Welcome to Elements Kitchen+Bath's newest addition... the DESIGNLOVESEATTLE blog. Here you'll find design inspirations, behind the scenes shots of our projects, trade secrets we've learned along the way & of course reveals of our completed projects.
But first, let me introduce myself & give you a little bit of my background in the design world.
My name is Shannon Boyle, and I was born to be a designer. I'm not exactly sure when I had that revelation. But, let's just say from a very young age, you could find me browsing through house plan books, re-organizing my bedroom & annoying the heck out of my parents with design solutions for their home. Growing up in the Midwest, I was inspired mostly by nature & surrounding cities, such as Chicago, Minneapolis & St. Louis.
My professional life in design started in 2005, when I enrolled in the Interior Design program at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating in 2009 with my Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, I was offered an internship (and later a full-time position) at a high-end kitchen & bath design firm in Cedar Falls, IA. During my time with this company, I had the opportunity to work with a man, named Mike Flanscha, who quickly became a mentor & a life-long friend. He is a self-taught cabinet designer with 35+ years of experience. I spent much of my time on the "design therapy" couch in his office learning & absorbing as much as possible. To this day, I think WWMD "What would Mike do" when working on new designs. Working in the Midwest, I was surrounded by a multitude of continuing education opportunities. I attended industry events at the International Market Square in Minneapolis, NEOCON at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, as well as KBIS in Chicago & Las Vegas. I was also able to attend cabinetry training + manufacturer tours at Plato Woodwork, Crystal Cabinets & Omega Cabinetry.
After 3 1/2 years working professionally in the Midwest, I decided I needed a change of scenery and ventured out West to Seattle, WA. Shortly after arriving, I joined the NKBA (National Kitchen+Bath Association). Through networking at NKBA events, I was quickly immersed into the design community of Seattle. I've since had the opportunity to work with two reputable design/build firms, and in February of 2015, I started Elements Kitchen+Bath, LLC. It's been a dream come true, and an incredible learning experience so far!