Florida based designer, Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors recently won a coveted National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) design award for a beautiful kitchen design that features a BLANCO PRECIS™ SILGRANIT® sink. We caught up with Cheryl to interview her on the inspiration behind the gorgeous and bright kitchen design. See more on our interview with Cheryl below!
Q: What was your inspiration behind this design?
A: We began with just a budget, that was it. Over time we got to the know client and their young family lifestyle and began making recommendations on how to create a fun family space they would love without breaking the bank. We presented four options with various colors and materials and they chose this beautiful one! Once we made a few tweaks we were up and running and the design process began.
Q: Did you have a certain theme in mind that you wanted to convey in your design?
A: Not really, the space itself was not easy to change so we adapted where we could. For example, we took an unused wall near the back door and added a storage hutch designed to be a cool piece of functional furniture. We also created a fun magnet board on the side of the refrigerator to house the kids’ pictures as well as various calendars and such for the kids’ activities. One wonderful thing about this space is while it may be a small kitchen, it lives very large.
Q: How did BLANCO’s products make your design come to life?
A: Well it is a well known fact I am a huge fan of SILGRANIT®! In this case, choosing SILGRANIT was a no brainer as the Metallic Gray color looked so awesome with the beautiful materials we selected. I love how water spots are never an issue with SILGRANIT and the visual vibe of the material is “softer” than stainless so it really helped us create a cozy feel in this particular space.
Q: What was the most challenging part of your design process?
A: I think the client choosing to help with the construction was pretty difficult. He was wonderful, but when you are working on your own home alongside the designer it can sometimes be challenging. One specific challenge we faced was actually getting the dishwasher to fit next to the sink. The dishwasher was previously on the return peninsula really wasting space and making it tough to load. The kitchen layout was so dated, I knew anything we did would be an improvement but a part of me really wanted to blow out the back of the house and expand! Since that wasn’t an option with our budget I found it was best to embrace the tough footprint and just make everything else so pretty that no one notices the layout deficiencies!