Design Vlog: Spring is Cypress Screened in Porch Time

With spring just around the corner (thankfully, the weather here in Wichita has been GREAT all week), I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite vlogs from the archives. Get an inside look at what’s going on with our screened-in porch at Cypress.

In preparation for full enjoyment of this most wonderful season, I want to give you an inside look at my absolute favorite springtime spot for entertaining or just relaxing.

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More Hot Trends from #KBIS2015

WOW! How hard it is to narrow down my list of amazing new products from the Kitchen and Bath International Show in Las Vegas last month. I recently wrote an article for The Daily Basics on this topic, and wanted to share some of my observations with my readers! After some reflecting, I’ve decided to mention some trends that I actually observed, represented by these products that are unique, functional, and, of course, high style.

1). OUTDOOR LIVING

One of the biggest trends I saw, as people are wanting more outside than a simple patio. Outdoor appliances such as pizza ovens (pictured above), new outdoor materials, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and smokers all received accolades galore.

Consumer Reports article from January 30, states:

“Homeowners continue to see their outdoor living space as an extension of the home. An example of this is the rise of the open fire features, which nearly half of all millennials have in their outdoor space, according to new data unveiled at the show by Better Homes & Gardens. We saw countless freestanding fire pits and built-in fireplaces at the show. One favorite: the Wave Fire Pit from the Outdoor Great Room Company, with an interesting undulating design.

Outdoor pizza ovens are another hot product, especially if you have money to burn. Consumer Reports market analyst Michael DiLauro, our in-house pizza pro, liked the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven by Kalamazoo.” —Daniel DiClerico (@dandiclerico on Twitter)

I also happen to know by first-hand experience that Baby Boomers are in love with outdoor living, as are Gen X’ers. This is a trend for all ages that is not going away, but only gaining more and more product demand for allowing our down time to be as easy and carefree as possible.


2). AGING IN PLACE AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Wellborn Butcher Block Island Countertop with electrical lift range from 30-42 in. Accommodates all sizes, ages and needs.

Wellborn Butcher Block Island Countertop with electrical lift range from 30-42 in. Accommodates all sizes, ages and needs.

It’s so exciting for me to see the response to the needs of the 50+ and Boomer age groups.
Even the “aging in place” and “universal design” words were used. I’m telling you, I could not contain my joy that these brilliant manufacturers were using this terminology. It was the buzz everywhere!

TOTO Keane Collection, shower and bath.

TOTO Keane Collection, shower and bath.

TOTO USA’s Keane Collection was out-of-the-box beautiful, attracting designers and attendees of all ages. My philosophy for many years has been that safe, functional design can be beautiful and up to date as well!

TOTO Keane Collection

TOTO Keane Collection

3). PERSONALIZATION THROUGH CUSTOMIZATION

Thermador Freedom refrigerator

Thermador Freedom refrigerator

Individual components for appliances was also “the buzz” around KBIS. For instance, Thermador’s Freedom Collection, was another must see to view the limitless options for breaking up our appliances. The units literally go where we are, conforms to what makes the most common sense for our lifestyles.

According to Thermador’s promo press information: “Place appliances around the home where they are used and needed.”

Fisher and Paykel dishdrawer

Fisher and Paykel dishdrawer

4). LOW MAINTENANCE AND DURABILITY

Beauty and function can co-exist with Karastan carpet.

Beauty and function can co-exist with Karastan carpet.

Everyone is after products that reduce the time and concern for their upkeep on maintaining their home products. Two that were again, well received were Mohawks carpeting, SmartStrand® Forever Clean. The demonstration of soaking their carpet in red wine and seeing no absorption truly had everyone totally impressed.

Mohawk carpet

Mohawk carpet

Wilsonart HD laminates have a state-of-the-art durable finish, which speaks to the trend that easy maintenance is as equally important as style and price.

Wilsonart laminates are durable, affordable and attractive. Wilsonart HD offers the look of granite at a fraction of the price.

Wilsonart laminates are durable, affordable and attractive. Wilsonart HD offers the look of granite at a fraction of the price.

5). INTENTIONAL, FUNCTIONAL STORAGE

Rev-A-Shelf

Rev-A-Shelf

Ergonomic drawer and cabinet pull out and pull down units were the “talk of the town.” For difficult-to-reach areas in our cabinetry, the pull outs and pull down units are definitely here to stay. In the future there will be more ergonomic products to come in the mainstream of how we live in our homes today.

Wellborn storage

Wellborn storage

Pictured below is the Woodmode’s Pet Parlor. This item actually stopped traffic at #KBIS, and since Americans spend more than $2 billion a year on their pets, it’s no surprise why people loved this!

Woodmode's Pet Parlor

Woodmode’s Pet Parlor

SO, TO WRAP THIS UP… It’s hard to imagine how these manufacturers and product designers will continue to push that envelope for next year at this huge kitchen and bath show. The thing I do know is that I’m excited to see what new, innovative products will be directed towards our individual lifestyles, and what will make our living spaces all we need for us now, and in the future.

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Wood-Mode: Quality Custom Cabinetry

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In thinking about some favorite trends for Boomers from #KBIS2015, one of my top ones has to be intentional and functional storageWood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry is one company that has this in mind.

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At #BlogTourVegas, ergonomic drawer and cabinet pull outs and pull downs were the talk of the town. For hard-to-reach areas in our cabinetry, pull out and pull down units are definitely here to stay. In the future, there will be more mainstream ergonomic products for our homes.

Wood-Mode Pet Parlor

Wood-Mode Pet Parlor

Perhaps the most unique pull out system that stopped everyone in their tracks was Wood-Mode‘s Pet Parlor. In the United States, people spend about $2 billion on pets and their products, so it’s no wonder people loved this product!

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Wood-Mode mudroom

I also really love the idea of a mudroom. It’s the perfect space to store jackets, boots, school supplies and other items.

With dedication to quality craftsmanship and our environment, as well as so many customization options, Wood-Mode is a #BoomerSmarts brand that I would recommend to any client.

You can find more great cabinet ideas on Woodmode‘s website, and keep up with Modenus #BlogTourVegas on their Facebook page.

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Wilsonart: Surfaces For All Ages and Stages

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In #BoomerSmarts designing, one of my main focuses is “aging in place.” Spaces should be functional and ergonomic, and products should be long lasting. This is where #BlogTourVegas sponsor Wilsonart comes in, with its High Definition laminates that are affordable, easy to maintain, and most important, DURABLE.

Island and countetops have Wilsonart HD in Winter Carnival, Mirage Finish with AEON with Crescent Edge

Island and countetops, featuring Winter Carnival with Crescent Edge

Beautiful, classic bathroom using Bianco Romano with Crescent Edge

Beautiful, classic bathroom using Bianco Romano with Crescent Edge

Wilsonart HD comes in more than 50 stylish patterns, and all have AEON Enhanced Performance Technology, making them more durable than an average laminate. The perfect combination of FORM and FUNCTION, which as some of you may know, is key to universal design.

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

Photo: Chasen West Photography

For those with people of all ages coming in and out of your homes (especially those with grandchildren, like me), clean up can sometimes be a concern. One of the greatest things about Wilsonart HD is that the surface is resistant to stains, whether those be liquid spills or muddy fingerprints. All clean up requires is a damp sponge!

Wilsonart‘s display at #KBIS2015 was wonderful, and we are all so thankful for their #BlogTourVegas sponsorship. This is most definitely a #BoomerSmarts product. Find out more about Wilsonart here.

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Classic Beauty with Walker Zanger

As a #BoomerSmarts interior designer, simple, classic, beautiful design is my favorite style to suggest to clients. Walker Zanger‘s new Robert A.M. Stern Collection is the epitome of this timeless design. The ceramic tiles come in a variety of patterns, colors, shapes and textures. Pictured below are my two favorite products from the collection that I saw while at #KBIS2015.

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The bricks are simple, yet have a great texture. Photo: Chasen West Photography

The bricks are simple, yet have great texture. Photo: Chasen West Photography

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Wonderful details in this tile. Simply beautiful. Photo: Chasen West Photography

According to Walker Zanger‘s website, the Robert A.M. Stern Collection is appropriate for virtually any space, including residential, hospitality, retail and more, and I agree. The collection pulls inspiration from diverse time periods, but all of the styles have a timeless feel. How beautiful would these look in a kitchen or bathroom, or even in a hotel or restaurant?

I would like to also note that not only was Walker Zanger one of the wonderful #BlogTourVegas sponsors, the company also provided all of the bloggers with phone chargers. What a thoughtful gesture, especially considering how much we were all on our phones. THANK YOU!

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Please see more of Walker Zanger‘s beautiful products here, and keep up with Modenus and the Blog Tour here.

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