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Kitchen and Bath Tour to spread ideas, raise funds

Proceeds will go to benefit Eden ‘Bliss’ Kalk

Submitted photo This farmhouse kitchen featured on the tour showcases custom StarMark Cabinetry with an inset door style, Cambria Quartz countertops, and a hand-molded subway tile backsplash.

NEW ULM — As the seasons’ change, many homeowners are looking to change up their home interiors. next Saturday’s Kitchen & Bath Tour is a chance to see the new trends.

New Ulm Real Estate and Route 1 Interiors is partnering host the first New Ulm Kitchen & Bath Tour. Six homes in the New Ulm area will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

All proceeds for the event go to benefit Eden “Bliss” Kalk, who is undergoing cancer treatments.

Kari Linbo of Route 1 Interiors and Chayla Henle of New Ulm Real Estate organized the event. Linbo said both businesses have a strong working relationship, but after their mutual friend, Bliss Kalk, became sick they decided to organize this event to help.

Henle said Kitchen and Bath tour was perfect because both businesses have a love of homes and interior design. The tour is an opportunity to show off what is possible with modern design.

As the name suggests, the tour is focusing on kitchens and bathrooms. Each of the six homes on the tour features a different look. Two of the homes are farmhouse style, one is a brand new construction, two are remodeled and one is part of a flipped house.

Each home will feature pre-construction photos of the kitchen and bathroom allowing visitors to compare the before-and-after looks.

The tour will feature a variety of modern designs including the shiplap style. Shiplap is a wood wall treatment style. Henle said it is a style fan of HGTV will find familiar.

The tour will also feature Cala Contemporary Woodwork, which is a new area business that makes handcrafted artisan-style coffee tables.

The tour will include raffle prizes at three of homes and special giveaways. Snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

“It is a great way to find out what trends are in,” Henle said. “It is for people looking to remodel or upgrade their homes.”

Linbo said it is also a fun activity. She said this event is similar to the parade of home tours held in the Twin Cities but on a smaller scale.

Also, this is a good time to start planning for interior remodeling projects. Linbo said by planning now, a design can be submitted to contractors in the winter when they are less busy.

The cost of the tour is $20 with tickets available at New Ulm Real Estate, Route 1 Interiors and the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. The ticket will feature a map showing the location of the six homes on the tour.

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