Month: November 2014

Designer profile: Carrie Boesch

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 Carrie Boesch with C. Boesch Design in Sacramento, California.

 

Carrie Boesch, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Carrie Boesch, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Carrie: I’ve been involved in design of some form my entire life. My Great Grandfather was an accomplished architect, and that coupled with living in France for four years inspired my direction in design. My career has taken me through Architecture, Commercial and Residential Interior Design, Textile and Children’s Clothing Design and now back into a Kitchen and Bath Design specialization. After 10 years of working in the Design-Build industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, a move to the Sacramento area has allowed me to establish C. Boesch Design.

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

Carrie: I’ve had many projects lately that have been enjoyably creative, however the most exciting one was an appliance showroom vignette renovation. To have complete creative license with new-to-the-market, high end appliances and materials was very refreshing.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Carrie: I feel that glass tile mosaics have been over used, especially those with iridescent colors. I have stopped specifying them in both kitchens and baths, and am trending more towards elegant, natural materials.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Carrie: I am really excited about designing kitchens that are placed in the middle of a space. As the heart of the home, it needs to be surrounded and pulled out from the corner. In an effort to create seamless spaces, I am also looking forward to specifying larger format tiles, flush installed appliances and more contemporary cabinetry.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Carrie: I learned so much while in Louisville, especially about the intricacies of the Monogram line.  I loved seeing a 3-D printer in action, learning about the new products still in the planning stages and absolutely love the Advantium speed oven and pro duel-fuel ranges.

A visit to the GE Monogram Experience Center

Recently designers Eva Murzauite and Brandy Holden from Interiors in Design attended a three-day session at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky. They were kind enough to share a recap of their visit on Facebook with some fabulous photos! Read on to see what Eva and Brandy had to say:

“Thank you Westar Kitchen & Bath for inviting Brandy and I to participate in the GE Monogram experience! It was a fabulous trip to Louisville, Kentucky, where we were graciously hosted by the extraordinary people at GE and got to see first hand just what it takes to make the appliances that enhance our lives every day.

We got to meet the design team who do the research and put the ideas to paper and prototypes before they go into production. They use state of the art technology and forward thinking to come up with ways to make each action easier in our every day tasks. We also got to check out the GE refrigeration factory which employs thousands of people to create an appliance consisting of 1,500 parts! And they make over 1,000 per day! Needless to say it is a well oiled machine producing not only products we use but creating jobs right here in America to help boost our economy.

Best part … we got to learn about their appliances by actually cooking on them. Each day our team would prepare a meal guided by two very talented chefs, Joe and Brian. The food was so delicious we licked our plates clean after every meal! ( they have a blog with their awesome recipes on http://www.allingoodfood.com/)

The grand finale was an iron chef competition where each team had a limited amount of time to create a brunch meal including a secret ingredient … ours was potato chips! The fire was ON and had it not been for the Advantium oven which cooks a quiche in 18 minutes instead on an hour, and the induction cook top speed boiling the water for the grits, we would have been in big trouble. There was focus, team work and a few laughs and we put the plates out just in time! Every team’s creations were very impressive but to our surprise our comfort food and flavors WON the race!!! That medal will be hanging in my kitchen a long time along with the great memories I brought home.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this trip, but meeting the people who welcomed us so lovingly and showed us what they create with so much pride showed me that their product is more than state of the art appliances. What they make has the secret ingredient that every kitchen should have and that is lots of love. – Eva”

 

Designers Eva Murzauite and Brandy Holden from Interiors in Design visited the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Designers Eva Murzauite and Brandy Holden from Interiors in Design visited the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Designer profile: Katie Tomlinson

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 Katie Tomlinson with Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, California.

 

Katie Tomlinson, recent designer participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Katie Tomlinson, recent designer participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Katie: Growing up, I moved A LOT and decorating my room was always my treat. From creating a gallery wall of my favorite boy bands at age 11 to painting the signature Burberry plaid on my wall at age 14, I’ve always loved creating inspiring spaces. Not to mention the influence I gained from watching HGTV with my mom.

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

Katie: A new and fun experience for me has been designing virtually for our client abroad in Switzerland. She and her family are moving back to Sacramento and were looking to, what we call, ‘de-Tuscanize’ her home. Taking yellow-gold walls, creamy trim, ornate bronze chandeliers and brown shag carpeting to a modern and sophisticated space with ‘greige’ walls, contemporary lighting, and high contrast white trim and cabinetry. Now she is back in the States and needs help furnishing the house. Mixing her eclectic artwork from traveling all over the world with her newfound love for contemporary design has been such a fun experience. This is one before and after photoshoot I’m really looking forward to!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Katie: Chevron! It was great for a while but seems to be a bit overdone.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Katie: Chevrons’ replacement?? I’m seeing PLAID! Anywhere from its traditional look to its updated version with pops of color such as chartreuse, pink and orange.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Katie: I learned how to cook! The techniques I’ve taken away from cooking with the chefs are ones that will stay with me in my kitchen. Also, they pushed me out of my comfort zone. I never thought I’d see myself eating mushrooms and the thought of a poached egg freaked me out … But it was delicious! Don’t tell my mom…

Designer profile: Breanne Corey

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 Breanne Corey. She took third place in the 2014 NKBA GE Charette Competition.

 

Breanne Corey, recent Monogram Experience Center participant.

Breanne Corey, recent Monogram Experience Center participant.

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Breanne: Through a school visit and being an art lover all my life.

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

Breanne: Renovated a cottage style house for some clients looking to give their house an update that fit their lifestyle.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Breanne: All white kitchens.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Breanne: Bringing in more wood!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Breanne: That GE has grown enormously the past few years and their product is AMAZING!