Social Media Management for K+B Pros

With so many sites to choose from, social media can be time consuming and a maze to figure out!  We must have a strategy to manage our business accounts.  It is fortunate that the KBtribechat community has a wealth of information to share on the topic to help those who are just starting out.

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A  social media tip from us – if you are a kitchen and bath industry pro who is active on Twitter (or wants to be), we recommend our KBtribechat discussions as a must! Participating with us on Wednesdays insures your Twitter time is well spent.

Our discussion questions: 

What are the must places to be online? These are the places we focus our attention on!

What are the secondary places to be online? These are sites where you recommend setting up a profile but rarely update.

What strategies help manage your social media accounts successfully?

Share tips to save time managing social media.

What are your SoMe pet peeves? Understanding the things that irritate people online helps us know what not to do!

Join our Twitter discussion on April 23rd from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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Personalize Your Space!

A discussion on the growing kitchen and bath industry trend towards personalization!

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Choices are the name of the game today in all aspects of kitchen and bath design!

How do you personalize cabinetry and countertops?

What about tile?

In what ways are kitchen appliances allowing us to personalize?

Can we personalize sinks and faucets?

 

We will be talking all this and more on the personalization trend in kitchen and bath design. Join our Twitter  discussion on Wednesday, April 16th, from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

 

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Zeroing in on the Sink Area

A general discussion on interesting products, finishes and styles for the sink area of the Kitchen and Bath

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The sink is the most used area in the kitchen and bathroom.

Faucets – Any exciting new styles, finishes or features to report? What are your go to brands for quality and why? What are your most used styles and finishes, or does it always vary?

Sinks –  Do you have a sink preference and why? Share your favorites…we want to see pictures!

Countertops – According to the International Surface Fabricators Association laminate is the number one in demand U.S. countertop surface followed, in order, by natural stone, solid surface, engineered stone and tile.

Please share any new, exciting countertop finds!  What countertop surfaces to you prefer to specify and why? Are your clients asking for specific materials ?

Lighting - Designers often complain about can lights, thinking this look is now dated and can be improved. Do you find a decrease in the use of can lights?  What lighting ideas do you have in place of can lights for general lighting in the kitchen?

 

Join our Twitter discussion on Wednesday, April 9th, from 2 to 3pm easter time by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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Bathrooms – No Fooling With A Master of Efficiency

A Design Discussion hosted by Lisa Smith of Interior Design Factory and DecorGirl.net

 

Bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in the home which house a large amount of tasks.  Like a kitchen, they are a workhorse of the home.   Often they aren’t any bigger than a closet, smaller than some actually but regardless of size they facilitate a number of our daily duties.

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More often than not we are tasked with working within the constraints of an existing space.  Bathroom remodeling lands us in working with smaller spaces, 60 square feet or less for this do-it-all room.   How do we get more from less?

Building the luxurious dream bathroom from scratch is ideal but reality and budgets interrupt to leave us charged with remodeling existing bathrooms without lots of floorspace.   Real bathrooms for real people, where money matters which is our focus for today’s chat.

 

Q1: How do you maximize efficiency in a bathroom when you can’t add space?

Q2: In bathroom design where do you save and where do you splurge?

Q3: What is your preferred bathroom faucet style deck or wall mount?

Q4: Which do you use more of floating or standard cabinets?

Q5: Are clients requesting steam showers, body sprays or both?

Q6: Tile is a natural material choice, any tips for selecting or using tile?

Q7: Other than tile, what bathroom floor materials do you like?

Q8: How do you personalize a bathroom for your clients?

Q9: What is your #1 suggestion for designing a beautiful and useful bathroom?

Please join us April 2, 2014 at 2.pm. EST, 11 a.m. PST for a real discussion on arriving at solutions for an efficient bathroom for today’s modern lifestyle.

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The Latest Trends for the Kitchen

Top Discoveries from the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 20-23, NYC)

– a discussion about the latest discoveries and exciting new trends seen at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show – hosted by Kim Lewis, Architectural Designer/Writer and sponsored by BlueStar and Prizer Hoods

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Each year, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City offers an amazing showcase of the latest products and trends for the home.

Join Kim Lewis and BlueStar to discuss all the great discoveries from this show.  What new products sparked your imagination?  What trends did you see that you will bring to your design work going forward? Did you see something that surprised you? What might you put to work for you and your clients immediately?

Plus, learn more about some of BlueStar and Prizer Hoods’ new products that were unveiled at the show.

Wednesday, March 26th

at #KBtribechat on Twitter

from 2 to 3pm EST

Host Kim Lewis:

Kim Lewis is an Architectural Designer and Writer / Blogger.  The Lead Designer of the hit TV show ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 46 states.  Today, Kim enjoys design projects ranging from re-designing celebrity homes to pro bono assignments for Touch A Life Foundation in West Africa.  Follow Kim on Twitter and on Facebook.  Learn more about Kim at www.kimlewisdesigns.com

Sponsor BlueStar®:

Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar® cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens.  The BlueStar® product line features high-performance gas ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and hoods. BlueStar’s unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, and oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers.  Available in over 750+ colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® premium cooking products offer virtually unlimited personalization options. For more information, please visit www.bluestarcooking.com.

Sponsor Prizer Hoods®:

Prizer Hoods®, Design That Performs. With luxurious and fully customizable designs, in a wide range of metal options, trims and finishes and almost endless color combinations, Prizer Hoods makes the ultimate statement in any kitchen. Each hood is handcrafted in Reading, PA with precision on state-of-the-art equipment to ensure consistency and quality.  Built to meet professional standards inside and out, Prizer Hoods combines high-gauge metals and commercial-style baffle filtration systems so anyone can cook like a pro.  The collection of professionally-inspired home ventilation systems combines world-class design with the latest in professional hood technology. For information, visit www.prizerhoods.com.

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Our Discussion Questions will include:

  1. For those in attendance, what was your overall perception of the show, especially as it relates to it’s mission of being an inspiration from the design perspective?

  1. What were the some of the biggest trends (design, form, function) as it relates to the kitchen that you saw at the Arch Digest Show?

  1. Specifically, what types of colors, metals, textures, finish options seem to be trending?

  1. What were some of the most exciting new products for the kitchen that you saw at the Arch Digest Show?

  1. True pro appliances continues to be a theme.  What were some of the offerings that caught your eye? (Ranges? Hoods? Fridge?)

  1. Customization, creating truly unique spaces, continues to be a hot trend.  What ideas did you take home from the show about how to craft unique designs and spaces?

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#Coverings2014 and a Celebration of Everything Tile

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Come the end of April, the latest and greatest in tile and stone will take over Las Vegas! Coverings – The Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience – is back in Sin City April 29 through May 2 (with a bonus day of education on April 28) with over 900 global exhibitors and 80+ specialized training and education sessions.

In preparation for the show, Coverings (@Coverings) has asked world-renowned tile expert Ryan Fasan (@Tile_Trends) to join them in hosting #KBtribechat to help you plan your experience at the upcoming show and give you a preview of the latest design trends and technical innovations in tile and stone.

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Ryan Fasan

Ryan has over eighteen years of experience in the ceramic tile industry and is currently a research consultant, trainer, and senior partner at Professional Attention to Tile Installations, an internationally renowned tile consulting firm that works in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Specializing in stone and ceramic tile research, Ryan has created and delivered seminars for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; BCIT’s Interior Design applied material study course; Multiple Trade Expo’s across the USA and worked internationally to promote the use of tile and natural stone with private and commercial sectors.

Join us on Wednesday, March 19 from 2-3 pm EST and register FREE for Coverings 2014.

  • What tile color trends are you seeing emerge for 2014 and beyond? 
  • What are some trending styles in tile for 2014? What is the inspiration behind them? 
  • What is the best way to approach uncovering tile and stone trends at Coverings 2014?
  • What was revolutionary this year in tile? What are some exciting technical innovations? 
  • The annual CID Awards will be presented at Coverings 2014. What makes a great tile/stone install or design? 
  • It seems like a lot of tile manufacturers are reaching out to iconic designers for collections recently – true?
  • Why is Coverings an important show for Kitchen and Bath professionals to attend? 

Coverings is sponsoring this KBtribechat. Please follow hosts @Coverings and @Tile_Trends on Twitter and be sure to use #Coverings2014 and #kbtribechat.

Website: www.coverings.com

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KBtribe are invited!

Attending the Architectural Digest Show next week? Please join BlueStar & Prizer Hoods (Booths 476 & 477) for a Special Event ~ Artisan Pizzas & Specialty Cocktails Plus Culinary Demos & New Products Preview ~ on Thursday March 20th at 5pm at the Architectural Digest Show.  RSVP to mschutte@bluestarcooking.com

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