About Us

Owner and President, Esther Tantillo

Esther Tantillo


Esther joined Classic Kitchens as the owner in 2014.  At eight years of age Esther assisted her father as he remodeled the kitchen of her childhood home.  The stage was set for years to come.  Esther has been remodeling homes ever since. 

Esther co-founded a fine jewelry design, repair and sales company in Topeka, Kansas. In 2011 she founded Tantillo Properties LLC which she purchased, remodeled and sold residential homes.

Esther is inspired by the beauty in nature and enjoys all creatures especially the showroom dog Tillie.  Her husband Charlie owns a TPA, The Taben Group, a COBRA, Direct Billing & Flex Administration.  With her husband Charlie she enjoys sailing their 36 foot Catalina sailboat every weekend during the summer months.

Lead Designer, Lisa Otterness

Lisa Otterness, CKD


Lisa’s experience with cabinetry started in a family owned business where she worked in the shop building and installing cabinets which affectionately earned her the nicknames “Sandy”, “Dusty” and “Li’l Hurc”.  Lisa also worked for a major retailer designing kitchens while going back to school to earn a second degree in Interior Design, where she was awarded an NKBA Excellence in Education award.

She has since become accredited as a Certified Kitchen and Bath with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  Currently, Lisa is on the local NKBA board and has written articles on the ins and outs of kitchen remodels. She is the mother of two beautiful children, Samantha and Logan.  She has a passion for gardening, which she learned from her mother and regularly brings garden bouquets to the showroom.  As a life-long learner, she aspires to become fluent in both French and Spanish.  A Parisian Café with a view of La Rive Gauche is on the travel agenda

Design Assistant, Lauren Waln

Lauren Waln

 Lauren joined Classic Kitchens Design Studio in spring of 2017. She studied Interior Design at Pittsburg State University where she held office on her local campus IIDA club and graduated with honors. She has an eye for color and detail with experience working in both the technical and creative aspects of design. When she's not in the studio, Lauren enjoys cooking, exploring the city, and a good book. She lives in Kansas City with her husband Jake, their two dogs, Rigby and Marshmallow, their fat cat Finley, and a baby on the way! 

Showroom Mascot, Tillie Tantillo (Cavapoo)

Tillie Tantillo

 Tillie, the Showroom Dog, works part time at Classic Kitchens Design Studio.  Her duties include, watching the front door, greeting guests, napping in her comfy bed and being on her best behavior when the UPS guy delivers packages.  She loves everyone and tries to refrain from licking exposed toes.   

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