OUR TEAM

Through our teamwork and positive attitude, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients, by providing our knowledge to make our clients dream kitchen become a reality. We continue to improve our skills through professional and personal growth. You can trust the Kitchen Studio Niagara Design Team to provide you with the highest standard of Service.

KRISTEN COATES
DESIGNER

Raised in St. Catharines, I knew I wanted to explore but always knew I would settle down in the area. I was always creative and my favourite part of projects at school was the presentation. It’s refreshing to remind myself I was creative before the world of Pinterest and You Tube. They are great tools but I see people becoming more overwhelmed with the content available now and want to help people sort through the trends and get you to your end goal. I started out in the working world as a family photographer then moved on to visual merchandising and realized I had an eye for space and how to create different feelings by simply placement of pieces. I decided to pursue my love for design academically and went to Georgian College for Interior Design and Decorating where I was able to fine-tune my natural skills. I now inspire, create, and deliver beautiful kitchen and bathrooms for my clients. This is what I love doing!

I pride myself on taking care of my clients and ensuring the design process an enjoyable one. I understand it is a significant investment and I take your investment seriously, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun along the way. I guarantee that every home regardless of budget will be beautiful and comfortable and enjoyable. To me every project is unique to so I take into consideration your lifestyle, budget, and personality then infuse my expertise to create your vision.

First design memory?

I used to draw floor plans of my bedroom and I’m sure I still have them. I also remember my mom painting a room of the house every time my dad was away for work. She influenced me quite a bit.

Where are you most inspired?  On vacation, its good to give the mind some negative space and come back refreshed.

Favourite fashion designer? I love various designers for different reasons. Elli Saab for being whimsical and romantic. Oscar de la Renta and Dior for being tailored and they have an architectural feature. I really love anything that is simple with a dramatic element.

Thing you would buy for you own home if money were no object? Art.

If you were a fabric what would you be and why? Raw silk- Natural, sensitive, beautiful and full-bodied.

Traditional/Contemporary design ratio (%) 40/60

Neutral/Colour design ratio (%) 70/30

The most exciting part of any design project is… Sharing the design plan with the client. The excitement from the client and myself is always fun.

My style would be described by my colleagues as … Relaxed, clean lines, asymmetrical, neutral textures accented by unexpected colour.

If I weren’t a decorator, I would be… Photographer

The trend I will never revisit is… borders, stencils and carpeted bathrooms

Movie I could watch over and over… The Sound of Music

Feel free to call email or come visit me in our beautiful showroom, together we will design the kitchen of your dreams

CHARLENE LEONARD
DESIGNER

Kitchen design is both a passion and profession for Charlene who has been creating beautiful custom kitchens for her customers for many years. A high-quality, custom kitchen is very personal. Each unique project she creates for her clients expresses their personal style. Her love of cooking and culinary expertise informs the functionality of each project.

KRISTEN PAULS
DESIGNER

Born and raised in Niagara on the Lake I have seen many different designs and possibilities of what can be done in a home. Styles ranging from victorian to modern, gothic to rustic, industrial and many more styles.

Ever since I was a little girl, I would always rearrange my room changing the arrangement of my bed, dressers and nightstands. When I got tired of the colours on my wall, I would repaint my room to colours I felt drawn to. From a rosy pink, to bright blue walls, or settling down to neutral white-grey tones. I would play the Sims game and be constantly making different clients to give them new homes. Once I was done creating one home, I would move onto the next property to design another one. I knew from a young age what I wanted to become: a designer.

In 2013, I headed off to Georgian College and took the Interior Decorating Program graduating in 2015. I loved being able to create different spaces and since I love to draw, drawing out floor plans and rooms was fun for me. Following my graduation, I moved forward into the Kitchen and Bath Graduate Program to learn more.

After completing my education, and have been employed in my field since graduating. I love being able to work with people and making their dreams come true! Besides, who wouldn’t want a fresh new kitchen in their home to show off to all their friends and family.

CHRISTINE
INSTALLATION & SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR

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OPERATIONS MANAGER

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