When Elizabeth Lovelace was 12, she earned enough money to buy her first 10-speed bike by going door to door selling potholders custom-made to match neighbor’s kitchens. Meanwhile, young John Timmerhaus had an interest in cartography and mapping out spaces—so much so that he went on to study the subject as an undergraduate student.
Today, Lovelace and Timmerhaus have forged a successful business by blending their two passions—the art and science of kitchen and bath design. Together, these business partners have built a reputation with North Shore developers and homeowners as Innovative Kitchen Design.
“I was always interested in houses and design, always,” says Lovelace. “As a young girl I would buy Architectural Digest, rather than the typical teen magazines.”
However, it wasn’t until later in life that she realized this was her true calling. The same could be said for Timmerhaus, who provides the technical know-how to bring Lovelace’s design visions to life. “I could not do this without John and his expertise. He has the ability to walk into a room and draw the space, including plumbing and mechanicals. I joke and say that John’s the other side of my brain.”
This unique duo and their Innovative Kitchen Designs have worked with both North Shore and Chicago developers for 16 years, creating beautiful and functional kitchens and bathrooms.
“I feel like we represent the perfect balance in aesthetics and science,” Timmerhaus explains. “We combine these elements all while bringing exceptional service to our clients, which also includes remodeling services for individual homeowners.”
One of their recent kitchen and bath projects, as shown on these pages, was working with Edward R. James and their Anets Woods Development in East Northbrook. Lovelace and Timmerhaus teamed up with Edward R. James’ Director of Design Jennifar Evans for a stunning kitchen where the cabinetry feels like furniture.
“Jennifar’s inspiration was to create separate areas, or zones, where the cabinets didn’t connect to each other. The backsplash was installed to cover the exposed walls, which opens up the space,” Lovelace says. “Corbels were added under the wall cabinets to enhance the furniture detail while adding a modern version of the kitchen pantry which sits on the countertop.”
Timmerhaus says this project is just one example of how Innovative Kitchen Design collaborates with its clients.
“We consider ourselves a strategic partner,” he adds. “We work in conjunction with the builder to manage the design process while helping homeowners to identify their needs in the new space. I develop the schematic map and Elizabeth creates the aesthetic.”
Innovative Kitchen Design’s boutique showroom is open by appointment only and is conveniently located in Highland Park. It offers Crystal Fine Custom Cabinetry, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary of cabinetry making this year. For more information, call Elizabeth Lovelace at 312-543-2918, [email protected] or visit innovativekd.com.