It’s not easy for people to articulate their ideas about design without spewing generic terms and phrases used on their favorite remodeling show. Luckily Miriam Kamin—writer of the popular blog Woulda Coulda Shoulda—perfectly expressed her unperfect relationship with design: “When I’m decorating—as amateurish and haphazard as it may be—I generally try to inject a little bit of whimsy where I can,” she said. “What I hope to have throughout my home is functional, usable space that feels inviting, that tells people that we are happy to have you and hope you won’t mind when I realize halfway through dinner that my son left his dirty socks on the dining room floor.”
Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon seemed to know exactly where Miriam was coming from with her design ideas and conundrums, and these were Cheryl's thoughts on designing a kitchen for her.
- “This is a ‘living’ kitchen designed for a family and busy mom,” noted Cheryl. She designed this kitchen thinking that an office and laundry center would be nearby for Miriam, making it easy to transition from one task to another. “That’s what I would do around the space and what I think would be best for her lifestyle and family.”
- “I went with blues and greens and light gray to show how all the colors can work together when you have some good anchors,” said Cheryl about her color choices.
- Cheryl explained some other style choices, including the vivid orange chairs. “Miriam likes retro, but retro ages quickly and is trendy, so I just added smaller retro touches such as the orange bold chairs in the sitting area and the glass mosaic tiles.”