Who We Are
Our founder, Monique Poche’ Bennett created Cabinets by Design with the mission to bring beauty to everyday living. Our team of expert designers work with you every step of the way. Many years of expertise and strong relationships with manufacturers and installers has allowed us to create a memorable, enjoyable experience for our clients.
How It Began
As a child, owner, Monique Poche’ Bennett, loved cooking, sparking her desire to create timeless kitchens that were functional and beautiful. After a few years of working in the cabinet industry, Monique found her passion for design. Cabinets by Design opened its doors on October 1, 1988 and has been designing and transforming dreams into reality ever since.
Monique Poche’ Bennett, CKD
A New Orleans native, Monique received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Louisiana State University in 1983. She opened Cabinets by Design in Gretna in 1988, after working for five years as a kitchen and bath designer at a local cabinet and appliance showroom. Monique purchased and renovated a building in Uptown, New Orleans in 2003, and moved her business to its current location. Monique has been an active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association since 1983, earning her CKD certification in 1996.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Leslie Relayson attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for two years before earning her Interior Design degree in 1991 from Delgado. After working as an interior designer for two local design firms, she joined Cabinets by Design in 1996 and used her design expertise to focus on kitchen design. Leslie has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is currently an active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Dodee DePriest-Black, PMP
Raised in a millwork family in Alexandria, Louisiana, Dodee received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1992. After 25 years of working in corporate facilities project management, she retired for a slower pace. Now a designer for Cabinets by Design she enjoys seeing the creative kitchen and bath solutions come to life. Dodee’s construction industry knowledge, attention to detail and creativity combine to bring great value to our kitchen and bath design team.