cabinet Lady kitchen cabinets and kitchen design Cary and Atlantic Beach North Carolina

Triangle Location

127 N. Salem Street, Suite A
Apex NC  27502
(919) 961-5933
by appointment only

Atlantic Beach Location

613B Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach NC  28512
(252) 515-0285



Ellen Brotzman, former owner of The Top Drawer in Cary, NC is now The Cabinet Lady. After owning and operating The Top Drawer, a decorative hardware and cabinet store from 2006-2013, Ellen has stepped away from the constraints of retail store ownership in order to devote herself full-time to kitchen design and cabinetry. With a new name, The Cabinet Lady, Ellen is available by appointment only, which gives the flexibility needed to serve customers in BOTH the Triangle and the Crystal Coast. The Cabinet Lady has TWO conveniently located design studios, one in Apex and one in Atlantic Beach. Triangle residents who own beach homes can rest assured, knowing that The Cabinet Lady offers the same kind of service one would expect in the Triangle for your beach house.

By keeping overhead low, The Cabinet Lady can offer outstanding designer quality and attention to detail for the same price as the big box stores. How does The Cabinet Lady keep overhead costs low? She works from a small design studio instead of a large showroom. The fact is, overhead costs in a traditional cabinet showroom necessitate substantial mark-ups, often making the cabinetry unaffordable. Showroom displays quickly become outdated, and the rigid hours and client overload make it difficult for a designer to offer the prompt, outstanding service and attention to detail that customers deserve. The Cabinet Lady takes a fresh new approach by minimizing overhead expenses and offering flexible hours to meet with customers at THEIR convenience – an idea whose time has come.

The Cabinet Lady offers cabinets to suit every budget. Whether yours is an oceanfront estate, a simple beach trailer, or something in between, I have carefully selected my products to make sure I have something that will work for you. I also offer cabinets suitable for multi-family developments and large condominium complexes. Click here for more information about my cabinet lines.

I invite you to browse my online portfolio, and if you wish, I'll take you to visit the homes of customers who have purchased these products. These REAL kitchens serve as my showroom, helping me keep my overhead costs (and therefore your price) lower – now there's a smart idea!

An exquisite cabinet designer, Ellen is also experienced at home: married 35 years, mother of four grown children, homemaker, cook, and creative renovator of many fixer-upper homes. Ellen has 16 years of kitchen design experience, continually delighting her customers with unique insight into what makes a kitchen beautiful, functional and affordable (see testimonials). Passionate about her work, The Cabinet Lady truly cares about the thousand tiny details working together to make even the smallest kitchen be the BEST it can be. Ellen oversees every aspect of each job herself: design, color selection, measuring, ordering every last piece of cabinetry, and overseeing the installation. You will have her complete attention, and never have your project passed off to anyone, EVER. The Cabinet Lady's customer service and attention to detail are unmatched in the industry – a breath of fresh air!


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