I have owned The Cabinetry since 2003, when I purchased the business from my uncle, Ed MacDonald. Prior to working in this industry, I lived in Washington, DC for 13 years where I studied at Catholic University, and upon graduation entered the world of politics as a political appointee. Following September 11, 2001 I decided to move home to the South Shore (I grew up in Scituate) and pursue my love of interior design. I joined my uncle’s firm, which at the time was located in Hanover and called Kitchen-N-Counters. After a year my uncle retired and I took over ownership. To make it my own, I decided the company needed a new name and fresh identity so I re-branded it as The Cabinetry. Now my work is no longer a chore – I love what I do! It’s so satisfying to see how excited my clients are when we do the final walk through of their new kitchen or bath.
I received my Masters in Interior Architecture from Boston Architectural College after studying Art with a concentration in Fashion & Textiles at California State University, Los Angeles. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree I worked at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles as a Curatorial Assistant. I have always enjoyed Interior Design and decided to re-focus my career a few years later to pursue this passion.
I love the way successful architecture and interior design establishes a sense of place by connecting inhabitants to their surroundings allowing them to live and breathe in that space. My hope is to create interior spaces that are a natural extension of the individual and provide them with a comfortable backdrop to live their lives. Professionally I look to create beautiful environments where form and function blend seamlessly so people feel at home.
I have been designing kitchens since 2002, following a number of years climbing the corporate ladder working in travel and technology sales. Desiring something more fulfilling I realized that what I needed was more creativity in my life! Living in New York at the time I decided to return to school and study at The New York School of Interior Design where I pursued a degree in Interior Design. In 2004 I returned home to Massachusetts to continue a career in Kitchen & Bath Design eventually joining Marlene and her team here at The Cabinetry.
I enjoy both the creative and analytical aspect of the design process. I find great satisfaction in being able to execute a client’s vision, transform their space and exceed expectations!
I have been designing kitchens since 2001. The first remodel I ever did was my own, as a newlywed – in a tiny little ranch, on a tiny little budget. I fell in love with remodeling, ditched my career in the financial industry, and got a job where they taught me the art of kitchen design. Since then, I’ve worked in huge stores and tiny specialty shops, and even ran my own company for a few years. Ultimately, I found that running the business wasn’t as gratifying as being the designer.
I enjoy meeting with homeowners and hearing about their current kitchen’s issues. I take time at the site visit, so I can really get a feeling for the house, the needs of the people in it, and start imagining how we might improve things. My favorite part is presenting my designs to the homeowners so that they can see what I have envisioned for them. I pride myself on solving their design dilemmas – beautifully – and working within their budget. Whether it’s more counter space and better storage, a better layout and traffic flow, or simply creating a more inviting living space from a typically utilitarian area, I love improving my client’s homes and lives with a great renovation.
As we all know kitchens are the most loved room in a home, so when I earned my degree in Interior Design in 2000 I decided to specialize in kitchen design. It has been the perfect fit because I so enjoy helping my clients create a kitchen that is a happy space where they gather with friends and family and make memories.
I believe that understanding my client’s style and taste is key to creating a kitchen that is pleasing to the eye but also customized to meet their needs. By listening closely and asking a lot of questions, I gather the information I need to bring to life a space they’ll never want to leave!
I also love the opportunity to turn to other rooms in the home that need updating. Walk-in pantries, mudrooms, bathrooms and laundry rooms are other areas where creative design can make a big difference in the function of a home.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t love what I do. The best moments in my job are when I’m standing with my clients in their newly remodeled home and they are filled with joy by the end result!
I was raised in Massachusetts by a graphic designer & interior designer/painter. I have been surrounded by art & design my whole life and developed an appreciation not just for the end result, but the whole process of creating. After 11 years as a buyer & designer in the costume jewelry industry I decided I needed a change. I spent 14 years in Mid-Coast Maine renovating a farm house and working in merchandising, marketing & sales. When I moved back to Massachusetts a friend introduced me to Marlene and her team and it was an instant fit. I love the challenges and new experiences that each project and client brings.