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Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Judge Profile: Paula Kennedy

Very soon we will be announcing the winners of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest. We received so many great entries from around the country! Our judges definitely had their work cut out for them. And speaking of judges, an illustrious collection of esteemed designers from across the U.S. agreed to take the time to review the contest submissions and select the winners. This year’s judges are:

Over the next few weeks, we will profile each Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge. Our fourth profile features Paula Kennedy with Timeless Kitchen Design in Seattle, Washington.

Paula Kennedy, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

Paula Kennedy, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Paula: I grew up decorating Barbie’s house (how cliche is that) and drawing life-size floorplans in the dirt outside when we would go camping in the NW. I loved to build the house not just decorate it. At my grandmother’s house there was a section of the space we could play and I always moved furniture around. Mom always kept my bedroom door open, “the pretty” room, and closed my sister’s, or asked me to help my sister do her room. After burn out at Microsoft, I was able to go to The Art Institute for Interior Design and launched into kitchen and bath design 18 years ago!

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Paula: My most recent favorite was a whole house remodel/addition for a family I knew well. It was supposed to just be a kitchen remodel but turned into a second story addition/whole house remodel. The husband always teases me about it being my fault. It was a modest budget which pushed us to be more creative to meet the budget without anyone knowing any of the materials were budget-friendly. They trusted me completely and the team I brought in. It got to where we could finish each others sentences, the wife trusted that I “got” her and knew exactly what she wanted. I could go on and on. This project was highlighted on Houzz and in the K+BB Collective.  (Wasn’t GE products though, unfortunately, that was before I saw the light!).

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Paula: Honestly, I’m tired of wonderful good design becoming a TREND, therefore being over-used, over-done, sold everywhere to everyone, and then soon everyone says they don’t want subway tile (for example) because its a FAD, when in fact it is one of the longest lasting timeless design elements that fits in the right home with the right clients. But now that it’s been so overused, it is being looked down on instead of the beautiful option that it was and should still be.

  • I am very nearly over Brushed Nickel.
  • I am over glazed cabinets.
  • Becoming over certain styles of glass mosaic tile, or any 1×1 mosaic.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Paula:

  • Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome
  • Reclaimed wood paneling on walls or other surfaces (not your mother’s wood paneling)
  • Industrial Chic Design!
  • BLUE! From dark, light to VIBRANT!
  • Sleek Sexy Transitional Design

SRFD: What are you looking forward to about judging the design contest entries?

Paula:

  • How other creatives solve solutions.  We all think so differently and we can all always learn from each other.  Also, LOVE seeing what is trending across the country.
  • We find inspiration all around us and getting a birds-eye view of these projects is exciting as well as working with the other judges to see how we use our analytical brains to take in not only the aesthetic side of the project but the solution as well.

Follow along with Paula on LinkedIn, Houzz, Facebook and Ignite Creativity.

Designer profile: Robin Fisher

The Monogram Experience Center (MEC) brings designers to Louisville, Kentucky, for three-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences.

Today’s profile highlights Robin Fisher with Robin Rigby Fisher Design in Portland, Oregon.

Robin Fisher, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Robin Fisher, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Robin: I have always been a struggling artist. After high school, I started college to become an engineer, but dropped out to move to NYC and become a hairdresser. I quickly became bored with that industry and went back to school to study Architecture and Art History, finally settling on Interior Design. By creating designs that are functional, easy to maintain, and are high quality, I love how my work enhances my client’s lives. 

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Robin: I recently completed a kitchen for a couple on a budget in a small home. They are both professors at a local university, love to cook, and entertain on a small scale. We created a kitchen that is functional for both of them to cook at the same time without making the room any larger. Every space was designed for maximum storage, materials were chosen for ease of maintenance and low impact on the environment (water efficient fixtures, LED lighting, composting, locally sourced, low VOCs, and recycled content).

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Robin: Hard-core industrial design. Design should not be “trendy,” design should be what makes a contact with your soul!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Robin: I really don’t like or use the term “trend.” I dislike that Sustainable Design has been a trend, sustainable design should not even exist as a term, it should JUST BE HOW WE ALL DESIGN!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Robin: Where to start? I LOVE LOUISVILLE! What a lovely town (I am hesitant to use the term “city” – it doesn’t quite fit the charm). The architecture, the art, the friendliness of the people, the food and wow – the bourbon! Love it all

My favorite part of experiencing Louisville was visiting Churchill Downs. I have had horses in my life until the past five years and have always dreamed of visiting. Thank you.

My visit to GE was great! I enjoyed learning about your products, especially the Advantium! What a fabulous appliance. I have revised my design to include one in my new kitchen. Cooking in your kitchen was a wonderful experience, although the Iron Chef Cook-off was more stressful than I thought.  I would much rather take my time and enjoy the process!