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A Designer's Own Kitchen

Brandi Hagen of Eminent Interior Design is designing a new kitchen for her family’s 1960s rambler. “We bought the house five years ago, but we’ve been waiting to redo the kitchen, dining room, and adjoining family room so that we can do it right,” Hagen says. “You’d think it would be easy for me to design my own space, but it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s taken me about three months, because I know all the possibilities, and I’ve changed my mind countless times along the way. Having gone through the process has definitely made me a better designer, because it’s made me focus on what works for our unique space.”

What designer Brandi Hagen is loving right now!

High Contrast

“I’m seeing a lot of high contrast in the design industry. To create the look in my own kitchen, I had my old dark oak floors sanded and whitewashed. I chose dark walnut cabinets and contrasted them with white marble and white, high-gloss enamel paint. The combination of dark and light looks crisp and clean.”



In the Navy

“Navy blue is my new favorite color! It’s classic and traditional, but paired with canary yellow or lime green, it’s modern and new. I also like using navy blue with warm grays and pure whites. In my new family room, I’ve paired bright citrus yellow walls with navy blue flannel drapes for high contrast.”




Sleek Stainless Steel

“For traditional interiors, bronze and brass details are always lovely, but for transitional, modern, and contemporary spaces, there’s nothing like the silvery sheen of stainless steel and brushed nickel for hardware and other accessories. I love using great pieces of hardware to create unusual details in unexpected places.”


Texture on Texture

“A fellow designer told me that texture is the new bling, and I couldn’t agree more. Right now, it’s not about pattern on pattern. It’s more about mixing textures together to create depth and interest (pictured at top). I like picking a tone, such as driftwood gray or rich brown, and mixing an array of textures.”


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