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designing inspiring spaces

Studio Strongwater is a design and consulting firm that creates functional, beautiful, custom kitchens as unique as the people who live and work within them. We can assist in all aspects of a project from initial concepts to completion, including: consulting, working with architects and builders, space planning, appliance selection, materials and finish specification, as well as décor.

what is inspired design?

To me it is an experience that enhances your home life, and an expression of who you are. It balances beauty with the efficient use of your space.

how does this happen?

Through a meaningful and thorough exchange of ideas, skillful planning combined with years of my experience in the kitchen.

about me

I always end up in the kitchen. It is the room I am most comfortable being in. Armed with The Silver Palate Cookbook, my first dinner party featured raspberry vinaigrette, and shrimp with apples and snow peas served on my grandmother’s china to three girlfriends. I was 13. The desire to feed people delicious and beautiful food is in my bones, and has moved me to create kitchens where people move comfortably, laugh easily and want to linger.

It just took me a few decades to get here. Before moving to Colorado in 2011, I had studied interior architecture at California College of the Arts, obtained culinary and pastry degrees from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, co-owned a bakery in NYC, worked as a food stylist and writer, and spent many years cooking in residential kitchens as a caterer. After completing the renovation of my home – and dream kitchen – in 2016, I am back at the drafting table having fused my cooking and design expertise into studio strongwater.

core values

  • I believe good design comes from smart problem solving.

By intently listening, I develop an understanding of your needs and deliver a design that exceeds the expectations of your dream kitchen.

  • I believe good design is not “one style fits all”.

Each project takes on a unique path, and your kitchen should reflect who you are and how you live your life.

  • I believe good design emerges from collaboration.

A successfully executed space incorporates the skills and knowledge of the architect, builder, subcontractor, and fabricator – all of whom serve the client’s interest – and only then can it delight, function and endure.

  • I believe the best kitchen is the kitchen that works best for you.

My eye for beauty never compromises function. My experience setting up and cooking in countless kitchens has taught me the necessity of good ergonomics, functionality and work flow.

Great design is like a great recipe. It is a compilation of excellent ingredients that work well together, and thoughtful strategies to turn them into beautiful, pleasurable, even inspiring spaces.

My goal as a designer is to find the right ingredients for you by understanding what you desire from your kitchen, how you occupy and get joy from it, and then deliver an exquisite, comfortable and functional kitchen within budget. My experience in the kitchen combined with my love of cooking and design give me a unique set of tools to create your ideal kitchen – the heart of your home.

services

We can assist in all aspects of a project from initial concepts to completion, including consulting with architects and builders,
space planning, appliance selection, materials and finish specification, as well as décor.

comprehensive kitchen design and consultation services for new build and renovation includes:

hourly design consultations:

space planning and design development
construction ready drawings
materials and finishes selection
project/construction management

review floor plans, cabinet shop drawings, lighting plan
assessment of kitchen equipment, tools, organization and storage needs
appliance selection and purchasing
residential interior design

approach

accolades

Month of Modern

kind words

“Beth was a lifesaver to our kitchen remodel. She took the time to really understand who we are and what we wanted in a home and kitchen, and translated our desires into a beautiful and functional​ kitchen. It has changed the way we live in our house, host our guests, and experience life with people we love in our home. We couldn’t be happier with our new kitchen and couldn’t have done it without Beth!”

KATIE MASSEY COMBS • BOULDER

“I love working with Beth. She knows just the right questions to ask in order to help with direction and decisions at every step of the way. And, she does not stop where the kitchen ends: she takes into consideration the relationship of the kitchen to the surrounding spaces and architecture, and even assists with furniture selection.

Perhaps what impresses me the most about Beth and instills confidence, is her commitment to, and love of her craft. She has a great eye for beauty, design and function and I like getting her input on every little detail. I know that my kitchen will be a happy place to be thanks to Beth!”

CATHY SUMMER • BOULDER

“Beth did a superb job managing the challenge of making my modern apartment work after downsizing from a large old house. She listened to my requirements and desires for my new space and made it functional and beautiful! She was also terrific at helping me keep the space from becoming cluttered and worked with my antiques to compliment what I desire: a more modern look. Most of all, she was a delight to work with, very professional and met my very tight time requirements.”

JANET HATTON • BOULDER

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Studio Strongwater is a design and consulting firm that creates functional and beautiful custom kitchens that uniquely reflect the clients living in them.

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