Material Health & Design

Material Health is a hot topic in commercial design, as the recent increase in third-party labels, assessments, and certifications indicate. How will trends and practices focused on material health shape residential design, if at all?


IceStone is hosting this KBtribechat.

Here are their discussion questions:

1. Do your clients raise health concerns regarding material choices? What are they?
2. What are some misconceptions in the design community about material impact on human health?
3.What are your go-to sources for sustainable products?
4. What certifications or labels do you look for when selecting sustainable products?
5. What does the future of healthy materials look like for the kitchen and bath industry?


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on Wednesday, December 3rd

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Mud Rooms

A design discussion.


Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Are you finding mud rooms to be popular? Why or why not?

Do you combine the mud room area with other rooms? What floor plan placement and room combos do you suggest?

What features are needed for a useful mud room? Share your design ideas and pictures!

We have started a new Mud Rooms Pinterest board. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

What materials work well for mud rooms?

Would the mud room be a good drop zone area for the entire family? What design features would help organize this?

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on Wednesday, November 19th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Clarifying the Trends

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!


Q1) Are your clients looking for something their neighbors and friends don’t have yet? If so how do you give it to them?

Q2) Is black the new white for trophy kitchens? We’ve seen this reported a lot lately. What about gray?

According to Forbes, Christopher Peacock (luxury cabinet brand) and Newell Turner (the editorial director of Hearst Design Group) say that the open kitchen is going out of fashion. ““The wall has gone back up because nobody really wants to live in the kitchen all of the time,” Turner says. In its place he is starting to see kitchens that include some of the elements of the open kitchen, such as seating, or even fireplaces, but that return to the enclosed space it once was.”

Q3) Is the open plan kitchen is on it’s way out?

Unfinished business from last week’s #KBtribechat discussion:

Q4) True or False – There are differences between generations in what they want for their kitchens and bathrooms and how they shop for them. Please explain your view.

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on Wednesday, November 12th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Designing for Millennials vs Baby Boomers

Hosted by Jeanne K. Chung

Collectively, Baby Boomers and Millennials account for 55% of total income earned domestically, yet these two demographics have distinctly different needs and desires, and oftentimes these are misunderstood or overlooked. Understanding the needs and generational characteristics of these two demographics will give designers and manufacturers a competitive edge. Join #KBtribechat and bring your knowledge, pins, and links so that we can all benefit and learn from these two fastest growing yet distinctly different consumers.95a85f686d967a8c907b8734875eaed0

Jeanne’s KBtribechat questions:

1) What is the most important thing to consider when designing a kitchen for a Baby Boomer vs. a Millennial?

2) Are there any specific products you would specify for the Baby Boomer that you wouldn’t for the Millennial and vice versa?

3) With so many cooking choices, what is the preferred method of cooking (gas, electric, induction, steam, convection) in the kitchen for Baby Boomers? How about Millennials? Why?

4) With technology becoming such an important part of our lives it is now being intgrated into the kitchen. How has tech been embraced by Baby Boomers vs. Millennials?

5) Do you have a “go to” product or feature that you present to your Baby Boomer or Millennial client that seals the deal every time?

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on Wednesday, November 5th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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The Blogs of #KBtribechat Community Members


Paul Anater’s Blog:

Bertazzoni’s Blog:

Bob Borson’s Blog:

Zoe Brewer’s Blog:

Patricia Davis Brown’s Blog:

Carmen Christenson’s Blog:

Jeanne Chung’s Blog:

Leslie Clagett’s Blog:

Mark and Theresa Clement’s Blog:

Cheryl Kees Clendenon Blog:


Terri Lind Davis’s Blog:

Rose Dostal’s blog:

Andrew Dunning’s Blog:

GE Monogram’s Blog:

Lori Gilder’s Blog:

Leslie Hendrix Wood’s Blog:

Barbara Elza Hirsch’s Blog:

Patti Johnson’s Blog:

@jwillsdesigns blog:

Sean Lintow Sr’s Blog:

Nick Lovelady’s Blog:

Phil Pond’s blog:

Arne Salvensen’s Blog:

Eric Schimelpfenig’s Blog:

Susan Serra’s Blog:

Robin Siegerman’s Blog:

Lisa Smith’s blog:

Gloria Graham Sollecito’s Blog:

Tamara Stephensen’s Blog:

Todd Vendituoli’s Blog:

Wellborn Cabinet Blog:

Zircon Pro:


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Staying Current

A Design Discussion

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Details and finishes change over time.  Home interior fashion is always in flux.

Q1) What is a reasonable life of a kitchen? What about a bathroom? How long should be expect them to last?

Q2) Is it possible for a kitchen/bath design to remain undated over it’s lifespan? Why or why not?

Q3) What kitchen design tips do you have to stay current as long as possible into the future?

Q4) What bathroom design tips do you have to stay current as long as possible into the future?

Join this kitchen and bath industry Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, October 29th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Get Ready to Celebrate Kitchen & Bath Month with NKBA & KBIS!

NKBA-G+-KBMonth It goes without saying that this month is a favorite for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). NKBA Chapters across North America are celebrating in many different ways, and the national organization has several fun initiatives on the go such as a Pinterest promotion with great prizing. The NKBA is also very pleased to celebrate Kitchen & Bath Month by hosting the next #KBTRIBECHAT! As the official owner of our industry’s biggest show, the NKBA has invited their friends at KBIS to co-host the chat on Wednesday, October 22nd at 2:00 ET, bringing the entire community together in dialogue about the kitchen and bath business environment – present and future. facebook_button-KBMonthNEW Weigh in on the following questions:

• Have you changed your business or the way you market your business in the last 5 years? How? Why? Why not?

• What’s the best source of new and valuable information for your business? Direct from brands? Reps? Social media? Websites? Other?

• Name a technology that your business can’t live without.

• List the benefits of real life networking/trade shows vs. online interaction.

• What does 2015 look like for your business?

• Name names and let’s share! Who are your favorite K & B brands and why?

• The KBIS countdown is on! Will we see you in Vegas in January? KBIS_logo_rgb_date_vert Here’s one more good reason to join the chat: the last time KBIS hosted #KBTribeChat (September) there were record-breaking impressions and attendance. Records are made to be broken! See you on Wednesday! NKBA_drkgrey-stacked

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This is not a sponsored KBtribechat.

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