Welcome to the July edition of McCabinet’s Designer Spotlight. This month, we’ll speak with designer Ryan LaBrake, who is celebrating his two year anniversary with McCabinet.
How did you become a designer?
I started in the industry as a countertop designer. When I moved to Florida, I wanted to expand my knowledge and decided to go into cabinet design.
When did you begin working at McCabinet? What drew you to working here?
I began working for McCabinet in July of 2018. I was really drawn in by the atmosphere – everyone here is family. As soon as I interviewed and met the McCabinet team, I knew it’s where I wanted to be.
What project are you most proud of?
I’m really proud of the two first projects I worked on alone. I was working with a builder with two large builds (about 4,000 sq feet), and I designed the kitchens for the two homes. At that juncture, they were the largest kitchens I had ever worked on.
What are some design elements you always encourage customers to add in?
I love adding in cabinet accessories. They really complete a space. A nice spice or tray insert, or a built-in trash can are always great for kitchen functionality… and we preach functionality! Under cabinet lighting is always a great opportunity to jazz things up!
What are your favorite design trends?
Color combinations within the cabinets are on trend right now. It adds a nice pop to the kitchen or any space. Large and beautiful oven hoods are also really popular and make a great statement.
What are a few styles that you consider timeless?
White cabinets with shaker doors never seem to go out of style. A nice, simple subway tile is always a good, solid accent in a great kitchen design.
Favorite sport? Favorite sport team?
Football. Go Cuse!
Favorite animal? Why?
They say a dog is a man’s best friend. They are always there for you.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Both, it’s called a twist!
If you could share a meal with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? And what would your meal be?
My mother. A big breakfast with eggs, hash browns, breakfast sausage, and mimosas. It doesn’t get much better!
Do you have any hidden talents?
Snowboarding and wakeboarding.