Steve Frye has been a Designer at Seigles for 2 years. We sat down with him to get to know more about what makes him tick. Read on to find out about his thoughts on Design and trends, his most thrilling life experience, and even his guilty pleasure.
What is your role at Seigles?
Design and Sales for the Chicago Showroom.
What is your favorite thing about working at Seigles?
Guiding people through what (to them) can be an overwhelming process of designing a kitchen is very rewarding.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
A high gloss white and stainless steel kitchen with Superwhite Quartzite countertops in a very traditional row house in Old Town. It was a complete gut, and the client went to such pains to preserve the integrity of the home while at the same time mixing in the modern. The end result is just beautiful.
What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?
That’s like asking a parent which child is the favorite. I love the expanded offerings available for stains and paints that allow a greater degree of sophistication in our designs. I love all the new interior features available for cabinets that give our clients so many more options to use their space more efficiently. Not to mention all the choices we have now for wood species, exotic and man-made veneers. I guess the short answer is that I just like choices.
What was the worst design trend you’ve encountered?
I really can’t say any one trend was worse than another. People like what they like and as with our hair and our clothing, preferences change. The worst trends are the ones that don’t know it’s time to leave. To me anything trendy is a gamble. I believe it is my job as a designer to separate trendy from innovative while at the same time making sure the customer gets something with which they are comfortable.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Rosemary pork tenderloin cooked over a bed of potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done?
Falling in love.
What is your favorite room in your house?
The family room. I have my best naps there.
If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else had only 24, what would you do with your extra time?
Nap in the family room.
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