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KBIS 2012

I’ve said it before, but I’m sure I’ll say it again a million times before I die:
Design is a PASSION for me. 

I love picking paint colors.
I love shopping for home furnishings and decor.
I browse at least once a week to see what’s new.
I love opening 20-20 on my laptop and playing around with a design idea.
I dream about one day having a house with smooth walls!  (Those of you who have drywall and not plaster should really count yourselves lucky :))
I like reading Pottery Barn, Kitchen + Bath Business, This Old House, Lowe’s Creative Ideas, and many other magazines related to decorating and home projects.

It was not a question for me if I wanted to attend KBIS 2012, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
They say that you spend money on the things you care about.  My husband can definitely attest to the fact that I care about design.  I have spent money on many design “investments” over the years.  KBIS was another one of those investments for me.  

Looking down on part of the show floor

Working in the kitchen industry for the past 5 years, I’ve learned so much.  Aside from the obvious “bones” of your kitchen: cabinets, countertops, and appliances; I’ve also become interested in crazy “boring” things like kitchen sinks, faucets, internal accessories, unique materials for backsplashes, lighting and hardware.  For those of you who aren’t interested in those minor details, I can say that this show would probably not have been for you.  The first few booths we visited centered around sinks, faucets, and plumbing fittings! (Borrrr-ring, right?)  I’ll admit that rough plumbing fittings are still not something that I get excited about… and I hope I never do!!

I didn’t realize that it would actually be O.K. to take pictures until about halfway through the show when I saw others doing it.  (I’m a follower, not a leader!)

Pictures from 2 of the tile companies exhibits.
You know you’re a design nerd when you can spend 20 minutes talking about the uniqueness of a certain tile!

I suppose it’s a good thing that I didn’t take pictures from early on.  New laminate edge profiles, vessel sink ideas, new technology available in faucets, hardware, and fittings, and hidden storage ideas from Häfele are things I can probably keep to myself.  

One thing I will share is that UNcontained exhibit that I was so excited to see.  It didn’t disappoint!






Basically, each container was a showcase for the different types of design clients we meet.  There are many things that we as designers have to consider when planning a project, and there is no such thing as a one-design-fits-all concept.  Everyone’s needs and personalities are different, and our homes should reflect that.

If you want to check out more about the inspiration for each container, go to:

I hope you enjoyed the overview!  If you are interested in more specific details of the show and more of the things I learned, feel free to ask.  I’m always up for getting together and talking shop.

Happy Designing! -Cherie