Last week I traveled with a group of designers to Kohler, Wisc., to learn about Kohler’s products, brands and technology. We were fortunate enough to stay in stunning and historic Riverbend (

My experience there was nothing short of spectacular. As a tactically motivated designer, I place a lot of value in being able to test-drive products before putting them in my clients’ homes. I want to know firsthand how the faucet handles feel when you turn them, or how the artist crafts each unique piece of tile. And Kohler is such a top-notch company with exquisite, cutting-edge products, it would be difficult to leave uninspired.

My favorite moment of the trip was meeting the designers of the Kallista pieces. (Kallista is one of the companies owned by Kohler.) The engineering of Kallista products is astounding…can’t wait to put some of them in my clients’ homes!

Some of the gorgeous Kallista designs:

Kallista vanity, lights and faucet.

Bill Sofield for Kallista vanity design, lights and faucet


Kallista faucet and vanity

Barbara Barry Tuxedo Collection for Kallista faucet, lights, mirror and vanity

Kallista faucet

Michael S. Smith for Kallista “For Country” collection faucet

Ann Sacks Tile….gorgeous!

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)


Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Ann Sacks tile (owned by Kohler)

Don’t forget about the Riverbed Mansion and croquet field on the Kohler complex! Luxury!!

Riverbed mansion at the Kohler complex

A mansion built in 1923 for Walter J. Kohler

Riverbed mansion at the Kohler complex

Riverbend’s rear terrace

Croquet field at Kohler complex

Croquet anyone?

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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.