Part of the 10,000-sq.-ft. the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2007 Design Idea Center (DIC), Midwest Living’s Back to Basics was created as a relaxing weekend retreat, featuring a “back-to-nature” kitchen and bath space. Pairing the Heartland’s agricultural heritage with contemporary cabinetry and appliances, the converted barn was designed to relax and enhance the weekend get-away experience. The space played on the growing trend toward more outdoor living, as the entire structure opened to nature with an 8' entrance flanked by barn doors, an outdoor shower and a screened porch with a daybed.
It was one of five distinct, calming and soothing kitchen and bath vignettes by five of Meredith Corp.’s consumer magazines: Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Traditional Home and Midwest Living. Each space evoked the feeling of getting away without leaving home by reflecting a specific theme based on the individual magazine’s core readership. For the second consecutive year, the “Everyday Getaways” DIC marked the collaboration between Meredith Corp. and the NKBA at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) in Las Vegas.
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