Designer Snapshot: Susan Shulman on Venegas and Company
October 12, 2011
By Paula M. Bodah
I found myself in a discussion with designer Susan Shulman recently about the importance of a good kitchen designer. Susan, who was featured in our Wish List back in the July/August issue, had lots of good things to say about Venegas and Company, the cabinetry and kitchen design showroom in the Boston Design Center. â€œWhen you’re designing a kitchen, it’s so important to be confident that the finished design is going to meet your expectations and your client’s,â€ Susan says. â€œI love working with Venegas. They’re totally committed to taking away the guesswork.â€
Susan worked with Venegas designer Barbara Baratz to redesign the kitchen of a house in the Boston suburbs, and she shared the results with me.
“Before” (all photos courtesy of Susan Shulman)
The kitchen needed a fresher look, Susan says. â€œIt was kind of a builder’s special before, and it had never been updated,â€ she says. â€œWe wanted to give it a more transitional, updated feel.â€ She swapped out the old white semi-custom cabinets with new ones in shades of off-white and pale gray. For the backsplash, she chose a mini subway tile from Tile Showcase.
Shulman and Baratz added a custom-made hutch, using glass shelving and built-in lighting to give it a more modern look. They based the design of the hutch on one she’d seen in the Venegas showroom. â€œAt Venegas, they listen closely to what the designer and client say, and offer good ideas and options,â€ Susan says.
The old white-painted island was replaced with a new one in gray with a marble top. The marble the clients originally wanted turned out to be unavailable, but they trusted Susan and Barbara enough to have them to choose a substitute while the clients were away.
When you work with a kitchen designer you trust, the results speak for themselves. “I wish I could work with Venegas on every project,” says Susan.