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.
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.