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

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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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

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

This is not a sponsored KBtribechat.

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Showering: Smarter, Better, Cleaner

A discussion in honor of the EPA’s #ShowerBetter Month hosted and sponsored by Ferguson.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging consumers to “shower better” this October by considering WaterSense® labeled showerheads as a way to save water and energy while ensuring a satisfying shower. The shower is where many Americans wake up in the morning or unwind after a long day, but it can also be a place where water, energy and money are sent down the drain. By replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model, EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gal of water, the amount of electricity needed to power its home for 13 days and more than $70 in energy and water costs every year.

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Ferguson’s KBtribechat Questions:

1. What are some recent trends or customer requests when it comes to showering?

2. Can you immediately tell a shower client from a bath client?

3. Are your clients educated beyond a label when it comes to selecting plumbing products for their home? Are customers educated on what the WaterSense® label means?

4. In particular to showering – Are you still battling misconceptions around rainheads? What does it mean to have a low-flow showerhead?

5. Are environment-friendly labels driving your customers’ purchasing decisions when it comes to showering?

6.How do you balance local / state regulation with your client’s desire to have the ultimate showering experience?

7. How comfortable / receptive are your clients with technology in the shower?

8. What is the next step for clients who are receptive to / interested in making a environmentally-conscious decision when selecting showering product? What’s after WaterSense®?

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on Wednesday, October 15th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Plan to #KBtribechat Wednesday at #KBIS2015!

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Formica Group is sponsoring our January 21, 2015 KBtribechat.  Plan to join your KBtribe friends in person at KBIS for our weekly, hour long Wednesday discussion.   We can’t wait to see everyone there!

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K+B Blogs

It’s been a while since we have touched base about each others blogs.  Our community continues to grow so it’s time to reconnect, making sure we are all following each other. We will make a master list with links from this KBtribechat. Kitchen and bath industry pros provide a wealth of information and inspiration worth following….so let’s talk about it! Blogging Our discussion questions:

1. Do you blog? Please share links to your k+b industry blog!

2. What blogs do you read on a regular basis? Why?

3. What are the benefits of blogging?

4. Is it important to post often?

5. Do you often comment on posts? Why or why not?

6. What prompts you to comment on a post?

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on Wednesday, October 8th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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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 http://mitzibeach.com or by email at mitzibeachdesigns@gmail.com. You’re invited to please follow her on her social media channels below: http://facebook.com/MitziBeachFans http://twitter.com/Mitzi_Beach http://pinterest.com/MitziBeach/ and to subscribe to her popular video channel on The Design Network by clicking the link below: http://mitzibeach.com/3-easy-steps-to-subscribe-to-my-boomer-smarts-video-channel-on-the-design-network/

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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!

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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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