into functional works of art. “Design is very emotional, because it deals with ownership, sentimentality, image and brand,” Rudd, owner of Design Strategies, explained. “The design of a commercial space is dependent on the use…

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April 19, 2014

Michigan Home & Lifestyle – Featured Designer, Grand Traverse

Many Traverse City area businesses have been transformed into living workspaces by Dorina Rudd and her crew over the past 20 years. From site plan observation, including landscape consultation and coordination, to interior and exterior design, architectural details and material selection, to colors, finishes, specialty furnishing, window treatments, art, accessories and personal touches, Dorina provides…

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June 10, 2012

Traverse City Record Eagle – Welcome Home; Design for Living with Style

She works one-on-one with the architect and/or builder on the blueprints and she’s involved in the design from the ground up. She’s there on the property, helping determine which way the home should face in order to best meld with the property, She even consults with the landscapers, and considers the landscape when picking out…

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August 21, 2011

Traverse City Business News – Designing Woman; For Men

When designing with a masculine eye, Rudd taps into her ability to visualize the client’s surroundings from who they are, what they do and what the purpose of the space is, and thinks she may have found a design niche. “Men have a different competitive edge than women, and want their lives to reflect it,”…

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April 12, 2008

The Bracken – Historic Cottages of Glen Lake

These cozy summer lake cottages in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, are viewed against a backdrop of early summer tourism in the first half of the twentieth century in Michigan. Each cottage is shown in its glory and reveals its importance in the lives of its owners and the community,….

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July 22, 2007

People’s Choice Award, Home Builder’s Association – Grand Traverse

Dorina has worked on projects with us for the past ten years. She brings much design and warmth to every home. The clients have truly enjoyed working with her from start to finish. She may start as early as the blueprint stage or as late as decorating with furniture and window treatments but, whichever stage…

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April 1, 2003

Designer’s Showcase House – The Wellington Inn

One of the most distinguished homes in Traverse City, the Wellington Inn, was built in 1905 and has been painstakingly restored to its previous splendor, due to the creativity of local designers and decorative artists. Dorina’s vision brought colors, decorative finishes, rugs, fabrics and accessories together creating a warm and inviting step back in time….

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