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Missed in America

In January of this year, I was privileged to be one of six American bloggers brought by Blanco to attend the LivingKitchen trade show in Cologne, Germany. It was my first European industry event, and it was a revelation.

Mixing and Matching

Mixed and matched materials, colors and even shapes dominated the booths and showhomes of the International Builders' Show. While this design trick looks great, it's not so easy to pull off alone. 

Overrated Kitchen Products

You see them everywhere! On TV, in newsstand magazines and in model homes. These are the must-have kitchen products du jour.

Four Underrated Products

Some products get all the attention! They supplant older offerings in consumers' minds, and those older options then unfairly fall out of fashion. That doesn't mean they're no longer functional or a good choice for your kitchen. 

Holiday Helpers

Sensible Style launched in July to answer your questions about how to get the most out of your kitchen.

Best of KBIS 2009

Wondering what excited the design elite at the 2009 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show? A panel of 11 award-winning kitchen, bath and interior designers selected the best new products in the kitchen and bath categories from more than 90 eligible entries. And the winners are…

Splendid Surfaces

Glamorous. Glorious. Sophisticated. Chic. My list of adjectives for the countertop and tile options at the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show goes on longer than Celine Dion's heart. 

A Fridge For Everyone

With ten new colorful designs prepared, Amana is asking homeowners for help deciding which fridge they'll launch into production.

Holiday Kitchen Gadgets

In the coming weeks, your kitchen will see lots of action with dinner parties, family get-togethers and more. 

Deep Green

With all the eco-talk out there, it's easy to get greenwashed. Sometimes companies claim their products are eco-friendly or their practices are environmentally conscious, but a closer look at the small print reveals that the goods are less green than they seem. 

Kitchen & Bath Storage Solutions

Kitchen cabinet makers have become pretty creative over the years, as they've done their best to produce functional cabinetry that enables us to store utensils and accessories right where we need them.

Mass Market Zen

If the current economic state of the country has you constantly checking the sky to make sure it's not falling faster than the Dow Jones, you might want to consider welcoming a little Zen into your life (or at least your bathroom).

Bring the Outdoor Kitchen Inside

Some things are destined to be paired. Salt and pepper. Harry and Sally. A fine summer evening and the open grill. For cooler climes, some indoor options offer solutions that are just as sizzling.

Easy Organization Help

To modify the words of H. L. Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the desire of the American people to organize their homes. At least that's what a lot of the exhibitors at K/BIS 2008 were thinking.

Ultimate Air Suppliers

The representatives at the Coway booth thought their new air purifiers looked like iPods. I thought they looked more like a Sony Cybershot, but we both agreed they looked pretty cool.

Designer Sinks

A 6-foot long kitchen sink probably seems more superfluous than functional, unless you find yourself washing and preparing marlin on a regular basis.

The Writing is on the Fridge

Is the Amana Jot the type of novelty item that grabs everyone's attention at trade shows but is unlikely to be seen in many homes? 

The Wellborn Identity

Once again, the novelty of a whiteboard accessory caught our attention at the International Builders' Show. 

Is Your Refrigerator Running?

But with Miele's new MasterCool refrigeration line, these bells and whistles are more than sound-they're substance too. An alarm alerts you if you've left your fridge door open for more than five minutes. (Don't worry about obnoxious beeping-if you're keeping that door open for a reason, like a refrigerator deep clean, you can turn the alarm off.)

Builders' Show Day One

A few things that caught my attention during the first day of the 2007 International Builders' Show.

All About Appliances

Today at the International Builders' Show began with whirlwind tours of the Thermador, Bosch and Gaggenau booths. 

The Builders Show is Coming!

They call the International Builders' Show "the Big Show" for a reason: It features more than 1.5 million square feet of building products and draws more than 100,000 industry professionals from around the world. With thousands of new product introductions, demonstration homes galore, and seminars on everything from design trends to housing's economic outlook, this trade show generates excitement like none other.

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