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#KBtribeChat Live at #PCBC2017!

Get ready tribe – we’re makin’ our way to San Diego for the annual PCBC conference, the largest homebuilding trade show for the West Coast! Each year, PCBC draws more than 10,000 attendees and exhibitors, serving as the nexus for the homebuilding industry.

Whether you’re at the show or at home, make plans to join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to discuss the “New Age of Homebuilding.” Our chat will be sponsored and hosted by Whirlpool Corporation , the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances.

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Innovative Whirlpool Corporation products have been welcomed into homes decade after decade. Whirlpool is committed to understanding its consumers inside and out. By arming builders with powerful consumer insights and purposefully innovating appliances to meet the needs of consumers, Whirlpool Corporation continues to be a strong appliance supplier for builders.

As a Whirlpool Corporation collaborator, builders get access to not only the company’s strategic portfolio of brands, but also the resources to help them match the right appliances to their projects and customers. Whirlpool Corporation brands — Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air – have been thoughtfully designed to suit a specific customer and home type, giving builders the depth and breadth of appliance options to suit virtually any project. In fact, Whirlpool Corporation products can be found in 3 out of 4 American homes.

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With more than 100 years of experience in the appliance industry, Whirlpool Corporation is eager to discuss the trends and insights that have impacted homes today. If you’re attending the show, come join us live at the PCBC Hub for Social booth #2427.

Questions for discussion:

• Times are changing and so are homebuyer preferences. What do today’s homebuyers want?
• What colors/finishes are designers and homeowners asking for most – from countertop surfaces to appliance finish?
• How are different generations influencing home design and the housing market as a whole?
• How have the connected home and buyer preference evolved in recent years?
• How is sustainable living affecting home building and design?

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from 2 to 3pm eastern

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June 21st at #KBtribechat – What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Element Designs.

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Eurocraft Cabinetry

 

Contemporary trends have grown from a very small segment of the kitchen industry, to the second most popular design preference. As a leading supplier of aluminum, glass and acrylic cabinet doors (and surfacing materials) to kitchen manufacturers across North America, Element Designs has witnessed this transformation first-hand.

Historically, design trends have always started in Europe and gradually made their way to North America over the course of a few years. Now, with the magnitude and speed of technology, design trends make their way to most markets often in just a few weeks. Staying on top of design trends is important to everyone in the industry, but it is especially crucial to our customers.

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Wellborn Cabinet’s new Aspire frameless line

 

Let’s talk about kitchen trends!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.  The contemporary design trend is here to stay. What design elements are essential in today’s contemporary kitchen designs?

2.  What trends do you expect to have longevity?

3.  Is white forever? Or is gray the new white? What colors are trending?

4.  How have metals redefined kitchens this year?

5.  We love to see how materials can be combined to create unique designs. What are some of your favorite ways to combine materials and finishes?

6.  What is the best “on trend” kitchen you’ve seen? (let’s see pictures!)

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Technology in the Kitchen: The Future is Now!

The kitchen has undergone a dramatic change thanks to technology. From operating appliances remotely through an app to voice command through smart home assistants to set and adjust cooking temperature and time, there’s no doubt that technology has transformed the heart of the home.

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Join Whirlpool Corporation and Whirlpool brand as they sponsor and host the June 14 KBTribeChat on technology in the kitchen! Today, as more consumers look for kitchen products that provide purposeful technology to fit their daily lives and reflect a sense of individuality, home appliance design demands both passion and a unique perspective.

For more than 100 years, Whirlpool Corporation has dedicated its teams and resources to merging cultural observations and insights with emerging technologies and consumer trends. When it comes to technology in the kitchen, the company’s definition of innovation goes beyond the surface. Whirlpool Corporation is not interested in extraneous, low-function features and technologies that value flash over function. They believe technology at its most innovative should simplify the things we do every day. As such, Whirlpool Corporation is committed to incorporating purposeful technology that enhances a homeowner’s experience.

Whirlpool, the company’s flagship brand, is a leader in finding innovative ways for family members to take care of one another—driven by the notion that behind every chore is an act of love. The brand designs home appliances focused on combining new features with meaningful functionality that make providing care more intuitive. Aligned with the Corporation’s mission, Whirlpool Brand sees connected appliances as an opportunity to solve real family needs, rather than just using technology for technology’s sake.

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Let discuss how technology is infiltrating the heart of the home!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What is trending when it comes to technology in the kitchen?
• In what ways does kitchen technology bring convenience to consumers?
• How is kitchen technology impacting home cooking?
• How are you incorporating sustainable technologies in the kitchen?
• What kitchen technologies excite you the most?

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from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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June 7 at #KBtribechat – Creating a Timeless Design

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) Why are white cabinets so popular? Is this a timeless choice? What are the pros and cons of white cabinetry?

2.) What colors or color combinations work well for a classic look? Please share your favorites!

3.) What cabinet and millwork elements help create a classic look? Door styles? Decorative hardware? Moldings?

Share pictures!

4.) What materials, details and finishes are considered classic for countertops, backsplashes and plumbing fixtures?

5.) How can we add a classic/timeless touch with lighting?

6.) What other advice do you have for creating a timeless look?

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May 31 at #KBtribechat – Bathroom Design, What’s New?

A design discussion!

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This week we’re pinning to our KBtribechat group board – Bathroom Design Ideas.  Let us know if you would like to be added to that Pinterest board.

Our 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. What countertop and sink styles are you loving for today’s bathroom?

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? Are you specifying fancy drain covers and linear drains? So many choices!

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?

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on Wednesday, May 31st

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May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

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Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

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Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

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Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

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May 17 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Chat….Modern Design

Sponsored and hosted by Dwell on Design

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Dwell on Design 2017 | June 23-25 | Los Angeles Convention Center

Modern Design – a constant evolution of the concept of living, the lifestyle of a home, and the influences on the entire environment that surrounds you. In our Modern Design KB Tribe Chat, we’ll touch on hot topics, point out cool resources, and share our thoughts on everything modern. Join us and share your projects, your photos, and your ideas. We look forward to experiencing modern design together with you!

Whether you are a designer or architect researching items to specify into a project, a retailer seeking pieces for your store, or a design enthusiast who loves everything modern, Dwell on Design (#DODLA17) is the modern experience for you!

Register at www.DwellonDesign.com/Register and use promo code KBTRIBE when registering for $5 Off* your Dwell on Design 2017 registration.

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Our discussion questions: 

• Micro-dwelling – Is modern living really living smaller? What are you seeing in small space design?

• Design you love that loves the world. Let’s chat… Ethical Sustainable Luxury.

• Accessories that elevate your interiors to modern. How do you use accessories to make a space?

• What is modern living outdoors? How modern moves from indoors to outdoors… and truly hits the road!

• Color, color, color – what are the hot colors for modern interiors in 2017?

• What do the Pantone Color of the year and Dwell on Design’s Dwell Outdoor show feature have in common?

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