Meet the Team

Susan Klimala award winning designer

Susan Klimala, CKD, CBD, Co-Owner

Susan’s studies in interior design, degree in psychology and real world experience in corporate marketing all meld nicely together into her status as lead designer and co-owner of The Kitchen Studio. “Remodeling can be very stressful for some clients, and I want to make sure my clients know that I am here for them from start to finish, helping them to make the best decisions for their project, and ensuring their project runs smoothly”. Susan’s designs have won many regional and national awards. Susan is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer as well as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Jeff Klimala

Jeff Klimala, Co-Owner

As Vice President, Jeff is involved in many aspects of The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn’s business. Accounting, finance, human resources, client warranty management, and IT maintenance comprise the majority of his time. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Dawn Jackman

Dawn Jackman, Marketing Manager

Dawn came to The Kitchen Studio with a business degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and several years’ of marketing experience in the corporate world. After spending time at home raising her two daughters, she decided to get back into the working world. This time around, she decided a small local business was where she wanted to focus her marketing and advertising talents. Dawn enjoys finding new and creative ways to promote a business that truly cares about its clients.

Rebecca Allen, Designer/Project Manager

With a communications and art history degree, Rebecca followed her passion for interior design and attended Harrington College of Design while also interning at an architectural and design firm where she first learned the process and intricacies of the industry. She has worked under many talented designers in Chicago and Los Angeles. Rebecca’s idea of inspiring design is making any beautiful space feel like a collectively, personal evolved work of art. The three most significant and indulgent aspects of any design to Rebecca are color, showcasing personality & greenery.

Lindsey Dyer

Lindsey Dyer, Designer/Project Manager

Lindsey grew up with a passion for the creative arts. After attending Harrington College of Design, Lindsey focused on honing her design and project management skills prior to joining The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn. She recognizes the power of beautiful interiors and how they can transform daily life. Her goal is to create thought-provoking design all while maintaining the delicate balance of scale, character and quality.

Keri Rogers - Designer

Keri Rogers, Designer/Project Manager

With over 10 years of kitchen and bath design experience, Keri has an eye for design, great attention to detail, and extensive knowledge of the design business, materials, and sales process. She has an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from College of DuPage, and is a honors graduate of Benedictine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Her favorite part of being in the industry is building a relationship with the client and creating a space with them that they will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Gigi Doubek kitchen designer

Gigi Doubek, Designer/Project Manager

After helping several friends and family members with their design challenges, Gigi decided to pursue her interest in design after a 10+ year career in in media sales. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate in Kitchen & Bath Design from the College of DuPage. Gigi’s passion for design is fueled by the impact that great design can have on our lives and enjoys the interplay of texture and light in her designs.

Meet the Kitchen Studios Team

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn is a family-owned and -operated business made up of the most expert kitchen and bath designers in Chicago and Glen Ellyn. We believe in a collaborative approach, always customizing our recommendations and applying our design expertise to fit the vision of your home and unique lifestyle.

Your family’s home is in good hands with our family!

Great design. Easy to work with. On schedule and on budget. I couldn't ask for more. I am a very satisfied customer.

- Wendy N.

2018-03-19T13:20:29+00:00

- Wendy N.

Great design. Easy to work with. On schedule and on budget. I couldn't ask for more. I am a very satisfied customer.
We had a fantastic experience working with the Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn. Their professionalism and quality of workmanship is a rare find. Their proposed schedule and budget was very accurate. We were not "nickel and dimed" as things came up. We have a good amount of experience with remodels and our experience with them was exceptional.

– Kelley and Adam B.

2018-05-10T10:47:46+00:00

– Kelley and Adam B.

We had a fantastic experience working with the Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn. Their professionalism and quality of workmanship is a rare find. Their proposed schedule and budget was very accurate. We were not "nickel and dimed" as things came up. We have a good amount of experience with remodels and our experience with them was exceptional.
The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn was so wonderful to work with. Everyone was very nice and professional. Workers were clean and prompt. I love my master bathroom! I would highly recommend them!

– Amy and Neal L.

2018-05-10T10:48:09+00:00

– Amy and Neal L.

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn was so wonderful to work with. Everyone was very nice and professional. Workers were clean and prompt. I love my master bathroom! I would highly recommend them!
We have used Kitchen Studio services on several projects in our home. Consultation and project planning and implementation, including timelines, is excellent. We have not been disappointed!

– Alice and Dave S.

2018-05-10T10:49:08+00:00

– Alice and Dave S.

We have used Kitchen Studio services on several projects in our home. Consultation and project planning and implementation, including timelines, is excellent. We have not been disappointed!
We were very pleased with Susan and the team at the Kitchen Studio. We had a vision for our dream kitchen and Susan worked closely with us to bring it to life and far exceeded our expectations. They were super organized and professional and even finished our kitchen ahead of schedule. We would recommend the Kitchen Studio without hesitation.

– Joe and Krissy L.

2018-05-10T10:44:51+00:00

– Joe and Krissy L.

We were very pleased with Susan and the team at the Kitchen Studio. We had a vision for our dream kitchen and Susan worked closely with us to bring it to life and far exceeded our expectations. They were super organized and professional and even finished our kitchen ahead of schedule. We would recommend the Kitchen Studio without hesitation.
Top notch job from start to finish! Great workmanship and delivered a bit ahead of the schedule for completion. Good communication at all stages of the project.

- Linda and Bob K.

2018-05-10T10:45:27+00:00

- Linda and Bob K.

Top notch job from start to finish! Great workmanship and delivered a bit ahead of the schedule for completion. Good communication at all stages of the project.
We thought the entire team did a fantastic job of meeting our needs and working with our schedule. The workmanship was exceptional.

– Bruce J. and Catherine D.

2018-05-10T10:45:59+00:00

– Bruce J. and Catherine D.

We thought the entire team did a fantastic job of meeting our needs and working with our schedule. The workmanship was exceptional.
The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn designed and remodeled a beautiful kitchen and bath in my 93 year old home. As a senior citizen I decided to "live in place" and incorporate safety features in my kitchen and bath. The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn fulfilled my requests.

– Pat C.

2018-05-10T10:46:32+00:00

– Pat C.

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn designed and remodeled a beautiful kitchen and bath in my 93 year old home. As a senior citizen I decided to "live in place" and incorporate safety features in my kitchen and bath. The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn fulfilled my requests.
We couldn't be happier with the work that they did. The Kitchen Studio delivered more than they promised!

– Bruce and Janet B.

2018-05-10T10:44:30+00:00

– Bruce and Janet B.

We couldn't be happier with the work that they did. The Kitchen Studio delivered more than they promised!
Great people to work with. Very professional and Susan always returned my emails and questions very promptly.

– Neil and Sarita D.

2018-05-10T10:35:33+00:00

– Neil and Sarita D.

Great people to work with. Very professional and Susan always returned my emails and questions very promptly.
Susan and The Kitchen Studio team were fantastic to work with. The design process was much easier than anticipated, and there were multiple options for finishes based on what fit into our budget. We could not be happier with the final product, and knowing ahead of time what the schedule was, and the fact that they kept to the schedule made everything much easier. We knew what to expect and when to expect the project to be completed.

- Kyle and Mindy J.

2018-05-10T10:33:35+00:00

- Kyle and Mindy J.

Susan and The Kitchen Studio team were fantastic to work with. The design process was much easier than anticipated, and there were multiple options for finishes based on what fit into our budget. We could not be happier with the final product, and knowing ahead of time what the schedule was, and the fact that they kept to the schedule made everything much easier. We knew what to expect and when to expect the project to be completed.

Awards

The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn has been recognized by its peers and industry leaders for its outstanding work in the field. Our work has been showcased in renowned design magazines, both locally and nationally.
NKBA 2016 DESIGN VISION AWARDS
  • 1st Place Winner – Large Kitchen
  • 1st Place Winner – Large Bathroom
  • 1st Place Winner – Small Bathroom
  • 3rd Place Winner – Medium Kitchen
  • 3rd Place Winner – Small Bathroom
  • Best Before & After – Small Bathroom
ANNUAL NKBA AWARDS
  • 2013 Best of Show - Design Excellence
  • 2013 1st Place – Large Bathroom
  • 2013 1st Place – Small Bathroom
  • 2013 1st Place – Small Kitchen
  • 2013 2nd Place – Large Kitchen
  • Previous Awards in 2009, 2008 & 2006
Best of Houzz 2018 - Design
Best of Houzz 2018 - Service
Best of Houzz 2017
Best of Houzz 2017 Service
Best of Houzz 2015 Service
Best of Houzz 2014 Design
Best of Houzz 2012 Service
Best of Houzz Design 2012
Recommended on Houzz
Houzz 100K Saves

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