Custom Cabinetry Design Team

Meet the Classic Cupboards Design Team

Our staff includes professionally trained designers who understand the traditions of our community and who also embrace the opportunity to create the kitchens of the future. We realize that today’s kitchens are the new family rooms. Classic Cupboards’ organization is unique in that we have a design team approach. We believe this approach provides our clients with the best possible planning and design.

John Lagarde
Technical Cabinet Expert & President

John is a graduate of Jesuit High School and Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and worked for a local CPA firm before joining Classic Cupboards in 1996. John is the technical expert of our design jobs and has extensive knowledge of our cabinetry and appliance lines. John also serves as the President of Classic Cupboards.

Patricia Neal
Custom Cabinet Designer

With over 35 years of experience in the Interior Design field, Patricia has an extensive background in all aspects of the interior design process.  She has over 10 years of retail management, including space planning, floor covering, draperies, and fine furniture. Her design knowledge now includes kitchen design. This combination of diversified experience enables Patricia to assist and guide clients during the complicated decision making process. Her goal is to help clients achieve their dream vision.

Robyn Bogataj
Interior Designer

Robyn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Southern Mississippi and is our resident Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technician. Robyn inputs field measurements and the designers’ hand drawings into our state-of-the-art design software to produce top quality plans, elevations and perspectives. She has worked in the kitchen design field since 1996 and her experience and attention to detail is evident in every plan presented to our clients.

Frank Schnell
Operations Manager

One of the benefits of working with Classic Cupboards is that we have an on-site warehouse where products are received and housed until your project is ready for installation.  We also offer free delivery to local job sites. Frank manages this side of the business as our Operations Manager, and is also responsible for coordinating all aspects of appliances, including ordering, scheduling deliveries and scheduling installation.

There are also additional staff members who work hard and support the above team members when creating your ultimate dream kitchen or bathroom cabinet design.

Visit our
Harahan Showroom

Visitors of the showroom frequently state, “Classic Cupboards has the most beautiful showroom in the city.” You are invited to browse our showroom and our custom cabinet portfolio to see why Classic Cupboards is the premier custom cabinet design and sales firm in the Greater New Orleans area!

Schedule an appointment with one of our designers today.

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Expertise & Vision
To Make Dreams a Reality

“I have had the good fortune to be able to work closely with Stewart Lagarde for the past 20 years. He, and his vigilant staff, listen to our clients and have the expertise and vision to make their dreams a reality. They are sensitive to cost concerns without sacrificing creativity.”

Ron Domin, AIA, Architect

Highly Recommend
Attention to Detail

“We have done three kitchens with the help of Classic Cupboards. Each time, we appreciated the interest and attention to detail that we received. We would highly recommend Classic Cupboards to our friends.”

Jim & Donna Thompson

Style & Elegance
Our Dream Kitchen to Reality

“John Lagarde, and his team at Classic Cupboards, helped bring our dream kitchen to reality with the right mix of design consulting, product selection and installation expertise. Cabinetry, countertops, appliances – Classic Cupboards made sure that our kitchen could hold up to a busy household with style and elegance. Considering our tastes, and using the latest design technology, we moved from concept to completion at an efficient and manageable pace. We couldn’t be happier.”

Daniel & Denise Douglass

Beautiful Cabinets
We Love our Kitchen

“Our experience with Classic Cupboards was very rewarding. Not only did we love their beautiful cabinets, but their expertise in re-configuring our kitchen gave us more cabinets than we could have every imagined. Thanks Classic Cupboards for your hard work! We love our kitchen.”

Margaret & Henry

Kitchen & Bar
We Couldn’t be Happier

“In the process of building our new home in Metairie, we sought the recommendations of our architect, builder and friends on the design of our kitchen and bar area. After meeting with several very qualified businesses, we decided to hire Classic Cupboards, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision. John and Pat of Classic Cupboards worked with us and our builder to design plans for a functional kitchen. They educated us on the options we had with respect to kitchen cabinetry, and we were never pressured to move outside of our comfort range price-wise. They were always available for Sue to work with color and finish selections, and were most helpful in coordinating the kitchen cabinetry with our marble tops and hardwood flooring. When it became time to select appliances, John was able to work with us to provide top of the line appliances at a very competitive price. The delivery of all of our cabinetry and appliances was timely, and Classic Cupboards was there throughout a very efficient installation process. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product of our kitchen and bar areas, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Classic Cupboards to anyone building a new home or substantially remodeling a kitchen or bar area.”

Mike & Sue

Kitchen Specialist
Great Care & Professionalism

“As an architect, I have designed many kitchens over the years. However, when it came time for the remodeling of my own kitchen, I sought the help of a kitchen specialist. Working with Classic Cupboards turned out to be the best decision for my project. Their staff was attentive to my design concerns and made the selection of products, equipment, and materials an enjoyable process. They efficiently presented a host of options and were eager to assist me in the decision making at every turn. Most importantly, the delivery and installation was on schedule and handled with great care and professionalism.”

Dennis Brady, Architect

New Kitchen Build
Exactly What We Wanted

“We were building a house after Katrina where the kitchen is the main area of our home. We had photos, ideas, magazine clippings, etc. and needed someone who could execute our thoughts. John and Pat were amazing. They listened, made great suggestions and the finished product is exactly what we wanted.”

Frank & Annette

Kitchen Renovation
A Beautiful Well-Planned Kitchen

“John and Pat made working on my kitchen project go smoothly. We went over every detail to make sure that the cabinets came without a hitch. I love the organizing accessories for spices and utensils as well as the roll out trays and blind corner cabinet pull out; adding functionality. Classic Cupboards gives outstanding service and I am so pleased with my beautiful, well-planned kitchen.”



Take a look at our previous work for inspiration or stop by and browse our showroom in Harahan, Louisiana.

Transitional Kitchens
Contemporary Kitchens
Traditional Kitchens
Home Bars