Studio Strongwater. All the ingredients for inspired design.

About Our Studio

Sophisticated design is more than beauty.

Style truly comes to life when it sparks the senses and feels resonant in ways that hit you on a gut level.

We find joy in capturing the elusive something that you find when form falls in love with function.


Our expertise extends across every facet of your space—but we have a special love for striking, well-crafted kitchen design. It’s the heart of everything and, let’s face it, the room you use the most—so having an expert on your renovation team will really make a difference.

Our looks are as diverse as our clients—there’s no copy and paste Studio Strongwater style—everything is entirely custom and each outcome is delightfully unique.

Meet Beth | Founder, Principal Designer, Seeker of all Things Delicious

Beth Strongwater Interior Designer

I always end up in the kitchen.

It’s the room I am most comfortable in. I threw my first dinner party when I was thirteen. The menu? Raspberry vinaigrette and shrimp with apples and snow peas from The Silver Palate Cookbook—served on my grandmother’s china.

It only took me a few lifetimes to get here.

Before moving to Colorado in 2011, I studied Human Development at Boston College, interior architecture at the California College of the Arts, obtained culinary and pastry degrees from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, co-owned a bakery in NYC, and worked as a food stylist for Martha Stewart Living.

the desire to make beautiful things is in my bones.

I’m truly in my element when creating spaces where people move comfortably, laugh easily—and feel like they never want to leave.

Founding Studio Strongwater

represents the culmination of a lifetime spent in pursuit of simple pleasures. The big, bright moments of joy that flood your home during an impromptu dinner with friends. The quiet moments of grace sipping a cup of tea before the day begins. Even the mundane day-to-day happiness of opening a drawer and finding exactly what you were looking for.

The pleasure of existing in a place you love is everything.

And I love that I can bring that to you.


An Appetite for AestheticsCOCIDO

A COCIDO, a soulful, slow-cooked stew of tender chickpeas, bacon, spareribs, and chorizo, is an ancient Spanish dish.
Although cocido takes three hours to make—most of the time it’s just bubbling gently on top of the stove—it has the charm of releasing its aromas quickly, so that you have an early hint of what the dish is going to smell and taste like.

RECIPE: Cocido Jan. 30, 2008 The New York Times

TIME: About 3 hours, plus overnight soaking

  • 12 ounces dried chickpeas, covered by 2 inches of water and soaked overnight
  • 1 large leek
  • 1 1/2 pounds good quality slab bacon, in two large pieces, tough skin peeled off
  • 2 pounds baby back ribs, cut into individual ribs, each about 4 inches long
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 small smoked ham hock, about 6 ounces, or a 2 -ounce piece of serrano ham or 2-ounce prosciutto end
  • 1 medium yellow onion, unpeeled
  • 1/2 bulb garlic, unpeeled, ends trimmed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Spanish sweet paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 pound Spanish-style chorizo
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for garnish
  • Crusty bread for serving (optional)

One. Drain chickpeas and place in a large stockpot. Keeping root end intact, trim leek of roots and dark green leaves. Slice in half lengthwise, submerge in cold water, and rinse thoroughly. Add to stockpot with bacon, baby back ribs, 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon salt, thyme, ham hock, onion, garlic, carrot, paprika and bay leaf. Cover with water by 2 inches (about 6 cups). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour, occasionally skimming foam. Add 1 cup cold water. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour more. Alternately, cook in a pressure cooker for 24 minutes on high and release naturally.  

Two. Add 1/2 cup cold water and chorizo. Return to a low simmer and cook until all ingredients are tender, about 30 minutes more.

Three. Using a slotted spoon and kitchen tongs, carefully remove meats, garlic, bay leaf, thyme sprig, onion, carrot and leek. Discard ham hock, garlic, bay leaf and thyme sprig. When meats and remaining vegetables are cool enough to handle, peel onion and purée in a blender with the carrot, leek, 3/4 cup chickpeas and 1 cup cooking liquid.

Four. Cut bacon into 2-inch pieces and chorizo into 1-inch pieces. Return meats and vegetable purée to stockpot and stir gently to combine. Reheat, and adjust salt if necessary. Ladle into large soup plates, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. If desired, serve with crusty bread for sopping up sauce.

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