It’s that time of the month again! Time to feature a fabulous designer partnered with DeSitter Flooring!
It’s no April Fool’s joke that PB Kitchen Design has some spectacular designers and we’d love to introduce you to Debbie Larson, a design specialist.
“Kitchen design is a natural fit for someone as detail-oriented as Debbie Larsen of PB Kitchen Design in Geneva, Illinois.Â Â Debbie is vigilant in her effort to getÂ kitchen design right for each of her clients, andÂ while she acknowledges that PB Kitchenâ€™sÂ projectsÂ areÂ complex, she seesÂ more and more homeownersÂ making aÂ concerted effortÂ to research and be more purposeful inÂ their planningÂ toÂ create simple, timeless spaces. Debbie is a multiple award winning designer and was recently featured in Kitchen & Bath Business magazine for her collaboration in a Sugar Grove, Illinois project with her colleague, Dave McFadden.”
“When Debbie first entered the old kitchen of this Chicagoland home, she saw the opportunity to open up the kitchen to a lake view. “TheyÂ wanted an organic feel, toÂ bring the outdoors in,” explainsÂ Debbie.Â “The client has a large family that often had extended family and friends over, so they wanted an inviting space where everyone could gather and be a part of the food prep process. We took down the dining roomÂ wall so that space now revealsÂ views of the lake through the kitchen as well.”Â
Check out some helpful ‘Pro’ suggestions from Debbie!
#1 – Do your homework before your initial sit down meeting with a designer.Â Look at photos of kitchens online and make an idea book of what you like, but also, what youÂ don’tÂ want in your new kitchen.Â Houzz and Pinterest are fantastic resources for variety and inspiration.Â
#2 –Â Make sure you and the designer have good chemistry at that first meeting.Â For the most part, the cost of qualityÂ customcabinetry is not going to vary tooÂ much fromÂ showroom to showroom.Â LookÂ for a design team thatÂ asksÂ youÂ questions andÂ listensÂ toÂ yourÂ likes and dislikes rather than one that acts as though they have all the answers before they get to know you.Â When thereâ€™s good communication you increase the chances the designerÂ can pull valuable content from your conversation and create a space that defines your unique personality. Itâ€™s all aboutÂ connection.Â
#3 â€“ Get inspired.Â I went to school for interior design, but IÂ get my inspiration from my clients,Â previous projects, otherÂ designers in the industry,Â architects, and furniture design. Again, online kitchen portfolios and sites like Houzz make for a great starting point in deciding what kind of kitchen you want to create.Â
#4 â€“ Let your designer conquer theÂ beast!Â A good designer is a fantastic listener. I love theÂ depth of finding out about my how my clients use their kitchens in their daily lives and what defines them as a working family. It’s my job to draw those practicalÂ needs out of them, be precise in solving theirÂ spatialÂ concerns, and ultimatelyÂ creating a beautiful space they never want to leave.Â â€‹
#5 â€“ If being innovativeÂ andÂ unconventionalÂ excites you, tell your designer.Â I do enjoy a client who will break out of the proverbial kitchen design box. Currently,Â weÂ areÂ working on an “Organic Industrial” typeÂ of kitchen remodel which combines distressed finishes and clean lines. Woven into this design isÂ a contemporary vibe with a sprinkling ofÂ naturalÂ stone, iron and steel elements. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and let your designer “see” yourÂ personalityÂ and quirks – the outcome can be marvelouslyÂ you!Â