December 7th at #KBtribechat – Design Inspired Destination Décor

Sponsored and Hosted by Vetrazzo.

The KBtribechat Questions:

1. Does destination ever inspire your room design and decor? Show us pics.

http://blog.vetrazzo.com/go-there-design-inspired-by-destination-free-lookbook

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2. Let’s talk coastal design inspo. Love how Cortney Bishop styled this Sullivan’s Island kitchen with Vetrazzo counters.

http://blog.vetrazzo.com/beach-chic-kitchen-designs-without-the-seashells-and-fish-nets

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3. Our cityscape. The barista inspired Vetrazzo to create its Coffee House color. Has a locale ever inspired your color choice?

http://blog.vetrazzo.com/destination-inspired-designs-free-lookbook-0

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4. Nature nurture. Have the great outdoors nurtured your design? Catherine Friis found the Toronto woods as her kitchen inspo.

http://blog.vetrazzo.com/dramatic-before-and-after-combines-quartz-recycled-glass-and-stunning-reclaimed-hemlock

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5.  Share projects inspired by the greatest destination of all – our planet! Arkin Tilt wins for earthy Sonoma County home.

http://blog.vetrazzo.com/and-we-have-a-winner…-arkin-tilt-named-2016-vetrazzo-design-star

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November 30 at #KBtribechat – Creating an Industrial Vibe

A design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1) What materials and elements lend themselves to an industrial aesthetic?

We want to see a lot of pictures!

Q2) How can lighting add an industrial feel to a kitchen or bathroom?

Q3) What do you like about industrial style for kitchens and/or bathrooms?

Q4) What faucet designs and finishes work well for an industrial look?

Q5) Do certain colors help establish an industrial look? Explain!

Q6) What other tips do you have to create an industrial vibe in the home?

 

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Holidays Made Easy -Appliance Solutions

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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Hosting over the holidays can be equal parts stressful and enjoyable. Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 pm for a discussion on how your appliances can lend a helpful hand during the holidays. From a water pitcher that fills itself to an oven that automatically selects the perfect temp for your turkey, we’ll share kitchen solutions for taking the stress out of your holiday hosting.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

– What appliance do you wish you had two of in your home during holiday season?

– When do you start the food prep for your holiday party? Any good tips to share?

– How do you use technology to assist with holiday entertaining or cooking?

– From cooking to cleaning, what obstacles do you run into every year around the holiday entertaining and what solutions have you found?

– If you could have one new appliance feature during the holidays what would it be?

– The last minute store run. What do you always forget to buy for holiday parties?

– Let’s talk turkey. The key to a great turkey is…

– What tips do you have for handling post-dinner dishes?

– What’s your go-to holiday recipe? Share your cooking tips.

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Thank Us Later – A Culinary Discussion Around Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of the most stressful times of the year – and that’s not just because the whole family’s under one roof. Planning for and cooking a large meal is a major undertaking. Coordination, preparation, timing and the proper tools are everything, whether you’re hosting two or 20.

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For our November 16 KBTribeChat, Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid will co-host a culinary discussion around Thanksgiving to help prepare you for the big day!

 When it comes to hosting and entertaining, time is the most valuable resource.

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, is committed to designing appliances and innovative solutions that help homeowners make the most of every minute and focus on what matters most – spending time with family and friends.

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One way to ensure your Thanksgiving dinner preparations are as easy as possible is to get appliances that match your kitchen layout and meet your cooking needs. With chef-inspired design, smart features and impressive performance, KitchenAid appliances were created for those who live to cook and create.

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Let’s cook up some conversation around Thanksgiving!

Our KBTribeChat questions:

Q1: What kitchen appliance features help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal?

Q2. What’s the best type of kitchen layout for interacting with guests?

Q3: How do you find space for cooking and storing multiple dishes?

Q4. Quick cleaning solutions? Go!

Q5. Where do you find Thanksgiving recipe inspiration?

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November 9 at #KBtribechat – Sourcing American Made Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Polycor

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Discussion questions:

Q1) How often do you source American made materials? Name the brands you love & why.

Q2) Carrara Marble has an appeal in the luxury market. But American marble is making a comeback. What’s your stone of choice?

Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/georgia-on-my-mind-designer-celebrates-southern-tradition-with-us-marble

Q3) Sourcing local can cut a project’s carbon footprint. Have you chosen one material over another due to a product’s origin? 

Q4) We love storytellers. Polycor quarries have a rich history in every stone. Share a company whose story inspired you to buy. 

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Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/the-history-of-north-american-soapstone-from-the-heart-of-the-virginia-hills

Q5) With less expensive, foreign engineered products on the market, what appeal do local natural materials offer?

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Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/quartz-vs-marble-are-look-and-performance-mutually-exclusive

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Influences of Car Design On Kitchen (& Bath) Design

A design discussion

hosted by Lisa M. Smith

Kitchen and bathroom design influences come from a myriad of places. Recognizing that kitchens and bathrooms in the simplest form are purely a collection of large planes and purposeful, durable shapes, what other daily living product shares this similarity? Automobiles. Cars have their intrinsic elements: wheels, engine, seating and controls, kitchens have theirs: cabinetry, countertops and appliances. Both have the same set of problems we as designers are tasked to solve, functionality, durability and oh yeah, its gotta have visual appeal. By looking at how automotive designers create attractive solutions. We can streamline our interior design process by building on what works.

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Frameless Doors and Drawers – Frames are not exposed on a car, all doors (trunk, bonnet, fuel filler, glove box) are fairly seamless. Car design disposed of exposed hinges long ago, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry are on the same path. Exposed hinges are a dust magnet. Why create a problem for a customer when the goal is to design a solution? Consumers today have a much higher tuned design aesthetic.  They don’t want to view anything which does not add to the visual appeal.

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Q1: Car doors eliminate visual hinges and frames. Do you use frame or frameless cabinets in your designs and why?

The use of stainless steel for functional items or pure visual embellishment is an important material used by car manufacturers.  It is a classic. Just like with cars, in K&B stainless steel symbolized quality and durability.  Did you know Blanco, the German manufacturer of kitchen faucets and sinks actually has an automotive connection? BLANCO is the company trusted by Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and Rolls-Royce for stainless steel work included on their automobiles.

Q2:  Stainless steel is a common element in cars and kitchens. How do you incorporate stainless steel into your designs?

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Automotive manufacturers are constantly bringing new materials to consumers.  Cars used to only have big metal bumpers.  Kitchens had big cast iron sinks. Metal was once the only bumper option on a car. Today, numbers are hidden behind gorgeous skins.  In the kitchen and bath, we have a number of new material or surface products to choose from.

Q3: Innovative materials drive the car industry. What new material choices do you like to use for K&B and how?

Automobile design trends shift back and forth throughout history from boxy to curvy.

Q4: Today’s cars are sleek and curvy. How do you keep kitchen and bathrooms from feeling like a room full of boxes?

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Technology is important in cars and kitchens. Consumers want connectivity, they are used to digital screens which are clear and updated. Technology changes from model year to model year in cars.  It has to. This influences buying decisions.

Q5: Cars keep adding tech. How are you incorporating latest technology into K&B and keeping your designs fresh and up to date?

Efficiency is another characteristic cars and kitchens have in common. Whether going from point A to point B or preparing a family meal people want to complete these tasks with ease. Good automobile designers put everything the driver or passengers needs within reach.

 

Q6: A good car is easy to use, a master of efficiency. What design elements make a kitchen efficient and easy?

A chief component of automotive interior design is comfortable seating and being ergonomically sound. Seating is supportive and adjustable. Not unlike a car where long commutes are not unusual, how much time one is seated in the kitchen is for a much longer period than many years ago.

 

Q7: Luxury cars have 18-way adjustable seats. How do you incorporate truly comfortable seating into the kitchen?

Luxury cars are all the rage and while every one can’t afford a $100,000 car, car companies are very adept at making moderately priced cars look and feel luxurious.

Q8: What are your tips for making a kitchen or bath luxurious without a big price tag?

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October 26 at #KBtribechat – The Business of Design

A management discussion
hosted by Arielle Mégie

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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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