If you missed my KBIS Day 1 recap check it out here!
Recently I was asked by Design Hounds to join them at KBIS - The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. This show is a great way for designers, architects, builders and showrooms to see what is new with brands they already use and also be introduced to new brands and products. I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of some brands I saw there and what was new. You can also check out my highlighted stories on my instagram.
Design Hounds did sponsor my trip to the show, but all opinions are my own. Thank you Design Hounds!
I’m going to bounce around between brands I saw as well as some trends which I think are relevant across brands!
Ceasarstone Beyond the Surface Showhouse
Caesarstone is a produce I use in my projects all the time. They have the best quartz colors and finishes! When I saw they invited us to their Beyond the Surface Showhouse, I was thrilled! The party was buzzing, so it was a little hard to get great photos of the home, but you can check out more of it here on their website. It was great to see so many of their surfaces featured in the home. As a bonus, I got to meet Sophie Dow - former editor of House Beautiful and all around really great person!
We had a really informative presentation from Mr. Steam, a leader in the steam shower industry. While I love specifying steam showers in homes, I didn’t realize how many health and wellness benefits from using steam on a regular basis! It helps relieve stress, it may relieve some allergy symptoms, promotes sleep, improves circulation and so much more. I was blown away but how it can really benefit a home owner when used and installed properly.
KBIS offered a really unique show called Design Bites, hosted by Kelly Ellis. Each brand was given three minutes to discuss their product or something new in their line. Given that the entire KBIS show is so HUGE, it would be impossible to see everything, this was a great way to see some new products I might not have seen otherwise. One product that I was really excited to see during Design Bites was the LG Styler which freshens clothes with the gentle power of steam. I’m typically quite incredulous of introducing new technologies in the home until they have a proven track record, but this seems like something that really could be an added benefit in a master closet suite or a larger laundry room. While it doesn’t replace the need for dry cleaning, it can help freshen up clothes and reduce wrinkles.
Thompson Traders is a family owned and run company, specializing in environmentally responsible copper sinks. They have a huge array of finishes, but I especially loved their CUSTOM metal hoods! I know many designers struggle with where to source unique metal hoods and Thompson Traders is a great source for that. They also have a really unique new black finish which they showcased on a powder room sink.
Thank you Design Hounds for hosting this fabulous tour of KBIS and introducing me to many new unique brands and products!