Kitchen and bath designer Paula Kennedy is a great partner with Monogram, whether serving as a judge in the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest or as the designer liaison at the Monogram Modern Home tour stop in Seattle. Paula will now be joining Save Room for Design as a blog correspondent so let’s learn a little more about her.
As an Interior Designer of 18 years, and a Creative all my life in one form or another, design is a second career post Corporate America. Being a designer provided an outlet for my desire for creativity. Falling in love with the Kitchen and Bath field offered my left brain the joy of digging into the technical details and my right brain the ability to play with space and color.
I am a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA, received my CAPS, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, through NAHB, in addition my recent certification as a Certified Architectural Color Consultant. I have been honored in the last 18 years as an award winner, locally and nationally published, and a very active industry volunteer and leader. I am a self-proclaimed fourth generation Serial Entrepreneur.
Recently reinventing myself creatively, I survived the recession, and am embracing a calling to teach, inspire and write. This new expression has exploded my career diversity in a way I never imagined. My desire is to continue sharing my journey and what I’ve learned along the way, inspiring others to expand their experiences, spreading and sharing knowledge of innovation and creativity.
Creating a better quality of life for all my clients is at the heart of my business purpose. This drives my passion for Timeless Design that works well, feels right and looks good!
A favorite quote by a client and now a friend; “I know many people who “love” their job, but Paula’s joy of what she does is positively infectious.” I am taking that infectious passion into inspiring my peers and other Creatives to move beyond their comfort zones to having a space and life that is more fulfilling.
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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:
- Jeffrey Blum
- Robin Burrill
- Oscar De las salas
- Paula Kennedy
- Martin Spicuzza
- Chip Blankenship, President and CEO of GE Appliances
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.
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?
- 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?
- 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.