Kitchen Design: Beyond Cabinets and Countertops

This image showcases a modern kitchen featuring dark wood cabinetry and a striking marble backsplash that flows with dynamic patterns.

Interior Design Vs. Kitchen Design.

Elegant office designed by a kitchen designer

Custom cabinetry and furnishings by Thyme and Place Design.

At Thyme and Place Design, our philosophy extends far beyond the confines of traditional kitchen and bath design. You can see from my extensive portfolio I provide full-service interior design along with kitchen, bath, and millwork. While it may be true, we do not take on a project unless it includes cabinetry or millwork, we are providing interior design services.

 My passion has always been to create livable, soulful home environments that transcend mere functionality. My clients have trusted me to design their homes with a unique perspective of quiet luxury infused with function, beauty, and wellness.

What does a kitchen designer bring to your home?

Kitchen Design: Beyond Cabinets and Countertops.

Functional Design

One question I often encounter is whether I identify as an interior designer or a kitchen designer.  The truth is, I happily embrace both labels. Kitchen and bath designers are among the most technically proficient professionals in the industry, requiring mastery of various building components from framing and HVAC systems to plumbing and electrical work. Kitchen designers also bring so much more beyond just cabinets and countertops to any design.  I am proud to be a certified kitchen designer. However, my expertise doesn’t stop there.  I combine both the technical and aesthetic in perfect union achieving design balance throughout the home.  I am very comfortable designing bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and, of course, kitchens and baths. My kitchen design abilities extend beyond cabinets and countertops. 

antique barn beam, custom cabinets and furnishings.

Designed by Thyme and Place Design

Kitchen Design:  Beyond Cabinets and Countertops.

Aesthetic Environments

In my work,  I bring the perfect balance between the technical and the aesthetic, ensuring that every room I design is not only visually stunning but also highly functional. While many may view kitchen and bath design as primarily concerned with ergonomics and adherence to industry guidelines, I believe it’s about much more than that. Design is about creating spaces that promote health, well-being, and a sense of harmony. I love connecting all the components of interior design. Selecting cabinets and countertops, tile, decorative lighting, color schemes, and yes, the furnishings to complete the space. Each piece plays a vital role in the overall design narrative. I believe in a full-circle design concept. Why wouldn’t I want to complete my vision for the design?

Kitchen design beyond cabinets and countertops in the wine tasting bar.

Comprehensive Design Services.

Designing furniture is very similar to designing custom cabinetry. Both require careful consideration of construction, functionality, aesthetics and the elements of design. By offering comprehensive design services, I empower my clients to envision their spaces in a way that goes beyond mere functionality.

Perhaps you’re considering a kitchen or bath remodel, or even a home office or entertainment space. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional route. Look to a full-service kitchen and bath/interior design professional who can bring your vision to life in ways you never imagined.

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD

ABOUT SHARON. 

Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award.

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  Sharon was a featured speaker for  *Voices From The Industry*  at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC. 

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2 Comments

  1. Donille Perrone

    Love the article on interior designer vs kitchen designer…I always wondered about the distinction btwn the two!

    Reply
    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you so much Donille, I am glad I could shed some light on the subject. I can be confusing.

      Reply

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My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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