Thanks a million for making BlueStar's restaurant quality available to home chefs."
Laurie Colton - Walnut Creek, CA
Owner of a Stainless Steel, BlueStar RCS 30" FreeStanding Gas Range
Name: Rebekah Zaveloff
Location: KitchenLab - Chicago, IL
BlueStar: 48" RNB Freestanding Range with a French Top
KitchenLab is a Chicago based interiors firm specializing in kitchens and baths: the rooms that so often start as the focal point for many of the projects we design and manage. We're a full service design firm offering everything from space planning and drawings, to custom cabinetry, interior design and project management. We also collaborate with architects on additions, gut rehabs, and custom homes. KitchenLab's projects have been featured on HGTV, as well as many publications including: Renovation Style, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Chicago Home + Garden, and CS Interiors. We work in the city and surrounding suburbs as well as on select projects in southwestern Michigan. Design-only consulting is available on a select basis nationwide through our e-design service known as design in a bag.
Rebekah is a certified kitchen designer and contributor at Houzz. Rebekah began her career working in set design for film and television. Her design work is highly influenced by her background in fine art, working in various media including painting, collage, sculpture, photography, and film. During her years as an art student, Rebekah worked in restaurants and she thinks that it's no coincidence she found her niche in kitchen design. Her passion for food, wine, art and design, combined with her collaborative style and the natural inclination for taking care of people create a synergy that influences the work she does at KitchenLab. She works closely with people to create spaces tailored to each client's needs, tastes, and budget, always offering unpredictable and unexpected ideas. Rebekah's studies include University of California, Los Angeles, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Harrington Institute of Interior Design.
Nick brings to KitchenLab an extensive background in the restaurant industry, as well as years of experience in rehabbing buildings. Nick and Rebekah met in a restaurant that he was a partner in and soon they were collaborating on the design of a brick three flat in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Naturally, marriage and the formation of their business soon followed. In addition to being an amazing home cook, foodie, oenophile and all around space planning muse, Nick oversees KitchenLab's e-design program and divides his duties between CFO, office manager, project manager, and Minister of Magical Objects.
"Always keeping in mind the lifestyle and taste of clients, we encourage mixing of styles - antiques with new pieces, traditional with modern. This is why BlueStar fits so nicely into the mix of high-performance and high-caliber design. the colors are phenomenal - as a designer, what's not to love with all those choices, and the quality unsurpassed. For two designers who love to cook, it's a perfect appliance."
What is your favorite color?
Coneflower pink, especially when it's fading at the end of the season.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
Chef's like Jamie Oliver, David Chang and Anthony Bourdain, NPR, PBS, Houzz, Griege Design, Poppytalk, Coco+Kelly (Cassandra Lavalle), InteriorDesignChat, Paul Anater.
What is the 1st question you ask a client?
What don't you like about your current home or their last home if they've recently moved. Most people do better with being able to comment on what they don't like rather than what they do like.
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