ROGER SHOLLMIER, TOGETHER WITH HIS LIFELONG FRIEND, RODNEY TURCHI, MOVED WITH THEIR YOUNG FAMILIES FROM THEIR HOMETOWN IN ARKANSAS TO EMBARK ON A NEW ADVENTURE TOGETHER IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA. THE YEAR WAS 1976.
Neither brought with them much money, but both had ambitions and dreams they believed would be fulfilled in a new city of opportunity. They pooled what they had and rented a space in a shopping center in what was then South Tulsa.
It wasn’t long before Roger’s talents as a kitchen designer became apparent, and business started coming in. He discovered a knack for understanding how to make a kitchen function for his clients, and the rest was easy.
Within four years, Roger had so much of his own business coming in that he bought out his friend’s share of the business and formed his own LLC. It wasn’t long before many of Tulsa’s ‘who’s who’ had commissioned Roger to design their kitchens and national magazines were featuring his work.
Throughout the years, Roger and the team at KI have shared an enthusiastic passion for what they do. Breathing function and style into every home is a must no matter the size of the project. While other designers may focus solely on the look, every designer at KI loves to cook and believes the kitchen must function as the heart of the home. The designs are tailored to meet each client’s lifestyle and are viewed as a reflection of each home with an element of beauty to create that wow factor.
Many years after creating Tulsa’s most successful kitchen design firm, Roger had an epiphany. What if there was one place in the kitchen where all the prep, cooking and serving could be done in one place? He sketched what looked like a large sink, but with tiers on the inside that housed cutting boards, platforms with colanders and bowls, and a drain rack, ready to be put to use. It looked like it could work, so Roger had it fabricated locally.
It was beautiful! He installed it in his own kitchen, but couldn’t keep it to himself. He brought friends and clients over to see it, many of which asked him to build one for their own kitchens. Finally it dawned on Roger that this might be something that could be marketed and sold. That’s how The Galley Workstation began, and Roger’s innovation began to reinvent how people now, all across North America, use their kitchens.
Today, Roger still owns Kitchen Ideas and continues to think “outside the box” with each and every design. With his design team of Michael Thorp (KI Manager and Designer) and Roger’s daughter, Lesley Shollmier (Designer), along with a strong team of project management, design assistants and tradesmen to take a kitchen from paper to reality, Kitchen Ideas is now stronger than ever. Roger’s philosophy of combining function with good taste is a winning combination that has created happy clients for 40 years and counting.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
We love our new kitchen!!!! The best part of it is our Galley Workstation®! I can’t wait to wake up in the morning to make coffee and start planning our meals for the day. I am totally convinced that Roger is a genius. And I am extremely lucky to have his sink in my home. I can’t believe not everyone has one of their own. Roger has revolutionized how most people cook and use their kitchens. I am in awe of how functional my kitchen space is. I went from working in all different zones of the old kitchen, to working only in my Galley Workstation. I think ‘duh’ why hasn’t this been built in all homes! I am totally amazed by your product so much that it blows my mind.
MICHAEL & JACKIE FUSCO
We had previously viewed several of Rogers designs before our initial meeting. We felt that we would get a beautiful and truly functional kitchen because we were not only impressed with Rogers designs but knew he was also a reputable cook. The design of our kitchen exceeded all of our expectations with regards to looks and function. We were also pleased that Kitchen Ideas was involved in every small aspect of the design and build out of our project. Not only is our family enjoying the finished product but invited guests during frequent dinners.
KEVIN & HOLLY THIBODEAUX
Fabulous, Awesome, food, fun, flow, It’s all good, life changing, these are just a few adjectives that quickly come to mind when describing our life with a new kitchen..We’re great friends with Pat, Roger and his family and we still are!!! It was a pleasure working with Roger and his team. It’s hard to pick one thing that is our favorite, but Jordan and I absolutely love the large peninsula, it’s a happening place for family and friends.
JORDAN & MINDY SOBEL
Our kitchen was small and outdated. We called Roger Shollmier to come see if anything could be done, and the design he came up with was amazing! He incorporating little-used space from an adjoining wet bar and pantry, and put together a knock-out kitchen that is high in function and more than we could have asked for in beauty. His knowledge and experience really won us over, and it was actually exciting watching the new kitchen evolve. Thank you, Roger!
JIM & DEBBI RUSSELL
Bob and I have been in our house a little over 18 months. I’m long overdue in telling you how much your wonderful work and attention to detail added to the beauty of our home. Every cabinet is finished so beautifully and in place with such precision. I know this does not just happen because you have computer skills; you still have to have imagination and good taste. I appreciate that you were always easy to reach…no frustration there. We have had many compliments on the cabinetry. I hope it has generated some business for you. Thank you so much for quality products and workmanship.
Thanks for everything. We love the kitchen!! It feels like a new house.