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Jan 16 2017

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KBB Does KBIS 2017

Our hard-working staff at KBB was truly dedicated to all things KBIS last week. We traversed the two massive halls looking for the latest product trends, and we were heavily involved in the show programming this year. We attended several parties, visited a showroom and toured a design home – all in just three days. The following is a photo diary of our staff at work – enjoy!


Erinn Loucks, Chelsie Butler and Natasha Selhi at the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Magic of Design” party at Epcot.

2Aladdin photo

Getting our picture taken with Aladdin at Magic of Design. Left to right: Chelsie Butler, Travis Hunt, Rebecca Corbett, Selhi & Diana Gallagher

3Orlando Jones

Natasha and Chelsie were lucky enough to meet the evening’s MC – Orlando Jones.

4KBB Booth

Some of our Editorial Advisory Board members coming to see us on the first day in the KBB booth. Left to right: Toni Sabatino, Ebony Stephenson, Diane Kennedy, Chelsie Butler

5Me with Brad

Chelsie Butler pictured with Brad Hunter of HomeAdvisor during one of four information-filled discussions during KBIS

6EAB with Toni

Toni Sabatino, Natasha Selhi and Chelsie Butler at the annual KBB Editorial Advisory Board meeting


Celebrating the KBB Editorial Advisory Board with a quick pic after our annual meeting


Travis Hunt keeping track of his steps while visiting multiple exhibitor booths

9Travis at booth

Here he is learning about all of Lenova’s new products.

10Erinn at socialmedialounge

Erinn Loucks learning social media strategies from other brands at the Social Media Lounge in the South Hall.

11The Bash

Chelsie Butler, Brian Pagel and Natasha Selhi celebrating another successful KBIS at The Bash


Post-show, Erinn relaxed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


Jan 08 2017

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It’s Showtime!

2016 PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

2016 PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

It’s finally here. We have just three days to see new products, learn from great leaders and network with other industry experts – and that’s just the beginning. As editors of KBIS’ official publication, we’ve done a lot of preparation and are anticipating a fabulous show. Here’s just a glance of what we’re most looking forward to:

1.    All the New Products. We’ve gotten a sneak peek from many of the companies at the show, and take it from us – you’ll see more innovation, style and pizazz than at any other show.

2.    Networking. There never is enough time to talk with as many designers and manufacturers as we would like during the year. KBIS gives us the chance to finally talk face-to-face with people we hear about and work with every day.

3.    The Opening Ceremonies. Did anyone else hear the keynote speaker is Peyton Manning? That’s going to be very cool.

4.    All the Parties. You could party every night if you’re not too tired from walking the show floor – start with the Magic of Design Opening Party on Monday evening at Epcot’s World Showplace, and make sure to attend The Bash on Wednesday starting at 8:30 at Mango’s Tropical Café.

5.    Learning Opportunities. Every year we have the opportunity to learn from our colleagues at the Voices from the Industry Conference, and this year will cover everything from online sales strategies to sustainable design.

6.    The Location. Las Vegas has been great, but we’re all looking forward to sunny Orlando for KBIS 2017!

Follow us on Twitter @KBBconnect, on Facebook and on Instagram at kbb_magazine to find out where in the show we are, and have a great KBIS!

Dec 01 2016

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Fun at Design & Construction Week


Have friends and family members joining you for the shows in Florida next month? The National Association of Home Builders has some good ideas for last-minute fun in this NAHBNow blog post. See you Jan 10-12 in Orlando!

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

This 400-foot observation wheel can be seen from miles away – and offers some of the most breathtaking views of Central Florida. Take in the beautiful Orlando skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, even Cape Canaveral on the East Coast. The Eye is on International Drive at I-Drive 360, one of Orlando’s newest dining and entertainment complexes. Pre-book tickets online for the best savings.

Bowling at Kings

This retro-inspired establishment is a great place to hang out for a few hours. It has 22 10-pin bowling lanes, four billiards tables, more than 60 giant high-definition TVs (to catch the game) and great food and beverages. Families with children are welcome during the day until 6 p.m., but it’s 21 or over after 8 p.m.

Disney Star Wars Fireworks

If time is limited, the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular is an excellent reason to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studio. According to the VisitOrlando blog, this show is a pairing of an “over-the-top fireworks show and larger-than-life video projections displayed directly on the Chinese Theater. The new technology transports guests directly into their favorite moments from the entire Star Wars saga.”

Universal’s CityWalk & Disney Springs

These are great places for nightlife, dining, entertainment and shopping. At CityWalk, there are a number of celebrity restaurants including Emeril’s, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Hard Rock Café. Disney Springs is home to over 175 shopping and dining venues, including the House of Blues and the Indiana Jones-themed restaurant, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

Crayola Experience

Here, creativity is encouraged with 26 hands-on attractions. Children (and adults) can learn how crayons are made, star in their own coloring page, name and wrap their own Crayola crayon, embark on a 4D coloring adventure and more. The Crayola Experience is at the Florida Mall, and for savings, buy tickets online and skip the line.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Where can you find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, a shooting gallery and a wild spinning vortex tunnel in Orlando? Spend a few hours exploring 10,000 square feet of exhibits that will leave you asking: Believe it … or not? Discount tickets are available online.

Madame Tussauds

Millions of people worldwide have enjoyed the extraordinary experience that can only be found inside Madame Tussauds. At the Orlando location, come and pose with some of the most famous faces from history, sports and pop culture, including Shrek, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Dan Marino, Steve Jobs and Oprah. Discount tickets are available online.


Nov 27 2016

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Tips for the Best KBIS 2017 Experience

As usual, the holidays have snuck up on us and now KBIS is only weeks away too. So how do you make the most of everything KBIS has to offer in just three days? To help attendees prepare for their trip to Orlando in January, we asked NKBA K+B Insider Karl Champley, AKBD – who has attended 200 trade shows over his 32 years in the industry – to share his tips and tricks on how to make the most of the experience.

Plan for KBIS Like You Plan a Vacation
Do your homework up front – check out the exhibitors, learning opportunities and must-attend networking events on KBIS.com. The more prepared you are upfront, the more you will gain while at the show. KBIS.com also offers discounted hotel rates for attendees if you’ve yet to book your accommodations.

Download the KBIS App
In years past I’ve mapped out my areas of interest at the show by hall, checking off my must-see exhibitors and panels as I walked the show floor. The new KBIS 2017 Mobile App provides a centralized location for fast access to the trade show map, special events and learning opportunities. The app even has an Agenda tab that allows you to input your events over the course of the show.

Attend Panels that Align with Your 2017 Goals  
A good place to start building your itinerary is by identifying the programs you want to attend that best align with your 2017 business goals and further your understanding of the industry. Have a team attending the show? Divide and conquer to maximize each learning opportunity. Take note that many programs are held Jan. 9, the day before KBIS officially opens. This year, the NKBA will host 70 Voices from the Industry sessions led by influencers from different industry segments. As a newly certified Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer, I’m also excited to check out the NKBA Certification+Design courses to earn some CEU credit while I’m at the show. Plan to attend the panels, speakers and/or design competitions.

Network, Network, Network!
KBIS is a great opportunity build new connections with like-minded folks. It’s also a chance to connect face-to-face with those in other markets who you’ve connected with over social media – or those who you’ve met at KBIS in previous years. To make the most of it, let your network know you’re attending #KBIS2017 and make plans to grab coffee or attend a program together. It’s also important to be ready for impromptu introductions to potential partners, vendors or clients, so come ready with lots of business cards and a positive attitude. And after you’ve returned home from the show, remember to send a follow-up to solidify the meeting! For additional opportunities to connect outside the convention center, don’t miss The Bash on Wednesday, Jan. 11th – it’s a festive way to celebrate the show and the success that lies ahead for the New Year!
Wear Comfortable Shoes
I’m talking walking shoes and dancing shoes. This goes for both ladies and gentlemen. As many industry professionals head straight from breakfast to the show floor to dinner and events, it’s important to dress the part. Wear shoes that will last as long as you do! 

For more information or to register for KBIS 2017, please visit www.kbis.com.