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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.”

Stylish Holidays Start in the Kitchen

When you walk into Laura Umansky’s kitchen, it’s clear you’ve entered a space that’s anything but typical. The clean lines and bright pops of color are complemented by the buffalo plaid design of the floor tile.

The bold decision for the plaid pattern, typically reserved for blankets, creates a cozy feeling while maintaining a sophisticated and neutral style.

Laura, an interior designer by trade, understands the beautiful combination of practicality and style. That’s why it was important to her to have appliances that could carry the design of the room with all the useful features found in a hard-working, gourmet kitchen.

“I selected a full Monogram appliance package and designed my new kitchen around those pieces,” says Laura. “My kitchen is not only highly functional – for even the largest celebratory dinners – but it is beautiful, too.” She chose cabinet pulls that match the stainless steel for a look that is completely integrated, classic and chic. “For me, elevated design is timeless design, and that’s what Monogram does very well.”

Inviting Friends In 

One of Laura’s newest holiday traditions includes hosting friends at her home where they share food and laughter. Last year, they cooked and baked an elegant meal of Cornish hens, apple blossom tartes and crisp haricot verts. “It was divine, and I would love to do that again this year,” says Laura. “My girls loved watching their pastries puff up in the oven – a Monogram oven of course!”

To help continue the tradition of good food and good friends, Laura invited Chef Kelli Bunch to her kitchen. Kelli created new holiday favorites for Laura to share with her friends. “I was intrigued,” remarked Kelli as she slid a wedge of Brie into the oven. “…by how quickly the oven preheated. The faster I can get out of the kitchen, the more time I get to spend with my guests. I love how Monogram appliances are so thoughtfully engineered with both the modern entertainer and professional chef in mind.”

Laura agrees. “The Advantium cuts roasting time in half, which means more time I’m spending time with my family and friends. And that’s not just for the holidays, but on the busy weeknights as well.”

If you’d like to try Kelli’s delicious recipes for your holiday gathering,  we’ve included them below. Don’t forget to check out the latest additions to the Monogram line to make your kitchen beautiful and functional. You can also invest wisely without compromising style when you choose our Monogram Rebate and Reward program.

Baked Brie with Blackberry Compote and Candied Pecans
Recipe from the kitchen of KB Table

This is the PERFECT appetizer for your holiday entertaining needs! I also love changing up the toppings with the season. During Thanksgiving, I use leftover cranberry and orange compote (or I make extra to keep on hand for the holidays and store in freezer!) Fresh figs, pistachios and honey is also a delicious combination … and the colors are just to-die-for! For summertime, I like to use fresh peaches from the local farmers market, candied walnuts and fresh honeycomb…so divine!
For presentation, look around your kitchen for any extra fruit lying around. Place a bundle of grapes and lay them off-centered on the plate. I also love decorating my serving platters with fresh herbs from the garden—love the aesthetic and aroma it brings off!

1 wheel of Brie
1 pint of fresh blackberries
¼ cup Candied Pecans
Fresh rosemary, for garnish
Blackberry Compote
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Place brie on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper, sprinkle with two tablespoons of brown sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to ooze from sides.
3. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, honey, butter and cinnamon. Without stirring, bring to a boil, for about 30 seconds. Then reduce heat and add lemon juice and simmer for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally for another 2 minutes. Stir in pecans and blackberries. Spoon mixture generously over the baked brie.
3. Serve brie warm with thinly sliced fresh baguette pieces, crostini or your favorite crackers! Enjoy!

Sangria Apple Cider Spritzer
From the Kitchen of KB Table

This is such an easy recipe to make ahead in a large batch! I like using a clear glass beverage pitcher so you can see all of the different fruit!

1 bottle of red wine (I used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 ½ cups good quality apple cider (I prefer Martinelli’s)
1 ½ cups sparkling water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup liquid honey, (slightly warmed in the microwave or stovetop)
1 large orange, thinly sliced and quartered
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
2 large Honey Crisp apples, diced (tossed in fresh lemon juice to prevent browning)
1 pint raspberries
Dehydrated citrus (I used dehydrated grapefruit and orange wheels)
Fresh thyme or rosemary for garnish
Other optional garnishes: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise

Add the apples, raspberries, pomegranate seeds and oranges to a pitcher. Add the wine, apple cider, pomegranate juice, honey and lemon juice. Stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours for flavors to combine. Pour into a wine glass or your favorite cocktail glass, top off each glass with a splash of sparkling water. Serve over ice! Garnish with fresh thyme or rosemary and dehydrated grapefruit or orange wheels.


Monogram Elevates Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

This past weekend, Monogram sponsored the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, for the third time. They impressed attendees by highlighting Monogram’s luxury appliances and dynamic chefs alongside fabulous wine, food and an exquisite ocean view.

As the sponsor of the Culinary Stage, Monogram shone by highlighting its induction cooktop, wall ovens, column refrigerators and microwave drawer. Chef Jon Liddell of the Monogram Design Center kicked off the weekend by cooking live on The Rhode Show from the Culinary Stage. Chef Justin Chapple, Culinary Director At Large for Food & Wine, also partnered with Monogram this year and hosted live cooking demonstrations from the Culinary Stage during the festival.

Additionally, Chef Justin and Chef Jon flipped artisanal pizzas in the Monogram Hearth Oven, keeping attendees lined up all weekend for more.


Monogram Designer Council – Caroline Torchin

Florida designer and Monogram Designer Council member Caroline Torchin creates modern, luxury spaces for her clients, which include both vacation homes and permanent residences. She believes “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” and for good reason—it tends to be the place where meals are shared, entertaining happens, and family congregates.

Holiday Entertaining Tips

Photo credit: Laura U Interior Design

Tis the season for holiday entertaining! In a recent blog post, Laura shared her four simple rules for effortless high-end entertaining. Definitely worth a read!

Photo credit: Laura U Interior Design

Monogram Helps Feast It Forward Connect with People Through Food, Drink and Giving

Written by Kim Mays, content strategist

From a culinary standpoint, Napa Valley is a pivotal scene in the U.S. for food, wine, and cooking. To Katie Hamilton Shaffer, it’s the perfect location for her online lifestyle network, Feast It Forward, featuring programming, blogs, and recipes that inspire people to bring flavor into their lives well beyond just food. Shaffer developed the unique platform to bring together people who love great food and wine and back it with a social conscious message through its own philanthropic, nonprofit arm, Feast It Forward Foundation.

Photo credit: Randall Fong

Shaffer recently opened a community-based space called The Studio in Napa, California to bring Feast It Forward to life beyond the pixels and videos you see on its website. According to Shaffer, it’s equal parts live studio, experiential showroom, and wine collective. And since Napa is the mecca for culinary lovers and oenophilia alike, the location makes the flagship operation the perfect destination for both locals or visiting fans.

Photo credit: Randall Fong

Several companies partnered with Feast It Forward to complete The Studio, including Monogram. Shaffer said that the Monogram suite of appliances helps bring The Studio’s kitchen to life through community events, online programming, and charitable offerings. Shaffer felt that true culinary fans can “connect with the modern, beautiful, user-friendly design” of the Monogram range. It’s definitely elevated everything in The Studio kitchen.

Photo credit: Randall Fong

“Having Monogram appliances in our space really speaks to the consumers who come in. We have a whole suite of Monogram appliances including a hood, range, induction, fridge, dishwasher and beverage cooler,” said Shaffer. “They’re used for filming for our network and used when people come to the property and taste wine. They can come into the studio and look and feel the [appliances] while enjoying entertainment and wine.”

The shows, blogs and other content recorded at The Studio tell the stories of people, places, and events and how they connect. Shaffer and her crew invite the public to “take a seat” at their table and learn about the world through chefs, musicians, tastemakers, designers, and others who create and inspire our world. Recently, Jacques Pepin filmed episodes of a new series at The Studio, and Feast It Forward hosted the Napa Valley Film Festival’s After the Filmmaker’s Lounge.

Photo credit: Randall Fong

On the network’s website, you’ll also find the Feast It Forward Foundation where donations and profits from charitable events and sales of its “products with purpose,” are given back to a host of select charitable categories including those for women, children, animals, health, and international needs. This is where Feast It Forward raises awareness for charitable organizations as it raises its glass in tribute, passing along a truly inspiring message to its fans.

Kitchen Renovation Recap 3 Months Later

Monogram had the pleasure of partnering with Kris Jarrett of Driven by Decor on her kitchen remodel earlier this year. The end result is completely elegant and beautiful, and one we are sure her family will enjoy for many years to come! In a recent blog post, Kris wrote about the appliance features she loves after using them for the last three months. Appliances are a critical feature of any kitchen remodel so it’s great to hear Kris’s thoughts on the importance elements to consider when making that decision. Some features were included in her initial requirements but some were surprise benefits!