Connie's Corner

Tips from Waypoint's award-winning designer
May 1, 2011

2011 Kitchen and Bath Show

This past week I was in Las Vegas for NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). It’s one of my favorite events of the year because I get to catch up with industry friends, see lots of new, inspiring ideas and besides…there are always some great speakers. But it’s the new products that most people are interested in hearing about. Here are some new products that caught my eye:

Kohler’s Numi ToiletKohler’s Numi Toilet

There was a lot of buzz on the show floor about the Kohler Numi toilet. Not only is it a combination of ceramic and glass construction, it senses a user approaching and begins to raise the lid. It even has a light that men can touch with their foot to make the articulating seat raise. It is has a built-in music system, bidet feature, a heated seat and a foot warmer. I am not making this up. At $6400.00 it is a significant purchase but you could probably charge your neighbors admission to just see it. To see a video on this new bathroom wonder, click here.

The Look of Marble

Cambria's Waverton with the look of marble

Everyone (including me) loves the look of real marble countertops but we have all heard how susceptible they are to staining. Several manufacturers showed nice imitations of natural marble in different materials. My favorite was Cambria’s Waverton. They will also be introducing another marble look-alike called Torquay in June of this year.

Off The Grid Appliances

Canadian manufacturer, Unique Off Grid, showed propane fueled ranges, refrigerators and freezers for homes on lakes or mountains where electricity is not available. They are available in the USA through authorized dealers.

Wood Stone Pizza OvensWood Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven

Pizza ovens aren’t new but most of us aren’t lucky enough to have one in our homes or backyards just yet. What I liked about these from Wood Stone is that they were demonstrated making more than just pizza. Their website includes recipes for everything from planked salmon to homemade breads. Located in Bellingham, WA they offer cooking classes too; that sound like a great girlfriends’ trip to me.

Universal Design

This year, there was a whole Universal Design pavilion. With more and more boomers planning on staying in their homes, thoughtful and considerate design will be important. One product that caught my eye at the show was Unique Touch by Great Grabz, a line of acrylic grab bars for the bathroom. They aren’t at all institutional-looking and they even had one that glowed in the dark…for up to ten hours. I thought that was a great idea, especially for kids or the elderly. A bathroom fall is a serious matter. I always plan on grab bars in a tub or shower area no matter the age of the homeowner. For more information on Unique Touch click here.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces