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Thoughts on Empathy

Nancy Hugo, Certified Kitchen Designer and attendee at last week’s Monogram Designer Summit 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, shared her thoughts about the theme of the conference – Empathy – on her blog, Designers Circle HQ. Take a look and let us know what you think!  

MONOGRAM SPONSORS DESIGNER BLOGGERS CONFERENCE

Monogram is honored to be a sponsor for the 2017 Designer Bloggers Conference March 5-7 at The Beverly Hilton. This is the premier event for interior design bloggers and writers from around the U.S., allowing them to come together and learn from some of the world’s best thinkers, influencers and brands. While sophisticated styling and exceptional craftsmanship set Monogram apart…

Monogram Designer Summit 2017

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It’s almost here! On Tuesday, February 28, Monogram will hold their second annual designer summit in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Speed Art Museum. We are bringing together more than 80 top home and kitchen designers from around the country to the Monogram Designer Summit 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their insights and opinions with their colleagues and the Monogram product development team to influence the future of exceptional appliance design.

Follow along during the summit on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #monogramdesignersummit or #creatingempathy. Looking forward to a great learning experience for all!

Designer Profile: Richard T. Anuszkiewicz

The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! Lead Product Specialist Christina Dragota interviewed Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Executive Director of the Kitchen and Bath Division for Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Christina: How did you first get into interior design?

Richard: Art and design have always been a natural passion of mine since I was young. I found my love for residential architecture and interiors when I received my first Architectural Digest in sixth grade!

Christina: What drives your inspiration for design?

Richard: I 100% believe in the idea of holistic inspiration. The idea that inspiration is around us everyday. The way a song can evoke emotions or the color of something in nature. I am always mindful of connecting with these synchronicities. The world is full of endless inspiration.  

Christina: After your recent visit to the Monogram Design Center in Chicago, what is your favorite Monogram appliance?

Richard: The Monogram 30″ Fully Integrated Glass-Door Refrigerator is so smart!  When fully integrated, the freezer drawer aligns perfectly with adjacent cabinetry, the convertible lower drawer provides users with functionality to best fit their needs and the glass door refrigeration is such a fun conversation piece.

Christina: What advice do you have for someone who is just getting into the interior design world?

Richard: Find your niche. For me, I love interior design but specifically luxury kitchens are my specialty. Narrowing your path at first will help you stay focused and can accelerate your career. That path will naturally widen as time progresses.  

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Christina: How did the NKBA 30 Under 30 help shape you in your career, how has your career changed since being in 30 Under 30?

Richard: The 30 Under 30 program was a milestone moment and a phenomenal platform to springboard from. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a whole has been instrumental in my career. Getting involved as a design student opened my eyes up to the Kitchen and Bath industry very early on. I have met so many fantastic people along the way, and specifically have a special bond with the “30U30 Fam.” These industry relationships mean so much to me. I am very honored for the opportunities I have received since being a part of the program.

Christina: What advice do you have for the 2016 30 Under 30 group?

Richard: Pay it forward! The NKBA is putting great efforts to empower the next generation of industry professionals. It’s important to engage and get others involved as well. There is a great synergy when connecting with your peers who share the same drive. Invest your time and it can open many doors!

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Designer Profile: Paige Fuller

The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences. Today we’re featuring Paige Fuller, designer with Bay Cabinetry & Design.

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SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Paige: I have been an interested in design since I was a little girl. I remember my mother use to give me her old Home and Garden magazines and let me cut out curtains, artwork, photos of rugs, etc., and let me decorate my doll houses by taping them up throughout the spaces! As I grew older, I became specifically interested in kitchen design because of all the great experiences I had in the kitchen with my mom, cooking and socializing while preparing meals for our family and friends. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home! In high school, I participated in an internship with a local interior designer and knew immediately this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life! Yes, designing in my job, but it is also my passion. I am constantly looking through design magazines, browsing Houzz, etc., as not only part of my job, but also because it is my hobby.

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you enjoyed?

Paige: A recent project that I have really enjoyed is actually a kitchen that features all GE Monogram appliances. This project is a new construction home and we are calling it “Rural Modern,” as it features a contrast of old and new. What I enjoyed most about this project is working in collaboration with the homeowners (who were also the general contractors). Together we were able to pull together every single element to make it flow perfectly! When you start mixing classic/rustic materials such as rustic alder and honed marble, with modern pieces such as sleek black cabinets and white quartz, there is always a fine line that cannot be crossed otherwise it looks like things just got thrown together randomly! I think we balanced things well throughout the entire home! These clients really tested my design abilities and pushed my creativity, which has paid off tremendously. This house was recently featured on the Home and Cottage Tour in Traverse City, Michigan, and received wonderful feedback! I also worked very closely with these clients after attending the GE Monogram training in Chicago last year in regards to appliance selections. They were torn between a lower price point appliance brand and Monogram, and I was able to take what I learned at the training to inform them on the benefits of the Monogram line. We both are so pleased with the function of the appliances and also the clean, sleek, built-in look.

Kitchen photos source: MyNorth.com.

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Paige: Traditional design. I have always gravitated towards a more contemporary style personally and now as a designer, I find that a majority of my clients are also doing the same. I feel the modern day family would function best in a more contemporary style as the door styles remain simple and easy to clean and maintain versus a highly decorative door style or a ton of intricate moldings, which are a nightmare to keep clean. I am also not a fan of the current obsession with polished brass fixtures and hardware, it seems to be making a comeback and I am not sure why. Once again, anything polished will be hard to keep clean.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Paige: One design trend that I have been really excited about lately is the use of barn wood! I’ve been using it as accent walls, panels on the back of kitchen islands and floating shelves. I really love the look of mixing old barn wood with some crisp clean bright cabinets.

SRFD: Tell us what you learned at the designer training in Chicago?

Paige: The designer training in Chicago taught me so many things, it would be hard to list them all! Overall a great informative and fun overview of the Monogram line. I think the best part was actually getting to use and cook on the appliances. Getting the hands on training has helped me better explain to my clients how awesome they really are, as I was able to actually prepare meals using them. The showroom staff at the GE Monogram design center in Chicago has also been wonderful with giving a helping hand with projects I have designed since the training- I have had to reach out to them with questions multiple times and they have always helped in any way possible to make sure my designs are carried out the way I am imagined them and also that my clients are happy with their selections.

Paige and a co-worker at the Chicago Monogram Design Center training.

Paige and a co-worker at the Chicago Monogram Design Center training.

 

 

NeoCon 2016

Written by Georgie Vetter, Product Specialist at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

Last month, the Merchandise Mart in Chicago held its annual designer exposition, NeoCon. NeoCon is one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry. This year, more than 50,000 designers walked the halls of the Merchandise Mart viewing the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design. NeoCon has remained focused on being at the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends.

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The Monogram Design Center was buzzing throughout the three-day exposition, with many designers walking through showing a lot of interest in induction cooking. During NeoCon, the Monogram Design Center showcased Sous Vide cooking, a method of cooking in which food is sealed in air-tight plastic bags then placed in a temperature controlled water bath which brings meats, fish, and poultry to the perfect internal temperature each time. We also introduced designers to the new pizza oven, which will be making its debut in the Chicago Design Center later this fall. The Amazon Echo made an appearance during NeoCon. Designers were shown how Monogram appliances are able to be integrated within a smart home. The designers that came through were very intrigued by the pizza oven and expressed a lot of enthusiasm toward the new product. We know they are looking forward to seeing it in person!

On the Tuesday of NeoCon week, Sheri Gold, National Showroom Manager, presented a CEU to a group of designers on how to grow their business through social media. The Social Media CEU offers in-depth explanations of four social media platforms (Twitter, Houzz, Instagram and Pinterest) and how best to use them within the design world. The CEU also provides a brief overview of Hootsuite, Periscope and Snapchat. During the CEU, we had a panel that included Julie McCrary, Social Media Manager for White Good; Monogram Lead Product Specialist Christina Dragota; and Monogram Product Specialist Georgie Vetter to provide their input during the presentation.

Overall, NeoCon was a great week for the Monogram Design Center. We were able to make many new designer contacts and enjoyed being able to give more information on Monogram appliances and what we are doing next.

 

The First Annual Monogram Designer Summit is Tomorrow!

We’re so excited … on Wednesday, February 24, we will kick off the first annual Monogram Designer Summit here in Louisville, Kentucky! We invited more than 50 top designers from across the United States to join the GE Appliances product and industrial designers for a fun and interactive day of collaboration that will help shape the future of the kitchen appliance industry.

Curious? Follow #MonogramModern on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about the speakers, break-out sessions, panel discussions, and participants.

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Designer Profile: Debra Gelety

The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences.

Today’s profile highlights Debra Gelety with Lori Carroll & Associates in Tucson, Arizona.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Debra: Since the time I could hold a pencil, I have been drawing. My first degree was a BFA in Illustration and I worked as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer for many years. In 2004, I had some major life changes and found myself with the opportunity to try something new. I went back to school and got a BA in Interior Design. I joined the Lori Carroll & Associates team in early 2011, where I am an AutoCad drafting diva, associate designer, and presentation assistant.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Debra: Although stainless steel finishes certainly have their place, I find they are overused. Also, I am not fond of the resurgence of gold tones in plumbing fixtures.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Debra: I tend to think of trends as the design fashions that will be “dated” looking in a few years so I don’t look to follow trends. I am pleased with the increased attention to Universal Design, and love that there are increasing numbers of suppliers of cleverly designed storage fittings. As people are becoming more interested in smaller homes, especially in urban areas, storage becomes challenging. I also find I am specifying quartz as a countertop finish more and more. There are so many new and interesting patterns.

SRFD: Tell us about the Best Kitchen award that your firm recently won at KBIS 2016.

Debra: The project was a new build contemporary home on a spectacular view lot in Arizona. The kitchen was located at the center of the home, open on one side to the breakfast area and the view, and partially closed to the formal entertaining areas. Pass-thru openings allow for the cooking member of the family to stay in contact with her guests. I think this kitchen is a great example of the implementation of NKBA design standards. We try to keep those standards in mind when space planning. The kitchen has great storage. The hidden pass-thru to the pantry where small frequently used appliances are stored out of sight, yet are instantly accessible, is my favorite feature. I also love that the design is very contemporary, yet warm. Kudos should go to the whole team, within LCA, as well as Jeff Willmeng Homes, Eglin + Bresler Architects, Rings of Wood Cabinetry, Tucson Stoneworks, and a great and enthusiastic client.

NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen - Lori Carroll & Associates

NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen – Lori Carroll & Associates

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NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen – Lori Carroll & Associates

 

SRFD: What did you learn at the Chicago Monogram Appliances Designer Training Session?

Debra: Overall, it was a valuable experience. In design school we only receive basic information on appliances. Because I do a fair amount of space planning and often write the specifications documents our firm produces, I am aware of the technical specifications of the appliances we use, but I have never before actually used these models myself. I have a better feel for how one uses each appliance and why one might choose one type of cooking appliance over another. I now understand my mother’s love affair with her Advantium oven.

Designer Debra Gelety with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

Designer Debra Gelety with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

You can learn more about Debra and the team from Lori Carroll & Associates on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Monogram Dream Kitchen Contest Winner: Tony Crosby

The Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest was created to celebrate the imagination and creative vision inherent in beautiful kitchen design. All designs were required to integrate Monogram appliances and were judged across several award categories. We announced the winners last year and will be profiling each of them on Save Room for Design over the next few months.

The third place winner in Best Transitional Kitchen Design is Tony Crosby from Tony Crosby Kitchens in Blairsville, Georgia.

Tony Crosby, third place winner in the Best Transitional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

Tony Crosby, third place winner in the Best Transitional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Tony: I think I have always had a design bug in me. Even as a young boy, I was always rearranging my room. I think it is something that is born into you.

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Tony: I especially love designing spaces for young couples newly married, or with just young children. One in particular, they are recently married and purchased their first house. We did a total renovation on the kitchen and bar space. She gave me a lot of freedom and I pulled ideas from her and designed a kitchen they will grow into with their family.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Tony: White.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Tony: The past five or seven years the trend has been an eclectic look. Which basically is mixing whatever makes you comfortable and happy. I believe it is here to stay.

SRFD: Tell us about your winning project.

Tony: Going into the project, I was working with an engineer who was one part of the marriage. Her husband was a perfectionist as well. I had just returned from the National Kitchen and Bath Show, so I was very excited about incorporating some of the new kitchen and bath accessories. It also was a complete renovation of the kitchen, down to the studs. An engineered beam had to be installed to hold the second floor, because we removed a load-bearing wall to open up the kitchen to a 180 degree view of the lake. We incorporated a dining table out of eight quarter cherry and married it to the Cambria countertops. We also used all Monogram appliances throughout the whole kitchen. With the help of Kelly and Charlie, we pulled off a wonderful kitchen for entertaining family and friends for years to come.

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