How would you describe your design style?
As a designer, I appreciate all styles and have to adapt during every project based on the client’s style. But, for me personally, I tend to lean towards mid-century modern.
What is your favorite part about working with clients?
Building a relationship with the client is so fun and really helps us to understand their wants and needs. After understanding our clients a little better, we incorporate all of our findings into the perfect kitchen design. The fact that we’ve taken the time to get to know our clients feels like we are a part of the family when the job is complete.
If someone wanted to DIY their kitchen remodel, what advice would you give them?
If they are set on doing it themselves, I would use the “measure twice, cut once” philosophy, meaning you need to take the time to plan and do lots of research before doing anything. But, in all honesty, my suggestion would be to hire a professional. Kitchen and bath designers are specialized to know the exact dimensions and specifications needed for workspace, appliance, electrical and plumbing needs.
What is an average day for you like?
Hmm, there really isn’t an “average” day. Sometimes, I start the day at the office, checking emails and working on drawings in 2020. Then, I might run out to a job site to check on installation or go to a client’s house for a measure. The varied schedule keeps me on my toes and makes the job fun and interesting!
What are 3 words that describe you?
Detail-oriented, good listener, dependable
Where do you look to for inspiration?
Everywhere! Houzz.com, fashion, architecture, magazines, television/movies, nature, etc. You can find inspiration anywhere.
If you could go back to your first year as a designer, what is one thing you wish you knew then that you know now?
To take a break sometimes and look at a design through new eyes or a different perspective. Sometimes you get so caught up in the first ideas that come to mind, that you might miss some really great opportunities. It really is a creative team effort, so it’s ok to step back and ask other people’s opinions.
If you could have a celebrity as a client, who would it be and why?
Well, it’s not a celebrity, per se, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to design for a television or movie set. I imagine sitting in a room discussing who the character is, what they like to do, what would the style of their home be, etc. The challenge would be to create a whole back story for the character and build that space around them while also learning how to translate that well through a television or movie screen.
What is your favorite phase of a project (the pre-design work, the beginning/demo, middle, or end/completion)?
I always like the design process and building the relationship with the client, but I do also like the end/completion because that’s where everything comes together and paints a pretty picture! It’s a great accomplishment to see my drawings come to life and the client happy with the result!
When you’re not busy designing at work, what do you spend your time doing?
I have a big family, lots of siblings and nieces/nephews, so I like to spend time with them. Also, like to be outside playing sports (volleyball and basketball) or spending time with friends from my church. I live in Dallas, but am a country girl at heart, so I also love two-stepping, horseback riding, and spending time at my parent’s ranch.
What does ‘Kitchen Design Concepts’ mean to you?
Kitchen Design Concepts means a team of people who want to build relationships and trust with clients, we really listen to the wants and needs of the clients, and create functional and beautiful spaces that they maybe wouldn’t have been able to do on their own. We strive to finish projects on time and within the budget. If we do all of that, the result is a happy client. But, if you don’t believe me, read the 50+ 5-star reviews on Houzz to hear what it’s like to work with us!
Tell me one fun fact about you that no one really knows.
I have a twin sister, but that’s not the fun fact…My parents didn’t know they were having twins until my sister was born. I was the SURPRISE! Another cool fact is that we were born on my older sister’s 2nd birthday. And on top of that, my younger sister married a guy with the same birthday. November 13th is like a national holiday in our family!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better, Rachel!