Category: Tips

A Historic Kitchen Renovation: Part 1

Creating a 21st-century kitchen in a centuries-old home Andrea Erda grew up romping around Historic Westover. The bucolic Virginia estate dates back to the 18th century, and it’s been in Erda’s family since 1921. “It is an extraordinary space,” she says. “It’s also an enormous responsibility, but we felt a familial obligation to take on this albatross.” In 2012, Erda…

Kitchen Renovation During a Pandemic

After 30 years of hating their kitchen, designer Heather Cleveland’s California-based clients were ready to renovate. Eager for change, they demo-ed the kitchen.  Then, the pandemic hit, bringing with it restrictions, delays and plenty of frustration for a family that was all about cooking and entertaining. “They were without a kitchen for almost a year,” says Heather, of Heather Cleveland…

A Designer’s Family Kitchen – Reimagined

How Jillian O’Neill found a kitchen style that was all her own, while still making it perfect for family entertaining    When designer Jillian O’Neill decided to remodel her early 90’s style kitchen in her Houston, Texas home, she knew wanted a sophisticated, family-friendly space that fit her passion for cooking and bringing people together. What she didn’t know was…

Mindful by Design

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. To Laura Muller, of Four Point Design Build Inc., it’s an opportunity to meld mindful creativity and wellness. And this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design did just that. “We wanted to highlight high-level, luxury materials and products that were manufactured, sourced, and installed using responsible building and manufacturing practices,” says Laura. Years…

The beauty of form and function

John Colaneri has completed hundreds of styles of kitchens over the last 10 years, so when it came to his own kitchen renovation – he knew what he wanted. But he wasn’t the only one who had a say. “Yes, I know what I want, but I have a wife who also knows what she wants. You have to find…

Monogram Appliances Recognized for Logo Design

Recently Best Designs recognized Monogram Appliances for the brand’s new mark launched in early 2020. According to Best Designs, the logo’s minimalist and classy design modernizes the traditionally-oriented appliance niche market. As defined by Monogram, the mark is a blend of elegance, confidence and artfulness that truly represents the brand. The brand colors then work together in combination with the…

Meet the Council: Hannah Tindall

Chicago designer talks flow, function and kitchens

Design, flow, function. That’s not something at the top of every kid’s mind, but it’s been a part of Hannah Tindall’s life for as long as she can remember.

Growing up, the Chicago-based interior designer watched her mom decorate and renovate, and her father make furniture in their basement woodshop. In her own room, she followed her parents’ lead, arranging and rearranging things to get the perfect flow.

“Their creative sides rubbed off on me,” Hannah says. “I knew from a very young age I wanted to be an interior designer.”

And the design world is better for it.

An accomplished member of leading design firm Habitar Design, Tindall sits on the Monogram Designer Council, a group of 18 professionals from over 10 cities that helps Monogram cultivate a vision on everything from product design to the experience of ownership. We talked to Hannah about the Council, her approach to design and one of the most important rooms in any home – the kitchen.

Tell us about your job. What are you most passionate about in your role as a designer?

“I love taking a space and totally rethinking the layout to maximize its functionality and make it flow better.”

So much of a home’s flow depends on a kitchen. Why is the kitchen so important to home design?

“The kitchen is truly the heart of the home for so many people. They enjoy spending time there together, so it needs to be super functional but also reflect the client’s aesthetic and lifestyle.”

How do Monogram appliances help you to mix form and function in a kitchen?

“Monogram’s appliances are very user-friendly, and their style is classic and sleek. They can truly fit into any style of kitchen. I think approachable interior design is so important. I don’t want any client to feel intimidated or overwhelmed by a kitchen remodel, no matter how large or small their budget. As a part of the Designer Council, I hope to bring the voice of the average American family to the table.”

What’s your experience been so far on the Council?

“I’ve learned so much about what makes an appliance great in terms of quality and functionality, and how it can fit into anyone’s lifestyle – whether or not they’re an avid cook! I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know my fellow Designer Council members. Everyone has so many great ideas and we can all learn a lot from each other’s experiences in the industry.”