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11-6-19 at #KBTRIBECHAT: “Uncork that Creativity!”

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD

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There are two questions I am so tired of hearing, “What magazines do you read for inspiration?” as if that’s the only way to be creative, and “What’s trending right now?” My immediate gut response is . . . . “put down the magazine and go OUTSIDE!” no offense to magazines. And, “if it’s IN right now, it’s already OUT . . . ask me what I think will be IN in the next 5-10 years!” THAT’s what turns me on!

In our industry we are so focused on how to inspire our clients but what happens if WE are stretched too thin, are sleep deprived, over committed and nearing burn out or simply just stuck in a rut. I find most of us never want to admit that publicly (I see your Instagram lives!), though privately I hear way too many designers (and non-designers) admit they feel just like that.

“Creativity is more than a career, it’s a way of life!” Paula

If you want to experience more creativity in your life and in your work you need only to remove the blocks that exist in your life until it starts to flow naturally again. Creativity is a force of nature; it will occur if it is allowed, it simply needs to be UNCORKED!

Creativity is the ability to imagine what has never existed, to see the big picture, to find the subtle connections between seemingly unrelated things. ALL of us have the ability to be creative, not just prominently Right brained individuals.
Think of this ability as something that will naturally happen if you just get out of its way. We need to be conscious about how to rejuvenate it, inspire it, protect it, exercise it, practice it and share it. I like thinking of it in terms of exercise . . . your creativity muscle needs to be loosened up and exercised just like any other muscle.

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Paula’s IGNITE CREATIVITY KBtribechat Questions:

Question 1: Be honest, do you ever feel stagnant, stuck or burnt out, either now or in the past?

Question 2: What blocks your creativity? (Get creative and use a GIF if applicable)

Question 3: What are your go-to methods to revive yourself and your ability to be creative? Feel free to share images of yourself doing these activities.

Question 4: How do you instill confidence in your clients to trust your creativity to help them get out of their comfort zones?

Question 5: What other industries do you follow to keep ahead of the “what’s in” question?

Question 6: How do you stay inspired within our industry locally and nationally? What events do you get the most value out of?

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Your list of activities to cultivate your creativity will look different. Join me at http://www.facebook.com/ignitecreativity to see what my entire list is and share yours with a growing community of creatives. I travel nationally to visit trade association chapters offering Ignite Creativity and many other Kitchen & Bath related CEU’s.

Do something Creative every day!

Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, CACC
Inspirational Speaker. Writer. Designer. Creativity Guru. Educator. Serial Entrepreneur. Timeless Kitchen Design
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September 25 at #KBtribechat – Flooring Trends

A design discussion
Sponsored and Hosted by DOMOTEX USA
Co-Hosted by Loretta Willis, ASID

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Your profession is more than what can be seen on the surface. Staying profitable and relevant in the global marketplace requires in-depth product knowledge and innovation, whether you buy, sell, make, specify or install flooring. DOMOTEX USA is the sole event in North America dedicated exclusively to flooring. Immerse yourself in three full days of hands-on experiences, education (with a specific designer track) and exhibits. Plus, this year you can earn continuing education units (CEUs) at the show.

We will put the World at Your Feet: Join us Feb. 5-7, 2020 in Atlanta. Use the promo code KBtribechat20 to get a free expo hall pass when you register at https://domotexusa.com/the-show/attend/.

 

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We, along with co-host  Loretta Willis, Allied ASID, look forward to discussing flooring trends and listening as kitchen and bath pros share insights, product knowledge and favorite project pictures on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. ET!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: How has the choice of flooring in kitchens & bathrooms changed over the years?

Q2: What is your preferred choice of kitchen flooring & why? Share pictures of your favorite floors!

Q3: How does the color & texture of the kitchen floor influence the rest of the room’s design? Share examples!

Q4: Personalized room design is becoming more popular – how do you apply this to the floors in your projects?

Q5: In today’s world, we are all concerned about being more eco-conscious. What is your favorite eco-friendly flooring to use in your k&b designs and why?

Q6: If budget were no object, what type of flooring would you choose for a kitchen & bath project? Share photos of your favorite k&b projects!

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About DOMOTEX USA
DOMOTEX USA is an annual flooring innovations industry trade show and conference. The event is an extension of the more than 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 floor covering retailers, distributors, installers, builders, contractors, remodelers and interior designers. The trade show features product displays across hard and soft surfaces including hardwood, laminate, area rugs, carpet and resilient flooring, outdoor floor covering, as well as flooring applications and installation technology.

For further information, visit the show’s website at www.DomotexUSA.com and social media sites:
Facebook – @DomotexUSA
Twitter – @DomotexUSA
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/domotexusa
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/domotexusa/

About 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. Loretta was profiled under DOMOTEX USA’s #whyidomotex campaign in 2019. You can read more about Loretta’s path to success here and watch an interview about what DOMOTEX USA means to her here.

 

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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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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.

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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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Color for Kitchens and Baths

A design discussion hosted by color expert Amy Wax.

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Amy’s KBtribechat Questions:

  • Green gives a fresh, natural feel, a perfect concept when it comes to food. What are great ways of adding green to your kitchen design?
  • Texture has become such an important feature in all forms of design. Name some great ways of bringing texture into your kitchen or bath designs?
  • Is there a single element that motivates your color palette such as cabinetry, dishes or flow from other rooms?
  • What tools have you used to match the colors of your counters or dishes to create a more fluid design?
  • What is the better direction to go in – White & Efficient OR Colorful & Inviting?
  • As designers do you prefer warm or cool colors in your kitchen and bathroom decor? Explain!
  • How have color trends affected kitchen or bathroom design over the years?

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About Amy Wax
Award-Winning Professional Color Consultant & Creator of Color911®

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Amy works with architects, designers, builders and homeowners to select the colors for paints and other products that help their projects stand out. Eighteen years ago, she created Your Color Source Studios Inc., a firm that specializes in selecting colors for residential and commercial architectural use. A list of the company’s many projects include aiding in the development of color palettes for a Fortune 500 company, color and product selection for two projects that received Gold LEED status from the U.S. Government’s Green Building Council, and the creation of color palettes for numerous residential and commercial buildings.

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Amy created the Color911® app and blog to help people add color to their lives—whether someone is selecting colors for their home or business, or selecting colors for fashion, graphic design or another artistic use. The app shows how color enriches our lives, and it turns what is a difficult process for some into something that is truly satisfying and fun. Just a few of the accolades it has received have been being named a “Product of the Year” by This Old House Magazine, a “Can’t-Live-Without” app by Architectural Digest and a “Must-Have Resource” by Lonny Magazine. Amy hopes that Color911® helps you find the colors you love most, and inspires you to add color to your life!

Amy has a fantastic instagram feed.  We recommend you follow her there too for color inspiration!

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It’s #TileTuesday on #KBTribeChat Wednesday!

Tile consumption in the U.S. is on the rise. As market demand is growing, so are the creative options that tile makers are offering. That means it’s high time for our tribe to talk tile style and share insights on how you’re working with this beloved material in your projects.

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Join us as we assemble with the very tile-minded Arpi Nalbandian (aka @tileometry) and Irene Williams (aka @tiletuesday and @crossvilleinc) to chat about trends and the ins and outs of tile use, selection, and installation. Best of all, we’re carving plenty of time for you to show and tell us about your favorite projects with tile—so be sure to have images ready to share!

Here’s a look at our discussion guide for the conversation:
• Why do you spec tile? Look—performance—sustainability—etc?
• What tile styles are tops w/ you & clients (color—size—look)?
• Spec’ing more tile lately? If yes, why? If no, what’s spec’ed instead?
• Name your top tile suppliers/makers. Why?
• Do you have a fave installer? Tell how design & installation work together.
• Your best tile installs—show & tell!

About our co-hosts for this KBtribechat:

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Arpi Nalbandian
Arpi Nalbandian is a writer, editor, blogger, and social media consultant who is passionate about tile, design, and architecture. With more than 20 years of editorial experience in the flooring industry, she brings a unique feel and perspective to her articles thanks to her many years of travel and personal experiences.

She is the owner and founder of Tileometry, a regular contributor to Avente Tile’s “Tile Talk” blog, Associate Editor/Social Media Director for ProInstaller magazine, and associate editor for Premier Flooring Retailer magazine.

You can connect with her on these platforms:

Website/Blog

Twitter
Arpi Nalbandian
Tileometry

Facebook

Pinterest:
Arpi Nalbandian
Tileometry

LinkedIn

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Irene Williams
Irene Williams is a marketing and PR pro who’s spent the better part of two decades representing manufacturers in the interior design and home products industry. She’s known best in the design community as the voice behind Crossville, Inc., U.S. maker of sustainable tile collections. Her clients know her as the owner/principal of Msg2Mkt, LLC —a digital marketing and PR agency. Today, she’s also having a blast on Instagram as @tiletuesday where she’s Instablogging about tile trends the world over.

Follow her as TileTuesday on Instagram and Twitter: @tiletuesday.
Connect with her professionally on LinkedIn

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SHOWROOMS: Heaven or H*ll

Having great trade partners can make a huge difference in helping your business run smoothly and create ecstatic, loyal clients. Showrooms are a key piece of this network! Vendors must not only showcase excellent quality goods, but must communicate well, offer meaningful trade discounts, and ship quickly. Plus, they must be able to efficiently resolve any problems when they arise (and you know they always do!)
On the flip side of this coin, a bad experience with a showroom can make your life a living h*ll! No one likes the stress of dealing with an angry, unhappy client. Not to mention, a botched order has the potential to erode your profit margins. Based on the many spirited discussions found on Social Media, this is obviously a hot topic for many.
On September 30, Susie Feia of Feia Construction will be hosting #KBTribeChat on “Showrooms: Heaven or H*ll”. If you manage a showroom, or your product is offered in a showroom, join us to get valuable insight from those who order from you. And if you’re a designer who uses showrooms, now is your chance to offer your feedback knowing many brands will be listening!!

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Here are our discussion questions:

• What factors make you loyal to a showroom?

• How important is trade pricing and exclusivity to you?

• If there’s a problem, how can the showroom best help?

• How would you like showrooms to improve?

• How best can a showroom support you in closing the sale with your clients?

• How likely are you to order from a brand that only has an on-line presence (no physical location)?

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

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About Susie Feia
Susie is part of the husband/wife team that owns Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design-build firm in Wisconsin. This family-run firm has been transforming homes and delighting clients for 29 years. Susie serves on the Milwaukee NARI board, leads WINN (Women in NARI Networking) and will be a VFTI speaker for her fourth time at KBIS2016. In addition, she volunteers her time with other local community organizations. You can find her on the web, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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