Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Readers who attend- ed KBIS in February might recognize Paige Fuller-Maurer as a member of the NKBA's 2019 Thirty Under 30 class – or perhaps as a recipi- ent of the same honor in 2017. This young Traverse City, MI-based mover and shaker has actually been pursuing a career in design for many years. "Everybody always asks me how I got started in design, or when I decided I wanted to be a designer," Fuller- Maurer reflects. "It really starts back when I was a kid. I spent a lot of time with my grand- parents, who had a store where my grandpa made furniture and my grandma did crafty home-good things." Fuller-Maurer's early interest in design eventually turned into a degree and two intern- ships, and eventually her own business – Paige Lee Interiors. "I think I always knew that I wanted to do residential [design] instead of commercial be- cause I like the personal attachment that you get with people in residential design," she explains. "Kitchen design stood out to me specifically because I like to cook and bake, so I appreciate a good, functioning kitchen. In my childhood, so many good memories were made helping my mom or my grandma cook in the kitchen, or hanging out in that general area while they were cooking. It really is the heart of the home." MIDWESTERN MINIMALISM Fuller-Maurer's Traverse City location provides her with a high-end yet down-to-earth clientele. "We are in the northern area of Michigan, so we're surrounded by tons of beautiful lakes – turquoise blue water, sandy bottoms – so it's a huge area where people are building homes that they're going to retire in, and it's also a lot of second homes for clients who come here during the summer or winter to vacation." Her clients appreciate unfussy, easy-to- maintain designs that lend themselves to a laid- back, practical way of life. "Over the past seven years that I've been in the business, I've seen [preferences] really start to shift toward more contemporary looks," she remarks. "I don't do a lot of traditional homes – I would say some- where in the transitional design area is where a lot of people are drawn. I think a lot of it has to do with the clean lines of modern design: you don't have as many grooves to clean. It's really easy to live in a modern home because it's very minimal." Fortunately for her clients, Fuller-Maurer strives to be a one-stop shop for all of their design needs. "[I'm] geared toward being able to provide my clients full-service design – combining my interior design background with my kitchen and bath knowledge – so I do a lot of whole-house projects, whether it's a new Thirty Under 30 Designer Gets Personal BY AUTUMN MCGARR Two-time NKBA Thirty Under 30 honoree Paige Fuller-Maurer utilizes personal relationships and a patient approach to alleviating remodeling stress. This ADA-compliant kitchen, designed for a cli- ent who uses a wheelchair, is a fresh and functional update to a 100-year-old home, featuring pull- down shelving and tall toe kicks for easy access and whimsical tile and wallpaper to add a bit of fun. In order to save space and reduce visual clutter in this older home, the pantry/utility, refrigerator and laundry room are concealed behind barn doors. This condo in the heart of downtown Traverse City stands out with a red backpainted glass backsplash, and boasts plenty of storage for the nutrition-focused homeowner's fresh ingredients and spices. Photos: Jessie Zevalkink 28 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 DESIGNER PROFILE

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