Christina Lynn Interiors was named a finalist in the Best of White Bear Lake 2019 readers' choice survey.
Miller’s role as a designer is to not only choose furnishings, color palettes and other interior aspects, but also look in-depth at the structural layouts of a building and complete drawings and concept boards for any space, whether it is going to be used for commercial or residential purposes.
Miller is experienced in designing entire homes, but if she had to choose a favorite room, it would be the kitchen.
“The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home and that’s so true,” says Miller.
Miller especially enjoys finding the perfect balance between function and aesthetics. Because there are so many components like backsplashes, lighting, countertops, cabinets and appliances, there are lots of opportunities to achieve exactly what a client is looking for.
Photo by Tate Carlson
Miller shares some of her wisdom about kitchen design:
- When designing a kitchen, the two largest ticket items are cabinets and countertops. I like to start with those two selections because they make the largest impact. Cabinets can vary in price based on the wood species, the door profiles, custom made verses box cabinets, the quality of the construction and if they are stained verses painted.
- Countertop pricing is based primarily on the material it is made out of. Quartz material is top-of-the-line and the most common because it’s nonporous and maintenance-frees. Granite and marble can be beautiful, natural and timeless, but may require a bit more care and upkeep.
- Choose your slabs in person because every piece varies in color and pattern. There are also less common options you can consider—wood, laminate and steel.
- Start your design process by looking through image websites like Pinterest, Houzz or the websites of designers. Start an idea book and make notes of what you like and don’t like from the images. You will begin to see a pattern of things that you tend to like and reoccur through your images.