New skills and knowledge are needed to start a career in Kitchen design, or to continue to the top of the Kitchen design profession.

I developed the online school, Vestabul School of Design, to help people passionate about the Kitchen industry.

Courses are offered under these categories:

Icon courses focus on a variety of topics you can implement immediately with your clients.

They are quick learnings that can be viewed in one sitting or whenever you have a few spare minutes, since they are presented in 3 to 5 minute video modules.

You will return to them often to catch all the tips!

The following is an overview of the Vestabul School of Design Icon courses.

And you can enroll in all 5 of them through this special link for $99 (regular $125) until the end of 2022.


The 5 Icon courses include:

Let’s look at what each course has to offer.

Kitchen Design: Solutions for Home Bakers

Home baking has become a national pastime.

Can you design a Kitchen a home baker would love?

If you are not a baker yourself, it can be difficult to design a Kitchen to meet the needs of your client that does.

Even if you do bake, you may not have thought about how to specifically accommodate this task in your designs.

Having a process for this type of design is a beneficial skill for the professional Kitchen designer.

When you complete this course you will:

  • understand why home baking has become popular with today’s consumers.
  • be able to identify the best products and product placement for your client’s unique baking needs.
  • be familiar with multiple storage solutions, ideal for the home baker.

KITCHEN DESIGN: SOLUTIONS FOR BAKERS will give you all the information you need to develop successful designs for your clients that bake!

Kitchen Design: Solutions for Entertainers

Many homeowners are big entertainers, and the Kitchen designer needs to be able to provide practical solutions for their Kitchens.

People that entertain at home put a lot of strain on their Kitchens.

Can your Kitchen designs handle a crowd?

This course will provide everything you need to develop the perfect Kitchen design for home entertainers.

The design you present to clients that entertain needs to be more than your standard Kitchen.

You need to consider multiple things to get it right.

Everything from layout, to appliances, to storage, should be a thoughtful decision.

When you complete this course you will:

  • be able to suggest the best Kitchen layout and island design for your client’s entertaining needs.
  • understand how to guide your client’s choices in appliances and sinks for entertaining.
  • have knowledge on storage solutions for entertainers.
  • be able to show clients options for a dedicated beverage centers in their Kitchen.

KITCHEN DESIGN: SOLUTIONS FOR ENTERTAINERS gives you a roadmap for designing these spaces allowing you to delight your client with your creativity!

Big Ideas for Small Kitchens

Designing a small Kitchen can be challenging.

Do you know how to maximize storage in a small Kitchen design?

With the growing number of items homeowners are storing in their Kitchens, it sometime seems like you will never be able to design a Kitchen to accommodate everything for them.

Don’t despair, there are many tricks and tips you can employ in your Kitchen designs to increase the storage capacity of your designs.

This course gives you everything you need to know, to confidently bring functional solutions to your client’s small Kitchen spaces.

When you complete this course you will:

  • understand the need to be informed on small space Kitchen design.
  • be familiar with several ways to increase the function of your client’s small Kitchen.
  • be confident in your ability to tackle the design of small Kitchens.

BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL KITCHENS is packed with ideas for small Kitchens that you can start including in your layouts today!

How to Specify a Prep Sink for Your Client

Specifying a prep sink for your client’s Kitchen requires more than drawing one on the plan.

As the kitchen designer, it is your responsibility to provide your client with information on products you specify for their space.

Should you include a prep sink in your client’s Kitchen?

When you can present placement options, material choices and provide functionality considerations for an item like a prep sink, you show professionalism to your client.

They will see that you are an expert and are the best person to design their Kitchen.

When you complete this course you will:

  • understand why your guidance in choosing a prep sink is important to your Kitchen design clients.
  • be equipped with a process for specifying prep sinks
  • be familiar with the multiple options on the market, making it easy to sell prep sinks into your designs.

In HOW TO SPECIFY A PREP SINK FOR YOUR CLIENT you will learn how a professional specifies a prep sink in Kitchen design!

Exploring the U-Shaped Kitchen

The U-Shaped Kitchen is a common layout Kitchen designers will encounter often in their careers.

Do you know how to update a U-Shaped Kitchen?

It can be a challenging layout to update for today’s consumers.

If you are a Kitchen Designer that really understands this layout, and can present up to date, on-trend solutions, you will be highly sought after by consumers.

Every Kitchen designer should know and understand the U-shaped Kitchen.

This course will give you everything you need to know to design the perfect space when confronted with an existing U-Shaped layout.

When you complete this course you will:

  • be familiar with the history of the U-Shaped Kitchen.
  • understand how to work with the U-Shaped layout in your renovation projects.
  • be able to recommend alternative layouts for existing U-Shaped Kitchen spaces.

EXPLORING THE U-SHAPED KITCHEN will give you the confidence to tackle this layout with ease and to produce winning designs for your clients!

Vestabul School of Design has been developed for you.

By enrolling in these courses, you will gain skills and knowledge to start your Kitchen design career or take your existing Kitchen design career to the next level.

Taking the step towards becoming a Top Kitchen Designer through improving your skills and knowledge will change your life!

I know because these Kitchen design skills and knowledge changed mine!

Until the end of 2022 you can enroll in all 5 Vestabul School of Design’s Icon Courses for a special price of $99.

You can enroll here:


And as always, I enjoy receiving your comments on anything Kitchen. Please leave me a comment below.

Founder Vestabul School of Design, Jan Rutgers

Jan Rutgers has been designing kitchens and products for over 25 years and is a recipient of Kitchen & Bath Design News’ Top Innovators in 2020 for the Kitchen & Bath Industry. She has designed more than 1000 kitchens learning valuable skills with each one! Her experience in Kitchen Design, Millwork Manufacturing and Product Development has led her to create VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN where she educates and mentors people passionate about the Kitchen Design Industry.

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