October 26 at #KBtribechat – The Business of Design

A management discussion
hosted by Arielle Mégie


Our host Arielle Mégie (second from left) with Armen Alajian (Arto Brick), Stacy Garcia and Home Advisor at KBIS 2015

As an independent designer, I find myself with many daily challenges!

My KBtribechat Questions: 

Q1.) What are the pros and cons of having a showroom or a business office with samples?

Q2.) Do you charge a design fee for the initial consultation or add it into your project estimate? Explain your reasoning!

Q3.) How do you communicate possible design choices to your clients? Do you bring samples or show pictures?  Do you use an iPad or paper catalogs or go to a showroom to see actual displays?

Q4.) Making an accurate estimate without a design is problematic but many clients don’t want to proceed without a budget idea. How do you solve this?

Q5.) Please share your successful design business tips!

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on Wednesday, October 26th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Connected Appliances: Your New Partner in the Home

A design discussion
Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances


From reordering detergent to preheating the oven by voice, connected appliances can serve as an extra hand in the home. Similar to updates on a smartphone, connected appliances allow owners to download additional capabilities, like new wash cycles, as well as service updates that are sent remotely over WiFi.

Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, October 19 at 2 pm for a discussion on how connected appliances can change the way your household runs.


The KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: How do you define “connected” when it comes to appliances?

Q2: What household task would you willingly pass off to a connected appliance if you could?

Q3: What benefits can voice technology bring to the kitchen?

Q4: Connected appliances can receive updates (both service and features) through WiFi. What features would you download to your current appliance if you could?

Q5: What appliance would you be most likely to connect and why?

Q6: Do you expect the appearance of a connected appliance vary from a non-connected appliance? Why/Why not?

Q7: How could connected appliances help with inventory management in the home?

Q8: Outside of appliances, what other items are connected in your home and how easy was it to connect them?


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Let’s Talk Flooring Trends

A design discussion!
Sponsored and Hosted by The International Surface Event (TISE) 2017


A plethora of floorcovering options are available in the market, offering designers unending options to create unique projects. Floorcovering is more than just a utilitarian material, instead it can change the mood of any room – from exotic hardwood and luxury vinyl planks to the movement and texture formed in natural stone. Learn about the latest in floorcovering trends for all surfaces types: ceramic tile, natural stone, hardwood, resilient, laminate, and luxury carpet. Join us on KBTribeChat to chat directly with leading experts across all floorcovering fields to inspire your next project and solve your biggest issues.


photo by M S International

TISE is the largest North American event serving the floorcovering, stone & tile industries. To learn more on this topic and see the products and services first hand, register today to attend TISE 2017, January 17th to 20th in Las Vegas.
Register at www.TISEwest.com/Register and use promo code MDL60 when registering for 10% Off* your TISE 2017 exhibits and or exhibits with education registration.


photo by M S International

Our discussion questions:

• Where in the design process do you consider your flooring selection? Do you have a preferred flooring material?

• Have you used large format porcelain tile before? What brand? Let’s talk installation guidelines!

• A growing trend in flooring is LVP. What is new with resilient? How has technology improved this product category? Do you work with resilient products? What design features do you like most about resilient?

• Solid vs. engineered flooring (vs. wood look tile) – what are the pros and cons?

• What are some of your favorite natural stones for flooring installations? Share photos! (in your answers supply tips for using natural stone as a surface material and debunk common misconceptions)

Join this Twitter Chat conversation
on Wednesday, October 12
from 2 to 3pm EST
by adding #KBTribechat to your tweets!

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It’s Here! Celebrate Kitchen & Bath Month with NKBA & KBIS!

Hello October! Not only is the registration momentum for KBIS gaining speed but October is also Kitchen & Bath Month. Across North America, NKBA members are celebrating!


The first KBtribechat of October is co-hosted by both the NKBA and KBIS. Let’s bring the community together to celebrate the industry, talk innovation, gain insight, and share key research to help your business. We’ll see you and the rest of the tribe on October 5th at 2:00 EST.


Weigh in on the following questions:

Q1) Safety & Sustainability are two of the NKBA’s key values. Share innovations you’ve seen for safe/sustainable kitchens & baths.

Q2) Our partnership with @CEDIA this year @KBIS2017 will showcase home tech solutions. What SmartHome features are here to stay?

Q3) How do you feel working with Millennials differs from working with other generations in the workplace? Discuss!

Q4) What research would you like to see us tackle? What info would have the biggest impact on your business? #NKBAresearch

Q5) Have you seen our new NKBA Innovation+Inspiration Magazine?  What would you most like to see covered?


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Bathroom Design – Where Are We Headed?

A design discussion.

Sponsored and Hosted by Blackman Plumbing.



The KBtribechat Questions: 

1. Bathroom cabinetry is evolving! What bathroom furniture styles are becoming popular?

We want to see pictures!

2. Decorative hardware is becoming an essential design component on cabinetry. What finishes and types are you specifying or want to use?

3. Do you coordinate sinks, tub and toilet by suite? Explain your selection process! What are your favorites? What colors?

4. What faucet and shower valve handle styles and finishes are you excited about? Do you have a go to selection or does it vary by project?

5. Tile for bathroom flooring and showers has become very popular. Why do you see this trend continuing? Share beautiful images of bathroom tile inspiration!

6. Many lighting options are available for the bathroom! What are your favorites?


Blackman is one of the nation’s largest family-owned and managed suppliers of plumbing, heating, industrial, waterworks and HVAC equipment. With 22 fully-stocked branches and showrooms located throughout the metropolitan New York area, Blackman has become a convenient, reliable resource for today’s building and remodeling professionals.  Blackman provides the supplies you need, when you need them, in stock and at the right price.

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on Wednesday, September 28th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat – Let’s talk Laundry

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery!


The laundry room has finally come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center. Homeowners are putting more thought into the space, making it a multi-use area and reflective of their design style and personality. Join Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for a discussion about the evolving laundry room, washer/dryer innovations and how to take the space to the next level.


Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Have laundry rooms evolved past the traditional washer/dryer? How do you take the space to the next level?

Q2: What’s important when choosing a brand of washer/dryer?

Q3: What laundry innovations are you loving?

Q4: The great washer debate: front loader or top loader?

Q5: How do you infuse some fun into the design of a laundry room?


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on Wednesday, September 21

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Mobile Apps, Tools of the Trade

A tech discussion!

Hosted by Scott Koehler, a 27 year kitchen and bath industry veteran and owner of Dream Kitchen Builders in North Carolina. Scott’s article ‘There’s an App for That’ is in the current issue of Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine.  Plan to attend his Voices From the Industry presentation at KBIS on Mobile Apps which will take place Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 4:30pm.

Lake Jeanette - Kitchen Transformation

Kitchen by Dream Kitchen Builders


Scott’s KBtribechat Questions:

Q1. Which mobile apps do you use for file sharing and file management?

Q2. Which mobile apps do you use for client engagement and why?

Q3. Which mobile apps will you use at KBIS2017 and why?

Q4. How many computers do you personally own and how many of those are mobile devices?

Q5. What percentage of business do you do on desktops/laptops versus mobile devices?

Q6. What mobile apps do you use as part of your social media efforts?

Q7. What mobile apps do you use to aid in design?

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on Wednesday, September 14

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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