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Delays upon delays, construction dust, and water leaks… OH MY! The horror stories that come alongside home remodels are endless. However, Kitchen Design Concepts, a Dallas-based home design and remodeling company, has crafted a foolproof tool to ensure remodeling mishaps are nothing more than an easy fix during the formerly known daunting process of updating your home. 


“Being in sync with clients throughout every step of the remodeling process is essential to project success,” said Mary Kathryn Reese, co-founder and CEO of Kitchen Design Concepts. “Our process includes home visits, design formulation through our Lifestyle Assessment Tool, temporary kitchen set-ups, and continued communication to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.” 


Kitchen Design Concepts wants to ensure that the completed space is not only beautiful, but also serves the unique needs of clients. The Lifestyle Assessment Tool, developed by Kitchen Design Concepts, is a resource used to learn the unique needs of each client and family. Do you use your home to entertain often? If so, extra storage space for dishes and serveware might be a good idea. Do you enjoy making smoothies for breakfast every morning? A designated space with easy access to your blender makes for a seamless process. Do you have a large family that is always grabbing dinner at different times throughout the evening? Kitchen Design Concepts might suggest including a warming drawer. This appliance keeps dinner warm, so family members can enjoy a hot meal whenever they are ready to eat. 


While the idea of having a fresh new kitchen with your favorite design elements sounds like a dream come true for many, the idea of living without a kitchen for extended periods of time is not conceivable for busy families or cooking enthusiasts. Kitchen Design Concepts takes an extra step to ensure clients are able to continue routines and life as normal by setting up a temporary kitchen. Kitchen Design Concepts’ exclusive Kitchen Care Package keeps the construction site clean and tidy with their daily cleaning regimen and stays in constant communication with their clients about progress.


While living in your temporary kitchen (or during a busy week), crockpot recipes are a helpful way to enjoy home-cooked meals without needing to utilize a full kitchen. Try Kitchen Design Concepts’ recipe for Taco Chili! 



  • 2 cups frozen chopped onions (or 2 onions, minced) 

  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder (or 6 garlic cloves, minced) 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 slice high-quality white sandwich bread, torn into quarters

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk 

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup frozen corn



  1. Microwave onions, taco seasoning, tomato paste, oil, and garlic powder in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to slow cooker.

  2. Stir beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes with juice, and sugar into a slow cooker. 

  3. Mash bread and milk into paste in a large bowl using a fork. Mix in ground beef and ¼ teaspoon pepper using hands. Stir beef mixture into a slow cooker, breaking up any large pieces. Cover and cook until beef is tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 3 to 5 hours on high.

  4. Let chili settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from the surface using a large spoon. Break up any remaining large pieces of beef with a spoon. Stir in corn and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. 


If you are interested in learning more about how Kitchen Design Concepts makes the remodeling process easy for clients or would like to interview Mary Kathryn Reese about ways to simplify the remodeling process, please let me know. 


Mary Kathryn Reese is the co-founder and CEO of Kitchen Design Concepts. Mary Kathryn’s business acumen and love for cooking make an ideal recipe for helping clients discover the best possible use of their kitchen space. 

Kitchen Design Concepts provides turnkey remodeling services to Dallas clients through a defined and refined process that shapes partnerships with each client. Kitchen Design Concepts works closely with each client to learn their lifestyles, aesthetic taste, and needs for maximum satisfaction.

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