March 3 at #KBtribechat – The Concept of Hygge

Hosted by Susan Serra, CKD

Susan’s #KBtribechat Questions:

1. Are you familiar with the Danish concept of hygge? How do you define it?
2. What design elements create a feeling of hygge in the kitchen?
3. What design elements create a feeling of hygge in the bath(s)?
4. All the physical elements of hygge are lovely but what do YOU do to slow down and get in the hyggelig (adjective use) zone?
5. Are there colors that are more conducive to a feeling of hygge than others?
6. Hygge is not just a winter vibe. What accessories would you add to kitchens and baths for the warm months?
7. What activities in the kitchen lend themselves to a feeling of hygge?
8. In our busy lives, how can we make sure we stop and/or remember to get hygge with it? 😉  

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February 24 at #KBtribechat – Why Tile

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings

Following National Tile Day on February 23, Coverings is excited to host a KBtribechat session on February 24 to continue the discussion about the benefits and use of ceramic tile for specific applications. Ceramic tile is one of the most versatile surface materials and innovative design options, with many available shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and finishes. Not only is tile beautiful, but it is also one of the healthiest and most hygienic choices available, being naturally resistant to bacteria, dust and other harmful pollutants. It is low-maintenance and easy to clean, with superior performance in kitchens, baths and any specified location. Unlike many other surface options, ceramic tile offers sustainability benefits including being energy efficient and recyclable. Slip- and fire-resistant, tile provides uncompromising safety without sacrificing style.

Coverings is the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Only at Coverings can kitchen and bath professionals, architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, fabricators, contractors, and many others from across the world experience the full benefits of tile, trending products, beautiful vignettes, and robust educational programs at no cost.

Coverings 2021 will take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Learn more and register at coverings.com.

For more tile information and inspiration, visit whytile.com.

The February 24 Coverings’ #KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Did you attend Coverings Connected on #NationalTileDay yesterday, February 23? If so, what was your favorite session, and why?
Q2: What tile trends for 2021 do you anticipate as being most requested among your clients and customers?
Q3: Creating a hygienic environment is more important than ever. How do you educate your clients or customers about all the healthy and hygienic benefits of ceramic tile? #WhyTile
Q4: Twitter poll: What benefits of tile have been most common for your designs, sales and installations in the last year, and why? #WhyTile

Durability
Sustainability
Health & Hygiene
Cost-Efficiency

Q5: Given ceramic tile is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering limitless design and installation possibilities, what tile shapes, combinations or patterns do you specify, install or sell the most?
Q6: Aside from its beauty and durability, what are some of the lesser-known benefits that make ceramic tile the smart choice for residential and commercial uses? #WhyTile
Q7: How has COVID-19 affected your business in 2020, and how are you addressing these challenges for 2021?
Q8: Show us the tile or stone project you are most proud of! Go!
Q9: Twitter poll: #Coverings2021 will take place July 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show, and why?

No-Cost Education & CEUs
New Products & Trends
Live Installation Demos
Networking

Q10: Fun Trivia: Where can you see life-size mosaic murals made of ceramic tile, pieces of glass, and bits of gold and silver, depicting the story of “Cinderella?”

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February 17 at #KBtribechat – A KBIS / IBS Recap

KBtribe share highlights from Design & Construction week!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Exhibitors, you are invited! Because both of the shows booth experiences ended up being limited this year, we’d love to hear from you.

1.  What new, exciting products did you discover last week at KBIS and IBS 2021?


2.  What product innovations did you see at KBIS and IBS and what do you think we’ll be seeing more of this year?


3.  What trends did you spot? What do you predict is here to stay? Share pics!


4. What were your favorite sightings of color? Any specific color trends from the shows?


5. What were your favorite finishes or finish combinations?

6. What insights did you get from the VFTI education and other sessions that we should bring to #KBtribechat?

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February 10 at #KBtribechat – An Industry Spotlight

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

Here’s are the links to view the Pinterest Boards compiled from this KBtribechat discussion:

Signature Kitchen Suite’s Industry Spotlight Board

Rev-A-Shelf’s Industry Spotlight Board

We would normally be getting together in person this time of the year, going from booth to booth to see the latest from top brands at KBIS. The inspiration must be found virtually this year. Next Wednesday at 2pm eastern, KBtribechat will bring you the latest innovations from Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

The Signature Kitchen Suite Questions:

Q1. Home cooking and experimenting in the kitchen has increased significantly in the past year. Which versatile cooking method would you say you’re seeing used the most?

Q2. What are some key reasons for including undercounter refrigeration in home design?

Q3. Speaking of wine refrigeration, what are you expecting to trend in 2021 when it comes to wine storage?

Q4. Just for fun: what is the most important piece in a full kitchen suite? What appliance do you pick first when it comes to kitchen design?

The Rev-A-Shelf Questions:

Q1. Let’s address the elephant in the room. How has COVID changed K+B design?

Q2. Moving on to a better year and brighter homes. Do you spec undercabinet light last? Why or why not?

Q3. The multipurpose room is in demand. What specialized rooms are you designing? What storage needs are you specifying or in need of?

Q4. Many of us have tackled the process of cleaning up and editing our closets during this time at home. What are you seeing in closet design and smart storage ideas?

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February 3 at #KBtribechat – Spicing It Up with Design

A kitchen and bath industry Twitter discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How do you add interest to kitchens in the design of the cabinetry?

2.) What tips do you have to create stunning bathroom cabinetry?

3.) How can we add pizzaz to kitchens and baths using color?

4.) Cabinet knobs and pulls are often called jewelry. How can our hardware choices add that special touch?

5.) Lighting can also be considered “jewelry” in a room. What lighting do you love for kitchens?

6.) What lighting do you love for bathrooms?

7.) How do you use fixture finishes to tie a design together? (sinks, faucets, trim, knobs/pulls, lighting, appliances)

8.) How can we add dynamism to kitchens and baths with our countertop, backsplash and flooring choices?

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January 27 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Living In Place in Mind

A kitchen and bath industry Twitter discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1. How would you define Living In Place? Do you know that it differs from other principles like Universal Design and Aging in Place?

Q2. Do any of you work with Occupational Therapists?


Q3. Safe: Do you have any go-to products for clients who want to ease strain, limit reach and reduce dangerous clutter?

Q4. Healthy: Ample lighting has a huge impact on not only safety, but also health. Do you take into consideration the effects of certain lighting on health when creating your design?

Q5. Comfort for Everyone: How can you add comfort for all to a design without sacrificing aesthetic? (i.e. handrails, no threshold doors, door knobs)

Q6. Where do you get your inspiration for Living In Place Designs? 

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Stacy talks #KBtribechat and more with Kitchen & Bath Design News

We are excited to announce that Stacy Garcia is the lastest interiew on KBDradio. The podcast is almost twelve minutes of social media tips and information about KBtribechat.

Here’s a link: http://www.kitchenbathdesign.com/kbd-radio/

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January 20 at #KBtribechat – Colors for 2021

A design discussion!

Hosted by Amy Wax of Color 911

Amy’s #KBtribechat Questions:

1.) The Black color trend started last year. Architectural Digest featured an article saying black kitchens will replace white kitchens in 2021. Do you see that happening?


2.) I’ve read people will not be holding back when it comes to colors and patterns in interior design this year. Many see the color trends of 2021 as exuberant and bold.  How do you see this influencing kitchen design? Do you see this as a passing trend?


3.) How has our spending so much time in our homes influenced design?


4.) More people are finding comfort in the color palettes of nature: hygge. How can we apply this color trend to kitchens and baths? 

5.) As 50 years from the post modern movement, some materials are coming back, glass block etc. Do you see this happening? In what way?


6.) Seeing gutsier personal expression as a design trend, how can we  apply this to kitchen design? For examples murals, personalized elements, etc. 


7.) Sitting in the kitchen is a common Zoom background. Colorless kitchens are boring and colorful kitchens can be distracting. Does zooming in the kitchen influence your design?


8.) In 2020 we added many features to our home, kids learning spaces, home gyms, better home offices. What have we added to kitchen design? 


9.) As we are rethinking the use of our spaces at home, do you see kitchen features installed in other rooms? Fridge in a home office? Full home bars? Cabinetry & counters in kids play area, etc.? 

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January 13 at #KBtribechat – How to make the most of Kitchens!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How do kitchen islands add to multifunctionality?

2.) Is having seating in the kitchen important? How does seating add to multifunctionality?

3.) How does an open plan add to the activity possibilities in the kitchen?

4.) How can we encourage gathering in the kitchen?

5.) How can smart technology help us increase our activity options in kitchens?

6.) What cabinetry ideas or storage solutions add multifunctionality to kitchens?

7.) How can multifunctional sinks and appliances help in the kitchen?

8.) How can we add grow your own options to kitchens?

9.) What tips do you have for adding laundry appliances to kitchens?

10.) What other tips do you have to blur the lines between kitchen function and family space?

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January 6th at #KBtribechat – How can design terms be more inclusive?

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) Is the term Master, as in Master Bedroom / Master Bathroom antiquated and insensitive? What name(s) would be better?

2.) What about the bathroom terms Jack n Jill or His and Hers? Should they be updated? What name(s) would be better?

3.) Does the term Butler’s Pantry need an update? What name(s) would be better?

4.) Are the terms dumbwaiter, lazy susan, Plantation shutters and service entrance outdated? If so, what names would be better? Any other examples of names that may be insensitive?

5.) Are we being overly sensitive? When discussing or drawing rooms or specifying certain products, have you made changes to industry terms / names that may be considered antiquated? Explain!

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