Shaker Cabinets in California Kitchen Design

By Paris Nasseri & Ernie Lehmann

Photography by Ashly Nicole


We are delighted to tell you about our kitchen design and installation at the lovely home of fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai and publicist TJ Allers.

You can imagine how honored we were being asked to design and install our painted shaker cabinetry for very well-known fashion designer, very well known for his beautiful design work.
As part of the process of completing their home’s new interior, Jonathan and TJ came to our showroom in North Hollywood and met with one of kitchen designers who walked them through the design and finish selection they wanted for their new kitchen.

Jonathan Simkhai Cooks

The kitchen designers work continued through to the guiding of the install at their gorgeous Hollywood Hills home. As Jonathan’s and TJ’s home interior transformed, the kitchen gained a larger focus and presence, now anchoring the way their family lives. Topping their wish list was an open, airy kitchen, plenty of space for meal preps, an inviting breakfast room, many touches and features around the island to allow for plenty of entertaining family and guests.

Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan achieved his desire for a true California feel, — openness, natural elements, a connection to the desert, along with some traditional elements.

Now the couple’s revamped kitchen works hard. Jonathan is an enthusiastic cook who likes to
prepare from scratch the family dinners for his children and husband TJ. As well as, many other homemade dishes for the other small get-togethers they may have.

We were happy to be able to contribute to the beautiful California Kitchen Design that Jonathan and TJ created.

What makes a California Kitchen Design, Californian?

1. California style kitchen is an amalgam of many styles from traditional to modern.
2. They use natural materials like wood, bamboo, granite and marble.
3. Lots of light with big windows.
4. Open and roomy layout.
5. And last, most commonly chosen, white kitchen cabinets.