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Founder of Yardbirds dies

BY HBSDealer Staff

John Morrison Headley, who once reigned over a chain of 10 California home improvement stores, died in his home in Santa Rosa at the age of 77, according to an article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Headley operated the Petaluma-based Yardbirds for three decades and often united with other business owners to keep Home Depot from opening new units in the Bay Area of Northern California. But in December 2005, Headley sold Yardbirds to Home Depot, which closed several of the units and remodeled the others into co-branded small format stores.

Home Depot later closed the five remaining Yardbird locations, along with its Expo Design Centers, in 2009 as a cost-cutting move.

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Lowe’s shuffles executives in operations

BY Brae Canlen

Lowe’s has announced the appointment of Kevin Measel to senior VP store operations West division, where he will replace Jim Frasso, who is retiring after a 17-year career with the company.

Measel has more than 28 years of retail experience in both store operations and merchandising, having served most recently as merchandising VP nursery. Additionally, he has served as regional VP, district manager and store manager. He joined Lowe’s in 1994.

Measal will report to Rick Damron, executive VP store operations. With Measel’s promotion to lead the West division, senior VP Brent Kirby now has responsibility for the North division. Senior VP William Edwards retains responsibility for the South division.

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NKBA reveals kitchen and bath trends for 2012

BY Brae Canlen

After surveying its membership across North America, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released its kitchen and bath trends for 2012, based on the results of 350 K&B designers who participated in the fourth-quarter 2011 survey.

Listed below are some of the top trends:

• Cherry wood cabinetry is declining in popularity, and no single wood species is rising to take its place. Lesser-known woods such as oak, walnut and hickory are gaining market share. Demand for bamboo has doubled from 5% in 2010 to 10% in 2011. White alder holds 27% of the market, down from 40% two years ago. Dark natural finishes lead the pack at 53%, up from 48% two years ago. But medium natural finishes stand at 55%, and light natural finishes at 30%. Among painted cabinetry, white is the most popular options (59%) but the distressed look is making a comeback.

• Glass blacksplashes: More than half — 52% — of kitchen designers now use it, trailing only natural stone tile and ceramic/porcelain tile. But glass is gaining on the other materials.

• The initial higher upfront cost of LED lighting is no longer a deterrent for most consumers. Specified by 50% of NKBA kitchen designers going into 2010, that number jumped to 54% the following year and has soared to 70% over the past year. The number of consumers requesting CFLs just keeps dropping. In remodeled kitchens, it stands at 26% today.

• Pull-out faucets are replacing the standard faucet with a detached side spray. In the final three months of 2011, 14 out of 15 kitchen designers incorporated a pull-out faucet in the project. Pot filler faucets are losing their appeal, perhaps because the pull-out can do double duty.

• Whose bright ideas was it to replace medicine cabinets with decorative wall mirrors? Consumers have woken up to the fact that they lost important storage space and are demanding them back. As we enter 2012, 66% of NKBA members have incorporated this element into a bathroom design, compared with 36% last year.      

• Browns and grays: Putting aside the always popular whites, gray color schemes in both kitchen and bath keeps gaining popularity. Brown is the third most popular color in the kitchen and fourth in the bathroom, right behind gray. In the kitchen, bronzes and terra cottas have risen in favor. Green is still popular in bathrooms, but blue is the new upstart color.

• Move over, brushed chrome and satin nickel, because polished chrome is back. Polished finishes are gaining more converts across the board and the other categories are sinking in popularity. Only stainless steel managed to hold its own, rising from 46% to 50% in the kitchen and increasingly significantly in the bathroom, from 16% to 28%.

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May-19-2012 09:15 am

This is very good to know!! I
This is very good to know!! I am remodeling my home right now, and I was looking for the proper advice. I also found this bathroom vanities discount, that I believe they are very very beautiful and they will fit perfectly in my bathroom. What do you think? Will it make a good impact? I want it to look cosy.

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