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Fantasy Meets Function – The Future of Design & Surface Materials


Sponsored and hosted by The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo 2020


Co-hosted by TISE’s Design Visionary for 2020, Celebrity Designer Jennifer Farrell

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Get a sneak peek into the forecasted 2020 design trends from celebrity designer, Jennifer Farrell, during our #KBTribeChat. We’ll take you on a journey of the four prominent themes arising in 2020 (and beyond), tease some textures, colors, and surface materials, and get you excited for what’s coming LIVE to #TISE2020! This hour is sure to stir your imagination with design, trends, and styles!

Plus, we invite you to meet Jennifer in person by attending @TISEevents this January 28-30 in Las Vegas. Jennifer has been busy to turn her four design visions into four wildly imaginative spaces as a special show feature for TISE 2020. The Style Hub at The DISH will be artfully crafted alongside the design minds at Shaw, the brilliance of the newest light fixtures from Lamps Plus, media coverage by Floor Trends Magazine, and so much more!

Celebrity designer and television host Jennifer Farrell is a familiar face to audiences who have enjoyed her television shows and designs for over a decade. Jennifer became nationally known hosting the long-running A&E home improvement series “Find & Design,” has co-starred on Emmy-nominated “Home Made Simple” for OWN, and hosts the hit webisode series, “Cleaning & Organizing from Top to Bottom” and “The Two-Minute Home Makeover” on msn.com. She currently hosts “Find Me a Vacation Home” on AWEtv, owns her design company, Jennifer Farrell Designs, and is involved in a host of other amazing design programs.

Oh, and bonus for designers and retailers in 2020, Las Vegas Market has partnered with TISE with aligned dates and dual sourcing opportunities! Qualified designers and retailers may register complimentary to attend both events. Visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/lasvegasmarketfor more information, or register at www.intlsurfaceevent.com, using promo code LVM2020

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is the largest North American event serving industry professionals who purchase, specify, or source flooring, stone, or tile products. To learn more on these topics from today and to see the products and services first hand, register today to attend #TISE2019 this January in Las Vegas.

QUESTIONS

1.) Trend #1 is Glam Bazaar. What textures, colors, or materials would you put into this space? How do you define glam? 

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2.) Trend #2 is The Patterned Manor. Are you working with patterns and textures in your spaces? 

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3.) Trend #3 is Overscaled Organics. Have you dared large organics in your designs? Share some thoughts and photos.

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4.) Trend #4 is Spaceship Youmo. Can you guess what this trend might be? What designs have you created that bring minimalism and joy together in the space?

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5.) Pantone released their 2020 Color of the Year last week: Classic Blue. Which of these four themes do you think that color will appear in? 

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6.) Which of these four design themes is your favorite? And why?

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December 4 at #KBtribechat – Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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From the best use of your island to ovens that take the stress out of cooking, we’re talking about how to maximize your kitchen during the holiday season.  Join us for a chat on “Kitchens Designed for Entertaining” on Wednesday, December 4th at 2 pm ET hosted by GE Appliances.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What is your go-to appliance during the heavy entertaining season?

2.) How do you get your fridge holiday-ready when you host?

3.) How do you tie in your holiday decor into your kitchen?

4.) What’s your dish strategy when hosting?

5.) Connected lends a helping hand. How do you use voice assistants when hosting?

6.) What is your best party appetizer that you always serve?

7.) If you could create a dream kitchen island that could better help you entertain what would it contain?

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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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November 20th at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Tile and Stone!

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings 2020.

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Ceramic tile performs as an artful expression of both form and function, and its advantages reward design professionals and homeowners alike. Facilitated by modern innovations in manufacturing technology and international influence, tile is one of the most versatile building materials due to its many available sizes, colors, shapes, styles, and patterns. Not to mention, tile is a beautiful material that, because of its natural resistance to bacteria and easy-to-clean properties, performs terrifically in kitchens, baths and most any specified location. Ceramic tile offers benefits like no other covering product, such as being environmentally sound – having zero allergens, zero VOCs, etc. Tile is slip- and fire-resistant, and its inherent thermal mass reduces peak heating and cooling, helping to moderate temperature swings in a home or commercial space.

For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, the place to see and experience the full benefits of tile is Coverings.

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 event plans already in the works, it is time to register to attend.

Register and learn more at coverings.com.

Twitter handle: @Coverings

Hashtag: #Coverings2020

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Coverings will be sponsoring two KBtribeChat sessions, the first being November 20, 2019, and, the second, February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day.  Join the conversations!

Here are our questions for this week’s discussion:

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q1.) What tile trends do you see making a splash in 2020?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q2.) Twitter poll: What keeps you specifying or using tile?: A.) Durability; B.) Sustainability & Healthy; C.) Maintenance Free; D.) Design Flexibility.

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q3.) What are your go-to tile preferences?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q4.) Coverings 2020 will be hosted in New Orleans for the first time in 20 years. What about the “Big Easy” are you most looking forward to?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q5.) As you install stone and tile, how do you keep the installation process seamless for clients?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q6.) Are there any cultural or regional design styles that inspire you to use tile?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q7.) Where do you use tile beyond the floor, backsplash, counter and wall?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q8.) Do you think your clients or customers are aware of tile’s environmental and health benefits, and what could help them become more aware?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q9.) Send us / post pictures of some of your favorite tile installations! Go!

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q10.) What is the number 1 aspect about attending Coverings that is most important to you?

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Nov 13 at #KBtribechat – Dream Bathrooms

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Wellborn Cabinet

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Wellborn Cabinet is committed to be the most valued provider of kitchen, bath, and whole home cabinetry. Founded in 1961, Wellborn Cabinet has been American owned and operated with a long-standing history of manufacturing innovative products and delivering excellent, domestic customer service.

Dream Bathroom designs tend to combine the highest-quality materials, innovative technologies, and top-of-the-line appliances to create magazine-worthy bathrooms. Wellborn Cabinet offers a vast selection of cabinetry options such as framed or frameless cabinetry accommodating to a diverse mix of design styles. Join us for a KBtribechat discussion on “Dream Bathrooms” on Wednesday, November 13th at 2 PM ET with Wellborn Cabinet. Transform your oasis into a magazine-worthy bathroom with Wellborn Cabinet.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What key elements and features help define a dream bathroom? Share pictures of dream bathrooms that you love.

2.) What tips do you have to create a dream bathroom in an existing bathroom?

3.) What materials, colors, or design aesthetics help create a dream bathroom?

4.) What storage solutions do you like to include for bathrooms?

5.) What features are you integrating into today’s bathroom designs? Technology? Storage solutions?

6.) Many lighting options are available for bathrooms. What are your favorites?

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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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October 30 at #KBtribechat – Closets!

A design discussion.

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Our group Pinterest Board – Closet Design Ideas.
Want to be added? Just let us know!

The KBtribechat questions:

1.) What features make for an ideal walk-in closet?

Share pics of closets you love!

2.) What are your go to closet storage solutions? for shoes? for sweaters? to reach?

3.) What closet hardware accessories do you like to design in?

4.) What solutions do you like for reach-in closets?

5.) Do you have a favorite door solution for reach-in closets? Sliding mirrors? Built-in cabinetry? Other?

6.) What creative solutions do you have for coat closets?

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