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DECEMBER 8, 2021 #KBTRIBECHAT – LUXURY BATHROOMS (WITH WELLNESS DESIGN EMPHASIS)

Sponsored by Duravit and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

The wellness-designed primary bathroom has well-organized storage, generous fixtures, ample natural light and nature views, along with designer-curated personalization. 

Primary bathrooms have become spaces to relax and refresh both body and soul for our busy lives. No longer intended to just facilitate hygiene, these essential rooms are now designed to inspire through form and finish, as well as with light and layout. Biophilia is a strong element via nature-influenced forms and hues. The effect is luxurious, nuanced and personalized, and the goal is for clients to “bloom” in the space where they start and end their hectic days.

Explore the latest fixtures and faucets, furnishings, and opportunities to enhance your bathroom projects with wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC and global manufacturer and sponsor Duravit. This lively informative KBtribechat on Luxury Bathrooms (With a Wellness Design Emphasis) will take place on Wednesday, December 8th at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

Jamie’s latest book for Simon & Schuster includes three complete chapters on bathrooms. 

Our KBtribchat Questions:

1. How have your primary bathroom projects changed in recent years in terms of budget, size and scope (e.g., incorporating walk-in closets, enhanced wellness features, dressing rooms, fitness areas, etc.)?

2. How does the concept of wellness play into bathroom projects in terms of design and product choice?

3. Are there certain materials and finishes, shapes and or wellness enhancements that you find are very popular in bathroom design at the moment? 

4. From a wellness, hygiene and even technology standpoint, what are must-have features of today’s luxury bathroom (i.e., bidets, smart mirrors, etc.)?

5. The freestanding bathtub is often associated with luxury bathrooms, what are a few favorite designs for freestanding bathtubs and accompanying accessories (faucets, backrests, trays etc.)? 

6. What are your go-to styles, sizes, configurations and finishes for bathroom sinks and lav faucets?

7. What does wellness design mean to you in terms of bathroom specifications? Show off some of your favorite wellness-enhancing primary bathroom spaces!

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December 1 at #KBtribechat – HOLIDAY DECORATING for Joy and Cheer

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) When do you start decorating the home for the December holidays?

2.) How do you get into the holiday spirit?

3.) KBtribe are Tastemakers! Share your ideas for decorating the home for the holidays this year. How do you deck the halls?

4.) What colors help set the holiday mood?

5.) How do you add holiday cheer to the kitchen?

6.) How do you decorate power rooms for the season?

7.) Spreading joy! What gift ideas do you recommend for the home cook? The hostess? Clients? Make-and-give?

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NOVEMBER 17, 2021 #KBTRIBECHAT – KITCHENS FOR (HEALTHY!) ENTERTAINING

A design discussion!

Sponsored by Miele and hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

Miele’s new ArtLine appliances delivers culinary excellence and sleek captivating style to its popular Generation 7000 line.

The path to culinary excellence is now laid-back and relaxed! Whether entertaining family for the holidays or hosting friends and neighbors, the emphasis is on creativity, inspiration, warmth and well-being. Kitchen professionals and brands make that happen for our clients, who appreciate the style, innovation and ease we bring to their lives. 

Yes, homeowners want appliances that look great in the new space, but that also make them look great as hosts – like smart ovens that keep them from overcooking the healthy new recipe they found online while enjoying a conversation with their guests, and coffee systems that create delicious after-dinner drinks for that ‘Salone’ feeling! What are you specifying these days?

Join wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with global appliance manufacturer and sponsor Miele for Kitchens for (Healthy!) Entertaining. This lively, informative KBtribechat will happen on Wednesday, November 17 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Miele is providing five copies of Jamie’s Wellness by Design book for participants in their sponsored #KBtribechat. Here’s how to win one: 1) Answer all six questions during the chat. 2) After you’ve answered the last question as the chat is ending, direct message (envelope icon on Twitter) both @MieleUSA and @JGWellnessDesign saying “I want to win Jamie’s Wellness by Design book” and providing your email address in both DMs. (Winners will be drawn by November 30th and notified by December 3rd. Miele will ask for winners’ shipping addresses via email.) Winners cannot be affiliated with Miele, KBtribechat or JG Wellness Design as an employee or vendor. (This giveaway is not affiliated with Twitter or its affiliates.)

Jamie’s latest book shares the benefits of wellness design to clients’ living spaces and professionals’ success.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

  1. Are your clients more likely to be experienced cooks or adventurous beginners – and how does this impact your appliance conversations with them?
  2. How important is serving healthier ingredients and food when your clients are entertaining?
  3. What features are most important to them in their cooking appliances (e.g., steam, speed, convenience, recipe integration) and any wish list items you or they would love to see?
  4. Which smart appliance functions are clients most excited about when you discuss them and any wish list items you or they are asking for?
  5. What appliance styles and finishes are most popular with your clients – e.g., handle-free, fully integrated, stainless or glass)?
  6. Show off your latest kitchens designed for wellness and/or entertaining! 

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October 13 at #KBtribechat – Conquering Closet Clutter

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

Our KBtribechat questions:

  1. With stars like the Kardashian’s welcoming us into their homes, consumers are seeing more luxury walk-in closets but are they actually buying them? What types of closets are you designing (i.e. walk-in, reach-in, etc.)? .Share pictures! #KBtribechat
  2. Colors are available in a wide array of choices. Which ones are trending for both cabinets and accessories? #KBtribechat
  3. Is there a closet accessory that you wish was on the market? #KBtribechat
  4. Do you see more customized closets, or standard big box panels/wire shelving in today’s market? #KBtribechat 
  5. Review and select one product from each group you use more frequently:
    • Pull-down or static rod? 
    • Tie or belt organizer?
    • Drawer or panel mounted ironing board?
    • Single or double hamper?
  6. Lighting is essential in a closet, what trends are you seeing? #KBtribechat 

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Whirlpool Corporation to Lead #KBtribechat Discussion on Today’s New Home Building & Design Trends

New construction homes have become an increasingly attractive option to potential buyers across generations, with 60% of buyers preferring a newly built home over an existing one, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) What Home Buyers Really Want report. What trends are driving the way newly built homes are built and designed?

Join Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) on Wednesday, October 6, as the company plays host to a KBTribeChat focused on the latest trends in new construction. Chat participants will discuss how these homes are designed, as well as must-have features, generational preferences, and more.

Building industry professionals can count on Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, to provide innovative solutions that address the evolving needs of their customers. Whirlpool’s diverse portfolio of brands offers thoughtfully designed appliances that grow along with homeowners – no matter how their preferences or lifestyles may evolve.

Save the date for 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, October 6 to participate in the chat.

Here is an advance look at our KBtribechat questions:

  1. What are some must-have features among new construction homes?
  2. How are generational preferences influencing home building and design?
  3. How is sustainability expected to play a role when it comes to new home building?
  4. Awareness of health and wellness has risen in the last year. How has this influenced what people want in new homes?
  5. What home design trends are likely to be most in demand into 2022?
Drone Aerial View of Home Construction Site Foundations and Framing.

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September 29 at #KBtribechat – Modern Glam for Kitchens and Baths

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Element Designs

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How would you define Modern Glam and what are some of your favorite materials and accents used when designing in this style?

2.) The essence of a Modern Glam space lies within the details, finishes, and materials used. What details or requests are you seeing become more popular among your clients and designs?

3.) It’s not just kitchens, we are seeing a rise in popularity and demand for Modern Glam bathrooms too. What elements best make up a Modern Glam bathroom?.

4.) Lighting plays a key role in defining any space, but how does a Modern Glam design and style influence that role?

5.) There is no one specific color palette or material that makes up Modern Glam cabinetry. What styles and features are ideal for cabinets in a Modern Glam space?

6.) Backsplashes are often a primary visual that serves as a focal point in a kitchen. How do you see the Modern Glam style reflected in today’s backsplash designs and materials?

7.) Even Modern Glam can be done on a budget. What are some easy and affordable ways to add or DIY Modern Glam details into a space?

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September 22 at #KBtribechat – Bathroom Features that Promote Healthy Living

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What are your thoughts on designing a bathroom for wellness?

2.) Hygienic surfaces are very much in demand. What surfacing materials are easy to clean and maintain?

3.) How can we spark joy with design?

4.) Are you recommending air purifiers? If so, what type and what are the benefits?

5.) How can technology provide healthy bathroom features?

6.) What items would you include in your wellness sanctuary?

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September 15 at #KBtribechat – WELLNESS DESIGN IN THE LAUNDRY ZONE

Sponsored by LG Electronics and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

“Washers and dryers have numerous features today that older pairs lacked,” Jamie wrote in her September 2020 book, Wellness by Design, (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, 2020).

Laundry rooms have moved out of the basement and garage to premium placement in a home’s main living areas. Rather than the utilitarian dungeons of old, these spaces are likely now to be spacious, sunny and stylish. They also work harder than ever before, often evolving into multi-tasking flex zones for hobbies, pets, pantry storage, device charging, family organizing and package handling. 

This trend greatly accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the room’s appliances took on tremendous importance in handling clothing, linens, towels, and even well-worn stuffed animals! Their sanitizing power became a crucial component in a household’s health and well-being.  Laundry appliances’ ability to help you get quickly back to the office (or your next Zoom meeting) in your favorite outfit counts too. 

Explore the latest appliance types and configurations, performance features, and space planning opportunities to enhance your client projects. Explore too the links between laundry zones and wellness design for health-focused homeowners and builders.  

Join wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with global appliance manufacturer and sponsor LG for Wellness Design in the Laundry/Flex Room. This lively, informative KBtribechat will happen on Wednesday, September 15th at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

Jamie’s latest book for Simon & Schuster shares the benefits of wellness to clients’ living spaces and professionals’ success.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

  1. How have your laundry zone projects changed in recent years in terms of budget, size, and location within the home?
  2. Are you adding secondary laundry spaces in larger homes and, if so, which locations and what equipment)?
  3. For laundry/flex rooms, what additional functions are clients typically including (e.g., pantry, pets, package handling, other)?
  4. What laundry appliance features and benefits are being requested most often (e.g., space saving hacks; water and energy-saving; timesaving and convenience)?  
  5. Is there more of a focus on wellness features like allergen-cleaning, sanitizing, steam, accessibility, and other considerations in their appliances – or are you suggesting them? 
  6. Smart homes seem to be more popular by the day, are clients requesting more appliances with smart features? 
  7. Laundry rooms have gotten more stylish and spendy in recent years. Show off some of your favorite spaces.

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Book Cover > Wellness by Design (Tiller Press), © J. Gold // BLANCO

LG Photo > Photo Courtesy of LG Electronics USA

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September 8 at #KBtribechat – Inspirational Elements

A design discussion!

 

For this discussion, please share details you have found inspirational! We want to see lots of pictures of exceptional kitchens and bathrooms.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What cabinetry has inspired you lately? Any exciting door styles or millwork? Decorative hardware? Storage solutions?

2.) What lighting have you found inspirational and fun?

3.) What are your favorite ways to use a stand-out feature in your designs? (Flooring, backsplashes, stoves, bathtubs, etc.)

4.) What uses of color has inspired you lately?

5.) Open shelves are popular. How do you make them useful and stunning?

6.) Do you sometimes use salvaged materials in your designs? Share ways you incorporate them!

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September 1 at #KBtribechat – Home Improvements Worth Doing

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What home improvements are most likely to increase a home’s value? Give examples and explanations!

2.) In general, what is your advice regarding remodeling for a return on investment?

3.) How do you determine what projects are worth doing?

4.) For kitchens, are there certain features (finishes, looks, etc.) that are in demand for resale? Explain and share pictures of ideas you like.

5.) What bathroom choices help increase a home’s appeal?

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