What Happens In Vegas

WELL, WHAT DID HAPPEN IN VEGAS?

Don’t get too excited. I am not a good Vegas go-er, no gambling into the wee hours, no Hangover tigers in my room.

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This is my second time visiting, and I still didn’t get too much of the Vegas experience. I did have an opportunity to see a Cirque de Soleil show, but I was just too tired.

Lame. I know.

But I was here to WORK, believe it or not. Work included networking with some terrific interior designers and business leaders, as well as making and developing some relationships with some really cool vendors. I have new connections and I have found some perfect things for some projects that are currently in the works. I was at KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which is the largest trade show in North America dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design, with over 600 vendors. That doesn’t include the part of the show that was dedicated to IBS (International Builders Show), where I checked out the building side of things, from roofing to machinery, to siding, plumbing, and anything else you can imagine that goes into creating a home. I learned a lot about some of the latest technology and the design business by attending talks with industry leaders.

CEDIA, SKS APPLIANCES, SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE, LUANN NIGARA, VERONICA SOLOMON, CLAIRE JEFFORDS, LESLIE CAROTHERS, 07974, #DMMTALKS, DESIGN MILK, MODENUS, KBIS, KBIS SALON, KITCHEN AND BATH, TECHNOLOGY, SMART HOME, DESIGN TALK
FROM DIFFERENT WAYS TO RUN YOUR DESIGN BUSINESS, TO SMART WINE TOWERS TO SECURING YOUR TECH HOME FROM HACKERS, THIS WAS A GREAT TALK IN THE SALON TENT AT KBIS.

I take great pride in doing my homework, researching all sorts of things that you don’t necessarily consider “someone who makes a pretty home” needs to worry about. But let’s face it, if the bones aren’t done right, I don’t want to be the one putting lipstick on the pig, so to speak. I just like to learn things, and this was the place to do it.

NJ designer, water heater, furnace, international builder's show, christine kohut interiors, 07974
COMBINE YOUR WATER HEATER AND FURNACE INTO ONE COMPACT, SPACE-SAVING EFFICIENT UNIT WITH 97 AFUE. NTI’S GF 200 COMBI GAS WATER HEATER/FURNACE. IMAGE FROM INTLBUILDERSSHOW

I am exhausted, my hips hurt, my brain is full of ideas and my face hurts from laughing and smiling for most of the week. I was lucky to have been on the Design Hounds Blogtour to KBIS last year, where I met some of the most amazing, creative, and fun people.

We’ve become fast friends, and several of us made plans to spend time together on this trip (attending on our own this year). It was so good to reconnect, face to face, and I can’t tell you how much I laughed, but if you know me, you know it was A LOT.

07974, NJ DESIGNER, KBIS, JENNIFER STONER, SHERI BRUNEAU, LIZA JONES, MARIA KOVATCH
UNFORTUNATELY, WE DIDN’T REALLY GET ANY GROUP PHOTOS SO THIS WILL HAVE TO DO.

For the most part, we were all there to do our own research, see the latest kitchen and bath trends and releases (you would not believe how toilet options have changed from year to year, nor should you really need to think about it). I would spend some time walking with one designer, getting lost and wandering alone for a few hours, and then bumping into someone else and we would show each other something really cool we found. Sometimes I’d make some of them become models for me.

JANA DONAHOE, 07974, KOHLER, KALLISTA, ANN SACKS, KBIS, MASTER BATHROOM, REMODEL
JANA DONAHOE IS THE PERFECT TUB MODEL.

Later in the evening we’d have dinner, some drinks, and rehash what and who we saw, the trade talks we went to, and of course told some really funny stories. But stories told in Vegas probably shouldn’t be repeated…

INSPIRED IN VEGAS

I have so many things to talk about, but I have some clients who are reading and watching my Instagram, trying to guess if stuff I’m posting is for them. I don’t want to ruin the element of surprise! At the very least, I can show you some cool things that sparked some creative juices and got me thinking about the future. Because you know that even though I keep saying I need to take time off to get myself situated, I can’t quit my design brain.

07974, VESSEL SINK, GOLD SINK, KOHLER, KALLISTA, ANN SACKS, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, KITCHEN AND BATH, KBIS, BATHROOM DESIGN, MASTER BATHROOM
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS VESSEL SINK? THE POLISHED FAUCET? THE MARBLE?

I have a future home to consider, possible new clients in the new location, and I might just have to squeeze in a couple more projects in NJ before I go. I can’t help it. SO much good stuff that most potential clients have no idea exists. Because this isn’t the stuff you see on Pinterest, really. This is the stuff we as professionals would bring to you to make your home function well and look spectacular.

07974, NJ DESIGN, KITCHEN DESIGN, KITCHEN AND BATH, KBIS, MONOGRAM, APPLICIANCES, REFRIGERATON, LACQUER CABINETRY, PAINTED CABINETS, KITCHEN CABINETS, BUILT INS
MONOGRAM APPLIANCE HAD GORGEOUS DISPLAYS, LIKE THIS ONE FEATURING HIDDEN REFRIGERATION.

Here’s a quick inside peek of that:

COLOR WAS EVERYWHERE

I think that color was the theme of the show.

PAINTED DOORS, INTERIOR DESIGN, MASONITE, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, 07974, KBIS, INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW

SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND CLIENTS ALREADY KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT PAINTING DOORS AND TRIM IN SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHITE, AND NOW MASONITE HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO GET ON BOARD.

KITCHEN DESIGN, SMEG, DOLCE GABBANA, COLORFUL KITCHENS, STOVE, HOOD, TOASTER, BLENDER, TEAPOT, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, DESIGN NINJA, 07974
LOOK AT THIS DOLCE GABBANA COLLABORATION WITH SMEG
KITCHEN DESIGN, COLORFUL KITCHEN, CABINETRY, STOVE, HOOD, BLUESTAR, MADCAP COTTAGE, KBIS, 07974, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, SUBWAY TILE
MADCAP COTTAGE’S COLLABORATION WITH BLUESTAR COOKING
TRUE APPLIANCES, REFGRIGERATOR, LUXURY KITCHEN, GREEN KITCHEN, KITCHEN DESIGN, KBIS, 07974, DESIGN NINJA, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS
CHECK OUT THIS SHADE OF EMERALD GREEN BY TRUE APPLIANCES!
GECAFE, GREEN KITCHEN CABINETS, BRONZE HARDWARE, PROFESSIONAL RANGE, KBIS, KITCHEN AND BATH, 07974, NJ DESIGNER,
GREEN CABINETS WITH WHITE APPLIANCES PUTS A SPIN ON THINGS. (BTW I’M SO EXCITED THAT I AM ACTUALLY USING THIS MATTE WHITE RANGE ON A PROJECT COMING UP.)
CABINET HARDWARE, DOORKNOBS, KBIS, INTERIOR DESIGN, COLORFUL INTERIORS, DOOR HANDLES, 07974, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS
HAVE SOME FUN WITH CABINET AND DOOR HARDWARE (POWDER COATED THINGS WERE EVERYWHERE).

Green obviously was a strong color this year, but so was deep, luscious red. You saw the amazing hidden refrigerators above, but it was spotted elsewhere as well.

KBIS, KITCHEN AND BATH, CUSTOM KITCHEN, CABINETRY, KITCHEN DESIGN, DETAILS, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, DESIGN NINJA
IN ADDITION TO THE COLOR, LOOK AT THIS QUALITY.
ANN SACKS, RED TILE, LUXURY BATHROOM, BATHROOM DESIGN, KBIS, KITCHEN AND BATH, CUSTOM KITCHEN, CABINETRY, KITCHEN DESIGN, DETAILS, CHRISTINE KOHUT INTERIORS, DESIGN NINJA, KOHLER, KALLISTA
DEEP RED TILES BY ANN SACKS
I WAS IN LOVE WITH PLATO WOODWORKING’S ATTENTION TO DETAIL HERE.

SO MUCH MORE TO SHOW YOU!

I am rambling, I know. Besides color, which I could talk about for hours, there was a lot of luxury layered in, moving away from rustic/modern farmhouse/industrial looks, at least in my opinion. You can catch a glimpse of that in the above, but there’s a lot more. I will talk more about that in another post, since I have a feeling you’re zoning out by now.

I’m writing this in the airport, waiting for my flight. And having a drink, since I will be on red eye and not getting back to NJ until 5:30am. I don’t really know how I ended up booking a red eye flight, but in the end I am forever grateful because it became a complete shit show here in Las Vegas! It SNOWED.

NOT KIDDING. It was enough to cancel hundreds of flights. And to add insult to injury, Southwest (which so many people flew on) had a strike! People scheduled to fly out on Wednesday and Thursday were told MAYBE they can get a flight out NEXT MONDAY.

WHAT??

Some of my friends tried to drive to other cities, like Phoenix and Los Angeles, to get a flight home. Some got stranded on the highway in the heavy snow in Arizona. (ARE YOU KIDDING ME??)

LIZ FROM IN DETAIL INTERIORS BASED IN PENSACOLA FL, SHOVELING SNOW IN ARIZONA ON THEIR JOURNEY FROM VEGAS TO PHOENIX.

And some had to rent a UHaul box truck since all rental cars were booked. Some just got delayed a day or two but had to spend another night in Vegas, and not all airlines were comp’ing the rooms.

Like I said, total shit show, so I am not going to complain about my red-eye which is scheduled to depart on time. I might complain that I drank too many beers before my flight and I have a window seat. Well, I won’t be complaining but my seat mates might. We are waiting to take off right now. Pray for me. And let me know what you think in the comments!

WINDOW SEAT. OMG I HOPE I DON’T HAVE TO PEE.

10 thoughts on “What Happens In Vegas

  1. Zomg- for the record liz was RAKING snow! She wished for a shovel! Great easy read wrap up- just how I like it!!

  2. So fun and so sorry I missed it! My fave is that dark red cabinet display from Monogram Appliance with the gold Ann Sacks tile…love that picture. Thanks for sharing a peek I can enjoy vicariously!

  3. I loved everything about this post! Loved seeing all your great finds and fun in Vegas, and who needs shows and gambling when you have kitchen and bath things to swoon over???

  4. Hi Christine!

    Thanks so much for coming to our #DesignBizMiniSummit panel! I loved having the chance to see you face to face for a few minutes, and appreciate your mention of it here in your post.

    You are such a funny writer, and I always enjoy seeing the world through your lens!

    That white and gold vessel sink ? STUNNING!

    Good luck with all of your upcoming projects and your move!

  5. It was so great to see you again and hang out. And yes – we had many laughs and made some great memories. Oh – and KBIS was fantastic too! #cuttothechase #rhymeswith #donttellanyonebut

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