KBIS 2013 Trends



I was so lucky to be able to attend this year’s KBIS show as one of the “30 Under 30.” Above is a picture of me with a few of the others chosen, I’m right under the nostril of the joker šŸ˜‰ One of our responsibilitiesĀ in being chosen was to collaborate with 9 others and create a 30 minute presentation at the show’s center stage on Sunday. My group presented on “Kitchens and Bath Innovations and Trends.” Working in a group can be difficult with so many different personalities and strengths but I really enjoyed walking the show with a few of the members of my group that also worked at or owned Kitchen and Bath showrooms similar to HSK. I was able to get their take on industry trends and we could compare notes on how design trends vary regionally. Here are some highlights from the trend spotting portion of our presentation.

Products like this passage door set from Keeler allow you to lock and unlock your exterior doors remotely with your smartphone. We saw that touch faucets are becoming more common in residential use not just in commercial applications. This technology is in line with universal design principals (designing for people of any age and ability) and is a goodĀ product option for the aging baby boomer.


Besides bidet type cleaning features, the latest TOTO Neorest toilet is made of a material that in conjunction with special integrated lighting actually does a type of self-cleaning.

IMG_4844Calacatta and Carrara marbleĀ are so popular right now in kitchens and baths. Both materials are beautiful but neither one is stain-resistant, non-porous or easy to care for long-term. The new Caesarstone colors, “Frosty Carrina” and “London Grey” made of a Quartz composite offer a solution. The have the organic veining and coloring of real marble but without the maintenance issues.



At the Caesarstone booth two of my new friends from my 30 Under 30 Team (Courtney Foster of Atlanta and Ashley Avery of Chicago) and I had the pleasure of chatting with the famed Kitchen Designer, Mick de Giulio. His book, “Kitchen Centric” is a fantastic design book full of inspirational Kitchens. I had the pleasure of attending the Subzero Wolf Westye F. Bakke Center in Wisconsin a few years back for product training and I got to experience a few working Mick de Giulio Kitchens. Below is the one of their demonstration kitchens designed by Mick, that I got to cook in. This picture really doesn’t do it justice, it was gorgeous in person with the over-sized stainless steel hood statement and calming contrast of the natural limestone and dark stained wood. The back-splash featured sliding slab panels which are one of my favorite design elements that I see him do over and over. It’s so slick looking while still being functional, I can’t wait to incorporate one in one of my designs.

swBack to trends, my group members and I noticed a lot of faceted details at the show, in hardware, bathroom sinks, lighting and faucets. Below is a new faucet by Perrin & Rowe and some decorative knobs by Richelieu.



Kallista also had some nice faceted designs like an octagonal sink and a circular sconce. Below are a few other faceted hardware options from Richelieu. I can’t wait to use these on a project, they are so unique.



The 30 Under 30 group became rather close over the course of the 4 days we were at the show together. We even made it out to Bourbon street together šŸ˜‰ Great times!

IMG_4917Did you go to KBIS too? What were your favorite trends?

30 Under 30, NOLA Here I come


Tonight I will be leaving for New Orleans to participate in the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show or “KBIS” put on by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In February I was very honored and excited to be chosen by the “NKBA” as one of the “30 under 30” – Exceptional Young Professionals in the Industry.” Here are the bios of the other 29 winners.

This will be my first time to New Orleans, so I am very excited! I’m anxious to meet the other 29 participants and to take in the sights and delicious Cajun food. After we all meet for the first time Thursday we’ll split into three groups and will spend our time at the show doing research for group multimedia presentations that we will be giving Sunday morning at center stage. I will be in a group that will spend our time at the show focused on finding and identifying new “Kitchen and Bath Innovations and Trends”. The other two teams will be forecasting the “Showroom of the Future” and the “Next Generation of Universal Design”. I have been to the KBIS show three times before; twice in Chicago, 7 years ago and 3 years ago and once in Las Vegas two years ago. With the introduction of the 30 under 30 program this year, it’s sure to be memorable. Stay tuned for our findings..

Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of theseĀ fabulousĀ bloggers that will be there as well for the Modenus BlogĀ Tour. I’ve been told to check out Antoine’s, Galitoire’s, Acme Oyster House, Bon Temps and Cafe Du Monde. Any other suggestions?! Thanks šŸ™‚

*photo courtesy of NKBA

I <3 Architectural Details, Santa Barbara Edition

This weekend I had the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Santa Barbara. I toured the Historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse for the first time and it really blew me away.



There were so many beautiful details, but I’ll just point out a few that really struck me. The passage doors were fantastic.



There were flat panel doors with hand painted detail, intricate mullion doors, small multi raised panel doors and leather and wood studded doors.



I also really loved the beautiful Spanish style tile work on the floors and staircases.




The multi size terracotta tiles were punctuated with decorative Spanish style keys. The colors were olive green, terracotta, white, yellow and cobalt blue. Below is a basket-weave pattern and some decorative field and border tiles creating a base detail.


There were many different scales including a more standard 6″ x 6″ size and and an octagon pattern, which was my favorite.


I also really loved the ceiling details; the beams, hand painted designs and the archways made for very interesting and detailed corridors and entryways.



The lighting was also exquisite, from the wrought iron pendants, sconces and chandeliers to the stained glass windows and leaded mullion doors.




Along with these gorgeous chandeliers, this room featured 6,700 sq. ft. of hand painted murals.


The outside was just as breathtaking, including the views from the clock tower that had a 360 degree view of the city.


Special thanks to my very patient friends šŸ™‚


Loft Chic

One of the most unique spaces I’ve worked on was a beautiful loft in an historic building located in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The unit has an amazing view of the Capitol Records building and from what I hear an amazing rooftop pool as well. This project was even featured on Apartment Therapy. Our client, Daniel Lowe is an Interior Designer and he choose Hollywood Sierra Kitchens to help him with the kitchen, bathroom and walk-in closet design. He selected all the furnishing and accessories himself and he did a fantastic job. Here are some pictures our photographer, Bethany Nauert, took for the apartment therapy shoot.

Here’s Danny with his adorable boston terrier. The black painting on the left side of the right photo he painted himself!


I think it was very inventive to use those bistro style folding doors to separate the bedroom space when necessary.


I also love the way the wall-papered mantle wall, the lime chair, and the turquoise-painted antler heads give a nice contrast and punch to an otherwise neutral space.


The Kitchen was really a “galley” style, and the back wall had a Viking stainless steel refrigerator, a Viking range and hood, a Rohl apron front sink and a Dornbracht faucet.

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Here are two side views of the kitchen with the beautiful industrial looking pendants that Danny selected, both on and off. The cabinetry is flush inset with an arched bracket foot detail at the sink base and glass inserts in all of the frame-only doors. Danny choose to do the latch hardware on the wall cabinets because he wanted a “New England” feel. The small scale white subway back-splash tile is from Waterworks.

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These shots show the side of the island which had a wainscot end panel and base molding.The appliances in the island are a Viking microwave drawer and a stainless steel beverage center, along with a three drawer base for storage of large pots and pans.

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The bathroom has two under-mount Ladena sinks from Kohler with wall-mounted faucets from Waterworks. The cabinetry is flush-inset with a paneled drawer design, accented with chrome bin-pull hardware.

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We integrated posts/pilasters into the vanity design to give it a free-standing, furniture-likeĀ  quality. The closet was done in a high gloss black finish with polished nickel knobs. The door panels were frame-only with antique mirror inserts, which are also featured in the wainscot panels in the building’s elevators. What do you think of the space? Wouldn’t it be fun to live in a bachlor-pad type loft like this?! šŸ˜‰ You can check out the rest of the pictures here at Apartment Therapy.

A (bath)room with a view

I have been working on a bathroom project in the Hollywood Hills, the home like a lot of homes in the hills is literally built into the hill. The back faces Laurel Canyon Blvd. giving it a great view of Downtown LA and beyond.


The new master bathroom space used to be a utility room with a obstruction in it from the hillside slope. The client had the room excavated and re-framed to create the new bathroom space. Here is a picture of the vanity wall in the framing stage. (I love a good before and after) The vanity will have an asymmetrical design with a tall linen storage cabinet on the left and the vanity to the right with a waterfall edge detail at the end to finish the run and make the cabinets appear as if they are floating.


The shower pan is going to be recessed into the floor so we don’t need to have a traditional threshold. The tub will be under-mounted in a “Pure White” Caesarstone 4 sided box, which is created by mitering pieces of the 3/4″ thick material to create a seamless structure. The top piece will have the cutout for the bathtub which will be centered under the one of the windows. The shower wall will be clad in a slab of statuary marble and the other two walls of the room and floor will be tiled with honed basalt tile.


I am also designing a storage cabinet and countertop for underneath the tv in the bedroom. The countertop will be double stacked to create a shelf to hold a wireless speaker made by Sonos. Here is the area last week, I randomly caught the tv with the caption, “Why hasn’t Kelly come forward?” which is a little creepy.


The plumbing, the shower pan and tub deck framing are all being worked on now. Later this week the cabinets will be installed, the decorative hardware, the Caesarstone, the tile, plumbing fixtures and then the barn door into the room. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!