Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Face of the Fine Art of Kitchens and Baths

BARBARA GELLER, ACSD, PKBD, The Place For Kitchens and Baths

“It’s not enough to have a kitchen or bath just look good. If they don’t function, they have no purpose in the home,” explains Barbara Geller, president of The Place for Kitchens and Baths. Her undergraduate and graduate education in Fine Arts provided her the aesthetic foundation to visualize the potential beauty in her clients’ spaces. Her decades of expertise as a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer has enabled her to meticulously decipher every detail of how she is going to use that space.

“In these changing times, kitchens have evolved from a gathering place for meals into a home office and often a classroom. When I go to the client’s job site I am focused first on delivering a functional floorplan for the lifestyle they lead now—and will—in the future of the home. Then, the style choices come into play, from modern clean lines to the gold tone hardware and faucets that are making a comeback.

“The same applies to bath design: function first. I want my client to be able to reach the on and off controls in the shower without having to get wet. With a movement toward freestanding tubs, I often have to design a deck so they can enjoy the ambiance without mobility issues. After all functionality considerations are mastered, the beauty evolves from my arsenal of endless design possibilities,” Barbara explains. “My work is very gratifying. Making my clients happy is what I love to do.”

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