About Us Our Goal

Our goal to lead in kitchen & bath creativity and design individualized plans for our clients keeps us continuously searching for cool stuff and quality craftsmen. We are aware of the trends but not bound by them, so that our philosophy of classic design, with a twist, results in timeless spaces. We take inspiration from our surroundings, the Chesapeake Bay, the eclectic culture of our cities and the historical richness of our architecture. Passionate about sourcing, we're always on the lookout for fresh materials and forward-thinking elements for planning, keeping the studio stocked with color, texture and unique samples. Cabinet offerings include a diverse selection of high quality, custom and semi-custom cabinetry along with cabinet lines suited for quick turnaround and tight budget projects. Countertop materials, tile selections and hardware play an equally important part in the overall development of the final look - As creatives, we are hard pressed to leave any elements undiscussed and look forward to helping clients to bring their entire vision to life

Our Area of Service Our Team

Joni Zimmerman Nilsson
As Founder, President and Artistic Director, Joni is the driving force behind Design Solutions, Inc. Her forward vision in both design and business operations has earned Design Solutions, Inc. a reputation of excellence.

She began her career in Kitchen Design in 1979, and through those years has been an industry leader, instructor, speaker, writer, and has many published works an design awards.

Joni designs in layers, adding detail and interest to create spaces that are timelessly classic, yet surprising and refreshing. As an avid cook and entertainer, Joni's approach always combines the influences of function and the people using the space with the overall aesthetics of the design. Joni draws upon a background in design and architecture, as well as psychology and human dynamics, to create spaces that truly work for the client. Unique spatial challenges are one of her specialties.

When not designing kitchens, Joni may be found spending time with her husband, Dave, and furry 'children', Bruno and Shinju, at her home in Talbot County. Together they enjoy fishing, crabbing ,campfires ,entertaining and celebrating life and faith with family and friends. Joni also enjoys other creative endeavors such as jewelry making, painting, drawing, sewing, cooking, and reading.

Eliot Rowe
Our engineer and technical Draftsperson. Prior to working full-time as a technical advisor, he spent 15 years as a high- end cabinet maker for both residential and commercial application. His love of woodwork began by spending time with his grandfather in the workshop. When not working, you may see Eliot touring on the open road with the top down, and breeze blowing over his yellow sports car.

What Sets Us Apart

We encourage our clients to be active participants in the design process.

It is, after all, your space, and a space to enjoy for a long time.

Good listening skills and a desire to build a relationship with our clients

We strive to understand what our clients want and need
We seek to understand what they desire within a budget level with which they are comfortable.

Creativity - We get to push the edge in design

We are known in the design industry for our innovation.
We approach things differently; for us, unique is the norm.
Because of our extensive experience, we are able to solve any design challenges beautifully.

Professionalism and high standards for quality

We strive to provide the highest quality in our designs
We strive to provide the same quality in the cabinet lines we represent
Our clients are assured that they get our absolute best, regardless of the scope of the project.

Publications and Awards

2014 Home and Design Designers Choice Awards
2013 Annapolis Home Magazine - Distinguished Design Service Award
2012 Baltimore Washington Chapter of NKBA - Hall of Fame
1997 NKBA - 1st Place Large Kitchens