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The Greatness Within Us

The NKBA California Capital Chapter recognizes professionals who have made a significant contribution to the kitchen and bath industry, and who have been leaders in their communities. We honor those who have contributed in a significant way to the growth and professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry, industry organizations, and community outreach. 

The inspiration for design, for this outstanding individual, came from her mother. When Annette was little, her mother took time to cut out of the newspaper, this is prior to Pinterest and the internet, pictures of plans and homes and shared her ideas with her daughter. She never thought that someday it would lead to her to becoming a very successful designer in the kitchen and bath industry. From 1983-85 she worked in a drapery showroom and as a waitress. It was at that time when she decided that she needed to get serious about finding a real career. This decision led her to attend American River College and receive a degree in design. While getting her degree she worked as an intern at Capital Wholesale and Electric where she helped customers pick out appliances for their homes. She worked for that company from 1990 until it closed. After receiving her degree in Design she opened up her own Design Firm, Living Environment Design. She is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer and has been designing award winning kitchens and baths since 1989. She taught Kitchen and Bath design and Interior Design for 20 years as an adjunct professor at American River College. Through that program she has taught and inspired many designers who have gone on to be very successful in the kitchen and bath field and become leaders in our industry. She was also instrumental and responsible for AR being recognized as an NKBA Affiliated college offering a degree in Kitchen and Bath Design. Some of her projects have been published in Sunset books' "Before and After Kitchen Makeovers". She has also acted as the design consultant for Sunset books' "Before and After Bathroom Makeovers" and for Lowes' "Complete Home Decorating" book. She has served on the CA Capital Chapter's BOD in the position VP Professional Development, VP Academic Relations, President, Immediate Past President, Chapter Representative and is currently a member of the NKBA Certification Test Board.

Linda Panattoni won 2 Star Awards at KBIS, "Best Chapter Rep" and "Best Chapter Officer" and also won our Chapter’s "2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year" Award last November.

Linda Panattoni is an award winning designer with over 30 years of experience in space planning and interior design, specializing in Kitchen & Bath Design.  She has designed both commercial and residential projects including dental, legal and administrative offices, a country club and major kitchen and bath renovations.

Throughout her career, Linda has served on and chaired various design and architectural committees both nationally and locally.  Currently, she is a member of the NKBA Chapter Leadership Committee for the term 2016-2018 and also serves as our Chapter Representative to National NKBA (2012-2018) for the CA Capital Chapter.  Linda influences and guides us, without dominance to help our Chapter thrive.  With Linda’s dedication, we are able to better promote the professionalism of our Chapter and industry, provide improved membership, programs and services, and better represent the K&B industry.  She selflessly devotes her spare time to make our Chapter amazing!

Linda’s philosophy is to always give back.  She is a dedicated supporter of NKBA both nationally and locally, as well as the Design industry as a whole, and supports the organization and industry beyond expectations.  Linda tirelessly participates in all that our Chapter offers, including our Annual Golf Tournament (co-shared with NARI), as Co-Chair of our Sacramento Regional Design & Build Event, as a past judge for our Annual Design Competition, monthly chapter meetings and events.  In addition to this, she continues to volunteer at the local homeless shelters, one morning a week serving breakfast as well as volunteering on a committee to improve the current living quarters for ‘Mary House’, a woman’s and children’s shelter.


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