Today on the Mingle blog, we are kicking off a series in which we spotlight our design team! Today we are featuring Kitchen and Bath Design Manager/Lead Kitchen and Bath Designer, Tricia Tidemann. Read on for a Q&A with her and a look at some of her beautiful design and cabinetry work.
Personally, I am inspired by seeing others do good in the world. Gestures large or small are always inspiring to me.
Professionally, I am inspired by great design. I enjoy looking at project photos and reading about what other professionals are doing. It’s inspiring to come upon projects that have it all: beauty, functionality & architectural integrity.
Since clients are making a major investment in their new space, they always want good suggestions on colors and finishes that will look great now and will also withstand the test of time. I tell my clients that they should choose colors and finishes that they have liked for a long time – and be careful not to just go with something “trendy.” Also, I suggest that they avoid high-contrast colors. An “in-between” color always has more staying power. Lastly, the colors and finishes must make sense within the context and architecture of the space.
My biggest challenge is to balance giving my clients exactly what they ask for with using my professional expertise to offer some possibilities that I think will work better. One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Henry Ford who said, “If I would have asked the people what they wanted, they would have said, faster horses”.
I love that because clients don’t always know what they want. Once we get started, we often discover new design possibilities and solutions. It is my job to get to know my clients well, consider all the factors, and create beautiful, functional designs that they will love.
I walked in for my interview and I saw hundreds of kitchen and bath product samples beautifully displayed throughout the showroom. At that moment I fell in love. Having all the tools and resources I need to do my job at my fingertips is still exciting to me!
I love creating spaces that my clients love. It makes me happy to see the look on their faces, the tears of joy in their eyes, and hear about how they live in their new space and don’t really use the rest of the house much anymore.
To learn more about Tricia, visit her Houzz page: https://www.houzz.com/pro/tricialht/tricia-hauser-tidemann.