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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lighting from AM Studio - IDS

Photo taken at IDS in Toronto at AM Studio, an example of beautiful lighting and what is trending for 2016.


Fresh off my fabulous experience with BlogTourKBIS at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS2016) in Las Vegas, I have SO much to share!! What an experience attending this industry show with the amazing Modenus and the entire BlogTourKBIS group. I am still over the moon at being given this incredible experience to see what is being showcased in the kitchen and bath industry for 2016, and to be able to network and learn about some really interesting and innovative products alongside some amazing Designers, Bloggers, Influencers, Suppliers and Sponsors.  So a HUGE “Thank You” to Modenus, KBIS2016, TOTO, Blanco, Wilsonart, Karastan, Top Knobs, Thermador, Wood-Mode Fine Cabinetry, and Mr. Steam.  Also, a special thanks to the Wynn and Encore Resorts and Jackie Von Tobel for an extraordinary afternoon.  It was a pleasure meeting all of you and learning about everything that you have to offer.

Trends for 2016! So exciting! There were several recurring themes that I saw at KBIS2016, so I thought I would talk about my “Top 3 Trends” and show you what we can expect for the coming year….

TREND #1 – BLACK IS BACK…and in a BIG way!

Blanco apron front SILGRANIT sink

Blanco’s new SILGRANIT granite composite apron fron sink in “Anthracite”. Photo courtesy of Blanco.


Brizo "Sotria" faucet in matte black

“Sotria” Bathroom Collection single lever faucet from Brizo in matte black finish.


"Serene" hardware collection from Top Knobs

New “Serene” Hardware Collection from Top Knobs.

Across the board we are seeing black.  New in sinks, such as the very cool Blanco SILGRANIT granite composite sink, which is scratch-proof AND heat resistant! My favourite is the apron front style – while this is usually viewed as a more traditional look, in the “Anthracite” colour (as shown) it looks dramatic and modern and could very easily be installed into a contemporary kitchen.

We are also seeing a gorgeous matte black finish emerging in faucets and shower suites from Brizo, Perrin & Rowe, Blanco and many others for both the kitchen and the bath.

Hardware also is getting into the matte black trend, like these great examples from the new “Serene” Collection from Top Knobs.

Black is also showing up in appliances, cabinetry and lighting in various different kinds of finishes from matte to high gloss lacquer, and from traditional to very modern.  More than a trend, it’s here to stay!



Gold hammered finish sink from Thompson Traders

Stunning gold hammered finish sink from Thompson Traders. A real showstopper!!


La Cornue black/gold range KBIS2016

Who knew I could love a range this much?  Black and gold beauty by La Cornue showcasing 2 of my Top 3 Trends.


Litze Brizo faucet - Architectural Digest

Single lever faucet from “Litze” Bathroom Collection by Brizo in a beautiful soft gold finish.  Photo: Brizo

I know that the gold trend has been around for a little while, but now this trend has migrated to all aspects of Interior Design. Now let’s be very clear – this is not the brassy gold from the ’80’s that I just had you all pull out of your homes! This gold is softer, warmer, and not as “in your face”.  That ’80’s stuff is still bad, and even if you are renovating and still loving the gold – this is a newer and more modern take.  It is glamorous and sophisticated, and even the polished versions of the “new gold” have a beautiful and elegant finish and depth to them. The “new gold” is being shown in hardware, faucets, shower kits, sinks, accessories, furniture, and lighting. I am a huge fan of this trend! #KingMidas



Exploring the 3rd dimension is emerging as a very big trend, and we saw that done to perfection with the many tile options at KBIS2016.

Walker Zanger "Kaza" concrete tile collection

Totally cool! “Kaza” Collection in concrete from Walker Zanger. This design is called “Edgy”. Perfect!


Walker Zanger KBIS "Kaza" Collection in concrete

More from the fabulous Walker Zanger “Kaza” Collection. Shown is the “Seed” design. Photo: Walker Zanger

Walker Zanger has this trend down to perfection! Not only are they using concrete as an interesting texture, but the 3D and geometric shapes and designs are inspiring and amazing.



Ogassian Collection from Ann Sacks

“Ogassian” Collection from Ann Sacks. A geometric 3D tile in metallic antique gold. Photo: Ann Sacks

Ann Sacks actually took this trend one step further combining Trend #2 (see above) and Trend #3 – mixing the three dimensional geometric with the beauty of the “new gold”. What a stunner!!



Grohe booth at IDS Toronto - hammered silver sink

On display at IDS in Toronto from Grohe. Gorgeous texture in this hammered finish sink.

Another way that texture was evident at both KBIS2016 and IDS in Toronto, was in the use of hammered finishes.  Done to perfection at KBIS2016 by Thompson Traders in their hammered sinks, vessels and bathtubs (see Trend #2), it was also shown in Toronto by Grohe in their display. This is a beautiful way for clients to achieve interesting texture in an unexpected place.  So contemporary, but could easily fit into a more traditional setting, too.  I love the artisanal feel to a hammered finish!



textured hardware from Top Knobs

“Mercer” Collection from Top Knobs in their “Quilted” design shows beautiful texture on a smaller scale.

If 3D concrete tiles are not your thing, there are other ways to achieve interesting texture in your space. Top Knobs has done a fabulous job at translating this trend into their “Mercer” Collection of hardware. With the “Quilted” design available in a number of finishes and sizes, in both pulls and knobs, they also get in on that beautiful matte black finish (see Trend #1), as well as the gorgeous polished nickel finish.


In the opening photo of this post, I am showcasing the magnificent custom lighting from AM Studio in Toronto, as exhibited at IDS last week. This is showing that the trend towards the “new gold”, and three dimensional design is available and easy to incorporate into our interior spaces in a very beautiful and liveable way. And that many of these trends are not only here to stay, but are already available in the marketplace.  KBIS2016 was truly an amazing experience and a feast for the eyes!! So much inspiration, new products, and innovation. It was really hard to narrow down my top 3 Trend Watch Picks, in fact – almost impossible! Stay tuned for more blog posts to see what else I found on BlogTourKBIS….






Looking forward to #BlogTourKBIS and KBIS2016 – Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

I’m gearing up to leave on Sunday for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – KBIS2016 in Las Vegas, and I could not be more excited! Thousands of exhibitors, suppliers, designers, and industry leaders will be there to showcase what is new and innovative in the kitchen and bath industry and in design trends for 2016. I am so fortunate to be a part of Modenus – The Design Directory’s BlogTourKBIS team that is heading to Las Vegas to preview all of these fabulous products.  We will be networking with suppliers, meeting industry influencers, attending workshops and seminars – all to see what is amazing for the upcoming year.  I will be posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as posting to my blog, about all of the spectacular innovations in kitchen and bath design.

Much of my design work involves kitchen and bathroom renovations. It’s a big investment on so many levels, and I always try to make the process enjoyable for my clients. Both kitchen and bathroom environments have to not only be completely 100% functional, but they also have to be well designed, ergonomic, easy to maintain, durable AND beautiful. They are both the kinds of spaces that get lived in and used every single day. Both Designers and Clients want to see the newest, the most efficient, the most innovative, and the coolest products out there.  New technology is enhancing our designs everyday.  I am so looking forward to seeing first-hand at KBIS2016 new and creative product ideas, and to learn about new product and technology innovations that I can bring back to my own clients and design projects.

Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors: KBIS, Modenus, TOTO, Mr. Steam, Karastan, Top Knobs, Wilsonart, Wood-Mode, Blanco, and Themador. I am so excited to see what fabulous products you are showcasing for 2016!

Blanco sinksI love an oversized single sink! Elegant AND practical. Photo courtesy of Blanco.

I love to cook and be in my kitchen, so I am really excited to see what Blanco is showing for 2016. How elegant is this sink and faucet? Gorgeous! A sink and faucet are incredibly important to any kitchen renovation, and have to be both functional and practical as well as stylish. Looking forward to seeing you, Blanco!


modern Wood-Mode kitchenBeautiful kitchen by Wood-Mode.

Looking forward to meeting you Wood-Mode! With so many styles of cabinetry, I am very excited to see what you have to showcase for 2016.


Mohawk Flooring laundry room

What’s new for 2016 from Karastan and Mohawk Flooring? Can’t wait to find out!

I did so many bathrooms for clients in 2015, and I am really looking forward to seeing what our sponsors Mohawk Flooring and Karastan are showing at KBIS2016. I am always looking for what is new, what is trending, and what the newest designs are for my projects. I know I will come back with some fabulous ideas!


Mr. Steam showerHow fabulous is this steam shower from Mr. Steam?? Turn your bathroom into a spa….

I am really excited to meet our sponsor, Mr. Steam.  So many of my clients are looking for their bathrooms to be a spa-like retreat, and a steam shower can do just that! With so many features, you can now go to the spa without ever leaving home! Love this….


Wilsonart countertopNot your grandma’s laminate countertop!! Photo courtesy of Wilsonart.

Wow! Look how much countertops have changed!! Looking forward to seeing all of the innovative products showcased by Wilsonart at KBIS2016. They have both solid surface and laminate products, and I cannot wait to see what I will be using in my kitchen projects for 2016.

So much to see and do at KBIS2016! Excited to meet everyone from Modenus BlogTourKBIS, and thrilled to be included with such a talented group.

Las Vegas – here we come!

Modenus BlogTour KBIS 2016

BlogTour KBIS 2016 Sponsored by Modenus – The Design Directory.

What a way to kick off 2016! Only 6 more sleeps until I leave for Las Vegas with #BlogTourKBIS for the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show – or KBIS2016. I am honoured to be a part of the Modenus sponsored BlogTour this year, and to be included in a group of Design Industry experts, bloggers, designers, and influencers. We will attend the show, meet with suppliers, attend workshops and seminars, network with industry insiders and see all of the newest product innovations coming to the Kitchen and Bath marketplace. I will be blogging from KBIS2016, as well as posting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and sharing all of the fabulous finds from Las Vegas!

Our wonderful sponsors for this BlogTour are: Modenus, KBIS, Karastan, Thermador, Mr. Steam, WoodMode, Wilsonart, Top Knobs, Blanco, and TOTO. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to introduce and showcase some amazing products.

Bathroom sink - TOTO

Gorgeous image courtesy of TOTO. Stunning sink and faucet combination.

I have always loved the clean, beautiful lines of TOTO products.  Excited to see what’s new for 2016!


Thermador range

Spectacular! Courtesy of Thermador.

Thermador is also celebrating their 100th birthday this year! How fabulous is that? As someone who loves to cook, I cannot wait to see what they will be showcasing at KBIS2016! What I would not give to have this amazing range and cooktop in my kitchen! Looking forward to seeing this beauty up close and personal….

Top Knobs hardware

Gorgeous hardware from Top Knobs. Bring on the bling!!

And let us not forget the jewelry that goes into every kitchen and bathroom – the hardware.  I am so excited to see what our sponsor, Top Knobs has to show us for 2016.

Stay tuned for more blog postings this week featuring our wonderful sponsors. I am really excited to see what the industry is going to be showcasing for 2016, and looking forward to seeing how I can bring these ideas home and use them in my upcoming projects.

I am also really going to enjoy meeting my fellow BlogTourKBIS participants! They are such a fabulously talented and accomplished group, and I know I will not only learn so much from them, but I am 100% certain that we are going to have the most amazing adventure together.

Thank you so much to Modenus for including me in this incredible experience. Just remember – What happens in Vegas…..