Modern Marvels

A fully functional, efficient home is something most people strive for in today’s busy world. And, according to Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications (WDSIP) and Home magazine, it’s a lot more accessible than first thought. The proof was in their presentation of the 2007 Design Showcase, a focal point of this year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference in Las Vegas.

Inspired by the digital age, the Showcase included not only technological gadgets, but smart storage solutions, flexible design and comfortable living elements, all designed to make today’s busy lifestyle more palatable.

The L-shaped kitchen was highlighted by a mix of colors and contrasts and provided a host of ergonomic features. It had an ergonomic chef center with Moderno maple cabinetry by Armstrong Cabinets and a two-sided center island with one side made for clean-up and the other made for snacking. Silestone countertops in Blue Safita on the perimeter and Blanco Maple Leather on the island add color and warmth to the space. Appliances by Sears/Kenmore, a Best by Broan exhaust hood and faucets from Graff and Everpure complete the room.

The adjacent family room doubled not only as a dining room, but also as a fully-equipped home office with a space-maximizing butler’s pantry/bar area.

The nature-inspired bath showcased neutral tones in every area, including the shower, which featured a Graff Ski shower bar that poured out of a semi-arched fitting ending in a large, square spray surface.

The Armstrong vanity in Arborcrest cherry in Crystal featured a Blanco Capri Leather quartz surface from Silestone, as well as an oval, stainless steel sink with hammered mirror finish from Elkay Manufacturing. The Eljer toilet was tucked away near the Andrea 8 whirlpool tub from MTI Whirlpools.

The future-forward Showcase was produced by New York, NY-based WDSIPs’ project director/writer Mervyn Kaufman and designed by Ingrid Leess of New Canaan, CT-based Ingrid Leess Interior Design with input from the American Hardwood Information Center.

For more about the 2007 WDSIPs Design Showcase, log onto to the Live Events, Project Spotlight and Consumer Resources sections, as well as the Kitchen & Bath Confidential blog.