Q & A
Regional Award Winner
Designing kitchens since 1982. Certified Kitchen Designer (1995); Certified Bath Designer (1996). Recognition: Regional home tours (1997/1998/2000); Kitchens by Professional Designers (Book XIV); Decorating Remodeling (1990); Good Morning America with Ron Hazelton (1997). Awards: National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Contest (2000); Innovation in Design Award (2007); Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Regional Winner (2007); Clarke's New England Sub Zero-Wolf Design Contest (2007/2012).
Where do you find design inspiration?
Everywhere. Books, magazines, internet. Vendor showrooms. Traveling. Visiting friends' homes and finding that one, perfect detail...
How do you approach the design process?
First, the space has to be right for the house – enough natural light, correct traffic flow, ease of access to outdoors. Next, the kitchen is laid out for both function and form. Function involves correctly locating food prep areas and appliances; form involves balance, symmetry and creating a visual focal point. Finally, materials and finishes.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
Less is always more.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
Experience with all phases of the process, the ability to manage expectations and knowledge of the best possible appliances and materials for both the dream and the budget.