Streets of New Orleans

 

 

It was my first time in New Orleans. It was also the first time in 20 years that the KBIS held it there. After all the kitchen and bath site visits with Kohler Co., we had a lot of free time to discover the city. Our hotel was right at the French Quarter. It can get pretty loud and crazy at night, but we enjoyed that everything was within walking distance from our hotel.

 

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I was charmed by all these balconies.

 

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So pretty.

 

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My first morning started out a little chilly. So I was still in a coat.

 

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And boots. The weather was still in transition. I came from -1° in Toronto. It was 9° that morning. Then suddenly it was in the 20’s by lunch. I went back to the hotel and changed after attending the KBIS.

 

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With Philippine Star’s Bea Ledesma.

 

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A row full of antique shops.

 

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Italian antiques

 

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Floor signage

 

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Lovely jewels.

 

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Everything had a stately feel.

 

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Even restaurants have history here.

 

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The streets of NOLA are owned by artists. Everywhere you look, there’s something going on.

 

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Drunken Catfish Ramblers. I enjoyed their music.

 


Their version of Fat Domino’s Aint That A Shame.

 

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Voodoo Bone Lady

 

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Alligator head

 

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Clowns and performers.

 

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The view of the French Quarter from a car.

 

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Balconies. Enchanting by day.

 

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Crazy at night.

 

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One of the oldest pharmacies in the US.

 

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Love potions

 

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An old post for carriage parking.

 

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At Cafe du Monde

 

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I didn’t have time to wait for a table at Cafe du Monde so I just bought cafe au lait and beignets for take out. That same night we went back for more after dinner. I loved it.

 

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All that powdered sugar (on the floor) went all over my face and pants when I had my turn to eat beignets.

 

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We ordered 8 sets of beignets that night.

 

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More historical reminders.

 

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Lovely French bistro. We had lunch here.

 

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Late April, lots of tourists. It can get even more crowded in the summer time.

 

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St Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square

 

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It was hard to photograph Jackson Square without a wide angle. I have a few Vine videos to better capture the space and sounds.

 

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Tarot and voodoo just outside the Catholic church.

 

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Blackened chicken

 

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Crazy cut marble floors

 

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The place where we had cajun food.

 

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Blackened and fried alligator. Tastes like chicken.

 

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Out for dinner at Tommy’s

 

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Street performer

 

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More history.

 

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Had after-dinner drinks here. Lovely space.

 

Loved it here. Will definitely go back.

Next, New Orleans at night.

 

 

Another ad in Elle Decoration Philippines

 

 

I forgot to post this a few weeks ago. My full page ad in Elle Decoration April 2013 came out nicely (in terms of position in the magazine). Thrilled. It never gets old.

 

Elle Decoration April 2013

 

Elle Decoration April 2013

 

 

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2013

 

 

I just got back from a wonderful tour of three US cities as a guest of Kohler Co. They flew me in to New Orleans, Chicago and Kohler, Wisconsin from Toronto to attend the celebration of their 140th year. In New Orleans, our focus was on the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show or KBIS.

Yes, I am still on “vacation” “at home” with my family. It was a treat to be in new cities for the first time while getting a firsthand look at the latest designs in kitchen and bathrooms. I have a gazillion stories to share from these trips.

 

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At Kohler’s 8,800-square-foot booth at the KBIS at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

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David Kohler, President and COO of Kohler Co., one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates.With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin and St Andrews, Scotland. David’s great-grandfather is the founder of Kohler Co.

 

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At the press room with David Kohler and Adam Queck, GM & Commercial Director for South East Asia Pacific. David talked us through the innovations and new products offered by Kohler Co. this year.

 

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The Moxie™ showerhead + wireless speaker, a new innovation, simultaneously soaks the bather with music and water. A magnetic Bluetooth®-enabled speaker streams audio directly into the shower and pops out for enjoyment in the bath.

 

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This could be you. Or me, haha. Photo from Kohler Co.

 

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The Sensate™ touchless kitchen faucet demonsrated by TV personality, DR Mixologist Darryl Robinson, a popular bartenders on the New York mixology scene and host to “Drink Up” on The Cooking Channel. With Sensate, Water flow starts just 20 milliseconds after activation with a wave of a hand, kitchen utensil or pot, so it’s easy to flow through tasks and reduce the spread of germs.

 

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I enjoyed seeing the different Kohler products together because I actually use Kohler in my bathroom and kitchen. This is my Kohler Whitehaven enameled cast iron sink at home after the renovation. My faucet is the HiRise bridge also by Kohler. These are not readily available in the Philippines (or in South East Asia). Kohler Co. made special arrangements for me; they shipped it to Manila. Grateful! And very lucky. The Whitehaven is made in the USA – I saw the entire process in their factory in Kohler, Wisconsin.

 

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Coloured enameled cast iron sinks from the Jonathan Adler collection.

 

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Kohler has been making enameled cast iron for over 130 years. During our factory tour in Kohler, Wisconsin I saw how cast iron sinks and bathtubs were made from the moment iron were poured into molds until they are enameled. I was amazed to see how, despite all the automation available, most cast iron products were still done by hand. It made me even love my own Whitehaven sink more. So much soul – the artisanal craft and heritage!

 

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This is the new Whitehaven with Smart Divide. The classic apron-front sink design typically features a large single basin like mine, but many homeowners like the functionality of a double basin. Photo from Kohler Co.

 

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In an effort to provide consumers with options that fit their design preference and lifestyle, Kohler Co. adds a double-basin sink to this farmhouse style. The Kohler-exclusive Smart Divide® saddle perfectly complements the smooth design lines of the Whitehaven® apron-front sink, one of the company’s most popular apron-front models. Photo from Kohler Co.

 

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I was in heaven here. After renovating my kitchen, I’m about to start renovating our guest bathroom at home. Trust me, it may be epic again. The Kohler stuff I want isn’t sold in Asia. Yikes.

 

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The VibrAcoustic bathtub. With this technology, you can play your favorite music, news, podcasts and more through your bath. Just plug in your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player. The water responds with sound waves moving through your body. This tub deserves its own story. I got to try it at The American Club in Wisconsin and I tell you… it’s so amazing. I may just have to share my video blog review.

 

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Numi® Comfort Height® toilet: This iconic Kohler toilet receives several user-friendly enhancements, such as a Bluetooth® receiver, SD card for personalized playlists and additional ambient lighting options. This unit made the news. Check out Mashable. Photo from Kohler Co.

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Fully automatic toilets aren’t new to us (in Asia). But the Numi is making waves because of its streamlined design. Kohler’s most advanced toilet includes a sleek, interactive LCD touch-screen interface, built-in personalized bidet functionality and deodorizer, innovative dual-flush technology with 0.6 and 1.28 gallons per flush, intuitive auto-open and -close lid, and a heated seat and foot warmer.

 

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Veil™ dual-flush wall-hung toilet: The first residential wall-hung toilet from Kohler Co. in the North American market. This type of toilet saves space with a modern design and offers powerful water savings. I imagine a lot of new homeowners in the Philippines would want this. Think of the fun uplighting effects you can do from the floor. It’s also more hygienic. You can easily clean the entire bathroom floor with minimal grooves and cuts.

 

More kitchen and bath stories coming up…