1 The meeting room was ready and the attendees were eager to get started!
2 Everyone was given the September issue of my Living magazine as well as samples of my brand new quartz countertops in the six colors available in the line. And yes, that’s a handmade cookie in the style of a Home Depot apron!
3 LG Hausys Viatera, our quartz manufacturing partner, surprised me with a personalized sign made out of our beautiful quartz assortment!
4 LG started the event off with a presentation on the new Martha Stewart Living Quartz line. These gorgeous countertops are an amazingly durable and affordable alternative to granite.
5 The audience then heard from MSLO’s AVP Deputy Design Director, Rosma Gutierrez, who explained the benefits of quartz and how the 6 new colors coordinate beautifully with all my kitchen cabinetry.
6 The slideshow reminds everyone what Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot stands for: quality, style, great value.
7 Attendees included about 65 kitchen designers from The Home Depot’s Chicago and Midwest-area stores.
8 Andy Wells, VP of Product Design and Trends for MasterBrand, introduced our new Gardner and Tipton door styles. He explained the fascinating way a PureStyle finish works: instead of the laminate being wrapped around a complete door, PureStyle is applied to the individual pieces before they're joined. The result is a flawless appearance!
9 Now I'm ready to enter for my portion of the presentation. As always, I have my camera in hand to take pictures of all the kitchen designers.
10 I started by sharing a slideshow on how my homes and kitchens influenced the design of my MSL kitchen line.
11 Then it was time for a Q & A session with the group. The designers had lots of good questions.
12 I also got to present awards to the top sellers of MSL kitchen cabinetry. The Top Sales Performance award went to Kristin Longnecker from the Lincoln Park store.
13 Kris Martin, from the Lincoln & McCormick store, received the award for Most Improved seller of MSL Cabinetry.
14 The Home Depot’s award for Outstanding Sales Performance in the Northern Division – Central Region was presented to Kurt Singer from the Lincoln & McCormick store.
15 Thanks to this terrific team at The Home Depot for organizing a fantastic event! from left to right - Chuck Binder, Regional Services Manager; Terri Jacobsen, Sr., Manager of Private Label Mktg; Jeannine Minneci, Administrative Assistant; me; Jemira Huinker, Administrative Assistant; Joan Morris, District Manager; Misty Farmer, Administrative Assistant
16 Then there was Kurt's armchair hat, complete with a portrait of me in the golden frame in front. Pity I didn't have a Most Creative Accessory award for him!
17 Next came photos with the happy design teams.
18 These kitchen designers do such a wonderful job making my MSL kitchens come to life in people’s homesI So I asked each of them to tell me why they would recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry. Here are a few of their responses...
19 Ann Klubertanz from Chicago, IL.
I recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry because of the great colors and style at great prices!
20 Don Turney from Mt Prospect, IL.
I recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry because of the unique colors and styling - light and airy. I also like the two-tone look that can be achieved with MSL cabinetry.
21 James Stewart from Carol Stream, IL
I recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry because it has the great East Coast feel. I also like how Martha coordinates everything down to the pillows. That’s Martha’s brand. No one else does that. I also like the PureStyle colors. They are quite unique in the industry. Martha also has some very unique moldings.
22 Marianne Campbell from Chicago, IL.
I recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry because Martha offers a great cabinet for a great price. My favorite item in the line is the window bench.
23 Michael Dubin from Darien, IL.
I recommend Martha Stewart Living Cabinetry because... the colors! The embellishments! The clean simplicity of the door styles. And it’s partnered with MasterBrand. I really love how the floating shelves break up the monotony of walls full of cabinets.
24 What do you love most about my kitchen line available exclusively at The Home Depot? Browse my line and the accompaning videos here http://goo.gl/KqfNDS or at any Home Depot retail store, and give me your feedback in the comments section below! I'm looking forward to reading your remarks!