NKBA Palouse is the local chapter that brings together local Palouse Kitchen & Bath distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals – and provides a resource for local consumers to research, educate and connect with Palouse Kitchen and Bath professionals.

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2020 Chapter Officers


Celestina Demers
Emser Tile
4630 E. Sprague Ave #2
Spokane, WA 99212
(509) 535-8453

Programs Chair

Kimberly Clinch
Bedrosians Tile & Stone
19119 E Broadway Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99016
(509) 321-0717

Communications Chair

Summerlyn Travis
Strohmaier Construction
1325 W 1st Ave, Suite 200
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 435-1387

Membership Chair

Sierra Campos
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
(208) 772-9096


Chris Swiss
CaPaul Stoneworks
15009 N. Richmond Lane
Mead, WA 99021
(509) 482-0839



Palouse Chapter Events

March Member Mingle

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
2304 North Dollar Road
Spokane, wa 99212

Join us on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th for a Members Mingle!  This is a casual event to network with your peers and a chance to win a raffle prize. Food and drinks will be provided, RSVP is a must so get your tickets now!

Members are free as always and Non-Members are $15.  

If this is your first event please register as a First Time Attendee to get in FREE. Our events sell out so please get your tickets early!

Tabletop Sponsorships are available for this event.

  • This is an EASY and affordable way to showcase your business.
  • You will be able to set up a table to showcase your business, whether that is with a poster board, samples, or media.
  • The table is yours,so make it shine!
  • We ask that you bring a $50 value raffle prize to give away at the event.
  • All event attendees will drop their business card at your table for a chance to win your raffle prize.
  • As they drop off their business cards it a perfect opportunity for you to sell them on your product. (wink, wink).
  • As a bonus you will have a 2-minute opportunity to describe your business to the whole crowd and draw your winner.
  • The cost for this sponsorship is only $100! (Must be a member for this sponsorship.)


The BUZZ from KBIS

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Bedrosians Tile and Stone
19119 E Broadway
Spokane Valley, WA 99016

Our Palouse 2020 officers board will report with the newest and best trends from the National Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS).


NKBA Palouse Mixer Mingle

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Trailbreaker Cider House
2204 N Madson St
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

Mixer mingle to get to know each other in all the umbrellas of our giant industry


Net Profit: What is it and how to Make it

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Emser Tile
4630 E Sprague Ave
Spokane, Washington 99212

What Is Net Profit and How Do I Make It? Track: Business Management Speaker: Roseann Freitas Understand how to make your passion into profit. Every business needs to make a profit to be successful and the construction industry is no different. In this session, you will identify revenue sources to include design fee and product mark-up percentages. Learn how to categorize expenses and how to track them for proper accounting and tax records. Learn the formulas to for mark-up and margin and identify the difference between the two. An emphasis will be placed on how mistakes affect the bottom line and how to avoid them. The attendee will leave with an understanding of the “business” side of the design team. Learning Objectives: • Define the basic accounting formula • Define the area of revenue and expenses • Identify revenue sources to include design time and product sales • Describe the difference between Cost of Goods Sold and Administrative expenses • Define the difference between mark-up and margin • Learn how mistakes affect the bottom line.


Trends From Eurocucina

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Spokane Hardware Supply
2001 E Trent Ave
Spokane, WA 99202


Beata who is the VP of Marketing for Element Designs is going to be presenting her NKBA CEU presentation from EuroCucina which is a kitchen design show held in the fashion capitol of the world Milan Italy Biannually. She will be discussing major design trends in the kitchen seen at the show. Her topics will span the use of mixed materials, neutral colors, glass doors, metallic finishes, open shelving, hidden hardware and accent lighting. She will be diving into each of this topics to highlight how each trend is evolving today.


Smart Kitchen Design

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Bedrosians Tile and Stone
19119 E Broadway Ave.
Spokane Valley, Washington 99016

Attendees will learn about smart kitchen technology including smart kitchen device automation using the shortcuts App by Apple, and the basics of designing with augmented reality tools.

Attendees will learn how to use a Smart Kitchen survey to help clients make smart home tech decisions and how to assign values to smart kitchen gadgets and devices. (.1 CEU)


Prizes, Puppies, & Professionals

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Twigs Bistro
401 E Farwell
Spokane, WA 99218

Come join us for our membership drive! Bring a potential member and increase your chances of winning some amazing raffle items! Plus.. PUPPIES! Help us support Murci’s mission.


Student Design Competition

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Gina’s Design Center
811 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, Washington 99201

Come see your 2019 SFCC Design Students award winning Designs!

A winning entry in this competition increases industry visibility and peer recognition, offers valuable publicity opportunities, and acknowledges the talent of aspiring kitchen and bath designers. Students must plan beautiful, safe and functional spaces, incorporating creative design statements and aesthetically pleasing design solutions.

NKBA student members may enter the kitchen competition, the bath competition, or both. Entrants must design a kitchen and/or bath based on the client requests and plans provided.


The Buzz from KBIS

Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Flo Form
5320 E Sprague Ave #400
Spokane, Washington 99212

Your 2019 Officers have returned from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, where it was buzzing with all the latest innovative trends. Join them as they reports back on THE BUzZ FROM KBIS!


Rewriting the Rules on Kitchen Lighting

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ferguson Kitchen and Bath
2304 N Dollar Road
Spokane, WA 99212

Most kitchens are poorly lit. But designers and lighting experts don’t agree on which lamps work best in which fixtures, and especially where those fixtures need to be located. Since you can’t manage what you don’t measure, Doug first used a light meter app on his phone, to measure delivered foot candles on the countertops of the old kitchens he was working on. NKBA and IESNA agree that 50 fc is the minimum for kitchen counters. But most existing kitchens he measured had less than 20 fc.

To do it better, he used client kitchens under remodel as his “lab”, and mocked up different types of fixtures, lamps and layouts. He quickly discovered that all lumens are not created equal. Choosing the right PAR30 lamp for instance, yielded 10 x more foot candles than a BR30 bulb, even though both bulbs were rated the same lumen output!
Next, he redesigned their kitchen lighting and then had a lighting engineer model the layouts on a computer, adjusting the layout and beam spreads to achieve target light levels. Finally, he went back after the kitchen remodels were complete to take actual foot candle levels, confirming the simulations.

Doug contends that the best kitchen lighting is layered, and comes from a blend of art, with a little bit of science to back it up. He will share several NKBA national award-winning kitchen designs that demonstrate great lighting.

(.1 CEU)


Designing with Independence

Thursday, October 25,  2018 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

22495 East Clairmont St
Liberty Lake, Washington 99019

This was our March event that had to be rescheduled!

Maria Stapperfenne is an Award-Winning, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, as well as a Certified Living in Place Professional Instructor. In 2015 she was the NKBA National President, and in 2017 she was among KBDN “Top 50 Innovators” leading the K&B industry and elevating the trade. Join us as she presents on Designing for Independence. She will cover elements of aging, developmental and cognitive issues we should take into account, as we design for people of all ages and abilities wishing to remain in their home. NKBA – .1 CEU

This event will be held at Trutina, a newly built 55+ resort-style community.

We wish to thank our event host Spokane Hardware Supply.


Part 2: Luxury Bathrooms. Luxury Appointments Elevate Bath Projects into Lucrative Profit Centers

Thursday, August 16,  2018 @ 5:30pm-8:30pm

19119 E Broadway Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99016

Luxury Appointments Elevate Bath Projects into Lucrative Profit Centers

Track: Design & Inspiration
Speaker: Christopher Grubb

Passion for a luxurious bath experience has gone mainstream, elevating the bathroom to one of the most intricately designed and unique rooms in any project. Moreover, because luxuriously detailed bathrooms are now the norm, rather than the exception, they are no longer reserved for just residential spaces. Today’s consumers are demanding top quality materials and products and from a cost-per-square-foot vantage point, the bath has evolved into one of the most lucrative rooms in any interior design project, from hotels to medical spaces. In fact, high-end design firms report the average cost of a bathroom has risen to between $300 and $600 per square foot!

Recognizing that it literally pays to take notice of this no-end-in-sight trend, internationally acclaimed Interior Designer Christopher Grubb has embraced the potential of the bath in his own projects, and shares how to inject the bath those special and sophisticated details that resonate with consumers. As a seminar participant, you will be armed with the applicable and useful knowledge you’ll need to implement an unforgettable bath experience in virtually any setting.

Presentation Objectives and Goals:
• What’s trending in materials and products, including stone, tile, countertops, and more.
•  How to spot products that will provide the luxury your clients demand with a budget in mind.
•  Which readily available products can help keep bath projects on schedule.
•  How to identify the luxury bathroom products that can easily transition between residential, commercial, medical and hospitality environments.
• How to design aesthetics that comply with ADA and other codes.
• How to successfully combine the vast array of unique and exotic materials available to create a bath that’s both luxurious and unexpected.
• How to identify the earth-friendly materials that will provide LEED points, as well as aesthetic beauty.
• Which accouterments enhance the sense of luxury in the bath, including audio/video, water features, plumbing fixtures, jetted tubs, color therapy, body sprays, headed floors, refrigeration, warming drawers, and more.

(.1 CEU)


Shower Systems: Creating Spa – Like Shower Experiences

Thursday, June 14,  2018 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

Ferguson Plumbing Supply
2304 N Dollar Rd
Spokane, WA 99212

Explore elements to create a custom spa-like shower. You will learn about new technologies that improve the shower experience and key considerations in developing an ideal custom shower experience. You will also learn about the need for water efficiency and programs that exist to help support it. ( .1 CEU)


The Evolution of the Kitchen & Bath

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:30pm-8:30pm

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
2316 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

Kitchens have been evolving for centuries, starting outdoors and finally finding their way into the home. On May 17th, Sheri will discuss the most important time frame in the kitchen evolution, the late 1800’s to the 1950’s. During this time, the modern kitchen came to be what we think of today, the hardest working room in the home. The program will be begin with an overview of Spokane’s eclectic homes and how original space planning evolved to feature the kitchen; following with a discussion on historic kitchen aesthetics. Finally Sheri will address the issue of how to appropriately modernize to fit clients needs while embracing the historic style of the home. ( .1 CEU)


Designing for Independence Without Talking About It

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

22495 E Clairmont Lane
Liberty Lake, WA 99019


Maria Stapperfenne is an Award-Winning, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, as well as a Certified Living in Place Professional Instructor. In 2015 she was the NKBA National President, and in 2017 she was among KBDN “Top 50 Innovators” leading the K&B industry and elevating the trade. Join us as she presents on Designing for Independence. She will cover elements of aging, developmental and cognitive issues we should take into account, as we design for people of all ages and abilities wishing to remain in their home.

This event will be held at Trutina, a newly built 55+ resort-style community.

We wish to thank our event host Spokane Hardware Supply. NKBA – .1 CEU


Fall in LOVE with the NKBA

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Total Wine & More
13802 E Indiana
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
United States

Join us as your 2018 Officers Council reports back on the BUZZ from KBIS!

The Ultimate BLACK AND WHITE End of Year BASH!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 9:00pm
McGinnity Room
116 W Pacific Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

Palouse Chapter Event

Polish Your Presentation Skills

Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Bedrosians Tile Stone
19119 E Broadway Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99016

Palouse Chapter Event

Understanding Quartz Surfaces by DuPont Zodiaq

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @ 11:30am
BPS Supply
1980 East Trent
Spokane, WA 99202

Palouse Chapter Event

Kickoff 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Flo Form
5320 E Sprague Ave #400
Spokane WA 99212

Wear your favorite team jersey and start the New Year off with the NKBA Palouse Chapter! You don’t want to miss our annual KBIS trend report or the fun and exciting things we have planned for 2017!

End of Year Bash!

Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Penthouse at the Paulsen
421 Riverside Ave, #700
Spokane WA 99201

Dress to impress for the NKBA Palouse Chapter’s finale of 2016 at the top of Spokane in the Historic Paulsen Penthouse. Festivities will include an Award Ceremony for our members, introduction of the 2017 Palouse Chapter Officers and raffle prizes to benefit the NKBA Student Scholarship fund. Cocktails, appetizers and mingling begin at 5pm, followed by a formal dinner and presentations at 6:30pm.

You Are Not Your Job

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 7:30pm
Monet Floors
4057 N. Government Way
Coeur d’Alene, ID

Sustainable design is not just a trend in the built environment, but a lifestyle maximizing talents and personal fulfillment. The NKBA Palouse Chapter welcomes Liesbet Trappenburg to discuss the direct correlation between sustainable design concepts, creativity and the work-life balance, and teach us the tools to create an action plan to define “success”.

Summer Family Social

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Big Barn Brewery
16004 N. Applewood Lane
Mead, WA 99021

Gather your family & significant others for the NKBA’s annual Summer Social at Big Barn Brewery up on Greenbluff. Events include dinner by A Couple of Chefs Food Truck, Beer Tasting by Big Barn Brewery, Yard Games, Live Music, Photo Booth and Tree-Ripened Peach Picking. You won’t want to miss this quintessential summer evening!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Fixture Gallery
621 N. Kellogg St.
Kennewick, WA

My favorite things in Technology! Today’s client has high expectations for a quick turn around from concept to completion. Do you have the technology and tools to save time and set the right expectation? Join the NKBA Palouse Chapter for an evening of learning & networking with guest speaker Vanessa DeKoekkoek. Mix & Mingle at 5pm, presentation at 5:45pm.

20/20: It’s not Sci-Fi!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm
5320 E. Sprague
Spokane, WA

Virtual Reality is no longer science fiction. It is the selling tool for today! Watch the demonstration and hands on use of virtual reality design and presentation software your clients expect. Join the NKBA Palouse Chapter for a lunch and learn presentation featuring guest speaker Vanessa DeKoekkoek. Presentation with light lunch begins at noon.

Full Steam Ahead

Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Ferguson Showroom
2304 N Dollar Rd
Spokane Valley, WA 99212

Watch live cooking demos and eat delicious food while getting your questions answered about steam cooking in the American kitchen with guest speaker Janne Mahan.

2016 Student Design Competition

Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Kimberlee Kristine’s
164 S. Browne St
Spokane, WA 99202

Spokane’s First Friday Art Walk in April will include SFCC Interior Design Student kitchen and bath projects. Come down to Kimberlee Kristine’s 164 S. Browne St. and cast your vote for the People’s Choice award! Support the future of our industry!

Deep Energy Retrofit

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Spokane Hardware
2001 E. Trent Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202

Albert Rooks of Small Planet Supply Inc. will discuss the Deep Energy Retrofit of a 1977 wood framed residence in Olympia, WA. Strategies of airtightness, thermal bridge construction, triple glazing, heat recovery ventilation and COMBI space conditioning will be discussed in this case study.

Super Year Kickoff

Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Great Floors Spokane Valley
13708 Indiana Ave.
Spokane, WA 99216

Join the Nkba for a Pre-Game Funk as we kickoff the New Year with a trend report from KBIS. We have some exciting plans for 2016 to share with you!!! Wear your favorite team jersey and enjoy some tailgate style.