Last week, I voyaged to the far-off land of Las Vegas to speak at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2016. The kind folks at the National Kitchen and Bath Association, who were hosting the event, asked me to discuss luxury elements in small kitchens and baths, using tiny houses as a lens into the downsizing trend. It was a trip of firsts: my first solo trip ever, my first time to Vegas, my first industry conference, and my first big industry speaking engagement. Needless to say, it was very exciting. Follow me, Internet, as I recount my adventure!
I had a layover in Salt Lake City, and it was my first time seeing the snow-capped Rockies. I snapped this photo of a river of clouds right before our landing.
I’ve arrived! The airport was as full of slot machines and liquor stores as one might expect.
The KBIS folks did not skimp on accommodations! This is a picture of me feeling perfectly at home and not awkward at all in a very luxurious hotel room at the Encore. In all seriousness, the hotel was great and I had a lovely stay.
Here’s a panoramic view of the entrance to the Encore, as viewed from the cab line. The weather wasn’t that great that day – 46 degrees and rainy. Right after I landed, the guy next to me on the plane looked out the window and said, “Are we in Las Vegas or Bangor, Maine?”
It’s the big day! I got a beautiful view of the Wynn, the Encore’s sister hotel, from my room. The weather turned out beautifully, too.
KBIS 2016! This event was mind-bogglingly large. My cab driver told me that he heard there were 160,000 people attending the conference. Whether or not that number is exact, it’s clear that KBIS does not mess around.
Here’s a glimpse into the madness. This was only one hall at the convention center, and it was packed to the gills with booths of all kinds.
This is the NKBA Center Stage, where I gave my talk on Wednesday afternoon. I’d guess there were between 75 and 85 people who listened to my session. People came up afterward to tell me they enjoyed it and asked me great questions. It’s always fun to talk shop with industry folks! And no, that is not a photo of me on the stage – I didn’t transform into 5 people. I am in fact only one person.
One of the coolest things about the speaker sessions was an artist who illustrated each talk in real time, as it was happening. Here’s my talk, cartoonified!
Here’s the core of my talk: small is here to stay, and adding beautiful elements is important to making your home feel joyful – no matter its size!
After my talk, I traded my high heels for sneakers and explored the expo. Gorgeous appliances and hardware could be found everywhere. I love the satin brass shower fixtures above.
Corbelbot says hello!
This dapper-looking gentleman was demonstrating an app-responsive refrigerator. Fancy!
I fell hard for this super tiny, retro-styled enameled cast iron stove. Perhaps this will make it into my tiny house someday!
I also came face to face with what might be the cutest bathtub ever.
Drawer pulls for days! If you live in a tiny house, you better make sure that all your hardware choices are easy to use and nice to look at. It’s all in the details!
I wanted to run around in this shower display at the Delta booth, but I have a feeling they wouldn’t have been too happy with me.
Anyone else a fan of the HGTV Dream Home? This was one of the highlights of my year when I was a kid. No, I’m not kidding.
After a crazy day at KBIS, it was time to catch my flights back home. Catch you later, Vegas! I can’t wait to come back and explore more someday.
Here’s a very flattering selfie of me looking unenthused about my impending red-eye flight.
One of the highlights of the whole trip was my 11:15 PM takeoff over Las Vegas all lit up at night. It was honestly one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. I wish this photo could do it justice!
I had a fantastic time attending KBIS 2016 and representing The Tiny Life. I met great folks, saw some very beautiful and innovative kitchen and bath designs, and got to experience Las Vegas for the first time. I want to thank the wonderful folks at the NKBA for this fantastic opportunity. I’m so glad I got to share the tiny house movement with a new audience!
- How do you plan to make your tiny house kitchen or bathroom luxurious?
- What are some of your favorite tourist spots in Las Vegas? (I want to know for my next trip! ;D )