About Modern Gem Design

Modern Gem Design is a nationwide design services firm specializing in multifamily properties. The firm’s unique expertise provides renovation services that create harmonious living spaces. Our distinctive renovations transform environments and improve the quality of life for residents. Moreover, our approach is focused on increasing asset values for owners.

Modern Gem Design services include:

  • Exterior Paint Schemes
  • Interior Paint Palettes
  • Unit Interior Renovation Design and Specifications
  • Model Units and Clubhouse Renovations

Services specifically include all stages of the interior and exterior design process including:

  • Initial development phase and space planning
  • Material and unit finish selection
  • Sourcing of hardware and fixtures
  • Paint selection and potential renderings
  • Quality control through the installation process
  • Design consultation services

We have extensive experience and expertise in a variety of disciplines. Our vision incorporates many sources of inspiration that are unique and eclectic in taste. We blend modern and vintage elements that are tailored to the demographic of the property. The finished product will be cutting edge and ahead of trend. Our goal is to lead the design trends in each submarket.

Our previous design work has been recognized as setting the standard for multifamily property renovations nationwide. With Modern Gem Design, you will receive cutting edge ideas, attention to detail, quality finishes and solid product selections. The firm can provide fresh ideas to make your design projects cost-effective, functional and more marketable. We all know the importance of a first impression.  


About Megan McDowell

Megan McDowell has 13 years of experience in the multifamily industry having worked for McDowell Properties, an owner/operator of value add apartment communities with a national footprint. She has excellent experience working in a variety of property design projects with a value add investment strategy. She is versatile and has worked on numerous projects with the following Owners and Management Companies: Greystar Management, BH Management, Western Securities, Sunstone Properties Trust, Gables Residential, Milestone Management, Bell Partners, Lincoln Property Company, Pegasus Residential, Drucker & Falk, AIMCO, and Riverstone Residential Group.

Megan has been involved in exterior paint selections for a total of 91 apartment communities and unit interior renovation design and specifications on a total of 29,228 units. Return on investment for interior renovations, on average, has exceeded 20% for the owner. Her experience representing the Owner gives her the invaluable perspective of balancing cutting edge design, cost effective pricing and excellent Return on Investment to the owner.

Megan has an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from SMU Cox School of Business and is currently an Associate Member with ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).

Modern Gem Design :: Founder and Owner, Megan McDowell