ELLEN CHEEVER & ASSOCIATES

 KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN

 

About Ellen Cheever

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Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CLIPP, spent almost 50 years redefining kitchens and bathrooms for North American consumers and industry professionals.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics from California State University, Ellen’s career included work in the showroom-based sector of the industry, and as an independent designer. Her creative talents were well grounded in years of managing design/build projects. She was responsible for launching new products and developing new dealers as an executive in the cabinet manufacturing part of the business. She traveled the road as a “Manufacturer’s Rep”, and managed thought-provoking and incentivizing designer adventures. She was around long enough to know what both success and failure felt like; learning how the best pros in the kitchen and bath industry always rebound from economically challenging times.

 

Though her focus was specific, her expertise touched many venues. As product consultant, author, designer and industry spokesperson, Ellen educated and impacted the lives and workspaces of homeowners, designers and manufacturers.

Sadly, on February 13, 2021 Ellen passed away peacefully in her sleep, next to her husband Pete, the love of her life.

A Few Career Accomplishments

  • 2020 Ellen Cheever led the design team in re-imagining the Family Kitchen centers at the Ronald McDonald House of DE.

  • 2019 The Ellen Cheever Student Certification Scholarship program created by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

  • 2018 The Cheever Design Library opened at Virginia Tech’s Real Life Design Lab in Blacksburg VA. 


  • 2017 Named one of Top 50 Industry Influencers by Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine.

  • 2017 Named one of Delaware’s Top Women in Business.

  • 2017 Accredited as Certified Living-in-Place Professional.

  • 2016 Wilmington, DE Junior League Show House 2016 Master Bathroom Designer of Record.

  • 2010 Awarded First Place in the International Design Awards Retail Commercial Space category.

  • 2009 Accredited as Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

  • 2003 KWC Faucets Design Competition Winner.

  • 2002 ASID Pennsylvania Chapter Designer of Distinction.

  • 2002 ASID/International Trends Magazine Design Competition Winner.

  • 2002 Sub-Zero Freezer Design Competition Regional Winner.

  • 2001 Recognized as one of the first 13 Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designers CMKBD.

  • 2000 Vassar Showhouse Contributing Designer.

  • 1999 Awarded First Place in Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine’s Product Innovator Competition, Custom Cabinetry for St. Charles Cabinetry coated steel

  • 1999 Awarded Second Place in Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine’s Product Innovator Competition, Custom Cabinetry for St. Charles Cabinetry Innotech Drawer Storage System.

  • 1997 Sub-Zero Freezer Design Competition Regional Winner.

  • 1995 American HomeStyle Design Competition First Place Award.

  • 1995 Haddontown Designer Showhouse Contributing Designer.

  • 1995 Delaware Opera Guild Showcase Contributing Designer.

  • 1994 Pittsburgh Showhouse Contributing Designer.

  • 1992 Nominated to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Hall of Fame.

  • 1992 Kohler Company Designer of Record, Kohler Design Idea Center Display’s.

  • 1989 Accredited as Certified Bathroom Designer.

  • 1980 Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

  • 1976 Accredited as Certified Kitchen Designer.

  • NKBA Design Competition Awards:

  • Kitchen Design 1976, 1978, 1983, Honorable Mentions

1987, 2001 First Place Awards

1987, 1993, 2001 Second Place Awards

2001 Third Place Award

 

Author

Ellen is the author of 20+ books and manuals covering the details of kitchen and bathroom standards, including 3 of the National Kitchen & Bath Association Professional Resource Library volumes. Additionally, she was a regular columnist for Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine for 16 years.
 

 

Educator

Recognized as an industry expert and design trend analyst, Ellen presented kitchen and bath design symposiums to international audiences in New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, and throughout North America. Ellen developed training and marketing programs for specific sectors of the industry. She created and presented symposiums focused on the design, sales and business management of residential kitchen and retail design studios.

 

Designer

In her private practice, Ellen Cheever and her team worked with major manufacturers on corporate showrooms, show exhibits and editorial sets. Additionally, she consulted with business entrepreneurs considering expanding or revamping their showroom spaces.

Ellen complemented her industry involvement with a residential practice. A joint effort with Giorgi Kitchens & Designs combined her design skills with the respected Wilmington, Delaware based design/build firm. Their focus was on spatial design, product specification expertise and skillful project management.

Ellen Cheever and her team work with major manufacturers on corporate showrooms, show exhibits and editorial sets. Additionally, she consults with business entrepreneurs considering expanding or revamping their showroom spaces.

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