Earlier this year, the new Monogram French-door wall oven was featured by HGTV in their “12 Hot Trends in Kitchen Appliances” piece. Read their post to learn what’s cooking in the kitchen and why the Monogram French-door wall oven was included.
Recently a few team members from A Finer Touch Construction visited the Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! Read about their visit and learn more about the cooktop showdown between electric and gas on their blog.
This week, we’re talking to a designer whom we’ve interviewed before. Robin Burrill is CEO/Interior Designer of Curb Appeal Renovations. She recently completed a major kitchen remodel using Monogram appliances, and she tells us her story below.
This was the second job that we were asked to complete for this homeowner…and while the first was a bathroom, it was very traditional. For their kitchen, the homeowners wanted a traditional style, but with more transitional elements. Transitional?! Yes!
Many probably don’t know what that means, so let’s explain it by saying transitional design helps move from traditional to slightly contemporary using very clean lines, not all the “fussiness” that traditional can sometimes have. And not all the decorations you see in a typical traditional design.
Much of this project was also structural. Since the home was built in the 1980s, it had very tiny rooms and, of course, the typical 8’ ceiling. While they wanted to completely open the kitchen, dining, and living areas, due to structural issues with the second floor, it was cost prohibitive to do so. The changes we did decide to make gave the area a much more cohesive, wide open look.
Since the appliances were original to the house, and these owners loved to cook, they added just about every appliance to the kitchen that they could! The 48’ Monogram range and the custom navy blue hood are the center of the kitchen with the pot-filler placed over the range. Since she didn’t want a freezer in the kitchen (it’s in her laundry room right around the corner), we installed the 30” Monogram refrigerator column. The Monogram microwave was installed in the upper cabinetry, next to the refrigerator, making easy access for reheating foods or when preparing meals.
Since the island was so large, not only were we able to get seating on the living room side, but the whole island also has an incredible amount of storage. On the one end of the island, closest to the door leading to the backyard/pool, we installed both the Monogram ice maker and under counter fridge for easy drink access. Instead of building a walk in pantry, the storage in this kitchen is incredible — with two-floor ceiling pantry cabinets with pull-out drawers, to the pull-out drawer on the one side of the range, the floor-to-ceiling appliance storage at the opposite end of the kitchen and all the upper cabinets…the walk in pantry just isn’t needed!
All the cabinetry in the kitchen was painted from DeWils. The main cabinetry is not quite white and the island, while in the pictures due to the natural light, actually matches the custom hood in navy. The counters are Superior (that’s the color name!) quartzite and while it is beautiful, it does require extra care as it is porous like marble. The backsplash is a traditional style, subway tile, but with that transitional twist that we talked about earlier in glass!
We installed hardwood from the front door, through the dining, kitchen and living areas to match the existing hardwood in the house. The dining room also got a facelift with a dramatic navy ceiling to match the hood and island and a beautiful light seafoam green on the walls. Polished nickel pendants were installed over the island, along with a new chandelier in the dining room and ceiling fan over the breakfast nook. The final touch was the polished nickel hardware on the cabinets…giving the classic shaker door an elegant detail!
Monogram® connected appliances just got smarter, making multitasking even easier with its connected appliances integration with Google Assistant. That’s important, as the 2016 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported that 33 percent of homeowners are choosing new kitchen appliances with tech features like connectivity.
“Consumers with high-end kitchens are looking for personalization of their appliances,” said Michael Mahan, general manager for Monogram. “Integrating our Monogram suite of connected appliances with Google Assistant makes it easier for owners to control their appliances and adds an element of fun to their daily routines.”
Last year, Monogram integrated its connected appliances with Amazon’s Alexa using its Geneva skill. Now, with Google Assistant integration, consumers can control their Monogram appliances by simply saying, “Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes,” which will tell the connected oven to set its timer. A few other skills include:
Available today, the entire Monogram connected suite of kitchen appliances will integrate with Google Assistant enabled Google Home.
Learn more about Monogram appliances and Google Assistant in the press release.
From touch screens that deliver step-by-step recipes to countertop herb gardens grown by LED lights, we take a look at how hi-tech kitchen design can create a healthier lifestyle. Tell us your thoughts!
Kitchen renovations historically have revolved around your wide-open refrigerator and freezer space, which were always one unit. The problem? This doesn’t align with how people live anymore; how they cook, entertain or want their kitchen to be designed. The solution: Monogram Columns.
“Kitchen design today is all about customizing the space to match a homeowner’s lifestyle, and refrigeration and freezer appliances traditionally haven’t offered the flexibility to do this,” said Michael Mahan, Monogram General Manager. “New Monogram Columns make it possible for homeowners to seamlessly split up the refrigerator and freezer and install them hidden in plain sight, in the places that make the most sense for their kitchen design and lifestyle needs while providing a uniform look.”
For the chefs who only keep fresh foods on hand, two refrigerators in the main hub of the kitchen might make more sense, with a freezer tucked away in a pantry. Or, for large families who meal prep for the week, having equally large refrigerator and freezer columns would be the most important. The opportunity to mix, match and relocate knows no bounds.
Sophisticated Design Features
Monogram focuses on using high quality materials, and with that comes better design. For a customized look, Columns offer adjustable panels and flush installation for both the refrigerator and freezer to ensure the design blends in perfectly with cabinetry, guaranteeing a seamless look, every time. Matching panels allow the Columns to virtually disappear.
Columns are also designed to fit the space of a traditional built-in refrigerator, making them perfect for retrofit installations. Retrofit capability allows homeowners to replace a 48” or 42” built-in refrigerator with two columns: No cabinet or electrical modifications necessary.
“Monogram Columns are designed to look as good inside as they do on the outside,” said Mahan. “Ramp-up LED interior lighting throughout the fresh food and freezer compartments make the interior look spacious, inviting and clean.”
Additional luxury features include:
Monogram has expanded its wholly-owned subsidiary plant in Selmer, TN, specifically for this new product line. Monogram Columns will be available in October 2017 in both refrigerator and freezer models, with the option of stainless steel or custom panels. Learn more at monogram.com.
Thanks to an impressive team effort, a refreshed and rebuilt Monogram website launched yesterday! The updates include a full responsive redesign of over 5,000 pages across the site, supported by extensive usability testing and dozens of interviews conducted in an effort to better understand the target audience. Recognizing the growing trend of browsing on mobile devices, the fully responsive site will allow designers to easily access specs and other key information from anywhere. We have also added a new trade professional page with easy links to critical resources.
Please take a look at the new site and let us know what you think!
Nancy Hugo, Certified Kitchen Designer and attendee at last week’s Monogram Designer Summit 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, shared her thoughts about the theme of the conference – Empathy – on her blog, Designers Circle HQ. Take a look and let us know what you think!
It’s almost here! On Tuesday, February 28, Monogram will hold their second annual designer summit in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Speed Art Museum. We are bringing together more than 80 top home and kitchen designers from around the country to the Monogram Designer Summit 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their insights and opinions with their colleagues and the Monogram product development team to influence the future of exceptional appliance design.