Jan started Yorkshire Kitchens Inc in 2000, after moving to the historic neighbourhood of Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena. Jan grew up in Yorkshire, Northern England; she moved here over 20 years ago following a vacation with friends in Santa Monica aftere which she just never quite made it back!
Jan’s career started in the hospitality industry, where she not only managed these businesses but also designed her own bars, restaurants and commercial kitchens. Often she took a run down business, redesigned and remodelled, managed it until it was doing well, then started all over again. Throughout Jan’s life food and cooking have been a passion. Working in the hospitality industry Jan often took on the role of ‘Chef’ and built herself a reputation as a talented home cook. The skills she acquired during this time left her with an intuitive knowledge of designing a functional, practical and convenient space.
Interest in design came at an early age for Jan who loved to help her dad with
the decorating around the house (although if you ask him that might translate
as “getting in the way”). But Jan just loved painting, wall paper hanging and woodworking, and learned how to “do it right” according to dad!
The challenge of a structural redesign and reestablisment of a business always appealed more than running it after its success. Moving around England quite
a lot and also spending three years in the British Channel Islands off the coast
of France, Jan ran the kitchen and restaurant in a local “pub” before moving on
to hotel management, which often included acting as hotel “chef.” She likes to
say she’s been on one side of the cook top or the other for over thirty years.
Following her move to California, Jan was inspired by the architecture and design in the Los Angeles area but fell in love with the Arts and Crafts movement upon moving to Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena. The restoration of her first home there led to an overwhelming desire to develop her skills further and so she began studying NKBA programs and completed certification for both Kitchen and Bath design, and also attended the UCLA extension program for Interior Design.
“I have restored several homes in the neighborhood, some just a kitchen or bathroom or both, some have been whole house projects, which I love to do."
"My first period home was a labour of love that took just over four years, and while I enjoyed the Craftsmen style, I lean more toward an English Victorian motif in colour selection both inside and out, and of course, in the furnishings, some of which I shipped here with me when I decided to stay. This project became the start of my trademark style, which was polished and honed during my second home remodel a few years later. My experience and skills have created a distinctive and beautiful look, unique to Yorkshire Kitchens.”
Other projects completed – from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and San Diego – include remodels in mid century modern, Tuscany, American Traditional and many more decorative styles, photos of which you will find on the site.
Jan’s work has been published in local as well as National magazines and coffee table books. She is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) as well as an active board member for local chapters for many years and also the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
For the last two years, Jan has participated in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. In 2010 she designed an outdoor kitchen and kitchen garden terrace at the Historic Craven Estate. In 2011, At the Paul Williams designed English Tudor manor, she created an incredible outdoor kitchen – entertainment patio area and a fully restored indoor kitchen keeping the integrity of the original concept of Williams' design of the 1920s while bringing it up to the standard of functionality and efficiency for how we use our kitchens today.
The success achieved in these spaces has lead to Jan’s work being published in magazines such as The Magazine, Pasadena Living, Luxe Magazine, and Romantic Homes, to name a few.
Jan has also been interviewed for the Cindy Dole Show on KFWB and worked with Cindy on her kitchen remodel which was filmed in progress and can be seen on the Home Wizards web site.
Links to these articles and webcasts can be found on the media section tab above.