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The Role of Social Media in the Kitchen & Bath Industry with Stacy Garcia

An Element Designs Podcast featuring Stacy.

On this episode of Element Sessions, Voice of B2B Daniel Litwin was joined by cabinet industry veteran Stacy Garcia, the owner of Garcia Cabinetmakers and founder of KBtribechat™️, which facilitates weekly social media discussions on Twitter for thought-leaders in the kitchen and bath industry.

 

Litwin and Garcia, who brings four decades of experience in the industry to the table, dove into how social media has not only provided inspiration through sites like Instagram and Pinterest, but has completely reshaped the way professionals in the kitchen and bath industry network, build relationships and share ideas.

 

“We were early adapters of computers – we’ve done shop drawings since the early days of them being available on the computer,” Garcia said. “But that has evolved way beyond what it was in the early days. … I see everything online now. Things stay the same, but (there are) different platforms, and you really need to be represented online.”

 

Garcia said she’s noticed a shift in networking away from phone and in-person avenues and another in data collection, which has moved online and away from slogs down to City Hall for records, etc.

KBtribechat™️, designed to make Twitter more effective for members of the kitchen and bath industry, has allowed Garcia to craft a critical space for achieving the industry’s modern goals and expanding the boundaries to unexplored, fascinating topics.

 

“The main thing is that I don’t consider it mine. It’s a community,” she said. “I’m overseeing it, but if I see that somebody has a special area of expertise that I find fascinating, I will ask them to host. … It’s a whole community thing.

 

“It’s our industry’s platform. It’s not about me, it’s about the industry.”

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February 19 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings 2020

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What makes a tile trend, a trend? By Coverings standards, a trend arises when a certain tile pattern, color, or look transcends any design style in particular, and is sourced and specified by architects, designers, contractors, and installers for a range of diverse projects. In an effort to celebrate tile’s aesthetic elements, durability, versatility, and timelessness for National Tile Day (Feb. 23rd), Coverings’ ambassador Alena Capra, alongside Coverings’ sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, and Tile of Spain, have compiled this year’s top 10 tile trends for 2020. The following tile trends are only a small taste of what you can find in the nine miles of tile at Coverings 2020:

1.) Mixed Color Palettes: Consumers are currently crazy for Pantone color of the year Classic Blue, and also blush pinks, sage green and dusty orange hues are used for a calming look.
2.) Refined Natural Wood Looks: Thanks to evolving digital printing technology and innovations in ink and fit technology, mimicking natural wood remains popular in 2020.
3.) Precious- and Gemstone-style Made Sustainable: From designs emulating rare marbles and semi-precious stones, such as onyx and agate, to tiles with an iridescent finish reminiscent of Akoya pearls, precious material styles are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020.
4.) Non-Rectangular / Mixed Geometrics: Trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles allow for more interesting layouts than simple grids and running bonds.
5.) Counter Culture: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain make it an excellent countertop choice, which is why this type of gauged porcelain’s expanding applications will continue to be a 2020 favorite.
6.) Psychedelic: Expect bright, psychedelic colors, playful geometries and trippy patterns galore this year!
7.) Industrial Chic: Concrete- and stone-look tile options enrich environments with a chic artfulness while opening the door to endless, unique style choices.
8.) Modernized Marble: Traditional-inspired ceramic materials, such as emulated marble, have been modernized to adapt to today’s contemporary styles.
9.) Speckled Surfaces: This trend features technicolor dots and specks, and modern interpretations of terrazzo in 2020.
10.) Large-Scale Patterns: We will see a shift towards ceramic tiles with big, bold patterns that instantly catch the eye this year.

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For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, keeping abreast of current trends is essential when specifying tile for their clients’ homes.

Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, which annually attracts exhibitors and attendees from across the world who are eager to experience nine miles of tile, beautiful ceramic tile and natural stone vignettes, and vast education programs. Coverings 2020 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in more than 20 years, and take place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With the event only two months away, now is the time to register to attend!

Register and attend at no cost: Learn more at coverings.com.

Twitter handle: @Coverings

Hashtag: #Coverings2020

Coverings will be sponsoring its second KBtribechat session February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day, which takes place February 23. Join the conversation!

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Our Questions for KBtribechat, February 19, 2020, 2-3 p.m. ET:

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q1: Precious gemstone-look tile is already making an impact in 2020. What is your ideal space to use this type of tile?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q2: Twitter poll: Mixed color palettes are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020. Which color trend are you most excited about? A.) Sage Green & Dusty Orange B.) PANTONE Classic Blue C.) Pretty Pinks

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q3: Trippy, asymmetric and colorful patterns are trending as psychedelic influences make a design impact on the tile industry in 2020. To you, what makes a tile installation “psychedelic?”

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q4: Wood-look tile continues to be one of the top tile trends in 2020! What are some of your favorite applications of this trend?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q5: Share a photo of your favorite tile design or installation recently announced or completed using the #NationalTileDay hashtag! Go!

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q6: This year, we see non-rectangular geometric shaped tile as a trend sure to make an impression on any space in which it is used. What are some of your favorite non-rectangular geometric tile shapes to use?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q7: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain makes it an excellent countertop choice, and obvious trend for 2020. Where else do you like to use gauged porcelain?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q8: Of all the tile trends we discussed during today’s #KBTribechat conversation, what have been your favorites? Why? Are there others?

Psychedelic Tile Trend

Paprica, Marca Corona – Ceramics of Italy

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New Year, New Trends! #KBTribeChat Travels to #IBS2020 to Discuss Home Building and Design Trends for 2020

An in person meet-up!

Wednesday, January 22
11am until noon
Booth C7548

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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We’re on the road again, taking the tribe to Las Vegas for a live chat from the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world. Only at IBS can you connect with thousands of your home building peers, industry experts and manufacturers to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and access real business solutions.

IBS will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 21–23, where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) for the 7th annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning over a million net square feet of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

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Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) will be the official host for our annual in-person #KBTribeChat and networking event on Wednesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Join us in the Whirlpool Corporation booth #C7548 for a discussion on the home building and design trends that will be IN and OUT in 2020.

As 2020 kicks off, it’s time to usher in a new year and decade of building and design trends. Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, develops and designs appliance innovations that are inspired by consumer insights and preferences in home design. Consumer focus fuels the company’s continued growth and strengthens its brand portfolio. As a result, Whirlpool Corporation is uniquely positioned, today and in the future, to deliver long-term value for homeowners and building industry professionals alike.

If you’re attending the show, come chat with us live at the Whirlpool Corporation booth #C7548 on Wednesday at 11am until noon to discuss the most prevalent home building and design trends, and what to expect for the year ahead. Attendees will get an exclusive tour of the Whirlpool Corporation booth as well as a special gift from the company’s KitchenAid brand. If you’re not at the show, you can still join the discussion by following the #KBTribeChat hashtag!

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To prepare for the discussion, here are our KBtribechat questions:

1. What new kitchen design trends are most popular today? What do you expect to see more of in 2020?

2. How are generational preferences influencing home building and design?

3. From high-end, luxury homes to small space living, what home styles are on the rise?

4. What colors and finishes do today’s homeowners want the most – and which ones have declined over the years?

5. Where do you think laundry room design headed?

6. Name one design trend you hope to see more of in 2020!

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2020 Details

Attending KBIS:

Join us for a fun in person KBtribechat event on the first day of the show!

Enjoy networking in person with other industry pros while we discover the latest industry innovations and share on social media. Each exhibitor host has an insiders program planned with treats and fun surprises.

Attend to get an “I ❤️ KBtribechat” tote and fill it with goodies from each sponsor.

Date:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 1:30pm to 3pm PST

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Event Timing and Hosts:

1:30pm  Rev-A-Shelf  booth N2562 (@REVASHELF)

1:53 pm  Brizo  booth N2332 (Twitter: @Brizo | Instagram: @BrizoFaucet)

2:15pm  Wellborn Cabinet  booth N2905 (@WellbornCabinet)

2:40pm – 3pm  Signature Kitchen Suite  booth C8101 (@SKSappliances)

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We have a new KBtribechat group Pinterest Board for Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS 2020 sharing.

If you would like to be added please let us know!

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All three of the photos in this post are by Lisa Stewart Photography.

The following Progressive KBtribechat discussion questions will be asked during the event:

Participants will answer on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #kbtribechat.

 

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Q1.) What is the one kitchen item or cabinet that is always unorganized?
 
Q2.) What is the most difficult aspect of incorporating lighting in your designs?
 
Q3) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Rev-a-shelf products and share now!

 

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Q1) The new Kintsu Bath Collection showcases influences from both Japanese and Scandinavian design approaches. What are your favorite elements of Japanese and/or Scandinavian design aesthetics that influence your work?#KBIS2020

Q2) The Odin Kitchen Collection by Brizo provides a range of finishes, spout and handle options that offer customizable luxury through a clean, sophisticated aesthetic. How do you ensure that your designs are personalized and unique? Are there any specific methods that help you hone in on personalization when completing a design for a client?

Q3) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Brizo products and share now!

 

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Q1.) What type of technology do homeowners like to integrate into their kitchen and bath cabinetry?
Q2.) What design and color trends are you predicting for 2020? Share pictures of these trends that are within the Wellborn booth.
Q3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Wellborn Cabinet products and share now!

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Q1.) What are the top ventilation mistakes, and how do you avoid them?

Q2.) Your client loves to host dinners, complete with paired wines. What’s the best way to protect their prized wine collection?

Q3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Signature Kitchen Suite products and share now!

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#KBtribechat Schedule for January 2020

KBtribechat is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks and will be back on January 8th. We are so excited for the topics and hosts lined up for 2020! The year starts out with Design and Construction week in Las Vegas, where we will be getting together in person on the first and second days of the shows. If you’re not attending KBIS, join in online for show insights and to be a part of the fun!

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Here is the January KBtribechat schedule:

January 1 – No KBtribechat

January 8 – Designing with Pets in Mind

January 15 – Revisiting the Classics – Hosted by Use Natural Stone

Tuesday, January 211:30 – 3pm PST – Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS – LIVE from Las Vegas
Join us in person on the show floor or on Twitter for KBIS insights & highlights
Hosted by –
1:30pm  Rev-a-shelf (N2562),
1:53pm  Brizo (N2332),
2:15pm  Wellborn Cabinet (N2905)
2:40pm  Signature Kitchen Suite(C8101)

January 22 – 2020 Home Building and Design Trends – Hosted by Whirlpool, live from the show floor in booth C7548

January 29 – A Post-KBIS discussion – Hosted by Bertazzoni

Our Wednesday KBtribechat discussions
take place from 11am until noon PST.
Join us by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2020 SAVE THE DATE

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KBtribe attending KBIS:

Please join us for a fun in person KBtribechat event on the first day of the show.

We are so excited for KBIS 2020 and will be starting off the show with an exciting, not to be missed event!  The Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS 2020 will be hosted by four sponsors, Rev-a-shelf, Brizo, Wellborn Cabinet and Signature Kitchen Suite. The tour will start in the Rev-a-shelf booth (N2562) at 1:30 pm on the first day of the show. Enjoy networking in person with other industry pros while discovering the latest innovations and sharing on social media!  Each exhibitor host has an insiders program planned with treats and fun surprises. (Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography)

Attend to get a KBtribechat tote and fill it with goodies from each host. Pick up your I ❤️ KBtribechat bag at the first stop and fill it with swag from each sponsor. 

Plan to join us!
The event timing:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS
1:30 to 3pm PT
1:30pm  Rev-a-shelf   Booth N2562   
 
1:53pm  Brizo   Booth N2332.    
 
2:15pm  Wellborn Cabinet  Booth N2905   
 
2:40pm  Signature Kitchen Suite  Booth C8101  
 

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The #KBtribechat schedule for July

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Our July topics so everyone can plan ahead!

July 3 – There will be no KBtribechat this week.  

July 10 – Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review

July 17 –  A Focus on Outdoor Living

July 24 – Design with Living in Place in Mind – Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

July 31 –  Clearing Away Clutter!

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#KBtribechat at #IBS2019

 Sponsored and Hosted by Thermador

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The International Builders’ Show is an exciting time to unveil the newest innovative products, ideas, and trends. Will you be heading to IBS this year? If so, join us for our annual in-person #KBTribechat and networking event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thermador booth (C3830). Not at IBS this year? Follow the #KBTribechat hashtag on Twitter starting at 11:00 a.m. and experience the show through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike. Join in on the conversation, ask questions and share your thoughts.

Thermador luxury home appliances continues to roll out more than 300 groundbreaking new products. At the show, you will be able to see the latest from Thermador firsthand—from the sleek 36-inch Masterpiece Freedom Induction Cooktop, to the ultra-innovative Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect. You will want to take your time and devour all of the inventive and exceptional product radiating from this year’s Thermador booth.

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IBS attendees can refer to our chat questions below as you walk the show and tour our booth on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Snap lots of photos, and share your answers on the live Twitter chat using the #KBtribechat and #Thermador hashtags.
Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: IBS is showcasing the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. What are the top new products that you are most excited for at #IBS2019?

Q2: Innovation is top of mind at #IBS2019. Which innovative products are capturing your attention?

Q3: What products are specifically designed for compact spaces?

Q4: Technology is transforming the heart of the home. What tech trends are you seeing in the kitchen at #IBS2019?

Q5: What sleek product designs are on your mind #IBS2019?

Q6: What is your favorite luxury appliance you are seeing at #IBS2019?

Q7: Which products at #IBS2019 highlight personalization?

We cannot wait to #KBTribechat with you:
Wednesday, February 20
11:00a.m. until noon at IBS 2019
Thermador KBTribechat 
booth C3830

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2019 Details

KBtribe attending KBIS:

Join us for a fun in person KBtribechat event on the first day of the show!

Enjoy networking in person with other industry pros while we discover the latest industry innovations and share on social media. Each exhibitor host has an insiders program planned with treats and fun surprises.

Attend to get an “I ❤️ KBtribechat” tote and fill it with goodies from each host.

 

Date:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 3pm PST

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Photography: Lisa Stewart

Event Timing and Hosts:

1:30pm  Brizo  booth N2332 (Twitter: @Brizo | Instagram: @BrizoFaucet)

1:53pm  Wellborn Cabinet  booth N2463 (@WellbornCabinet)

2:18pm  Rev-A-Shelf  booth C7808 (@REVASHELF)

2:40pm – 3pm  Signature Kitchen Suite  booth C5907 (@SKSappliances)

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We have a new KBtribechat group Pinterest Board for Progressive KBtribechat at KBIS sharing. If you would like to be added please let us know.

Here are our Progressive KBtribechat discussion questions:

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1.)  The new Invari Bath Collection by Brizo celebrates a modern revival of traditional design, borrowing influence from the Edwardian era, yet streamlining this aesthetic through a contemporary lens. How has your design style evolved?

2.) How do unique materials and finish offerings, such as Brizo’s Vettis Concrete and the new Brilliance Polished Gold finish available in the new Rook Kitchen and Invari Bath Collections, inspire your designs?

3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Brizo products and share now!

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1.) What new products support the “smart living solutions” theme throughout the Wellborn booth?

2.) What door’s and colors have been launched to support current trends?

3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Wellborn Cabinet products and share now!

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1.) How has increased specifications and the ability to buy kitchen and bath materials online benefited you as a designer?

2.) How many of your projects are designed for non-traditional spaces like closets, outdoor kitchens, etc? Share photos!

3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Rev-A-Shelf products and share now!

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1.) What kitchen appliance is a must for helping your clients stay #TrueToFood?

2.) How do you incorporate wine refrigerators into your kitchen designs when clients want to proudly display their collection?

3.) Live Tweeters: Snap your favorite Signature Kitchen Suite products and share now!

 

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Another #KBtribechat SAVE THE DATE

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Lisa Stewart Photography (link below)

We are getting together in person on both day one and day two of Design and Construction Week 2019.  Put this day two KBtribechat event on your show planner! We want to see you there.

Our Wednesday, KBtribechat discussion on February 20th will be hosted by Thermador in booth C3830. Join us at 11am until noon Vegas time. Attendees will gather during the weekly KBtribechat hour to network, share show highlights on social media, plus see the latest from Thermador first hand. Join our fun!

Wednesday, February 20

11am until noon at IBS 2019

Thermador KBtribechat 

booth C3830

 

 

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Lisa Stewart Photography

Big thank you to  Lisa Stewart Photography for sharing her amazing work with us.

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