Continuing to Grow
California designer and council member achieves highest level of certification.
Ayeshah Morin, CMKBD
Advisory Council of Dealers Designer Kitchens, Inc. Tustin, CA www.designkitchensoc.com
Ayeshah Morin, CMKBD turned a kitchen fire that occurred in her home; a house she describes as a quintessential California home, into a passion and professional pursuit. And recently she accomplished yet another pursuit by becoming a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer. As an active NKBA member, Morin sought to become part of the Advisory Council of Dealers, and be involved in generating ideas to not only help develop the dealers segment, but the NKBA as a whole. NKBA: How long have you been in the kitchen and bath industry and how did you begin designing kitchens and bathrooms? AM: I have been in the industry for 27 years, and became a CKD in 1999. In 1983, the cook top in our Eichler home caught on fire, which led me to design and remodel our kitchen and then later, our bathroom. During the design and remodeling process, I was able to utilize my knowledge from the real estate improvement course I had taken at the university, and discovered I immensely enjoy recreating existing spaces. Then I went to work for a kitchen design company in Los Angeles that was importing high-end German cabinets, and learned the metric system and gained much more knowledge about cabinets, interior spaces, and design. In 1985, I opened the doors of Designer Kitchens, Inc. with support from my previous employers and became a dealer in Orange County for their cabinets. Our design studio is a full-service kitchen and bath design and remodeling company. We provide turn-key operation, as well as design consulting alone or cabinetry. NKBA: What are the characteristics and origin of an Eichler home? AM: We found an Eichler home when we moved to California from the east coast. We were looking for a California home with an open plan and outdoor living spaces to optimize our enjoyment of the wonderful weather in California. Eichler, a post WWII home builder epitomized the West’s departure from the traditional homes and emphasized California as a trend setter with his love of contemporary architecture and modern design. His signature ‘modern homes’ had an entry atrium and were built with post and beam construction, which allowed for full glass walls, 10” high ceilings and tongue and groove wood ceilings. Eichler homes
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with their open floor plan and glass walls were in contrast to the traditional transition of space, and using glass walls, entry atriums and skylights, bring the outdoors inside.
NKBA: What are some design trends you would label as quintessential California or West Coast? AM: A prominent look for California is one of “Less is more”. It’s approached with a clean, uncluttered look, using warm and dark rich wood tones, and contrasting finishes on the cabinetry. Glass backsplash tiles are available and being implemented in many shapes and textures, as well as solid stone or quartz countertop surfaces, and LED lighting. The emphasis seems to be in ease of cleaning and maintenance, in a room where family and friends gather and entertain on a more casual basis. I see more accent colors on the walls, which is a welcome departure from the safe beige and cream tones that have dominated the homes for the past decade. The overall palette contains dramatic contrasts between dark woods, white cabinets, exotic countertops and backsplashes.
“I became a CMKBD as of January 2011. I feel this was a major accomplishment after passing rigorous tests, and establishing years of practice in the industry.” NKBA: What involvement have you had in the NKBA? AM: Based on my past involvement with Study Task Forces for appliance and fixture companies, I wanted to find a way to exchange ideas and take part in brainstorming and planning, so I decided to join the Advisory Council for Dealers to see how we can work to help dealers and other segments, and to establish a better awareness of the NKBA to the general public. NKBA:
What was the catalyst for you pursuing NKBA certification, and how do you feel it has helped you develop your career? AM: I felt it was a great way to augment my industry knowledge and set myself apart from competitors. I believe the certification has given me a much broader knowledge base and has reinforced what I already knew. I became a CMKBD as of January 2011. I feel this was a major accomplishment after passing rigorous tests, and establishing years of practice in the industry. Also, the certifications have given more credibility to my expertise and knowledge in the industry.
NKBA: What aspect of NKBA involvement stands out as most valuable to you personally or professionally? AM: To be able to learn from my peers, and in-turn share my 27 years of industry knowledge, expertise, and education. NKBA.org | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2011