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AUG 2017

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"To constantly learn all of the new tools that technology offers for communicating, learn- ing, marketing and selling, not to mention the breadth of new design materials and products being introduced monthly – it's very challeng- ing, but also very inspiring and very exciting," she explains. "Webinars, seminars and trade and home shows are a constant in my life in order to be able to provide the most educated and innova- tive solutions to design ideas and job challeng- es," she continues. In addition to learning new skills, Johnson likes to share her knowledge with consum- ers and students. She has presented kitchen and bath seminars for the general public at home shows, through continuing education programs, and recently for design students at Boston Architectural College. She has also been an avid participant in local chapters of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a judge for local home show competitions, and is also the recipient of many national and regional design awards. NEVER FEAR INNOVATION Johnson enjoys challenges, both large and small. "I am never afraid of solving indi - vidual challenges with new solutions that aren't readily available from my vendors," she states. Johnson recalls her favorite solution, where she designed hidden pop-up appliance storage, a custom predecessor to Hafele's now-common appliance lift hardware. Her lift went into a kitchen in Texas that won best kitchen overall and best large kitchen for NKBA's 2013 design competition. "I approach every design project with out-of-the-box, 'what-if ' thinking," she maintains. "One of the most challenging and reward- ing projects I have been involved with was the 'Ultimate Kitchen' display," she remarks. Johnson designed the kitchen integrating fore- casted kitchen trends for KBIS, IBS and Pacific Coast Builders show in 2014. The 'Ultimate Kitchen' combined transitional styling, innovative appliances and plumbing fixtures, modern materials and lighting, organic natural elements and bold use of color. It also featured a small composting system comprised of a metal container stored under the counter with a hole above it. Recently, Johnson was contacted for a design consultation for a Virginia client who wants an Irish Pub next to the movie theater in his home. While these types of projects spark her creativity, she does her best to incorporate unique elements in every design she does. She concludes, "My passion is to make each project innovative – whether it's a small family room piece of furniture with an unusual CD storage rack and challenging space limita- tions, or a large, award-winning modern kitch- en unhampered by budget, with permission to use anything unusual and new and daring." ▪ INSPIRING KITCHEN ENVY ONE CABINET AT A TIME The combination of warm wood and fi ne metal in our new Fineline™ Accessories creates an amazingly high-end look and design for pantry and blind corner pull-outs. LET OUR EXPERTS HELP GET YOUR NEXT PROJECT STARTED! Online & Livechat: Phone: 800.325.6202 E-mail: HÄFELE PATENT PENDING DESIGN Circle No. 19 on Product Card Johnson displays several sinks in her showroom, two of which are working sinks. All of the sinks she displays are selected carefully due to her passion for their function, design and personalization capabilities. Barn boards wrap this kitchen peninsula display that's part of the Designs for Living Showroom in Manchester, VT. Photo: Alexander Vincent Photo: Alexander Vincent August 2017 • 33

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