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September 25, 2016 |

The New Laundry/Mudroom

We’ve been seeing it everywhere. Homeowners are making their lives more organized by renovating mud and laundry rooms, and these types of projects not only make them more functional, but beautiful. KBB spoke with seven designers well acquainted with this…

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September 9, 2016 |

Dyslexia and Design

Dyslexic Design Founder Jim Rokos Taking place September 22-25, designjunction will play host to the inaugural Dyslexic Design, an exhibition that explores the link between dyslexia and creative industries. The project, in support of the British Dyslexic Association, will celebrate…

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September 2, 2016 |

The Essence of Building

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is one of the best places to witness innovations in furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking and material processing – and this year it was right in KBB’s backyard. Set in Atlanta on August 24-27, the…

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August 28, 2016 |

Off the Grid

Along Porter Creek in rural Sonoma County, Calif., a hilltop location surrounded by trees needed a home that wouldn’t hinder the environment around it. One family decided on this spot for a sustainable home where they could raise twin daughters…

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August 18, 2016 |

The Charm of the South

For more than 20 years, Southern Living has built or renovated idea houses to showcase traditional design and stunning landscaping – all evoking the idea of Southern hospitality. The 2016 Idea House is set in Mt. Laurel outside of Birmingham,…

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August 10, 2016 |

Student Design Competition Winners

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Monogram have announced the winners of the NKBA Charette Design Competition, which awards students more than $30,000 in scholarships. For more than a decade, this competition has been recognizing students who demonstrate…

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August 5, 2016 |

Two-Story Showroom

After outgrowing its space in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Walker Zanger has opened a new tile showroom and slab gallery in Port Chester, N.Y. Now with 4,200 square feet of showroom and a 14,000-sq.-ft. slab gallery, the company’s new facility plays…

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July 21, 2016 |

Getting to Know the KBB Editorial Advisory Board

For the last three years, KBB has been putting together an Editorial Advisory Board of which we are quite proud. These respected members, who include designers, showroom dealers, architects, contractors and retailers, serve as role models in the kitchen and…

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July 15, 2016 |

Below the Surface

Sometimes a surface is not even noticed, and other times it is the focal point of a design. We lean, cook and walk on them, and they in turn hold us up, keep our appliances in the wall and support…

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July 11, 2016 |

A Living Laboratory

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has moved into their new corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The office space design, which was led by ASID member Ken Wilson of Chicago-based Perkins+Will, incorporates health, wellness, well-being and sustainability as…

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July 1, 2016 |

Show-Stopping Kitchen and Bath Trends

                                 The Avalon tub from Native Trails Recently, a few of KBB’s Editorial Advisory Board members attended Dwell on Design, which was held in Los Angeles from June 24-16. The three-day exhibition and conference was held at the Los Angeles…

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June 30, 2016 |

It’s Getting Hot in Here

                      Dacor’s 30-in. Self-Cleaning Pure Convection Wall Oven As designers, you know convection ovens are the new black for cooking appliances. Built with an interior fan and exhaust system, convection ovens cook food more evenly and more quickly – with…

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June 25, 2016 |

Color in the Kitchen

The Silestone Trendspotters – a group of influential designers picked by Cosentino to report on trends from their regional markets – embraced the challenge of designing kitchens that illustrate the important role color plays in creating a unique kitchen environment….

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June 16, 2016 |

Enlighten Your Clients

Even if a kitchen has the glittering backsplash, the colorful six-burner range and all the high-tech features available, without light, cooking and hosting would be a disaster. The most outfitted bathroom – complete with marble work and digital shower controls…

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June 9, 2016 |

Great Minds Think Outside of the Box

Ronbow’s Signature Series brings together 11 new collections from nine top European designers under one single brand. The company went outside of its own design team to research and select world-renowned experts in their fields – not focused on bath…

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June 2, 2016 |

Designing the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Twenty-one interior designers and architects have come together to participate in this year’s 44th-Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, hosted by New York’s local youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each designer spent eight weeks transforming a…

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May 27, 2016 |

Interactive and Inspirational

Any Atlantan knows that the best high-end shopping happens in Buckhead, the historically upper-class section of the city. When a showroom moves to this part of town, it marks that company’s objective to offer both a personal and a luxurious…

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May 23, 2016 |

Seeing Product Perfect at ICFF

I recently attended the 29th-annual ICFF, North America’s premiere trade showcase for architecture and high-end interior design, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from May 21-24, 2017. The show hosted more than 750 exhibitors from 30+ countries…

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May 12, 2016 |

Kitchen Design Adeptly Addresses a Busy Life

Atlanta-based designer Matthew Quinn worked closely with homeowner, Elizabeth Garvish – an immigration lawyer and mother of eight-month-old twins – to create a design to accommodate her busy lifestyle. The 1,000 sq.-ft. project in a newly constructed home includes a kitchen, powder…

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May 6, 2016 |

Choose Fresh

                                   Katie Stagliano of Katie’s Krops Sub-Zero has announced a new initiative, Fresh Food Matters. The initiative highlights how fresh food touches on matters of both health and family life, economics, culture and the environment. Sub-Zero’s goal with this initiative…

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April 29, 2016 |

Seven Designs, Seven Awards

The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Baltimore/Washington Chapter has honored Chevy Chase, Md.-based Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath with seven kitchen and bath design awards. KBB got an insider’s look into each of the projects and spoke with the…

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April 29, 2016 |

Up Close and Personal Curated Design

DESIGN ADAC 2016 took place last week at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. The tagline for the four-day event – sponsored by Veranda – was “Where Design Is Personal,” and industry professionals spoke on a variety of topics where customization…

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April 21, 2016 |

Capturing Coverings

KBB just returned from a press trip to Coverings 2016, the global tile and stone trade show held April 18-21 in Chicago. What an expansive event! I have never seen so much tile in one place and was unaware until…

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April 17, 2016 |

Viva Italia Design!

Modenus and its Design Hounds were recently at EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Show – two events under the umbrella of Salone del Mobile that took place in Milan from April 12-17. The Hounds compiled their favorite finds and key…

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April 7, 2016 |

IDS Designer of the Year Winners Announced

The Interior Design Society (IDS) recently announced award recipients for its sixth-annual Designer of the Year competition. Celebrity designer Dann Foley presented the awards during a gala at the IDS National Conference on April 1 at the Dallas Market Center….

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April 1, 2016 |

Sneak Peek: Design Week in Milan

Known as Salon Internazionale del Mobile, the international show returns to Milan for its 55th year with more than 1,300 exhibitors presenting everything from furniture to tile and kitchen counters. The biennial EuroCucina and its collateral exhibition, Technology for the…

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March 21, 2016 |

Honoring World Water Day

Today, March 22, is an important day: World Water Day. World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues and take action to make a difference. 

 According to a recent poll from…

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March 10, 2016 |

The Future of Home Design

Houston-based Surge Homes, a residential real estate developer and builder, is taking advantage of the trend for curated, professionally designed homes. To launch two local communities this month with seven more in the works, the developer took an innovative approach…

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March 3, 2016 |

Parisian Inspirations

                                              Photo by Eric Kleinberg Karen Herold, Chicago-based designer and principal of Studio K, has recently launched the Brasserie Collection, a…

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February 26, 2016 |

Remodeling and Relationships

It’s a well-known fact that remodeling can be stressful. In light of that, Houzz recently conducted a “Remodeling & Relationships” survey to find out how couples in particular deal with remodeling stresses. 

KBB spoke with several designers on our Editorial…

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February 18, 2016 |

NKBA Hall of Fame Welcomes Francisco Cosentino

Francisco “Paco” Martinez-Cosentino, president of the Cosentino Group, has been announced as the 2016 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected by a standing program committee from nominations made since the Hall of Fame’s…

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February 12, 2016 |

Seattle Showhouse Designed Online

ATGStores.com has unveiled the Seattle Showhouse – the first designer showhouse furnished and designed entirely online. The home brought together top Seattle-based designers to recreate eight rooms in a spacious, modern home in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. View a gallery…

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February 8, 2016 |

Trends Shaping the Industry

For the 2016 NKBA Design Trends Survey, more than 450 NKBA members from across the country reported the materials, product types and design styles they specified during the past year in response to changing consumer preferences. Ideal for identifying trends…

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February 1, 2016 |

Trends and Products from IMM Cologne

In Cologne, Germany, more than 80,000 visitors descended on IMM Cologne, which took place from January 18-24. Visitors came from 128 countries around the globe to see the 1,185 exhibitors, who showcased new products and ideas for the furniture industry….

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January 25, 2016 |

The Best of KBIS 2016 Winners Announced

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has announced the winners of the 2016 Best of KBIS Awards. Considered the industry’s premier awards program highlighting the best new kitchen and bath industry products, this year’s entries pushed the boundaries of…

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January 13, 2016 |

Houzz Survey Reveals Emergence of the Super Kitchen

Homeowners are renovating their kitchens to create a “super kitchen” that not only serves multiple purposes but also incorporates features, functions and decor traditionally associated with other rooms, dramatically blurring the lines between the kitchen and other living spaces, according…

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January 8, 2016 |

KBIS 2016 Product Preview

                                                Lumina from Artistic Tile We are just days from returning to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place January 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Once again co-locating with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), KBIS…

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January 4, 2016 |

Stepping Up to Help

Deer Park, Texas homeowner Ninfa Vasquez’s problems began when she unknowingly hired a convicted thief as a contractor to remodel her kitchen. The swindler did the original kitchen demolition, but then he took a $9,000 deposit and never returned. For…

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December 28, 2015 |

SurfaceSet 2016 Student Innovation Winners Announced

Formica Corporation has announced the winners of the inaugural SurfaceSet 2016 Student Innovation Competition. A panel of design professionals, including designer Jonathan Adler, selected the first-place winner, Elizabeth Ickes from the University of Cincinnati. The panel also selected a second-place…

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December 14, 2015 |

Announcing the Innovative Showroom Finalists

Now in it’s second year, the Innovative Showroom Awards celebrate existing showrooms in the kitchen and bath space that are doing a great job of engagement, creating an unforgettable experience and educating their customers. Showrooms will be judged on their…

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December 10, 2015 |

Falling for Flooring

   Bellawood Matte Carriage House White Ash from Lumber Liquidators With fall coming to a close and the holidays just around the corner, clients are beginning to wrap up projects or starting to think about new ones for next year….

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December 7, 2015 |

Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year for 2016

Pantone has announced PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz as the PANTONE Color of the Year selection for 2016. K+BB spoke with Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out more.
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November 19, 2015 |

Adapting Design to Overcome Challenges

Duravit hosted speaker Stacie Wong of design house Gluck+ at its 6,500-sq.- ft. Madison Avenue New York showroom for the start of a year-long celebration heading into Duravit’s 200th year in in the industry. As early as 1817, the company…

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November 12, 2015 |

Matching the Next Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept the northeastern shoreline and left New Jersey and New York battered. One 1940s cottage on Long Island, which sat five feet above sea level, could not withstand the storm. Homeowner Kim Erle, a…

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November 9, 2015 |

Highlights from London Design Festival

This year, design directory Modenus launched a new concept, Designhounds (www.designhounds.com), just in time for a tour to London Design Festival. Participating designers and bloggers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. visited a number of design shows, including Decorex,…

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November 4, 2015 |

The World Grows Smaller

                       Above photo of Seoul’s Changdeokgung Palace by Erinn Waldo In preparation for LG’s debut of the TWIN Wash Laundry Pair – launched November 3 and available in the U.S. on December 20 – K+BB visited the company’s headquarters in…

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November 2, 2015 |

Designers Compete for the Best Dream Kitchen Design

Above photo from Marilyn Russell’s winning project BLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, has announced the three winners of the #BLANCODreamKitchen Design Contest, which took place last month. After sifting through dozens of designs, BLANCO and a panel…

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October 22, 2015 |

Reimagining Bathrooms

Duravit has selected the winners for its third Designer Dream Bath Competition, which involved both built and unbuilt projects. This year’s judging panel included Sheila Kim, products editor at Architizer; Paul Makovsky, brand director at Metropolis; Linda Lentz, special sections…

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October 19, 2015 |

Faucets, Fittings and Fixtures

Hansgrohe USA has announced the results of its second-annual Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition. After careful consideration, a jury of media and Hansgrohe representatives selected two winners and three honorable mentions in the residential category, as well as one…

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October 9, 2015 |

Getting Creative with National Pride

First started in 2014, the Impressões by Laufen project aspires to take the simple washbasin and make something unique, functional and sustainable. This second edition of the project brought together 10 designers and architects to present their interpretations of the…

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September 24, 2015 |

Photo Story Contest Highlights Indoor/Outdoor Design

NanaWall Systems has announced winners of the third-annual Photo Story Contest, which were selected based on each project’s premier design, application story and imagery. The contest invited architects, designers, contractors and homeowners to submit their personal NanaWall projects for the…

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September 11, 2015 |

Charm of the South

On Bundoran Farm, a preservation development in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one 4,500-sq.-ft. home was built to inspire more Southern charm in interior design. Drawing from both classic regional styles and modern touches, the 2015 Southern Living…

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September 4, 2015 |

K+BB Design Awards Announced

K+BB is proud to announce our 2015 Design Award winners! 

 The esteemed panel of judges critiqued 90 kitchen, bath and showroom projects based on aesthetics, functionality and efficiency, solutions to challenges and fresh thinking. The panel chose a Kitchen,…

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August 28, 2015 |

Start Drawing

Los Angeles-based designer Sandra Espinet of S.E. Design Services recently launched a new fabric collection for Guildery Fabrics in Los Altos, Calif. Speaking with K+BB, Espinet offered insight into how she developed her line and how other designers can start…

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August 21, 2015 |

Year-Round Outdoor Kitchens

                                            Photography by Coyote Outdoor Living School is starting back and the days are growing shorter, but the appeal of the outdoor kitchen still continues into the cooler months of the year. “In addition to warm-weather climates such as Florida…

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August 17, 2015 |

Overcoming the Fear of Bold

                                       Photography by B.A.K. Interiors For designer Bryan Alan Kirkland of Atlanta-based B.A.K. Interiors, the best designs start with tone and build up with pattern and juxtaposing colors. “Your clients often look at the same magazines and the same looks…

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August 6, 2015 |

An Italian Showcase

Modern bathroom design has entered the historic streets of Italy’s city of fashion. At the recently opened Kartell by Laufen showroom, location and layout come into play for its collaborative design. Two years after the collection’s debut at the ISH…

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July 31, 2015 |

Designing the Non-Toxic Kitchen

There is finally a truly healthful craze undercutting the American stereotype. All-natural, fully organic, free-range and GMO-free are the buzzwords across the cooking world, inspiring consumers to look deeper into the ingredients that enter their body. But what about the…

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July 20, 2015 |

ASID Hosts Celebration Awards Gala

This past Saturday, July 18th, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. ASID honored the individuals and organizations that are transforming lives through design and will…

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July 9, 2015 |

A Showhouse for a Symphony

In support of the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, a group of more than 30 designers banded together to renovate a 1911 Georgian Colonial Revival home in Kansas City’s Hyde Park. The home itself is a remnant of history; it housed…

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July 3, 2015 |

Shades of Gray in Kitchens

                      SieMatic BeauxArts.02 in Sterling Grey The big screen isn’t the only place that’s drawing fans of shades of gray. Grays are the newest neutrals in kitchen design – along with black and white. Designers are taking this sophisticated yet…

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June 26, 2015 |

NeoCon Introduces Kitchen and Bath Solutions

Known as the largest commercial interiors show in North America, NeoCon took place on June 15-17 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 companies across one million square…

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June 19, 2015 |

HGTV’s 2015 Smart Home

For the 2015 HGTV Smart Home, the network chose a 2,300-square-foot house in a southern suburb of Austin, Texas. Inspired by the design of a modern farmhouse, the tech-friendly home design evokes an everyday get-away with a rustic Texas feel….

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June 15, 2015 |

Sherwin-Williams Unveils ColorMix 2016

Sherwin-Williams has released the Colormix 2016 collection. This year’s annual forecast collection has a positive outlook and highlights mindfulness, happiness, indulgence and wellbeing. Vintage workmanship, social engagement and future technologies are also reflected in the collection’s four color stories.

Jackie Jordan,…

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June 6, 2015 |

‘Mixmaster’ Eric Cohler’s Take on New Customizable Color Hardware

Sayonara, brushed nickel! Amerock recently launched an array of summer-hued hardware with aptly named shades like calypso, sea glass, surfside, lemon twist and more.                  “Splash” isn’t just a product line. It’s also an interactive design and shopping experience, available…

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May 29, 2015 |

Designer of the Year Award Recipients Announced


Grand Prize Kitchen Winner: $50,000 & Under, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Juneau, Alaska The Interior Design Society (IDS), an independent national organization comprised of more than 2,000 members with national headquarters located in High Point, N.C., has announced award recipients for its…

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May 21, 2015 |

ICFF Hits and Highlights

This year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) was held from May 16-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Produced by Emerald Expositions, the publisher of K+BB, ICFF featured 165,000 square feet of exhibition space on two…

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April 27, 2015 |

2015 NKBA SOTI Report Reveals Top Trends

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has released its 2015 State of the Industry Report. The study, which was conducted last November, was among 640 kitchen and bath dealers and designers. View a gallery of the announced trends here….

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April 20, 2015 |

Cool Coverings

                   Astra from La Fabbrica – a veining of agate onto porcelain stoneware Coverings 2015, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, took place last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from April 14-17. The show featured…

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April 3, 2015 |

DIFFA Brings Designers Together to Fight HIV/AIDS

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) recently brought together a group of designers highlighting the hottest new trends to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS at its 18th-annual DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) event. This year’s edition on March 19-23 expanded…

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March 30, 2015 |

AD Home Design Show Wrap Up

The 14th-annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which took place March 19-22 at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, explored design with a diverse range of brands, panels and show exhibits. K+BB explored the show floor for the latest…

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March 23, 2015 |

34 Technologically and Energy-Efficient Winners

ISH, the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy, is known for showcasing some of the best in the bathroom experience, building services, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energy. Taking place this past week in Frankfurt,…

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March 9, 2015 |

Designer Regina Sturrock Wins #PerlickDesignChallenge

Regina Sturrock, founder of Burlington, Ontario-based interior design firm Regina Sturrock Design Inc., has won Perlick’s recent #PerlickDesignChallenge. Perlick partnered with Modenus, a comprehensive digital resource for design professionals, for the #PerlickDesignChallenge “Chilling Below” contest where design professionals were asked…

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March 2, 2015 |

Midcentury Modern Goes Live

Celebrating the Palm Brings, Calif., legacy of midcentury modern architecture, the Modernism Week Show House 2015: Christopher Kennedy Compound showcases the work of 12 designers and the best in kitchen and bath products. View a photo gallery of the home…

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February 20, 2015 |

Grohe Introduces Products for Three Design Styles

In the kitchen in particular, the three major design styles – traditional, transitional and modern – are influencing everything from color to shelving to plumbing. Here, Grohe addresses each taste and preference with new products and tips to fulfill the…

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February 16, 2015 |

Trending with Spanish Tile

At CEVISAMA 2015, the International Ceramics Exhibition, Tile of Spain ceramic tile manufacturers introduced a number of innovative products and trends at the show, which took place February 1-5 in Valencia, Spain. The themes that marked the design of ceramic…

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February 9, 2015 |

Marsala in the Design World

Described as delicious, luxurious and robust, the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, has begun appearing in kitchen and bath products. Best paired with white tones and light wood, this natural, earthy wine red works as accent pieces, accessories…

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February 2, 2015 |

6 Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2015

Cabinetry is reaching a new high in the American home. The industry is booming, and according to research from RnRMarketResearch.com, demand for cabinets in the U.S. is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $16.0 billion in 2018 because of…

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January 26, 2015 |

For Our Eyes Only

As another KBIS has come to a close, we at K+BB want to share absolutely everything we can with you in the event you didn’t make it to the mega-event this year or if you were unable to see and…

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January 16, 2015 |

Freedom Within Four Walls

                                               Kohler Digital Shower In the run up to the German bathroom tradeshow, ISH 2015, the Association of the German Sanitation Industry is using its Pop Up My Bathroom trend forum to address designing for different stages of life. The…

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January 12, 2015 |

KBIS Sneak Peek

We’re counting down the days to the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), taking place January 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As KBIS is again co-locating with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the second Design &…

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December 12, 2014 |

All the Comforts of Home

As the holiday season draws upon us, many designers find a way to give something back to their communities. For Manhasset, N.Y.-based interior designer and owner of Poggenpohl Long Island Vasi Ypsilantis and her friend Sea Cliff, N.Y.-based interior designer…

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October 23, 2014 |

Window Dressing

DXV by American Standard – named for the company’s 15th decade in business – has invited six designers to create month-long window installations for this new line at its new luxury bathroom and kitchen flagship showroom at 15 West 20th…

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September 30, 2014 |

European Vacation

London Design Festival, now in it’s 12th year, was abuzz with trade shows, design and art exhibits and events from September 13-21. Anchored by four major shows – 100% Design, Tent London, Design Junction and Decorex – the festival is…

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September 19, 2014 |

A Visit to Eden

There’s an idyllic spot just south of the airport in Atlanta that is in complete contrast to my busy city. It’s a town called Serenbe that is made up of four hamlets – yes, I said hamlets – that hone…

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September 3, 2014 |

K+BB’s Design Award Winners Announced

We at K+BB are proud to announce our 2014 Design Award competition winners! The esteemed judges critiqued more than 55 project submissions on aesthetics, functionality and efficiency, solutions to challenges and fresh thinking. The panel, which included Chantal Devane of…

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August 25, 2014 |

Trends and Takeaways from IWF

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) took place last week in Atlanta. The event is a stage for material processing and design industries to connect, and while it is not specifically a kitchen and bath show, I did discover several products…

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June 2, 2014 |

Take-Home Trends from ICFF

Spring in New York means Design Week (http://nycxdesign.com/) and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which is in its 26th year. More than 600 exhibitors play host to nearly 30,000 designers and industry attendees who come to see the latest…

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May 12, 2014 |

What’s Not to Miss at ICFF

The 26th-annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held May 17-20 in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center, is fast approaching. For the first three days the 165,000-sq.-ft. show floor will be open to trade only, with more…

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April 2, 2014 |

An Insider’s Look

                                          Photos Courtesy of Cearsarstone In his partnership with Caesarstone, designer Mick de Giulio of de Giulio kitchen design created a booth at KBIS showcasing both the product and his unique style. The exhibit, which was shared by Bosch and…

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March 25, 2014 |

A Few Vignettes from the AD Show

I recently attended the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in the Big Apple and wanted to share some of the interesting things I was lucky enough to see in one day. Big, bold colors and new refrigerator technology stole the…

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March 3, 2014 |

Contractor of the Year Award Winner Announced

Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, Pa., was recently named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for its residential bathroom project in the $30,000-$60,000 range. The firm’s founder, Pamela Kofsky,…

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February 12, 2014 |

United through Tragedy

What was a tragedy in 2011, ended up as an uplifting story two years later when a family whose home was ruined in a fire was given a second chance with a new eco-friendly bungalow. The new home, on the…

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December 27, 2013 |

Winners of 2014 Passport to Creativity Contest Announced

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association, has announced the winners of the 2014 Passport to Creativity contest.

                                                       Monica Hanley, Interior Designer/ Business Development The contest…

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December 2, 2013 |

CERSAI Tile Trend Report

This past September the 31st edition of CERSAIE, the exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, showcased the latest innovations in Italian ceramic design, technology and craftsmanship. With an average of 20,000 visitors a day and 900 exhibitors from 35…

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November 25, 2013 |

Sherwin-Williams Announces 2014 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams has joined the mix and announced its 2014 Color of the Year: Exclusive Plum (SW 6263), a sophisticated, versatile shade of purplish-gray.  Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, said she and her team chose this color because…

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October 24, 2013 |

Kohler Editors Conference Indulges Media with New Products

                                   The town of Kohler, Wisc. (above) Set in Kohler’s historic town in Kohler, Wisc., the Kohler Editors Conference introduced me not only to the classic company but to trends and ideas that are popping up in the industry. Besides…

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October 22, 2013 |

Take a Breath

“Breath of Fresh Air,” a neutral shade of pale blue, has been announced as Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color of the Year and as part of the company’s Color Trends 2014 palette.  According to Benjamin Moore color and design expert Andrea…

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October 7, 2013 |

Cersaie and Predicting Tile Trends for 2014

Ryan Fasan, technical consultant to the Tile of Spain, recently completed a trip to Cersaie, an international exhibition of ceramic tile in Bologna, Italy, where he collected and observed trends for the upcoming year in tile. How was the general…

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September 16, 2013 |

Winners of Miele’s Design Competition Revealed

Miele has announced the winners of its 2013 Call for Exceptional Kitchens design competition, which honors projects that include the company’s culinary appliances. This year’s competition, which partnered with Architizer – a fast-growing database of architecture online – received entries…

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September 3, 2013 |

K+BB’s Design Award Winners Announced

We at K+BB magazine are excited to announce the winners of our 2013 Design Award competition, which recognizes the most outstanding kitchen, bathroom and kitchen and bathroom showroom design.  Criteria included aesthetic merit, creativity, functionality/efficiency and innovation, and projects were…

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August 9, 2013 |

MTI Baths Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MTI Baths Russell Adams and Kathy Adams receiving a plaque from Sugar Hill, Ga., Mayor Gary Pirkle (center). All photos credited to Sara Speert Photography.  MTI Baths turns 25 this year, and as part of its anniversary celebration, several guests…

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July 8, 2013 |

Compact Kitchen Design

A long table, as seen in the background of this photo, can be used for food preparation in place of a countertop.  Even with a small space, there are tactics to make it seem larger than it is, and the…

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June 28, 2013 |

Let There be Bright!

At the recent Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles, Sherwin-Williams introduced colormixTM 2014, a four-palette collection of colors influenced by fashion, science, nature, pop culture and global traditions. The 38-color collection is developed as a guide for design professionals…

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June 18, 2013 |

Designing DreamHome

I had the opportunity to visit the 2,800-sq.-ft. DreamHome at the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart last week while attending NeoCon in Chicago. The 8th-annual DreamHome features nine of the city’s top interior design firms and the rooms they…

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June 10, 2013 |

Kitchen Magic

Home design expert Sabine Schoenberg has recently published her new hands-on book Kitchen Magic: Secrets to Successful Kitchens, which is geared to homeowners but can be a useful tool for designers as well.  “When you are trying to get a…

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May 31, 2013 |

A Reinvention Story

Photo taken from Chelsea High Line in New York.  When walking around New York after the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), the word “reinvention” came to me as a trend that speaks not only to the city, but also to…

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May 24, 2013 |

Design on a Budget: It’s Not Impossible

Wendy Bircher of Yankee Barn Homes updated cabinets by swapping out the hardware with fixtures from Restoration Hardware and applying a steel gray-colored lacquer paint for a more contemporary look. Photo Credited to Yankee Barn Homes – www.yankeebarnhomes.com. Plenty of…

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May 16, 2013 |

What’s Trending in Tile

Aparici’s Moving offers a clean, updated vintage look; something old made new again Influences are everywhere for the spaces we create today − fashion, upholstery, wallpaper, furniture, media and even electronics all must relate to each other in our spaces…

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May 13, 2013 |

From Board Room to Campaign Trail

Tom Wolf, CEO of WOLF, a major supplier of kitchen and bath cabinetry and building products, has officially declared his run for governor of Pennsylvania next year. Among the more important issues that decorate his Democratic platform are: developing more…

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May 6, 2013 |

What’s in An Age?

Tammy Erickson’s speech on “The Influence of the Generations on the Kitchen and Bath Industry” at KBIS was an enlightening discussion on how to cater to and attract these various generations. Erickson, CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a firm that…

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May 6, 2013 |

Smart Business during Fragile Times

David Bromstad, HGTV personality and winner of HGTV Design Star, delivered an entertaining and enlightening speech covering trends, budgets and the consumer. With the struggling economy, Bromstad described economical consumer trends that designers now can use to their advantage. “During…

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April 16, 2013 |

Web Savvy: Heather E. Curless, LEED AP, B+DC

1. Where are you geographically? Cincinnati, Ohio – the Queen City of the West and one of the “greenest” cities in the country.   2. Where are you professionally? I’m a registered architect and a LEED-Accredited Professional through the U.S….

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March 20, 2013 |

Web Savvy: Ed Cholfin, CAPS, PMP

Where are you geographically? I’m in Marietta, GA (Metro Atlanta). Where are you professionally? I am the president of AK Complete Home Renovations. I’m a kitchen and bath designer, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a Project Management Professional and an…

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February 25, 2013 |

LivingKitchen 2013 Trend Report

Every two years, Cologne, Germany hosts the LivingKitchen show, featuring the next wave of innovation and inspiration for kitchen design. As Uwe Johannböke, international director for Blanco noted, “LivingKitchen is an opportunity for branding—where we strategically work to make a…

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February 5, 2013 |

Outlook 2013

Cautious optimism seemed to be the dominant mood for the industry in 2012. Will that give way to something better this year? K+BB once again catches up with Kermit Baker, senior research fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing…

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January 29, 2013 |

Web Savvy: Bob Borson

Where are you geographically? I am located in Dallas, TX—the Lone Star State. Where are you professionally? I am a licensed architect who specializes in residential projects. This means that a high priority is placed on my ability to listen…

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January 17, 2013 |

Super Bowls

There’s a reason why when we talk toilets, we talk numbers or, more specifically, gallons per flush (gpf). According to statistics released by the American Water Works Foundation in 1999 and still widely quoted throughout cyberspace (and on the EPA’s…

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January 3, 2013 |

Obamacare: Make Way for Tomorrow

It’s the nation’s most comprehensive health insurance reform since Medicare. And it’s been endorsed as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, how will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) affect your business? Will your premiums go down?…

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October 9, 2012 |

Surface Value

If you had to sum up current kitchen countertop trends in a few phrases, you might use the following: durability, generational preferences, clean and simple and ice cream sundaes. When taken together, they reflect prevailing consumer attitudes about kitchen remodels…

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September 20, 2012 |

Web Savvy: Carmen Christensen, ASID

Where are you geographically? Sarasota, FL. Where are you professionally? I am a licensed, registered interior designer and business owner who specializes in custom cabinetry and interior design. With more than 20 years in the kitchen and bath industry and…

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September 18, 2012 |

Reshaping the Everyday: Oki Sato, of Nendo

After earning an M.A. in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2002, designer Oki Sato visited the Milan Funiture Fair with his friends. The trip proved to be a turning point. Sato noted, “We were strongly inspired by what…

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September 12, 2012 |

How We Cook

A recent consumer behavior survey conducted by Moen found that men and women differ in their approach to cooking. It also reaffirmed what some overworked working moms already know: When it comes to meals, they’re still doing the bulk of…

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August 2, 2012 |

Clearing the Air: Part 2

Proper bathroom ventilation is critical to preventing excess moisture that can cause mold and mildew problems, damp spots on walls and ceilings, condensation on windows and mirrors and much more. Follow these 10 expert tips to ensure the longevity of…

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July 31, 2012 |

Clearing the Air: Part 1

Proper kitchen ventilation is the key to removing cooking smoke and odors from any home, especially in tightly built dwellings that include high-performance cooktops and ranges. Keep the following 10 expert ventilation tips in mind when planning your next kitchen…

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July 18, 2012 |

In Transition

There’s a new “it” style of kitchen, according to the NKBA’s 2012 Design Trends Survey. For the first time in the survey’s history, designers reported that transitional was the most oft requested type of design, with contemporary a close second….

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July 11, 2012 |

The Art of Economics

Even as Europe stands knee-deep in economic uncertainty, EuroCucina 2012, which was held April 17-22 in conjunction with Salone Internazionale del Mobile at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho-Milan, Italy, seemed fairly abuzz with activity. Aisles were sufficiently populated to require…

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June 27, 2012 |

Web Savvy: Nick Lovelady

Where are you geographically? The heart of Dixie! Our shop is in Sylacauga, AL, but I’ll happily go wherever eager contract signers are ready to put pen to paper. Where are you professionally? Being a proud second-generation cabinet guy, I…

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June 20, 2012 |

Airing Out (and In)

Carbon monoxide, cleaning chemicals, pet dander, pollen, pesticides, formaldehyde—homes are loaded with pollutants that can cause a whole host of health issues (asthma, fatigue, dizziness and headaches, just to name a few). However, there are a number of simple steps—installation…

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May 17, 2012 |

Simple Solutions

Consider this a time of self-expression. In the home, consumers are having it their way, unwilling to settle for products that don’t have the right look, functionality and price. This is especially true in the bath, where lavatory faucets, likened…

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May 15, 2012 |

Smart Refrigerators

Energy-saving refrigerators, it’s universally agreed, are a smart idea. But are “smart” refrigerators energy-saving? Finding an answer to that question is a convoluted process, and the result is to no small extent contingent on defining “smart.” As the most energy-hungry…

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May 10, 2012 |

Oven Smarts

Technology can have a democratizing effect, especially in relation to cooking. For those who pride themselves on their ability to, say, produce the perfect roast, today’s ovens may present a bit of a double-edged sword. Smarter, faster and now better…

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April 19, 2012 |

Keeping It Real

Architect and designer Piero Lissoni has done it all. His vast portfolio of international projects encompasses high-profile hospitality, retail and residential work, as well as yachts, and he has lent his vision to a multitude of well-known furniture, accessory, lighting…

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March 27, 2012 |

Web Savvy: Andie Day

Where are you geographically? Our main office is in Boston. We keep up with non-local clients between meetings through iPhone and iPad. We are currently working toward a West Coast location. Where are you professionally? I am the principal of…

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February 9, 2012 |

Smaller Kitchens and Baths? Not So Fast

McMansions may be out of style, but according to a recent study by RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, downsizing one’s home—and in particular one’s kitchen and bath—isn’t topping most people’s wish list either. The study, Changes…

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February 7, 2012 |

Legal Aid: Designer Dealings

Quite often kitchen and bath renovations are designed and supervised by interior designers, general contractors and other agents acting on behalf of a homeowner. In the typical scenario, the homeowner hires the interior designer who, with the authority of the…

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January 10, 2012 |

Clean and Green

Although today’s homeowners are interested in saving money, they are also educated enough to understand the importance of saving resources, especially when it comes to their appliances. In fact, according to Stephanie Hutaff, senior product manager at Bosch Home Appliances,…

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January 3, 2012 |

Web Savvy: Chuck Wheelock

Where are you geographically? Johnny Grey Studios has a national presence with offices on both coasts, while Wheelock Maidique LLC is in regional New England. Where are you professionally? I have been in the Kitchen industry for 25 years, starting…

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