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Feb 23 2015

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Small Space with Big, Bold Design

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The goal of redesigning this kitchen space was not to make it larger; rather, it was to create an inviting, functional space, which was achieved through updating appliances and cabinetry and adding more storage and workspace.

According to Lynne Shore with RI Kitchen & Bath, the existing kitchen footprint worked well for the homeowners, and it would have been impossible to do any add-ons.

“The space is actually a step below the rest of this old home,” she added. “It sits on a 12-in. crawl space platform and was once a cold pantry storage area that was converted into a kitchen.”

Flooring, cabinets, the island and appliances were all replaced in this "before" space.

Flooring, cabinets, the island and appliances were all replaced in this “before” space.

Project steps included:

–       Replacing a too-large commercial range with a smaller version that better suited their needs

–       Designing around a mechanical box on the window wall and creating storage underneath

–       Converting an access space with a ship’s ladder to the third-floor balcony into a broom and linen closet

Crystal tiles add a “wow” statement over the range.

Crystal tiles add a “wow” statement over the range.

–       Bumping out the dining room wall opposite the range into the kitchen space to make the cabinets more easily accessible

–       Replacing the oversized butcher block island with a smaller, more functional version

The countertop material is Netuno Bordeaux granite for a high-end feel.

The countertop material is Netuno Bordeaux granite for a high-end feel.

–       Replacing the built-ins with classic white beadboard cabinetry for a classy, elegant feel

–       Incorporating the red color of the knobs on the Wolf range throughout the space

–       Updating the ceramic terra cotta floor with an organic sand stone tile, which was also carried up to the tiled backsplash

Fun but tasteful leopard print cushions in the window seat accentuate the red walls.

Fun but tasteful leopard print cushions in the window seat accentuate the red walls.

“Our client immediately fell in love with the red knobs on the Wolfe range – insight we took and ran with,” said Shore. “We also wanted to keep some of the kitchen’s original charm, and overall I think we created a pleasurable space the homeowners are proud of.”

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Feb 13 2015

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Takeaways from NKBA U Courses at KBIS

Missed NKBA University’s courses at KBIS? Instructors shared their big lessons and ah-hah moments from the show’s most popular courses:

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From BORN TO BUY: “Connecting effectively with different generations requires a smart mix of communication. Personal connection resonates with everyone, but it’s often direct mail or a strong presence on Houzz, for example, that spurs in-person interaction. Know who you want to reach, and know how to best reach them. Not everyone’s the same.”
Laurie Brown

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From RECRUITING AND HIRING FOR SUCCESS: “Recruiting and hiring can be challenging for small businesses, especially since we’re typically only in “recruitment mode” when an immediate need arises. Having a process empowers you to keep a constant pulse on your business’ needs, as well as an open eye for the right person so you already know who you want to bring on board when the time is right.” – Tim Donahue

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From AH HA! LEARNING TO THINK CRITICALLY AND CREATIVELY: “Brainstorming the same old way makes it nearly impossible break away from your same old ideas. At your next brainstorming session, try out a new method like random stimulation. It mimics what happens to your brain when those brilliant, out-of-the-blue ideas strike that were subconsciously spurred by something around you. Print out 10-12 random images, pin them up discuss what they bring to mind. This simple exercise takes your mind off the problem at hand and frees it for brain play to focus on something else.”
Shawn Doyle

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From DiSCOVER YOUR SELLING STYLE: “For those of us who don’t have sales in our job title but are still required to wear the hat, the stress of closing a sale makes us cringe. Take the pressure off by taking a consultative approach. Yes, your ultimate goal is to win the business, but a client-centric mentality strengthens rapport, sets you apart from the competition and positions you as a long-term resource. You won’t win them all, but rest assured that when the time is right to buy, your name will be top of mind.” – Terry Tolbert, National Kitchen & Bath Association

 

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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 26 2015

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NAHB New American Home Makes Statement during Design & Construction Week

Main photo The New American Home, now in its 30th year, is the NAHB show house that exhibits the latest and greatest new home trends and technologies. This year’s home, constructed by Blue Herron Builders, was no exception. It sits in the hills of the desert, outside of Las Vegas, and is a contemporary with warmth and style. The simplicity of the architecture and furnishings are juxtaposed with rich textures and organic color palettes that enhance the stunning desert view. The Entry The entry, an outdoor space with water features, serves also as a casual entertaining space with simple seating, a glass-top table – complete with both fire and water features and one of the home’s 19 televisions. Yes, 19 televisions! It may seem excessive, but apparently, as a society, we have a growing desire to stay connected. As a designer who specializes in kitchen-centric living, I was happy to see an open floor plan in the kitchen. The stylish space also displayed a current trend: no wall cabinets. Tall units, open shelving and a hidden walk-in pantry create ample storage and a clutter-free, streamlined look. Kitchen 1 The Bosch appliances included a sleek, side-swing wall oven (which I voted for in a trade innovative products contest last year and find to be brilliance!) and other integrated appliances in a design in which I would love to cook. Two islands separated the kitchen cooking wall from the great space. The first, a prep island with a Kohler undercount sink, and the second, a stunning Caesarstone counter attached to the wall allowing for a casual meal, gathering of friends or a kids’ homework station. Bosch oven Very versatile, multifunction open space is my favorite type of home floor plan for family fun and entertaining. What I like to call the “great space” (because it is much more than just a “room”) featured ample and comfortable seating, stunning views, a fabulous chandelier and a beautiful gas fireplace, as well as another of the home’s 19 televisions. Great space A hallway to the media room has a textural wall of marble mosaic and another stunning gas fireplace with gemstones covering the flame jets. The media room houses one of the home’s several bars. Another bar in a loft space upstairs from what I called the “great space” continued the vibe of the entertainment, home-party lifestyle as the bar layout had a pub feel. It seems that wine enthusiasm is on the rise, especially as a trend for home entertaining. The lounging space by the bar features not only another TV, comfy lounge seating and a pool table but also a killer glass wine room that captures the trending wine culture in a strong way. The backlit bar and all bath and wall tiles in the common spaces are from Walker Zanger.

Wine wall The master suite follows the trend of well-organized, walk-in closets and less clumsy storage furniture. Behind the comfy bed is a stadium-style seating area for relaxation. The ensuite bath features simple white fixtures, as well as a trending freestanding tub and floating vanities for both him and her. The guest suites and other outdoor living spaces keep with the simple and uncluttered trends. Bedroom Floating vanities The technical aspects of the home are pretty impressive, as well. The energy the home needs to operate is actually produced on site, and many new building technologies are utilized to make the home incredibly energy efficient. Roof end Personally, I am happy to see the continuing interior trends of user-friendly, uncluttered, chic space that is still warm. The floor plan, furnishings, textural elements and lighting truly give an inviting feel. I found The New American Home to be very inspiring even though my market is the New York metro area. More information on the home, it’s impressive HERS rating of -13 and all the other specs and tech information can be found at www.tnah.com.

- Toni Sabatino, NKBA Manhattan Chapter

 

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