KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference | 5 Sessions to Watch

KBIS 2019 is coming to Las Vegas from February 19-21, 2019 – in other words, it’s time to start getting prepared for the biggest North American kitchen and bath industry trade show of the year!

In terms of information, nothing tops the Voices from the Industry Conference, which emanates from the KBIS convention on an annual basis. The KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference will feature 80+ world-class speakers and topics including business growth, design, management, customer service, and kitchen/bath specialty training.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the KBIS 2019 website:

Also new for 2019, NKBA is proud to present four Professional Development courses as part of its Voices from the Industry Conference at KBIS 2019. The seminars are two hours each and offer 0.2 CEU credits and 2 Education Hours toward earning or maintaining AKBD, CKBD or CMKBD certification. The price for a one-day VFTI pass (up to four sessions) is $250 for NKBA members and $325 for non-members for advance registration; prices increase for onsite purchase of a one-day pass. Multi-day passes are also available.

With over 80 speakers representing virtually every facet of the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS 2019 attendees can’t possibly check out every presentation in the 2019 Voices from the Industry conference. So which presentations should you choose?

You should tailor your KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry schedule to your own needs, experiences and plans for the 2019 design year. But there are a few sessions that we at “Design Your Lifestyle” found particularly interesting – either in terms of the topic, the speaker, or a mixture of both.

From the can’t-miss to the intriguing, here are the 5 sessions we’ll be watching at the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry conference.

Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]
Personalized luxury is a key theme of the KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference. [photo: Peter Salerno Inc.]

KBIS 2019 Voices from the Industry Conference: 5 Sessions to Watch

1. Color and the Senses: Exploring Synesthesia + Current Color Trends

  • Who? Kathryn Grube – Owner, Functional Color Solutions, LLC
  • Where? Room N230
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Synesthesia is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In this context, it’s the experience of sensing color in ways other than sight. People who experience synesthesia may “smell lemons” when seeing the color yellow or hear a certain tone when seeing the color pink. Kathryn Grube will explore this phenomenon, and how it interacts with 2019’s color design trends.

Kathryn will also dive into the 2019 color palette, including Pantone’s seasonal 2019 color selections.

2. Applying Sustainability and Biophilia to Residential Design: What and Why?

  • Who? Jeannifer Ellington – Cabinetry Designer, H2 Builders
  • Where? Room N225
  • When? Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biophilia is the assertion that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life” (Wikipedia). With the trend towards sustainable materials, natural color palettes and the ‘greening’ of residential spaces, Jeannifer Ellington looks for practical applications of sustainable finishes, designs, and materials in the home.

Jeannifer will also discuss WELL Building Standards, and ways to enhance your living space to promote well-being and health.

3. Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle

  • Who? Lauren Levant – Principal, Lauren Levant Interior
  • Where? Room N227
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – 10:00 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.

4. Modern Luxury: More Than Just a High Price Tag

  • Who? Christopher Grubb – President/Founder, Arch-Interiors Design Group
  • Where? Room N226
  • When? Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Keeping with our Wednesday theme of “the new definition of luxury”, Christopher Grubb’s presentation on modern luxury appears to be a highlight of the Voices from the Industry schedule. Christopher brings 25+ years of experience with luxury clients to this session, discussing how the term “luxury” has gone from a financial definition to an emotional one. Attendees to this seminar will learn which elements of a design project speak to this new definition of luxury, including which materials, finishes, fixtures, and other architectural and decorative details help to create a personalized sense of luxury, even for today’s most budget conscious homeowners, architects, and builders.

5. Home Hot Spots–How to Convert Emotions Into Sales

  • Who? David Brown – Partner, Hoffman York, Inc.
  • Where? Room N224
  • When? Thursday, February 21, 2019; 10:30 am – 11:30 am

From the KBIS 2019 description:

This presentation reveals the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. The research identified how dealers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers and dealers can increase the salability of their projects, and elevate their reputations. The research is comprised of a number of firsts: –1st comprehensive examination of the emotional connections made with various areas of the home. –1st use of advanced research to identify how a room’s overlap between relaxation, socialization and functionality shapes attitudes. –1st in-depth understanding of how space design and corresponding amenities can increase home appeal. Better yet, the research is accompanied by turn-key design concepts developed by Visbeen architects, winners of over 40 Best In American Living Awards.

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

KBIS 2019 Is Coming February 19-21, 2019 | Your Early VIP Preview

The Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show, and the premier annual event dedicated to kitchen and bath design professionals, vendors, trends and exhibitions. KBIS 2019 will be no exception – with 31,000 scheduled attendees, 600 exhibitors, a press corps 400+ strong, and a social reach of over 80,000 (thus far!), the 2019 edition of KBIS will be larger and more awe-inspiring than ever.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With FOUR Exhibitor Halls (one more than 2018), expanded hours (9:00 to 5:00 pm, plus extended 8:00 am hours for the Bronze Hall/KBIS Salon), and the largest scheduled attendance in Showcase history, the 2019 edition of the Kitchen + Bath Industry Showcase is truly a record-breaking affair.

KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
KBIS 2019 will be held February 19-21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the official KBIS 2019 website:

KBIS 2019 will offer an expansive show floor with over 600 world-leading manufacturers and suppliers. Exhibitors will be located in North Hall, Central Hall, South Hall and the new Bronze Hall (KBIS Salon) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

KBIS will once again collocate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show for the sixth annual Design & Construction Week®, showcasing the best in residential design and construction. Your KBIS badge grants you access to both exhibit floors.

KBIS 2019 Keynote

This year’s KBIS Keynote address comes from KBIS favorite Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design and Chief Design Officer of Sandow Media. In a highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2018 “Pop Goes the Future” address, Allen will offer her expert insight into what the future holds for 2019 in the kitchen and bath design industry. It’s not to be missed!

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

KBIS 2019 State of the Association/State of the Industry

We’re also excited for the 2019 State of the Association address and State of the Industry panel, which are perennial highlights of the KBIS schedule.  The State of the Association will be delivered by Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (the NKBA, KBIS’ parent company). The State of the Industry panel will be moderated by Melissa Francis (Fox Business/Fox News), and features quite the impressive lineup of panelists. The 2019 panel includes:

  • Mark Stoever, CEO, 2020 Technologies
  • Nick Fink, President, Global Plumbing Group at Fortune Brands
  • Kevin Murphy, CEO, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Dr. Markus Miele, Executive Director and Co-Proprietor, Miele Group

KBIS 2019 Entertainment

KBIS 2019 is more than just world-class kitchen and bath design industry exhibitions, panels and information. Entertainment at the annual event is always top-notch, and 2019 is no exception. The festivities begin at 8:00 am on February 19th with comedian Dana Carvey. The Bash, KBIS’ nightlife celebration, emanates from Encore: XS Nightclub on Night 2 of KBIS 2019. The 2019 edition of KBIS rounds out at 5:00 pm on February 21st with a live performance from the Goo Goo Dolls at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s Paradise Event Center. (Please note: These entertainment functions are ticketed events.)

For full details and information on registration, exhibition, floor plans, and a complete KBIS schedule, please visit the KBIS 2019 website!

How Designers Can Benefit From NKBA Membership: Questions and Answers

How Designers Can Benefit From NKBA Membership: Questions and Answers

What are the advantages that professional designers can enjoy by becoming members of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association)?

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the founder and owner of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Since 2002, no other kitchen and bath design firm has won more national design awards than Peter Salerno Inc. The benefits of these awards (and the notoriety attached to them) have assisted Peter and his team in becoming a truly global brand, with their designs in homes and businesses in multiple countries across 3 continents. The past several years have seen Peter Salerno Inc.’s reach continue to spread across America, while new installations reached Canada and Russia.

Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.
Peter Salerno in his award-nominated Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Peter Salerno has been a member of the NKBA since 1990 – seven years before Peter Salerno Inc. became an incorporated brand in 1997. In the 28 years Peter has been an NKBA member, the experiences gained, knowledge developed, and platforms presented through the NKBA have been invaluable to the development of Peter’s skills as a master custom kitchen and bath designer, as well as to the success of Peter Salerno Inc. as a world-class design brand.

Recently, Peter Salerno was interviewed by the NKBA for their series “The Member Advantage”, discussing how membership in the NKBA is an asset to any kitchen and bath designer or design team. The conversation dealt with the benefits of NKBA membership, NKBA chapter meetings, being a part of KBIS (the NKBA’s annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase and conference) and more.

The NKBA's Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.
The NKBA’s Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for a KBIS presentation.

Here are a few of our favorite excerpts from this exclusive Q&A, which you can find on the NKBA’s website.

NKBA: What do you consider to be the best benefits of your membership?

Peter Salerno: The best benefits have been the exposure to cutting-edge products in our industry. This availability of information can better my skills as a high-end designer.

NKBA: How do you share your knowledge? Have you ever been a VFTI speaker or considered becoming one?

PS: I would enjoy being a speaker. I just did a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting in Princeton. It was standing-room-only. I received such a wonderful response, it got me thinking: why not share my 36 years of experience with the next generation of designers?

NKBA: What are some positive experiences at KBIS that stand out for you?

PS: The positive experience at KBIS comes from leaving the show with at least one great idea. That idea can be implemented the day I return to work. It may come from a seminar I attended or a product that impressed me. One year, after speaking to Gary Vaynerchuk, a keynote speaker, I came back from KBIS and started my blog. It was a great addition to my social media marketing strategy.

For the complete interview with Peter Salerno about the member advantages of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, click here.

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

5 Year Anniversary: NKBA Best Overall Kitchen of 2012 Design Photos

As part of our “Design Your Lifestyle” 5th Anniversary Series, we’re re-visiting some of our most popular and well-read articles of the last half-decade. Statistically, our most popular award-winning NKBA design article of the last 5 years is this one – about Peter Salerno Inc.’s NKBA Best Overall Kitchen 2012 winner. It’s a stunning kitchen designed for two professional chefs occupying one tremendous kitchen space. This piece combines some new content with a look at many of the features from that article. Enjoy!

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On April 24, 2012, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition. It was an especially wonderful day for Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc., as they won the coveted NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012 award.

According to a press release sent out by the National Kitchen & Bath Association through its Manager of Media Relations, Annette Gray:

Sponsored by Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, This Old House, Waypoint Living Spaces, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels.com, the 2012 competition honored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in six room categories, in addition to Specialty Awards, from the nearly 500 entries submitted by NKBA members from across the U.S. and Canada. Winning designs and designers were announced today at the Design Competition Awards event, held at Chicago’s Mc Cormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

“Each year, the NKBA is proud to celebrate excellence in the industry, represented by the NKBA membership,” said 2012 NKBA President and Certified Kitchen Designer, Alan W. Zielinski, CKD. “This year’s winners, some of the country’s top designers, turned out cutting edge designs and we’re excited to announce them to the public and the industry.”

The award-winning large kitchen was designed for a family with two passionate cooks who love to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals. Peter Salerno and his design team were charged with creating a kitchen which addressed all of their culinary needs.

The central aspect of the kitchen is a beautiful, 11-foot stainless steel island with four distinct work stations. The island features two ovens, eight burners, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler. The design philosophy was to create a balance between the clients’ cooking needs and a beautiful centerpiece for the kitchen. Therefore, the stainless steel and work stations were balanced with painted maple cabinets as well as the warmth of a walnut island and quarter-sawn oak flooring.

The island was placed parallel to the large windows in the breakfast area to maximize the room’s natural light. Three seating areas were created to meet the needs of the family and its guests – the kitchen table, island seating and a separate dining booth.

Peter and his team were able to incorporate some one-of-a-kind aspects into this NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012. A custom four-sided stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in halogen lighting illuminates the entire cooking and preparation area. A stainless tile backsplash was used to compliment the island, which has a 3″ thick cherry butcher block made with 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ end grain cherry. Rich natural walnut cabinetry was chosen to contrast and soften the stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

The entire room was considered, as evidenced by the coffered ceiling, which was designed specifically to accentuate the stainless hood and wall cabinets. By incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single-glass doors over the freeze, china cabinet and refrigerator, the kitchen achieved the proper display space needed for the clients’ fabulous dish and glass collection. Finally, three appliance garages were implemented int he design for easy access to large, oversized blenders and mixers.

It is with pride, honor and family joy that Peter Salerno and the entire team at Peter Salerno Inc. share this prestigious recognition with you. We thank the NKBA, our tireless design and production team, and of course the clients, whose unique family needs and wonderful cooking tradition inspired this design.

For more information about this and other award-winning designs, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s website.

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

Design Your Lifestyle Turns 5: A Look Back!

This month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary at Design Your Lifestyle. We’re so grateful to our readership, contributors and especially our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc. Without everyone’s support, this ‘little vision’ of ours wouldn’t have become as well-read as it is today!

Our first article was a simple-yet-delicious recipe for Rosemary Lemonade (which you can still find here). We followed that up with an exclusive interview that’s still one of our favorites to date – with Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design NJ Magazine.

NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. - one of our site's first features!
NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, Peter Salerno Inc. – one of our site’s first features!

Since then, we’ve published over 450 articles about topics ranging from kitchen design to coffee makers, bath design to backsplash tile, classic Italian recipes to modern transitional design. We’ve benefited from the travels and experiences of Peter Salerno, CMKBD, as he drew design inspiration from travels to the French countryside, Moscow, and a myriad of world destinations. It was also quite a privilege to get Peter’s VIP “insider access” to renowned home design trade shows and conventions like KBIS (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase, hosted by the NKBA) and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.

We’ve also gotten exclusive information from some of the most reliable sub-contractors, specialists, designers and vendors in the custom interior, home and kitchen design industries, as well as some of Peter Salerno Inc.’s most trusted business partners. In the past, we’ve leaned heavily on the expertise and experience of people like Craig Kmiecik of Purcell Murray, Mary A. Moulds of Miele USA, and members of Peter’s staff.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

And then there’s the stunning kitchen design, bath design, wine cellar and showroom photography, much of which is attributable to Peter Rymwid – one of the finest photographers of interiors in the world.

All this has been interlaced with fun recipes, tips and tricks for purchasing cutlery, appliances and range hoods, and exclusive looks at Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class, award-winning design showroom.

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.
A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

We hope you’ve had half as much fun following Design Your Lifestyle over the last five years as we’ve had creating content for you – now, let’s get back to business. On to the next five years!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham Design Showroom Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago, Peter Salerno Inc. took a leap of faith and opened its second showroom – a quaint but luxurious space along West Main Street in historic Mendham, New Jersey. The move reminded Peter Salerno and his wife Tracy of the risk they took in 1997, when they opened their first showroom location in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Since their first showroom opened, Peter Salerno Inc. has become the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Even when their re-designed main showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey, was named Most Innovative Small Showroom by KBIS in 2015, there was still a need for expansion.

World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
World-class Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design in the new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

With that expansion came the need for greater display space, and Peter’s business family (and actual family) began to look into a satellite showroom. That search led them to beautiful Mendham, New Jersey, a charming town along the famed Patriot’s Path of Revolutionary War lore.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. showroom (located at 5 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ) features multiple custom kitchen design solutions focusing on a blend of classic and contemporary transitional kitchen design. A rustic awning and opulent, original stained glass adorn the front window and invite you inside.

Once inside the Mendham showroom, Peter Salerno dazzles you with fresh white walls and tile resting atop custom kitchen cabinetry. This showcases the perfect blend of “new school” transitional kitchen design and “old world” custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry that is the hallmark of Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design. Clients can also procure exclusive, unique pieces from the brand new EDGES custom cutlery collection.

The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.
The new Peter Salerno Inc. boutique showroom in Mendham, NJ.

From there, you are taken on a “mini” tour of the signature style that has made Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America this century. The boutique showroom features a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and transitional kitchen design. A large high-definition screen gives our clients a further look into the state-of-the-art Peter Salerno Inc. design portfolio.

The heart of Mendham was the perfect place for Peter Salerno Inc.’s satellite showroom, which balances a charming blend of high-end, world-class kitchen design with the charm of one of the most historic suburbs in New Jersey.

For more information about the two-year anniversary of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Mendham, New Jersey showroom, please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. Congratulations to Peter Salerno and his family on this milestone!

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno Talks Design Inspiration At NKBA + Miele USA Presentation

Peter Salerno scored with a well-received presentation about custom design inspiration and innovation at a recent NKBA presentation held at Miele USA’s Princeton, New Jersey Experience Center.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design company of the 21st century.  As the keynote speaker and presenter of an NKBA Mid-Atlantic function in April 2018 at Miele USA’s Princeton Experience Center, Peter’s “Where Does Inspiration Come From?” was well-attended and well-received!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Plenty of familiar faces were on hand for this NKBA/Miele USA co-branded event, including Peter Salerno Inc.’s longtime friend and colleague Mary A. Moulds, Culinary Events Manager at Miele USA. Peter Salerno noted it was ‘humbling’ to see such a turnout for the event, with many attendees taking the time to speak to him personally both before and after the presentation.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.

Peter’s presentation was accompanied by visual examples of his design inspirations, followed by each inspiration’s final creation. One of the more stunning examples shown during the keynote speech was that of seagulls drifting through the ocean air, and how Peter Salerno turned that image into a stunning kitchen design innovation – embedded LED animation of seagulls over crashing waves, displayed in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
Images of seagulls floating over the ocean air…
Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.
…led Peter Salerno Inc. to design this breathtaking LED animation embedded in a kitchen island countertop.

Peter Salerno also noted the warmth of his reception – not just by the attendees of the event, but by the representatives of Miele USA and the NKBA. It’s not always easy speaking publicly, but Peter and his team remarked how at ease they were made to feel at the spacious Miele USA Princeton Experience Center, and what a blast they had in general! By the end of the evening, everyone in attendance was sharing in refreshments, chatting like old friends, taking pictures and having a blast!

The event was a beautiful marriage of three stunning brands. When an internationally-acclaimed award-winning designer speaks at a function held by the National Kitchen + Bath Association, held inside a world-class Miele USA Experience Center, you know you’ve created something special.

We hope you enjoy these exclusive photos from the Miele USA and NKBA Mid-Atlantic event, “Where Does Inspiration Come From?”, featuring Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.!

Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018. Peter Salerno Inc., NKBA presentation at Miele USA in Princeton, NJ, April 2018.