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Master of Kitchen and Baths

Jerry Johnson

Photographed by Greg Miles

Tell us about your background. I was born and raised in New Orleans. I studied art and architecture, and began my career 43 years ago when I started working for Cameron Gamble, who founded Kitchens by Cameron. Under his guidance I earned my CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer), and I purchased the company in 1980. I became involved in the National Kitchen & Bath Association and was one of the first 10 people designated CBD (Certified Bath Designer). I served on the board of directors of NKBA and later as president.

Who are the principals of your firm/business? I am the owner and designer. Our expert team can see the client through every step of the project, from designing to furnishing to installation.

How does New Orleans affect your profession? What are the benefits and challenges? New Orleans is a wonderful place. This city is part of who I am. Anything goes here: contemporary, traditional, Old World and in-between. I love the people, the culture and especially our unique architecture. I always enjoy designing a new and functional kitchen (or bath) that fits and complements the existing home, its owners and their lifestyle.

Tell us about your current projects. We are doing a fabulous kitchen, bar, and bathrooms on Exposition Boulevard, a great new home in Lakeview, and a kitchen for a custom modular home in Pass Christian, Mississippi. All are prior customers. We just finished a condo in the Quarter, and we have several projects near completion in the Uptown area, including a super master bath.

What else would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? I can’t imagine doing anything else. I will continue here until I retire. After that, I’ll probably still do some designing. Maybe a little travel. I’ll definitely be fishing.

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