At The Kitchen Specialist we strive to incorporate beauty, efficiency and livability into each space we design and we do so by custom tailoring each design to fit our client’s everyday needs. Our designers are keenly aware of the importance of comfortable, peaceful, elegant surroundings, and they work closely with our clients to deliver designs that are highly functional, distinctive and refreshingly unique.
In our 25+ year history we have created some of the most charming and enduring designs in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Our work can be found on most of the historic streets of Chapel Hill and Durham. We take pride in our unrivaled service and reputation and look forward to working with you. Give us a call, or visit our kitchen design showroom, in Durham, NC, and let us create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Meet Our Team
Leigh Patel’s love for fine design, elegant materials, and appreciation for fine craftsmanship led her to own The Kitchen Specialist. As the owner, Leigh’s focus is to ensure that the clients get an unparalleled experience in each of their interactions with our team. Leigh leans on her corporate experience in project management and customer service to ensure that we remain focused on our goal of making our client’s dream spaces a reality.
Mary Kate Bedell, CKD
Mary Kate Bedell has built an outstanding reputation for designing beautiful kitchens over 13 years at the Kitchen Specialist. In addition to being a senior designer at The Kitchen Specialist, Mary Kate is very active in the NKBA’s Eastern Carolinas Chapter, where she serves as the VP of Programs.
Mary Kate excels at creating highly functional spaces that are designed to exceed our clients’ dreams and enhance their quality of life. Specializing in residential remodeling and new construction projects, Mary Kate offers fine design, ergonomic space planning, specification, and project management. Mary Kate is dedicated to providing superior service, thoughtful design, and excellent workmanship to the projects she partners with her clients to create. Working with the highest quality custom materials and superior tradesmen, she strives to offer timeless design speaking to generations with visually appealing spaces.
Mary Liebhold, CKD
Mary Liebhold has been designing kitchens, baths, and other living spaces for over 30 years. By carefully listening to her clients and offering unique solutions, she is able to meet individual needs and budgets to design the perfect kitchen. Mary has earned a reputation for creating spectacular kitchens that are beautiful, functional, and designed to exceed her clients’ dreams.
Mary has experience in traditional, European, and contemporary styling in both remodeling and new construction projects. She is committed to providing superior craftsmanship, old-fashioned values and unmatched service. An award-winning designer, Mary has been widely published. Most recently she was recognized as a top kitchen designer for the Carolinas and has been featured in the new Perspectives on Design, Carolinas book. She has taught numerous courses and has been a featured speaker on kitchen design.
Mac Junker, AKBD
Mac Junker is a graduate of the NKBA-accredited interior design program at East Carolina University. She originally joined The Kitchen Specialist team in 2011 as an intern, and shortly thereafter was permanently recruited to join the team of talented kitchen and bath designers.
An expert with CAD programs and hand drafting perspectives, Mac aims to create designs which fully encompass her clients’ aspirations. Through communication, careful planning and project management, she ensures that her clients are given beautifully personalized and highly functional living spaces that last for many years.
Mary Leigh McDonald
Mary Leigh McDonald, a graduate of the CIDA-accredited interior design program at Meredith College joined The Kitchen Specialist team in April 2016 after years of working as an interior designer in Raleigh. Utilizing her strong background in art and design, Mary Leigh strives to create spaces that are aesthetically pleasing as well as cohesive and functional. Extensive space planning and collaboration with her clients ensure the end result is a beautiful space expertly tailored to their specific needs and wishes.