I’ve been busy these past few months with traveling and working on some larger projects. I am excited to get to share some of those things soon! Today, I wanted to take a moment to share my trip to Kohler, Wisconsin for the 2014 Kohler Bloggers Conference.
Kohler Company invited 20 top design bloggers to come experience the Kohler culture and learn more about their company. I was honored to get the invite and soon found out that Kohler Co. is much more than a leading maker of bathtubs and faucets.
A trip to Kohler, Wisconsin is like getting transported into a different era, yet it has a modern, artsy feel. Brick and stone buildings are encompassed by meticulously manicured grounds. That wasn’t by accident. The village of Kohler is one of our nation’s first and finest planned communities. Walter J. Kohler hired the Olmstead Bros. to bring his vision of a garden/industrial community to life. Frederick Law Olmstead, the renowned landscape architect, is also credited with designing New York’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate grounds.
Founded in 1873 and head-quartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Company employs over 30,000 associates and has more than 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. This privately held company continues to be on the forefront of design in the world of kitchen and bath, power systems, interiors and hospitality.
Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014
After a day of travel, we checked into our luxurious accommodations at The American Club. This resort destination is amazing! It echoes the feeling of the entire town. Living well, is definitely a message you understand after a trip to Kohler. Every possible thing you would want or need is here for your stay. It is definitely somewhere I want to revisit.
After settling into our unique suites, we went to the Kohler Design Center for a welcome reception.
We had fun chatting it up with the Kohler associates and sampling some delicious food and drink.
From left to right: Veronica from designhunterla.com, Mandi from vintagerevivals.com, yours truly, Kristin from huntedinterior.com, Jenn from withheart.com, and Kirsten from simplygrove.com.
The entire top floor of the design center is a showcase of Kohler products used in dreamy designs. My favorite was the bathroom designed by Jonathan Adler.
Cocktails in the bath. I think JA would expect no less.
The next day started bright and early. It was a day of learning all things Kohler–from the Kohler brand story to the latest design trends. We heard from all different departments and even got to see their communications building called The Beacon. Aside from an impressive design library and offices galore, they also have a studio where they shoot a lot of the Kohler campaigns. It was an impressive sight to see.
“The Beacon” – Kohler’s communications building
Before a wonderful dinner, we were all treated to spa experiences at the Kohler Water Spa. I was lulled into a happy state of bliss with the best 60-minute massage I have had in a long time! We also had time to experience the rest of the spa amenities during our stay there.
The Relaxation Pool at Kohler Water Spa
Day 2 of the KBC 14, was so interesting! We toured the Kohler factories where a lot of the Kohler products are made. We learned more about the history of the company and got to see skilled factory workers in action. We even witnessed cast iron tubs being made–quite the sight to see!
Before we departed for home, we were treated to a lovely lunch at River Wildlife. We gathered in a rustic cabin lodge that greeted you upon arrival with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. It also had some delectable eats!
MMMMMM…this carrot soup was delicious!
A few takeaways from my Kohler trip:
Kohler has beautiful products and finishes with a focus on putting out the best product each and every time. A very high standard of quality.
Kohler is an amazing company that is design-centric, innovative, and environmentally conscious. A company that gives back in huge ways.
To live Kohler is to live well. This is evident in the entire village of Kohler. From the water spa to the excellent cuisine, Kohler is more than just a successful brand– it is a way of life.
If you ever have the chance to visit Kohler, Wisconsin– do it! It is an experience you won’t forget. I am still coming off my Kohler high, you could say I drank the Kohler water.
This is a company that I am very excited to be partnering with and can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on. You know that bathroom I’ve been planning and talking about…stay tuned!
Oh, and you know my love of gold and mixed metals…
Kohler has the PERFECT gold! Check out this beautiful finish:
I’d like to thank Kohler Co. for organizing and creating such a lovely blogger conference. It was a wonderful thing to attend!
I’ve been designing away on my bathroom and there are some exciting things to come!
Kohler Co. provided me with an all-expense paid trip to come to their headquarters in Kohler, WI for the first Kohler Bloggers Conference. I was not required to post about the conference or company. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
All images and photography in this post are supplied by Kohler Co. and the Bliss at Home Instagram account.