Home Workstations

A design discussion!

We are wondering if  the popularity of kitchen islands, laptop computers and tablets has impacted the desire for home desk built-ins.




Our questions:

Are your clients still wanting a built-in desk in the kitchen area? Why or why not? Please share images of built-in desk solutions you like.

Are built-in kid’s homework areas still being asked for? Please share pics!

Home offices are common and often a room of their own. Please share design ideas that work for home offices.

What features work well for home work station/office areas?



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on Wednesday, July 30th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time!

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Hashtags and Community

We wholeheartedly agree with this!



Words of wisdom from Hashtracking:

“When is a hashtag more than a hashtag? When it’s the rallying call of a community!

Community hashtags have been around since the dawn of Twitter. Some of them evolved out of weekly special interest chats, some are the result of a compelling cause, and still others have taken root because of a charismatic individual, whose following has fueled ongoing discussion.

Community hashtags may spring from different sources but they have much in common including:

  • A sense of camaraderie and like-mindedness. Community hashtag participants often share similar goals and challenges and are quick to help each other out.
  • A desire and willingness to share openly and earnestly, and learn from one another.
  • A range of users/skills, from relative newbie to expert.
  • An ongoing conversation. Community hashtags, unlike campaign or event hashtags, have no specific end date. While conversations may be scheduled and moderated (as with chats) at a regular hour each week, the conversations spill beyond this time slot and the hashtag remains an open line for comment 24/7
  • A non marketing bent. Community hashtags, while not necessarily devoid of marketing messages, serve the community first, and brands second. One of the reasons why it is challenging for brands to establish true community is because the agenda of generating sales often conflicts with the more altruistic goals of community.”

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Creating the Ultimate Spa Bathroom

A design discussion.




The questions:

What are key Spa Bathroom elements?

What colors are best to create a relaxing environment for a spa bathroom?

What materials to you recommend when designing a Spa Bathroom? For the flooring? Countertops? Showers?

How important is technology with items  like mood lighting, the ability to have music played, the adjustability of the water settings?

What luxurious spa bath products do you recommend? Please share with your KBtribechat friends!

Share pictures of spa bathrooms you love!

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Wednesday, July 23rd from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Maximalism – An Emerging Design Trend?

Apparently the Great Recession is coming to an end.  After years of spending carefully, there is pent up demand for home improvement projects of all kinds.  Along with this seems to be a  desire for luxury and lasting products that will add to our lives with beauty and durability.

Some have mentioned that Maximalism is a design trend of the future in response to the frugality of the recent past.  Do you agree? Have you seen hints of this trend emerging?


Maximalism offers style without clutter using luxury materials.  Texture is important and often there is a layering of texture and pattern or the use of multiple patterns.  Colors are often rich, bright and bold with detailed room accents and luxe touches like crystal pendant chandeliers.

There are traces of Maximalism in the kitchen above found on Houzz.

How can we institute Maximalism details in our kitchen and bathroom designs?  Share pics of ideas!

Reclaiming and repurposing are out with Maximalism.  Is this an issue? What are your thoughts on this?

Do you think Maximalism is an emerging design trend?

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Grilling Up Fun at #KBtribechat

Summer is here and it’s time to share recipes and entertainment ideas for outdoor living!

Outdoor Entertainment

What are your go to summer recipes?

What are your favorites on the grill?

If #KBtribechat had a summer party what would you bring?

Share your outdoor living entertainment tips to wow your guests! We want to see pics.

Where do you find recipe inspiration? Share your favorite sites!

Join this Twitter Chat fun on Wednesday, July 9 from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!


Stacy Garcia’s Garbanzo Bean Salad

2 cans (15 oz. each) garbanzos, drained and rinsed
1 cup roasted red peppers, cut into strips
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced crosswise
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

In a bowl, combine garbanzos, peppers, onion, celery, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, and lemon juice; add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat. It is full of summer recipes and ideas.

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Outdoor Living Trends

An outdoor design discussion

sponsored and hosted by Coyote Outdoor Living.

Coyote Grill Shot
According to a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing. We are in the midst of summer, and as we head into the 4th of July weekend, our outdoor spaces become the seasonal heart of our homes. With this in mind, we hope to use this KBTribechat to tap into the minds of the community to discover the current and future trends in the outdoor living space.

Coyote image with logo

We have a group Pinterest board for this KBtribechat.

The KBtribechat Questions - 
Q1) What does “Outdoor Living” mean to you?

Q2) What are the hottest Outdoor Living essentials?

Q3) What are the current industry trends you’re seeing in Outdoor Living and design?

Q4) Have you seen or worked on any outdoor design projects that you love? Please share photos!

Q5) With the 4th of July right around the corner, what are your party/event hosting design tips?

Q6) What are the must-haves of all outdoor kitchens?

Q7) How would you spice up the outdoor kitchen space?

Q8) Concerning outdoor kitchens – built-in or portable?

Q9) From a designer perspective, what is lacking from current grill/outdoor kitchen designs? What would you like to see? #DreamGrill

About Coyote Outdoor Living, Inc. -

Founded in Dallas, TX, Coyote Outdoor Living is an innovative company that specializes in the design, development and production of high-quality, all-stainless steel grills and accessories, providing people with the tools to build the outdoor kitchen of their dreams. Coyote’s advanced suite of products offer an affordable luxury culinary experience for those who are passionate about cooking outside. Coyote manufactures a broad range of grills, storage solutions, secondary cooking options, refrigeration, and more. Our products can be purchased throughout North and South America and the Caribbean and are available through a large network of distributors. Coyote Outdoor Living was conceived to bring to market a suite of products that allow consumers to create the outdoor kitchen of their dreams.



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Inspirations from Dwell

A recap of Dwell on Design 2014 (June 20-22 in L.A.)

Dwell on Design is America’s largest design show! A jam-packed three-day opportunity to explore design trends, inspiration and tons of new products in all areas of the design world. During the June 25 #KBtribechat, let’s talk about what you saw and learned at #DOD14.


Sponsor GE Monogram will also share more info about their new products and other innovations launched at the show.

Wednesday, June 25
#KBtribechat on Twitter
2 to 3 pm EST


Sponsor – GE Monogram:
In the world of high-end appliances. GE Monogram stands out with its own brand of luxury.  Refined by not rarified, it’s the kind of luxury that makes a statement of quality and timeless elegance.  Monogram also makes sense for your life.  Award-winning technology makes it possible to cook faster, clean easier and enjoy more time relaxing with family and friends.  And there’s nothing more luxurious than that.

Discussion questions:
• What top new products did you find at Dwell on Design?
• Share your inspirational insights and exciting finds from the show
• What color trends did you see at the show?
• What finishes were popular at DOD?
• Did you discover any “green” products?


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