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My name is Lisa Otterness and I am the Lead Designer at Classic Kitchens Design Studio in Old Leawood since 2014. I am honored to be included in the Kansas City Homes and Style partnership with the local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a Certified Kitchen Designer with the NKBA.



I am a native Kansan, but lived on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California for fifteen years before returning to the Midwest to raise my children. I have degrees in Speech and Communication and Interior Design. I specialize in 3D renderings using cabinet design software as shown in the photo of the finished project and the rendering of the same view. 



Thanks to Esther Tantillo, the owner of Classic Kitchens, we were able to visit Euro Cucina in Milan in 2016. This is the European trade show dedicated to all things kitchen and bath. In addition to Milan, we were also able to explore Paris, Lake Cuomo and Venice. This inspirational trip has fueled a love of contemporary design and an innovative approach to mixing traditional and contemporary elements to create unique spaces. In all good design, details matter, as shown in the corner appliance garage. 

My other passions are gardening and Yoga. Both of these avocations ground me and stimulate imaginative problem solving. Many design complications have been resolved while pulling weeds! 


Lisa Otterness

CKD / Lead Designer

Classic Kitchens Design Studio

(913) 385-3636     |     ClassicKitchensKC.com

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