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Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis to Host KBIS Favorite, DesignBites

November 16, 2018

Author & TV personality’s flair and energy a “perfect fit” for action-packed program

(Alpharetta, Ga.) – November 16, 2018 – The 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today announced celebrity interior designer Kelli Ellis will host DesignBites, the high-energy “speed dating for brands” program showcasing the latest innovations and coolest designs at the KBIS 2019.

Announcing the host of #DesignBites 2019

Known for her roles in TLC'S Clean Sweep and HGTV's Takeover My Makeover, Move or Improve, Celebrity Holiday Homes, and House Hunters Renovation, Ellis now stars in her own show on The Design Network, Design Therapy. Beyond her highly successful design career, Ellis is an artist, licensee, speaker, founding partner of Design Campus, and author of the best-selling design psychology coaching book, Do I Look Skinny in this House?

Ellis will host DesignBites on the KBISNeXT Stage, February 20 at noon. The new one-hour action-packed format features 10 kitchen and bath brands each displaying one of their most innovative products in a three-minute presentation to the attendee and media audience, followed by a two-minute Q&A.

Exhibiting brands can apply now through November 30, 2018 by completing the DesignBites Application.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelli to the KBISNeXT Stage this February. Her design flair and energetic personality fit perfectly with this program and she is sure to make DesignBites even more fun and entertaining,” said Brian Pagel, senior vice president, Emerald Expositions.

The 2019 DesignBites judging panel includes 2018 DesignBites participant Lisa McCarthy, southern regional manager for The House of Rohl; NKBA Insider Elle Millard, NKBA industry relations manager, and members of the KBIS marketing team.

Members of the media who attend DesignBites will receive a complimentary boxed lunch. Contact to RSVP.

Join more than 31,000 attendees, 600 exhibitors and 400 media expected to visit KBIS 2019, the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals. Register early via to take advantage of discounted registration and hotel rates. For KBIS 2019 media registration, click here

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About KBIS
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50+ years.


Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week® and both organizations recently extended the agreement through 2026. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas Feb. 19 - 21. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events though one pass provides access to both shows.


KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.


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About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).


KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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