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Feb 26 2015

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Why Wood Cabinets Are Always a Great Choice

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As kitchen buyers, we now have an unprecedented choice of materials and finishes for our cabinets. In fact, homeowners with a taste for the contemporary are more and more often choosing to go with lacquer or laminate cabinets to achieve a sleek look.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets: Beautiful AND Functional

When it comes to elegance and beauty, nothing beats wood. There is something really special about the texture and subtle variety that a living material like wood can bring to an interior. Plus, wood has the extraordinary ability to make a space look modern and edgy while giving it much-needed warmth.

But that’s not all. Wood is also durable and resistant, and, thanks to today’s manufacturing technologies, wood kitchen cabinets can be a very practical solution. Let’s look at two popular types of wood cabinet doors and their characteristics.

Wood Veneer

Wood Veneer Cabinet Doors

Wood veneer doors are composed of a core in solid wood or particle board, which is then covered with veneer – thin sheets of wood treated to guarantee surface protection and produce beautiful aesthetic effects. The result is a door that looks like 100 percent solid wood but is even better than that because:

-       The veneer treatment gives the ability to eliminate odd-looking defects in the wood.

-       It is more economic and uses less wood overall.

-       It is resistant to chipping and deformation.

-       It is easy to clean using a soft wet cloth (with or without a non-abrasive detergent), and wiping it dry is enough.

Melamine

Melamine Wood Cabinet Doors

Melamine wood cabinet doors are another elegant and cost-effective option. Melamine doors can have a core in solid wood with support in particle panel covered with a sheet of smooth melamine. The melamine finish can be chosen to produce the desired effect, including wood.

Melamine wood doors have very functional characteristics as they are:

-       hard, compact and homogeneous

-       non-porous and hygienic

-       resistant to scratches, humidity, chipping, stains and wear

-       resistant to light and regular heat

-       flammable only if coming in direct contact with fire

Cleaning melamine doors is also very practical. Regular cleaning can be done with a soft cloth and a non-abrasive surface cleaner. When the door gets dirtier, you can use a glass cleaner with soft sponge or brush, making sure to dry up the liquid well to avoid leaving halos or other marks. Limestone residues can be removed with a wet cloth, and vinegar ink stains can go away by rubbing them gently with an alcohol-soaked cloth.

No matter what you like, chances are a kitchen with wood cabinets is going to have the right mix of character, variety and functionality to statisfy you – and then some!

- By Amy Biller, Kitchen Trends Expert, Snaidero USA

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Feb 26 2015

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How to Select the Right Toilet for Your Client

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When renovating a bathroom, replacing the toilet can improve performance and use less water, which will obviously save your client on water bills and provide for a more efficient home.

Saving Water = Saving Dollars

Adrianna Miller, product manager with Mansfield Plumbing, recommends starting the search by looking for toilets marked with the WaterSense label. WaterSense is a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering suggestions for using less water with water-efficient products. Toilets earning the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

A Water Savings Calculator can help determine how much savings a family can gain by investing in different types of toilets. For example, a family of five can potentially save 20,257 gallons of water a year using a 1.28 GPF toilet, which can equate to an estimated $80 savings in water bills.

The Right Height

When replacing a toilet, consider the height from the floor to the top of the toilet seat. The standard toilet height is anywhere from 14-3/4 to 15-1/2 inches, but there are other versions available that provide more comfortable access for users.

“As we age, it’s more difficult to get up and down from a low-height toilet,” said Miller. “Taller toilets are easier to use for many people, including those who are taller themselves or have physical challenges.” 

Style Counts

Another important consideration for toilet selection is style of the toilet itself. There are both one- and two-piece toilet options, with choices of round or elongated shaped bowls. Different locations for the flushing handle (which can be on the front, side or top of the tank) should be considered, along with colors choices, which traditionally include white, bone and biscuit.

Finally, look at the styles of toilets with both exposed and concealed trapways. The trap performs the important function of removing waste from the toilet bowl during the flushing system. In some toilets you can see the outline of where this plumbing feature occurs at the base and back of the toilet, whereas in others the design completely covers the trapway.

“Selecting a new toilet is all about personal choices that work best for you and your family,” said Miller. “There are sleek-looking designs for contemporary spaces along with more traditional designs. Whether you’re looking for clean, classic lines or soft curves, there’s the ideal toilet for everyone.”

- Courtesy of Mansfield Plumbing

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Feb 03 2015

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Modenus Talks Tackles Power of Design

Brands, Design Pros, Media and VIPs Convene for Idea Exchange to Kick Off Their Design & Construction Week Experience

The Modenus Talks event at the Las Vegas Market brought 75 participants together from all areas of the interior design and kitchen & bath design industry on Jan. 19 – just before KBIS and IBS opened for business. The day revolved around the important topic of “The Power of Design: How Does Great Design Impact the Way We Live & Work?”

Lively Q&A sessions followed ASID CEO Randy Fiser’s keynote and color expert, Amy Wax’s, presentation at the sold-out Modenus Talks event.

Lively Q&A sessions followed ASID CEO Randy Fiser’s keynote and color expert, Amy Wax’s, presentation at the sold-out Modenus Talks event. All photos by Chasen West Photography.

Keynote Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, spoke on the “Power of Design,” followed by Color911 founder Amy Wax’s presentation on the “Impact of Color.” A group brainstorming session, mirrored online as a Twitter Chat, yielded important elements that can and should be considered by design professionals when developing a design concept for a client. Solutions and ideas brought forth in this dynamic session covered everything from the psychological impact of color, sound and smell to the physical impact of well-thought-out space plans, sustainable material selections and lighting design – to name a few.

NKBAU Professional of the Year Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, and Molly Switzer, AKBD, present their team’s outdoor living concept.

NKBAU Professional of the Year Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, and Molly Switzer, AKBD, present their team’s outdoor living concept.

During the afternoon session, the audience divided into eight groups to create design concept using a minimum of three of the elements that had been identified during the brainstorming session. Teams presented the projects at the end of the day with results that produced an urban oasis; a universal-design restaurant concept; a colorful modular group office; an interactive, healthy day care; a feature-rich micro home, as well as kitchen, bath and loft challenges.

Interior designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, (left) and Pamela Copeman, review their three key terms of wellness in design as it relates to their bathroom/spa concept.

Interior designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, (left) and Pamela Copeman, review their three key terms of wellness in design as it relates to their bathroom/spa concept.

“Seminars and learning sessions are crucial to stay relevant in our industry, but the format may not fit everyone in the room. Individuals have their own experiences and knowledge to share.” said Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus. “We created Modenus Talks to bring brands, design pros, media, showroom owners and others together through conversation, sharing of ideas, skills and experience.”

Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality, gave top honors to the universally-design restaurant concept created by Designers Mitzi Beach, Robin Siegerman and Anne Edwards, color expert Amy Wax and sponsor Thermador’s Director of Brand Marketing Zack Elkin. Other event sponsors included Mr. Steam, Blanco, Cosentino and KBIS.

Awarding the winners of the Modenus Talk Design Challenge: Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality.

Awarding the winners of the Modenus Talk Design Challenge: Judges Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen Bath Group, Emerald Expositions; Chelsie Butler, executive editor K+BB Magazine; and Laurie March, designer and HGTV/DIY Network personality.

Modenus Talks, produced by Modenus.com, is a series of one-day events, as well as smaller, showroom-based events that leverage Modenus’ design network locally and regionally.

Leanne Wood Newman,  principal, Flying Camel

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Jan 30 2015

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Twitter Chat Community Builds Buzz for KBIS

What started as a small group of kitchen and bath pros getting together on Twitter each Wednesday afternoon has grown into a significant vehicle for industry information and KBIS communications. A KBIS hosted pre-show chat on January 14 had 244 participants, 2,770 tweets about the show and an estimated reach of more than 700,000 twitter users in the week prior to and including the one-hour chat.

The progressive KBTRIBECHAT at KBIS 2015 kicked off in the Wellborn Cabinet booth.

The Progressive KBTRIBECHAT at KBIS 2015 kicked off in the Wellborn Cabinet booth.

On the first day of the show, KBIS 2015 and Stacy Garcia, founder of the #KBTRIBECHAT, hosted a progressive show floor chat sponsored by Wellborn Cabinet Inc., TOTO USA and Cambria. A large group of social influencers toured the three exhibitor booths learning about new product, new initiatives and tweeting their findings and favorite products to the larger social community.

Cambria presented the #KBTRIBECHAT community with new products and celebrity guest Mariel Hemingway.

Cambria presented the #KBTRIBECHAT community with new products and celebrity guest Mariel Hemingway.

Highlights included smart design, automation and customization from Wellborn; water-saving technologies and people-first innovation from TOTO USA; and textures, design possibilities and advanced fabrication techniques from Cambria.

Renée Lyn, 
marketing communications & social content coordinator for TOTO USA, reviews new eco washlet options during the Progressive #KBTRIBECHAT.

Renée Lyn, 
marketing communications & social content coordinator for TOTO USA, reviews new eco washlet options during the Progressive #KBTRIBECHAT.

During the usual Wednesday time slot on January 21, Formica held an in-booth #KBTribeChat that supported the show with topics that covered top products, color trends, technology finds and must-see booths at KBIS 2015.

#KBTRIBECHAT founder Stacy Garcia (center) oversees the tribe at the Formica booth for a KBIS top picks and trends chat.

#KBTRIBECHAT founder Stacy Garcia (center) oversees the tribe at the Formica booth for a KBIS top picks and trends chat.

      – KBIS Social Media Team

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