I love my annual adventure to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago each spring! Besides meeting amazing people (this year I got to sit and chat with Montel Williams, Emeril Lagasse, Kathy Mitchel and Richard Blais) I also get a sneak peek at the newest and hottest items coming to the stores in the next 12 months! This year, I took Ann, my Senior Editor and we had a total blast!
Here are the big houseware trends we saw this year:
Everything seems to either be painted with it, have labels built-in or have removable labels on something like a slow cooker so you can let your guests know what is inside it.
Even Kitchen-Aid released its mini version of their classic stand mixer with their new Artisan Mini line. Lighter, smaller and the same workhorse that they are known for. Kids in the kitchen? Maybe it’s part of the STEM/STEAM movement, but there are a lot of companies now starting to realize that little hands need little tools.
Maybe it’s the nostalgia tweaking the Millennials? The pastel colors of the 60’s are coming back, and with a vengeance. We saw a sneak peek last year with appliance guru SMEG but even Wilton brought it big this year. FYI: Bundt cakes are back!
Everyone seems to have the best or better one out there. Ones that work for hot liquids…ones that filter your water…water infusion bottles…sip ‘n snack containers…water bottles for a cause. They are all great in their own way but I still adore my Contigo special from last year’s show. It’s my “go-to”.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a new movie coming out and they have a huge licensing! What do you think of a TMNT pizza oven? It cracked us up
It seems the new non-stick coating of choice is ceramic. It’s on a ton of pans and bakeware.
Those are just a few of the cool things you are going to see on the upcoming market over the next 12 months, and we are partnered with several amazing brands to do test and do reviews both on this site and then on www.SarahLynGay.com . You will see most of the toys and things for little people now being over there — make sure you bookmark it!