Month: June 2016

Designer profile: Eddie Lee

Susan Cozzi, manager of the Monogram Design Center in New York City, recently interviewed Eddie Lee, interior designer and owner of Eddie Lee Inc. The firm’s projects range from modern to traditional, and are often a fusion of both.  Lee works throughout the U.S., with numerous projects in New York City and the Hamptons. The projects range from large scale collaborations with architects on construction projects to the decoration of existing spaces.

Susan: How did you become interested in design?

Eddie: As a child, I used to pore over my mom’s subscriptions of Architectural Digest and House and Garden. I was always fascinated with architecture, furniture and wall covering. At 10 I covered the walls and ceiling of my bedroom with the maps from years and years of National Geographic so it felt like I was living in a globe.

Susan: Tell us about your kitchen and the inspiration behind the design.

Eddie: My kitchen is at the far end of the room from the windows so I wanted to be sure it was light and open. I used white gloss cabinet doors and double stacked them to give height. I also used a mirrored backsplash to add the illusion of a window and make the upper cabinets feel like they were floating.

eddie lee kitchen 1 Susan: Why did you select Monogram appliances for your kitchen?

Eddie: Given that my living space is an industrial loft, I wanted the appliances to reflect that gutsiness, but still feel tailored and refined, since the kitchen is open to the living space. The Monogram appliances fit the bill perfectly, plus the quality is top of the line.

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Susan: A trend you’re over?

Eddie: I don’t follow trends, especially in kitchen design, as I feel it should be timeless. It’s a big investment so you should feel as happy in your kitchen in 10 years as you are now. Which is why I like sticking to classic (modern or traditional) design. One thing I’ve never been a fan of though is a feature backsplash behind the range. I like a clean, consistent backsplash.

Susan: A trend you’re excited about?

Eddie: I don’t know if it’s a trend, but I love using mirror as a backsplash. It gives a kitchen a clean, open feel. Clear mirror for a more modern look, or antiqued mirror for a French bistro feeling.

Susan: What projects are you working on next?

Eddie: I’m working on a great modern concrete and glass box house in East Hampton, and a few exciting renovations in New York City.

Follow along with Eddie’s upcoming projects on Facebook, Instagram and Houzz.

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Monogram Modern Home in LA June 24 – 26

Join us on for our second cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. Our first destination in May was Seattle, Washington; then we stopped in San Francisco, California; and this weekend we’re traveling to Los Angeles, California!

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The Monogram Modern Home will be joining thousands of architecture and design enthusiasts at Dwell on Design LA, America’s largest design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 24- 26. The home will be located in the Dwell Outdoor section of the show floor. Guests must be registered for Dwell on Design to attend. The Monogram Modern Home will be open for tours, live product demonstrations and culinary tastings prepared by our tour chef.

For accredited industry professionals, please join us on Friday, June 24 for a day of continuing design education. For additional details and to register for the CEU’s, visit the Dwell website.

Find Monogram on Twitter and Instagram.

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Meet Paula Kennedy

Kitchen and bath designer Paula Kennedy is a great partner with Monogram, whether serving as a judge in the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest or as the designer liaison at the Monogram Modern Home tour stop in Seattle. Paula will now be joining Save Room for Design as a blog correspondent so let’s learn a little more about her.

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As an Interior Designer of 18 years, and a Creative all my life in one form or another, design is a second career post Corporate America. Being a designer provided an outlet for my desire for creativity. Falling in love with the Kitchen and Bath field offered my left brain the joy of digging into the technical details and my right brain the ability to play with space and color.

I am a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA, received my CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, through NAHB, in addition my recent certification as a Certified Architectural Color Consultant. I have been honored in the last 18 years as an award winner, locally and nationally published, and a very active industry volunteer and leader. I am a self-proclaimed fourth generation Serial Entrepreneur.

Recently reinventing myself creatively, I survived the recession, and am embracing a calling to teach, inspire and write. This new expression has exploded my career diversity in a way I never imagined. My desire is to continue sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, inspiring others to expand their experiences, spreading and sharing knowledge of innovation and creativity.

Creating a better quality of life for all my clients is at the heart of my business purpose. This drives my passion for Timeless Design that works well, feels right and looks good!

A favorite quote by a client and now a friend; “I know many people who “love” their job, but Paula’s joy of what she does is positively infectious.”  I am taking that infectious passion into inspiring my peers and other Creatives to move beyond their comfort zones to having a space and life that is more fulfilling.

Learn more about Paula and follow along with her:

http://www.ignitecreatvity.guru/

https://www.facebook.com/IgniteCreativity

https://www.facebook.com/TimelessKitchenAndBathDesign/

https://www.pinterest.com/paulakennedyckd

Twitter: @paulakennedyckd

Instagram: @paulakennedyckd

http://www.timelesskitchen.design/

http://www.houzz.com/pro/timelesskitchenandbathdesign/_public

 

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Monogram Modern Home in San Francisco June 10 – 11

Join us on for our second cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. Our first destination in May was Seattle, Washington; and this weekend we’re traveling to San Francisco, California!

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Dwell welcomes the Monogram Modern Home to the San Francisco Bay Area. Experience Monogram’s 2016 line of appliances when you visit this 600 sq. foot prefab home at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur – just a short drive from downtown San Francisco. On Saturday, June 11 from 10 am – 5 pm, the Monogram Modern Home will be open to the public for a day of tours. Complimentary parking is available at the Larkspur Landing Ferry Terminal.

For accredited industry professionals, please join us on Friday, June 10 for a day of continuing design education. For additional details and to register for the CEU’s, visit the Dwell website.

Find Monogram on Twitter and Instagram.

Find Dwell on Twitter and Instagram.