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What Happens When a Southern Kitchen Goes Luxury

Y’all, I’m almost speechless from my latest design adventure… almost!

In case you missed my last post, I shared that Modenus Designhounds and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS) were whisking me and 22 other lucky designers off to…

…NAPA Valley!

modenus designhounds signature kitchen napa tour

Designhounds, led by our fearless founder and leader Veronika Eagleson, are a group of micro-influencers assembled to scour the globe for the best products and brands in the design world.  I’m so honored to be a member of this tribe and voted number 11 in the top 100 Designhounds for 2019!

modenus designhounds ceo veronika eagleson napa valley event

Veronika Eagleson, founder and CEO of Modenus Designhounds

Together with the other amazing women on the tour (you can meet them here), we saw, tested, and even tasted food made using the latest innovations in kitchen appliances—and I can’t wait to share my findings with you!

signature kitchen suite test kitchen pro range

The SKS test kitchens… AKA where the magic happened!

signature kitchen suite

Signature Kitchen Suite is a new luxury brand combining advanced technology with food in the best of ways. (Their parent company is LG, so you know it’s the real deal!) We visited and learned in the 23,000sf facility that was a dream concept for them, 2 years in the making.

The facility was nothing short of amazing, featuring every single appliance made by Signature Kitchen Suite and LG.  

Along with that was an amazing test kitchen, beautifully designed kitchens featuring the appliances, a conference room, dining room, education room and a lounge!  

Here are a few shots of the beautiful kitchen displays:

signature kitchen suite test kitchen refrigerator napa valley

signature kitchen suite test kitchen dishwashers napa valley

signature kitchen suite test kitchen napa valley modenus event

And the lounge…

signature kitchen suite modenus designhounds lounge

I first met Signature Kitchen Suite at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando in 2018 where I was also on a Designhounds Tour!

I’m tellin’ y’all, Veronika knows how to educate us! But it was at KBIS this year in February where I really got to experience the brand — AND learned about their new pro range…which won Best in Show of KBIS.  

Let that sink in for a moment.

There are literally thousands of appliances in this show y’all.  To win the BEST of the show at KBIS means that the product is a game-changer.

Before I dive into the magic of this 3-in-1 pro range, I have to say… you know that tiny little twinge you get when you hear the term “smart home” and imagine some crazy complex system running your house? SKS products are nothing like that.

They’ve created an experience that is luxuriously simple! (Amen to that!)

signature kitchen suite – pro range

signature kitchen suite pro range sous vide gas induction

As I mentioned before, SKS is VERY diligent about staying “true to food.”  They even have a series of mini-movies on Youtube about staying true to where our food comes from, and they are SO GOOD.

(Feast your eyes here!)

Aside from the amazing products they produce, the other impressive takeaway for me was their story.  If you watch the videos linked above, you will be mesmerized by their “true to food” approach, their respect for the food we eat, where it comes from, and how it gets to us.

They have married technology with the origin of the food we eat and have geared everything to who they call the “technicurean.”  This is a word they coined to describe the consumer who is immersed in technology and how it can be used to help create the best meal possible.

I hinted at it before, but SKS’s new pro range is the first ever in the industry that allows three functions… sous vide cooking, gas cooking, and induction cooking all in ONE unit. This is the ONLY range on the market that has a sous-vide element. Along with steam ovens.

Yes, steam ovens.  

signature kitchen suite pro range best in show kbis

signature kitchen suite smartest range oven you'll ever have

I’ve been on the scene for a looong time y’all, and no other brand touches this level of excellence.

Now, if you haven’t heard of sous vide cooking before, it’s the secret to the delicious food you see coming out of Michelin star kitchens and on cooking shows… and we can finally have it at home!

Here’s how it works…

Y’all the flavor was like no other!! (Of course I had to taste the food to make sure it was good enough for you… *wink*)

signature kitchen suite modenus designhounds event in napa valley

culinary art institute lunch menu delicious

culinary art institute lunch hosted by modenus and signature kitchen suite

culinary art institute lunch hosted by modenus and signature kitchen suite

Y’all…they wined and dined us at every single meal.

This is hard work.

But it must be done.

Okay, on to SKS’s refrigerators…


signature kitchen suite – refrigerators


signature kitchen suite refrigerator customizable drawer

I think we’d all say yes to food that tastes like it came straight from the vine, field, or orchard, which is why I practically heard a choir singing when these refrigerator doors opened!

There’s a convertible drawer on the refrigerator that you can adjust to any temp and use exactly how you need it—it can go from a freezer drawer to a fridge drawer to a kids’ snack drawer all at the adjustment of a knob.

Again, this is technology at its finest, but in the most friendly, luxurious way. Count me in!

signature kitchen suite refrigerator customizable drawer double doors

You’ll be feeding the kids, grandkids, and ALLL your neighbors with this beauty. 😉

signature kitchen suite refrigerator customizable drawer wine fridge

It’s also worth mentioning that SKS has a full 2 year warranty, which extends to three years when you register the appliance, AND 5-day repair or replace warranty- no questions asked.  All of their lines have the ability to connect by wi-fi every 20 minutes (if you so choose) to SKS’s center to report any issues.

In other words, SKS will know of any problems with the appliance before you do! Your personal appliance manager (that is assigned to you when you register your appliances) will call you if there is a problem reported.  This means when the technician is sent for repair, he will have the needed parts on hand. One appointment and done.

That’s quality, luxury customer service and no surprise given everything else I’ve seen of this brand. Top, top notch, y’all.


culinary institute of america

culinary art institute of america

We also had the opportunity to visit (and eat at) the Culinary Institute of America. Though we weren’t exactly testing appliances here, the bakeware and servingware on display in the museum definitely caught my attention.

I think it’ll catch yours too…

culinary art institute of america cake pans galore

A WALL of cake molds!!! No such thing as too many in the South!

culinary art institute of america rolling pins display

To all my baking girls out there… which rolling pin would you choose?!

culinary art institute of america chinoiserie servingware

You know me… how could I resist snapping a photo of this chinoiserie??

culinary art institute of america copper cappuccino maker

Beautiful copper cappuccino maker in the museum

Okay, my last find isn’t exactly kitchen related, but it blew me away, so I can’t resist sharing it with you.

It’s the LG ThinQ TV in 37K. It was so thin, the graphics are FANTASTIC (you will literally be happy to never leave your couch), and—get this—it’s hung by a magnetic panel to a magnet on the wall. Ingenious!

Before I go, I want to give a big thank you to Veronika Eagleson (Modenus’s CEO) and Zach Elkins (Founder of SKS), who made this an unforgettable experience for all of us. I’ve been on lots of design trips but NEVER one like this.

modenus design hounds veronika eagleson with superior construction and design elizabeth scruggs

Meet the ever-fabulous Veronika!

zach elkin founder of signature kitchen suite

Zach Elkin, founder of SKS

designhounds napa valley may 2019

Designhounds Napa Valley, May 2019

I hope you enjoyed seeing these new appliances and innovations as much as I did! And if you’d like more info on them, or to learn about getting them for your home, I can hook you up!

As always, I’ll be back again soon with more design advice and inspiration for y’all. 😉

In the meantime, enjoy these sunny TN days and sign up below for our mini magazine below if you haven’t gotten the scoop on lighting yet!

See y’all soon,


This blog post is sponsored by Modenus and Signature Kitchen Suite but all of the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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By |2019-11-01T09:58:00-05:00May 30th, 2019|design, events|


  1. Veronica Vilora Solomon May 30, 2019 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Such a greta recap Elizabeth. I am so glad I got to see you again.

    • Elizabeth Scruggs May 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Veronica- I missed you as soon as I left!! I SO hope to see you again soon!

  2. Peggy Hudson May 31, 2019 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Extraordinarily beautiful ALL! Sorry I haven’t the time now to really read and absorb! Will later for sure! What a truly wonderful time of seeing and learning!

  3. Murfreesboro TN Real Estate June 15, 2019 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I found this blog because of the image of the cake mould wall, it is absolutely stunning!! Do you know how that was achieved, were there magnet hooks for the tins?

    • Elizabeth Scruggs June 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      hi there!
      thanks so much for reading and commenting- I’m not really sure how they had all of them hung on the wall- I’m going to venture a guess at nails so as to be permanant. There were SO many of them- it was an amazing site to see! This was at the Chuck Williams Museum (as in Williams-Sonoma) at Cia in Napa Valley, Ca. I appreciate you reading the blog, and hope you are back soon! Glad I had an inspiration photo for you:)

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