Coverings 2010

As I walked the floor at the 2010 Coverings at the Orlando Convention Center I spotted some great tiles and stones.  My favorite part was being able to see many large slabs of granite and marble in the trendy Antiqued finishes. Oftentimes the terms to describe the stone finishes are interchanged making it confusing so I have described some of the finish options.

A Leather finish is not the same as Honed. This finish adds texture to the surface. Additionally, it closes the pores and retains the color better than honing. A good analogy is to say a leathered finish is like a matte finish on a photograph whereas a polished surface is like a glossy photograph. Leathering is preferred to honing for blacks and other very dark materials.

A leather finish with a polish is called Caressed.  This finish starts with a leathered slab and “polishes” the high spots. This of course closes the pores more than the leathered finish, but not as much as a polished finish.  This gives the stone an elegant sheen.

Another great finish I saw was Brushed or River-washed.  The slab looks as if the softer portions of the stone have been eroded by a natural stream over many, many years. Some of the slabs I saw at the show had large “ripples” running through them.  The unevenness was great to touch but may not be a good choice for a countertop because items like wine glasses may become unstable.

If you want to see an antiqued piece of granite in person, stop by the showroom and see the new raised bar display.


KBIS Standout: Bathroom Vanities

Xylem Bambu

Xylem introduced its new BAMBU bathroom vanity and mirror set.  The collection uses eco-friendly bamboo veneer and raw bamboo stalk accents to tie contemporary styling with nature-inspired accents.

The clean, handle-free, console appearance of the BAMBU bath vanity offers no hint of its two spacious drawers. The BAMBU vanity is offered in a choice of wall-mount or base-stand applications 26″ and 36″ wide. 

  Bambu hidden drawer from KBIS Bambu with black top from KBIS

In 2009 the Xylem Group, LLC acquire the Loft & Bath® and Coret® luxury brands from the Zoli Corporation.

The Gira Basin displayed at the show is so spectacular everyone had to stop and touch it.  

The Zoli Permesso Series of lavatories are made from a proprietary and patented material called Coret®. Coret is a synthetic material made from a combination of resins and alumina. These special components give the product a matte satin finish combined with a very natural “soft to the touch” feeling.

Coret is fire-resistant, chemical-resistant, stain-resistant and the finished product also has a very high resistance to abrasions.

Gira Basin 


To the joy of designers everywhere, Robern has expanded their product line to offer wall-hung vanities.  These contemporary vanities are constructed from aluminum and glass with a night-light along the top channel. Aside from the beautiful styling, the interior accessories will make every woman want one.  Glass storage bins neatly hold cosmetics and the hairdryer and curling iron holders are well thought out with safety and convenience in mind.



Barbara Barry Counterpoint for Kallista

Barbara Barry introduced her fourth Collection for Kallista at KBIS. The Counterpoint Collection by Barbara Barry is inspired by the minimal elegance of the 1930s.  This collection is distinctly modern and sophisticated.  The vanity features a startburst wood inlay, Barbara Barry’s signature motif.  It will be offered in two wood finishes, Barry’s signature deep, dark Java finish, or the warmer tones of Brunette, a new finish designed exclusively for the collection. The marble countertop is available in Statuary White or Crema Marfil marble with undermount bowl. A coordinating  medicine cabinet features a beveled mirror with the same startburst etched into the top.


Late Addition: Native Trails

Native Trails showed two new vanities at the show; the Yanama and the Savannah.  I’m sharing the Savannah Vanity which is entirely handcrafted using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood in a one-of-a-kind distressed finish.

The 30″ Antique White vanity is avialable with with the Lava, a dark charcoal grey basalt or Crema, a lightly polished marble tops and your choice of sink. I love it with the Calypso basin as shown in the photo.  Look for it to be available in May.

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KBIS 2010 Live Events

If you can’t make it to the Kitchen And Bath Industry Show this year you may want to check out these live streams from the show floor.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel has a full range of programming scheduled including: appearances from America’s Test Kitchen’s founder Christopher Kimball, Chef Demos with Celebrity Chef Tim Creehan, and multiple virtual tours showcasing the newest innovative products from Fisher & Paykel and DCS Appliances.

Kitchen and Bath Design News

Another way to keep up with what is happening at the show is through KBDN Radio. Senior editor John Filippelli will be providing daily updates live from the show floor in a series of podcasts.

Additionally, KBDN will be covering the KBIS Show live, through its Satellite Media Tour, hosted by KBDN editor Janice Costa. The Satellite Media Tour will start its broadcast live from the Broan booth at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16.

K+BB online

As the exclusive sponsor of KBIS, K+BB TV will go behind the scenes to showcase the new and innovative product launches from the show. K+BB  will also conduct on-air interviews with some of the most influential leaders in the industry.

KBIS 2010

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Appliance Savings

Combining utility, manufacturer, store and state rebates when buying a single Energy Star appliance can save hundreds of dollars.

Depending on where you live, the savings on new appliances this spring could be very significant.

Major appliance manufacturers such as Thermador, LG,  Monogram and Sub-Zero are making the dollar go further with large rebates on appliance packages (Ovens, Ranges & Cooktops, etc.) that probably do not fall under the Energy Star requirements in the State Rebate programs.

Rebate Programs Overview

Thermador’s One, Two, FREE

Purchase a Professional Series 36- or 48-inch Range, or any Rangetop, or any Masterpiece Series Cooktop, with an accompanying Professional or Masterpiece Double or Triple Oven and get a free Thermador Emerald Dishwasher.

New for 2010, step-up to Thermador’s top-of-the-line Sapphire™ 6-program Dishwashers for an additional $500 or $750 (depending on model).

Add any Thermador Refrigerator or any two Freedom Columns and get any size free Ventilation System.

Thermaodr Freedom columns are Energy Star Qualified while the built-in refrigeration is not and will not qualify for state rebates.

LG’s Buy More, Save More

Homeowners who purchase an appliance within 2, 3 or 4 categories qualify for a $200, $300 or $500 rebate.  Add a LWS3081ST or LWD3081ST wall oven and get a bonus $500 mail-in rebate for up to $1000 in savings.

Monogram’s Luxury Has It’s Rewards

Buy any pro range and hood OR cooktop, wall oven and hood and receive and instant rebate of $1,000.  Add a built-in refrigerator and get an additional $1000 rebate.

Monogram’s list of qualified refrigerators appear to be Energy Star Certified making them eligible for State rebate programs.

Sub-Zero and Wolf  National Consumer Promotion

Purchase a full-size (600 series excluded) built-in integrated or pro refrigerator plus any Range OR any wall oven with accompanying range top or 30″/36″ cooktop and receive an instant $1000 savings.

If you purchase 6 additional appliances you can receive an additional $1,500 in savings ($250 each). Eligible appliances listed here.

Not all of Sub-Zero’s refrigerators such as the Pro Refrigeration and the Dispenser models are Energy Star Qualified.  Check your selection for eligibility in State rebate programs.

* Subject to retail participation.

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