Despite icy roads and heavy snowfall, I recently made my way over to the 2011 Winnipeg Kitchen, Bath and Renovation Show (KBR) at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. I know what you’re thinking. Stormy winter weather in Manitoba - who would have thought? The Winnipeg KBR Show was celebrating its 10th anniversary and since I’m in the process of a budget savvy kitchen reno, I thought I would check out the latest and greatest in kitchen and bath design. While I love the low cost, yet stylish design solutions I have come up with for my tiny kitchen, I couldn’t help but drool over the gorgeous kitchens on display! The exhibitors graciously allowed me to take photos so I thought I would share a few of the designs that really caught my eye. I love that each kitchen design reads differently, yet they all reinforce similar design trends and tricks. Three trends to take note of are: 1 Become a mix master Don't shy away from mixing materials. All four of these fabulous kitchen displays used two to three different cabinet materials. The result is eclectic, dramatic and slightly industrial. Mix light with dark, pattern with solid or glossy with matte. The combinations are endless, so be creative! 2 Think on multiple levels Gone are the days when countertops were all the same height. Today's hottest kitchens feature countertops that dip and lift, giving the cabinets a building block effect. The edgy look may seem daring to some, but is very practical. Now everyone can find prep space at a height that is perfectly suited for them 3 Don't take yourself too seriously Whether you add a dramatic pendant light fixture, a Moorish-inspired mullion detail on glass fronted cabinets or a whimsical built-in banquette, have fun with your kitchen. The kitchen should inspire great cooking and comfortable conversation so make a statement and let your personality shine through!