THE ART AND SCIENCE OF DESIGN HAVE GUIDED MY PROFESSIONAL DESIGN CAREER OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS.

Exceptional design combines both form and function.

The heart of the home — the kitchen — is where I have focused my design solutions, because that is what improves and enriches peoples lives. I have developed Vestabul School of Design for you, to share my knowledge of the kitchen design business. 

Below are some highlights of my professional experience:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Founding member of British Columbia Chapter of National Kitchen & Bath Association.
  • Board of Director member for Home Builder and Design Associations.
  • Owned and managed a custom cabinet & millwork shop for 10 years.
  • Lectured at IBS, KBIS and Buildex (Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton).
  • Developed and presented accredited C.E.U. courses for design professionals.
  • Written design articles for industry trade publications.
  • Product designer with 5 North American design patents.
  • Designed over 1000 kitchens.
  • Kitchen design winner of local, national and international contests.

My personal life also revolves around design with a few of my hobbies being:

  • Filling my pantry with home canning every fall.
  • Setting a beautiful table with my vast dishware collection.
  • Exploring multiple mediums as an artist: pottery, watercolor, blacksmithing.
  • Collecting unique jewellery pieces.
  • Attending design trade shows around the world.
  • Always having a home DIY project on the go!
“Jan Rutgers is in a category of her own with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I met Jan over 15 years ago and have followed her ever since! She’s always been a mentor and someone I can rely on at any time to help me out when coming across challenging designs. Jan introduced me to the specialty required to designing kitchens and bathrooms and I fell in love with it and decided that would be my specially too! I’ve now been a designer for over 17 years and certainly point at Jan in helping guide me in this direction! Thanks Jan for everything!”

Christine Friend,
Friendly Decorator

Let’s build your kitchen design career together.


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