CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the new year gets underway, it’s a good time to take stock of the latest design trends impacting the industry from new colors and textures, developments in accessories and more.

There’s no better place to get that information than the 2019 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, to be held March 6-8 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will feature a panel of designers discussing interior design trends, what to watch for and tips on how to apply the latest styles to designs from the closet to the garage, wine room and beyond.
 
Panelists include Kathleen Jacobson, The Couture Closet; Robert Bass, Kessick Wine Storage; and Marianne Gamsby, More Space Place.

Trends in Design panelists:

Marianne Gamsby, Architectural Engineer
Designer, More Space Place, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, SC 
Gamsby has worked in the custom millwork industry for 22 years. During college, she obtained an internship at a prestigious architectural millwork company in Colorado and worked as a design engineer for a short time before being promoted to project manager. After college, she moved to South Carolina to work at another millwork firm as an engineer and again moved into a project management position. Gamsby later moved to Myrtle Beach and started a More Space Place franchise with her family and has been a designer at More Space Place since 2006 and working side-by-side with her husband and in-laws.  
 
 
Robert Bass, owner, Kessick Wine Storage 
Greenville, South Carolina 
Kessick Custom Wine Cellar Storage Systems designs and manufactures wine cabinetry and wine racking. Kessick is a wholesale supplier to the professional custom wine cellar industry, design community, and the building trades. 
 
Kathleen Jacobson, owner, The Couture Closet 
Dallas, Texas
After a successful career as a broadcast journalist and producer for ABC World News Tonight, 20/20, and Good Morning America, Jacobson decided to follow her passion into custom closet design. Whether interviewing pop-stars to U.S. Presidents or a homeowner dreaming of the perfect closet, she says her elegant style, precision detail, sharp listening, and problem-solving sets her apart. 
 
After designing and building two showcase homes for her family in Dallas, her style and effortless organization caught the attention of Dallas residents, which inspired Jacobson to start her own business, The Couture Closet, creating elegant, luxurious closets and living spaces for others. 
 
Jacobson has been awarded “Best of Houzz” in both Design and Customer Service every year since The Couture Closet inception 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She has been a “go to” expert in the industry and featured in many national and local publications. And she hosts Neiman Marcus trunk shows in her home for designers Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.  Jacobson is also a member of ACSP (Association of Closet and Storage Professionals) and NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals).
 
The 2019 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo takes place March 6 - 8 at the Charlotte Convention Center. A day-long conference runs Wednesday, March 6, followed by a two-day Expo March 7 - 8. The Cabinets & Closets 2019 event is co-located this year with Wood Pro Expo Charlotte, an annual regional show that brings education, equipment, and supplies close to cabinetmakers and custom woodworking businesses around the country. 

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