Nicole B. Marino (senior designer) and Nicki Kana (owner of Cabinet Innovations)


Nicki Kana – Owner and Showroom Designer 


Since purchasing Cabinet Innovations from founder Mary Calvin in 2014, Nicki has continued the Cabinet Innovations’ reputation in trust and white glove treatment. For almost two decades, Nicki’s innovative approach, enthusiasm, style, and skill enhances any design she helps bring to life. Her very detailed hand expertly executes even the smallest detail and with the help of CI’s exceptional installation team, they are able to deliver extraordinary craftsmanship.  Nicki has worked exclusively with Wood-Mode, Brookhaven and Bellmont lines of custom, factory-made cabinets for her entire career.  While at the helm of Cabinet Innovations, Nicki and her team have received the prestigious Wood-Mode Masters Award, most recently in 2018.


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Nicole Marino – Showroom Designer

For over two decades, Nicole has pulled from her extensive knowledge, creativity, and organizational skills to expertly guide her clients through the design, ordering and installation process. A native Jersey girl, Nicole, came to Cabinet Innovations from the prestigious Boston Design Center, where she worked with high-end custom factory cabinets. Residential kitchen and bath design, from classic traditional elegance to the spectrum of contemporary are Nicole’s main focus.  However, that will not deter her from putting her keen eye to any other room in your home.  Nicole’s work has been featured in many lifestyle publications, such as Traditional Home.


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Merary TorresDesign Assistant


Design Assistant to the CI Team, Merary brings a fresh touch to all projects she interreacts with.  She assists Nicki and Nicole in all aspects of the design and ordering processMerary, a Houston native, graduated from San Jacinto College in 2016 with an A.A.S. in Interior DesignAfter a decade in the retail, sales and customer service industry; Merary worked as a space planning specialist for Bassett and a color-expert for the Sherwin Williams In-Home Color Consultant Group prior to joining the CI Team.      


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Blanca Lazo Polanco – Administrative Representative


Blanca is an integral part of the Cabinet Innovations’ team by providing organization, budgeting and daily bookkeeping.  She assists the designers with each and every job whenever and however she is needed.  Blanca came to Cabinet Innovations in 2010, fresh out of the University of Houston – Downtown with a BA in General Business.  She enjoys event-planning and has previously served on the boards of the Interior Design Society – Houston Chapter and the NKBA Gulf Coast Chapter.


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Mary Calvin – Founder
Mary’s career began in the 1970’s when the cabinet industry was in it’s infancy. Since then custom cabinetry has developed into a sophisticated business that is as much a science as it is an art – when working with highly skilled design professionals, contractors and installers. She founded Cabinet Innovations in 2003 and in just over a decade, she had the great pleasure in seeing it grow into one of the premiere cabinetry companies in the United States.