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January 20 at #KBtribechat – Colors for 2021

A design discussion!

Hosted by Amy Wax of Color 911

Amy’s #KBtribechat Questions:

1.) The Black color trend started last year. Architectural Digest featured an article saying black kitchens will replace white kitchens in 2021. Do you see that happening?


2.) I’ve read people will not be holding back when it comes to colors and patterns in interior design this year. Many see the color trends of 2021 as exuberant and bold.  How do you see this influencing kitchen design? Do you see this as a passing trend?


3.) How has our spending so much time in our homes influenced design?


4.) More people are finding comfort in the color palettes of nature: hygge. How can we apply this color trend to kitchens and baths? 

5.) As 50 years from the post modern movement, some materials are coming back, glass block etc. Do you see this happening? In what way?


6.) Seeing gutsier personal expression as a design trend, how can we  apply this to kitchen design? For examples murals, personalized elements, etc. 


7.) Sitting in the kitchen is a common Zoom background. Colorless kitchens are boring and colorful kitchens can be distracting. Does zooming in the kitchen influence your design?


8.) In 2020 we added many features to our home, kids learning spaces, home gyms, better home offices. What have we added to kitchen design? 


9.) As we are rethinking the use of our spaces at home, do you see kitchen features installed in other rooms? Fridge in a home office? Full home bars? Cabinetry & counters in kids play area, etc.? 

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January 13 at #KBtribechat – How to make the most of Kitchens!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How do kitchen islands add to multifunctionality?

2.) Is having seating in the kitchen important? How does seating add to multifunctionality?

3.) How does an open plan add to the activity possibilities in the kitchen?

4.) How can we encourage gathering in the kitchen?

5.) How can smart technology help us increase our activity options in kitchens?

6.) What cabinetry ideas or storage solutions add multifunctionality to kitchens?

7.) How can multifunctional sinks and appliances help in the kitchen?

8.) How can we add grow your own options to kitchens?

9.) What tips do you have for adding laundry appliances to kitchens?

10.) What other tips do you have to blur the lines between kitchen function and family space?

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December 9 at #KBtribechat – Pamper Yourself

A Bathroom Design Discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Amba Products

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1) How can you pamper yourself through bathroom design?

Q2) What are some budget-friendly ways to add luxury to a bathroom?

Q3) Can luxurious bathroom design also be ecofriendly? Share examples.

Q4) How does wellness fit into a pampered bathroom experience?

Q5) What are some creative ways to create a spa experience in a small bathroom?

Q6) Share images of bathrooms that you would love to be pampered in?

About Amba Products

Established in 2004, Amba Products had a clear goal in mind – to make the heated towel rack a must-have item for every bathroom in North America. While Europeans have been drying and warming their towels on heated towel racks for decades, most Americans have no experience with them. For many Americans, heated towel racks are viewed as expensive, not widely available, and seen only in the homes of the wealthy. A perception has persisted that they are a luxury item out of reach for the average American family.


Amba Products changed this view and is proud to be one of the first companies in the U.S. to introduce consumers to affordable, stylish heated towel racks made of high-quality stainless steel. Amba offers the most extensive variety of heated towel racks in the country and serves more than 200 retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Amba Products is family-owned and operated.

Key Features:
• 150 affordable models to choose from (special order available)
• Made with high-quality 304-grade durable stainless steel (100-percent recyclable)
• Energy efficient (only uses a much electricity as a few light bulbs)
•Saves on water consumption as towels do not need to be laundered as often
•Health & Wellness benefits include the reduction of mold and mildew
•Ease of installation (mounted models can be installed by an electrician in a few hours, free-standing units simply need to be plugged-in)
• Superior customer service and local support

Non-traditional Uses:
Mudrooms
Laundry rooms
Garages
Dormitories
Hotels, retreats, cruise ships, health clubs, spas

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November 18 at #KBtribechat – Cooking in the Kitchen

An inspirational Twitter discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

With the shutdown, more people are cooking at home than before. Join us for a KBtribechat on “Cooking in the Kitchen” on Wednesday, November 18 at 2 pm ET with GE Appliances, and get ready to share your holiday cooking plans.

Our KBtribechat questions:

  1. What is the one small appliance you use most to cook?
  2. What are your multitasking tips for cooking in the kitchen?
  3. How do you source your recipes? 
  4. What is your favorite oven feature?
  5. How do you use your microwave during the holidays?
  6. How will your holidays change this year due to COVID? Any new cooks in the kitchen?
GE Pro Kitchen KBIS 2019, Las Vegas GE, Richard T. Anuszkiewicz Padgett and Company

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November 11 at #KBtribechat – Covering the Hottest Trends in Remodeling

Sponsored and hosted by the Remodeling Show

Reimagined Online 2020 | #RemodelingShow | Remodeling Show 2020 | Nov 16-18 | remodelingshow.com

Out with the old, in with the new. As homeowners continue to spend significant time at home adapting to work, school, and leisure, it’s no wonder the remodeling market has not only bounced back… latest research shows continued growth through 2021. Material consideration and space selection, design harmony, color, project timing, and client rapport are vital to successfully “reimagining” a space. Let’s discuss trends in residential remodeling.


Please share your projects, your photos, and your ideas. We can’t wait to discuss inspired remodeling… together with you at KBtribechat!

Want to continue the conversation after KBTribechat? The Remodeling Show’s gone virtual in 2020. Join us November 16-18 for the Remodeling Show reimagined online. With content designed to strengthen your team… from design through production, there’s something worth learning… it’s more accessible (and affordable) than ever before. 20+ on-demand sessions, and 3 LIVE power-punching keynote events with notable names like Kermit Baker, Bruce Case, Victoria Downing, and more. Explore the full lineup >>

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Our KBtribechat questions:


1.) Let’s kick things off on a serious note. Like most sectors of the economy, the home improvement segment has been affected by the pandemic. In what ways has the remodeling industry been permanently changed?


2.) Business. For remodelers, firms or independent designers: What’s the first question you ask a potential client who’s looking to remodel?


a.) Flashback to 2019…. Was it the same first question?


3.) Emerging Trends in Luxury Kitchen Design. What trends in luxury kitchen & bath are you most excited about for 2021+? Share photos and specs!


4.) Backsplashes. Glass – mosaic – tile – ceramic, the list goes on. What backsplash materials are your favorite(s) to work with? Why? Does the ease-of-installation play a part? Bonus find: imaginative backsplashes that double as “wall art”…. seen any? Share!

5.) Let’s talk interior trim detail, specifically craftsmanship & style: How can transitional trim create visual interest through proportion? Does proportion = beauty? Is less always more?


6.) Color me fresh. Show us your most impactful use of color in/on an existing room or space from 2020. Exteriors, interiors, and everything in between. Before & after pics are encouraged!

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October 21 at #KBtribechat – Slow Food and The Kitchen

A design discussion!

Our KBtibechat questions:

1.) What do we mean by Slow Food? Is the concept for restaurants only?

2.) How can we encourage limiting waste in the kitchen?

3.) It has recently been mentioned at KBtribechat that Microwaves are no longer needed in the kitchen. This fast cooking method adds nothing to food. Do your clients still want a microwave designed into their kitchen? Why or why not?

4.) Do you think growing more of our own produce is in our future? How can we achieve this? Will it be a new appliance category?

5.) Can we encourage the Slow Food concept with design? How?

6.) How can the home cook make the time to prepare and eat whole, locally-sourced foods as well as explore recipes and techniques involving culture and heritage? Share tips and resources.

7.) Do you have favorite recipes you’ve tried from different parts of the world? Please share!

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September 30 at #KBtribechat – Wine and Dine with KBtribe

An inspirational culinary discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) Are you doing more cooking and baking at home this year? From breads and pizza to involved menus, what recipes were the most delicious?

2.) What appetizer and beverage combos are your favorites?

3.) What wine and food parings do you enjoy?

4.) What are your go to meals for days you need something easy and satisfying but don’t want to go out?

5.) Do you have any new kitchen equipment or techniques you’re excited about or have reconnected with this year? Do tell!

6.) What are your favorite cookbooks and recipe sites?

7.) Best comfort foods? Go!

8.) It’s Autumn! What culinary experiences are you looking forward to creating?

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September 23 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Ventilation

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Zephyr

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and while hosting is looking very different these days, people are still looking at ways to update their kitchen with the latest appliances that make their lives easier and make a design statement. One of the items that used to be overlooked and is now becoming the focal point in kitchen design is the range hood. Although it may have one of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen, it’s time the range hood took its seat at the table as a kitchen design star. Offering a dizzying array of options in looks, power, noise control and operation, this appliance can update a kitchen in more ways than one, inside and out.

For the past 25 years, Zephyr has transformed the kitchen through design, discovery, and care, and played an integral role in kitchen design trends. The company leads the ventilation category with groundbreaking technology and has collaborated with cutting-edge creative talents. And while the San Francisco-based company continues to elevate the range hood with new products and technology, Zephyr recently branched out to revolutionize another aspect of domestic leisure: beverage cooling.

With the introduction of Presrv™ Wine and Beverage Coolers, Zephyr applies its signature, superior craftsmanship to the art of refrigeration. Presrv reflects the smart design and technology of Zephyr’s original ventilation products in a whole new context, providing accessible wine and beverage cooling products to everyone from the casual home entertainer to the seasoned wine enthusiast.

Please join us for KBTribeChat on Wednesday, September 23rd for a discussion around ventilation trends sponsored by Zephyr.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How important is kitchen ventilation to your clients during the design process? Are they educated on the importance of ventilation or is it an afterthought when selecting kitchen appliances?

 
2.) With people more concerned now than ever with a healthy home and clean air, are you finding that clients are asking more about ventilation features such as recirculating options, clean air features, etc.?

 
3.) Share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation. (Style, technology, energy efficiency, etc.) – Please share photos!

4.)What type of innovation would you like to see in range hood design and technology?

5.) There is a lot of buzz around “connected” appliances, but what does that mean to you and your clients? How would you like to interact with a connected range hood (e.g. diagnostics, controlling hood remotely, voice activation, etc.)?
 

6.) Zephyr also manufactures a line of Presrv™ Wine & Beverage Coolers with many of the same features as our range hoods (virtually silent, innovative technology, and quality materials). 
How are your clients integrating wine or beverage coolers throughout the home?

7.) Share photos of your favorite home bar / wine cooler installations!

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September 16 #KBTribechat – Organization and the Five Facets of Wellness Design

Sponsored by Rev-A-Shelf and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

You’ve probably specified hundreds or even thousands of organizing accessories for your projects, but have you thought about them as wellness design features? How might doing so improve your clients’ lives and your profitability? Join wellness design consultant and author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with organizing manufacturer and sponsor Rev-A-Shelf for a Wednesday, September 16th discussion about the Five Facets of Wellness Design and how organization enhances functionality, the fourth facet.

Our KBtribechat Questions:


Q1. Are you discussing wellness design with your residential clients? If so, how do you define it and which rooms are they most interested in enhancing?


Q2. Are you discussing aging/living in place, accessibility and/or ergonomics with your clients? If so, how are you tying those conversations into the organizing accessories you recommend?


Q3. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your kitchen projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q4. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your adult and children’s bathroom projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q5. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your laundry/flex room projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q6. Which other rooms or spaces (e.g., butler’s pantries, garages, closets) are you specifying organizing accessories for and which types are the most popular?

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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a Wellness Design Consultant, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach. She is also the author of three books on design and remodeling, including her latest, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness, (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, September 2020).

Jamies professional focus is the link between healthy living and healthy home spaces. She consults for homeowners and the homebuilding industry on this topic, and is a popular speaker at trade shows around the country. This was one of the reasons for Jamie’s inclusion in a 2017 industry top 50 Innovators list and being named 2020 Wellness Influencer in another.

Jamie’s first book, New Kitchen Ideas That Work, published in 2012 by Taunton Press. Her second Taunton book, New Bathroom Idea Book, published in 2017. Both shared ideas about wellness and functionality, as well as style. An avid trend watcher, Jamie also writes the monthly Trend Spotting section for Kitchen & Bath Design News and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com on wellness design. Her articles have appeared in Fine Homebuilding, HuffPost, BobVila.com, Houzz and numerous other publications. Her design blog, Gold Notes: Nuggets from the World of Residential Design, has been posting online at her website since 2008.

In addition to writing and consulting on residential design projects, Jamie creates seminars and webinars for media, trade and consumer audiences, and consults on product development and trends for housing industry corporations and financial analysts.

Her speaking credits include the official National Kitchen & Bath Association Chapter Presenters roster and panels at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and Dwell on Design.

jamie@jamiegold.net | @JGWellnessDesign | jamiegold.net | (619) 796-2217

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September 9 at #KBtribechat – The Laundry Room

Today’s Most Wanted Space: Whirlpool Corporation Hosts KBTribeChat on the Laundry Room

A lot has changed in 2020, but one thing that hasn’t is the desire for a laundry room in the home. This space still tops the list of features today’s buyers want most. But, laundry rooms are evolving. They no longer have to be a boring space that’s hidden away from the rest of the home. Instead, they’re finally getting the attention they deserve and, with the right design, can be functional, beautiful rooms that make homeowners’ lives easier.

On Wednesday, September 9, join Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) as the company plays host to a KBTribeChat on this sought-after space.

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, designs innovative appliance solutions that help streamline this task. The Whirlpool Corporation brand portfolio has been thoughtfully designed to help building industry professionals appeal to the needs and wants of today’s home buyers, whether they’re looking for a functional laundry appliance that fits into a small space, or one that removes unnecessary guesswork.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 9 at 2 p.m. ET as Whirlpool Corporation leads a discussion on building and designing innovative laundry spaces.

Here are our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How has laundry appliance technology advanced in the last few years?


2.) How can homeowners transform laundry rooms into multi-functional spaces?


3.) Which features have homeowners come to expect in their laundry rooms?


4.) What are some ways to incorporate laundry into small homes?


5.) Which design tips can help keep laundry rooms organized?

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