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BigTrends from KBIS2015 Part I

Day two of the Modenus Blog Tour was opening day for the  51st annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  The Bloggers were given an inside peek into many of the booths at the show and as we toured,  trends most certainly did emerge.

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Men in the Kitchen

Circa 1954, Betty is in the kitchen, apron tied just right.  Pearls in place.  She’s the queen of her domain turning out pineapple upside down cakes while her hubs brings home the bacon (for her to cook).

A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it "Embracing Routine".  6"by 6" by 2" canvas
A small mid century collage by yours truly. I call it “Embracing Routine”. 6″by 6″ by 2″ canvas

In most cultures throughout history, the heart of the home has been a woman’s domain.  Even today though roles have shifted and functions of the kitchen have changed, it’s the woman who usually makes the decisions when it comes to the kitchen.  I say USUALLY because even 10 or 15 years ago the man of the house only had a voice when it came to his office or his bar, now he is collaborating on the design of the kitchen.  Read more


Tip 2: New Cabinets, All or Nothing?


Anyway where were we??  Ah yes, I was sharing with you five big questions I get from clients.  The first post in the series was about under cabinet lighting and here is number 2:

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She lives the green life.

It’s official.  The “color gods” have spoken.   Who are these “color gods”?  They would be an organization known as Pantone.  Pantone, Inc. is the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of color. The market leader in color has officially named Emerald THE color for the year 2013.  When I think of emerald a number of things come to mind including:  my birthstone, mermaids, deep sea, summer AND  then I think about all the other greens and how we use them in our interior environments.  One thing I love about green is that it brings outside in.  As Pantone notes here it represents regeneration, healing and unity.

Here’s the EXACT color.

Just for fun I thought I’d share with you some of my fave ideabook finds containing the color green.


This is another kind of green that I love.  It almost makes me want to wash clothes.


These green marble tops definitely bring the lovely outside in. Hints of brown tie in the warm wood cabinets.


White cabinets are the rage and what better way to highlight them but with a clever shade of green on the walls?


Here’s the same color palette, warm wood and green marble.  As you can see, it works equally well whether the theme is contemporary or traditional.


This is a totally different green, almost grey suggesting elegance and refinement.  So whether your taste runs to emerald or chartreuse, green is a great option.  In fact there are two other greens on the hit parade for 2013, Tender Shoots and Grayed Jade.  You can see the complete Pantone Color Report for Spring 2013 here.




One of my favorite magazines, Cooking Light, contains a very interesting article that I love this month.  It’s about something called “mindful eating”.  I agree that we, as a culture, me included, eat way too much because we don’t do it mindfully.  Simply put it just means that if you make yourself 100% present and focused at the task at hand (eating) during mealtime you will enjoy your food more and you won’t feel the need to eat as much.  I happen to believe that you can easily carry this concept over to the kitchen design and remodel process.  These days when we are trying to get the most out of every dollar we want to know that every aspect of the complicated process of remodeling a kitchen has been well thought out.  Here are five ways you can do it.




1) Don’t be in a rush–  When you impose a drop dead date such as Thanksgiving or Christmas you will be more likely to rush your choices.  This is a complicated process and it needs to be planned out properly and executed in a certain order.  Collect your thoughts and ideas beforehand.  This should included concept photos, and ideas for products.  In this day of social media there is no excuse not to do the research.  It will allow your professional partners to do an even better job for you.




2)     Work with someone you feel good about–  I don’t care how knowledgeable your designer, or salesperson seems, if they don’t feel right for you, you’ll probably save much aggravation by partnering with someone you feel is your ally and can see your own unique vision.  Many designers are adept at working in a variety of styles.  However, if you love sleek, modern, minimal designs don’t select a designer who’s work is typically very traditional.  They’ll probably be able to help you but it not with the insight, enthusiasm and access to products as someone who specializes in your style.


Set up a handy temporary kitchen to get you through the downtime. Check out this very helpful blog post that shows you how.
















3) Prepare for the downtime– Always insist on a schedule for your project.  This is NOT to say it won’t have to be tweaked from time to time but it’s always best to have a starting point.  It helps keep all the players on the same page. A big part of this is to plan how you’re going to get by when you’re without a kitchen.  Where are you going to put the refrigerator?  Do you have convenient place to put your microwave?  How close is your temporary set up to a sink?  Keep most used cups and utensils easy to access.


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4)   Pick your battles– Everyone has a budget and  most of us  can’t have it all.  That said, there are usually a couple of areas in which a judicious splurge can make all the difference.  One biggie is springing for a counter depth model refrigerator which is nearly flush with your counter top.  This makes a big difference in a small space. Although they’re more expensive they’re still a lot less than the super high end true built-in models.



This standard depth refrigerator certainly stands out! Photo by


5)   Don’t rush to judgement– If you are living on site during your remodel, resist the impulse to go into a seizure over every nick or crooked drawer front.  Again, it’s a process with a million details and steps.  At this point you should be trusting (if you did step 2) your professionals to do what they do.  Typically all doors and drawer fronts will be aligned before your installation is finished.  It is also typical practice for you and your designer to get together on a punch out list so all concerns, including touch ups are addressed before completion.

If you have a question about your kitchen design or remodel I’d love to hear from you!

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