May 19, 2014

Hansgrohe: Leading the Way in Water Conservation

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Schiltach and Offenburg in Germany to visit Hansgrohe, manufacturer of luxury kitchen and bath faucets, showers and hand showers. Made in Germany has always been Hansgrohe’s recipe for success. For more than 100 years, the bathroom professionals from the Black Forest have only used high-quality materials, and undertaken research and development of products in a trend setting way. I learned that made by Hansgrohe means […]
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 19, 2014
Bishop Cabinetry

3 Reasons to Invest in Kitchen Cabinetry Before Appliances or Finishes

Over the course of 20 years, meeting with families who are looking to remodel their kitchen, I would guess nearly two-thirds start the conversation by sharing with me their must-have appliances and finishes.  Now, despite what you might think, homeowners in the communities I service like Hershey, Carlisle and York want the high-end brands like Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking and yes, even La Cornue.  And finishes?  I’ve seen clients spend over $150 a square foot for […]
April 10, 2014

Follow these 5 tips to choose new cabinets

I’ve got some very strong opinions when it comes to selecting and purchasing kitchen cabinets, so I’m not sure Gretchen Becker was ready for my passionate responses to her questions. Nonetheless, the article is featured on Angie’s list and if you’re researching cabinetry, it’s a good read. Angie’s List, “Follow these 5 tips to choose new cabinets”, April, 2014
April 3, 2014

Your handbook for what’s hot and what’s not in kitchens and baths.

Dave Swanson writing for Reviewed.com interviewed me on the subject of what’s hot and what’s not for 2014. Rather than steal his thunder, I’ll tease you by suggesting that there’s a surprise in cooking appliances! Reviewed.com, “Your handbook for what’s hot and what’s not in kitchens & baths”, April, 2014
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 […]
March 11, 2014

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades

Hannah Wigton, writer for Susquehanna Style, spoke with me about the Top Ten Kitchen Upgrades that a homeowner might consider. I thought the article was really well done, and her top-ten list includes: Contrasting cabinetry Old fashioned flooring Carefree countertops Innovative islands Smart sinks and faucets Beautiful backsplashes Low energy lighting Surprising styling All-purpose appliances Multi-tasking tools – Charles Viancin Silicone Lid Susquehanna Style, “Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades”, September, 2013
March 2, 2014

What’s hot, what’s not in the American home

Lauren Beale of the LA Times provides her take on kitchen and bath design trends for 2014. She was kind enough to interview me at KBIS in February. The American home is continuing to get bigger Bathrooms – wall-hung floating vanities are “in” as are under-mount sinks, jetted tubs are falling out of favor, free-standing tub is in vogue, jets are desired in showers, which are becoming more luxurious Kitchen – paneled appliances that blend […]
March 1, 2014

Tomorrow’s Kitchens Will Be Connected to Your Devices

This USA Today article by Keith Barry not only highlighted the transition from cookbooks to tablets for cooks in the kitchen, but also the growing connectivity of appliances.  His take-aways included: People are increasingly using tablets, rather than cookbooks, to cook and companies are finding innovative ways to leverage that trend Connectivity for appliances is the next step towards the “smart kitchen” Inductive charging is coming to the kitchen counter, replacing the tangle of wires […]