Month: November 2015

Interview with Monogram Modern Home Chef Hayley Christopher

As you may remember, Monogram partnered with Dwell earlier this year on the Monogram Modern Home – a custom, 825 square foot home which showcased the craftsmanship and innovative features of Monogram’s newest and most popular high-end appliances. Over the course of six months, the Monogram Modern Home traveled to Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas and Boston. In each location Chef Hayley Christopher prepared delicious treats and appetizers for guests using the Monogram kitchen appliances. We interviewed Chef Hayley to learn a little more about her and her experience on the Monogram Modern tour.

Chef Hayley Christopher in the Monogram Modern home kitchen in Boston, Massachuetts

Chef Hayley Christopher in the Monogram Modern home kitchen in Boston, Massachusetts

SRFD: What did you learn participating in the tour?

Chef Hayley: The Monogram Modern Home tour (MMHT) was such a fabulous experience and unique opportunity for me as a chef. I have worked in catering for six years now and television for four, in both of those environments you learn to adapt quickly and “figure it out or make it work.” Since the tour was centered around an actual home traveling across the country, we had times where the house hit traffic, couldn’t get in the city, or had mechanical issues. I really had to put those adaptability skills to the test. Each city was different and awesome in it’s own way, but no two were the same so the approach couldn’t be either. The old adage proved true, you never stop learning or adapting. I think I really tapped in to my “go with the flow” mentality and just had fun enjoying the ride of the MMHT. It always worked out and blossomed into a great tour stop, creating valuable connections with the community.

SRFD: Any Advantium tips you’d like to share?

Chef Hayley: The Advantium is hands down my favorite piece of equipment in the Monogram Modern Home. The versatility of it allows you to multi-task in the kitchen and get back to the real reason people cook, allowing you to enjoy time with family and friends. No gimmicks, this oven can microwave popcorn, reheat a casserole, speed-cook a whole chicken, and perfectly cook a moist piece of fish with crispy skin. The guess-work is taken out of cooking so you don’t have to be a chef to operate it. Play with it is what I’d say, step back and let it cook for you, I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do!

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Monogram Advantium, wall oven and French door bottom freezer refrigerator in the Monogram Modern Home kitchen


SRFD: What’s your background and how did you come to participate in the tour?

Chef Hayley: I am a chef by trade and have been working the hospitality industry for over ten years. A natural transition in Los Angeles was to television where I work as a chef, food and prop stylist, providing picture-perfect dishes for shows and cookbooks. Through catering, I cooked many events for Dwell Media and was delighted when they asked me to hop on board with this project. I am currently self-employed, owning and operating Haystack Kitchen LLC, which specializes in private chef services and food/prop styling.

SRFD: Favorite experience during the tour?

Chef Hayley: I had the privilege of working with many farm to table chefs over my career who taught me the importance and benefits of cooking seasonally. When I was asked to do this tour, I was elated about the idea of cooking seasonally in each city and drawing from local, native cooking styles. I’d seek out those local ingredients, some of which were indigenous to their location, draw from local influences and put my own California twist on it. Creating these menus was so much fun and I really got to geek out with it, researching and cultivating truly unique menus for each stop. The specialty cocktail in Dallas, for instance, used not only seasonal produce but also liquor from a local distillery to really make it personal. You just don’t get that experience cooking in one place all the time, I absolutely loved that challenge!

SRFD: Most frequently asked question?

Chef Hayley: It’s a tie between, “do you cook at home?” and “what’s your favorite thing to cook?” Oh man, everyone always wants to know that and it drives chefs crazy. I love to cook, but I also love to experience other people’s cooking styles by eating out. I am so fortunate that as a chef my “research” is both consumable and sociable, so needless to say I definitely try and take advantage of that.

SRFD: Any cities you would recommend the tour should visit?

Chef Hayley: If I’m selfishly planting a seed for some fabulous locations that I can play with pristine ingredients, I’d say Colorado for sure. The South, I love the south and try to get down to see my Godmother in Mississippi yearly, the culture, food and people are just so vibrant down there … Perhaps, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, heck, New Orleans. Honestly, anywhere would be fun…that’s the beauty of the States, so diverse, I’m just happy to be a traveling chef for a bit and get out of my comfort zone.


Delicious appetizers created by Chef Hayley at the Monogram Modern Home in Phoenix

Announcing the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Winners

The Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest was created to celebrate the imagination and creative vision inherent in beautiful kitchen design. All designs were required to integrate Monogram appliances and were judged across several award categories. Stay tuned for profiles of each winner here on Save Room for Design!

And the winners are …

Brian Johnson, grand prize winner of the Dream Kitchen Design Contest

Brian Johnson, Grand Prize winner of the Dream Kitchen Design Contest


Grand Prize Winner:

Brian Johnson, AIA NCARB

Billings, Montanta

Brian has been practicing in the field of architecture for the past 18 years. Passion for design is what drives him, and the success of his work truly comes from the collaboration that he has with clients. Brian prides himself in the ability to create great design work that reflects the style and tastes of the people he works with. Brian has strengths in project concept and schematic design, and has managed a variety of projects including public, commercial and residential architecture.





Grand Prize design from Brian Johnson

Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Grand Prize Design from Brian Johnson

Category Winners

Entries were judged on visual appeal, creativity, innovation, overall kitchen workflow and design elements/principles

Best Traditional Home Kitchen:

Best Transitional Home Kitchen:

  • 1st place – Anna Dalton from North Oaks, MN
  • 2nd place – Jennifer Rahaley from Glenview, IL
  • 3rd place – Anthony Crosby from Blairsville, GA

Best Contemporary Home Kitchen:

  • 1st place – Lisa Pendleton from South Pasadena, CA
  • 2nd place – Mark White from Annapolis, MD

Best Showroom Kitchen:

Regional Winners:

  • North East – Dietrich Katz from Sir Girt, NJ
  • North Central – Tracy Floeh from St. Louis, MO
  • South West – Mark Day from Walnut Creek, CA
























Buckets and Pails

By Michelle Abell, Training Manager at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

We recently visited the beautiful Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. While wondering through one of the old homes, taking in the history we came across a man making buckets and brooms. He told us the Shakers had been known for their quality handcrafted goods.


He also gave us history lesson on the difference between a bucket and a pail. Who knew there was a difference???

Look closely at the photo below. The bucket is on the left. The pail is on the right. Can you see a difference?


The bucket has a wide mouth which is great for holding, capturing and doing task work like mopping. The pail is slightly tapered at the top to hold things in which make it better for carrying liquids. Must be why we grew up hearing “to fetch a pail of water.”

Congratulations to Christine Baumann!

Congrats to one of our favorite Monogram partners – New York-based interior designer Christine Baumann! You can find our earlier interview with Christine here.

Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC has won the 2015 Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Award for Interior Design. The design receiving the award was a rehabilitated residential home for a growing family in Belle Harbor, New York, that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The entire first floor and basement were rebuilt. A full suite of Monogram appliances was used in the kitchen design.

This year (2015) is New York’s Queens Chamber of Commerce’s 90th year for Annual Building Awards. Initially participation was only open to Architects and Builders, but four years ago the committee extended participation to Interior Designers. Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC has been honored to win three out of four years.

Hundreds of entries are submitted and judged by committee members, community leaders and peers.  These entries range from newly constructed buildings to rehabilitated buildings to public spaces for use of commercial or residential dwelling.

Not only does this award bring recognition to a business, but it is a true distinction of community preservation and economic growth. Christine is truly honored to be a part of New York’s Queens Chamber of Commerce.

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC 2

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC 3

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC 4

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors