More Hot Trends from #KBIS2015

WOW! How hard it is to narrow down my list of amazing new products from the Kitchen and Bath International Show in Las Vegas last month. I recently wrote an article for The Daily Basics on this topic, and wanted to share some of my observations with my readers! After some reflecting, I’ve decided to mention some trends that I actually observed, represented by these products that are unique, functional, and, of course, high style.

1). OUTDOOR LIVING

One of the biggest trends I saw, as people are wanting more outside than a simple patio. Outdoor appliances such as pizza ovens (pictured above), new outdoor materials, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and smokers all received accolades galore.

Consumer Reports article from January 30, states:

“Homeowners continue to see their outdoor living space as an extension of the home. An example of this is the rise of the open fire features, which nearly half of all millennials have in their outdoor space, according to new data unveiled at the show by Better Homes & Gardens. We saw countless freestanding fire pits and built-in fireplaces at the show. One favorite: the Wave Fire Pit from the Outdoor Great Room Company, with an interesting undulating design.

Outdoor pizza ovens are another hot product, especially if you have money to burn. Consumer Reports market analyst Michael DiLauro, our in-house pizza pro, liked the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven by Kalamazoo.” —Daniel DiClerico (@dandiclerico on Twitter)

I also happen to know by first-hand experience that Baby Boomers are in love with outdoor living, as are Gen X’ers. This is a trend for all ages that is not going away, but only gaining more and more product demand for allowing our down time to be as easy and carefree as possible.


2). AGING IN PLACE AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Wellborn Butcher Block Island Countertop with electrical lift range from 30-42 in. Accommodates all sizes, ages and needs.

Wellborn Butcher Block Island Countertop with electrical lift range from 30-42 in. Accommodates all sizes, ages and needs.

It’s so exciting for me to see the response to the needs of the 50+ and Boomer age groups.
Even the “aging in place” and “universal design” words were used. I’m telling you, I could not contain my joy that these brilliant manufacturers were using this terminology. It was the buzz everywhere!

TOTO Keane Collection, shower and bath.

TOTO Keane Collection, shower and bath.

TOTO USA’s Keane Collection was out-of-the-box beautiful, attracting designers and attendees of all ages. My philosophy for many years has been that safe, functional design can be beautiful and up to date as well!

TOTO Keane Collection

TOTO Keane Collection

3). PERSONALIZATION THROUGH CUSTOMIZATION

Thermador Freedom refrigerator

Thermador Freedom refrigerator

Individual components for appliances was also “the buzz” around KBIS. For instance, Thermador’s Freedom Collection, was another must see to view the limitless options for breaking up our appliances. The units literally go where we are, conforms to what makes the most common sense for our lifestyles.

According to Thermador’s promo press information: “Place appliances around the home where they are used and needed.”

Fisher and Paykel dishdrawer

Fisher and Paykel dishdrawer

4). LOW MAINTENANCE AND DURABILITY

Beauty and function can co-exist with Karastan carpet.

Beauty and function can co-exist with Karastan carpet.

Everyone is after products that reduce the time and concern for their upkeep on maintaining their home products. Two that were again, well received were Mohawks carpeting, SmartStrand® Forever Clean. The demonstration of soaking their carpet in red wine and seeing no absorption truly had everyone totally impressed.

Mohawk carpet

Mohawk carpet

Wilsonart HD laminates have a state-of-the-art durable finish, which speaks to the trend that easy maintenance is as equally important as style and price.

Wilsonart laminates are durable, affordable and attractive. Wilsonart HD offers the look of granite at a fraction of the price.

Wilsonart laminates are durable, affordable and attractive. Wilsonart HD offers the look of granite at a fraction of the price.

5). INTENTIONAL, FUNCTIONAL STORAGE

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Rev-A-Shelf

Ergonomic drawer and cabinet pull out and pull down units were the “talk of the town.” For difficult-to-reach areas in our cabinetry, the pull outs and pull down units are definitely here to stay. In the future there will be more ergonomic products to come in the mainstream of how we live in our homes today.

Wellborn storage

Wellborn storage

Pictured below is the Woodmode’s Pet Parlor. This item actually stopped traffic at #KBIS, and since Americans spend more than $2 billion a year on their pets, it’s no surprise why people loved this!

Woodmode's Pet Parlor

Woodmode’s Pet Parlor

SO, TO WRAP THIS UP… It’s hard to imagine how these manufacturers and product designers will continue to push that envelope for next year at this huge kitchen and bath show. The thing I do know is that I’m excited to see what new, innovative products will be directed towards our individual lifestyles, and what will make our living spaces all we need for us now, and in the future.

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Wood-Mode: Quality Custom Cabinetry

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In thinking about some favorite trends for Boomers from #KBIS2015, one of my top ones has to be intentional and functional storageWood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry is one company that has this in mind.

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At #BlogTourVegas, ergonomic drawer and cabinet pull outs and pull downs were the talk of the town. For hard-to-reach areas in our cabinetry, pull out and pull down units are definitely here to stay. In the future, there will be more mainstream ergonomic products for our homes.

Wood-Mode Pet Parlor

Wood-Mode Pet Parlor

Perhaps the most unique pull out system that stopped everyone in their tracks was Wood-Mode‘s Pet Parlor. In the United States, people spend about $2 billion on pets and their products, so it’s no wonder people loved this product!

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Wood-Mode mudroom

I also really love the idea of a mudroom. It’s the perfect space to store jackets, boots, school supplies and other items.

With dedication to quality craftsmanship and our environment, as well as so many customization options, Wood-Mode is a #BoomerSmarts brand that I would recommend to any client.

You can find more great cabinet ideas on Woodmode‘s website, and keep up with Modenus #BlogTourVegas on their Facebook page.

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Wilsonart: Surfaces For All Ages and Stages

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In #BoomerSmarts designing, one of my main focuses is “aging in place.” Spaces should be functional and ergonomic, and products should be long lasting. This is where #BlogTourVegas sponsor Wilsonart comes in, with its High Definition laminates that are affordable, easy to maintain, and most important, DURABLE.

Island and countetops have Wilsonart HD in Winter Carnival, Mirage Finish with AEON with Crescent Edge

Island and countetops, featuring Winter Carnival with Crescent Edge

Beautiful, classic bathroom using Bianco Romano with Crescent Edge

Beautiful, classic bathroom using Bianco Romano with Crescent Edge

Wilsonart HD comes in more than 50 stylish patterns, and all have AEON Enhanced Performance Technology, making them more durable than an average laminate. The perfect combination of FORM and FUNCTION, which as some of you may know, is key to universal design.

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

For those with people of all ages coming in and out of your homes (especially those with grandchildren, like me), clean up can sometimes be a concern. One of the greatest things about Wilsonart HD is that the surface is resistant to stains, whether those be liquid spills or muddy fingerprints. All clean up requires is a damp sponge!

Wilsonart‘s display at #KBIS2015 was wonderful, and we are all so thankful for their #BlogTourVegas sponsorship. This is most definitely a #BoomerSmarts product. Find out more about Wilsonart here.

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Classic Beauty with Walker Zanger

As a #BoomerSmarts interior designer, simple, classic, beautiful design is my favorite style to suggest to clients. Walker Zanger‘s new Robert A.M. Stern Collection is the epitome of this timeless design. The ceramic tiles come in a variety of patterns, colors, shapes and textures. Pictured below are my two favorite products from the collection that I saw while at #KBIS2015.

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The bricks are simple, yet have a great texture. Photo: Chasen West Photography

The bricks are simple, yet have great texture. Photo: Chasen West Photography

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Wonderful details in this tile. Simply beautiful. Photo: Chasen West Photography

According to Walker Zanger‘s website, the Robert A.M. Stern Collection is appropriate for virtually any space, including residential, hospitality, retail and more, and I agree. The collection pulls inspiration from diverse time periods, but all of the styles have a timeless feel. How beautiful would these look in a kitchen or bathroom, or even in a hotel or restaurant?

I would like to also note that not only was Walker Zanger one of the wonderful #BlogTourVegas sponsors, the company also provided all of the bloggers with phone chargers. What a thoughtful gesture, especially considering how much we were all on our phones. THANK YOU!

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Please see more of Walker Zanger‘s beautiful products here, and keep up with Modenus and the Blog Tour here.

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Top Knobs: Kitchen “Jewelry” For All Tastes

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Top Knobs had an AWESOME variety of new products at KBIS 2015. Photo: Chasen West Photography

Many of us are familiar with the idea that hardware is the “jewelry of the kitchen.” Although not always the first thing people notice, both jewelry and beautiful hardware can add great touches to the overall aesthetic.

So I ask you: What’s your style? Do you like a lot of bling and sparkle, or do you lean toward a more funky aesthetic? Are you simple and classic, or is your style contemporary? Top Knobs has options for any taste.

Chareau Crystal knobs can add beautiful BLING to your cabinets.

Chareau Crystal knobs can add beautiful BLING to your cabinets.

How fun are these Mercer Quilted handles?

How fun are these Mercer Quilted handles?

I love the timeless, classic look of the Transcend collection.

I love the timeless, classic look of the Transcend collection.

Going for a more contemporary look? The Mercer Holland handles are perfect.

Going for a more contemporary look? The Mercer Holland handles are perfect.

While we’re on the topic of kitchen hardware, I also wanted to share a couple of #BoomerSmarts tips to keep in mind while you’re deciding on handles or knobs.

1). You should be able to fit your whole hand in the spacing between the hardware and cabinet/drawer.
2). Make sure the handle is easy to grip!

Now, more than ever, hardware doesn’t have to be mundane or insignificant, which was so apparent at #KBIS2015. Thank you, Top Knobs, for showcasing your wonderful products and for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas!

Read more about Modenus and #BlogTourVegas here, and go to the Top Knob website to see my featured products and more!

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Meet TOTO: Products Designed for Everyone

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Photo: Chasen West Photography

 

For those of you who are familiar with my #BoomerSmarts philosophy, you know how important it is to find products that provide comfort and convenience to people of all ages. With its “People Planet Water” and “People-Centered Design” fundamentals, #BlogTourVegas sponsor TOTO is an ADA compliant, eco-friendly brand with products anyone would love in his or her bathroom.

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The thing I appreciate most about TOTO is their focus on universal design; it’s arguably one of the most important design principles in my eyes. Many of their products are a must for multi-generational homes, those living with disabilities, and for Boomers like me. Who doesn’t want to be safer and more comfortable in their own homes?

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Proof that beautiful, safe, ergonomic and functional design can all work together! Photo: Chasen West Photography

One of the coolest, most talked about products at KBIS 2015 and #BlogTourVegas was TOTO’s Washlet®. The Washlet® is so much more than an average bidet, and I absolutely love that it fits on virtually any toilet, is hands free and is hygienic.

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Photo: Chasen West Photography

 

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Photo: Chasen West Photography

 

You can find out more about #BoomerSmarts approved TOTO and it’s eco-friendly, universal products here, and learn more about Modenus #BlogTourVegas here.

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Smart Lighting Options from Poggenpohl

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the most important design aspects in #BoomerSmarts homes is adequate LIGHTING. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as too much lighting, especially when it comes to the kitchen. In fact, I even dedicated a video in my kitchen vlog series to this topic. That’s why I’m featuring #BlogTourVegas sponsor Poggenpohl in today’s blog post.

LED cove lighting

LED cove lighting

The German-based company has some absolutely gorgeous kitchen lighting options for everything from ceilings to drawer handles. Not to mention, they use LED lights, which last longer than traditional light bulbs, and are more energy efficient (ALWAYS a big plus). Both the LED shelves and aluminum handle lights add not only a nice ambiance to the kitchen, but they’re functional as well.

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LED shelves

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

Aluminum handle strips with LED lighting

My absolute favorite lighting option from Poggenpohl is the interior lighting system for drawers. The lights automatically switch on when the drawer is opened, better illuminating the drawer’s contents. In my eyes, these are a #BoomerSmarts must have. Who doesn’t want to be able to more clearly see what’s hiding in your drawers?

Interior lighting system for drawers

Interior lighting system for drawers

Thank you to Poggenpohl for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas. As an interior designer specializing in universal design and “aging in place,” it’s a brand I can definitely support because of their product customization options, innovation, attention to detail and dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Be sure to like Poggenpohl‘s Facebook page, and see these featured products and more on their website. You can also meet Modenus (#BlogTourVegas organizer) here.

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“Take Me Away” with Mr. Steam

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

My husband, Bob, is definitely feeling the stress while doing our taxes!

Some of us remember that wonderful commercial years ago for Calgon bath salts, that translated to “get me out of here, and take me away”! Well, certainly in our hyped up, stressed out world we live in today, nothing could be more appreciated than the thought of escaping our worlds for a moment to de-stress.

One of our sponsors at Modenus #BlogTourVegas was made for this stressful time we’re living in–Mr. Steam. This is one of those #BoomerSmarts products that can help relieve some of that stress that medical research says is a negative thing in our lives.

 

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According to Dr. Carolina Leaf, regular mental and emotional stress sets up patterns in our brains paths that can unleash toxins in our bodies, causing inflammation. Research is now revealing that inflammation is the root cause of many physical break downs, affecting our immune systems and future health.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products.

Martha offered us an AMAZING spa day with Mr. Steam and TALA products. Photo: Chasen West Photography

Taking time to de-stress is not only good for relaxation and feeling more calm, it truly is essential for our health and overall well being. Because of this, I am officially calling Martha Orellana, vice president of sales and marketing for Mr. Steam, a promotor of health and well being by introducing us bloggers to a spa day complete with the most beautiful and effective line of TALA Bath and Body products.

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We experienced first hand the instant benefits of a steam sauna. We also got to experience the great results of applying a TALA mask during the steam sauna, and WOW, what a gift! Even my aging Boomer skin was more glowing. One of the many benefits of steam showers is definitely smoother, less dried out skin. Also, our respiratory systems get the moisture we need, especially for those living most of our days indoors with dry air circulation.

Thank you, Martha and Mr. Steam for educating and pampering us on steam showers, which can nowbe available for our own homes. I, for one, am going to recommend this to my clients for sure. Just think how great a steam shower could feel for tight muscles, stiff neck or body aches due to arthritis.

BIG SIGH. I’m feeling calmer already just remembering our spa day and all of the pure joy and fun I shared with my new Blog Tour friends, the Modenus team, and Martha, who gave us all a new lease on life’s possibilities.

 

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Mario and Karastan: A Great Team

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Don’t you just love it when LIFE connects in the most unusual CIRCUMSTANCES? This exact thing happened for me on my recent, fabulous experience with #BlogTourVegas at the Kitchen and Bath International Show.

LIFE: One very active family with three grade-school-aged girls, and a very large, adorable dog named Mario.
CIRCUMSTANCE: Connecting with one of our #BlogTourVegas sponsors,  Karastan Carpeting.

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Beautiful yet durable

 

My daughter recently researched replacement carpeting options for the lower level in their home. She knew that purchasing 127 yards of carpet would be a costly purchase, but being a smart woman, who has learned that we get what we pay for, she wasn’t only worried about price. She wanted long-term value in look, feel, and most definitely, durable maintenance for her super busy family. She selected  Karastan for these reasons and the results are fantastic!

The pattern is gorgeous and forgiving, with multi-shading. It also feels really soft, and has the SmartStrand silk to ease her mind during slumber parties and game and movie nights; it also prevents against wear and tear with Mario’s antics.

Being a #BoomerSmarts designer, I am always on the search for products that actually do work for all ages. Most of us have those of all ages living everyday in our worlds, even if they are the furry kind!

At the New American Home, all of the #BlogTourVegas designers were so impressed with the carpet demonstration. It actually showed the difference between the  Karastan carpet sample and another brand, after being dunked in two separate glasses of red wine.

I couldn't believe how amazingly the Mohawk Karistan protected against stains!

I couldn’t believe how amazingly the  Karastan carpeting protected against stains! Photo: Chasen West Photography

You know how seeing is believing? Well, now I am a believer in this remarkable new stain-protection called SmartStrand. The  Karastan sample passed the red wine test with flying colors. See for yourself.

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You can see  Karastan and much more by checking out and seeing the virtual New American Home here.

With new products and design concepts always evolving, I am so very fortunate to be in this intriguing and exciting world of interior design. Come along with my on my social sites (listed below) for updates not only on #BoomerSmarts products, but products perfect for all ages and stages. You are going to like what you see and learn, with new ideas for saving you money and time.

Mario on his favorite Mohawk Karistan carpet!

Mario on his favorite  Karastan carpet!

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BLANCO Nails “Form Follows Function”

After more than 30 years as a professional ASID interior designer, I still get so excited when I see form following function in both products and design. BLANCO is exceptional at following this concept, and I was so excited that they were a sponsor for Modenus #BlogTourVegas at KBIS this year.

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BLANCO has combined smartly-designed products with two of today’s biggest trends–individualization and sustainability. With features like these, BLANCO is appealing to both designers and consumers, and is a great pick for those looking for #BoomerSmarts products for their kitchens.

I think BLANCO’s website states it best:

“BLANCO is committed to developing products and manufacturing processes that are sustainable and efficient, while making a positive impact on the environment. Did you know that only one percent of the world’s water supply is actually drinkable? In fact, America’s use about 100 gallons of water per day! (Source: U.S. EPA)

BLANCO’s water-saving faucets reduce kitchen water consumption by 20 percent, adding to the conservation of of the earth’s small drinkable supply.”

Two notable faucets are the BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional in a 1.5 GPM model, and BLANCO SONOMA, which save 30 percent more water than standard-flow faucets.

BLANCO Meridian Semi-Professional faucet

BLANCO MERIDIAN Semi-Professional faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

BLANCO SONOMA faucet

Speaking of the environment, I did not realize that 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. According to BLANCO’s information, once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that many believe contributes to climate change.

BLANCO’s solution to this important issue is to compost food scraps instead of throwing them away. Crafted of recycled stainless steel, the BLANCO SOLON Compost System makes composting easy and stylish, and his hidden under your kitchen counter top. It even has a sealed lid to keep odors out of the kitchen. As an avid gardener, I would LOVE to have this product!

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

BLANCO SOLON Compost System

Thank you, BLANCO, for sponsoring #BlogTourVegas, and for your commitment to developing products that add convenience, beauty and sustainability to our homes! For more information on Modenus, click here, and also be sure check out and “like” BLANCO’s Facebook page.

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