Livable Design

BLANCO defines livable design as transitional in feel – but with organic lines that are naturally inspired and offer durability and easy-to-clean performance. It’s not enough to walk the line between traditional and modern… today’s styles must also be performance driven – they need to save water, last longer, be easy-to-use and easy-to-clean. They also need to offer organic lines – gently sloping and easy to match with today’s surfaces, cabinetry and flooring. Even modern cabinetry is reliant on nature’s palettes and textures so the fixtures must match.

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BLANCO is sponsoring and hosting our January 7, 2015 KBtribechat.  

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Here are their discussion questions:

Question 1: What is livable design? How are you inspired by organic themes?

Question 2: Colors are livable. What colors take their inspiration from nature?

Question 3: Ergonomics are important to livable design. How do ergonomics impact your designs?

Question 4: How does personalization play a role in livable design?

Question 5: Durability is a hallmark of livable design. Is quality making a comeback? Are we tired of a throwaway culture?

Question 6: As living spaces come together, how do open floor plans impact design?

Question 7: Open floor plans also mean keeping spaces uncluttered. What organization systems are you employing to keep it clean?

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Range Technology and Holiday Cooking

Miele is sponsoring and hosting the last KBTribeChat of 2014!

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After extensive research and development, Miele launched a series of the world’s most sophisticated ranges. Join us on December 17th at 2:00pm EST as we explore this revolutionary series – offering precise performance, purposeful innovation, effortless operation and harmonious design. By the end of the discussion you will be adding one to your own holiday wish list. With 30”, 36” and 48” varieties offered in gas, electric and dual fuel, there is a Miele range for every kitchen configuration. Your culinary adventure awaits!

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Question 1: If you had to describe the new Miele Range in one word, what would it be?

Question 2: What features do you find essential in a range?

Question 3: How important is fleet design when specifying a full suite of kitchen appliances?

Question 4: What is your favorite holiday recipe?

Question 5: What technological advances do you find your clients requesting?

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For more information go to MieleUSA.com.
 
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Adding Retro Touches To Kitchens and Baths

A design discussion.

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Q1 – Are your clients asking for retro touches? Why?

Q2 – How can vintage touches be added and have the room still feel current?

Q3 – Share ways to add retro charm to kitchens.

Q4 – What details can give the bathroom a retro feel?

We want to see pics!

We started a new group Pinterest Board for this KBtribechat. Let us know if you’d like a Pin-vitation!

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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?

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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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About Our Sponsor
Made from recycled glass, cement, and non-toxic pigments, IceStone is a sustainable choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, cash wrap areas, and other common surface applications. IceStone is available in full, half, and vanity sizes. IceStone’s products and practices have garnered several awards and certifications, including Cradle to Cradle Certification.
Every IceStone slab is crafted in Brooklyn, NY;  IceStone products are available nationwide and in Canada.
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Mud Rooms

A design discussion.

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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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Clarifying the Trends

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!

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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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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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Here’s where you can find Jeanne: cozystylishchic.com/

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