Tag: Kentucky

Designer profile: Robin Burrill

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 Burrill from Curb Appeal Renovations in Keller, Texas.

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

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

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Robin: I’ve been interested in design for what seems like my entire life. I knew in high school exactly what I was going to go to school for … and now just a “few” years later, I love what I do and wouldn’t change it.

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

Robin: I love working with clients who are a joy to work with. We completed the third project for a couple last year and they are just great people. Working with people and seeing how we can transform their lives fulfills me. I love hearing how they’ve told friends and family about their projects. One homeowner would even Facetime with her family members all around the world to keep them up to date during their recent kitchen remodel! It was awesome to hear they enjoyed the experience that much, and to know we were the ones who were responsible!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Robin: OLD WORLD … anything dark and heavy … and that includes any skip troweled textures with a faux finish!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Robin: Less is more, cleaner lines. I love the trend towards more contemporary/transitional living and bringing old in with new!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Robin: Pride. The pride that the GE employees take in their work. It shows from the minute you meet any of them. Even those on the factory lines. It’s refreshing!

Designer profile: Carrie Antonello

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 Carrie Antonello from Tuscan Touch Designs in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Carrie Antonello, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Carrie Antonello, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Carrie: I remember dreaming of having my own room as a kid – looking through magazines and redecorating it over and over in my mind. I loved imagining how fabrics, lighting, furniture and window treatments would look in ‘my room.’ So naturally, I became an engineer and went to work for GE Appliances. Wait, what now?! Well, I had other interests too. So interior design and decorating became more of a hobby while I built my career and learned from the masters at GE.

Once my husband and I started a family, I took the leap and changed careers starting my own interior design business using my passions, talent and also my business experiences to create a successful and fun second career.

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

Carrie: Recently I was asked by a new client to help turn her unfinished attic into a combination yoga studio and ballroom dance studio. Quite a challenge for sure! Yoga calls for calm, quiet, zen-like qualities. The colors should be soft subdued and the decor simple. Now, how can I add a disco ball to that and still make it work? Working together, the client and I came up with a few tricks that resulted in a zen experience by day, and with just a few changes of glitzy toss pillows, lighting and accessories, provided the welcoming, energized party space for couples to swing the night away!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Carrie: I’m over or have never been a fan of the barnyard-animal decor in the kitchen. Chickens, cows and pigs may have their place in a recipe, but even with a cute chalk board in-hand, they just don’t belong on the countertop.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Carrie: I’m enjoying the new colors in appliances. Stainless is still very strong in the market, but homeowners are warming up to other colors and that makes my job so much more interesting. Generally, I see homes getting softer and warmer. Colors are richer and deeper than they’ve been in the past. At the recent International Home Furnishing Market in High Point, North Carolina, I couldn’t keep my hands off of the textiles.  Area rugs, bedding fabrics, draperies and upholstery will be so plush and soft when they hit the stores in 2015!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Carrie: So, so much! The MEC is such a beautiful space that is conducive to learning AND experiencing. It was beneficial not only to use the appliances, but also to compare the Monogram brand to competitors’ appliances.  When it’s time to specify appliances for my clients, I can tell them first-hand what my experiences have been and guide them through the brand decisions.

Also, I loved seeing the new innovations in the Monogram line. Specifically, I was so impressed with the new Monogram Advantium wall-oven, that I replaced my own original 13-year old model with the new ZSC2201 shortly after returning to Raleigh. The addition of convection cooking, the added capacity and the storage drawer for trays were big selling points. But the real selling point for me, and for subsequent clients, is that the additional capacity and storage that the new speed-cooker offers, fits in the exact same cut-out as the old oven! So no reconfiguration is necessary and no valuable cabinet space is lost. I’ve converted quite a few homeowners to Advantium cooking! And once they’ve made that switch, selling the entire kitchen of Monogram just falls into place.

Lastly,  networking with other designers and professionals was priceless. I’m still in touch with so many wonderful people that I met during my week at the MEC.

 

Designer profile: Jessica Duce

The Monogram Experience Center 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 Jessica Duce from Designers Touch in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Jessica Duce, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Jessica Duce, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Jessica: I grew up with Design. My mother was an Interior Designer. I remember helping her haul sample books when I was 12. We would watch movies and discuss the decorating and design elements, but forget the plot.  I guess it’s in my blood.  🙂

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

Jessica: I recently completed a kitchen remodel. The transformation is stunning. And of course I had to introduce them to Monogram and the Advantium. They love it. We also introduced fridge and freezer drawers in the center island to create a “kid zone.”

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Jessica: I know Chevron is great and fun, but I am tired of seeing it. And we need a burlap break.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Jessica: I love the Pantone color of the year – Marsala. I gravitate to warm colors and even just a pop seems rich. Also, it reminds me of my wine roots growing up outside Napa, California.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Jessica: Louisville was amazing. I feel a kinship like loyalty to the values and responsibility that GE holds and maintains. The integrity, creativity and dedication really impressed me.

Designer profile: Rose Dostal

The Monogram Experience Center 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 Rose Dostal from RMD Designs, LLC, in Hudson, Ohio.

 

Rose Dostal, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Rose Dostal, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Rose: Actually, I’ve always known that I would become an architect since I was very young. When I was probably about eight or nine years old, I would gather all of my mother’s shoe boxes and make little house models out of them. I would create rooms and spaces and pretend to live in these beautiful rooms! I think over the years it was just a matter of progression when it came to my interest in design. I’ve morphed my career as life presented different challenges and opportunities, but still stayed within the framework of interior design.  Having the architectural background definitely helped me with creating classic detailing, and really, detailing in general.

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

Rose: For anyone who asks me this question, I always seem to answer with … I enjoy the current project I am working on right this second! Probably because my favorite part of my design process is gathering information from my client, and then creating solutions and solving problems with schematics and preliminaries. At these points of the design process, I see their eyes pop and their minds open with possibilities they didn’t even consider.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Rose: Hmm, that is a hard question. For me, I’m open to so many things. It’s easy to design with trends in mind but I never really make a trend the main focus. My clients tend to begin discussions with trends they see, but it just seems silly to go there with kitchen designs. When I design a kitchen, I want to make sure it has ‘staying power.’ But at the same time, there’s a reason why people hire me and that’s to have a kitchen with a WOW factor. Sometimes you can incorporate a little of the trends to make that WOW, but as a designer, we have to be very careful with that possibility. For instance, I don’t typically specify a stained concrete countertop, which was a big trend many years back. But I would never say never. If someone had a farmhouse with a large kitchen and the design vision focused on a comfortable setting on the countryside; well by all means, I would probably consider looking at this trend once again.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Rose: I am seeing a lot of appliances with technology incorporated into their design, which also offer a space saving element. THAT, I am excited about. See the next question, which is the perfect segue …

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Rose: I’ve learned so much from my Louisville visit. But I was most excited by the Advantium 120, the four-in-one oven! I see so many possibilities with this ONE appliance. Many of my clients have super busy schedules and struggle to feed their kids in a timely manner because they have to go from one place to another. They must consider the timeliness and speed in which their dinners are prepared. And so, many rely on the microwaves of today. But unfortunately, some clients don’t have the space available for an oven and adding a microwave is just difficult to design around. It was great to know that they don’t have to sacrifice time, space, and quality of their food with the Advantium.

Designer profile: Katelyn Brands

The GE Monogram Experience Center 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 Katelyn Brands from Design Interiors, Inc., in Mitchell, South Dakota.

 

Katelyn Brands, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Katelyn Brands, recent designer attendee at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Katelyn: Whenever my family and I went to a restaurant, or I attended an event at a friend’s parent’s place, I would be more inclined to pay more attention to the furniture layout, finish  or lighting selections and how the space was used than to participate in conversations. I never knew this exterior seemingly shy non-attentive attribute of mine would later become an integral part of my career choice. One that I found at Alexandra Technical and Community College.

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

Katelyn: The first project we were assigned in my interior design course course was to design a playhouse. The playhouse project was to be complete with a floor plan, lighting plan, construction plan, exterior elevations and an isometric exterior view; I thoroughly enjoyed completing this project and remember wondering if I would ever get to design a playhouse again in my life. It just so happens the first project I was assigned to draft for my new job at Design Interiors, Inc., was a playhouse.

SRFD: A trend you are over?

Katelyn: Glass and stone mosaic tiles for kitchen backsplashes!

SRFD: A trend you are excited about?

Katelyn: I am a new addition to the design world; having graduated in May; and I am excited to see all that it has to offer clients and myself!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Katelyn: I learned so much about appliances, not just GE’s; but competitors products as well. The thing I enjoy the most about these seminars is the collaboration between designers (and architects!) and learning different perspectives about our field.

Designer profile: Adrian Galvan

The GE Monogram Experience Center 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 Adrian Galvan from San Antonio, Texas.

 

Adrian Galvan, recent designer participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Adrian Galvan, recent designer participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Adrian: My mom raised us to be creative out of necessity, we had to work with what we had. Growing up with a creative like her, there was always room to create something, anything! If it was a candy jar that was decoupaged with magazine cutouts, or making houses with craft sticks, there was always room to create. Bob Ross and Lynette Jennings were always on, and some sort of glue or paintbrush was always around too! I knew I was destined to create!

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

Adrian: I’ve recently enjoyed the challenge of creating a focal wall in a commercial space. The space needed something that was visible from all spaces, so I mounted multi-size, hand blown glass plates to reflect light, and add color to the space. The result was a “wow” that was a huge impact, and a focal point!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Adrian: Chevron! Can we all move on please?

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Adrian: The color combos of Black and Gold, love the contrast and reminds me of extreme High Fashion! So hot!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Adrian: That GE Monogram really and truly is the best line there is out there! Love the fact that it’s made in the USA, and very impressed with the market research done to make these products stand out, and be adaptable to a mass audience. I heart the Advantium, it’s my first appliance crush!