Kelly and I will be boarding a plane to Las Vegas next week with Modenus BlogTour for the annual KBIS Event to see the Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2015.
What is BlogTour?
BlogTour is sponsored by Veronica Miller of Modenus for a select group of interior design and lifestyle bloggers and invites them to visit the world’s most inspired venues.
Modenus BlogTour has been connecting brands and influencers since 2011 and visiting wonderful places around the world. Meet the bloggers we will be traveling with:
As a former professional photographer Linda Holt is no stranger to merging her creative eye with aesthetic appeal, having worked with more than than 3,000 celebrities, actors and models as one of Boston’s top head shot photographers.Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of carefully edited, soulful rooms that reflect her love of color, pattern and art. A self professed “color lover”, she has been featured in both House Beautiful Magazine and The Huffington Post for her color expertise. She started her blog, Linda Holt Interiors, in 2011 as a way to combine her two passions of photography and design.
Regina Sturrock is the owner and principal designer of Regina Sturrock Design, a Burlington, Ontario interior design firm now in its eighteenth year. Specializing in renovations and new- builds within the luxury home market, the firm’s projects have spanned internationally. Customization is therefore the hallmark of every Regina Sturrock Design project, and the result is always uniquely beautiful, practical and elegant with a strong focus on an integrated architectural envelope.
A New York transplant in 1995, Michelle Cortizo now lives and consults clients in and around New England. Michelle’s personal style is transitional, genderless, saturated and globally collected. Aspiring to always tell my clients’ story and enhance the way they live, I find “listening” one of the key factors in achieving a space that my clients will lovingly embrace. Cortizo Interiors has been featured several times on NECN’s New England Dream Home. Michelle is also a proud member of The Brizo19 and has been featured as New Englands Bloggers Choice and a guest blogger for New England Home Online Magazine.
Kandrac Kole is a nationally recognized interior design firm founded by principal designers Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole. Voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designers in 2013 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, their work has been featured on HGTV, The New York Times, House Beautiful.com, Southern Lady Magazine, Atlanta Home Improvement and Houzz.com. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design is also exhibited through their blog which was established in 2009.
ntegral to her business’ success, Alison Habermehl is passionate about developing thoughtful client relationships and understands the need to consider their personal story when designing a space. This philosophy has awarded Habermehl Design Group international projects as far as Hong Kong. Recognized for her livable, luxurious style, she has made several special guest appearances on HGTV and CKCO TV, and been featured in publications such as The Chronicle, The Record, Our Homes, and Grand Magazine. Handpicked from a prestigious design blogging community, she travelled to New York City and soon to Las Vegas to participate in Blog Tour NYC and Blog Tour Las Vegas; meeting some of today’s top manufacturers who aid in high-end design practices worldwide. Learn more about Alison via her blog hdSTYLESTUDIO.
We are honored to be traveling with this acclaimed group to KBIS – What is KBIS?
KBIS stands for Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. It is North America’s premier annual event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years. It is owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). It is an interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. Each year kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, builders and remodelers from all over the world attend KBIS to discover the newest product innovations and to take advantage of the education and networking. We are going to learn a lot!!
Here is the list of our amazing sponsors:
Stay tuned as we share what we learn in this intense 5 day trip via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. We know you’ll want to see what is cutting edge, exciting and new in kitchen and baths (the most used rooms in our homes). We can’t wait to bring these innovative products to our upcoming projects!
January 14, 2015 3 Comments
My 2015 vision board is complete and ready to generate some good karma! As many of you know, I create a vision board every January that is intended to help me focus on my intentions for the new year and beyond. This is my 9th vision board! Wow that’s a lot of dreams, goals and intentions to chase!
This year, I made my board using Pages on my Mac and made it a little bit smaller and more concise. I printed it and took it to Kinkos to laminate it so it can hang on my bulletin board at the office – smack in front of my face. A reminder every day to stay focused on these goals.
So here goes…. (I’m revealing a lot about myself by posting this but you gotta shout it from the rooftops if you want the universe to hear you!)
Let me explain what this represents…
1. As Richard Branson says, “Screw it. Let’s do it.” This is a reminder to me that Kandrac & Kole needs to be brave, be authentic and do business our way without worrying about what everybody else is doing in our industry. Trying to keep up is exhausting.
2. Think outside the box for Kandrac & Kole (the green fish leading the pack). Again, don’t worry about what everybody else is doing – be innovative and fresh in our own way.
3. Remember to keep my relationship with God in the forefront of my actions and attitude. Pray everyday.
5. Keep the travel bug alive – returning to Italy is at the top along with Spain, Morocco and Asia.
6. Keep eyes and ears open for the final resting spot for Mike and I – a charming cottage in Charleston.
7. Plan something GREAT for either my 50th birthday and/or my 25th wedding anniversary – both coming up in the next few years (the Cartier love bracelet).
8. Commit to yoga to stay healthy, flexible and strong. I’ve obsessed with my fluctuating weight my entire life. Every year on my vision board I put pictures of healthy food. Screw that. I’m just going to focus on being healthy. If healthy is a size 10 or 12, so be it. (This includes no more diet coke for sure).
9. I can’t help myself – I need a design project at home. This year it’s my downstairs powder room – wallpaper here I come!
10. That my girls are happy, balanced and successful in college.
So there you go. All my intentions revealed. I feel kinda naked now. Yikes.
So my friends, I have one wish for you this year –
If you need inspiration for making a board for yourself, I’ve written many blogs on the subject and you can read them on the Kandrac & Kole blog.
Cheers to 2015!
January 12, 2015 1 Comment
We are humbled, blessed, thrilled and tired as we rewind 2014 for Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs! WOW! What a year. Please join us down memory lane for just a few of the main highlights of 2014.
One fine day in January, we were at a photo shoot of a recently installed project. It started sleeting outside. Wimpy Joann starts to freak out so I say I will stay with the photographer and finish up. Well she ended up being Smart Joann because it took her 15 minutes to get home while it took me 4 hours!! In the hour between our two departures, Atlanta’s Snowpocalypse occurred! Thankfully, both our families made it home safely and none us had to walk for miles or sleep at a convenience store like so many Atlantans did.
It warmed up ever so slightly in February and we had (2) photo shoots for a National Magazine – the first of which will be hitting newsstands next month! What an honor!
Photo by Emily Followill Photography
In March, we attended one of our favorite industry events – The Design Bloggers Conference which was (lucky for us) held in Atlanta in 2014. This conference is three jam-packed days of learning from well known speakers, being inspired by the events of our industry, networking, meeting up with old and new friends and socializing ALOT! You can read about this event HERE.
Photo courtesy of Mike Ragan
One of the highlights of our year occurred in April when we were chosen to join the Modenus Blogtour to Milan and Venice. Supported by wonderful sponsors like Dekton, Gessi, NKBA, Clever Storage and Blanco, we explored the 2014 Salone de Mobile show and the beauty of Italy with (9) other talented designers and bloggers. You can read about our trip HERE.
Another conference that we sign up for every year is The Southern Coterie. This is a conference that is a little bit different than our normal design conference because we have the chance to network with and be inspired by movers and shakers in all types of industries – design, fashion, food, marketing/pr, and more. In 2014 (and 2015) the locale is Charleston – darn! One of our favorite places!
Another huge highlight of the year was traveling to Guatemala to support our main charity, Catalyst Resources International. Our team of thirteen this year was mighty! We personally built a 3 room simple house for a single mom and her five children. What a blessing to give such a gift! Read about our experience in Guatemala HERE.
Photo courtesy of Chasen West for Kandrac & Kole
Work? Yes, we do work. Design work that is. Lots of it. This was a year of creativity, expansion and a host of amazing clients. We are blessed.
Many times our work doesn’t get nationally published for 12-18 months after it has been professionally photographed. We were thrilled to see one of our kitchens hit the newsstands in Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen & Bath Magazine in August. You can read the entire article HERE.
Amongst all the travel, creative chaos, social media madness and administrative paperwork we get buried in during the course of a year, nothing feels better than giving to others. In 2014 we were fortunate to be selected as one of a handful of designers chosen to work with the Dallas based organization Dwell With Dignity to design a complete home for a single mother and her two small daughters who had been recently homeless. It was a lot of work and boy did it feel good!
We were responsible for designing the little girls room.
The mom was overwhelmed when she walked in. It was a goosebump moment!
Finally in October, a project that we had worked on 12 months prior was aired on HGTV! We were chosen to be the designers (doing all the work behind the scenes) for a pilot show called Move in or Cash Out. The pilot was shown several times across the nation. We have yet to hear if it will be picked up for a full 12 show season. Regardless, it was a great experience to work with the producers and film crew to completely transform an entire house in Alpharetta, GA.
In 2014, we were awarded the design work for a large multi family housing company in Atlanta. Leaving our private client homes for a moment to work on designing leasing centers, fitness centers, clubhouses and models for luxury apartment communities was a fun change for us. We know that some of our best work will be with this company in 2015!
In the beginning of December, Kelly paid another visit to Guatemala to play Santa to some of our special friends.
After three final installs and securing four new clients to start in January of 2015, this was our team by close of business on December 19th. Grateful, happy and ready for a little holiday R&R.
Thanks for your support this past year! We appreciate you taking the time to read our blog and follow the adventures of Kandrac & Kole. Stick with us for another exciting year!
January 8, 2015 No Comments
I discovered the Style BluePrint blog about 2 years ago and have not missed a blogpost since. It is a lifestyle publication started in Nashville and has since expanded to Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, and Memphis.
The publication covers home design, fashion and recipes in addition to local shops and restaurants and showcases a woman in the community called the “FACES” series. We were extremely honored when we were asked to be interviewed for the” FACES”of Atlanta this past September. If you missed it, click HERE!
Photo by CatMax Photography
Cofounders Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves like to think that StyleBluePrint is your daily dose of girlfriend talk and that is exactly how I see it. It’s just like a friend telling you about a great shop they found, a new person they met, or sharing a great deal they found in a boutique.
One of my favorite posts is “Fashion 101″ where they share subjects such as “how to wear a fur vest” and “top 5 Fashion Mistakes that Age You”. Read the whole post HERE.
We were smitten with one of the Atlanta writers named Katherine Michalak. Not only is she an incredible writer, she is hilarious! She had Kelly and I in stitches the day we first met with her.
I thought I would turn the tables a bit and ask HER the questions.
At the Atlanta Humane Society
Kandrac & Kole: You have quite a gift for writing. Did you want to be a writer when you grew up? What was your college major?
Katherine: Oh, thank you very much for the compliment. Yes, I’ve always been in love with words and stories, writing since I learned to hold a pencil, whether anyone had any interest in reading my drivel or not. When I started college at Vanderbilt, I had no clue what career I wanted, but knew I’d always be writing something so I majored in English.
Kandrac & Kole: What did you do prior to working for StyleBlueprint? How did you start writing for StyleBlueprint Atlanta?
Katherine: I’ve worked in marketing communications and magazine publishing, taught both high school and preschool, as well as handled many volunteer and freelance projects over the years. When my husband suffered a “cardiac event” in 2012, surviving The Widowmaker, StyleBlueprint Founder and college friend, Liza Graves, reached out to me and asked if I’d write about the experience. Within a few months of that piece running, she asked me to join the staff.
Kandrac & Kole: You write about home design, fashion, food, local shops and women in the community. What is your favorite topic?
Katherine: Stories about community service or spiritual awakening or the mission of a charity foundation — I’m simultaneously humbled and empowered by those who use their life for a broader purpose, who say to themselves: “Something should be done to help, so I’ll do it!” Personally, I believe that’s why we’re all here anyway… to lift each other up.
Kandrac & Kole: Who is the most interesting person you have ever interviewed?
Katherine: I learn from every story. Every single one. I sat in my car in the parking lot of Fulton County Jail and sobbed for 45 minutes after interviewing Susan Jacobs-Meadows about Canine Cellmates; Jen Hidinger defines the word “radiant” for me now; Sarah Buchanan’s smile gives me hope for the future. Then there are the savvy business women and the creative spirits and the strong leaders … ultimately, I’m not really interviewing them, they’re all teaching me.
At Canine Cellmates in Atlanta
Kandrac & Kole: What is one of the craziest/funniest things that happened while researching for a story?
Katherine: Hmmm, I’ve had some Lucille Ball moments for sure — new beauty treatments and exercise classes that showcase my complete lack of coordination, recipes that failed 10 times before a success, pretending not to be nervous and introducing myself to complete strangers. A few of my stories have resulted in wonderful new friendships…which is beyond fun!
Kandrac & Kole: Who are you dying to interview that you haven’t yet?
Katherine: You know, I’m not sure there really is that one person. I’m fascinated by the way people find motivation within themselves to follow a passion in life. I see incredible grace and inspiration flow from even the most simple gestures. I feel such a rush when I meet someone who’s thrilled by the challenges of their own journey.
Kandrac & Kole: Give us a typical day in your home with all boys, including identical twins:
Katherine: They are absolutely adorable and hilarious. I’m hopelessly in love with them, but I was woefully unprepared for the reality of living in a pit of testosterone. The odor alone — a blend of sweat, peanut butter, feet and cheese. They never stop moving; They leap out of bed each morning and go full steam until they collapse asleep at night. Before I had boys, ‘dirty laundry’ meant clothing worn several times and perhaps soiled with perspiration or food or smudges. Now, ‘dirty laundry’ indicates actual clods of dirt clinging to fabric. BoyMommydom — not for the faint of heart. Sometimes I catch the gaze of another woman managing her herd and we sigh in solidarity.
The Michalak Family
Kandrac & Kole: OK – using your question – What are three things you cannot live without (besides God, family, and friends)? I already know it’s BabyBoudin – but I’ll let you tell that
Katherine: Well, since my three dogs (VooDoo, Bisou & Boudin) are family, they don’t count as answers anyway.
- Words, whether in books or conversation. If you cracked open my brain it’d probably look like that AP ticker in Times Square. And it never shuts up.
- Coffee, specifically that first hot cup in the morning. Sipping is a meditation.
- Humor. I love to laugh and I completely embrace silliness. My favorite sensation is the flutter of breaking into a fit of giggles.
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January 5, 2015 No Comments
The “Happy Image of the Day” we having been posting on Facebook for the last few years is still very popular. It gives us a chance to connect with you on what images we find that are beautiful, creative or quotes that we see as “happy”. Here are the top picks by month for 2014. To see those from 2013, click HERE!
February – original art from Kim Schuessler.
March – Monograms via House Beautiful.
April – The famous Bellini we drank in Venice while on Blogtour with Modenus.
May – A family room we transformed – photo credit Emily Followill.
June – Independence Day art via Steve Penley!
July – A gorgeous room by Erika Bonnell Interiors.
September - Good advice via Patricia Polacco.
November - a gratitude reminder via Pinterest!
December - Karen Elizabeth Bridal festive window display.
Happy New Year!
December 28, 2014 No Comments