Designer profile: Katelyn Brands

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 Katelyn Brands from Design Interiors, Inc., in Mitchell, South Dakota.


Katelyn Brands, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Katelyn Brands, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky


SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Katelyn: Whenever my family and I went to a restaurant, or I attended an event at a friend’s parent’s place, I would be more inclined to pay more attention to the furniture layout, finish  or lighting selections and how the space was used than to participate in conversations. I never knew this exterior seemingly shy non-attentive attribute of mine would later become an integral part of my career choice. One that I found at Alexandra Technical and Community College.

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

Katelyn: The first project we were assigned in my interior design course course was to design a playhouse. The playhouse project was to be complete with a floor plan, lighting plan, construction plan, exterior elevations and an isometric exterior view; I thoroughly enjoyed completing this project and remember wondering if I would ever get to design a playhouse again in my life. It just so happens the first project I was assigned to draft for my new job at Design Interiors, Inc., was a playhouse.

SRFD: A trend you are over?

Katelyn: Glass and stone mosaic tiles for kitchen backsplashes!

SRFD: A trend you are excited about?

Katelyn: I am a new addition to the design world; having graduated in May; and I am excited to see all that it has to offer clients and myself!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Katelyn: I learned so much about appliances, not just GE’s; but competitors products as well. The thing I enjoy the most about these seminars is the collaboration between designers (and architects!) and learning different perspectives about our field.

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