Kitchen & Bath Design News

DEC 2018

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DECEMBER IS ALWAYS a busy time, between holiday preparations and all of the end-of-year business tasks that need tending to. Yet it's also a time when many of us find ourselves craving a bit of calm and quietude, a chance to look back on what we've accomplished over the past year: what we've learned, how we (and our industry) have changed and grown, what we've done well with our businesses and what we could do better. Perhaps that's why I always feel a bit nostalgic as the year comes to a close – and that's particularly true this year as I celebrate my 25th anniversary with Kitchen & Bath Design News. And what a ride it's been! Over the past 25 years, I've had the opportunity to see the industry grow in ways that are nothing short of remarkable. I've seen kitchens evolve from giant, McMansion-style spaces where bigger was al- ways to better to more functionally inspired spaces where thoughtful design dictates. I've observed the kitchen go from the heart of the home to its combined heart, brain and command central. I've watched walls come down, and new storage ideas brought forward to accommodate these open plan spaces. I've seen the emergence of the green trend, the main- streaming of Universal Design, the introduction of quartz as a countertop staple and the growth of lighting and hardware as critical parts of how consumers view, access and enjoy their spaces. In the kitchen, new technology has almost completely reshaped how consumers cook, clean up, store food and address air and water quality issues, while in the bath, new technology focuses on promoting improved health and wellness, as well as water conservation and time savings. In addition to seeing how trends have evolved, I've also had the pleasure of working with some of the finest and most creative design talents in our industry – profes- sionals who have literally shaped our industry through their passion for good, thoughtful and inspired design that improves the lives of all who experience it. One such designer, Ellen Cheever, has not only been a personal inspiration to me and to many of us in the industry, but also an iconic part of the KBDN brand over the past two decades. Ellen – who has written numerous stories for the magazine, worked with us on webinars and video programs and been an integral part of our seminar series – was honored at Virginia Tech's Real Life Center for Design last month (see related story, Page 14). Indeed, the educational center, which is renowned as a resource for college students majoring in residential design, ded- icated a portion of its library to her myriad contributions over her 48-year career. Now entering into semi-retirement, Ellen took the time to share one last Designer's Notebook story with our readers this month, taking us on a retrospective tour of design trends from the '70s through today, looking at how each of these trends are helping to shape the future of design (see story, Page 42). In a busy and demanding world, it's important to live in the here and now…but sometimes, it's also valuable to take a walk down memory lane, to see how we got from there to here, and how that trip will help guide the journey into the future. Because, as much as this fast-moving industry often seems to be all about change, some of the most im- portant things in our industry haven't changed very much at all – like the need to embrace the idea of design not just as a way of transforming spaces, but as a way of supporting and raising up those who inhabit them…the value of pro- fessionalism, integrity and leadership…and the importance of educating future generations of design leaders. These are all things that Ellen Cheever excelled at. Like good design, her legacy is an enduring classic that our industry will benefit from for many years to come. And for that, we are profoundly grateful. We wish Ellen all the best on her retirement, and we wish all of you, our readers, a wonderful holiday and a happy, inspiring and profitable 2019! ▪ " In a busy and demanding world, it's important to live in the here and now…but sometimes it's also valuable to see how we got from there to here, and how that trip will help guide our journey to the future." Connecting the Past to the Future December 2018 • 7 EDITORIAL ® Like us: KitchenBathDesignNews Follow us on Twitter: @KBDN Join the discussion: Follow us on Instagram: @kbdn_sola PUBLISHER Paul DeGrandis PUBLISHER EMERITUS Eliot Sefrin EDITOR Janice Anne Costa MANAGING EDITOR Anita Shaw ASSOCIATE EDITOR Autumn McGarr GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Patrick O'Toole CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kim Berndtson Joe Dowd Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS Elizabeth Richards Denise Vermeulen COLUMNISTS Denise Grothouse Bruce Kelleran, CKD, CPA John Morgan Ken Peterson, CKD Leah Peterson Mary Jo Peterson, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP Sarah Reep, CMKBD, ASID, CMG, CAPS, IIDA Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD CREATIVE & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Tracy Hegg SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Erika Nygaard AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mike Serino READER SERVICE MANAGER Jeff Heine DIGITAL PROGRAMS MANAGER Tim Steingraber PROJECTS MANAGER Heidi Riedl Copyright © 2018 by SOLA Group Inc. All rights reserved. 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