With a reputation as an artful designer, Lorraine Beggs’s ability to transform a homeowner’s vision into reality is truly, nothing short of magic. But, it hasn’t always been that way. When her brother opened Concepts The Cabinet Shop in 2003 and enlisted her help, Lorraine was testing hearing aids for a living. Eagar to help, she embraced the challenge with the same passion with which she now designs. Self-taught, she admits, design has become her life.
When designing a new space, how do you begin the design process?
I design exclusively for my clients and everyone is different. Their function influences my design. You have to get creative because a fair number of people have a vision, but many do not. In our initial meeting, we create a remodel wish list. For visual reference, we have a catalog of our remodel photos. I always order the Waypoint consideration basket, which includes the Waypoint magazine, and everyone loves the inspiration it provides! I can’t tell you how many times people call to thank me for sending it. After a project is finished, as a thank you, we send every customer a Waypoint celebration kit.
Has the role of the kitchen changed since you started designing?
Oh, yes! I was just looking at remodel pictures from 10 years ago and they look ancient! We’ve raised the bar for the kitchen and the styles have really changed. Today’s kitchen is the heart of the home so, the style needs to reflect that level of comfort.
Which of the current trends do you envision standing the test of time?
White and grey shaker cabinets are definitely here to stay. Adding lighter wood finishes and contrasting cabinets, like Maple Espresso, offers a nice contrast to light, painted cabinets. Islands give people a place to gather, dine and provide creative storage, so they aren’t going anywhere either.
It comes as no surprise that Lorraine receives rave reviews from clients. Her transformative powers are extraordinary.
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer