Greenfield designer Tamatha Miller of Bluestem Construction, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota shares her inspiration for a colorful, textured Greenfield kitchen design.

“Great design tells a story, and every story needs an inspiration,” notes Tamatha.  She continues, “That’s why as designers, we constantly look to the world around us for inspiration.

“I love what I do. Because of that, I have a hard time ‘turning it off’ and am always creating new spaces in my head. I even dream about them! Sometimes it’s a solution for a client I’ve been working with, and sometimes it’s just for fun.”

Have you ever wanted to take a peek inside your designer’s brain and see how s/he comes up with all of those great ideas?  Well here’s your chance to see Tamatha’s vision-building process, in her own words.


The Quinn door style.  “Greenfield Cabinetry recently came out with a sleek door style by the name of Quinn. Its simplified perimeter wrap gives it a modern touch, perfect for the transitional look of this new vision. Combining this painted door style with a modified inset cabinetry look could lead to some interesting patterning.”










Magenta!  “A luxuriously luscious, beautiful and bold tone. I wish I could tell you why magenta, but really, the color came to me in a dream. I’ve been getting excited when clients I work with let some personality into their design… and I guess this one is mine! For this design – we’ll use Benjamin Moore Mulberry 2075-20.”








Vicostone® Quartz – Crema Chiffon“I recently helped a client pick out this beautiful quartz counter that was absolutely stunning when installed. It’s a rich marble-like surface that’s slightly more grey than white, having very subtle caramel undertones that warm up the stone – making it perfect to complement a bright white kitchen or any rich tone in your palette.”







Oxford.  “Crate and Barrel® has a new beauty in their collection called the Oxford— with its dark, rich textured tones and soft brass wrap, this look boasts true sophistication. By using the Greenfield Textured European Oak veneer on the Estridge door style, we have a plan to replicate this designer look.”








AND, here’s the consolidation of inspiration for this awesome design.

“Enter our expert Kitchen Designer, Michael Lotz,” remarks Tamatha.  “He took my vision digital so we could bring my sketch and inspirations together, apply finishes for the perimeter cabinetry, and ensure my crazy dream could function in reality, using product that exists in real-life,” she adds.

Here’s the overall drawing of Tamatha’s design vision.


Brushed brass banding at the island brings balance to the metal accent used throughout the interior. This warm metal tone is perfect with warm whites and rich luscious tones.  Combined with the longer simplified pulls, the island banding balances the strong linear quality of this design.

A secondary solid surface shelf provides multi-level storage for those items you just “have to” display. The coordinating field tile brings in some welcome texture for a simplistic tone-on-tone effect.

The inset appearance of the upper cabinetry is constructed in the field using standard Greenfield parts. Using open bookcase cabinets with a pop of color inside the backs, the rich Magenta hue is balanced throughout the space with placement at the island and corner units. The Textured European Oak cabinets are painted in Greenfield standard Black, with a low sheen finish.

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