We are excited to welcome Kara Turner to the Seigle’s team! Kara is a Sales and Design Consultant in our Chicago showroom. We sat down with Kara to get to know what makes her tick. Read on to find out more about her love of history and travel, her interesting dinner parties, and her love of sugar!
What is your favorite thing about working at Seigle’s?
Everyone at Seigle’s has such a positive attitude that it’s actually nice to go to work with them every day.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
My favorite project I ever worked on was actually a master bath project out in the suburbs. The bathroom was huge and had a ton of underutilized space. After meeting the homeowners, a really nice, active retired couple, I had a vision for their bathroom, and they trusted me to go with it even though it was outside of their initial budget. I designed a custom tile design, and the end result used the space much more effectively.
What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?
My favorite option in today’s kitchens is the use of open shelving and the mixing of textures and materials. I love that you can do the wall cabinets in a different finish from the base cabinets or not have any wall cabinets at all. It gives so much freedom to the designer and the homeowner.
Over your years in the business, what’s the worst design trend you’ve encountered?
My least favorite design trend has always been the use of pilasters. I think that they take away from storage space and also make the design feel very heavy.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
I am known for my “dinner-and-a-movie”-style parties, so I pick a movie and a theme, and I will decorate and cook items from that movie. My favorite one was probably from the movie Mermaids, where we covered everything in cut-out fish and blue and green streamers to look like water, and then we cooked food from the movie, including a pineapple upside down cake.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Well, I have to say that it takes a lot to make me feel guilty about my enjoyment—however, it would probably be my love of sugar. My friends and family can attest that I will eat an entire bag of candy in one sitting (and then likely regret it after a few hours of stomach pains)!
What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done?
I have been privileged to have had many thrilling experiences in my life thus far. Here are a few: walking into The Last Bookstore in L.A., spotting wild horses grazing in Death Valley, watching the sunset over Edinburgh, the first time I walked into The Big House to watch Michigan play football, catching a foul ball at Tiger stadium, smelling the sea as I sat on a rooftop on Capri Island—and I’m hoping there are many more to come.
What is your favorite room in your house?
My living room because I built an entire wall shelving unit out of reclaimed wood and metal brackets and filled it with books, movies, and knickknacks. It’s very colorful and almost like its own art piece. Plus, my cat hangs out there, and cuddling her is one of my favorite pastimes.
If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else has only 24, what would you do with your extra time?
READ. I love to read. Although I do read a lot, there are always more books!
What is the top item on your bucket list?
If money was no object to my bucket list, then I would hire someone who has spent life researching the history of the world and have that person take me to all the places that I’ve always wanted to go. I’d have them tell me about the people that lived there before. I want to see the riverbed where the first human collected water. I want to visit the stone circles where the Pagans danced. And I want to see the sundial that first made Galileo look up to the stars. History and travel are my two greatest passions and combining them is at the top of my bucket list.
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