The one word I kept hearing this year at KBIS 2019 (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), this year is FOMO.
Fear Of Missing Out.
- First there are the folks who can’t attend the show at all.
- And then there are the people who can’t attend all of the talks– AND see the show.
It’s pretty much impossible to see all of the products, in any case.
And then, one has to try to retain what we’re being told and remember to take photos— the right photos.
In my case, on a couple of occasions, I forgot to bring my freaking phone!
I suppose that it’s human nature. We don’t want to miss out on the fun. Alas, while loads of fun, there is also a fair amount of pain involved. Like my feet. It’s actually a big problem for me. Remember this? And, well… Nobody can do everything and be everywhere.
Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is that we’re all missing out on something or other.
But, to be sure it all gets covered, every year Veronika Eagleson, president of Modenus and Design Hounds gathers together 24 interior designers with blogs and/or social media influence to cover the show. I guess the idea is that between all 24 of us, there will be adequate coverage.
This is my third year in a row that I am privileged to be in this select group of designers that make up the Design Hounds.
Veronika Eagleson who puts these trips together, usually doesn’t have any of us go two years in a row and I am positive that I am the first who’s gone three years in a row. It’s not because I’m special; it’s because of you guys who voted for me.
I won the trip. However, I changed my flight and came two nights early, so it wasn’t completely free.
I arrived Saturday evening– exhausted. Already.
But, you have to know that I was sitting next to two giant football players that were so big they HAD to take up the armrest between them. But the spillage came well over into MY tiny space, on the aisle. And, since I had to type and there’s only so close I can hold my arms and still do so. Thus, my shoulder and right arm had no place to go but out into the narrow aisle.
Get the picture?
Now, as it happens there were also two HUUUUUGE flight attendants. And, I spent 5.5 hours getting thwonked as they galloped past me with that unyielding metal cart.
So, arriving a bit beaten up, I kind of crawled to my room which was quite a bit more deluxe than I was expecting. I finished up my blog post and sent it off.
The next day, Sunday, I got up, took a shower and put on make-up for one of 12 times. lol and then had an okay eggs benedict and coffee. And then, I went back to my room to work on Tuesday’s blog post.
How are you doing? Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? ;]
Why didn’t you have Tuesday’s blog post ready before you left, Laurel?
That is a very reasonable, lucid and intelligent question.
And, here’s the answer.
Basically, I’m phenomenally lazy. Yes, I know. 600+ blog posts, four books and thousands of comments. Believe me when I tell you that I AM exceedingly l—a—z—y. In order to get anything done, I usually need to have a little fire chasing me.
One of those fires is Tuesday/Friday/Sunday/Tuesday/Friday/Sunday…
But, I finished writing the majority of my post that morning and then in the early afternoon, darling Claire Jefford and Liza Jones arrived.
Claire, me and Liza toasting our trip and reunion. Claire organized and Liza and I were both on the Bahamas cruise that was just a year ago.
And then, in the early evening, another terrific designer, Wendy Woloshchuk who it feels like I had met, but didn’t until then.
These ladies are so much fun. I love them all. Then, we had dinner and then I went back to my room. And yes, I worked on my post some more.
The next day, in preparation for the KBIS 2019 show was spent eating and getting my hair and nails done, down the road at the Westgate hotel.
Then, I was ready for a nap. hahahahaha.
But, coming out of the salon, making my way out of the Enormous hotel, I was attacked by a woman with a come-on about some cosmetics.
I am sure that I must’ve had on my SUCKER t-shirt that day.
However, I dutifully listened to her shtick and let her partner in crime rub this expensive French shit around my eyes that’s supposed to lift everything up to where it was 40 years ago.
OH, that reminds me. It was 40 years ago, TODAY that a quite GREEN Laurel with taught skin, arrived in New York City to seek her fortune ? as a dancer. If you’d like to see some cheesy pics of me dancing circa 1979/1980 click here.
So, Laurel, did the French shit lift your eyes up?
I guess so. But, none the less, I was still tired, so I went back to my room to rest (and work which is actually restful) and then I felt better.
Then, at the appointed time, I got dressed up to go to the opening NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Assoc.) Awards and party.
My hair is not that red, but doesn’t it look nice? I cannot make it look that good. Not even close. Above is also the delightful Chanda Seymour.
After the awards ceremony, they opened up the back of the hall and there, “Las Vegas style,” were two contortionists cavorting around on their individual trapeze. This is not my image. I apologize about the angle but it’s the best I could do. Believe me, I spent a couple of hours trying to find even one image. I took it from a short video on the NKBA Twitter feed.
(it’s there. you have to scroll down to 2.18)
This was the night I forgot my phone. That’s because I decided to present like a lady haha and bring an evening bag instead of the big orange one. Oh well.
The next day was the first day of the show, for real and we had to get up EARLY. Supposedly, I should’ve still been on east coast time, but nope. Early is early.
You non-morning peeps will understand. Morning people will not understand. So be it.
Most of the morning was spent either in meetings or talks.
Then, we started our Design Hounds tour of KBIS 2019.
Our First Stop was Wellborn Cabinetry.
Wellborn is one of our six brand sponsors for Modenus Design Hounds. And you may recall that Wellborn was a sponsor two years ago. You can read about them here.
The show this year in Las Vegas seemed especially crowded. In previous years, I would wait sometimes several minutes to get a shot, but this year decided to include the people because I think it helps to give a more accurate feeling of what it’s like to be there.
More about that later.
This kitchen at the Wellborn booth was one of my favorites.
I adore that brass tubing. Plus, this kitchen features two new door styles, both of which I like a lot. Plus, they work very well together as you can see.
They are the Galena Square which is a shaker style door that’s on the dark cabinet above.
The other door style is the Lexington which you can see on the other doors.
Below is some literature if you’re interested in learning more.
I also loved this pull-out decorative stile piece. That’s perfect for holding small things in the bathroom. I was standing with another Design Hound and we both concurred that we’d leave off the knob. It opens very easily without it.
Wellborn is known for having lots of clever storage solutions.
Below is more literature about a tiny sampling of the dozens of options.
After lunch we visited Thermador another sponsor of our Design Hounds tour KBIS 2019.
They greeted us with these yummy blue cocktails. I only had a few sips because I’m loopy enough without alcohol. But I did appreciate the thought behind it.
You might recall that Thermador put on an AMAZING party for us last year. It’s one I’ll never forget. The food, entertainment and ambience were extraordinary!
And two years ago, we also visited Thermador’s always beautiful booth.
This year, Thermador has introduced some exceedingly elegant designs with their newly redesigned Masterpiece Collection. Above is their professional image and the rest are images I took from the show.
Coffee Station, Ovens and microwave from Thermador’s Masterpiece Collection
Award-winning induction cook-top from Thermador.
Our guide told us that her favorite appliance in the line is this customizable 48″ range. I could live with that. haha.
We also had a lot of free-time to wander around. And, of course, I had to stop by the Benjamin Moore Booth. The background color here is Kendall Charcoal, one of the Laurel Home Collection colors. In fact, a number of these colors are part of the collection.
Second from the left in the top row is the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year, 2019 which I wrote about here.
The Benjamin Moore booth is one of the most attractive booths in the show. And one reason why I think that is so, is that their booth consists of walls and a partial ceiling. While the lighting they used distorted the colors, the over-all feeling is quite pleasant. The color on the right is Hale Navy.
Speaking to one of the reps, I learned something regarding “chalking” that I’d like to share with y’all.
Chalking is actually a scuff on the wall that shows up more with a matte paint finish and usually only on the darkest colors. What is actually happening is that the wall is taking on something, such as skin or fiber from a fabric, etc. The paint is not coming off.
The rep said that it’s very easy to remove the scuff simply by wiping with a damp cloth. She said that the paint would not streak and the scuff or chalking would come completely off.
So, if you would like to do the more velvety matte finish with a darker color, it’s quite possible.
Mid-afternoon, I decided that I had to have a rest as the afternoon meeting was optional. We did have a mandatory event that evening at the New American Home sponsored by Caesarstone. So, it was back to my room where I finished my post and sent it off.
Then, I freshened up and got on a bus with the rest of my trip-mates where we were taken to the house located about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas.
As one enters the home we are drawn to the back by this jaw-dropping view. This image doesn’t begin to capture the magic of the panoramic view of Las Vegas in the distance. But, I did my best. Just know that this is at most one-third of what one can see from left to right.
In the foreground is the infinity pool.
A view of the house looking towards the kitchen. Some interesting people obviously oblivious to me taking pics. I love that.
Another view of the kitchen. Of course, I believe that every surface is made from Caesarstone.
This is another blog post where we discussed quartz products.
They had some yummy appetizers for us. I called this one the “model food” haha table because while, pretty and tasty, this particular table wasn’t very substantial and after walking around all day, we were hungry! They did have other things to eat, however.
But, the hi-light of this showhouse were the living statues painted to look like Caesarstone.
Oh man, some of them had to stand outside and it was FREEZING! What troopers!
However, the first “sculpture” we came across, we did not yet realize what was going on. I said to a friend, “Is that a sculpture or is it a real person?” As we walked closer, suddenly she took a very large breath and we all let out a huge laugh. Someone actually screamed. We were certain that it was a real sculpture!
I wonder how long it took to paint her. At least she got a space heater. This is inside, but the door was open near by to go outside.
A little later on, I couldn’t resist taking this shot as a gentleman sat down for a rest unaware how interesting was the juxtaposition. What is even more amazing and TOTALLY coincidental is that the lovely woman behind the glass is Mitzi Beach, the author of Boomer Smarts, a book about aging in place.
haha! Enjoy! Three of the statues did a little dance to thaw out, I presume. haha. Pictured with them are our Design Hounds tour leaders Florence Von Pelet and Sara Harman.
Well, that’s all for now. There’s much more to come from KBIS 2019!
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