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Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon



The Icon

Miriam Kamin

Miriam Kamin

Author of "Woulda Coulda Shoulda," a popular blog about family life.

With plenty of loyal readers, Miriam Kamin's blog "Woulda Coulda Shoulda" is considered by many to be one of the best "Mommy Blogs" on the Internet. She also started a blog called "Want Not," which helps plan budgets.


The Designer

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Interior Designer and Design Blogger.

Cheryl Kees Clendenon is an award-winning designer and owner of the design firm In Detail, located in Pensacola, Fla. On her blog, Details and Design, she frequently writes about her favorite and not-so-favorite trends in residential design.


Kitchen Sketch and Products of Note

Sketch of the dream kitchen Cheryl Kees Clendenon designed for Miriam Kamin.

In Cheryl's initial sketch of Miriam's kitchen, she made sure to focus on the kitchen's color scheme, which features light blues, greens and greys. As the design progressed, the white appliances were swapped out for models in stainless steel, and a beautiful chandelier was hung above the island. For more about some of the products used in Miriam's kitchen, read below.

JennAir Trifecta DishWasher

Jenn-Air TriFecta Dishwasher

Named for its wash system, which includes a three-stage filtration process designed to break down food particles, this dishwasher offers top-rack-only, one-hour wash and steam-clean options, as well as plate warmer and china-crystal cycles. The Energy Star-qualified dishwasher features a stainless steel tall tub and fold-down tines and shelves.

Silestone quartz countertop in Grey Expo

Silestone Quartz Countertop

Made from 93 percent crushed quartz and 7 percent polymer resins and pigments, engineered quartz surfaces are nonporous as well as scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant. Silestone offers built-in antimicrobial protection and is available in more than 70 colors and in polished and "leather" finishes. Shown in Grey Expo.

Jenn-Air Combination Wall Oven

Jenn-Air Combination Wall Oven with V2 Convection

This wall oven pairs a microwave with speed-cook function on the top and a no-preheat convection oven on the bottom, with a conversion feature to translate conventional cooking times into convection times. A 7-inch glass touch screen with color LCD features the Jenn-Air Culinary Center, with directions and visuals for cooking a wide range of dishes. Shown: 30-inch model in stainless steel.

Benjamin Moore paint in Sea Star

Benjamin Moore Paint in Sea Star

Sea Star belongs to the Color Preview collection, a selection of more than 1,000 bold, saturated paint colors from Benjamin Moore. It is available in all of the company’s interior paint lines, including Regal, Natura and Aura.


Design Notes

Mood board for Miriam Kamin kitchen.

It's not easy for people to articulate their ideas about design without spewing generic terms and phrases used on their favorite remodeling show. Luckily Miriam Kamin—writer of the popular blog Woulda Coulda Shoulda—perfectly expressed her unperfect relationship with design: “When I’m decorating—as amateurish and haphazard as it may be—I generally try to inject a little bit of whimsy where I can,” she said. “What I hope to have throughout my home is functional, usable space that feels inviting, that tells people that we are happy to have you and hope you won’t mind when I realize halfway through dinner that my son left his dirty socks on the dining room floor.”

Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon seemed to know exactly where Miriam was coming from with her design ideas and conundrums, and these were Cheryl's thoughts on designing a kitchen for her.

  • “This is a ‘living’ kitchen designed for a family and busy mom,” noted Cheryl. She designed this kitchen thinking that an office and laundry center would be nearby for Miriam, making it easy to transition from one task to another. “That’s what I would do around the space and what I think would be best for her lifestyle and family.”

  • “I went with blues and greens and light gray to show how all the colors can work together when you have some good anchors,” said Cheryl about her color choices.

  • Cheryl explained some other style choices, including the vivid orange chairs. “Miriam likes retro, but retro ages quickly and is trendy, so I just added smaller retro touches such as the orange bold chairs in the sitting area and the glass mosaic tiles.”


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