KBIS Trends 2017

Last month, I traveled to Orlando, Florida to see what was new in residential construction and design at KBIS. KBIS is short for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and is our biggest trade show in North America. Combined this year with the International Building Show (IBS), there were over 2100 displays featured in the […]

Happy Holidays!

Taking the opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season as I head off. I have to say, I’m looking forward to the brand new year. 2016 was a bit challenging for many of us. See you in 2017 as I cover the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando Florida Jan […]

Design News

Hello! All right, what do I have in my goodie bag for you this week? Heading to KBIS 2017! Just submitted my press credentials for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, January 10-12, 2017. This is combined with International Builders’ Show (IBS) for one big mega-event. It’s going to take both the […]

Solar Roof Tiles

One of my designer buddies, Jeremy Parcels, AKBD, spotted this first and I thought it was too good not to share: Tesla is coming up with a version of solar roof tiles. Made of quartz glass, the company announces that they should be less than the cost of a traditional roof while providing enough electricity […]

Design Life: Take Two

I apologize for the long silence. For the past year, I’ve been sole caregiver to my designer mother.  This August, she died of complications from years of smoking. For over 35 years, she dedicated her life to designing. Kitchens were always her first love and even with our busy schedules, she always found time to […]

We have a Zephyr hood winner!

I asked you all to pick your favorite Zephyr hood fan. if you were picked as a winner. I would have thought there would have been a general consensus on which hood was the most favorite, but no — you were all over the board with your picks. This morning, I put all the entries […]

Zephyr Hood Giveaway

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED SEPT. 18TH All right, so it’s time for a contest. Remember last November when I went on the blog retreat with Zephyr hoods? Well, I’ve been sitting on a little secret. As part of the sponsored blog tour, they also generously offered a Zephyr hood fan to give away to […]

Remodeling for Empty Nesters and Boomers

My designer compatriot, Mitzi Beach, in her Boomer Smarts blog talks about how to rethink appliance design for boomers, empty nesters, and those of us who simply are at the stage of life when we need to scale down. Her current blog post is near and dear to my heart: “What’s in your Appliance Graveyard?” […]

On limestone backsplashes and contests…

Apologies for the radio silence. A very busy work load and a family illness have kept me out of the loop. What do I have for you today? Backsplash Design This is one of my recent designs, a limestone back splash with a quartzite counter, cherry bases and white painted wall cabinets. My favorite part: […]

Industrial Trends

A few months ago I was interviewed about steampunk design and industrial trends by a Canadian site HPAC (Heating Plumbing and Air Conditioning) and in typical fashion, promptly forgot.  But I found it and thought for those of you drawn to industrial accents in your home, you might find this of interest. Out with the […]