I recently had the opportunity to spend some time at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) getting to know #BlogTourKBIS sponsors Thermador and Wellborn a little better. I used appliances from one of Thermador’s sister brands in my last house, am keenly aware of Wellborn’s family owned “Made in the USA” status, and was eager to see what’s new from both companies.
Let’s start with a look at the latest introductions from appliance giant Thermador, because, to be honest, big, bold, and shiny always catches my eye. Ask any jewelry store security team in
the world town and it’s likely they have video stills of me lingering too long over the gems inside their perfectly lit counters.
It’s like drawing a moth to a flame and my name is probably on a watch list titled “Looks, Never Buys.”
There is an art and science behind the lighting in jewelry cases and it’s all meant to throw out a line, catch you with a hook, and then reel you in. I may not always buy, but I do take the window shopping bait every time.
Beautiful appliances are like jewelry to me, so you can imagine being easily captivated by one of Thermador’s newest features, LED lamps illuminating the controls on its wide selection of ranges. The best thing about this innovation is that it’s a highly functional feature which also happens to make the pretty part even prettier::
Aging in place makes up a huge sector of the design market and this lighting feature is perfect for that segment of the population, but, in my opinion, it also makes sense for cooks of any every age. How many times have you mistakenly turned on the wrong burner? I’m guilty and believe anything that helps us operate heat generating appliances with greater safety and awareness is a big plus.
Say goodbye to the flimsy fall out type many manufacturers use with another feature I love, Thermador’s super sturdy telescoping racks that glide on ball bearings, allowing them to extend all the way out for safe access to your heaviest cookware (I’m a huge fan of Staub – now on sale! – cast iron goodness). Unlike some manufacturers, Thermador make these racks available in all of their range options, not just for the highest end versions::
In really big small space news, Thermador introduced the 30” Pro Harmony® Range and a 30” Pro Range top, offering five gas burners and zero clearance installation.
What this means for those living with a smaller kitchen footprint is that the unit fits flush against the rear wall and custom tile work can be installed directly behind either range, courtesy of innovative venting technology that reduces back wall temperatures nearly 20-25 percent in comparison to similar professional style ranges.
Perfect for condominiums and cottages, the reduction in heat output means you can downsize and still cook up a feast for your family with five burners and a 30″ oven, but without triggering hot flashes.
It’s good looking and affordable! If you have a bigger kitchen or a bigger budget, the new 60” Pro Grand® Range, featuring six patented Star® Burners plus the option of having both a 12″grill and griddle or a single industry leading 24″ griddle, is a beast! Most pro-style ranges top out at 48″, so you know this five footer is something special.
Kitchen design is a game of inches; eighths of an inch really. Can you imagine what you would do with an extra foot of cooking surface? If you’re thinking about using a standard 36″ range and adding a second 30″ wall oven, you might be wasting precious cabinet storage.
This is where a kitchen designer earns their ½”, ¼”, and ⅛” stripes. Hire one.
For even more personalization, Thermador’s Pro Grand® offers two oven configurations to choose from. The Ultimate Entertainer’s Center features a 36” convection oven along side a 30” convection oven::
Plus, full on sheet pan Nerdvana.
The second configuration in the Pro Grand® family is called the Ultimate Culinary Center. It features a 36″ convection oven along side a steam (dream!) oven, with a warming drawer nestled below it::
Since my little family of 5 will grow to include 13 in March (aka New Baby Smell Awareness Month), either one of these configurations would work perfectly for me. Choosing between a steam oven or a 30″ secondary convection oven would be tough, but it’s a task I’d gladly take on.
Hey, speaking of new baby smell, wanna see my newest grandchild? I thought so. He’s all peaches and cream; a precious triple dimpled threat to your daughters some day::
Gah. Don’t even try to track him down. You won’t recognize him anyway. He’s changed ten times since I took this photo.
So this is a good time to segue to New Kitchen Cabinet Smell. Where are you going to put your beautiful, functional new range? Let’s think about this daring Wellborn photo set the team at Modenus posted for a moment::
Way to make a bold statement!
The Wellborn family has owned and operated Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. since 1961. Located in Ashland, Alabama the company provides kitchen and bath cabinets crafted with pride by dedicated Wellborn employees. Long known in the southern United States as a go to source for always popular traditional-style cabinetry, Wellborn is making a move with their new line, Aspire.
Aspire is the company’s first foray into frameless, and it debuted to an appreciative crowd at KBIS 2017.
There is a tiny button on the inside lower left of the overhead door that got pushed a lot. If it survived the KBIS crowd, you know you’re home free!
The interiors of Wellborn’s new frameless cabinets are as pretty and practical as the exteriors. What can you put where that second oven was going to go? Fun stuff::
Design aside:: Cobalt blue is still all the rage in kitchen cabinets. Pair it with brass hardware and a white-based countertop for visual relief. Think about mixing it with white cabinetry and using it on something easy to repaint, like an island, rather than going all out blue. That way, when your color whims change, there is a quick and inexpensive fix at hand.
If I could’ve taken more photos of Wellborn’s kitchens, I would’ve. I added links in pink so you can access their website and view their inspiration gallery at your own pace. By the time we took our walkthrough, it was really crowded in their booth.
Our crew was able to score a photo of everyone’s favorite bathroom set at KBIS though. (Check out the tag #blogtourkbis on Instagram.) More selfies were taken in this booth than I can count::
I’ll let Wellborn explain the design concept::
In this bathroom, cabinetry was used to create a spa-like ambience with upscale amenities that include ample storage and unique lighting. The contrasting character of a dark color framed by a light color adds elegance and sophistication to the room.
The base cabinetry was designed using Midtown Gloss Graphite framed with different white Arcadia Snow Oak elements. The boxed-in cubbie area was created using shelving material made with Arcadia Snow Oak and made flush with the wall to create the desired inset look.
Next, matching Arcadia Snow Oak base-end panels were added as well an Arcadia Snow Oak recessed toe kick. To complete the look, lighting was added below the base cabinets, in the storage cubbie area and behind the mirrors.
The visual framing affect continues with the Porcelain mirrors. Lastly, Mosaic tiles were added and extended to the ceiling to widen the space by means of optical illusion.
The reason for all the selfies? Everyone, including architects, builders, and designers on this trip and seen in this photo, loved the hidden storage behind the mirrors. How genius to take an element normally used as a spice rack and re-imagine a new and fabulous function for it!
Isn’t that creative bathroom storage solution on your wish list now? It’s on mine. No doubt it’s Marie Kondo approved. Want more info or need help planning your dream kitchen or bath? Leave a comment below or email me. Together, we could Konmari the bejeezus out of your bathroom and get our Whole 30 on with your new range!
Until next time,
Hey Y’all! Thermador and Wellborn were sponsors of #BlogTourKBIS. I was not compensated in cash or product and as usual, all opinions are my own. (I’m lusting after that 60″ range and a house to fit it in!)