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Our Team

south maple design

Casual Experience. High-End Results.

Meet Our Team

Our certified designers are true experts. Their creations stand the test of time, and they creatively convert complicated design challenges into simply beautiful function. Not only are they informed on the latest products and styles, they are also Metro East residents engaged in their local communities. Their appreciation of historical architecture is matched only by their excitement for modern design. They see the greatest potential in every project and know how to make the most of each homeowner's budget. Their intimate product knowledge of each design element is second-to-none, and they won't talk over your head or confuse you with industry jargon. You will be at ease. You will be confident in our partnership. And you will receive our โ€œBest Service. Best Value.โ€ promise. That's our guarantee.

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Rana Schmidt

A seasoned design professional with over 20 years of industry knowledge, Rana is committed to translating your vision into a stunning reality as she brings your project to life. With a passion for a new challenge, Rana possesses a unique ability to identify the untapped potential in any space. From cozy kitchens to expansive multi-room remodeling projects, she meticulously ensures that every detail harmonizes seamlessly. By integrating the latest trends, Rana can infuse any space with special features that are sure to inspire. Rana's loyal clientele is a testament to her meticulous attention to detail, boundless creativity, and approachable demeanor. Her unwavering commitment to delivering personalized designs that exceed expectations has earned her a reputation as a trusted design professional. Being intricately connected to the styles and preferences of homeowners in the Metro East St. Louis area, Rana possesses an intuitive understanding of the local aesthetic landscape. This insight enables her to curate spaces that perfectly reflect the unique tastes and desires of her clients. In her free time, Rana finds joy in spending quality time with loved ones, entertaining guests, and planning unforgettable events by using her design skills to create themed experiences and captivating decorations. Rana believes that outstanding design has the power to transform spaces and enhance lives, so when you're ready to create a space that encapsulates your vision, discover the transformative impact of Rana's expertise.

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Mike Hemphill

With over 43 years of unrivaled expertise in the cabinet industry, Mike's ability to craft exceptional spaces is top-notch. From manufacturing to installation and service, his wealth of knowledge spans every aspect of this specialized field. For the past 25 years, Mike has dedicated his passion and skill to designing exquisite kitchens, bathrooms, and countertops for R.P. Lumber and South Maple Design by providing exceptional design solutions to countless satisfied clients. Whether you're a homeowner looking to revamp your living space or a contractor seeking the best design partner in the St. Louis Metro East area, Mike has the know-how to transform your vision into reality. His commitment to excellence and attention to detail have earned him a reputation as a trusted industry professional. Beyond his dedication to cabinetry, Mike has a zest for life outside of work. When he's not crafting remarkable spaces, you can find him on the golf course perfecting his swing or enjoying the freedom of the open road on his motorcycle.

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Casey Ogden

With a family background in custom cabinetry, Casey developed a profound appreciation for the intricacies and artistry required to create impactful kitchen and bath design projects. She efficiently manages the daily operations of the design center, working closely with the design team and ensuring showroom displays are consistently fresh and on-trend. Casey's extensive sales and marketing experience is matched only by her unwavering passion for interior design and staging. Collaborating with clients, she takes immense pride in crafting creative, functional, and visually stunning spaces that surpass expectations, transforming her clients' dreams into reality. Remaining attuned to industry trends, Casey is dedicated to providing cutting-edge, customer-centric design options that cater to the diverse and ever-evolving needs of homeowners and contractors alike.

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Sarah Cochran
Design Assistant

Sarah's expertise in client support is the "glue" that holds the operation together. Her extensive experience on the administrative side of the roofing and construction industries has given her an intimate understanding of the relationship between the homeowner, the contractor, and the designer. To say she spins several plates while juggling and wearing many hats would be an understatement. Much of her time is dedicated to ordering the cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and hardware for each project, and her relationships with our manufacturer partners allows her to effectively manage timelines and communicate reasonable expectations to our clients. Although new to the world of design, her eagerness to learn is evident as she assists clients on the selection of colors, styles, and finishes. Specializing in bathroom design, her meticulous attention to detail provides a seamless experience for each customer. Beyond work, Sarah cherishes time with family, reading, and enjoys bowling and many outdoor activities.

1063 S State Route 157
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Monday-Friday: 9AM - 4PM
Saturday: By Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed