June 25, 2017

Pro-Style Design Cues Appearing on Affordable Appliances

Not so long ago if you wanted to feel the pull-weight of a four-foot bar of solid stainless steel when you opened your refrigerator, Sub-Zero, Thermador and a handful of other Super Premium appliance brands were your only choice. As the popularity of these items accelerated with their appearance on every luxury home and cooking show, mid-level brands swooped in to adopt these pro-style design cues. As Keith Berry suggests in his USA Today article, […]
January 22, 2015
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KBIS 2015 Clean, Sleek and Uncluttered

If you love the sleek, uncluttered look of contemporary kitchen furnishings and design, KBIS 2015 had much to share! The contemporary aesthetic is often characterized by uninterrupted visual planes of cabinetry and countertops. Manufacturers at the show featured a number of ways to take clean, crisp and covered to a new level. Sliding doors are nothing new and have always been popular for wide cabinets, sideboards and wardrobes. The mechanics of sliding doors require that […]
June 27, 2014
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Kitchens and Baths Sporting Connectivity and Technology

Kitchens and Baths Sporting Connectivity and Technology The Miami Herald’s Elaine Markoutsas was kind enough to ask my opinion about kitchen and bathroom design and technology trends this year.  There’s no question that a contemporary aesthetic has become more popular and that technology is one reason why.  New high-tech appliances and fixtures with built-in connectivity seem naturally at home with a more contemporary look. While my clients in Hershey or Carlisle might not opt for the most minimal contemporary kitchen […]
May 18, 2014

How Open Concept Kitchen Design Evolved

Open concept kitchen design is rooted in the 1990's, reflecting the social trend of cacooning and the retreat of families and their activities to the home.
April 2, 2014

Large showers are in and bathtubs are out

Ann Hoak of Marketwatch penned an article that really covered a number of trends for 2014. Here’s punch-list of her thoughts: Large showers are often winning over bathtubs Microwave drawers are offering new convenience LED lighting is making better economic sense Style is trending towards the simple and contemporary Quartz countertops are gaining on granite Wall Street Journal Marketwatch, “Bathtubs are out, big showers are in”, April, 2014
April 1, 2014

The Kitchen Sink: Material and Design Trends in 2014

Stacy Williams, a special contributor to the granite industry trade publication, Slippery Rock Gazette, chatted with me about trends in sink materials. Here are the takeaways. Interior designers and product dealers are instrumental in influencing product trends, and NKBA is proud to disseminate that information. Most appliances and fixtures are becoming more minimalist in style. Overall NKBA expects more contemporary kitchens and baths, with clean lines and little ornamentation, along with universal design amenities and […]
February 28, 2014

Contemporary style cool in the kitchen

Shari Kuhla, of the Montreal Gazette, brought her take on the NKBA 2014 Design Trends survey in this February 2014 article. In her article, Contemporary style cool in the kitchen, she pointed to 5 trends that she drew from the report. Cool Contemporary Grey Hues Furniture-style pieces Spa-like bathroom Accessibility appeal  
February 1, 2014

Bathed in Color, Warmed by Wood

Debra Pinzing, writing for Alaska Airlines magazine, was kind enough to ask for my opinion about Kitchen and Bath trends in 2014.  Here’s some article highlights. People are increasingly drawn to clean lines, softer color pallet, open spaces with natural lighting, squared off edges – toned down modern.  Homes are getting greener. Toned down modern reflects the influence of Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware. People are staying in current homes and […]