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Ellen Cheever

Ellen Cheever brings a dynamic combination of design excellence and best business practices to her business and residential clients in the kitchen and bath industry. 

A Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Certified Living in Place Professional, Cheever works with residential clients as part of a residential design practice based in Wilmington, DE. Her design work has been honored by the American Society of Interior Designers, The Sub-Zero Design competition, the KWC Design Competition and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Additionally, she is the president of her consulting firm that has specialized in creating highly effective training programs for all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. Her programs are delivered as CEU approved online webinars as well as in-person presentations.

Cheever is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame, and has served on the management teams of several innovative and respected cabinet companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics from California State University.

The prolific author first gained prominence in the industry when she wrote two textbooks considered the basis of design education: Beyond the Basics: Advanced Kitchen Design and The Basics of Bathroom Design and Beyond. She then served as the Director of Educational Services for the National Kitchen & Bath Association, where under her leadership the Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Technical Manuals were first published.

She continued her focus on educational leadership throughout her career. She authored and updated four of the authoritative volumes for NKBA’s Professional Research Library: “Kitchen & Bath Products”, “Design Principles”, “Kitchen & Bath Business Management” and “Kitchen & Bath Project Management.” And, she has been a regular contributor to Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine for more than 16 years.

In 2017, Cheever was recognized by Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine as one of the top 50 business innovators who have led the kitchen and bath industry.  She is also a 2017 Delaware Today Magazine Women in Business Honoree, recognized as one of the Top Business Women in her home State of Delaware.

In 2018, Virginia Tech, the first NKBA Affiliated College dedicated a library named “The Cheever Design Library” in the college’s Center for Real Life Design to house her professional papers, books and programming created over a 48-year career. In 2019, NKBA named a new College Scholarship program in her honor.

A much sought-after speaker at national and international industry events, Cheever continues to shape the face of the kitchen and bath industry today with her in-depth analysis and understanding of emerging design trends and winning business strategies. 

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