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Aug 22 2016

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Another Peek at KBIS 2017 Products

Inia Glass Sink

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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Jul 25 2016

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KBIS 2017 – An Early Look at Product Offerings


We are already gearing up for KBIS 2017 in Orlando from Jan. 10-12, so we wanted to feature a few kitchen and bath products that have come across our desk that will debut at the show. Be sure and follow our special KBIS section in the upcoming issues of KBB for all things KBIS – events, products, trends – and more!

This beautiful kitchen (above) is from the Casa Dolce Casa brand’s Stone & More collection, and features Calacatta and stone burl gray colors for the kitchen’s backsplash and slabs.

KWC’s INTRO bath line (below) is sophisticated, intuitive and ergonomic and is distinguished by technological innovations such as a Neoperl® Caché® SSR E swiveling jet regulator, which allows consumers to change the direction and angle of the jet of water to suit their needs. The collection also features a single-lever faucet and a widespread faucet and is available in chrome or splendure stainless steel.


Watco’s Flex924 complete bath waste system (below) solves misalignment between the bathtub overflow and the bathtub drain connection. The Flex924 has flexible PVC tubing that connects the overflow to the sanitary tee of the bathtub. It bends to accommodate misalignment and eliminates the need for offsets. The Flex924 ships with a factory installed test membrane at the overflow and test plug for the drain that is testable up to five floors. The snap-on, Innovator overflow plate requires no screws and installs much easier than one- or two-hole overflows. Because the Innovator overflow extends through the overflow hole and is locked into place with a retainer nut, it eliminates leaks due to loose or faulty overflow attachments.


Kitchen Kompact’s Warmwood line (below) features a chestnut-brown tone, clean lines and recessed panel doors. The shaker-style cabinets are made in the USA.

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Jul 11 2016

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Small Kitchen Changes For Visual Results

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Mix and match countertops to add visual texture.
Kitchen by Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc.

Although my clients in Beverly Hills typically have big budgets to go along with their big home renovations, I was recently interviewed by Lou Manfredini of WGN Radio in Chicago on what more budget-conscious homeowners can do to incorporate some of the luxury-inspired trends into their own kitchens. This includes some small things you can suggest to your clients to make a really big impact and freshen up the kitchen.

Here are some of my top tips I discussed with Lou on kitchens:

• Upgrade Lighting. This can include replacing existing ceiling-mounted fixtures or chandeliers for a quick update that adds a piece of “jewelry” to a room; retrofitting existing incandescent downlights with new LED fixtures to save money and eliminate oversized, dated can lights; and always install dimmers to control the mood in any space.


Upgraded lighting adds “jewelry” to the room.
Photo courtesy of Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc.

• Alleviate “Stainless Steel Fatigue.” A quick update would be to cover stainless steel appliances with matching cabinetry panels to create a cleaner look that also makes the room feel larger.

• Mix and Match Countertops. Natural stone is always popular, but quartz and solid surface products are a nearly bulletproof alternative. We very often design using both, choosing one material for the perimeter and another for an island to create a visual texture to the space.

• Create Art on Vinyl. For several of my commercial projects, I created murals by producing images on vinyl. Homeowners can select their favorite high-resolution images and produce them as a piece of art in their desired size and color; then update drapes, towels or rugs to complement the new color.


Murals made from vinyl serve as a stunning focal point.
Photo courtesy of Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc.

• Update Kitchen Cabinetry. There’s a definite trend toward open shelving in the kitchen. This is a look you can easily achieve for your clients by removing existing cabinet doors. Paint is another easy way to create an instant upgrade for cabinetry. While some hesitate to paint over wood cabinets, it is a very affordable way to create a fresh look – especially if the wood stain is extremely dated – and changing cabinetry door hardware is always an easy yet fresh change.

– By Christopher Grubb

Jun 16 2016

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Becoming a Household Name

We all are guilty of taking a manufacturer’s name and applying it to everything remotely similar. I’m thinking of Kleenex, Lysol, Chapstick or Sharpie – all items we use daily and don’t really think about how they started.

Last week, one of those household names turned 60 years old. I met with the company at the newly opened Ferguson Kitchen and Bath showroom in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood to find out how they got to be known as Jacuzzi.

It started as many American companies do: with immigrants. The Jacuzzi family came to the U.S. from Italy in the early 1900s. The Jacuzzi brothers started a life here in the fields of aviation and agriculture, inventing things like a water pump to help irrigate crops.

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In the 1950s, one of the brother’s children came down with premature rheumatoid arthritis. His mother would drive him all the way to hydrotherapy a few times week, and noticed that the child’s pain lessened significantly after each treatment. So the family designed a pump, the J-300, that could be submerged in a bathtub for personal use. The family started manufacturing it, and it later became popularized as the prize in a game show.


Of course, we all know that evolved into jet whirlpool baths and hot tubs, and now into the freestanding baths we know today. The company is working on promoting more than just whirlpool tubs, but they are proud to be known as the original whirlpool tub.

And by the way – did you know we turned 60 too just last year? I ran across an old archived page from a 1950s version of Kitchen Business (our original name) on my recent trip to the Wilsonart factory – it’s crazy how much design can go in and out of style, but I don’t foresee aqua cabinetry coming back in anytime soon!

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