SF Bay Area kitchen (and interior) designer recs?

GreenHighlighterOctober 5, 2012

Hi all,

Thanks so much for your kitchen layout help. Now I need some help with materials and the nitty-gritty details. Does anyone have any recommendations for designers in the SF Bay Area? Someone who can do other areas of the house would be great, too, as we have to figure out all finishes...


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Where are you in the Bay Area? If you're on the Peninsula from SSF down to Sunnyvale I can recommend an interior designer. Are you looking for a design firm to do architectural drawings as well?

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 3:04AM
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I am in the East Bay.

We have an architect, so I think we are good on drawings, although his drawings are pretty barebones.

We want someone who can:
- help us finalize the kitchen layout
- help us choose finish materials (countertops, paint, trim work, cabinets, flooring, etc.)

That would be an interior designer, right?

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:57AM
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Sorry, I can't help you with an East Bay referral although I think there are other posters on gardenweb from that area.

For the layout, you can post here and get good advice, or look for a kitchen designer (Angie's List maybe?).

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 12:06PM
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Yvonne Albertyn_Brazil

I follow Kelly Morisseau's blog who is a kitchen designer in Walnut Creek. I think she works for a kitchen design firm there. I've posted a link to her blog. She might be able to help you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kelly's blog

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 3:42PM
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No personal recommendations to offer, but I suggest checking the Berkeley Parenting network for referrals. I think googling Berkeley parenting interior design will get you some previous postings.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 3:49PM
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Any referrals for peninsula area?

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 4:40PM
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Here's the Berkeley Parents Network link

Here is a link that might be useful: Berkeley Parents Network

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:34PM
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still vet all resources found on berkeley parents network. got a bone head of a cabinet maker on that forum so it is not fool proof.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 4:05PM
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You can try
She did a friends house (one of the ones pictured) and they were very happy.
Also you can try
I've heard very good things about her too. She sells Rutt cabinets so she will have a focus on kitchen layouts.
I've met both and they seem very good but I haven't actually had any work done by either (may still do it). For tiles, I am working with Artistic Tile in San Carlos. The designers there have been really great at helping coordinate tiles for a bath and I will ask their help for the kitchen too. I've also heard very good things about the designers at DAvinci Tile in San Carlos.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:01PM
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Thanks everyone!

I emailed Kelly at Kelly's Kitchen Sync. They're all booked up until early 2013.

And I checked out Berkeley Parents Network. Most of the recs on there are older, but I'm going to start making some calls.

And thanks for the houzz leads. I didn't really know this website before!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 2:53PM
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Where in the east bay are you? If you are anywhere near Castro Valley I can share what I have learned from various local places.
Email me.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 3:02PM
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I worked with EM Design when we were in San Francisco and I was thrilled with Emily and Laurie. They do kitchen/bath remodels and were featured in the SF Decorator Showcase for 2012.

Here is a link that might be useful: EM design

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 7:55PM
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We had worked with Carlene Anderson CKD in 2010. She is based in Oakland, CA and is a real dear to work with. She is very patient with us. We didn't even have a picture of any "ideal" kitchens to show her when we first met. That was how clueless we were. We only knew we had an IKEA kitchen budget. Ha, that was so long ago...

We ended up not using her final layout design for us as I decided I want to keep the built-in china cabinet, and that triggered a realization that we tend to make decisions slowly. Meaning, hiring a CKD is great if you like to make decisions fast. Sadly, we don't operate that way. We chew (or obsessed?) on various aspects of the kitchen for a long time. And, we don't have the budget to keep going through many layout iterations with a CKD.

So, slowly over many moons, we redid the layout ourselves with helpful tips from GW-ers. But, we incorporated many of Carlene's key ideas into our current kitchen remodel to improve the flow and functionality of our kitchen.

Other places/people I have talked to that could be a good resource for you:
- Custom Spaces on Solano Ave, Berkeley
- Paragon Kitchen in Oakland
- JB Turner and Sons, in Oakland

I didn't use their services since we ended up purchasing Inner Most cabinetry from HD as it fits our budget better.

All the best in your search!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:31AM
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