Ready To Mingle
Mingle offers kitchen and bath design, and interior design. Photo courtesy of Studio M Kitchen & Bath
Mingle Kitchen and Bath Design Studio & Showroom, based in Plymouth, has everything you need to remodel or redesign your home.
When it comes to mingling with guests, whether they be old friends or new colleagues, there’s really no better place to do it than gathered around the kitchen, filling up your plates with hors d’oeuvres and your glasses with wine. But when your kitchen is nothing but a cramped corner stuffed with outdated appliances and stained countertops, hosting an intimate dinner party or a competitive game night might quickly turn into a night out.
But not if the talented team of designers at Mingle Kitchen & Bath Design Studio & Showroom has anything to do with it.
Whether your home needs some interior refreshments or a serious facelift, Mingle Kitchen & Bath has the answers. Mingle, which operates Studio M Kitchen & Bath, has a team of interior designers with a variety of skills, making them an asset to anyone’s home remodel.
“The concept for the Studio M Design Center originated from the owners’ experience in building or remodeling their own properties of the years. They tired of lugging totes of samples from showroom to showroom, discussing their project all over again with each showroom’s product specialist and working to match what they already chose with the new selections,” says General Manager Kelly Davert. “They eventually suffered from what they called ‘showroom fatigue,’ which took all the fun out of the project. There had to be a better way.”
Studio M Kitchen & Bath’s award-winning designers are available for any updates needed in the kitchen or bathroom, but it doesn’t stop there. They can assist with areas such as laundry, entry, office, recreation space, and even the garage.
“We offer kitchen and bath design, interior design, and selection services, as well as a kitchen and bath ‘refresh’ service, which focuses primarily on countertop replacement,” Davert says.
Appointments for a showroom consultation can be arranged by calling or submitting your information through Mingle’s website. Davert says you’ll want to be sure to complete the new pre-appointment packet and bring it to your appointment.
“Your preparation will help us learn more about your project ahead of time and be better prepared to make your consultation both productive and fun. After the initial consultation, if you choose to continue the process, we will collect a retainer and dig in! We gather information, take measurements, and work with you to finalize the design of your new space,” she adds.
One of Studio M Kitchen & Bath’s designers, Emerson Kellogg, began working for the company in 2018 after graduating from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in 2016 with a degree in interior design.
“After completing internships in various design fields, I wasn’t quite sure what type of work I wanted to go into. While figuring out where my passion was, I took a position at Lowe’s in the Kitchen and Bath department as a Kitchen Designer,” Kellogg says. “While working there, I found a passion for helping people realize their dream spaces and bring them to life. I enjoy complex projects with lots of details and problem solving, so kitchen design is an obvious fit.”
“I’ve been working here ever since, and am loving every minute! It’s truly a gift to be able to wake up every day and do what I love doing,” he adds.
Kellogg, who is openly gay, says Studio M has “been nothing but accepting and supportive of me since day one,” making it a safe and happy place to work in addition to his dream job.
“Even in the hiring process, I never once felt that I couldn’t be my authentic self. That acceptance extends to our clients as well. We have clients from all walks of life and provide the same service to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Kellogg says. “I know everyone on this team, from owners to interns, is supportive of the LGBTQIA+ communities, which I feel is rare to find in a business.”
Not only is feeling accepted and welcomed at work a necessity for Kellogg, but he says it is also important to represent the GLBT community in the interior design industry.
“Even though so much of the design world seems saturated with LGBT designers, it’s still important to stay visible and keep that progress moving forward. I know so many new young designers that feel they may not have a place in the field once they graduate,” Kellogg explains. “With the current political and social climate, if we don’t create safe spaces for the next generation, our progress moves backwards.”
When it comes to representing his design community in the GLBT community, Kellogg is doing just fine at that, too. Kellogg says the best tip he gives people when they pursue a remodeling project is to “plan, plan, plan.”
“The best projects start with great planning and then execution. Most remodeling projects take longer than people expect, (and longer than they seem to on HGTV), and issues inevitably arise during construction,” he says. “But having a solid foundation of a great plan along with a skilled designer for executing the design means the project will go quicker, and issues will be greatly reduced… it’s something you will never regret!”
For more information about Mingle, visit www.mingleteam.com.
Mingle Kitchen & Bath
12955 Highway 55