Mario Romano Walls

Mario Romano Walls

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron.

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Huge thanks to KBDi Board of 2020

Huge thanks to KBDi Board of 2020

Last week we extended our thanks to the various KBDi Chapter Committees around the country, and tipped our hats to the members leading these teams as Chapter Chairs.

This week, we’re giving gratitude to our hard-working KBDi Board. This small but dedicated team gives a generous amount of time to our organisation, sharing their professional expertise and experience for the benefit of the industry.

South Australia’s Peter Sveinsson CBD Au leads the group as KBDi President. Peter’s strong attention to detail and organisational prowess ensure each meeting is well planned and productive. Peter’s business management skills and industry knowledge are invaluable to our organisation, and we extend our sincerest thanks for his ongoing time and contributions.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, holds the position of KBDi Vice President. Gavin’s passion for the industry is immeasurable, and his keen eye for collaborative opportunities is helping us forge and sustain excellent relationships with the industry’s most reputable suppliers.

Victoria’s Garrett Hebden has more than three decades of experience in the kitchen, bathroom and interior renovation fields. His business acumen and industry awareness are most helpful in his role as KBDi Treasurer, and we can be assured that the finances of our association are in good hands. Garrett’s positivity and humour are always appreciated in the monthly meetings.

Sharon Terblanche (Victoria) has brought enthusiasm, energy and plenty of bright ideas to the KBDi Board in 2020. Her varied roles in the design and manufacturing industries have given Sharon a well-rounded insight into all aspects of the industry, and her sales and marketing strategic thinking will be of enormous value in the year ahead.

Last but not least, Melbourne’s Rina Cohen rounds off the Board with passion and professionalism. In her thirty-plus years at the helm of Rina Cohen Interiors (now trading as RCI Designs), she has overcome many of the challenges faced by small businesses and learned how and when to celebrate the wins. In her role on the Board, Rina uses this experience for the benefit of us all.

Please join us in extending thanks and appreciation to the dedicated group above. Together, we look forward to making 2021 a year of growth and opportunity.

Huge bouquets to KBDi Chapter Chairs of 2020

Huge bouquets to KBDi Chapter Chairs of 2020

If you’ve attended a KBDi chapter event any time this year, you’ll know we’ve become an exceptionally well-oiled machine when it comes to get-togethers. We couldn’t do this on our own, however, and owe a huge thanks to each and every one of our Chapter Committee Members. These busy designers and industry reps generously volunteer their time to help our community flourish. In this issue, we’re introducing you to our Chapter Chairs and their teams, and we ask you to join us in thanking them for their ongoing contributions.

New South Wales

As you may or may not know, long-time member, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, took a position on the KBDi Board this year, and has been sharing the role of NSW Chapter Chair with Carla Waghorn as he transitions out. Carla has embraced her new position at the head of the team, and will no doubt do great things in 2021! She has a fabulous crew around her, and we offer our thanks to:


  • Carla Waghorn – Design Artistry (Incoming Chapter Chair)
  • Gavin Hepper CKD Au – Concepts by Gavin Hepper (Outgoing Chapter Chair)
  • Jane Cheadle – Jane Cheadle Design
  • Brandon Darmanin – Exclusive Cabinetry Pty Ltd
  • Barclay Gillett – Austaron
  • Matt Michel – Matt Michel Design
  • Cherel Millist CKD Au, CBD Au – Brilliant Design Concepts
  • Gloria Rose CKD Au – Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms
  • Andrew Wright CKD Au, CBD Au – Impala Kitchens & Bathrooms


Gold Coast designer, Katia Slogrove, leads the KBDi Queensland Chapter Committee. Katia brings great energy and enthusiasm to the Queensland crew, and we look forward to enjoying her company at more Brisbane and Gold Coast events next year. Katia has some long-time members in her team, and we extend our sincerest thanks to:


  • Katia Slogrove (Chapter Chair)
  • Julie Blackmore (Themes & Schemes)
  • Estelle Cameron (Designtank)
  • Darren James CKD Au, CBD Au (Darren James Interiors)
  • Rosanna Pappalardo CKD Au (RJP Design & Décor)
  • Ron Redman (Redman Training & Development Pty Ltd)
  • Helene Newson (Helene has recently retired from her position it the committee, but we thank her for her many years of much-appreciated service)

South Australia

Adelaide’s Tony Warren CKD Au leads the South Australian KBDi Chapter Committee. Tony’s many years of service and outstanding dedication to the ongoing professional development of his SA peers is much appreciated. Tony has a small but enthusiastic team by his side; huge thanks and bouquets to:

  • Tony Warren CKD Au – TMA Kitchen Design (Chapter Chair)
  • Tammy Brady – Tammy Brady Kitchen & Bathroom Design
  • Sophie Doumbiotis – Sophie Katina
  • Leanne Kison


Long-time member, Frank Iaria CKD Au, needs little introduction to our Victorian cohort. Frank’s always-smiling, ever-friendly presence has no doubt been missed during this COVID-catastrophe, and we know he’ll be as eager as the rest of you to kick off some stellar events in 2021. Frank leads a small team that can pack a big punch, and we thank them for their service:


  • Frank Iaria CKD Au – Mint Kitchen Group (Chapter Chair)
  • Michelle Broussard – Colour Confidence Interiors
  • Theo Sismanellis CKD Au – Designer Kitchens Victoria

Western Australia

The community spirit in WA is alive and well, and we’re incredibly grateful for the support of our enthusiastic WA Chapter Committee. Long-time member, Jane Tincey, leads the team with energy and oomph, and her partner-in-crime, Alan Gmeiner, often steals the show with his entertaining MC efforts. The WA crew always wins the KBDi-in-office competition for best event photos (Selina thanks you!), and we extend our great appreciation to this lot:


  • Jane Tincey – Envision Design (Chapter Chair)
  • Trudy Flynn – Abey Australia
  • Alan Gmeiner – Envision Design
  • Robert Mazzilli – Verde Design
  • Caitlin McNeill – Joyce Kitchens
  • Fiona Parsons – Austaron
  • Alysia Pekel – Western Cabinets
  • Glenda Roff – Character Cabinets

Huge thanks to each and all of the legends listed above – we would not be where we are without you.

And if you’d like to up-the-ante in 2021 and add your name to our Chapter Committee lists, we’d always be happy to talk you through the process. Contact our office today for more information.

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

Announcing the KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Winners of 2020

KBDi and the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly were delighted to once again join forces for the People’s Choice Award. With an extended voting period this year (#thanksCOVID), the KBQ and Complete Homes team were delighted with the voting response of consumers.

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Kitchen of the Year 2020

The ACT’s Maria Cerne (Studio Black Interiors) collected the most votes for this classy kitchen. Maria has earned the prize of an $8,000 Home Design Package including a full page brand advert, a double-page spread project editorial and plenty of social exposure! Congratulations, Maria!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Bathroom of the Year 2020

Victorian designer, Teresa Kleeman (Embracing Space) is the winner of the Bathroom award. Like Maria, Teresa’s work will be splashed across the pages of a glossy magazine in a generous Home Design Package worth $8,000. Congratulations, Teresa!

KBDi & KBQ People’s Choice Design Space of the Year 2020

While in past years this competition has been for kitchen and bathroom categories only, KBQ and Complete Homes chose 2020 to share the Design Space Award and Traditional Categories, too. The winner of this collective was New South Wales’ Tameka Moffat. This lovely laundry has earned Tameka a full page spread in an upcoming edition of KBQ.

Please join us in congratulating the well-deserved winners above. Huge thanks, too, to Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly (and the Universal Media crew) for their incredible ongoing support.

Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Members who’ve joined Adele Locke at our live or digital events will know that this ‘lady of light’ is extremely generous with her luminaire knowledge. If you’ve missed our recent videoconferences, you can view the recordings at any time in your exclusive KBDi Member Portal. But if you’d like another chance to see the lady live, check out the special session scheduled for this year’s Super Design Festival.

The digital session features a conversation between Adele and About Space St. Kilda Showroom Manager, Jodie Meier. The two will talk all things lighting design and discuss how architects and interior designers can avoid flooding a space with light by using a layered approach. If you’re keen, secure your place here.

KBDi are proud to partner with Indesign for this year’s festival, and we encourage you to check out their full line up of events here.

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi’s Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2020, Simona Castagna (Minosa) is joining a stellar line-up of speakers at this year’s all new Super Design festival.

Simona will sit alongside Meryl Hare (Hare & Klein), Joanne Lawless (Lawless & Meyerson) and Greg Natale (Greg Natale Design) in a digital design discussion proudly sponsored by Sub-Zero Wolf.

Under the banner of ‘The Rebirth of the Kitchen’, this super-talented panel will discuss the pivotal and changing role of the undisputed ‘heart of the home’. From sustainability to technological innovation, to family-friendly design and accommodating working from home, you’ll leave with plenty of pearls of wisdom sure to inspire you in the year ahead.

Learn more and register for this digital event here.

KBDi is proud to partner with Indesign in their new Super Design concept. Learn more about the full line up of events here.