The GE Monogram Experience Center brings designers to Louisville, Kentucky, for three-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 Sharon Titus with Titus by Design in Clackamas, Oregon.
SRFD: How did you become interested in design?
Sharon: I have been in the Interior Design business since 1973. While I was going to school for Architecture, I also worked in a bank. One of the staff members was neighbors with an Oriental rug company called Atiyeh Brothers. She said they were looking for an sales person but that they needed to have drafting skills. I applied and got the job. Soon I was working with the outside designers and also worked with a Furniture store that had our rugs in them. I was hooked on design so changed my direction from Architecture to Interior design.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Sharon: This last year I had a great opportunity to work on a remodel of a 1950’s home in Dallas, Oregon. The home had several remodels and five peaks to the roof. The client wanted a great room and larger kitchen so my Architect and cabinet person worked with me to create a wonderful new kitchen, family room and outdoor living space. When completed, they had one large peak and a 20 ft. ceiling that extended out to the exterior. The client was really fun to work with and open to all my ideas. You can see the finished project on my web site.
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Sharon: I have done many traditional homes, and with that, many Tuscany-style homes. I still get requests for it and will always have it in my line up of design but feel I did so many I am a little tired of it now.
SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?
Sharon: I love the new clean lines and open concept. Many of my remodels work with tile and wood floors as in the past it was mostly carpet.
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Sharon: So much! I had not worked with the new Advantium ovens and love them. After cooking with one I will not do a kitchen for myself or client without one in it. I also love what you have done with the racks in the ovens. The coating on the racks make them so easy to clean and the slide out is wonderful with the easy glides.
Quality is great. Monogram is proud of their quality and they should be. When we did our comparison tests, Monogram won hands down.
I had a wonderful time in Louisville at the Monogram Experience Center. We were treated like royalty! Thank you so much for all the information and wonderful food. Your staff is great and made us feel like we were at home.