WELL AP Certified

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We are excited to share with you that Giselle Ulmo has earned the WELL Accredited

Professional (WELL APTM) credential through the International WELL Building Institute TM

(IWBITM), placing herself among a group of leading professionals who are dedicated to

supporting human health and well-being in the built environment.

The WELL AP credential is the new, leading credential signifying advanced knowledge of

health and well-being in the built environment and specialization in the WELL Building

Standard TM (WELL).

WELL APs have successfully passed the WELL AP exam, an assessment based on the

expertise of leading practitioners in the field of design, health, and wellness in the built

environment. Developed using GBCI’s rigorous test development best practices, the WELL

AP exam is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge and proficiency in building wellness

and the principles, practices, and applications of the WELL Building Standard.

Giselle Ulmo Design has joined forces with Partners in Living WELL is bringing our

Residential and Commercial clients the most current information on building products and

furnishings, thereby precipitating better choices for healthier living and working

environment. "Living WELL at Home" is comprised of 3 Elements: Beautiful Home, Healthy

Home, Functional Home while corporate spaces, "Living WELL at Work", is patterned

specifically after the 7 Features of The Well Building Standard.

The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health

and wellness of the people in buildings. WELL is an evidence and performance-based

system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and

well-being in the built environment, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort

and mind.

To learn more about our commitment to health and wellness in the built environment, visit

www.partnersinlivingwell.com or contact direct at info@giselleulmodesign.com .

The WELL Building Standard and more information on the WELL AP is available at


My visit to KBIS (Kitchen and Bathroom International Show)

On January I had the opportunity to attend the KBIS show in Orlando, Florida. Kitchen and Bathroom International Show.  This was a combination trip of work and family time. I grew up in Orlando and still have family there with a growing young generation. It was wonderful to work hard exploring the offerings, trends and new products during the show and spend the evenings with my family and the kids. 

The show was held at the Orange county convention center and it covered every inch with products and anything you could possible want when designing a home, kitchen and bathroom. So you can imagine I was in Heaven.

There is much to take away from what was shown but for me it was the variety of cabinets styles beyond the shaker door that has been so popular. In this show the cabinet vendors are using color and texture to stretch our imagination and move us into color.  Navy blues, cobalt blues and grey color were very popular. So get ready to see great color combinations and textures, trims and inserts to dress up your kitchen cabinets doors. In addition what you put inside your cabinets is as important as what they look outside. Many organization inserts and pull out to help you organize inside the cabinets. For upper cabinets imagine pull down shelves so you can get to those very difficult upper cabinets. Pull out pantries and recycle waste pull out are the most popular with many configurations for every kitchen. 

The sink is not just for washing dishes it has become the new prepping surface with multi level surfaces and accessories that will allow you to use as cutting surface, draining and serving.  Check the new the Galley to see versatility it offers. Many other sink manufacturer have jump on board to create similar versions of The Galley system.  

How about those faucets they have become multi user functions with hot and cold and sparking dispensers available in one faucet eliminating the need to use individual water dispensers is all built into one. 

The farm sink is still very popular and many manufacturer have upgraded it with removal apron, many available colors and textures.  

Some of the features for the bathroom is vanities of every shape and size. Many with clever inside outlets for those blow dryers and electric toothbrushes.  Making the most of small bathroom is important especially in NYC so smaller scale toilets and medicine cabinets that can hold all your toiletries.  As per what to put on the walls every type of tile and combination you could imagine and really cool glass shower doors.