Time to Attend the HomeShows

Time to Attend the HomeShows

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 Homeshows

It is hard to believe that the New Year is almost upon us, it went so fast this year! I hope you were able to accomplish some of your design goals this year, maybe a new kitchen or bathroom. This is a great time of year to start planning for future projects. Create your list of “Must Haves” and then choose one to start with,  you will most surely complete it this year. Don’t get overwhelmed with ALL the projects just make a list and then pick your top priority, assign a budget, do some homework and enlist some help to make it happen, ask a professional for help if you need it. Even if you are a DIY’er you can use a consultation and an overview from a professional to get you off to a good start.

I am off to what is the first of the Homeshows and there will be many more to follow so check your area.

The Remodel Show is this Fri-Sat-Sun the 2nd thru the 4th at the Seattle Convention Center. Following that in Feb is the Big Seattle Homeshow, and then there are local shows in Tacoma and Everett.

What are the top 5 reasons to go to a homeshow:

  1. There are many serious business owners who show their products and talent, from closets to roofs, interiors and exteriors. It is a great way to make a contact with a professional.
  2. Since there is so much information to pick up and read it is a great way to start your research and homework.
  3. It is educational. Many vendors will tell you about budgeting, true remodel needs and processes.
  4. It is inspiring to see all the new products and vignettes that these professionals have taken the time to display for you,
  5. It is entertaining, lots to see, a lot of people to visit with and keeps you current on the trends.

I will be at NWSID, Northwest Society of Interior Designers, Booth at both shows. We are doing “complimentary consultations” at the Remodel show so bring your ideas, photos and plans. There will be 4 of us each day to give the consultations but we are always ready to talk with you at any of the shows.

I will be there from Fri Jan 2nd 2-6pm, Sat Jan 3rd from 10-7pm and Sunday the 4th from 2-7pm

Consultations are by appointment or drop in: Fri 2-6p, Sat 11-5p, Sun 11-4

Come on by and meet me and chat about your design needs! Or Call Patty at #425-793-6380.

KBIS, what’s New

KBIS, what’s New

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              In February I attended the Kitchen and Bath show combined with the International Builder Show and Window Fashions show in Las Vegas. They were combined for the first time making it a very large convention to attend. As I walked the floors I saw great new product designs for storage, cabinetry, plumbing and…….more. Here are just a few Highlights.

Before doing any purchasing it would be a good idea to do some research on the latest designs and solutions as they are not all in the stores as yet.

Wilsonart has added granite looking laminate such as Cosmos Granite and Florence Gold. Consentino introduces Dekton for surfaces, it provides superior strength. Try it in the kitchen. Cambria added new surfaces such as the Coastal Collection, implying salty sea air.

Many lighting companies had added new features in LED strips. Legrand has new switch options.

Cabinets can be fitted with Glideware for access to pots and pans. Rev a Shelf has added a Universal Pul-down shelf for medicines a great storage option, so new the photo isn’t out yet but there is a You Tube video to watch. Ronbow has several new vanity cabinets and medicine shelves that power up and also light with LED.

Plumbing has added even more to their line of touch free kitchen and bath faucets. There is a shower head that plays music, Kohler’s “Moxie.” Tubs not only have air and bubble jets for massage, also lighting for chromatherapy and heat. Plus they can have electronic keypads as a control. Toilets open upon entering the room, have lights and heat. Geberit has an alternative look to toilets for space saving and replaces the traditional tank. Also comes with creative flush pads, one lights up like a rainbow. Luxurious shower systems have been added by all manufacturers, such as Brizo Hydrati 2 in 1 detachable shower head with magnetic locking.

Oceania has added unique styles of shower-tub combinations. Plus more options in their beautiful sink line, either in vessel or undermount.

Elmwood, Hafele, and Richelieu had innovation storage solutions for sliding doors, cabinet storage and lift systems. Ask your cabinet dealer for information on how to add these features.

Grab bars are in many stylish designs and colors. Invisia has discreet bars and shelves for the bathroom. There are also new series of walk-in tubs.

Wellness mats has a new series of anti fatigue mats allowing you to create your own shapes and size.

There are so many resources to list, these are just a few. Have fun searching!