This past October, BLANCO ran the #BLANCODreamKitchen contest encouraging designers across the country to submit an original hand or digital drawing depicting their idea of what a dream kitchen would look like featuring both a BLANCO PRECIS™ and the BLANCO CULINA MINI™.
With dozens of entries received, BLANCO asked a panel of design professionals to choose the top three designs. In first place, was Marilyn Russell of Marilyn Ashley Designs. Her awe-inspiring design is filled with stunning detail and the perfect candidate for our first place winner! We interviewed Marilyn to learn exactly what was the inspiration for this dream kitchen below.
What was the inspiration for your dream kitchen?
Deciding on the emotion I wanted my dream kitchen to evoke, I drew inspiration from the multi-colored porcelain tiled back splash. Color has to power to influence moods, allowing the users of a space feel comfortable and welcome. Being that a kitchen is a main gathering hub of a home, I wanted the aesthetics and layout to operate as one. Matching my personality, I chose an open-planned kitchen where my guests and I would gather, share laughs, cook together and have a grand time.
Did you face any challenges when creating your design?
There were some design challenges during the creation of this kitchen, which mostly came with the use of the wood beams in the ceiling and wood columns. How much wood would be too much or how much wood would be too little? At one point the columns around the island were originally intended to extend to the ceiling. However, during the initial design drafts, those columns around the island turned out to be unnecessary, blocking the view of the
How did BLANCO’s products help complement your design?
I believe the smart design of BLANCO’s products allows them to fit into any design style. Given its versatile structure and aesthetic, the CULINA MINI faucet and the BLANCO PRECIS settled quite nicely into my dream kitchen.
What kind of person or home would your design most fit?
Realizing that a kitchen design can be bright, bold and unique, the owner of this kitchen celebrates mother earth. The owner of this kitchen draws upon the natural color stories of the earth, reinforces the importance of using recycled materials, and prioritizes the use of natural light.