Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NYC

We spent a few days in one of our favorite cities last week for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Whenever we visit New York, the time always flies by and the design, culture, views and food keep us hungry for more.

Those in our industry know AD is a powerhouse in the design and editorial world so we were confident the annual tradeshow wouldn’t disappoint. A few trends we noticed this year — Color, Texture and Pattern! We were at the show on the first day of spring and the designers exhibiting embraced the season with gorgeous floral displays, bright color combinations (from kitchen appliances to pillow fabric) and innovative pattern mixing.

The photo below is a collage from the Dining by Design event sponsored by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This was the 15th-annual fundraiser showcasing more than 40 inventive tabletop installations devised by leaders in the design community. This year, the event raised $650,000 and featured table designs by Ralph Lauren, Diane von Frustenberg and other noteworthy designers. A few of our favorite design blogs covered the event and you can check out more photos of these gorgeous table designs and booths at Quintessence, Cozy Stylish Chic and Sarah Sarna.

The second photo is a gorgeous art display by House of LMD. Can you believe there are 2,500 roses!?!

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We also noticed a trend toward compact appliances and furniture for smaller spaces. Blue Star launched an oven for city dwellers and Bertazzoni unveiled a new suite of 24-inch compact appliances, including wall ovens and cooktops ideally suited for small spaces. There were aisles and aisles  of gorgeous furniture, art pieces, and home accessories that proved  you can incorporate smart, beautiful design regardless of the size of your home.

We had a great time at the show and enjoyed meeting industry bloggers, Veronika with Modenus and other designers at Marys and Mimosas!

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While in New York, we also had the opportunity to visit the Materials Connexion Library – a global materials consultancy and library of innovative and sustainable materials. Have you ever been? It is amazing! The members-only library helps companies innovate and gives them access to global material sources. They feature sustainable materials to guide environmentally responsible material solutions and are the experts on materials in development and untapped technologies. It really is a brilliant place and we were amazed by how many designers and manufacturers they brought together, such as Nike, Disney, Starbucks and hundreds others.

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And finally, we were also able to enjoy ourselves a little and take in the beautiful city! Until next time, New York!

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Happy Tasty (Fat) Tuesday!

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we rounded-up a few decadent, gluttonous recipes that we’ve been dying to try! What’s your favorite calorie-laden recipe? Below are links and mouth-watering photos that will be hard to resist…

New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets via Delish.com

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies via Shugary Sweets

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Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop via Jill Silverman Hough

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Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya via Brown Eyed Baker

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White Peach and Blueberry Crumble via Drizzle

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Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon via Garnish With Lemon

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Zephyr Launches Lucé with ICON Touch™ Controls

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest kitchen wall ventilation hood: Lucé with ICON Touch™ Controls!

The Lucé features sleek stainless steel married with subtle ambient lighting in Cloud White, Deep Blue and Amber. The LED colored lighting wraps around the permitter of the hood and adds a soft element to the cooktop at night.

We’re especially excited to launch the ICON Touch™ Controls, which seamlessly integrate into the hood’s stainless steel canopy (an industry first!) and allow users to easily control the 5-speeds, delay-off function, auto reminders and Airflow Control Technology.

A futuristic hood for the most discerning home chef, the Lucé with ICON Touch™ makes a bold statement in the kitchen with its minimal elegance, smart technology and competitive price ($1,299).

Click here for more info.

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Design and Construction Week: 2014 Recap

Every year our industry convenes for the National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show where manufacturers show off their latest and greatest to designers, contractors, media and thousands of other attendees. This year, KBIS partnered with the International Builder Show in Las Vegas and it was a huge success. With more than 750,000 attendees covering 440,000 square feet of exhibit space, we were excited to feel the buzz and excitement from the industry and thought we’d share a few favorite finds straight from the show floor:

Kohler had a gorgeous booth and a ton of new product launches; you can see them all here. We loved the new Awaken Collection that features water-conserving technology and single-function shower heads for an intensified spray.

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Italian manufacture Fhiaba launched a new integrated refrigerator line. The company is known for amazing quality products and features, including 3 door shelves, LED lighting and anti-bacterial stainless steel interior.

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The Viking booth was packed with over 50 new product launches, so it was hard to get a goo photo! Our favorite new Viking product is the Professional French Door Electric Oven, which features side swing doors. We would probably select a more neutral color, but we loved the doors!

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Amerock launched new products that simplifies selecting cabinet hardware for consumers and professional designers . The names of these eight new families in the AmerockNOW program—#BiCoastal, #NortheastHome, #Heartland, #LondonUndone, #Lodge, #PhoenixRising, #LAExperience, and #CityBeat— connect with consumers who are looking for a hardware style that resonates with their own home décor.

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True – the wine refrigeration company – launched a new LED lighting system into their products that incorporates 14 color choices. We loved seeing these products, as we prepare to also launch an appliance featuring integrated colored LED lighting this month!

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For the Love of Cooking

Cooking is our passion. Although we love to develop new products and technology, it’s the end result that gives us the most gratification: A lived-in kitchen filled with family and friends and a delicious meal. We want to know – Why do you love to cook? Share your story and snap a quick photo and enter our contest for a chance to win $100 to Williams Sonoma. Thanks for participating and enjoy your weekend!

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