Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Lisa Mende Designer crafts colorful, runway-inspired interiors Lisa Mende graduated with a degree in apparel design and spent several years working in the fashion industry before returning to school to pursue a degree in Interior Design. After design school, she began working for a local kitchen and bath firm in Charlotte, NC, and in 1998 opened a residential interior design firm of her own. Given her fashion back- ground, it seems only natural that Charlotte, NC-based Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design should gravitate toward unique hues, textures and patterns in her kitchen and bath designs. Her passion for runway fashion has led her to cultivate a style of her own that blends ultra-modern elements with vin- tage and antique pieces to create fresh, exciting, Instagram-friendly spaces. She sources unique goods both domestically and internationally and has written about international artisans she has encountered on her travels. In addition to being a sought-after luxury designer, Mende is also a tastemaker and blogger, and is on the #Authlux Design Guild Member panel for ROHL 2018. She has also served as a Style Spotter for the High Point International Market, an Honorary Member of the Thermador Design Council, a 2015 Member of DXV Luxury's Design Council and an Ambas- sador for Legends of La Cienega. She has covered major trade shows on her blog, including Ambiente in Frankfurt, Decorex and London Design Junction in London and KBIS in Orlando and Las Vegas. Mende's distinctive bold, southern flair can be seen in a number of shelter and style magazines, such as Southern Cottages, Decor Magazine, Magnolia Journal and Traditional Home as well as The Wall Street Journal. Denise McGaha Designer's trademarked deadline process appeals to luxury clients Denise McGaha has made a career of servicing clients who hate to wait. Indeed, her 90-day "Designing with a Deadline" process is so unique, it's actually trademarked, providing turnkey, concierge-level service to dis- criminating clientele who want prompt completion of their luxury projects. McGaha honed her skills working in the upscale market with a decade in the corporate world at retailer Neiman Marcus before launching her own firm, Denise McGaha Interiors in Dallas, TX. Her designs, which have been described as fashionable, diverse and adventurous, quickly made her an inspiration and influencer in the design world. She has been featured in national advertising campaigns for such luxury manufacturers as Miele and Silestone by Cosentino, where she was part of the design team that helped to develop innovative countertop designs for Silestone. McGaha's projects have been featured in top shelter publications, including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors and Traditional Home, as well as numerous books. A frequent speaker on the business of design, she's been chosen to design several showhouse rooms, including the Hamptons Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor, NY, The Modernism Showhouse at the Christopher Kennedy Compound in Palm Springs, CA, The Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans and Savannah, GA and Dallas Decorators Showhouse in Dallas, TX. Dan McFadden Award-winning designer is passionate about giving back Giving back to the industry and the community at large has always been important to Dan McFadden. As the president of NKBA's Chicago Midwest Chapter, he actively seeks opportuni- ties to attract the next generation of kitchen and bath industry profession- als, and his firm's 2018 Fox Valley Kitchen Walk event raised over $13,000 to benefit Fox Valley Food for Health, an organization that instructs teens how to prepare healthy, predominately organic and nutrient-filled meals for seriously ill or cancer patients. A design competition judge and recipient of numerous design awards – including a design that simultaneously won two awards in the NKBA Design Competition (Best in Category and Best in Show) – McFadden has seen his work published in dozens of trade and consumer magazines, with his showroom featured on HGTV and the Food Network. He has found success working with local artisans from outside the kitchen industry – wood and metal craftspeople who bring a unique perspective to the project – and his knack for forging creative partnerships adds an innovative touch to all that he does. As president of Geneva, IL-based PB Kitchen Design, he prides himself on meeting his clients' design and budget expectations, while designing them the kitchen of their dreams. Brandie McCoy Young designer finds niche with pre-purchase clients These days, the kitchen and bath design industry is brimming with young, talented designers who regularly push the envelope with new ideas. Brandie McCoy should know, as she is one of them. After earning a degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, she chose to work at a small family owned kitchen and bath design firm rather than pursue another opportu- nity in commercial interiors. She spent six years there, was promoted to lead designer and earned a CKD designation in the process. Three years ago she hung out her own shingle, Ember & Brune, and has developed a niche that has helped her young business thrive. McCoy specializes in helping clients who are looking for a home to remodel. It began with a couple who wanted to visualize what a particular older home in a nice neighborhood would look like with a new kitchen and master bath. It worked. Today, most of her clients are looking for homes to buy. She will walk the homes with them and ultimately help them see the possibilities. It is a role she's comfortable with because she's careful to get paid for the work, regardless of the outcome. Clients like it, too. It's a practice that is popular with young clients making a move from the city to the suburbs. And Ember & Brune is riding the wave with a slew of word-of-mouth referrals. October 2018 • 49

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