Kitchen Designs Team
KITCHEN DESIGNS BY KEN KELLY opened its doors in 1982 and is comprised of two principals, Ken Kelly and Grace Kelly, who run a family-owned business with two Long Island kitchen and bath showrooms in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For more than 30 years, our creative, dedicated team has become known for exceptional design and innovation. “We are very proud to be the No. 1 Wood-Mode dealer in New York (and in the tri-state area including New York City, New Jersey, and Conecticut) and No. 7 in the country doing what we love to do!” In addition to Wood Mode custom cabinetry, we carry our own signature Ken Kelly line as well as other European, Canadian, and American brands for all price points. We pride ourselves on our unsurpassed reputation for client satisfaction providing precise attention to detail, the best selection of the highest quality products, uncompromising business ethics, and a commitment to remarkable design. Our staff includes certified kitchen and bath designers and certified remodelers who are experts in kitchen design and remodeling. Our diverse team offers vast experience in creating rooms that work for your lifestyle, and we have the best tools to work with — the highest quality manufacturers, expert and talented field teams and installers who do quality work, and a very strong, organized administration that knows how to execute a project and deliver the best possible finished result. As a full service design studio, Kitchen Designs offers total turn-key services, coordinating the entire project from design and cabinetry installation to fixtures, countertops, flooring, windows, and lighting. We also offer a-la-carte services such as design only, cabinetry only, and a to-the-trade program for commercial and residential projects. Our team is dedicated on the follow-through and will take care of every detail of your renovation. Whether your project is high-end or budget, our greatest privilege is to really understand and expertly interpret our clients’ wishes and have the opportunity to transform your lives through good design.
Ken Kelly, Principal
Ken Kelly, CKD, CBD, CR Ken is an award-winning kitchen designer who studied architectural design and management in college. A 30+ year veteran of the remodeling industry, Ken excels at total room design, seamlessly integrating all the essential details of the entire project for his clients. His award-winning design work has been showcased numerous times in the New York Times, Newsday, and Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island and nationally in leading consumer publications including House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Designer Kitchen & Baths, and Distinction magazines. His work is featured in several published books and online in HGTV Designer’s Portfolio, Houzz, Kitchen & Bath Design News, K+BB, and more. An active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Ken holds three certifications — certified kitchen designer, certified bath designer, and certified remodeling expert. He is a sought after public speaker on the intricacies of kitchen design for both the consumer and industry professional, offering creative design solutions that have singled him out as a leading designer. Ken Kelly’s ongoing commitment includes teaching various seminars and classes on an annual basis. Ken serves on Blanco USA’s Design Council. His technical expertise and unrelenting attention to detail make him a “stand out” in the industry and have earned him a referral base that defies comparison.
Grace Kelly, Principal
Grace Kelly, MS, BS With 26 years in the kitchen, bath and remodeling business, Grace is a principal partner at Kitchen Designs who has also served the academic community for 18 years as a HS educator, business and technology professor, grant writer, and school board trustee. Her grants have earned significant funding for the local academic community. Grace is the front and back-end designer/developer of our website, author of the kitchendesigns.com blog and writer of a monthly magazine column called “Home on the Bay.” Grace manages strategic operations, marketing, and development providing pivotal business and technical direction driving growth in the company’s offerings. She has helped us achieve significant web presence by applying SEO principles to our site allowing us to receive first-page rankings in our local market. Her designs are seen in digital, television, and traditional advertising as well as in branded social media. Grace is the face behind all our marketing and social media campaigns and is the liaison between designers and the media. She serves on Blanco USA’s Design Council and keeps her hand in education teaching business courses as an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College. Her goal is to educate the consumer, improve and simplify the home improvement process, and provide an unparalleled experience for Kitchen Designs’ clients.
“Every room uniquely tells the story of its owners who live and find comfort in the environments we create.”
Mario, Senior Designer
Mario is a professional award-winning designer and educator with an extensive background in interior design and architecture. A noted industry professional whose work has appeared in numerous design publications, Mario is a graduate of the prestigious New York School of Interior Design. Mario is a visionary who continually finds ways to inspire through innovative design. He is a certified remodeler who excels in kitchen design and interior renovations and presents his clients with detailed designs, which include professional interior design recommendations. Additionally, as a design educator at C.W. Post University and Nassau Community College, he teaches courses in lighting design and technical drawing. His professional accomplishments are extensive and include teaching at other prestigious schools such as the Parsons School of Design and the Interior Design Institute in New Jersey as well as local trade show lectures. With 19 decorator showhouses to his credit, Mario has a portfolio that rivals the most seasoned designer. Mario is the consummate artiste, who can turn any room into a showcase.
Ed, Senior Field Expeditor
Ed is a highly experienced job expeditor who has been with Kitchen Designs for more than 30 years. Ed is responsible for coordinating our teams in the field and monitoring all job-site activity and crew schedules. In August 2000, Ed put down his hammer and joined our management team. Ed supervises all the talented craftspeople who will turn your dreams into reality. He is responsible for the development and oversight of projects, coordination of tradespeople, delivery of materials, and communication between the office and the field. Ed is a highly organized, diligent project manager whose pre-production flow-chart system ensures the client’s peace of mind. A talented craftsman in his own right with 35 years in residential and commercial construction, Ed has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to smoothly run every aspect of the installation process so you receive the best final result.
Steve, Senior Designer
Steve is an industry veteran and entrepreneur who has been designing residential kitchen and bathroom projects for 35 years. Steve specializes in custom design and has spent his career focusing on projects in Manhattan and Long Island, NY. He has maintained a strong industry presence throughout his career having served as both President and National Representative for the Metro New York Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. His intricate knowledge of the home renovation process allows him to help clients achieve the best possible solution within their budgets. Steve’s clients often comment about his patience and attention to detail developing project plans to completion. His impressive career portfolio includes American and European design style ranging from traditional to modern to country. Steve brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to all his projects and takes pride in turning clients’ wish lists into dream kitchens.
Brian, Showroom Sales
Brian is Kitchen Designs showroom sales representative. He is a seasoned professional well suited to managing upscale, high-volume sales and customer service operations. Brian earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stony Brook University, and his focus at Kitchen Designs is on customer service and satisfaction. Brian is the friendly face that greets you in the showroom.
Geri is a Field Team Expeditor. She facilitates and coordinates the scheduling details of your installation from start to finish. Geri’s high level of detail and responsive communication with homeowners, architects, builders, and contractors helps to keep every job running efficiently. With more than 25 years in the kitchen and bath business, Geri coordinates service, manages the installation process, and supervises Kitchen Designs’ support staff ensuring everything you need is taken care of from the planning stages to well after your installation.
Enza, Accountant/Office Manager
Enza is our office operations manager at Kitchen Designs. She has a strong background in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She runs the day-to-day operations within our Accounting Department and enjoys the balance of handling all aspects of office administration, records management, accounting, and tax preparation. Enza’s energy is contagious, and her work is as precise as our installations. Enza oversees all the work that is flowing through our departments on a daily basis. She has the happiest smile and is our “go to” person for just about everything.
Shan, AutoCad Designer
Shan is a highly trained Cad engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the kitchen and bath design industry. Shan is a great resource within our company and is responsible for creating detailed AutoCad drawings. She shares her techniques and offers AutoCAD drafting guidance to our drafting team and interns. An artist in her own right, Shan is an expert at visually communicating detailed and complicated concepts. She translates designs from concepts to workable orders and visuals for our clients including perspective drawings and elevations with detailed specifications for our installers.
Katelyn, AutoCad Designer
Katelyn is a highly-skilled draftsperson. She consults with your designer to bring the illustrated development of your kitchen or bath layout to life and is actively involved in all phases of the project. With a background in architecture, Katelyn is attentive to preparing detailed AutoCad drawings that enhance clients’ visualization of their project from beginning concepts through final construction plans. Her strong work ethic, analytical skills, and ability to find solutions make her an indispensable member of our Kitchen Designs team.
Gene, Senior Designer/Commercial Division Sales Manager
Gene is a highly skilled, certified associate kitchen and bath designer (AKBD) with 45 years experience both as a senior designer and as a high-end finish carpenter who often installed his own designs. Gene studied Building Construction and Mechanical Drawing and has worked as a project manager/lead carpenter specializing in estate restoration before moving on to manage Kitchen Designs’ residential and commercial sales division. Gene brings exceptional industry experience to the design team and is the regional “to-the-trade” manager for Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City. Gene works directly with architects, builders, contractors, and interior designers for commercial and residential home improvement projects. He provides direction and leadership to ensure client satisfaction with ongoing communication among allied trade professionals. His extensive portfolio attracts a diverse clientele who appreciates his innovative ideas for creative, functional spaces that match their lifestyles and home’s architecture.
Lorna, Showroom Sales
As a member of the Kitchen Designs team, Lorna brings an unsurpassed commitment to client service and satisfaction. Lorna enthusiastically imparts her fifteen years of design experience and industry knowledge to customers, whether at an initial showroom visit or assisting in product selection. She strives to deliver an extraordinary experience for Kitchen Designs’ clients and oversees our design showroom’s administrative and operational needs. Lorna believes communication is critical, and she patiently works to help clients reach their goals.
Dennis, Lead Carpenter
Dennis has been with Kitchen Designs since our early years in the 1980s. His work is impeccable, and he is a master of his craft. Dennis can handle every aspect of high-end residential construction as well as commercial projects and is keenly precise in his attention to detail on every project he installs. He coordinates communication with our field teams, designers, and clients. Dennis values good design, and his greatest joy is in making clients happy and improving their lives with high-quality craftsmanship.
Rob, Lead Carpenter
Rob is a highly skilled master craftsman with over 20 years experience in high-end, intricate residential remodeling. Before coming on board full-time at Kitchen Designs, Rob managed his own custom shop. Rob specializes in finish work, detailed woodworking, and architectural millwork. Combined with years of training, Rob’s background knowledge in math, technology and physics plays a vital role in his ability to expertly interpret plans and build to specifications.
Gerry, Lead Carpenter
Gerry has over 25 years experience in high-end residential and commercial remodeling. He specializes in trim carpentry and woodworking for kitchens and baths with expertise in finish work including cabinetry and millwork, framing, drywall, windows, doors, tile, mica work, and siding. A vital member of our team, Gerry is hard working, dependable, and truly enjoys helping others. He works closely with designers and field teams on Kitchen Designs’ projects. Gerry’s versatility is evident in his work, creating kitchens that speak to the distinct needs and wishes of his clients
Kereen, Showroom Concierge
Kereen is Kitchen Designs’ showroom concierge and services coordinator. She is in charge of creating an inviting showroom, maintaining door and hardware samples, stocking inventory, and assisting with showroom maintenance. Her passion for organization keeps our displays in beautiful order, and her infectious smile inspires everyone she greets.
On Time & On Budget
Kitchen Designs provides you with an exceptional start-to-finish experience, and we work with all budgets. Our team oversees every aspect of your project including all the general contracting, tradespeople, schedules, and project details to ensure a seamless installation.
We have an award-Winning Design Team with the largest “must see” innovative Kitchen Design showroom on Long Island. We specialize in kitchens that not only meet your unique requirements, but exceed your expectations in ways you’ve never dreamed possible.
Honored COTY Contractor of the Year, Kitchen Designs offers customized design perspectives with “See It First” technology. We will show you exactly what your kitchen will look like with beautiful drawings and renderings.
We have a very strong, organized administration that knows how to communicate and execute a project in order to deliver the best possible finished result. Our team is diligent on the follow-through and will take care of every detail of your renovation.
Career OpportunitiesWe're Expanding at Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc.
Experienced Kitchen Designer Salesperson Career Opportunity:
Seeking an EXPERIENCED, talented high-end kitchen and bath designer/salesperson for a long-term career opportunity in our established 30+ year high-profile, award-winning design showroom. Candidate should be comfortable with all phases of construction and have experience selling over one million dollars annually. You will receive a generous commission structure with a draw and will work directly with clients, architects, builders, and interior designers on projects including kitchens, baths, and custom cabinetry for the entire home. This is a wonderful opportunity to build a rewarding career for the right candidate. Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. has a long-standing reputation for excellence and is the #1 Wood-Mode dealer in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) and #7 in the United States. We are a full-service company offering dynamic designers a great support staff including a field expediting team. This is NOT a training situation. We have positions open in our Williston Park and Sag Harbor showrooms. If you think we are a perfect fit, please send us your resume, sketches and/or CAD drawings and photos of the kitchens and bathrooms you’ve designed VIA EMAIL ONLY to email@example.com. All resumes and inquires will be kept confidential. NOTE – The following are a PLUS: NKBA accreditations; a four-year degree in interior design, interior architecture, or architecture.
Seeking a motivated, talented draftsperson with strong AutoCAD skills and the ability to prepare accurate construction drawings based on the information provided by the kitchen designers and design sales team. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Summer paid internship opportunities for students seeking design field experience in our Nassau and Suffolk County design studios. Email resume to email@example.com .