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A way to help from a #KBtribechat friend

A message from Lisa M. Smith:

Hello KBtribechat friends,

I’m about to embark on The Mary Grace Tour, partially with the purpose of bringing awareness to the reality of Domestic Violence and to raise money for ACT, the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment, Inc, center in Lee County Florida.

Eighteen years ago this week my mother, Mary Grace, was murdered by her then husband in a domestic violence incident. The Mary Grace Tour is a recreation of a trip she took before I was born the details of which I found in her travel journal amongst her belongings. Domestic violence ended our dream of recreating this trip together.

ACT is the agency / 24-hr crisis hotline to whom which my mother made her last phone call on that fateful April evening.

Those of you who know me also know I never ask anyone for anything, as a kid I couldn’t ask people to buy a Girl Scout cookie. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here when I ask you to support my efforts to raise over $10,000 for ACT.

Through Crowdrise, I’ve created a webpage for my campaign, The Mary Grace Tour, where anyone can make a tax deductible  donation securely online. The donations are paid directly to ACT via Crowdrise, nothing comes to or goes through me, I’m just a voice, and hopefully a loud one. I’m funding my trip on my own.
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Some people run for charity, I travel. I’ll be covering 9,859 miles, just under 10,000 miles in over 15 days. Any amount you can donate to this campaign would be greatly appreciated but here are some fun ideas:
1/2¢ per mile or $49.30
$5 per day or $75
1¢ per mile or $98.59
$10 per day or $150
5¢ per mile or $492.95

What your money can buy at ACT:

$100 Pays for 10 hours of counseling for a victim
$1,500 Pays the electric bill for one month for the shelter
$5,000 Pays for the 24-hour hotline for one year

Thank you for reading this.  I’ve made one more person aware of just how close domestic violence is. If enough of you help, I’ll reach my goal of raising $10,000 for ACT.

Thank you!

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April 5 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends from #Coverings2017

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Tile.

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Tile—it’s functional art for our homes. Today, tile is more versatile and beautiful than ever thanks to advancing manufacturing technology and global design influences. There are so many styles, colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from for our interior spaces. Tile’s visual appeal and performance capabilities really shine in kitchens and baths—on both floors and walls, making it a staple surfacing choice for homeowners and design professionals alike.

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The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.

To keep you at the forefront of new products and all that’s happening in tile industry, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor. If you’ll be in Orlando for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 2600. If you can’t attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!

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For everyone who’s part of this tile-focused chat, get your photos ready! We want to see your tile designs during this special conversation for our industry!

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Latest tile trends—share!

Q2: Any innovations compelling you to spec more tile?

Q3: Where do you find tile inspiration?

Q4: Share how you choose/work with installers.

Q5: What are your priorities when specing tile?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, April 5th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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January 18 at #KBtribechat – A #KBIS2017 Recap with #BlogTourKBIS

Sponsored and hosted by Mr.Steam.

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The KBtribechat questions:

1. What was the most innovative product you saw at KBIS 2017? Share pics and Pinterest boards!

2. What did you see for the first time that you want to start including in your remodels? Share pics and Pinterest boards!

3. Did you learn anything at KBIS 2017 that will help you upsell your clients? Share pics, quotes!

4. Was there one stand out finish for kitchen or bath that you saw? Share pics and Pinterest boards!

5. Is there one product category that you think needs innovation? Share pics and Pinterest boards!

6. What was your single favorite moment during KBIS 2017 or #BlogTourKBIS? Share pics, videos, quotes.

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Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, January 18th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2017 in Orlando

KBIS Checklist:

• Phone charger ✓
• Comfy shoes ✓
• Get ready for Progressive KBtribechat chat Jan. 10th!

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The countdown to KBIS 2017 is on and once again we’ll be hosting an exciting progressive KBtribechat right from the show floor! Join the KBIS 2017 team on January 10th at 2:00pm to chat about everything from technology-driven style to exciting hardware finishes and water-saving design!

We have some new faces joining us this year. We know you won’t want to miss hearing from Signature Kitchen Suite, Emtek Assa-Abloy and TOTO!

The chat will get started at 2:00 pm on the dot in the Signature Kitchen Suite booth (#W309), move along to the Emtek booth at 2:20 pm (W1311) and finish at the TOTO booth at 2:40 pm (W1329). For those of you who can’t join in person, make sure you’re following the hashtags #KBtribechat and #KBIS2017 on Twitter and Instagram. See you there, tribe!

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Here are the questions:

Q1: How does technology help YOU in the kitchen? Cleaning? Cooking guidance? What’s your priority?

Q2: How do think tech integration with kitchen appliances is impacting consumer choices? Is there a new level in luxury?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @SKSHome products now & share! Feel free to post to Instagram as well!

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Q3: Brass has seen a hike in popularity. What are some surprising ways you’ve seen this metal make a comeback?

Q4: Split styles/ finishes are becoming more popular. How important to you is the ability to mix & match hardware?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @Emtek_assaabloy products now! Share on Instagram too!

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Q5: More than function, the plumbing category has seen a burst of sophistication. How is style changing products?

Q6. Water conservation is top of mind in bath fixture design. Has this shift impacted which products you specify?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @TOTOUSA product now & share!

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We have a group Pinterest board for Progressive KBtribechat sharing. Let us know if you’d like to be included.

Special thanks to our 2017 Progressive KBtribechat sponsors: @SKSHome, @Emtek_assaabloy, and @TOTOUSA!

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#KBtribechat in Person at #KBIS2017

Save the time on your KBIS planner!

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Join KBtribe friends in person on January 11, 2017 for our Wednesday KBtribechat at KBIS sponsored and hosted by Formica Group and Wellborn Cabinet.

1:45 to 2:30 Meet up in the Formica Group booth (#W981).

2:30 to 3:15 We’ll move next door to the  Wellborn Cabinet booth (#W1271).

There will be many surprises including a $500 gift card give-away by Wellborn to someone in attendance! Stay tuned for more details.

We have a KBtribechat group Pinterest board for KBIS 2017. Let us know if you’d like to be added!

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100 Years of Innovation, and More to Come

In 1916, the American home – and kitchen – looked vastly different. It was in this year, William E. Cranston founded Thermador, the luxury appliance brand that offers real innovations for real cooks. At this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show at booth #393, the brand is celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary and showcasing innovative new products and solutions for ultimate kitchen personalization.

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In July, Thermador will continue its heritage of innovation by introducing a new category of its iconic cooking appliances: two 60” Pro Grand® Ranges that offer more ways to personalize the cooking experience than any other professional-style gas range of this size. The 60” Pro Grand® Ranges enable culinary enthusiasts to personalize the features of the range around their unique style of cooking. Each gas range is equipped with six patented Star® Burners, including four that offer the ExtraLow® simmering feature and a 22,000 BTUs Power Burner. Beyond that culinary enthusiasts may select various combinations of cooking on the surface and interior of the appliance – including the choice of two side-by-side convection ovens that offer the most oven capacity of any 60” range on the market.

Additionally, as culinary enthusiasts continue to desire an array of appliances that enable personalization in entertaining zones throughout the home, Thermador is introducing new additions to its built-in, fully customizable Freedom® Collection Culinary Preservation line: the Wine Reserve Refrigerator and Double Drawer Refrigerator. These new additions are an ideal complement to Thermador built-in refrigerators, offering more ways to create a custom culinary preservation configuration anywhere in the home.

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As personalization continues to take hold, unique details, colors and materials in design continue to be incorporated into home design. This is especially true for culinary enthusiasts and ultimate entertainers, who desire a complete and effortless entertaining experience anywhere in the home. Thermador continues to be a leader in providing an amazing array of design possibilities with its Culinary Preservation Centers, and at this year’s show is showcasing inspiring ways to get creative with materials, color and textures to transform highly customized refrigeration configurations into a functional work of art for the home.
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For more information about the new Thermador appliances and details on how Thermador is celebrating its centennial, visit the Thermador website.

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Thermador is sponsoring and hosting KBTribeChat on March 23, to discuss kitchen design and take a look back at the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show.

Join us on Twitter from 11am-12pm PT/2pm-3pm ET by adding #KBTribeChat to your tweets!

Here are the discussion questions:

• What trends were featured at @ADHomeDesign that you are most excited about?

• Personalization continues to be important – what unique design details are your clients requesting? Share photos!

• Thermador showed customizable Culinary Preservation Centers: besides the kitchen where else do clients want refrigeration?

• When designing for someone who loves to entertain, what appliance is typically the most important/first to be selected?

• Thermador turned 100 this year: in the last century what do you think is the most important innovation in kitchen design?

• What appliances/conveniences do your clients desire in other rooms, such as the master suite, media room or guest room?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #ADDS2016

Join us at the Architectural Digest Design Show!

Sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Zephyr.

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Attending the show on Thursday, March 17th?

Join KBtribe friends there from 4:30pm to 5:30pm eastern time.

Our tour starts in the Ferguson booth (#346) at 4:30pm.

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Meet up with KBtribechat friends plus see the best in lighting and plumbing!

Ferguson’s KBtribechat Questions:

Q1 – From matte black to rich gold, finishes are more adventurous than ever before. What’s your favorite new finish for 2016? Do you mix & match?

Q2 – Lighting makes a dramatic impact. Do you take risks with your lighting choices? How do you balance functional vs. decorative lighting?

 

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At 5:00pm we will walk together to the Zephyr booth (#191).

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Zephyr will showcase its latest products in range hood design, innovation, and technology. Cheng Collection Designer, Artist, Author, and Innovator in Concrete, Fu-Tung Cheng will also be present during our time in Zephyr’s booth to showcase his new products and partnership with Zephyr.

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Zephyr’s KBtribechat Questions:

Q1 – Please share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation design. (Vertical, Island, In-Ceiling, etc)

Q2 – What type of technology and innovation is most important in kitchen ventilation?

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Contests – There will be two contests going on during this KBtribechat.

Ferguson Contest:

LIVE TWEETERS and INSTAGRAMMERS: Snap your favorite @Ferguson_FEI product on display. Share using #FergusonADDScontest & product hashtag for a chance to win!

Color 911 Contest:  We are excited to announce that ten Color911 apps will be given away to event participants. Share on Twitter and your other social channels as detailed below:

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Pinterest – We have a group board for sharing AD Show product finds, take-aways and experiences. Message us if you’d like to be added to the board.

 

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