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Travel, Trout and “Technicurean” Tendancies

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I love traveling! I love to see new places and I love to eat new food! Experiencing scenic places as they relate to food and wine has become my favorite way to see the world. As I eat and drink my way through life I am inspired by the slow food, farm to table movement and local specialties. A trip to Colorado, a state I had never been to, had me doing some research. Although I rarely eat meat these days, tasting a bison, elk and boar meatloaf wrapped in bacon at the landmark Stanley Hotel was a must. Local trout, a cauliflower salad and a vegan cheesecake made with a cashew base did not disappoint. Thinking about locally produced food, it’s origins, processing, storage and preparation had me chatting about my recent trip to Napa for a Modenus DesignHounds  Signature Kitchen Suite brand immersion experience. I had been looking forward to getting an understanding of what this new brand meant by “true to food”. They did a great job of getting that message across to me. The “true to food” culture of the brand speaks of the appreciation for food and its journey to your plate. The appliances incorporate technology to simplify the temperature selection for storage and preservation of meats, wines, produce, nuts and everything you can consume! The stories of vintners, butchers, fisherman and farmers are embedded in the brand. Technology also assists in preparation. The simple graphics on the 48″ pro range with steam, convection, induction, gas and sous vide as well as individual timers are all you need to honor the ingredients and turn out professional quality meals at home. Technicurean is the term they minted for food enthusiasts looking to use latest technology for preservation and preparation of consumables. I love it! High performance appliances are exactly what the home entertainer needs to be able to enjoy the experience. The perfect wine preserved and served at the perfect temperature. The sous vide feature removing all the pressure of critical timing. As I savored my local trout and bubbly I realized how much I appreciated the SKS experience, the travel, the food and wine and the technicurean culture of it all. A visit to a local winery, the CIA at Copia and time spent with live demonstrations of these technicurean appliances, some classes on business practice were all a part of the brand bonding experience. Thank you to Modenus DesignHounds and Signature Kitchen Suite for making it possible. Here are some photos of the SKS Napa trip! The beautiful food and wine pairings and demonstrated techniques included wines from Moone Tsai, sous vide poached eggs, pastas, meats, fish, vegetable dishes and desserts, one more incredible than the next! Enjoy the feast for the eyes! Oh! …and if you are in New York City on June 12th or 13th, you can check out the range and wine preservation in person at CE Week at the Javitz Center.

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Bonding with a brand SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE

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experiencing CIA at COPIA

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:) Toni

Tidbits & Trends from Design & Construction Week 2015

DSC_4711 KBIS (17) It’s a few weeks after design and construction week and I still can’t stop talking about it. Held in Las Vegas and comprised of several shows featuring the best in home furnishings and construction materials, this is by far the best trade show I have ever been to. The trends for simple lines, glitzy lighting, lush textures, fab faucets and fittings and amazing appliance configurations are all things that make me smile. My unabashed enthusiasm for the Thermador brand continues full force with the introduction of an apartment sized gas range with 5 star burners and the beauteous collection of refrigeration and wine columns that are the stuff “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” are made of! Can I really mean “gorgeous refrigeration’? YES! And what about wine? It seems that our “wine culture” is growing rapidly! Cooking with wine, wine pairings, wine dinners, and tastings are all on the rise and the home entertainer is taking note! With these beautiful columns, you can really add that entertaining experience so easily by creating your own custom wine and refrigeration wall. These pieces can be customized in so many ways………. and really integrate with any home fashion statement.

As a kitchen designer that believes in kitchen-centric living, I was happy to see continued trends for open floor plans that integrate the kitchen and more cabinetry millwork to adjacent spaces. There is also an increase in the popularity of banquettes. This casual dining idea is cozy and a great space saver. Welborn Cabinetry showed this trend well with a display that made you want to move right in!

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Another trend I see is to have less kitchen wall cabinetry in favor of more tall cabinets, open shelving and walk in pantry space. The New American Home has a stunning kitchen great space that is an attractive example of this streamlined trend.

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Other trends that I saw both on the show floor and at the this incredible show house were floating vanities and freestanding tubs. For more on my visit to The New American Home, please see the K+BB online blog http://kbbcollective.kbbonline.com/nahb-new-american-home-makes-a-statement-during-design-construction-week.html

And for my thoughts on bath trends please see the February/March issue of Embark Magazine…I am overjoyed to be a contributor to this exciting new platform.

I am truly captivated by the stunning array of new fashion forward products available from so many manufacturers. Brizo has a line of faucets by Jason Wu and Walker Zanger has put out Sterling Row, a tile line that actually includes houndstooth! I love it!! Rich textures, metallics, vibrant colors, and sexy silhouettes can all be found at the building supply! Design and Construction week is beginning to feel like “HOME Fashion Week” to me and I can not wait to see what the new looks are next year!