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How To Elevate Your Home Design With Custom Cabinetry

Insight from Austin-based interior designer Patrice Rios McCollum of Patrice Nichole Studio.

Written by Hilary Tetenbaum

Patrice Rios McCollum knows that few elements are as transformational to a home as custom cabinetry. From kitchens to bathrooms, living rooms to mudrooms, custom cabinetry enhances functionality and elevates the appeal of any space. When it comes to designing bespoke cabinetry that increases the beauty and value of your home, Austin’s newly opened Patrice Nichole Studio offers a new choice.

With over a decade of experience in the design industry, Rios McCollum is a leading authority on bespoke interiors, specializing in high-end custom cabinetry and millwork. She brings her eye for detail and unwavering commitment to excellence to every design, making her the go-to expert for client’s custom cabinetry solutions.

“At Patrice Nichole Studio, we believe that custom cabinetry is the cornerstone of every exceptional interior design,” says Rios McCollum. “Whether it’s new construction, a kitchen renovation, a bathroom remodel, or a bespoke entertainment center, custom cabinetry allows us to create spaces perfect for our client’s needs that also reflect their personality, lifestyle, and personal style.”

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As a part of the MasterBrand Dealer Design Council, with nine other kitchen and bath designers from around the U.S., Rios McCollum influences the design trends in cabinets. Her work with the Council reinforces her belief that cabinetry should be an integral element in the design world.

She states, “I love seeing the new cabinet designs from across the country and learning from other designers. I get ideas and fresh inspiration for my own designs.”

Rios McCollum particularly enjoys collaborating with other designers who also appreciate the value of beautifully tailored cabinets. “I thrive on working with other designers to create gorgeous and timeless interiors. We each bring our strengths to the design,” she says.

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A strength that Rios McCollum brings to every design is her Master’s degree in architecture. Her architectural training allows her to see “ten steps ahead” and create plans that seamlessly fit into their environs.

“An architect sees spaces differently,” she says. “I’m sure that is why I am so drawn to custom cabinetry and millwork. I immediately see how they can transform a room.”

Rios McCollum loves custom millwork because, unlike off-the-shelf options, custom cabinetry can be designed to fit any space regardless of size or layout, maximizing storage capacity and optimizing functionality. Her designs feature the perfect touches, from floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets to built-in bookcases and floating shelves that allow for both storage and the “wow factor” that homeowners are drawn to.

“If I want a particular shade of burgundy high-gloss cabinets in a traditional door style, our team can make it happen,” she confidently says.

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Working with the best craftspeople, Rios McCollum’s designs are not limited to the commercially available cabinets. No matter the wood, color, sheen, or finish she wants in a space, custom cabinetry completes her design.

“Custom cabinetry offers unparalleled flexibility and customization options,” she explains. “Whether you have a specific vision in mind or need guidance in selecting the right materials, finishes, and hardware, our team at Patrice Nichole will help. From traditional to transitional, eclectic to modern, we can create cabinetry that complements your home’s architectural style and enhances its functional and visual appeal.”

Besides its good looks, custom cabinetry offers practical perks like durability, longevity, and functionality. Unlike mass-produced pieces, often made from flimsy materials, custom cabinetry is crafted with precision and care, using premium materials and techniques.

“We take pride in our devotion to quality and craftsmanship,” says Rios McCollum. “Every piece is created by skilled artisans using time-honored methods and the finest materials.”

Custom cabinetry also ramps up your home’s resale value. Rios McCollum notes that investing in high-quality, custom-built cabinets enhances your space’s allure and functionality. “Custom cabinetry is a future-proof investment for your home,” she adds. “We design spaces that mirror your personality and lifestyle, leaving a lasting impression.”

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As homeowners look for personalized solutions for their homes, Rios McCollum expects the demand for custom cabinetry to grow. Patrice Nichole Studio offers custom designs to enhance every home.

“At Patrice Nichole, we bring our client’s vision to life, one exquisite detail at a time. We make your design dreams a reality,” she says.

For more information, visit or check out her designs on Instagram.

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