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Kimberlee Melcher had her dream studio in Spokane not once, but twice, early in her interior design career with her contractor-husband Kevin Melcher under the moniker Downtown Kitchen & Design, and then again in 2014.

“We opened our first design showroom in 2001 renovating an old historic building, creating display kitchen vignettes with working appliances and using the space for trade events and hosting client parties,” says Melcher.

But things change, and within a few years of rebranding under Kimberlee Kristine, Melcher closed the downtown studio and decided to fashion the company’s new design studio closer to home. Her home.

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The couple renovated their Millwood-area residence into a space to entertain clients, as well as to highlight cabinetry, surface, flooring, countertops and lighting for which they are dealers.

The newly completed kitchen is now her favorite

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Designer and Educator Mira Henry to Present ‘Kitchen Table Talk’ Lecture Online on Oct. 12

Rough Coat, an architectural installation.
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Rough Coat, an architectural installation.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mira Henry will present a virtual lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, as part of the fall lecture series in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Henry is co-principal of the collaborative architectural design practice, Current Interests, which she runs with her design partner Matthew Au. She is also a member of the design faculty at Southern California Institute for Architecture and is currently visiting faculty at Princeton University.

Henry’s built work is grounded in notions of material specificity, color relationships, assembly details and an engagement in critical cultural thinking. Her formal research and writing focus on architecture, race and materiality. She is the recipient of the 2019 Architectural League Prize, Henry Adams AIA Award and Archiprix International Gold Medal. Recent publications can be found in the journals Log and Pidgin. She

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Architect And Designer Scott Gillen’s Latest Home In The Malibu Series, Case No. 3, Hits Market For $75 Million

Malibu designer and architect magnate Scott Gillen is disrupting the real-estate industry one multimillion-dollar home at a time.

Gillen, a former stunt driver and commercial director, founded UnvarnishedCo., a unique brokerage that conceptualizes, builds and lists homes. He personally directs, designs and develops each home and brings in Los Angeles’ top real-estate agents to close sales. Gillen has developed more than 30 homes for wealthy Los Angeles residents, yet it’s his most recent project, The Malibu Series, the most exclusive private residential development in the country, that is making headlines.

In 2017, Gillen purchased 24 acres of undeveloped, oceanfront land in Malibu for a record-breaking $50 million. He is transforming this land into The Malibu Series, a 15-home package of architecturally significant properties, which will be worth more than $500 million once complete. Properties within

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Israeli kitchens grow in sophistication during COVID-19, designer says

Israelis are looking into improving their kitchens in greater numbers than ever before, Avivi Kitchens main designer Shlomi Cohen told The Jerusalem Post. This is because after the first Passover lockdown, families were forced to spend larger amounts of time in their kitchens and things that might not have been noticed before, such as storage shortage or a lack of electric outlets, now became an issue.  With 50 years of experience in the field, Avivi Kitchens, owned by Itzhak Avivi, caters to private clients and works with builders to ensure that each family gets the optimal kitchen for its needs. For example, introducing a kick-space to utilize the base of the kitchen cabinet means families can easily store their Shabbat hot-plates or Chamotte stone [a heated stone used for baking].Smart Kitchens offers a charging pole that is “hidden” inside the kitchen counter and can be extracted with the press of
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Kitchen is heart of the home for award-winning designer Simone Van Der Plas

Interior designer Simone Van Der Plas answers the phone from her “poxy” little house on a lifestyle block in Te Horo, north of Wellington. She’s lambing at the moment and has kept two as pets.

Van Der Plas started out designing exhibition spaces and displays for her family’s business. She learned to build and do architectural drawings and developed a keen eye for colour, textiles and graphics.

When she had her two children, who are now adults, she started renovating an old cottage and people started asking her to look at their interiors. She retrained, opened up shop and, “it grew exponentially from there”.

Designer Simone van der Plas of Encompass Ideas Interior Design & Architecture in Wellington.


Designer Simone van der Plas of Encompass Ideas Interior Design & Architecture in Wellington.

Encompass Ideas Interior Design and Architecture is now in its third decade of operation.

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How this Oregon designer delegated so she could get back to design

The 50 States Project is a yearlong series of candid conversations with interior designers, state by state, about how they’ve built their businesses. Today, we’re chatting with Portland, Oregon–based Jessica Helgerson, founder of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, about developing a three-pronged criteria for project selection, the challenges of balancing residential and commercial work, and why she’s open about her politics on Instagram.

Several designers I’ve interviewed who started their careers working for you have told me that the office environment you created empowered them to start their own firms. What’s the secret to that kind of working relationship with your team?

I generally lead from behind. I try to see where people shine and what they’re good at, and then support [them in] the sides that are trickier for them. I think our firm does better work if we’re nurturing creativity and making people feel confident about their

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