Latest Trends: Mixed metals, Zip Water, bidet toilets

Latest Trends: Mixed metals, Zip Water, bidet toilets

Fresh off the plane from Orlando, and straight to the presses at Stanislaus Magazine, here are the newest and greatest in kitchen and bath from KBIS. It’s the largest kitchen and bath show in the country with more than 70,000 people in attendance and displays covering over 7 million square feet.

These were the standout trends and features from the tours I led for the Interior Design Society and the National Kitchen and Bath Association:

Coolest kitchen/bar area feature: Zipwater. This incredibly handy device works much like a reverse osmosis machine. It has an effective water filter and dispenses boiling water, carbonated water, cold water and room temperature water. The unit is only 18” deep and 12” wide and is designed to fit in a traditional kitchen sink cabinet. It has an option of installation separate from the kitchen sink as well, providing an elevated bar or coffee station water dispensing experience. It comes in a variety of finishes: polished nickel, brushed nickel, stainless steel, brushed gold and matte black. The company originally focused on commercial installations, now making its components a great fit for active families. (us.zipwater.com/)

Hottest finish trend: Mixed Metals. Everywhere I looked there were interesting finish combinations for metal fixtures in the home: cabinet hardware, plumbing trims and even appliances. Gone is the requirement to match every piece of metal in the home in a single metal finish color. Now there are all kinds of blends: stainless and polished nickel, matte black and brushed gold, matte white and burnished bronze. Standouts in this area were Emtek hardware (where your hallway metal can be one finish and your room’s interior may be another. You can find a great display of this at Modesto Door and Window on Carpenter Road), House of Rohl Plumbing, found at Abe’s Discount Plumbing on 9th Street, and GE Cafe Appliances, found at Direct Appliance on McHenry Avenue. Visit emtek.com/ products/cabinet-knobs; houseofrohl.com; cafeappliances.com.

Latest “must have” in primary bathrooms: bidet toilets. Once reserved for only the most luxurious bathrooms, bidet toilets are becoming more common in primary bathrooms for health and convenience reasons. I use them in nearly every ADA and aging-inplace bathroom I design. Bidet toilets mitigate the risk of urinary tract infections in women and keep people more healthy as their mobility and continence may decline with age. The most well known brands are Toto and Kohler. They have all sorts of options available, such as heated seats, fragrance, music, sani-flush cyclone technology and lighting (used as a night light most often). You can find a couple on display at Abe’s Discount Plumbing. Visit www.totousa.com or us.kohler.com.

KBIS VIP Designer Experience

Interior Design Society (IDS) announces the upcoming KBIS VIP Designer Experience taking place at the show Feb, 08-09, 2022, in Orlando. The planned two-day experience will feature a multi-event program in partnership with National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), including two guided tours to visit leading K&B manufacturers and educational segments with the official tour sponsor Cosentino for added engagement at the brand’s KBIS booth W1411.  

Designed for Living

Durability is at the top of client requests for Wendy Glaister, Owner of her eponymous design firm. She only specifies performance fabrics for seating now, and she is seeing a trend towards darker lower cabinets in kitchens that can stand up to more wear and tear.

Dream Home – Boudoir Elegance

Atwater sweet potato and almond farmers Cindy and David Souza built their dream home 25 years ago, but decided that after more than a couple of decades it was time for a makeover. That’s when Wendy Glaister Interiors stepped in with the help of Joe Smith of API Architects and Rui Esteves of REI Construction. One of the most glamorous areas of the house that was renovated is the master bathroom and closet space.

Loft Launch for Cosentino

Visit a Modern Country Home

Using a designer found on Houzz, a California couple adds square footage and creates welcoming, hardworking spaces.

Cindy Souza didn’t feel like her home reflected herself anymore. She and her husband, David, built the house on 20 acres in Atwater, California, in the 1990s. The architecture leaned somewhat contemporary, but over the years the couple, who farm 500 acres of almonds and 700 acres of sweet potatoes, tried to make the home a little more country. That resulted in layers of outdated colors and an overall heavy style that Cindy grew tired of. “It wasn’t me anymore,” she says. “I didn’t want to bring friends over. It wasn’t comfortable.”

Build the Room: Las Vegas Market Virtual Showhouse Summer 2020

It’s easy to design a showstopper residence with the cross-category product resources from Las Vegas Market. To prove the point, we asked interior designers to help us “build the room” – two living rooms, two home offices, a big girl’s room, a teen room, two master bedrooms, two lounges, and a kitchen/family room. Take a look at their carefully curated designs!

Products within each of Build the Room PDFs are linked directly to the exhibitor’s profile, for easy shopping & connections. Also, look for the ShopZio button on the exhibitor’s page!

ANDYZ Awards

The ANDYZ Awards were created in 2015, in partnership with Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) and the California Central / Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The ANDYZ Awards recognizes exceptional design from designers and design firms in the United States, and provides a platform to celebrate and showcase the creativity and talent of Interior Designers. 

Downsizing Without Downgrading

How an empty nest couple created a full life in a home where every last detail was designed and built with their lifestyle in mind.

What do you imagine when you think about your dream home? What is the kitchen like? The bathroom? More apropos for today, the home office and outdoor space?

Dennis and Ruby Oliveira thoughtfully considered every detail of their lifestyle when they decided to downsize to a smaller, more turnkey home. At 1,312 square feet, Dennis knew he wanted to maximize every inch of storage and Ruby was happy to have the opportunity to use lighter colors and luxury materials …

Houzz Live TV

Take a Virtual Walk Through a Designer’s California Outdoor Oasis

n this episode of Houzz TV, interior designer Wendy Glaister gives a video tour of her backyard and side yards in Modesto, California. The outdoor spaces feature an herb garden, two fire features, several lounge areas, an outdoor kitchen, pergola-covered dining area, swimming pool and a rose-lined footpath with heart-shaped flagstones. Glaister talks about how she used mostly white flowering plants and why it’s important to let a space evolve over time.

  • We smile every time we walk into our bright and modern kitchen as well as our warm and comfortable living and dining rooms. Exquisite work Wendy, thank you so much.

  • We have never worked with an interior designer before and couldn’t have been more pleased!! What we were looking for were insights and a professional, creative slant on our project. Wendy brought both In abundance!

  • Wendy was a joy to work with! She can "envision" the completed project and her guidance with the process was priceless! Love her cheerful attitude and honesty! I highly recommend her!

  • Wendy is absolutely the best work with! She was simply amazing! She exceeded my expectations beyond measures! She help us through the process and made everything so much easier.

  • Wendy came to my home to help me pull together my furniture and decor. She was wonderful work with and I could not recommend her more.

  • My husband and I decided to work with Wendy based on her recommendations and I am so glad we did! Wendy is an absolute pleasure to work with! She is kind, professional, responsive, takes into consideration your opinion, taste and style and produces a fantastic result. She is amazing at what she does and our beautiful home is a result of her exceptional work. We couldn’t be happier we chose Wendy and will definitely use her again in the future!

  • My husband and I feel truly grateful and fortunate to have had Wendy's expertise and guidance through all 3 phases of our remodels. We now have a lovely home, thanks to Wendy.

  • We loved working with Wendy and our happy to give her our wholehearted endorsement to handle your interior design projects. We have had many compliments on our home and look forward to working with Wendy in the future.

  • The word "talented" is an understatement! Wendy listened attentively to my desires and was able to easily bring to life what was only in my head. I lOVE everything she designed for me. She is a very gifted designer and I will forever sing her praises to anyone who will listen.

  • Wendy was extremely kind and attentive to our interests. With that she creatively tied our home together. As she designed a complete remodel of our kitchen, she beautifully intertwined our tastes as well as added a wonderful ambiance to enjoy family and all that was important to us. She took the time to listen and find unique pieces that brought joy and complimented our home.