May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

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Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

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Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

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Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

Join this Twitter discussion

on Wednesday, May 24

from 2 to 3 pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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May 17 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Chat….Modern Design

Sponsored and hosted by Dwell on Design

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Dwell on Design 2017 | June 23-25 | Los Angeles Convention Center

Modern Design – a constant evolution of the concept of living, the lifestyle of a home, and the influences on the entire environment that surrounds you. In our Modern Design KB Tribe Chat, we’ll touch on hot topics, point out cool resources, and share our thoughts on everything modern. Join us and share your projects, your photos, and your ideas. We look forward to experiencing modern design together with you!

Whether you are a designer or architect researching items to specify into a project, a retailer seeking pieces for your store, or a design enthusiast who loves everything modern, Dwell on Design (#DODLA17) is the modern experience for you!

Register at www.DwellonDesign.com/Register and use promo code KBTRIBE when registering for $5 Off* your Dwell on Design 2017 registration.

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Our discussion questions: 

• Micro-dwelling – Is modern living really living smaller? What are you seeing in small space design?

• Design you love that loves the world. Let’s chat… Ethical Sustainable Luxury.

• Accessories that elevate your interiors to modern. How do you use accessories to make a space?

• What is modern living outdoors? How modern moves from indoors to outdoors… and truly hits the road!

• Color, color, color – what are the hot colors for modern interiors in 2017?

• What do the Pantone Color of the year and Dwell on Design’s Dwell Outdoor show feature have in common?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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May 10 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion.
Sponsored and Hosted by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join Franke on Wednesday, May 10 at 2pm eastern for a discussion of gourmet kitchen trends – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!
Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.
Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 10 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:
• What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counterspace)?
• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?
• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?
• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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May 3rd at #KBtribechat – Wine Storage Solutions!

A design discussion. 🍷

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Wine storage solutions have come a long way!

Q1) What wine rack designs work best for the home?

Q2) What about wine cellars?  What wine cellar racking, features and details do you recommend?

We want to see pictures that wow!

Q3) What design tips do you have for beautifully building in wine refrigeration units?

Q4.) Where are clients wanting wine storage built in? Kitchen? Dining? Wine rooms or areas? Other? Share pics!

Q5) Are you finding wet bars to be a desired home feature?  Share designs and features you like!

Q6) What tips do you have for properly storing wine?

Join this Twitter Chat conversation

On Wednesday, May 3

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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April 26 at #KBtribechat – A Focus on the Dishwasher

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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Everyone loves to cook, but clean-up is a different story.  Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, April 26 at 2 pm eastern time for a lively discussion on dishwashers where we’ll share tips for dealing with sticky silverware and the dreaded white film on glasses. We’ll also discuss the latest in dishwasher innovation from new finishes to product innovation, including a spray arm that cleans those hard to reach corner glasses.

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The KBtribechat questions:
1. What’s your biggest pet peeve when it comes to dishwashers? How could design be improved?
2. When you buy a dishwasher what are your must-have features?
3. There is an art form to properly loading dishes. Who typically loads/unloads the dishwasher in your house? Do they do it well?
4. Dishwashers have gone high-tech. How have you used technology with your dishwasher?
5.How do you ensure the best clean? Share your tips from products to techniques.
6. Do you coordinate the finish of your dishwasher with other appliances in the kitchen? Why/why not?
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A way to help from a #KBtribechat friend

A message from Lisa M. Smith:

Hello KBtribechat friends,

I’m about to embark on The Mary Grace Tour, partially with the purpose of bringing awareness to the reality of Domestic Violence and to raise money for ACT, the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment, Inc, center in Lee County Florida.

Eighteen years ago this week my mother, Mary Grace, was murdered by her then husband in a domestic violence incident. The Mary Grace Tour is a recreation of a trip she took before I was born the details of which I found in her travel journal amongst her belongings. Domestic violence ended our dream of recreating this trip together.

ACT is the agency / 24-hr crisis hotline to whom which my mother made her last phone call on that fateful April evening.

Those of you who know me also know I never ask anyone for anything, as a kid I couldn’t ask people to buy a Girl Scout cookie. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here when I ask you to support my efforts to raise over $10,000 for ACT.

Through Crowdrise, I’ve created a webpage for my campaign, The Mary Grace Tour, where anyone can make a tax deductible  donation securely online. The donations are paid directly to ACT via Crowdrise, nothing comes to or goes through me, I’m just a voice, and hopefully a loud one. I’m funding my trip on my own.
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Some people run for charity, I travel. I’ll be covering 9,859 miles, just under 10,000 miles in over 15 days. Any amount you can donate to this campaign would be greatly appreciated but here are some fun ideas:
1/2¢ per mile or $49.30
$5 per day or $75
1¢ per mile or $98.59
$10 per day or $150
5¢ per mile or $492.95

What your money can buy at ACT:

$100 Pays for 10 hours of counseling for a victim
$1,500 Pays the electric bill for one month for the shelter
$5,000 Pays for the 24-hour hotline for one year

Thank you for reading this.  I’ve made one more person aware of just how close domestic violence is. If enough of you help, I’ll reach my goal of raising $10,000 for ACT.

Thank you!

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April 19 at #KBtribechat – A Sustainability Discussion in celebration of Earth Day

A kitchen and bath industry conversation!

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This week we will be pinning to our Earth Day group pinterest board, a compilation of favorite sustainable and green designs and products. Let us know if you’d like to be added to the board!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What eco/green/sustainable building tips do you suggest for kitchens and baths?

2.) How can we make kitchens and bathrooms more energy efficient?

3.) What remodeling choices affect indoor air quality? Please share good solutions.

4.) What user habits in the kitchen or bath can help with environmental responsibility?

5.) What eco-friendly products are on your list which can reduce the impact of construction on the environment?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, April 19

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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