Editor’s Page

Best and Brightest

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most-often-remodeled rooms in the home, so it’s no surprise that the kitchen and bath industry is booming. And so is the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s annual show and conference, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), which this year drew a record 44,000 attendees.

Two of my colleagues and I took part in K/BIS this past May in Las Vegas, where we joined thousands of other sore-footed show goers to visit more than 1,000 display booths; enjoy cooking demonstrations and product introductions; collect reams of press materials; and party with industry friends from across the country until the wee hours. After I returned home—and caught up on my sleep—I spoke with locals who attended the show to hear their thoughts. You can read them in this month’s Design Report column.

Though we went to K/BIS seeking the brightest new ideas in kitchens, we didn’t need to leave to Seattle to find some of the best ones. In this issue, we announce the results of our first-ever Kitchen of the Year contest. The winner combines great design with innovative ideas for a supremely livable kitchen.

Our judges had a tough time choosing just one, and based on the large number of contest entries, we hope to name multiple winners next year. We’ll keep you posted.

Also in this issue: two more great kitchens, tailor made for their respective owners in Kirkland and on Capitol Hill. And … we’ve got stories on cooking with lavender; the little-known (and oft-mispronounced) wine varietal viognier; Eastside real estate; and stellar wine cellars.

While summer is a great time to entertain—and show off your designer kitchen—it’s also a good time to get out of the house and seek inspiration in your community. This July, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles is thrilled to cosponsor Kirkland Uncorked, a waterfront festival of style, taste, music and more.

We hope to see you there.

Giselle Smith