KBDN Seminars

Only Kitchen & Bath Design News brings the industry an insightful blend of contemporary design and cutting-edge technology in a daylong, in-person educational program presented by two industry experts:

Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, widely considered to be the nation’s premier kitchen and bath design authority, and the industry’s most widely respected educator.

Ellen Cheever

Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD, founder of SketchThis.Net and a leading authority on cutting-edge technology impacting the kitchen and bath industry.

Eric Schimelpfenig

Register Now:
KBDN Art + Science is scheduled in eight metro markets. To register for one of these unique seminars, click the date/location below. The seminars are held from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Morning refreshments and sponsors visits begin at 7:30 and a full luncheon is included.

Registration coming soon for these locations:

  • March 26 - New Orleans
  • April 16 - Indianapolis
  • May 8 - Nashville
  • June 18 - Cleveland
  • September 25 - Kansas City
  • October 29 - Baltimore
  • November 19 - San Diego

Our sponsors' customers attend at no charge. Space is limited.

KBDN Art + Science
seminar identifies “what’s next” in design and technology so that you can address the needs of a younger, less-traditional client while increasing your profits in the New Digital Age. In addition to the class presentations by Ellen and Eric, you can meet leading product manufacturers who sponsor this event for their customers. You also receive an elegant, 120-page workbook that includes all the details of the material presented.

Learning objectives:

  • The variety of contemporary styles that American families are interested in
  • How to edit traditional rooms so they are more transitional
  • Ways to apply the principles of eclectic design in kitchens and bathrooms
  • New planning disciplines for master bedroom/bathroom retreats
  • How to maximize your efficiency and accuracy using new technology
  • Ideas around creating signature design details that will lead to a sale

CEU: 0.4 CEU credits from NKBA and NARI are applicable

Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, has helped shape the kitchen & bath industry as a designer, author, educator, consultant and business leader for more than 35 years. She manages the Wilmington, DE-based Ellen Cheever & Associates, an award-winning design firm with clients across the U.S. She is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Hall of Fame, a former director of educational services for the NKBA, and a regular contributor to Kitchen & Bath Design News.

Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD, has utilized 3D technology throughout his career as a kitchen/bath designer, educator and corporate consultant. He has taken pencil-and-paper plans and converted them to 3D, worked with Google on Sketchup’s development, created 3D content for numerous corporations, and taught Sketchup to students across the country. He is a columnist in Kitchen & Bath Design News and is often hired to teach Sketchup and speak on emerging technologies in the design field.


“Definitely satisfies the more advanced designer, but keeps beginner/ intermediate designers engaged without losing them.”

“Ellen is a tremendous presenter ‒ practical and inspired at the same time!”

“Eric, thank you for speaking “designer” rather than too “techy.” You made sense out of scary digital stuff.”

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