Month: August 2015

Designer profile: Melissa Helvey

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 Melissa Helvey with Great Floors in Spokane, Washington.

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Melissa Helvey, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Melissa: Throughout my childhood I had always said I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. My senior year in high school I took an interior design class, just to fill my required course load. The first day of class we visited a home construction site, and the minute I stepped in and looked around at the framing and everything coming together. I knew instantly that was what I was meant to do.

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

Melissa: I recently finished a kitchen remodel. My client found me at a Home Show back in April and she came up to me with a sketch on a napkin of her kitchen and said.. I NEED YOU … She had a dreadful existing kitchen that was so small and materials so dark it was like being in a cave. WE worked closely to find a design and materials that would make the space feel more comfortable to be in and more functional. Throughout the project she would send me photos almost daily, so excited about the progress. At the end of the project she called me in tears. I said, Mary, what’s the matter? Are you not happy with your kitchen? She said, “I LOVE it! I can’t tell you how much I love it and how much I appreciate all your help.” It wasn’t an award-winning design or even very creative, but this really captures why I do what I do. I love being able to help people have a better life. Help them through what can be a very difficult process and experience their joy at the end.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Melissa: Hand-scraped hardwood floors. They still very popular in the inland Northwest…and I think they should be banned 😉

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Melissa: I still love the greys. I know it’s been trending for quite a while, but in my neck of the woods were pretty slow to catch on to the trends.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Melissa: I was so impressed with how much research and thought goes into the Monogram product line. It was so amazing to see the 3D printing technology and learn how it has improved and sped up the research process.

I wasn’t familiar with all the capabilities of the Avantium technology. I called my husband back at home the day we learned about it and told him we were getting one!

Monogram Modern Home in Dallas August 21 and 22

We’re traveling on a cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell in a prefabricated house, custom-built and outfitted with Monogram appliances. Our first destination in April was Portland, Oregon; in May we visited Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, California; in June we visited the Phoenix, Arizona metro area; we traveled to Austin, Texas, last month; and this weekend we will be in Dallas, Texas!

mmh-dallas-header-vtwoWe will be popping up at the Shops on Hi Line | Dallas Decorative Center on August 21st and 22nd.

On Friday, August 21st, the home will host a series of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Check out the details and sign up here!

On Saturday, August 22nd, the doors will be open to the public. Plus, when you stop by, you will have the chance to enter to win a Monogram appliance. A full schedule of events is listed here. Sign up for CEUs, join us at the open house and follow us on social media for surprise – yet to be announced – events and giveaways.

See you there!

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Trend: Mismatched Dining Chairs


Written by Kennedy Williams, Monogram Experience Center intern

Homearama1Since 1968, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville has given local residents the opportunity to tour more than 800 homes. Known as the annual Homereama showcase, these homes reflect the unique talents of area builders and interior designers. Throughout this year’s Homerama homes, many interior designers used mismatched dining chairs to provide a unique look.

This shake-up of traditional design became increasingly popular in 2015 throughout the design community. Mismatched dining chairs are featured on interior design websites including Houzz and Elle Décor, and even their own Pinterest board. As you can see in the photos below, designers have also included benches as an added decorative piece to the dining table.

Homearama2 Homearama3The mismatched dining chair trend gives you the opportunity to recycle those chairs used with your last dining table. Fall in with the trend and free up space in your storage unit!

If the recycling option is not for you, manufacturers now offer different colored accent chair and bench choices sold with dining tables.