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Back From KBIS 2014

March 04, 2014

We just returned from the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, KBIS, in Las Vegas. It was our first time to KBIS and Vegas. Plus, it was the first time that KBIS and IBS, International Builder Show, co-located for a new event that they dubbed Design & Construction Week. It was well worth the trip.

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Amid the sea of great ideas, a few things stood out as personal favorites. Pete loved the power tools, of course, and anything else that makes cabinet construction better and more efficient.

I loved the variety and creativity of decorative hardware. What girl doesn’t want diamond-studded drawer pulls on her vanity! I also loved how something as simple as a stain color can transform the look and feel of a common wood.

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I like oak for its durability and stateliness, but think it was overused in the same honey tones throughout the 80’s and 90’s. The application of grey stain and glaze updates oak and makes it a nice addition to a transitional kitchen when paired with sleek hardware and modern appliances.

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Countertops made a great showing too. I’m always impressed with how the laminates are making strides in mimicking real stone. As for the real deal, Cambria, once again, was in fine form making us ooh and ahh over their sensational style and rock solid quartz countertops. Pete was particularly interested in two lovely subjects at their booth;-) Yup, that’s Mariel and Cheryl with him!

That evening was super exciting as we went to a Cambria party at the Hakkasan Nightclub that featured John Rich of Big & Rich. Awesome, awesome concert!! Thank you Cambria for the fun…truly a great American company.

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Some other cool things included outdoor cabinetry that’s 100% waterproof, scratch and stain resistant sinks, rare color cabinet doors, and perhaps my favorite, the self-cleaning toilet…a real must have.

Our time in Vegas was short, but we gained valuable industry insight.

We look forward to incorporating some of these great ideas into our own custom designs.