KBIS 2018: Highlights of This Year’s Show Schedule

KBIS 2018: Highlights of This Year’s Show Schedule

KBIS 2018 kicks off this week! The festivities begin the evening of January 8, 2018, and the convention continues through January 11th. As always, KBIS is the one North American kitchen and bath design industry conference you must attend each year for the latest in innovation, design trends, networking and expert insight.

The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.
The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Presented by the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), KBIS 2018 is a sprawling space of exhibitions, showcases, contests, awards, speakers and panels. It’s impossible to be a part of everything KBIS 2018 has to offer – so smart attendees will go in with a plan.

Veteran NKBA members and KBIS attendees like Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century). Peter has been featured on multiple KBIS convention panels and seminars, and tells Design Your Lifestyle that it’s always good to plan your KBIS schedule in advance.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the KBIS 2018 Show Schedule and narrowing our focus down to a schedule that makes sense. (You can certainly fill your day with panels, seminars, etc. – but you won’t leave yourself any time to check out the exhibitors and the convention itself, which are valuable opportunities to gain inspiration and network.)

Here is a list of events, seminars and panels we’d love to check out at KBIS 2018.

Tuesday, January 9th – KBIS 2018 Highlights

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies Featuring Keynote Speaker Terry Bradshaw OCCC West Concourse – Level IV, Valencia Ballroom

Who would want to miss the chance to hear a charismatic, four-time Super Bowl Champion speak? Terry Bradshaw is a motivational wizard and a magnetic personality, whether it be on the football field, on Fox NFL Sunday, or in films.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fireside Chat #1: Build it! The Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Kitchen The Backyard

We’re highly intrigued by the concept of outdoor kitchens, and this Fireside Chat looks like a great opportunity to learn more about a trend many are latching on to in 2018.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Innovative Showroom Award Ceremony KBISNeXT Stage: South Hall

After spending much of the afternoon on the exhibition floor at KBIS 2018, we would not miss the chance to attend the KBIS 2018 Innovative Showroom Awards. Former winners like Peter Salerno Inc. have proven to be trendsetters and innovative gurus over the last several years, so attending this ceremony is a window into the true leaders of the kitchen and bath design industry.

Wednesday, January 10th – KBIS 2018 Highlights

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Let’s Talk Global: Changing the way we source, sell and design – one country at a time. KBISNext Stage: South Hall

One of the core trends of KBIS 2018 is holistic globalization of the kitchen and bath industry (K&B). Let’s Talk Global is a great center

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM NKBA Thirty Under 30 “Product of the Future” Presentations KBISNeXT Stage: South Hall

The NKBA Thirty Under 30 is a highly enjoyable and informative way to check out the future of the kitchen and bath industry, both in terms of talent and concepts. This year’s Thirty Under 30 corps presents “Products of the Future”.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Coyote Live Grilling with Demonta and Kenesha Coleman The Backyard, Booth #B4
8:30 PM – 1:30 AM The Bash Mango’s Tropical Café

The Bash is a $35 ticket that is priceless in terms of networking opportunities – and just plain fun. Hosted at Mango’s Tropical Cafe, The Bash is a social highlight of KBIS and a blast for all attendees 21 and over.

Thursday, January 11th – KBIS 2018 Highlights

Time Title Location
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM SHARK! Breakfast OCCC: S230A-G

It’s well worth pulling yourself out of bed after a night at The Bash to attend the SHARK! Breakfast. Guest speaker John Morgan will deliver an address regarding “Smart Tech For Smart K&B Pros”.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Embracing the Reality of Amazon KBISNeXT Stage: South Hall

Perhaps it’s not everyone’s priority, but this is a no-brainer event to attend for us based on the title alone.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM IBS Closing Concert with Chicago OCCC Level IV, Valencia Ballroom


Summer 2016 Style: Update Your Beach House Bathroom Design

Beach House Bathroom Design for Summer 2016

Ah, the beach house. The summer escape of your dreams. After years of saving and careful planning, it’s finally yours. And it’s beautiful, isn’t it? The bright accent colors, the smell of the ocean and fresh salt air, the never-ending ambient light streaming through your windows…

But what to do about that beach house bathroom design?

Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom's space.
Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom’s space. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Let’s face it – the beach house bathroom is the room you hope none of your visitors ever have to see, let alone use. Often a mix of eroded fixtures, faded tile and chipped-up tubs and sinks, the typical beach house bathroom is never the focal point of great design.

Thankfully, we have good news – not only can your beach house bathroom design be saved, but with a little help, you can transform it into a gorgeous work of art!

Beach House Bathroom Design: Here’s Why You Should Care!

Many of the questions that beach house owners have about updating their bathroom designs seem logical.

“Why should I invest in the bathroom; it’s just going to get dirty!” “What happens when family and guests track sand all over?” “Shouldn’t I just consider my beach home’s bathroom as a glorified mud room?”

The answer to all these concerns is a simple one. Your family, friends and guests will inherently assign the same value to any room in your home that you do – bathroom included. If you invest the time, focus and proper design elements towards making your beach house bathroom sleek, stylish and beautiful, its users will treat it with the same care and respect.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

This Project May Require Some Help!

The last thing you want to do when you finally get to your beach home for the summer is work on it! On top of that fact, the average beach house bathroom design faces a ton of challenges that may require professional attention. From weather-worn surfaces to years of sandy footprints, outdated materials and features to dingy, sun-damaged walls, your beach house bathroom re-design project probably needs expert help.

But that shouldn’t deter you from taking on the task! The trick is selecting a world-class custom bath designer with a long resume of beach house design experience. Discriminating beach home owners on the East Coast often turn to Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., designers of beach home kitchens and baths from Florida to the Jersey Shore.

Many beach home owners are reluctant to spend money updating their summer home designs. Peter Salerno feels that is a mistake. “Treat your beach home or summer home as equal to your house,” he explains. “The more value you add to your beach house, the more time you’re bound to spend there enjoying it. Your investment will repay itself in not only improved home value, but years of added enjoyment and satisfaction.”

Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting.
Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Summer 2016: Beach House Bathroom Design Ideas

  • Fresh white never goes out of style at the beach.
    • While different bright color palettes go in and out of style over multiple summers, fresh white is always in season. Add a sense of clean and classy style to your beach home bathroom design by making white your main design color.
  • Don’t be afraid of tile floors.
    • Many beach home owners cover their bathroom floors with area rugs, throws and other mats, thinking they’re “protecting” their flooring. In reality, all these homeowners end up with are cruddy, ratty old rugs. Don’t be afraid of your beach house tile floors – especially in fresh white or bold beach colors! Again, if you add value into your summer home, it will be respected by those who visit it (not destroyed).
  • If you don’t want blue, try earth tones!
    • Nautical blue and white is a tried-and-true beach house bath design color scheme. If you want something unique and appealing, try wood and earth tones in your summer home bathroom. The natural tones and hues of brown and green reflect the sand, grassy dunes and shade trees of your summer retreat.

Do You Follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Houzz?

If you are looking for the leading platform for home remodeling and design online, then you need to acquaint yourself with Houzz. Houzz is, according to their website, “a collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.”

Why are we telling you this? It’s simple – you should be following Peter Salerno Inc. on Houzz! Houzz provides a fantastic place for the design professionals at Peter Salerno Inc. to show you some of our most recent (and most outstanding) home design creations.

This award-winning kitchen is one of the many designs we feature on Houzz. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
This award-winning kitchen is one of the many designs we feature on Houzz. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

In addition, Houzz provides a unique opportunity for past clients to provide reviews of our work, present clients to discuss their design options and plans in real time, and future clients to consider our work via photos, media, and social media discussions.

Our company’s Houzz page features valuable discussion topics, from the latest Peter Salerno events, to industry news, to simple questions and answers about our designs. Stay even more in the “Salerno loop” by linking our Houzz page to your Facebook and Twitter, so you’re guaranteed not to miss a thing!

We’re proud to be featured on Houzz, as it provides a cohesive platform for our valued clients (past, present and future) to see reviews, discussions, hot topics, and most importantly our work.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Peter Salerno Inc. page on Houzz and see what’s going on today!

Of course, you can always stay informed by visiting our website: Peter Salerno Inc.