It’s #TileTuesday on #KBTribeChat Wednesday!

Tile consumption in the U.S. is on the rise. As market demand is growing, so are the creative options that tile makers are offering. That means it’s high time for our tribe to talk tile style and share insights on how you’re working with this beloved material in your projects.


Join us as we assemble with the very tile-minded Arpi Nalbandian (aka @tileometry) and Irene Williams (aka @tiletuesday and @crossvilleinc) to chat about trends and the ins and outs of tile use, selection, and installation. Best of all, we’re carving plenty of time for you to show and tell us about your favorite projects with tile—so be sure to have images ready to share!

Here’s a look at our discussion guide for the conversation:
• Why do you spec tile? Look—performance—sustainability—etc?
• What tile styles are tops w/ you & clients (color—size—look)?
• Spec’ing more tile lately? If yes, why? If no, what’s spec’ed instead?
• Name your top tile suppliers/makers. Why?
• Do you have a fave installer? Tell how design & installation work together.
• Your best tile installs—show & tell!

About our co-hosts for this KBtribechat:


Arpi Nalbandian
Arpi Nalbandian is a writer, editor, blogger, and social media consultant who is passionate about tile, design, and architecture. With more than 20 years of editorial experience in the flooring industry, she brings a unique feel and perspective to her articles thanks to her many years of travel and personal experiences.

She is the owner and founder of Tileometry, a regular contributor to Avente Tile’s “Tile Talk” blog, Associate Editor/Social Media Director for ProInstaller magazine, and associate editor for Premier Flooring Retailer magazine.

You can connect with her on these platforms:


Arpi Nalbandian


Arpi Nalbandian



Irene Williams
Irene Williams is a marketing and PR pro who’s spent the better part of two decades representing manufacturers in the interior design and home products industry. She’s known best in the design community as the voice behind Crossville, Inc., U.S. maker of sustainable tile collections. Her clients know her as the owner/principal of Msg2Mkt, LLC —a digital marketing and PR agency. Today, she’s also having a blast on Instagram as @tiletuesday where she’s Instablogging about tile trends the world over.

Follow her as TileTuesday on Instagram and Twitter: @tiletuesday.
Connect with her professionally on LinkedIn

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on Wednesday, October 14th

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Kick off Kitchen & Bath Month with NKBA & KBIS!

It’s the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s favorite time of the year, which means October has officially arrived! Across North America NKBA members are celebrating Kitchen & Bath Month. The NKBA has also launched their #NKBAStyleSpotted contest & are giving away a trip to KBIS 2016! And watch for their new hashtag #NKBAWorkWithAPro.


Here’s your chance to get in on the conversation! Co-hosted with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), @thenkba and @kbis2016 will take over #KBTribeChat on October 7th at 2:00pm eastern time, bringing the entire community together to talk about industry trends and more. Join us for what should be another record-breaking conversation full of industry insight, plus a very special announcement!


Weigh in on the following questions:

Q1) What is the #1 reason to work with an NKBA Pro? #NBKAWorkWithAPro

Q2) What is the most popular #DesignTrend you’ve seen this year? Share pictures! #NKBAStyleSpotted

Q3) How do you keep current in your career? Courses? Certifications? Share with us! #NKBAU

Q4) What new areas of business have you explored lately? Expanded product lines? Outdoor kitchens? E-commerce?

Q5) We are finalizing our Millennial research for our members. Have you adapted marketing for generations?

Q6) State of the Industry Report respondents indicated 60% increase in company revenue in 2014/15. True in your business?


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SHOWROOMS: Heaven or H*ll

Having great trade partners can make a huge difference in helping your business run smoothly and create ecstatic, loyal clients. Showrooms are a key piece of this network! Vendors must not only showcase excellent quality goods, but must communicate well, offer meaningful trade discounts, and ship quickly. Plus, they must be able to efficiently resolve any problems when they arise (and you know they always do!)
On the flip side of this coin, a bad experience with a showroom can make your life a living h*ll! No one likes the stress of dealing with an angry, unhappy client. Not to mention, a botched order has the potential to erode your profit margins. Based on the many spirited discussions found on Social Media, this is obviously a hot topic for many.
On September 30, Susie Feia of Feia Construction will be hosting #KBTribeChat on “Showrooms: Heaven or H*ll”. If you manage a showroom, or your product is offered in a showroom, join us to get valuable insight from those who order from you. And if you’re a designer who uses showrooms, now is your chance to offer your feedback knowing many brands will be listening!!

Here are our discussion questions:

• What factors make you loyal to a showroom?

• How important is trade pricing and exclusivity to you?

• If there’s a problem, how can the showroom best help?

• How would you like showrooms to improve?

• How best can a showroom support you in closing the sale with your clients?

• How likely are you to order from a brand that only has an on-line presence (no physical location)?

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie Feia

About Susie Feia
Susie is part of the husband/wife team that owns Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design-build firm in Wisconsin. This family-run firm has been transforming homes and delighting clients for 29 years. Susie serves on the Milwaukee NARI board, leads WINN (Women in NARI Networking) and will be a VFTI speaker for her fourth time at KBIS2016. In addition, she volunteers her time with other local community organizations. You can find her on the web, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Saving Water – a precious resource

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!


Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1 – In the kitchen sink area, what can be done to save water?

Q2 – What water saving kitchen habits can we help facilitate as designers?

Q3 – Can dishwashers save water or is it better to wash by hand?

Q4 – In the bathroom sink areas, what can be done to help save water?

Q5 – What water saving products and ideas are available for bathroom showers?

Q6 – Does it use more water to take a shower or a bath? How much is the difference? Please explain!

Q7 – What other ideas do you have to help client’s save water in the bathroom?

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Details That Define the Decades

A design discussion!


Certain looks make the age of a kitchen or bathroom obvious.  Popular wood species, cabinet door designs, hardware choices, countertop materials, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, finishes and colors come in and out of style.   It’s fun to take a look back and see how it all relates to today!


Our discussion questions:

We want to see a lot of pictures!

Q1 – What details let us know it’s a 60s design?

Q2 – What details date a kitchen of the 70s?

Q3 – What about the 80s?

Q4 – The 1990s?

Q5 – Is there a predominate look for the period 2000 to 2010?

Q6 – What about 2010 to 2015 – has there been a look that defines the decade?

Q7 – What does this tell you about the future history of kitchen and bath design?

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Involving Clients in the Creative Process

KBtribechat host Gloria Sollecito finds that the best projects are successful collaborations between clients and trade professionals. This includes ways to create kitchens that reflect not just a designer’s concept but a homeowner’s vision as well. Most of her clients, even if not DIYers, like to be involved in the evolution of the design. It is very much about collaboration, personalization, customization, flawless function, emotional and visual appeal. Join us for #KBtribechat on September 9th as we chat about collaboration and how clients are involved in the creative process.


Kitchen by Gloria Sollecito – Artful Kitchens

Gloria’s KBtribechat Questions:

1) What techniques do you use to engage the client in the first meeting?

2) How can we deliver the essence that a client is looking for while meeting their budget?

3) What do you do when you and your client do not share the same vision? Can you remedy this?

4) What are some of your favorite ways to personalize a space to reflect your client? Pics please!

5) What comes first, form or function?


Kitchen by Gloria Sollecito – Artful Kitchens

Gloria’s BIO
Gloria Sollecito is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She resides in Palm Beach County Florida and has served on both the South Florida and Treasure Coast NKBA Chapters’ Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as Florida Design Magazine, The Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated and is a proud member of both the Blanco Design Council and the Brizo “Blogger 19.” Gloria’s unique vision blends her work as a mixed media artist and avid world traveler with 20 years experience as a designer in the kitchen and bath industry. You can read about it on her blog plus find Gloria on TwitterFacebook, GooglePlus and Pinterest.

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Move over Autumn, It’s KBIS season!

KBIS is hosting and sponsoring KBtribechat on September 2nd.


Registration for the mega-event that is Design & Construction Week opens on September 1st so what better way to kick of #KBIS2016 than with our favorite tribe.

We’re getting the ball rolling and we’ll be chatting with you about some of the newest initiatives at KBIS, as well returning favorites.

We’re not spilling ALL the beans just yet but here’s what you can look forward to as we take the reigns this week:

• One pass, 4 events – your KBIS registration gives you entrance to all Design & Construction Week™ events including NAHB International Builders’ Show, International Window Coverings Expo, and TISE.

• KBIS NeXT – We’re back with new stage programming, a new NeXT Bar, and so much more!

• News from participating exhibitors

• Returning favorites like the Innovative Showroom Awards, Best of KBIS, and Hard Hat Media Tour.

• NEW Design Bites: An exclusive opportunity for 14 lucky exhibitors to “speed date” with media and industry elite for cool new products

• Educational opportunities from the NKBA.

• #BlogTourVegas highlights


Here are our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Your #KBIS2016 pass gives you access to 4 shows at #DCW2016. How has your game plan changed over the years?

This year we’re introducing a brand new and exclusive initiative called KBIS Design Bites on the KBIS NeXT Stage. Exhibitors will have the chance to deliver a 3-minute presentation highlighting the story of their product to media and industry elite. Tune in to learn more!

Q2: Exhibitors, what product would you want to present at #KBISDesignBites?

Q3: #NKBAU is coming to #KBIS2016: Planning on taking in any sessions, courses or speakers?

Q4: Exhibitors! Jump in! Share your booth number! What can you reveal about your plans at #KBIS2016?

Q5: Innovative Showroom Award year #2 is full steam ahead! Name some qualities of great K&B Showrooms.

Q6: #BlogTourVegas is back. @Modenus, what’s the latest #BlogTour news?

Q7: What’s on your agenda for after hours? @TheNKBA Bash? Restaurants to try? Shows to see?

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