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KBIS 2007 Kitchen Design for Better Homes and Gardens Midwest Living Magazine

So, I've been real busy since KBIS, and I took so many pictures and brought back so much information that I have more to share with you! The "Idea Center", which is either three or four full, real, kitchens, produced on the KBIS site in a wonderful, huge area, was, as usual, well, wonderful! Meredith Corp., produces these kitchens, each from a particular magazine, and each has a specific theme. It is a trends spotting experience also! In this case, trends that I am spotting are:

  • a soft contemporary styling
  • walls of tile or stone
  • rustic features
  • an eclectic look
  • mini version of a work stations concept
  • comfortable feeling
  • large, multi-functional sink

From the press release: Midwest Living's kitchen at KBIS, "Back to Basics" is a relaxing weekend retreat, with its ‘back-to-nature’ kitchen and bath space. Pairing the Heartland’s agricultural heritage with contemporary cabinetry and appliances, the converted barn is designed to relax and enhance the weekend getaway experience. The space plays on the growing trend towards more outdoor living, as the entire structure opens to nature with an 8’ entrance flanked by barn doors, an outdoor shower, and a screened porch with daybed.

How gorgeous is this?? Enjoy! 






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Reader Comments (4)

I didn't know that the farm style sinks came in stainless steel. Nice. I can't tell what the back splash is made of - metal?

Your blog is full of good ideas. I'm looking forward to reading more about making kitchens greener.


July 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkathleen

The rough stacked stone walls are gorgeous, but putting one behind the stove strikes me as really impractical to keep clean. Your thoughts?

July 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergreg

Kathleen, it's corrugated metal.


I think it's meant to be a sort of scraping together building materials look, as you see in the raw studs around the room.

Greg, that's a great point. Yes, that's a potential issue. Of course, one could use a sealer, and should absolutely seal the stone. But, sealers do darken porous stone and tile. Is there a "non darkening" sealer? I do not know. This is an issue, as this look is a definite trend, walls of stone or natural tile. Perhaps a piece of glass of an appropriate thickness could be installed behind the range.

July 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

chic and raw. I LOVE IT!

great images.

July 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

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