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Monogram Kitchen Remodel with Siobhan and Jody Young

Christina Dragota, lead product specialist in the Monogram Design Center in Chicago, talked with homeowners Siobhan and Jody Young about their recent kitchen remodel, why they chose Monogram appliances, and what they learned during the process.

Siobhan's Kitchen

Why did you decide to remodel your kitchen? 

We were very unhappy with the overall layout of our old kitchen. It was dated and very dysfunctional. We had large areas that were tremendous wastes of space. We also greatly disliked all of our white, outdated appliances.

Tell us about your design process for the kitchen.

Initially we went to a cabinet company to do our layout. Because of the strange shape of our kitchen it presented many challenges. Finally, my husband who is s structural engineer, decided to lay it out himself. We knew we wanted to maximize the space and wanted a design that was functional with our three kids. We needed storage, display area, and wanted to increase the value of our home with a gourmet kitchen. I knew I really wanted white somewhat traditional cabinets that would last the test of time. We knew that we wanted stainless steel appliances with an industrial look. Mostly we wanted a beautiful kitchen that would be the focal point of our very lived in home.

Why Monogram appliances?

We were attracted to Monogram appliances when we visited Chicago at Easter time. We went to the GE showroom and met with Christina who showed us the functional features and industrial gourmet look we wanted. I was most impressed with the induction cooktop especially with the speed and evenness of cooking. The Advantium oven was also another huge seller. I needed the bonus of additional oven and the functionality of a microwave and toaster all in one.  My husband was sold on the 48” refrigerator, it was enormous and absolutely amazing looking. It became the focal point of our pantry wall very quickly!

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Which appliance are you most excited about?

The Advantium!

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What would you have done differently with the remodel?

In the remodel, the only thing I would have done differently would be to add a wine cooler to the pantry wall. We are avid wine drinkers but struggle with getting the perfect temperature in both reds and whites. Currently, we are undertaking a remodel in our laundry room (our final downstairs project) and are exploring adding a wine cooler in there. A Monogram cooler is on our wish list.

Monogram Dream Kitchen Contest Winner: Tony Crosby

The Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest was created to celebrate the imagination and creative vision inherent in beautiful kitchen design. All designs were required to integrate Monogram appliances and were judged across several award categories. We announced the winners last year and will be profiling each of them on Save Room for Design over the next few months.

The third place winner in Best Transitional Kitchen Design is Tony Crosby from Tony Crosby Kitchens in Blairsville, Georgia.

Tony Crosby, third place winner in the Best Transitional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

Tony Crosby, third place winner in the Best Transitional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Tony: I think I have always had a design bug in me. Even as a young boy, I was always rearranging my room. I think it is something that is born into you.

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

Tony: I especially love designing spaces for young couples newly married, or with just young children. One in particular, they are recently married and purchased their first house. We did a total renovation on the kitchen and bar space. She gave me a lot of freedom and I pulled ideas from her and designed a kitchen they will grow into with their family.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Tony: White.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Tony: The past five or seven years the trend has been an eclectic look. Which basically is mixing whatever makes you comfortable and happy. I believe it is here to stay.

SRFD: Tell us about your winning project.

Tony: Going into the project, I was working with an engineer who was one part of the marriage. Her husband was a perfectionist as well. I had just returned from the National Kitchen and Bath Show, so I was very excited about incorporating some of the new kitchen and bath accessories. It also was a complete renovation of the kitchen, down to the studs. An engineered beam had to be installed to hold the second floor, because we removed a load-bearing wall to open up the kitchen to a 180 degree view of the lake. We incorporated a dining table out of eight quarter cherry and married it to the Cambria countertops. We also used all Monogram appliances throughout the whole kitchen. With the help of Kelly and Charlie, we pulled off a wonderful kitchen for entertaining family and friends for years to come.

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Monogram Dream Kitchen Contest Winner: Karen Smith

The Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest was created to celebrate the imagination and creative vision inherent in beautiful kitchen design. All designs were required to integrate Monogram appliances and were judged across several award categories. We announced the winners last year and will be profiling each of them on Save Room for Design over the next few months.

The third place winner in Best Traditional Kitchen Design is Karen Smith from Integri Kitchens in Alberta, Canada.

Karen Smith, third place winner in the Best Traditional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

Karen Smith, third place winner in the Best Traditional Kitchen Design category of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Karen: Well I do remember as a kid constantly changing my room around. I got my start in the kitchen business when I decided to renovate my own kitchen. I had a friend who worked in the kitchen business for many years whom I was working with on our renovation. During the course of the project she turned to me and said, “You should come and work for us, you’d be really good at this.” It was about a year later that I decided it was time for a change, went and spoke to the company she worked for, and the rest is history. That was in 1991 and as I look back, I can’t believe where the time has gone.

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

Karen: I have to say that I enjoy every project. They all look amazing when they are finished and it’s so rewarding to have clients say how much they are loving their space. Whatever space you’re involved in, whether it be a kitchen, bathroom, closet, office, clients have different criteria they want met and sometimes they don’t know what they want, so you’re guiding them through the process. It’s definitely a team effort to see a project to fruition, from the clients, to contractors, designers, suppliers, and our own support team, job coordinators and installers. I think the goal of everybody involved in a project is to create a beautiful, functional space for the client that they’re happy with and proud of. I’ve met and worked with many great people over the years. What’s the expression … “It takes a village to raise a child” … it definitely takes a team to build a kitchen!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Karen: I don’t know that I’m necessarily over it but I’m concerned about the amount of grey out there. We’ve gone from dark charcoals and browns to greys. I do love many of the grey hues, but there’s just seems to be so much of it and I’m wondering if it is going to be a very short-lived trend.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Karen: I’m loving the touches of bling and glitz that are so prevalent these day. It’s so glamourous and sparkly ….. Combined with the amount of white cabinetry we’re doing, spaces are opening up and becoming light and bright and airy. We live in the north and the days are so short and nights so long that the brightness tends to lift the spirit.

SRFD: Tell us about your winning project.

Karen: This was obviously a great project to work on. The homeowners were looking for a comfortable, wide-open space to entertain in and to just hang out in and have a glass of wine. They like a traditional look off-set by the professional look of the appliances. The homeowners didn’t want to add square footage to the home, and by eliminating a large pantry, we were able to gain the space we needed to fulfill their wish list.  We’ve got a wall of tall cabinets which incorporates a 8” deep pantry, taking advantage of a space in front of a chimney, a bar space with textured glass pocket doors, as well as tons of convenient storage, stacked ovens and warming drawer. The built-in fridge ensures a clear walk-way, and rangetop and tons of drawers ensure an efficient cook centre with great ventilation. The rangetop is framed by narrow pull-outs  for spices, oils and vinegars. A touch of interest was added with the stacked glass doors flanking the rangetop area and an appliance garage with a lift-up door for storage was incorporated at the end. The main sink sits in front of the new, larger window that was installed. The huge island takes advantage of the space by following the flow of the room. It has a bar/prep sink, a beverage fridge and a wine fridge, garbage and recycle bins and still more drawers … The showstopper is the round stacked granite counter at the end with a clean edge, supported by  a round base covered with a ragged copper pattern.  The thicker edge on the counter adds some definition to the island without having to change the height of the stools. This keeps the seating at a comfortable height and gives the sense of a more intimate space. This project was a combined effort by many talented people, starting with the homeowners, to achieve the amazing end result.

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Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Winner: Sarah Robinson

The Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest was created to celebrate the imagination and creative vision inherent in beautiful kitchen design. All designs were required to integrate Monogram appliances and were judged across several award categories. We announced the winners last month and will be profiling each of them on Save Room for Design over the next few months.

The first place winner in Best Traditional Kitchen Design is Sarah Robinson from Jansen Inc. in Pensacola, Florida. We profiled Sarah here on Save Room for Design earlier this year.

Sarah Robinson, Best Traditional Kitchen Design first place winner

Sarah Robinson, Best Traditional Kitchen Design first place winner

We asked Sarah to tell us about her winning design:

“I found out about the contest after researching on the Monogram website. I had been in Louisville at the Monogram Experience Center the week before and learned so much! When I saw the call for submissions, I decided to submit a recent project.

This project was unique since we worked on about 80% of the home. The homeowners wanted to remodel their 1970’s ranch house to create an open floor plan fit for entertaining and making the kitchen the center piece. The home was their family home and it is located on Perdido Bay (in Florida). They are both retired now and wanted to update as well as to create a home that they could host many family gatherings. They utilized several Monogram appliances – 48” pro range, beverage center, ice maker, dishwasher, and my favorite, the Advantium oven. The homeowners had an Advantium years ago and said that it would be a staple in this kitchen. After learning and cooking with it, I have to agree with her!”

See more of Sarah’s designs on Houzz.

Sarah Robinson's winning kitchen design

Sarah Robinson’s winning kitchen design