At Design Solutions, Inc., we believe the design process is most effective when we truly understand our clients – who they are, how they use the space, what their tastes and priorities are. We build a relationship with our clients, listen to their needs and guide them through the process. Our ultimate goal is to create a design that meets the functional and financial demands of our clients, while achieving a look that fits perfectly – for both the client and the home.
Our business has been built through referrals from satisfied clients. We’ve received recognition from major national and local publications and media outlets, including HGTV, Southern Living, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Tuscan Style, Woman’s Day, Annapolis Home Magazine, Home and Design Magazine, The Washingtonian, Luxe Magazine, Chesapeake Home, Exclusively Annapolis, Leading Kitchen and Bath Designers, and The Capital. Our awards include:
|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 Kitchen|
Joni Zimmerman, CKD, CBD
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.
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 spacial challenges are one of her specialties.
Joni is passionate about sustainable designs and products in the home. As more people make the commitment to a green lifestyle that includes eating organic, locally-produced food, Joni has focused her creativity on how this lifestyle can be supported through kitchen design.
When not designing, Joni may be found making jewelry or other creative outlets, fishing, crabbing or just enjoying the sunset on the bay, cook and entertaining, reading, or celebrating life and faith with family and friends at her retreat center in Cumberland, Maryland.
Krissy is a graduate from Radford University and Anne Arundel Community College where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, Associates degree and Certificate in Interior Design with a Minor in Art. She completed her college internships both internationally and locally including at Design Solutions inc. in 2013. Since finishing in 2014, she has happily joined the company full time as the assistant designer. At Design Solutions, inc., Krissy appreciates the opportunity to help people using her creativity and problem solving skills. In addition, she finds it exciting to work with the wide range of diverse styles and challenges that the clients bring.
Currently, she is preparing to take the exam for her Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer certification through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Outside of the design world, she enjoys party-planning, traveling, and being in the company of her amazing friends and family.
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.
Bruno & Shinju
Clients visiting our Annapolis showroom will be warmly greeted by two key members of the Design Solutions, Inc. team – Bruno and Shinju. As a business built on relationships with our clients, we believe in creating a comfortable, friendly environment to help form trust and understanding as we work together. Our friendly mascots are always the first to say hello when clients visit.