After completing my internship and graduating earlier this year, I became the newest member of Cabinets and Designs, Inc.
Describe your background?
My background entails 25 years experience as an executive/legal secretary. I believe I got my love for design from my father, a retired master carpenter whom inspired me to go back to school and complete my degree.
What is the best advice you could give to clients?
To be aware that each project is unique and will have its own difficulties and drawbacks, but they should trust their designer and their design team to find the best solution.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project so far has been a kitchen remodel that has had several structural and design challenges. I enjoy the dare of finding the best solution to the problem.
What was a difficult design challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
A difficult design challenge has been being able to set aside my opinion and listen to what the client wants, i.e., designing for a client that prefers the aesthetic vs. functionality of a design. This is difficult when designing for functionality has been instilled in your education.
You overcome this by taking a step back and explaining the pros and cons of their preferences to the client and moving forward with their desires.
What is your favorite addition to Wood-Mode/Brookhaven cabinetry as far as features go?
My favorite addition to Wood-Mode/Brookhaven cabinetry has been the incorporation of the Walnut wood species.
Do you have a favorite wood specie or finish?
My favorite finish is the Heirloom finish and a black or charcoal glaze – stunning.
What is next for you?
I plan on completing my Kitchen and Bath Designer certification in early 2012.
If you were not a kitchen designer, what would you be?
A professional photographer – I am in pursuit of the “perfect” photograph.
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