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!