Q & A
Regional Award Winner
Ann Rumble has had an eye for design all of her life. Her earliest memory was her fascination with the design of the alphabet above the blackboard in her first grade classroom. After studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she practiced graphic design in Richmond, Virginia for twenty years. Her next move, due to an unresolved desire to pursue interior design was with a Richmond interior designer, only to discover her niche in kitchen and bath design. She has been a designer at KDWHome/KitchenDesignworks in Richmond for eight years, where she has enjoyed complete creative freedom.
Where do you find design inspiration?
I find design inspiration all around me wherever I am. Architecture and interior design can be the boldest design I notice every day, but I also enjoy the design of a beautiful invitation, an automobile, a garden, a fashion garment, the arrangement of food on a plate and the plate itself. If I am awake, I am constantly fed by the world of design.
How do you approach the design process?
I approach the design process like a buffet table with a vision of all the possibilities. There is a lot of information I select as I approach the table including the client's desires, their vision and attitude toward the project, an evaluation of the project site, and reference of materials and products that are be suitable for the client and the project.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
As for my aesthetic that stands out amongst other designers, it is hard to be objective. I can say that I try to take every project beyond the obvious to the next highest level. I like to add a twist to every kitchen I design and to add a little surprise.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
The greatest value I provide my clients is from the very start. I try to express my gratitude and enthusiasm to them for allowing me the opportunity to design their kitchen. From then on, the groundwork is set for an enjoyable, interesting working relationship. The rest falls into place.