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KBIS Design Studios: Carmen Christensen’s Outdoor Oasis

Sarasota Florida based kitchen and bath designer Carmen Christensen joined KBIS Design Studios with a Generation X outdoor living space. As a Florida based designer, Carmen shows us her expertise in making the connection between indoors and out thereby dramatically increasing the living space of a home.

If you have questions about Carmen’s work please leave a comment below or find her on Twitter at @Time2Design or directly on her website at Time2design.biz .

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Why did you choose to design for the generation you did?

I did not select, it was given to me.

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Generational groups are useful shorthand – but what are the other big demographic factors you consider when creating design concept for a client?

Age, gender, family size, preferences, religion, race or ethnicity, any number of things as they relate to a specific client.  Each client is different and their needs and requirements are specific to them.

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When you designed your project did you have a specific client, imaginary or otherwise, in mind? Could you picture them?

Yes, I made up an imaginary client or clients in my case.  A family of four – a married couple in their 40’s with two teenage children.    The Mr. & Mrs. are both working professionals, they work to live.  They are an active family and enjoy being outdoors, cooking and entertaining.

 

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Tools of the trade – do you have early sketches with pencil and paper – or work digitally exclusively?

I do mostly digital design using either Autocad or 20/20.  I have been known to sketch an idea out during a meeting when attempting to explain a design idea to a client. A picture is worth a thousand words as they say…and there are times when I can do a quick sketch by hand on a piece of paper to convey an idea.   And though I will hand sketch ideas as I am working through the design process, all of my presentation work is done digitally.

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 Tell us a bit more about Carmen, the woman behind Time 2 Design:

1. What’s the first song that comes into your head NOW?

Good to Be Alive by Jason Gray

2. What’s the last thing you bought yourself, as a gift?

An IPAD

3. Whose interiors would you most like to see?

Downton Abbey – I just love the nostalgia of old homes and everything about them, the architectural details, the interior fittings.  When things were built with purpose to perform specific tasks and rooms in a home were decorated with great grandeur.

4. For whom, living or dead, would you most like to design an interior?

Oprah Winfrey

5. Which superhero power would you most like to posses?

Mind reading – I would love to be able to read people’s minds, then I would know exactly what someone thought, what they liked and didn’t like and when they were being honest or not. In search of the Truth – a truth seeker!

6. And what would your superhero name be?

Cassandra the Truth Seeker

7. If you weren’t a designer (or a superhero) what would you be?

I would be an Artist

 

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