Sips & Tips: a blog by Medallion Cabinetry

As leaders in creating distinguished style through premium cabinetry, we at Medallion take pride in staying on the forefront of interior design trends.

Through Sips & Tips, we are creating a community that provides design, product and resource information to nurture your creativity and help you grow your business.

We strive to deliver exceptional content to enhance your trend know-how and to create a place where we can all inspire and empower each other by sharing our design expertise. Come share your insights and see what we’re excited about!

Suzanne DeRusha: Medallion Design & Trend Expert 

My first job as a kitchen and bath designer was a bit unplanned. I was in high school and needed to fund my teenage habits, like shopping and, well, more shopping.

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Suzanne DeRusha

Fortunately, just down the road was a new building materials home center that many of my friends were working for. My hope was to become a front line cashier – this sounded quite important to me at the time. But instead of becoming a cashier, I landed in a department…which was due to my ability to read a tape measure and a scale ruler. (Thanks to my carpenter step-father and my high school drafting teacher.)

All of this seemed unusual to me, but off I went to the scariest thing in the world: the Kitchen and Bath department. This is now the beginning of my funny story: How I became a kitchen designer. 

From there my interests deepened and my skills honed. As an artist, I found the world of organized composition, color and cabinet specifications completely fascinating! In my 30 years as a designer, I’ve experienced home center, dealer and luxury showroom clientele and each segment has deepened my knowledge with life-long value. While on this journey, I also obtained a degree in Visual Communication and Graphic Design. Unbeknownst to me, this education would help me later in life when I joined Medallion Cabinetry and became a part of the Marketing team. And as time went on, I found myself in roles where I began inspiring other designers by visualizing new ways to take cabinetry from basic boxes to dream kitchens and baths.

Now I’m here to share what I’ve learned in my decades of experience. Successes, ideas, unfortunate mistakes and everything in between. All with the intent to help hone your skills, and inspire your growth as a professional kitchen and bath designer.

I’d be the first to admit that I’ll never know it all, and instead, I see design as a journey that never ends, presenting new inspiration and challenges at each milestone. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with you and encourage your participation and feedback in this blog. I believe that together, we can make each other better!