Designing quality kitchens and baths in the South Bay for 30 years

The Kitchen Collection

Jackie  *  Barry   *  Debra  *   Lee   *   Rachelle

Jackie Balint, CKD  Owner

Jackie came to The Kitchen Collection in 1983 as an independent designer. In 1988 she and husband Barry became owners, turning it into a family business and are now joined by their daughter Debra.

Previously Barry was an officer in the U.S. Army and they had the privilege of living in 28 different places over 23 years.

Jackie grew up with a Dad who was an engineer but his hobby was rebuilding their house. He moved every existing wall and even the roof line. His two daughters were his helpers putting insulation in walls and straightening nails, and they thought nothing of walking around on bare floor joists."

Over the years  Jackie has built The Kitchen Collection by developing strong relationships with top local contractors and filling the showroom with the finest kitchen and bath products.

Barry Balint, our chief financial officer and go-to guy for tasks large and small. A military officer and aerospace industry veteran whose knack for logistics and problem-solving helps make daily life run smoothly.

Debra Balint received her design degree from FIT.

Debra has extensive studies in art history and period styles, design and cooking. She also has a background in construction, electricity, plumbing, and cabinet installation and the mechanics to provide the knowledge necessary to assist her clients in creating their perfect, functional kitchen.

Lee Schweickert

Our office manager,  Lee has been working in the kitchen and bath industry for 21 years. She knows each client and helps keep their projects on track. Lee is the glue that holds the whole place together.

Rachelle Kiklowicz, AKBD

Rachelle is an award winning designer, specializing in residential design. She loves bringing "fun"ction and beauty together, this makes for a space to be proud of and a pleasure to use.

She has designed and managed a number of projects in Southern California, and never forgets that it's your home.  Rachelle enjoys working with her clients to make sure that all decisions are blended with her expertise and their  preferences.  She is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California, an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer through the NKBA and serves on the board of the NKBA Southern California. She is the owner and principle of As You Wish Interiors.