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New Orleans bound, looking forward to crawfish gumbo, beneits and lots of yummy design!
New Orleans bound, looking forward to craw fish gumbo, beignets and lots of yummy design! Check out the signature wrought iron and exposed brick!

If you’re an avid reader of KFL you’ll remember my visit, last March, to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York.  An edgy website by the name of  Modenus*  had a little contest in which you could win a spot on one of their world famous blog tours.  Naturally I had to go all out, no holds barred!  The challenge was to take a creative photo of one of the designated sponsors. Read more



Our annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show known as KBIS  was held last month in Las Vegas.  I’m hearing that attendance was much improved over the anemic showing of the last couple years.  This show is traditionally where new products and design trends for the kitchen and bath are introduced to the world at large.  Here are some of my new faves from the show!


The signature look of Borholm Kitchens was a timely refreshing addition to KBIS

Simple Scandanavian inspired detailing sets this line apart.

One of the most exciting debuts this year is  Bornholm Cabinets,  conceived of and created by fellow blogger Susan Serra and her daughter.     They are a couple of smart cookies who know what’s both hot now as well as basic and unique enough to be timeless.  The line is Scandanavian inspired but American made.  Simple yet elegant and designed to blend into and enhance any environment.  I think we’ll be seeing more of this.  You can see more here.

I also love this beautiful bit of black.

Yes it’s a toilet!  When it comes to commodes the Japanese have definitely got it going on and this example is no exception.   We all know what a “smart” phone is, well meet the “smart” toilet!  The REGIO by Inax  features a sound system, heated seat, double power deodorizing, automatic seat and flushing, and dual nozzle bidet. Geez, what more could you want?  Oh, yeah it’s also environmentally responsible. Check it out here

Here’s a new fun way to add a little glow to that backsplash area between your cabinets and counter top.

The °eluma RGB DecoSplash illuminated backsplash is the first fully customizeable color changing LED backsplash.  You can change your color as you change your mood from fuschia to lime green!  This LED light is dimmable and you even have your choice of decorative inserts.  Find out more here.

Dark rich wood finishes continue to be a popular choice.  I just love the Asian vibe (of course!) of this kitchen by Wellborn Cabinets.

Click here to see the rest of The Best of KBIS!



The premiere annual ritual for those of us in the “biz” is the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) This year the show was held last month in our favorite mid-west metropolis, Chicago.  Each year certain trends, technologies and companies tend to stand out.  This is what we’ll be hearing about in the world of Kitchen & Bath Design in months to come.  Here’s the buzz, especially for you, from those in the know.

I think Jenn-Air stole the show with their new premium products.  Jenn-Air’s intuitive double ovens (won most innovative product by KBB for 2009) and built-in refrigeration can meet the demands of buyers of other premium brands, not to mention, the new DUCT FREE downdraft cooktop, an item apartment and condo dwellers have long been waiting. 

Morton Block, CMKBD, IIDA
President Morton Block Associates
I noticed the emphasis on bevel and diamond shapes was more dominate this year. This was featured on: cabinetry doors, plumbing fixtures, hardware, mouldings, lighting fixtures and tile.
Joanna Menke
Millwork Sales & Design, CKD and Associate IIDA

Loved the Kohler Stages Sink (I love any sink with bells and whistles and this one has A LOT of bells and whistles).
As for trends, I noticed bits of bling and was pleased that it was done with subtlety and sophistication. Little hints of shimmer, crystals, etc on door knobs, cabinet hardware, faucets. A door knob by Hamilton Sinkler comes to mind, knobs and such by a beautiful Italian manufacturer whose name is escaping me.

Karen Swanson

The trend I seem to notice more this year was towards saving water and energy as well as more recycled products.

Randal G. Winter

President Randal G. Winter Construction

As a trend, I would have to respond not with a product but with an attitude. It seems many of the conference speakers as well as individuals I spoke with, were emphasizing ‘seeing’ from the viewpoint of the client. I like to think we have always put the them first, but apparently there is a very real need to educate the designers and contractors in the ways of the economically impacted buyer. The human factor prevails. 

Carl A. Smith III

One of my favorites, shown here,  was this nifty corner cabinet accessory by Korner King.  It allows full use of your corner not only lazy susans but drawers as well! 

To see all of the best of KBIS entries click this link.

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