Bath and Kitchen Trends from LuxeHome at the Merchandise Mart

October 2, 2008 8:16:02 AM PDT
If you're looking to brighten up an outdated bathroom or give your kitchen a new look, you can get some ideas from designers at Chicago's Merchandise Mart www.merchandisemart.com this weekend. In celebration of National Kitchen and Bath Month, LuxeHome at the Mart will feature a full day of special events on Saturday, October 4, from 10am-3pm. These include a keynote presentation by famed HGTV host of Designed to Sell, Monica Pedersen, celebrity guest appearances by renowned design experts, the opening of the new The Design Resource Center and a sneak preview of new boutique, Artistic Tile, product demonstrations, gourmet treats and beverages.

Open to the public and located on the first floor of the world-famous Merchandise Mart, LuxeHome is the world's largest collection of luxury boutiques for home building and renovation.

"The LuxeHome Open House brings together consumers and trade professionals alike for exciting guest appearances, inspirational presentations by nationally renowned design experts and new boutique openings, says Katherine Flaherty, vice president of building products and special projects.. "LuxeHome is the place to find the latest products and the hottest trends in the kitchen and bath industry."

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

10:30-11:30 a.m.: LuxeHome Keynote by Monica Pedersen
Designed to Sell: Luxury Properties
1st Floor in the North Lobby

Monica Pedersen, host of HGTV's Designed to Sell, will offer an enlightening and upbeat lecture. Learn how to transform your home into a showpiece with Monica's interior-design ideas, home-improvement tips and real estate insider secrets focusing on the best brands in the world featured at LuxeHome. Following the lecture, Monica and her team of carpenters from Designed to Sell will be available in the new Design Resource Center for an autograph signing. SPECIAL SHOWROOM EVENTS:

Artistic Tile- Suite 105 A
Visit the brand new boutique Artistic Tile for a tile fashion show of couture-quality garments handcrafted from tile and mosaics.

American International Tile- suite 134
Meet and greet TV/ radio personality Lou Manfredini, "Mr. Fix-it" from 1-3pm while exploring their beautiful new showroom displays and enjoying delicious tastings.

Ann Sacks-suite 100-B
Between 11 am and 2 pm, meet Rebekah Zaveloff of Kitchen Lab who will be demonstrating the best ways to use hard surfaces in designing the kitchen & bath of your dreams. Enjoy snacks and finger food throughout the day.

Birger Juell, LTD.- suite 131
Meet wood artist, Kevin Zobott, who will present on wood kitchen counters and work his craft in their showroom.

Chicago Kitchen Design Group- suite 127
Enjoy hospitality and view a cooking demonstration with Chicago Kitchen Design Group while listening to the sounds of a professional musician on their Baldwin piano.

Christopher Peacock Cabinetry- suite 148
Meet the designers! Come meet Christopher Peacock, Laura O'Brien and Peter Harris. Over 50 years of design experience all in one showroom. They will discuss many of their award-winning show house designs.

Clive Christian of Chicago- suite 143
Visit their completely renovated showroom and enjoy light tastings while admiring all of the brand new displays.

de Giulio kitchen design, inc.- suite 121-- timed
Be inspired by great design and delicious recipes from around the world. From noon until 1:00pm, join Chef Pete Trusiak in the new BeauxArts kitchen as he prepares some of his favorite dishes from a selection of international culinary hotspots.

Ernestomeda Chicago- suite 128
Celebrate the 1st anniversary of the showroom with sweets throughout the afternoon, and see the best in Italian Design in each of their four kitchen displays.

Hastings Tile & Il Bagno Collection-suite 120
See their latest collections including hundreds of bathroom products launched at K/BIS 2008.

Kerns-Wilcheck- suite 145
The Kerns-Wilcheck showroom introduces new stone and tile products from Chadwick's Surfaces; view the latest collections and enjoy delicious snacks for lunch.

The Kohler Store- suite 100
Ed Sanders, member of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team will present: Universal Design ? Bathroom Design Solutions for Every Stage of Your Life. Ed will share the steps homeowners can take when designing a bathroom for everyone in the household. Presentation Times: 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, & 4:00 pm

The Nanz Company & Remains Lighting- suite 103
Nanz Company & Remains Lighting will be holding a contest to guess the number of cabinet knobs in a Sorenson Lantern. The winner of the contest will receive a Starbucks gift card.

Neff of Chicago- Suite 144
Every hour on the hour, a free business card raffle drawing for designers and home owners. Prizes include: Miele Appliances, Catered Dinner for 8, $5,000 toward NEFF kitchen design, an expenses paid trip for two to Toronto and more?.

Woodland Artisan Studios- suite 105
Interact with Firstpoint technology specialists as they demonstrate the world's most powerful home control solution for safety, convenience, efficiency and fun, all day. See designer specific items from ceramic speakers to home theater designs, motorized shades and lighting control while enjoying some light snacks.

Poggenpohl USA- suite 138
Poggenpohl invites you to come for refreshments and take a look at the award-winning Porsche Design P'7340 Kitchen currently on display and the sleek new kitchen designs of Cubanit cabinetry along with new Miele products.

Smartrooms- suite 119
Accented by the many traditional and transitional displays that currently highlight the showroom, Wood-Mode's most recent releases will be displayed individually and in a collage display of styles and finishes.

The Chopping Block- suite 107
"Culinary Trunk Show": 10 am-3 pm
A unique opportunity to meet the industry experts in cookware, utensils, appliances and gourmet foods and wine. The Chopping Block will host an all day event featuring cooking and product demonstrations by All-Clad cookware, Le Creuset, Emilie Henry, Global Knives, & Rosle utensils. Stop by for delicious tastings and hands on opportunities to learn about these very cool products.

Urban Archaeology- suite 108
Urban Archaeology will provide bins full of beautiful ceramic mosaics and large swatch cards so that attendees will be able to create their own custom blends or patterns to take home. Each custom blend will be photographed. Catered treats will be provided throughout the day.

Waterworks- suite 136
Waterworks has brought impeccable style and artisanal quality craftsmanship to the American bathroom for 30 years. Each Waterworks product has a story to tell and is created through a unique collaboration involving designers, craftsmen, artisans and manufacturers. Stop by and see what's new for Fall - from Aqualinea mosaic patterns and their new fitting line, Olympia.

Design Resource Center- suite 163
Monica Pedersen and her team of carpenters from Designed to Sell will be available in the new Design Resource Center for an autograph signing.

Visit the newly relocated Design Resource Center, home to 8,000+ square feet of luxury kitchen, bath and building products. Come enjoy some sweet treats and help us celebrate our new location!

ABOUT LUXEHOME

LuxeHome boasts more than 100,000 square feet of space with 30 boutiques that feature the finest kitchen and bath products for luxury home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide. Open to the public, as well as interior designers, architects and custom builders, LuxeHome displays the widest selection of products to fit all lifestyles, from modern European to classic American to traditional English. In addition to the extensive lineup of manufacturers, each boutique offers knowledgeable designers who are available to assist with all phases of each design project. LuxeHome's boutiques are open for shopping Monday through Saturday.

For more details, please visit www.merchandisemart.com or call 800.677.MART (6278).

MERCHANDISE FEATURED ON ABC 7 CHICAGO

Paint/Wall coverings:
Farrow & Ball
Suite 105B

1. Rosslyn Papers $220.00, roll size 11 yards by 21 inches

2. Paint Samples
Paint prices run from $30 - $65
-Wallpaper is an inexpensive way to give any kitchen or bath space a distinct style. It can simply be used to dress up bare walls or to cover old, worn out cabinetry. Wallpaper offers endless options.
-A fresh coat of paint is one of the least expensive ways to transform any space in your home.

Cabinetry:
Chicago Kitchen Design Group
Suite 127

1. Quest by Crystal Bamboo Cabinetry
Price is comparable to Cherry or Quarter Sewn White Oak
-Eco-friendly cabinets offer affordability with an earth-conscious style.
-Bamboo is the fastest growing wood in the world and meets the LEED definition of a rapidly-renewable resource

Valcucine Chicago
Suite 106

1. Artematica Vitrum Glass Cabinetry
Pricing is competitive
-Modern lines and innovative technology

Christopher Peacock Cabinetry
Suite 148

1. Signature Collection
Pricing is competitive

Faucets:
ShowHouse by Moen
Suite 163

1. Ascent Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
$550
-Changing a faucet is one of the best ways to update a kitchen or bath without the time, expense and inconvenience of a full-scale renovation.
-Faucets serve as a focal point in the kitchen and bath, and stylish new fixtures with matching accessories can give these important rooms a refreshing new appearance.

The Kohler Store
Suite 100

1. Karbon Faucet
$990
-Unlike other kitchen faucets, the Karbon faucet will maintain the exact position where a user places it within its allotted reach in or outside the sink, keeping the spray head and water flow exactly where it's desired.

Tile:
Paris Ceramics
Suite 146

1. Mother of Pearl Semi-Precious Stone Mosaic
Approx. $700/sq ft.
2. Babylon Border: Mother of Pearl + Marble
$112/kinear ft.
-Paris Ceramics is renowned for over 25 years for its antique stone and new limestone from Europe and beyond, but now has introduced exquisite luxury offerings of semi-precious stone panels for backsplashes.

American International Tile
Suite 134

1. Slasslyth Custom Blend Glass Tile
$48/sq ft 2. Trumpet Custom Herringbone
$65/sq ft

Urban Archaeology
Suite 108

1. Linea Marble
12"x24" - $15/sq ft
-Backsplashes, which come in a variety of colors and textures, are a great way to add vitality to your kitchen's visual appeal.

Ann Sacks
Suite 100B

1. Tiempo Collection
$50/sq ft
-As a leader in specialty tile, Ann Sacks has a diverse collection of ceramic tile, natural stone, glass and mosaics for everyone's taste.
-Tile brings a space to life because it is a personal expression of those who live there.

Hardware:
Katonah Architectural Hardware
Suite 163

1. Bin Pull
$15 2. Kingston
$20

3. Octagon Glass Knob
$25

4. Cabinet Latch
$129

5. Crystal and Enamel Knob
$98

6. Bronze Cabinet Pull
$39

-Katonah is your source for the world's finest hardware.
-Switching out old hardware is an easy and economical way to add style to kitchen and bath cabinets. It's a simple change that can make a huge impact.

Countertop:
Ahalya Stone
Suite 142

1. Calcutta Gold Marble
$80/square ft

2. Santa Cecilia Polished Granite
$55/square ft

3. Verde Fantastico Polished Granite
$170/sq ft

-Ahalya Stone specializes in fine, exotic, natural stones, stone products and gemstones from around the world.

-Granite countertops will instantly give any kitchen an up-to-date and modern feel and add value to your home.

-Granite comes in a variety of shades, patterns, textures and price points. Marble is the hottest trend in kitchen countertops right now.

Kitchen Accessories:
The Chopping Block
Suite 107

1. Totally Bamboo Chopping Block
$70

2. Global Knives
$75-150

3. Epicurean 20" Magnetic Knife Holder
$75

-The Chopping Block is Chicago's premier culinary center offering gourmet products and accessories for the kitchen.

Bath Accessories:

Urban Archaeology
Suite 108

1. Towel Bar
$310

2. Single Hook
$60

3. Soap Dish with glass insert
$390

-The Metropolitan series offers clean and modern lines for a contemporary feel.

Waterworks
Suite 136
Terre Textiles

1. Bath Towels
$12-48
Ceramica Accessories

2. Tray in Warm White
$110

5. Tumbler in Blue
$45

Engine Turned Pewter Accessories:

6. Tissue Box
$175 7. Soap Dish
$90

8. 125g Sweet Almond Soap
$9.50

-Waterworks offers a great selection of bath accessories to fit everyone's budget. It's a great destination for gifts from candles to bath and body products.


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