Design Ideas From The Building Industry’s Biggest Event!


Abbey Roloff


Vice President of Design and Construction

SandStar Remodeling and Interiors





If you’re looking for some insight into the upcoming design trends for 2018 and beyond, or if you’re just looking for some fresh ideas to give your home a style update, the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Florida, provided us with some exciting options. Here is a visual tour of some of the unique and beautiful items SandStar’s Design Team saw during the show.


From unique areas not necessarily considered places for storage, such as a pull out drawer under a raised bar top, to new and innovative gadgets making previous hard-to-use spaces usable.  Some of our favorite gadgets included an insert for a typical corner cabinet that can store your pots and pans as well as a rollout that helps to keep your lids in a handy location without having to stack them with the pans.


Cutlery Drawer Pull-Out


Rotating Pot and Pan Organizer


Pot and Pan Roll-Out


Not only did we see great ideas for the kitchen, there were also options for bathrooms and closets.  Here is a pull-out hamper tucked into the vanity – a perfect location for items needing to be laundered –  as well as a pull-out specially designed to house hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons and hair products just as if you were at a salon. Of course, every woman’s dream is to have her shoes nicely organized. Another favorite included this rotating shoe organizer that also pulls out so you can see both sides easily.


Pull-out Hamper


Storage Pull-Out


Rotating Show Organizer


Textures and patterns were everywhere!  Oak cabinetry is coming back into play (yes it’s true!) with new finishes providing both visual and tactile texture to cabinetry.




Patterned and textured tiles are also hot.  Here are a few of our favorites including a great shot of Jessica checking out a shower that includes a combination of “mermaid” scales and wood plank tile.




Not to be outdone by the tile manufacturers, lighting manufacturers have even caught the texture bug for both your exterior and interior spaces.





Front doors have also received a makeover adding new designs, hardware and glass textures.






Of course we have to share some unique items from the plumbing side – a wood tub and a shoe tub!




From the more practical side, a sink drain that opens with the turn of the button on the countertop. No more needing to put your hands into dirty water to drain the sink.  Also, many manufacturers are increasing the versatility of the kitchen sink with accessories to help with day to day prep and cleaning.


Drain Button


Cutting Board and Drain Rack


French gold is still a strong contender for faucet finishes and matte black is following in its footsteps.




We hope you enjoyed the quick tour of some of the items we saw at the show.  Come visit us at our Design Center – we’d love to show you more!



Abbey is available for design consultations.

Call her at (941) 637-8080


Design Center – Open to the Public

M-F 9-5 or By Appointment


Our offices and Design Center are located at

1203 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda

(across from Fishermen’s Village)