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Aug 27 2016

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Trends & Influences from the Experts

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I’ve always been a book-lover, so I’m excited to share what just came out: Trends & Influences, vol.3, completed by the product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

And it’s one of my favorite kinds – a 25-page, full color inspirational look-book. This newest edition showcases product design trends for the kitchen, bath, laundry room and outdoor.  New this year are four online-exclusive trends: Interactive Features, Stacked Design, Larger Fixtures and Modern Industrial.

Here’s a quick look at the trends illustrated in the guide:

Metallics – From soft rose gold to strong black stainless steel, products are now available across the entire metallic spectrum.

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Form = Function– No longer competing for importance, form and function are united and stronger than ever.

Texture– Creative use of texture awakens the senses in products that feel as intriguing as they look.

Approachable Pro – Enjoy the benefits of commercial grade kitchen fixtures and appliances – without them having to look that way.

Striking Forms– Modern shapes and forms are daring, yet their clean, curved lines and soft edges make them easy to incorporate into any design style.

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Mid-Century Modern Lighting – Mid-Century Modern re-emerges as a dominant lighting trend, incorporating updates for the 21st century.

Of the Earth – Celebrating nature with designs that showcase organic forms and materials, the Of The Earth trend is inspired by the great outdoors.

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Tech Innovations – From digital readouts to wireless connectivity, today’s thoughtful tech innovations give you more “smart” choices than ever before.

Classic Black, Cool White – Stand out or blend in with classic black and cool white.
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LED– Planes and plates of LED modules are showcased in varying widths and lengths, blending into the shape of sculptural fixtures to produce illuminated pieces of art.

Have you been seeing these trends too? We’d love to hear!

Aug 22 2016

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Another Peek at KBIS 2017 Products

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As KBIS 2017 draws nearer, KBB is on top of all of the new products that will be introduced. Please join us from Jan. 10-12 in Orlando to see these and many more. Here is a sampling to whet your whistle.

Kohler’s Inia Wading Pool sink is made through pressed-glass construction, and its deep basin minimizes splashing. It is available in a variety of colors, is easy to clean and features a subtle, hammered texture with a painted underside to hide fixtures.

KWC’s stylish and functional PIANA bath collection includes a single-lever faucet, a single-lever vessel faucet and a widespread faucet – all available in chrome or splendure stainless steel.


Omega will introduce four new neutral cabinetry colors, including Meteor – a warm whisper of gray – and Colonnade, a slightly darker hue. The white shades include Elemental White – a bright, clear pigmentation – and Beach House, a creamy white.

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Sterling’s stain-, scratch- and chip-resistant Lawson Oval Bath features an integrated headrest and lumbar support for added comfort. It is comprised of Vikrell Material, which is a solid composite material made of resins, fiberglass and filler.


The Marco bathroom collection from Ronbow and designed by Ramon Esteve emulates a strong, linear design and features such storage elements and accessories as a towel bar and drawer and side cabinets. It is available in two sizes and three finishes and can be customized.

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Aug 10 2016

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On the Rise

Here at KBB, we love finding new designers. They range anywhere from a newly discovered artist to an up-and-coming firm. Recently I ran across one of the latter – a Chicago-based design firm Sarah Whit design.

Founded by two sisters, Sarah and Whitney Vaile, the firm focuses on clients with young families and produces a classic aesthetic. The firm has also been named “One to Watch” by the Chicago Merchandise Mart and was listed on INC 500’s 2015 Fastest Growing Company.

We spoke with Sarah about her recent kitchen design to find out more about her design process.

KBB: What were your client’s goals?
SV: They wanted to have a more efficient use of the space, add more storage (specifically a larger island and pantry), create a more open floorpan/better flow and fit in a banquette.

KBB: What was your biggest challenge in this project?SV: The biggest design challenge we faced was the layout of the eating space. We didn’t feel the kitchen flowed properly but there were limitations as to what we could do without overspending to move plumbing, pipelines etc.

The eating space was originally configured with a breakfast table in front of the windows – making the surrounding corners dead space; one corner with a desk and the other was a door to the backyard.  The clients both worked outside of the home so they did not need additional work/desk space.  The corner with a door leading to the backyard was redundant to doors in adjacent sunroom.
KBB: How did you solve these problems?
SV: We decided to remove the door and make the corner a cozy breakfast nook with a lovely banquette. The previous desk space we removed and opened up into the sunroom. The larger and open space allowed for us to make an even bigger island with seating.

KBB: What was your favorite part?
SV: The reclaimed wood open shelving since it’s unique, and the new island – particularly the stone waterfall down the side.


Aug 09 2016

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Help Your Clients Make the Most of Entertaining Outdoors


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Warmer weather signals the perfect time to take the art of entertaining into the great outdoors. Long gone are the days where a grill, a folding table and chairs constituted a patio. Today’s outdoor spaces are viewed as extensions of our existing living spaces. The experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery offer tips to turn your clients’ outdoor space into an alfresco culinary oasis with these thoughtful enhancements.

Grill Marks
Whether built-in or freestanding, the grill is the focal point of every outdoor kitchen. Start with high-quality construction and features that make the cooking experience easier. When selecting a heating element, the choice of a gas versus charcoal grill ultimately comes down to taste versus convenience. Fans of charcoal and wood grills claim to appreciate more flavorful results. Gas grill advocates prefer the convenience and easy maintenance of propane. Or your clients can have it all with a grill that allows them to cook over an open flame, sear on electric grates and smoke-in natural flavors. Above all, don’t isolate the cook! Keep the location of the grill close to the entertainment.

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Preparation is key for flawless entertaining, so prepare your clients’ outdoor kitchens with practical features. Think through the features of the primary kitchen and bring those elements outdoors. Functional additions like a side burner and warming drawer will provide more space to cook, keep prepared food warm and minimize extra trips in and out of the house. They can serve ice-cold beverages straight from an integrated refrigerator and ice machine. A built-in trash chute will help minimize insects, while a weather-rated sink and pullout bar faucet allows for quick rinsing of meats, fruits and veggies on the spot.

Light It Up
Once the grill and functional additions are selected, make sure the space is well lit for nighttime entertaining. Place task lighting above cooking stations to prepare food. A decorative chandelier, ambient wall sconces and freestanding lanterns can be used to create the perfect ambience for sitting and dining areas, as well as points of entry. Consider accent lighting to illuminate trees, wash walls and light pathways and trails.

Today’s outdoor kitchens are an extension of the indoors.

– Content and photo provided by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery