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About Us

Judy Baker Blanks, CKD, the president and CEO of TKL Design Group in Hinsdale, Illinois, has been helping people with their kitchen remodeling and bathroom design projects for more than 20 years. The Kitchen Lady wants to use her talents to design the special space of your dreams.

Judy Baker Blanks, CKD

Judy is a certified designer, recognized throughout the Chicagoland area for her skill and expertise in designing and implementing kitchen and bathroom renovation projects. Judy is also a dynamic public speaker, regularly addressing crowds on many kitchen and bath topics. She has also traveled extensively across Europe studying design trends.

Judy's Process

Judy has been a designer and project manager for the construction and remodeling of kitchens and baths since 1992. She maintains hands-on involvement from start to finish, carefully watching over the evolution of each new project until it is complete. You can count on Judy to meet with clients, custom-draft designs, compute budgets, select materials, and hire contractors.

The Importance of Working with a CKD

A certified kitchen and bath designer will meet with you, ask questions about your lifestyle, and listen carefully so that the finished room reflects your personal taste and use of the space. They also help you choose products, materials, and colors, all while working within your budget.

Well-Lit Kitchen

Kitchen Sink and Stools


Kitchen with Brown Cupboards

Return on Investment

Moving forward with a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project can be as much a financial investment as it is something you undertake to make your home more beautiful and comfortable. According to REMODELING magazine's "Cost VS. Value Report," the payback for a kitchen remodel is 98%-122% on average, while the bathroom return is usually about 111%-122%, so you might end up making money on the project when you sell your home.

In the News

The Kitchen Lady has been featured in leading newspapers across Illinois, including the Chicago Tribune, The Naperville Sun, The Daily Herald, and DuPage Woman Central Edition. Her designs have been showcased in Lake Geneva and in the Baird and Warner's "Kitchen and Bath Walk 2004."

10 Reasons to Work with TKL Design Group

When you choose TKL Design Group, we're sure you'll be happy with your choice. Here are just 10 reasons why you'll love TKL:

Innovative Custom Designs - Professionally Designed Blueprints - Quality Products - Skilled Craftsmen - Focus on Client Needs - Timely Meeting at Your Convenience - On-Time Project Completion - Product and Kitchen Lady Warranties - Guaranteed Quality and Value - Service, Service, Service!