July 8, 2015 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review!

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Our discussion questions:

1.) What is popular for kitchen cabinetry? Door styles , wood species, finishes, hardware?

2.) What kitchen countertop materials/colors/edge details are in demand?

3.) What sinks area features are you speccing? What faucet finishes and styles are sought after in kitchens today?

4.) What’s trending in major kitchen appliances?

5.) What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

6.) What overall looks are currently trending for kitchens? Share pics!

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July 1, 2015 – A #KBtribechat Barbecue

A culinary discussion!

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Our discussion questions:

Please share pics and recipes!

1.) What are your main dish recipe favorites on the grill and how do you make them special?

2.) What side dishes do you recommend for a barbecue party?

3.) Share your outdoor living entertainment tips to wow your guests.

4.) What are your go to summer recipes?

5.) Where do you find recipe inspiration? Share your favorite sites!

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June 24, 2015 – A Focus on the Bathroom

A design discussion!

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Our discussion questions: 

1.) What overall looks, styles, materials, finishes and features are popular today for the bathroom?

2.) The Bath Tub – Are your clients omitting the tub from master bathrooms? What looks and styles are trending for bath tubs?

3.) Surfaces -How can you give your bathroom a modern look without it becoming dated in the future? Please share pics!

4.) Lighting is so important in bath design and is constantly evolving!  What’s trending?

5.) Water-efficiency has become a priority in bathroom design. What are ways we can reduce water use without sacrificing a luxury bathroom experience? Share go to products and ideas for socially sustainable designs.

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June 17th at #KBtribechat – Natural Elements

A design discussion 250_min Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Please share photos!

1.) For what reasons would we bring organic elements into a room’s design?  How do they make us feel?

2.) Share ideas for bringing natural elements into the home!

3.) How can we add the permanence of natural materials into the kitchen or bathroom?

4.) Share ways to mix materials to create interest!

5.) Does sustainability tie into the use of natural materials? Why or why not? How?

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June 10th at #KBtribechat: Building Seating into the Kitchen

A Design Discussion!

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Our discussion questions:

When designing a kitchen island or peninsula some like to have one flat work surface and others like the look of higher bar stool height counters. What are the pros and cons of each of these options?

Q1.) When planning seating at a kitchen island or peninsula, do you prefer to have the entire counter 36″ high or stepped up to 42″? Why?

Islands and peninsulas have their unique design issues from supporting the overhang to adding electrical outlets with style.

Q2.) What design solutions do you like for kitchen islands or peninsulas with seating?

Q3.) What walkway clearance dimensions do you insist on around islands? What do you do when you have clients who ask for this feature but actually do not have adequate space?

Please share pictures of beautiful kitchen island seating!

Built-in windowseats are often designed for use as dining seating, at least on one side of the table. They offer storage and reduced need for chair space.

Q4.) Do you prefer to access windowseat space via a lift-top or drawers and why? Please share your ideas for and pictures of successful windowseat dining solutions!

Q5.) Do your clients still want a nook with an informal dining table in the kitchen area?

Banquettes are sometimes designed into the kitchen space today.

Q6.) Do you like the idea of booth seating in the home? Share pictures of designs you like

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June 3, 2015 at #KBtribechat: A Focus on Kitchen Backsplashes

A design discussion!

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Our discussion questions:

1. ) What looks are trending now for backsplashes in the kitchen? Please share pics!

2.) What are your favorite materials for backsplashes in the kitchen? Why?

3.) What are your design solutions for ending backsplashes on return walls? On cabinet finished ends?

4.) Please share design tips and photos for backsplashes on cooking/ventilation walls!

5.) What backsplash materials/looks have you found inspirational or want to design in?

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May 27, 2015 at #KBtribechat: Appliance Considerations for the Master Bathroom

A design discussion hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC. MasterBathroomAppliances We all know about appliances in the Kitchen, even the small ones as we just discussed this week on #KBTribeChat (May 20th), but what about in the bathroom?  A few weeks ago we were talking about Zen design in the bathroom and a lot of us kept talking about that glass of wine to unwind and wouldn’t wine storage be cool in that space! So let’s talk about that, specifically in the Master Bathroom. Aside from the much desired wine refrigerator or coffee maker while you unwind or wake up what else do you think of when you think of appliances in the bathroom? When looking at the definition of an appliance “a device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task, typically a domestic one” we can broaden our list of appliances in this space to include anything mechanical and electrical. To set the parameters for discussion let’s subtract talking about lighting (sorry Lighting Pros, that’s a whole other discussion), let’s also avoid talking about the closet and let’s even assume we’re not talking about a Master Suite kitchenette. Let’s stick just in the Master Bathroom.

by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

The list is extensive and growing daily!  (here is a partial list to get us started, the remainder of what I came up with is below the questions) • Coffee makers built in or hidden under appliance garage • Insta-hot faucet (and cold filtered) • TV, in the mirror or wall mounted • Music, speakers, control system, wireless and Bluetooth options • Shower fog-less mirror • Recessed med cabinets with electrical, outlets, magnets, cool storage, TV, Lights • Cool storage for medicines and certain beauty products • Aromatherapy • Chromatherapy • Happy light: to help wake up in the morning or for certain regions with long winters and gray skies, like in Seattle • Phone charging stations

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by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC


The Discussion Questions:

1.  What comes to mind when you think of appliances in the bathroom?  Keep it clean!  =)

2.  How do you address the added electrical requirements for these appliances and features?

3.  How do you address storage for these appliances?

4.  Share unique creative “appliances” you’ve designed into a Master Bathroom.

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Here is my Houzz Idea Book put together for this KBtribechat.

More Ideas I came up with . . . .

• Small appliance storage/vanity cabinets with outlets and drawer storage for hair styling equipment

•Small Wine storage

• Small warming drawer for warm towels

• Towel Heater/Towel Bars

• Ventilation, humidity sensors, night lights, motion detectors, timers

• Lighting System Controls

• Shower water filtration systems

• Shower hot water on demand systems

• Steam shower

• Sauna

• Toilets with heated seats, night lights, washlets etc

• Motion sensor and touch sensor Faucets

• Beauty appliances

• Paraffin wax heaters

• Foot bath soakers

• Water picks

• Sonic care brushes

• Electric Razors

• Digital scale that is connected to health apps and sends info to your app to track your weight

• Tub heated surfaces

• Tub Vibration-therapy

• Floor heat

• Automation controls

PaulaKennedyFB_20150520_09_13_27_Saved_Picture Can’t wait to hear what you come up with! Thank you #KBTribeChat for letting me host the discussion this week.

Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

Timeless Kitchen Design

Seattle, Wa 425-466-4483

NKBA Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer

MBA Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Certified Architectural Color Consultant

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NKBA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR Finalist 2015

2015 Best Kitchen Finalist DList Magazine Seattle Design Awards

2015 Dwell on Design L.A. Speaker “Ignite Creativity”

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