September 26 at #KBtribechat – Flooring Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by DOMOTEX USA

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Flooring in the kitchen and bath is a major design component when considering a renovation or new construction project. Choosing the surface, color and design must be coupled with ease of care, durability, comfort, season of life and budget requirements. 

DOMOTEX USA, America’s Home for Flooring trade show is excited to sponsor this flooring-themed #KBtribechat and to hear from you as they prepare for an inaugural flooring event hosted by Hannover Fairs USA in Atlanta starting on February 28, 2019. Supported by the best in the industry, DOMOTEX USA offers the latest flooring designs along with innovative flooring products from around the world. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with trade experts, attend seminars and networking events while gaining exposure to the latest offerings for all aspects of the flooring industry.

Join us with co-host Loretta Willis, Allied ASID on Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the impact of flooring trends in your business as kitchen and bath pros share insights, product knowledge and trends in the flooring industry! 

We want to see you at America’s Home for Flooring. For our KBtribechat audience, we would love to offer you complimentary Expo Hall registration: Please use the promo code KBt19 when you register on our website at https://domotexusa.com.

Additionally, don’t miss your chance to win a trip* to DOMOTEX USA or one of our other DOMOTEX family shows in Hannover, Germany or Shanghai with our DOMOTEX World Tour Sweepstakes! You can find more information and enter here: https://domotexusa.com/worldtour/.

*If eligible. Terms and Conditions are available on the website.

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Our discussion questions:

  1. When does a flooring decision come into the design process? How important is it in your designing process?
  2. How often do you use soft surface flooring (carpets, area rugs, etc.) vs. hard surface flooring? Why?
  3. What specifications do you look for in bathroom flooring? What do you find works well?
  4. What is your preferred product for kitchen flooring?
  5. Floors are an important part of the kitchen. How do you convince your clients to invest in an upgrade in flooring to accommodate the lifestyle of the family?
  6. How do you educate your client to support the choice of flooring
  7. According to the NKBA, flooring accounts for approximately 7% of a kitchen remodeling budget. How does this relate to your projects? Does flooring take up more of the budget? Less? – how do you factor that into your kitchen proposal/flooring budget?
  8. If budget were no object, what type of flooring would you choose for a kitchen project? A bath? Share photos of your favorite floors from your projects!

Loretta J. Willis

Loretta J. Willis, Allied ASID | Loretta’s Interior Design, LLC | Design Blogger | @ljwillisdesigns | alightreflection.com

Creative and visionary Interior Designer with a background in corporate management and merchandising, Loretta is passionate about helping others create beautiful and functional interiors tailored to client’s lifestyle and design needs. As a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Design) Loretta’s vast design knowledge, leadership and volunteer roles have resulted in strong client and industry trade partnership as well as a popular luxury design trends blogger.

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About DOMOTEX USA

DOMOTEX USA is a new annual flooring innovations industry trade show and conference. The event is the latest extension of the 30-year-old DOMOTEX, the world’s foremost showcase for floor coverings held annually in Hannover, Germany in January. DOMOTEX USA is focused on the needs of the residential floor covering industry’s buyers and manufacturers. The trade show features product displays across soft and hard surfaces including area rugs, carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, as well as flooring technology. 

For further information, visit the show’s website at www.DomotexUSA.com and social media sites:

Facebook – @DomotexUSA – https://www.facebook.com/DomotexUSA/     

Twitter – @DomotexUSA – https://twitter.com/DomotexUSA      

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/domotexusa    

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/domotexusa/  

About DOMOTEX Worldwide

Deutsche Messe organizes a number of DOMOTEX events around the world. DOMOTEX is the world’s leading annual trade show for carpets and floor coverings and is scheduled to run from January 11-14, 2019 in Hannover, Germany. For more information, visit www.domotex.de.  

The new DOMOTEX USA trade show is scheduled to run from February 28 to March 2, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.domotexusa.com.

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR, the largest international trade show for carpets and floor coverings in the Asia-Pacific region, is held annually in Shanghai. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2019 is scheduled to run from March 26-28, 2019. For more information, visit www.domotexasiachinafloor.com. 

DOMOTEX Turkey is Turkey’s leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings. DOMOTEX Turkey 2019 is scheduled to run from April 27-30, 2019 in Gaziantep. For more information, visit www.domotexturkey.com.  

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September 19 at #KBtribechat – Design Preferences

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions: 

1.) Cabinet style – Do you prefer frameless euro construction or face frame cabinetry? Why? What are the pros and cons of each?

2.) Do euro style cabinets really make the best use of space as is often claimed? Explain!

3.) Microwaves – How do you most often design them into kitchens? Built into a cabinet with a trim kit? Specify micro-hoods? Prefer micro drawers? Provide a cubby or shelf?

4.) Remember Avocado, Harvest Gold and Coppertone? – Would you like to see a standard color come back for kitchen appliances? What color (s) would you suggest?

5.) Kitchen sinks – Do you prefer stainless steel or white porcelain for the kitchen sink? Please explain! What are the pros and cons of each?

6.) Clients don’t understand that there is no “standard white”. Even with white on white being popular, there needs a designers eye involved to get it right. What are your go-to whites and strategy involving them?

7.) What is your favorite kitchen wall color? Why?

Join this Twitter conversation on Wednesday, September 19, from 2 to 3pm eastern,  by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets! 

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September 12 at #KBtribechat – Design for Living in Place

Hosted by Dawn DeLuca

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Dawn’s KBtribechat Questions: 

1. Are you familiar with the term Living In Place?  Can you see how this all encompassing term works for not only those who are aging in place or Living with disabilities but for our entire Population?

2. How can the design community help clients  overcome the discomfort of talking about their Living In Place Needs?

3. What LIP products or design solutions do you wish your clients wouldn’t object to? And how do you overcome those objections?

4. Do you automatically incorporate LIP/Adaptable Design into your projects? If yes, how?  If no, why not? What is holding you back from doing so?

5. Share some photos of LIP Products & Design applications that appeal to you!  Is there a particular product that you always utilize?

6. Do you see an increase in the number of clients asking about Living In Place? Aging in Place?  When the subject is brought up are you prepared to discuss it?  What approach do you use? What tools would help you. Be prepared for the conversation.

7. How do we make LIP mainstream? What products, knowledge, & marketing materials would make it easier to introduce & implement LIP?

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Dawn DeLuca

Dawn DeLuca, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS has been in the Interior Design/Kitchen & Bath Industry for more than two decades. After her studies, at Mercy College and New York School of Interior Design, she established her own design firm (Transitions). With a roster of national and international clientele Dawn continues to be thrilled to help you, our client, achieve your vision for a beautiful, functional, accessible and safe home or workplace.

A founding principal of Camille Rossy, Dawn brings in-depth hands-on experience in every aspect of design, business, construction and project management. Her wealth of knowledge guarantees that your projects move efficiently from phase to phase. Dawn’s strong design industry connections (both national and international) and her commitment to continuing education ensure that you, our clients, receive the most up-to-date ideas and information.

Dawn currently holds three certifications, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA); Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) from The Living In Place Institute; and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Association of Home Builders(NAHB).

With a strong commitment to volunteerism and seeing others succeed, Dawn actively participates in the NKBA, as a volunteer industry leader. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional spaces. Its mission is to inspire, lead and empower the Kitchen and bath industry, and ultimately the consumer, by providing Information, Education and Inspiration through marketplaces, networks and certification. A founding member of the Westchester Chapter of the NKBA, Dawn is currently a member of the National Generative Council. Is the immediate past Regional Director, of the American Northeast, and was a Member of the Board of Directors. This has led to a number of awards for her work, including 2012-2013 NAPW Woman of the Year.

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September 5 at #KBtribechat – Design Crush Bathrooms

 

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Retro for Baden Haus by Toni Sabatino

Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Please share images of bathrooms you LOVE and tell us why you find them exciting!

2.) Stunning surfaces are often the focal point of beautiful bathrooms. Share installations that prove this point from showers to countertops to flooring and walls.

3.) How can we be dazzled with plumbing fixtures? We know it happens! Share your design crush faucets, sinks, shower fittings and tubs!

4.) What bathroom lighting has wowed you lately?

5.) Sometimes we find ourselves crushing on the details. What bathroom organizers, storage solutions or tech has delighted you?

6.) Built-in appliances in the bathroom? Wow factor yes, please! What appliances take luxury to the next level in the bathroom?

Join this Twitter chat discussion

on Wednesday, September 5

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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August 29 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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Household technology is undergoing a transformation that’s changing the way we think about our daily routines. More specifically, we want to talk about the impact lighting has on our home and even health.

Today’s progressive lighting schemes aren’t about lights that go on and off; they’re about being partners in enhancing our lifestyle.

 

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.)  There has been an increase in studies linking lighting and health. Have you seen an increase in demand for human-centric lighting? This is lighting that can benefit the biological, emotional, health or well-being of people.

2.)  What type of smart lighting technology (Bluetooth Smart, Z-Wave, ZigBee) are your customers asking for and how comfortable are you in explaining their various options?

3.) The retro look keeps nudging its way into lighting design. What have you been seeing lately? Share pictures!

4.) Integrated LED lighting in, above and below cabinets and drawers is one of the hottest kitchen trends. Are you seeing new or innovative places homeowners are installing lighting?

5.) Bigger is better. Homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures to create a “WOW” factor over an island, dining table, etc. Are you adding these to your designs?

6.) With the demand for LED growing, how many of you are comfortable with and actively specify cabinet lighting vs. leaving it to the electrician?

7.) What areas in kitchen and bath do you feel there is a lack of lighting options?

8.) Are you loving the trend of backlighting countertops? Tell us what you think, and share pictures of some of your favorites!

 

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August 22 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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This is Cafe.

From mixed metals to new matte finishes we’re discussing the materials and styles that are on trend in kitchen design. Join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 pm ET to discuss your favorite looks in the kitchen.

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Another beautiful Café kitchen.

Our KBtribechat questions: 

1. What finishes or materials are trending in kitchen design?

2. What is the biggest design request you hear from people who are remodeling their kitchen?

3. How has the rise of open floor plans affected kitchen design?

4. What do you believe drives appliance choices? Design or Tech?

5. Do you believe in mixing and matching finishes, why or why not?

6. What finish or design element do you wish existed out there for appliances?

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Black Café appliances, yes please!

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August 15 at #KBtribechat – Peace of Mind Solutions for Health

A kitchen design discussion

Hosted by Toni Sabatino

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“Wellness” is a term that you hear quite often lately. Peace of mind
adds to good health. What can we do with kitchen design to promote a
sense of well being? Some of my thoughts are good ventilation,
thoughtful storage and a simplicity of materials for low VOC and easy
clean. More thinking takes it a step further with wellness being related
to how we eat and how that relates to appliances and food prep. I would
like to see your thoughts around this trend of wellness in the home.

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My KBtribechat questions: 

What kind of design image does the term wellness inspire in the kitchen?
Share photos

How does the design of the kitchen ease the burden of preparing fresh
food? Do you find usefulness in things like sinks with accessories such
as cutting boards and colanders and herb savers in the frig?

Are clients interested learning about current technologies? I install
more steam ovens and very few microwaves as the nutritional value of the
food is much better. Do you find yourself educating your clients about
benefits of steam cooking for creating healthier meals? Induction
cooking for cleaner air?

I think lighting has a major effect on our sense of well being. Please
share any kitchen related lighting ideas, especially for those urban
spaces that limited natural light.

Do you find yourself looking for the healthiest choices in materials?
Are you considering the VOC emissions when determining the performance
of a product? What are some of your favorite products when thinking
about “healthy kitchens” and why?

Do you think of living in place or aging in place concepts when you
think of wellness? What design features and specialty appliances, tech
or gadgets do you find work best for people of any ability?

Less clutter generally creates more peace of mind. Show your best
storage solutions for ease of use.

Technology that counts your steps, calories and other health relates
features is everywhere. How do you say tech playing a role in the
kitchen?

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