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FEB 2019

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lot of them come back and they want to bring some of those [materials into their homes]. I find that it's especially true in bathrooms." SMALL SCREEN STYLE Bright's passion for kitchen design extends well beyond her workday. For the past couple of years, she has been an avid blogger, not just about her own designs and experiences, but specifically focusing on the kitchens she sees in her favorite television shows. "Whenever I watch TV or a movie, I go, 'Oh! They're in the kitchen!' I stop [the show] and try to look around…I always want to see what they're doing in the kitchen and the bathroom," Bright laughs. Over the past couple of years, Bright has channeled her fascination with on-air kitchens into her blog: TV Kitchens ( Bright's blog entries give in-depth analyses of notable small-screen kitchens, from Wilma Flintstone's Stone Age stove to the ultra-con- temporary Shaker style featured on "The Good Wife." She focuses on style and functionality, as well as period appropriateness and what the designs say about the world of the show. "[The kitchen] says a lot about the charac- ters in the show. One of the things that I've always noticed is that when it is a middle class or lower middle-class family, the kitchen seems to be more cluttered," Bright remarks. "And then, you know, the richer they are, there's never anything on the counters. And I just laugh at that." UNDERSTANDING CHARACTERS Bright's approach to analyzing TV kitchens is something of a reverse-engineered version of the methods she uses to understand her clients' wants and needs. "I start by asking the clients what they are try- ing to achieve with the remodel. People have dif- ferent reasons. I always tell people that they have to decide what the reason is – what are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to achieve functional- ity? Does [your current space] function well for you? Or is it just plain ugly? Then I want to know who is going to be using this space. [If ] I'm doing a kitchen, I want to know who cooks, I want to know how tall they are, I want to know who helps them, I want to know what kind of appliances they like to use," she explains. The same knack for grasping context that en- ables Bright to understand what a TV set is trying to say about the characters also serves her well when understanding clients. "You're basically building a profile for them," she summarizes. ▪ In order to upgrade this client's bath to a spa retreat, Bright removed the existing threshold to create a smooth transition from the vanity area to the dual showers and tub. The tub was recessed slightly into the floor, creating a more integrated space behind the glass. Bright remodeled this bathroom to add a tub for a client's young children. Cement tiles create a fun yet sophisticated aesthetic, and the custom floating vanity features storage for bath toys. 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 DESIGNER PROFILE

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