About Me

Hello, I’m April.

With over 20 years of design experience (graphic design) and a degree in carpentry, I know how to play with color, shapes, proportion and texture (and make them play nice), as well as chisel a door hinge and nail up a corner.  I prioritize function over aesthetics, but believe that in most cases, they can both exist in harmony with careful thought and creativity. My design perspective is fresh; not formulaic. And as a former millwork trades worker, I understand doing the work.

Drawing upon my teaching experience, I educate and guide clients in making design decisions that result in new living spaces they fall in love with.

When I’m not helping clients design their ideal kitchens, I still indulge in marketing and graphic design.


Just the facts:  Born and raised on Oahu, I spent 20 years in graphic design and marketing–some of it in San Francisco, San Diego and Virginia.  I painted my home office walls kelly green and dewalt yellow because I learned that surrounding oneself with risky color choices expands one’s flexibility as a designer.  I occasionally take photos.  For 18 months, I operated a 5-axis CNC machine during the day and taught blueprint reading to Union apprentices at Honolulu Community College on Saturdays.

If you like a more traditional resume, here’s my Linkedin Profile

April Acquavella Kitchen Designer
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