Planning Ahead for America’s 80 Million Boomers

Can Bathrooms Be Both Safe And Luxurious? With 1/5th of the US population projected to be 65 years of age and older within 15 years, 80 million people, what are the options for chic, yet safe #BoomerSmarts bathroom products & designs for today’s homeowners who don’t want to sacrifice beauty for safety, but need to plan for their evolving needs so they can stay in their homes as long as they would like? Bring your pictures, your Pinterest boards and your ideas and join us for this fun, exciting and relevant conversation on Wednesday, October 1st with our guest host, one of America’s top experts, #BoomerSmarts speaker, educator and author, Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS. BoomerSmartBoomerPower ··· book cover ··· 13 10 14 E Here are Mitzi’s KBtribechat questions: 1. What current bathroom products are both #luxury + safe for 50+ homeowners? 2. What products should those 50+ avoid in bathrooms, for safety reasons? 3. Share pics of your fav *safefor50+ homeowners* #luxury bathroom! 4. What safe, luxury bathroom products will be exhibited at #KBIS2015 for 50+ homeowners? Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS, is one of America’s top experts in the housing and interior design issues facing the USA’s 80 million baby boomers. A practicing interior designer in Wichita, Kansas for over 30 years with her Masters In Interior Design, she is also a national speaker, educator, and published author and an official 2014 #HPMkt Stylespotter. Her trademarked #BoomerSmarts seal of approval is sought after by brands wishing to use it on their own websites and blogs to align themselves with the consumer audience Mitzi has developed through her popular blog, her social media channels and her video channel on The Design Network. In addition to Mitzi’s 1 hour IDCEC approved CEU courses, her 4 hour IDCEC/NKBA approved CEU course: ” #BoomerSmarts: Designing For America’s Richest Generation ” gives the designers who take it, either online or in person, the ability to use her CERTIFIED LOCAL #BoomerSmarts EXPERT badge on their own websites and blogs, too. Mitzi’s own home in Wichita, KS, affectionately nicknamed Cypress, was designed by she and her husband, Bob, to be a living laboratory to demonstrate her #BoomerSmarts housing and design concepts. It’s a unique, one of a kind floor plan developed specifically so she and Bob can live in their own home as long as they would like. Mitzi can be reached through her website at or by email at You’re invited to please follow her on her social media channels below: and to subscribe to her popular video channel on The Design Network by clicking the link below:

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Practical Picks for K+B

a design discussion

Some kitchen and bath finishes and materials are easier to live with than others. Let’s share our advice and favorites at KBtribechat next week!


Our discussion questions:

  • What cabinet exterior finish/color is the most forgiving to live with?
  • What are the most unforgiving cabinetry finishes? Why?
  • What are your thoughts on practical flooring choices for the kitchen?  What about the bathroom?
  • Countertop pros and cons – Please share your expertise! What are the practical choices?
  • Share tips for living with stainless steel.

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on Wednesday, September 24th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Organize It!

This is the last official week of Summer and the start of home improvement season.  The kids are off to school and it’s the perfect time to get organized…which is why the kitchen and bath industry pros of KBtribechat will share their opinions on ways to configure many important cabinet storage areas. DSC01324   Our discussion questions:

  • Do you specify sliding shelves in base cabinets? Why or why not?
  • For a 36″ wide pantry, what is your preferred interior layout? Adjustable shelves? Pull-outs?
  • What are your favorite ways to organize drawers?
  • What cabinet storage solution do you prefer for spices?
  • What are your go to ways to organize large tray storage?
  • In the bathroom, what cabinet organizer ideas have you found to be client favorites?


Join this Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat

on Wednesday, September 17

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Where To Splurge!

A great kitchen or bathroom is a built on a myriad of compromises. The key is knowing where to splurge and where to save.

Where to Spurge in Kitchen and Bath

Homeowners can often throw a wrench into a great design by judging each piece through a monetary microscope rather than looking at a space as a whole. A great example of this is when shopping for tile someone might see a $100 or more price per square foot of a beautiful decorative tile or mosaic and immediately assume it is too expensive. Back up a minute, there are ways to work almost anything into an existing budget.

It is very possible what seems outrageously expensive is the one component which can be the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary room. A good designer should be skilled in what we call value engineering. Designers can work magic within a budget using the art of where to spurge and where to save.

Lisa Smith will be hosting this KBtribechat discussion.

Here are her questions:

Q1: What is the one corner one should never cut due to cost in a Kitchen or Bath?

Q2: What are your design solutions for getting the most bang for the buck?

Q3: What is worth splurging on in a kitchen?

Q4: In order to keep the spurge w/in budget, where can you save?

Q5: What is worth splurging on in a bathroom?

Q6 Where can one save $ in a bathroom?

Q7: What is a product, material, or concept worth fighting for?

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on Wednesday, September 10th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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And We’re Off!

With KBIS 2015 registration opening on September 2nd, we’re excited to sponsor and host KBTRIBECHAT on the 3rd to get the ball rolling with our kitchen and bath community!


We want to fill you in on the latest developments such as:

• One pass/five events – your KBIS registrations gives you entrance to all Design & Construction Week™ Events including NAHB International Builders’ Show, International Window Coverings Expo, Las Vegas Market and International Surfaces Event

• KBIS NeXT – a brand new design destination in the South Hall. Highlights include an ICFF pavilion, ICFF stage and a KBIS NeXT Tech Bar

• New Innovative Showroom Awards

• New Hard Hat Media Tour

• Social Media events – Progressive KBTRIBECHAT, #KBISHIGHROLLER & the new #KBISRACE

• Educational opportunities from the NKBA.

Not only will we be announcing the sponsors of the show floor Progressive KBTRIBECHAT but we’ll also have a guest appearance by Veronika Miller to tell us a little about #BLOGTOUR VEGAS.

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Here are the questions:

  • With your KBIS pass gaining entrance to 5 #DCW2015 events, what’s your priority & game plan?
  • What ICFF exhibitors would you like to see at #KBIS2015?
  • We want our #KBISNeXT Tech Bar to rock! What topics would you like us to tackle?
  • Exhibitors! Jump in! Share your booth number. What are you doing special in your booth at #KBIS2015?
  • In prep for our Innovative Showroom Awards, what’s the best K & B showroom you’ve ever been in?
  • For @Modenus: What can we expect from #BlogTourVegas at the show?
  • Name one #Vegas experience you’re looking forward to!

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In The Spotlight at #KBtribechat – Decorative Plumbing Fixtures

A design discussion.


Beyond the practical, style can now be created with today’s choices in decorative plumbing fixtures. Sinks, faucets and related accessories have a large say in the look of a room, plus we have more to choose from as designers than ever before.

What styles and finishes of sinks and faucets help define the following looks:

- Industrial Chic?

- Contemporary/Modern?

- Classic/Traditional?

- Farmhouse?

- Cook’s Kitchen?

- Formal/Glamorous?

Get ready to show us pics of kitchens and bathrooms that define the looks above!

Join us for this Twitter Chat discussion

Wednesday, August 27th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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Trash Talk

a design discussion.


The discussion questions:

Where do you recommend placing the trash in the kitchen? By the sink? In the prep area? Built-in?  Why?

Trash Compactors are ________________________ ?

Kitchen cabinet trash roll-outs are popular today. What configurations do you like? What tips do you have to help with recycling?

How do you recommend clients handle compostables?

Let’s change the topic from trash to treasures! Please suggest topics of discussion (and hosts) that you would like to see at KBtribechat.


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on Wednesday, August 20th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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