The Monogram Experience Center (MEC) 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 Eva Anderson with Teakwood Builders, Inc. in Saratoga Springs, New York.
SRFD: How did you become interested in design?
Eva: The foundation for my love of all things home-related is my parents. Growing up (in Massachusetts and, later, Georgia), my father built custom homes while pursuing his doctorate. My mother and I often went antiquing and shopping together, looking for the piece that was just right to enhance our home. Whether it was finding the perfect platter or pillow, or cooking dinner together, creating a happy home environment was central to my life. I was encouraged from an early age to help my parents in the kitchen, which fostered my enthusiasm for entertaining and showing my love and appreciation for people through cooking. When it came time for my parents to renovate their kitchen, they wanted me to be an integral part of the process, which was the first time I designed custom cabinetry. My first job after college was for Weston Kitchens in Wellesley, MA, where several designers took advantage of my eagerness and interest in kitchen design and invested in my future by passing down their expertise. Since then, I have had the good fortune to work with many talented designers, for which I am very grateful. In 2005, I moved to upstate New York, where I currently live with my husband, son, and our sweet yellow lab. I’ve been designing kitchens with Teakwood Builders, a luxury remodeling design-build firm, for the last three years, where we are fortunate to work with exceptional clients who provide us with the opportunities to create beautiful homes.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Eva: My current favorite project is in the works, demolition begins this week! I have clients who frequently travel the world for business, and they lived in China for a number of years. I was tasked with creating a powder room to reflect an Asian feel without being overly “theme-y.” I am eagerly anticipating the finished product, which includes custom lanterns, a red ceiling, some fabulous wall covering and tile work, as well as a custom built altar table as the vanity.
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Eva: The trend of copying “this exact kitchen.” I’m ready for people to be flexible and open to creating kitchens that reflect their home and lifestyle and their tastes. Something unique is much more interesting than something that’s already been done.
SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?
Eva: Textures. I love layering texture, and more and more I have that option with counters and tile and custom cabinetry. Even some of the new things we were shown at GE reflected new finishes that are different than what’s currently available on the market, and it’s SO great.
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Eva: Advantium, Advantium, Advantium. It’s a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. I loved learning about GE’s history and company culture first hand. The amount of research and care that goes into every single detail of your appliances leaves a lasting impression. It was so refreshing to experience a clear passion for their product and company from everyone we interacted with while at GE. Touring the 3D printing facility was such a treat—to see the different printers in person and in progress was beyond a dream. Overall a wonderful experience—Thank you!