Welcome and thanks for finding Monogram’s design blog. Save Room for Design will highlight kitchen and interior design in a uniquely Monogram way, one that is personal to you as someone passionate about design and its fascinating intricate details.

In the world of high-end appliances, Monogram stands out with its own brand of luxury. Refined but not rarified, it’s the kind of luxury that makes a statement of quality and timeless elegance. Monogram also makes sense for your life – award-winning technology makes it possible to cook faster, clean easier and enjoy more time relaxing with family and friends. And there’s nothing more luxurious than that.

Meet the Monogram team who will be sharing their thoughts and experience here on Save Room for Design:


sherri goldSheri Gold, National Showroom & Design Manager. Sheri has been in the kitchen & bath industry since 1984, with experience in cabinetry, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and appliances. She is the Monogram Appliances National Showroom & Design Mgr, and oversees both the Chicago and New York City Monogram Design Centers. In her role, she manages the showroom strategies and operations, works with the local sales teams to build relationships with key partners, and assists designers, architects, developers, realtors, and consumers who are specifying Monogram appliances for single and multi-family projects. Sheri regularly leads tours and presentations in the showrooms, and enjoys educating others for CEU classes and design challenges. She is active in NKBA, IFDA, AIA, and is a certified kitchen designer, ASID Allied Member and a LEED Associate.


Michael profile photoMichael Mahan, General Manager of Monogram, Louisville, KY. Michael has spent most of his career working to create products that people love. Watching a new design go from a drawing on a sheet of paper to the centerpiece of someone’s amazing new kitchen is one of his favorite things.




Megan profile photoMegan Robison, social content manager for Monogram in Louisville, KY. New to the design world, Megan will be sharing her experiences as she expands her design knowledge and attempts to remodel the home she will be sharing with her boyfriend.




Valinda profile photoValinda Wagner, Manager, Monogram Experience Center, Louisville, KY. Growing up in a house 150 years old and living in a house almost 100 years old has made her a semi-pro at home renovation and design … with more than a little help from a thick file folder of sub-contractors.




Susan Cozzi profile photoSusan Cozzi is the manager of the Monogram Design Center in New York. Following a career in publishing, Susan received her degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and ran her own design studio for eight years. She was showroom manager for Grohe, launching their trade showroom in NYC; and for Artemide in the A&D Building in NYC. Susan’s work has been published in K+BB Kitchen and Bath Magazine; the books Green Interior Design, Residential Design for Aging in Place, Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide; and on Style Me Pretty Living. She was a National Media Spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from 2009-2013 and has spoken on Sustainable Design.


Lori OrrHello! I’m Lori Orr. To say I love home design is an understatement. It’s basically in my blood. I grew up on job sites where I witnessed basic rooms turn into masterpieces, thanks to my dad! The joy and excitement the end result brings to people is what has driven me to this industry. My husband and I have three wildly wonderful children (two boys and a girl!) and we have the unique opportunity to raise them in the house I grew up in…yep, I know every door and window that will receive an extra lock during their teenage years! Look forward to sharing stories of my past and present with you!


Justin Berger's profile imageHello, I’m Justin Berger. With a background in mechanical engineering, I’m passionate about innovation and the faster development of better consumer products. During the day, I work with FirstBuild’s open appliance design community which emphasizes collaboration and experimentation. I spend my nights restoring my Victorian home, enjoying good food and drinks with friends, and keeping up with my techie family: electrician dad, computer programmer mom, and chemical engineer sister.


karen abney profile imageKaren Abney is Lead Interaction Designer on the IDO team. Her expansive design background includes creating consumer experiences, immersive environments, packaging, retail and advertising for iconic brands at Brown-Forman, Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger. Most recently, Karen designed digital experiences for Silicon Valley start-ups and Humana. Much of Karen’s work seen around Louisville originated from her time at the creative agency she co-founded, owned and directed for 17 years. Karen has a passion for human-centered design and research and loves creating digital and physical experiences. Karen is a graduate of the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, OH and The School for Digital Mastercraft in Chicago, IL.

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  1. Eliese Besemer
    February 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    How can we reach the authors for questions about their entries?

    • February 9, 2016 at 11:48 am

      You can post the question on their blog post and we will have the author respond directly. Happy to help however we can! Thanks.

  2. Jessica Kane
    December 26, 2017 at 10:27 pm


    I am a freelance copywriter for several different companies and was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post on your website (https://blog.saveroomfordesign.com/).

    My clients pay me to write blog articles on reputable websites for their SEO and link building initiatives.

    I’m open to writing on any travel, home decor, DIY, or small business marketing or finance related topic you’d like.

    There is no fee for this service.

    Please let me know if you’d like me to write several articles for your blog.

    Jessica Kane

    Freelance Copywriter and SEO Specialist


    • January 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thanks for your comment, Jessica! We aren’t interested in any articles at this time but we’ll be sure to keep you in mind for future opportunities.

  3. Adriana
    November 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Interested in professional advice: I want to purchase the column freezer 24’ and the 36’ all refrigerator. Both will have paneling. I think given paneling I can make this combination work as long as I don’t have handles and/or handles are same length and can Ben put at same height so that it looks well side by side. Or, I can have a cabinet pullout between fridge and freezer… interested in advice from designers if they have tried to do a combination like this and what’s the best way to do it. A 30’/ 30’ would be too small and a 36’ 36’ too large for the space.

    • December 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Great question! Those two will work well together.

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