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Meet the Team: Steve Frye

January 6, 2014

Steve Frye has been a Designer at Seigles for 2 years. We sat down with him to get to know more about what makes him tick. Read on to find out about his thoughts on Design and trends, his most thrilling life experience, and even his guilty pleasure.

SteveWhat is your role at Seigles?
Design and Sales for the Chicago Showroom.

What is your favorite thing about working at Seigles?
Guiding people through what (to them) can be an overwhelming process of designing a kitchen is very rewarding.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
A high gloss white and stainless steel kitchen with Superwhite Quartzite countertops in a very traditional row house in Old Town. It was a complete gut, and the client went to such pains to preserve the integrity of the home while at the same time mixing in the modern. The end result is just beautiful.

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?
That’s like asking a parent which child is the favorite. I love the expanded offerings available for stains and paints that allow a greater degree of sophistication in our designs. I love all the new interior features available for cabinets that give our clients so many more options to use their space more efficiently. Not to mention all the choices we have now for wood species, exotic and man-made veneers. I guess the short answer is that I just like choices.

What was the worst design trend you’ve encountered?
I really can’t say any one trend was worse than another. People like what they like and as with our hair and our clothing, preferences change. The worst trends are the ones that don’t know it’s time to leave. To me anything trendy is a gamble. I believe it is my job as a designer to separate trendy from innovative while at the same time making sure the customer gets something with which they are comfortable.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Rosemary pork tenderloin cooked over a bed of potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  
Naps.

What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done?  
Falling in love.

What is your favorite room in your house?
The family room. I have my best naps there.

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else had only 24, what would you do with your extra time?
Nap in the family room.

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Meet the Team: Stacy Carsello

November 18, 2013

Stacy has been a Designer at Seigles for 2 years. We sat down with her to get to know more about what makes her tick. Read on to find out more about her design thoughts, the most thrilling thing she’s done, and even her favorite comfort food.

StacyWhat is your role at Seigles?  
Design and Sales at the Mundelein Showroom.

What is your favorite thing about working at Seigles?
Everyone supports each other.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?  
Most recently, a condo in Northbrook. They chose to go with cabinetry from my the Decora display that I just installed, and I can’t wait to see the final product. It includes dark grey paint, beaded inset, and all glass! I applaud them for thinking out of the box.

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?  
My new paper towel holder from a converted drawer.

Over your years in the business, what was the worst design trend you encountered?
I really don’t like desks in the kitchen. All they’ve ever done is create clutter. Oh, and anything to do with a cow in the kitchen. Sorry Allyson!!

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?  
Rigatoni Bolognese or Chicken and Dumplings. I’m all about comfort food. Mr. Seigle was probably hoping I’d say pound cake, but it’s dinner. Who eats pound cake for dinner? Right?

What’s your guilty pleasure?
My pot of tea and biscotti in the morning while I read my book. And pizza! I can’t get enough pizza. I also love kayaking.

What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done?  
Parasailing.

What is your favorite room in your house?
Whatever room my girls are in.

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else had only 24, what would you do with your extra time?  
Enjoy the peace and quiet! No phone or emails!

What is the top item on your bucket list?  
Travel. First stop, Ireland or Italy!!

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Meet the Team: Mike Manke

October 11, 2013

Mike Manke has been a designer and salesman at Seigle’s for three years! We sat down with Mike to get to know what makes him tick. Read on to find out more about his interests in cabinetry, food, and hobbies!

MikeWhat is your role at Seigle’s? I am the designer and sales team at our Elgin location.

What is your favorite thing about working at Seigle’s? These people are a stitch to work with. There isn’t a day that we don’t laugh.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why? I don’t have just one that stands out as a favorite yet. There are so many that have such cool things we’ve done!

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens? BIG DRAWERS.

Over your many years in the business, what was the worst design trend you encountered? Pickled Oak.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us? Grilled steak, grilled veggies.

What’s your guilty pleasure? French fries…love them!

What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done? 47 MPH on my snow board.

What is your favorite room in your house? The great room (leather couch).

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else had only 24, what would you do with your extra time? I’d have to take the Ducati for a ride.

What is the top item on your bucket list? One big trip visiting Spain,Italy, and Rome.

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Meet the Team: Joe Niewinski

September 19, 2013

Joe Niewinski has been an outside cabinet salesman at Seigles for over 20 years. He handles kitchen cabinet design, specializing in new home construction. We sat down with him to get to know more about what makes him tick. Read on to find out more about his high rise work, his guilty pleasure, and even his secret recipes.

JoeWhat is your favorite thing about working at Seigles? The allowance to work independently and the support of our office and warehouse staff to get the job done.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why? Over the years, I have done about six or seven high-rise buildings in downtown Chicago with over 100 units in each building. The logistics and teamwork involved in completing these buildings is pretty amazing.

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens? Custom wood hoods and islands.

Over your many years in the business, what’s the worst design trend you’ve encountered? Gallery plate rail molding on top of cabinets.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us? Barbecue and a Mai Tai (secret recipe).

What’s your guilty pleasure? Scratch off lottery tickets.

What is your favorite room in your house? Family room.

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else has only 24, what would you do with your extra time? Practice my putting.

What is the top item on your bucket list? Visit Italy.

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Meet the Team: Get to know Jeff McCrory

August 19, 2013

Jeff McCrory has been handling outside and contract sales at Seigles for 23 years. We sat down with him to get to know more about what makes him tick. Read on to find out more about his favorite Seigles project, the worst design trend he’s encountered in his long career in the business, and even his grilling skills.Jeff McCrory

What is your favorite thing about working at Seigles?
The people, both co-workers and the customers. They make it enjoyable to go to work.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
Artspace Lofts of Elgin. We supplied and installed cabinets, countertops, and window sills. I have never had to coordinate the delivery and installation of all these products before.

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?
I don’t have a favorite, but I like that homeowners are researching online and willing to try different looks.

Over your many years in the business, what was the worst design trend you encountered?
Pickled Oak

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Something on the grill—probably steak. I like doing barbecue ribs, but that takes too long when you have guests over for dinner.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream.

What is your favorite room in your house?
Basement rec room.

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else had only 24, what would you do with your extra time?
Most likely sleep—I am told that I don’t sleep enough.

What is the top item on your bucket list?
Not to make a bucket list until I am a little older.

Meet the team: Get to know Kay Himmelman

July 31, 2013

Kay Himmelman has been a kitchen and bath designer at Seigles for nearly 26 years. We sat down with her to get to know more about what makes her tick. Read on to find out more about her favorite and least favorite design features, and even her guilty pleasure and what tops her bucket list.Kay Himmelman

What is your favorite thing about working at Seigles?
The people. My coworkers are wonderful, and I meet the nicest people as clients.

What is your favorite project you have worked on and why?
I have been part of a team that put a house back together after a disaster. To see a house before and after, and be a part of this, is fulfilling.

What is your favorite option in today’s kitchens?
Stacked crown, which we can even do in an 8 ft kitchen.

Over your many years in the business, what was the worst design trend you encountered?
Pickled oak.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Peanut M&Ms.

What is the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done?
Parachuting out of a plane, and more recently flying in a helicopter.

What is your favorite room in your house?
My sun room.

If you had a 25 hour day while everyone else has only 24, what would you do with your extra time?
Read.

What is the top item on your bucket list?
Be on the Family Feud.