Self-taught, curious and wildly enthusiastic, Ann Stanfill does her best work under pressure. She can’t visit a home without rearranging it in her head to improve the functionality. But, an interior designer, she’s not. Enter partner, Tiffany McLean. A classically trained interior designer and color expert, Tiffany McLean, of Broxen Homes, complements Ann perfectly. Together they share a passion for Waypoint cabinets and highly functional designs—mission accomplished.
When designing a new space, how do you begin the process to help your clients articulate their vision?
Ann: We always start with an onsite visit. I ask a lot of tough questions about a customer’s likes and dislikes because I am all about the functionality of the space. I want to understand exactly how they plan to use their space, so it’s utilized perfectly.
Tiffany: Ann asks really good, detailed questions. For example, are they big bakers? How many kids do they have? What role do the kids play in the kitchen with cooking, chores, etc. Gathering detailed information upfront plays a vital role in the final design. I am extremely mindful of how people plan to use their space which makes our designs intentional.
Other than the kitchen, how do you use Waypoint cabinets to improve other living spaces?
Tiffany: I love using cabinets all over the home! I use them to build vanities, entertainment centers, mudrooms and exposed closets. Kitchens are our forte, but we can help design with any room! Other than the kitchen, mudrooms are my favorite place to use cabinets because I get to explore so many different storage options. I design a ton of lockers, bench seats with drawers, banquettes—there’s so much functional storage to be utilized in a mudroom!
Do you think the role of the kitchen has changed since you started designing?
Ann: Yes, the kitchen has become so much more than a kitchen. Because we are tearing down the walls between rooms, the kitchen takes on a great room effect. The larger, open space plays so many different roles and the dining table has become the meeting place.
Tiffany: I agree, in my kitchen, I stand in the same place to prep my food and entertain. Today’s kitchen has become the new living room. Entertaining has become a big part of my kitchen designs. Large islands provide the perfect place for dining and gathering and provide tons of storage.
For these two Californians, experience backed with enthusiasm makes them a powerful team!
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer