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Designer Profile: Garrison Hullinger

The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-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 we’re featuring Garrison Hullinger with Garrison Hullinger Interior Design based in Portland, Oregon.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Garrison: When I was a kid, my father worked for my uncle, who was a custom home builder. My brother and I would get dragged along to the job sites and I was always fascinated during lunch time to watch them draw out plans on napkins. That interest in remodeling and design has been a part of my entire adult life. My husband and I have remodeled numerous homes over the years, and many times I would get asked by friends and neighbors to help them with their design projects. I was always reluctant to help others, knowing I didn’t have the formal training. I finally took the dive in 2010 and started my design firm in the attic of my home and hired a young lady who had been laid off from a huge firm during the great recession. She had the technical skills and I had the ideas. I hired three more part-time employees and finally, neighbors and others could hire me for their design work.

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

Garrison: I’m really excited about a remodel project that we’re doing for a couple who bought the home a few years ago. The home was built in 1971 by Bob Rummer, whose homes are influenced by the Joe Eichler homes of Northern California. The home has a central covered atrium and all the rooms connect to the central core of the home, bringing a lot of daylight into the home. The owners have asked us to bring the home into the twenty-first century. We’re expanding the master closet, updating the bathrooms, creating a laundry niche (with doors off the hallway) and a completely new design for the kitchen. Amid all this change, we have made a very conscious decision to make sure none of the original concrete floors throughout the entire home are touched.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Garrison: I’d really like to see the accent wall in a room go away, though I don’t mind a feature wall. I’d much rather see someone go the extra mile and add wallpaper, shiplap, or reclaimed wood to a wall than simply paint it an obscure color they found on a paint chip at the hardware store.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Garrison: Mixing metals. I’m so happy that clients are really understanding my desire to mix metals in a space – if everything is brushed chrome you’re more likely to hate it in a few years, but if you allow me to mix in some black, polished chrome, and even a little copper it will stay fresh much longer and won’t leave a time stamp on the project.

SRFD: What did you learn during the Monogram Designer Training Session in Chicago?

Garrison: I learned so many great things about cooking with induction cooktops while attending the Monogram Designer Training session. I was able to cook on the induction cooktop and see how much faster it heats up than the gas range and how much easier it is to regulate the temperature. It was so intuitive – and that’s saying a lot for someone who doesn’t cook much. Thank you again for the opportunity to spend several days in your gorgeous showroom in Chicago and to learn from the Monogram team.

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Designer Profile: Chelly Wentworth

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.

Chelly Wentworth, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Chelly Wentworth, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Today’s profile highlights Chelly Wentworth with Arciform in Portland, Oregon.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Chelly: I wanted to find a career where I could be creative and helpful, while making a living. It’s such a privilege to spend the day this way.

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

Chelly: Not too long ago we completed a small kitchen project in a jewel box of a home. The cook had waited a lifetime to have the kitchen of her dreams that really worked for her and her family. It was fun planning out every single detail and rewarding to see that it fits the home perfectly and know the client is very satisfied with the end result.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Chelly: Busily patterned, ubiquitous, granite counter tops.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Chelly: Clean spaces with lasting appeal and fewer excesses.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Chelly: I learned a lot about both speed and induction cooking.  I also learned that Monogram has at least as good products as their competitors in all categories.

 

Monogram Modern Home in Phoenix June 26 and 27

We’re traveling on a cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell in a prefabricated house, custom-built and outfitted with Monogram appliances. Our first destination in April was Portland, Oregon; in May we visited Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, Califormia; and this weekend we will be in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area!

mmh-phx-header-updatedWe will be popping up at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art at the Civic Center Mall June 26th and 27th during the MetaModern exhibition, featuring modernist design objects of the mid-century.

On Friday, June 26th, the home will host a series of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Check out the details and sign up here!

On Saturday, June 27th, the doors of the Monogram Modern Home will be open to the public. When you stop by, you will have the chance to enter to win a Monogram appliance. A full schedule of events is listed here. Sign up for CEUs, join us at the open house and follow us on social media for surprise events and giveaways.

See you there!

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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!

Monogram Modern Home in Portland April 25 & 26

Join us on a cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. First destination, Portland, Oregon!

04-23-15_Monogram_InstagramPost-1What’s happening in Portland this weekend? Dwell and Monogram recognize Portland for its culture and community of makers, visionaries and craftsmen. It’s the perfect location to kick off our tour.

We will be popping up the Monogram Modern Home directly adjacent to Rejuvenation (1100 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR, 97214) , one of our favorite local spots in what we are affectionately calling the “Design District.”

On Saturday, April 25th, the home will host a series of Continuing Education Units. Check out the details and sign up here!

On Sunday, April 26th, we will be open all day to the public while teaming up with Rejuvenation to support their Sunday Emporium, continuing the celebration and recognition of craftsmen in Portland who are creating inspired designs. Plus, you will have the chance to enter to win a Monogram wine reserve if you stop by.

A full schedule of events is listed here. Sign up for CEUs, join us at the open house and follow us on social media for surprise – yet to be announced – events and giveaways.

See you soon, Portland!

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