Designer Spotlight: April Kennedy of Cloverleaf Design

At Premium Hardware, we’re blessed to work with some of the most talented interior designers and home architects in the Midwest. People would be amazed at how much raw talent there is right here in Columbus, from interior design and home decor to architects and building contractors. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous work and we want to shine a spotlight on some of the most talented people in the industry.



In this edition of Designer Spotlight, we speak with April Kennedy of Cloverleaf Design. This talented woman has been designing award-winning kitchens in Central Ohio for over 20 years and has participated in the Parade of Homes for several neighborhoods. She and partner Mara Protich started their boutique design firm in 2014 and have had brilliant success employing their talent here in the Columbus market, working on everything from total remodels to reallocation of existing space, furniture selection, accessories, and color consultations. Let’s learn a little something about April as a designer and artist.


How did you get started with interior design?

I realized early on that I enjoyed standing back at the end of the day and seeing what I had accomplished. With that in mind, I attended the University of Texas at El Paso where I studied design and business. After school, I began my hands-on work as a trim carpenter and actually working in a custom cabinet shop. These opportunities have allowed me to understand cabinetry and custom furniture on a different level. The years of work involved in the planning and installation of these works have served me well in my career.


What kinds of design projects do you usually work on?

Our company is a full service design build company with experience in kitchen and bath remodeling, design consultation, whole house remodels, color consultation, and furnishings.


How would you describe your approach to design, particularly for a kitchen or bathroom?

We feel that it’s important to make the project the client’s own. It’s our job to listen to their needs and wants, then translate that into the best possible solution. It’s important to discover what they’re looking to solve with our help. Sometimes, with fresh eyes, we can propose ideas they had not yet considered.
How important are the details like knobs, drawer pulls, and other accents? And how do you go about selecting the right hardware?

I believe details are what set us apart. Our clients are often surprised at the layers of detail and all of the decisions that go into achieving a specific look. The hardware that is chosen for cabinetry or furniture is like the jewelry. It can totally change the look of the entire room.


What would you say about your experience with Premium Hardware?

Linda’s product knowledge and the showroom at Premium Hardware are invaluable. Not everyone can visualize, and to have samples that allow you to see and feel finishes is incredibly helpful. Linda is wonderful about suggesting brands and finishes to achieve a specific look. We love working with her!


We had a great time talking with April and always enjoy working
with her here in the Premium Hardware showroom.

For more information on what Cloverleaf Design is up to, visit them online!

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