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The February 1st #KBtribechat is in person at #KBIS2023!

Sponsored and Hosted by Beko USA

In booth W3401

11am until noon PST

Join in the fun and get connected in person during the Wednesday KBtribechat hour at the show. In person event participants will be entered to win a Beko HarvestFresh™ refrigerator and will go home with gifts!

Not attending KBIS? Join us online. We will be sharing our insights during the hour at #KBtribechat on Twitter.

We also have a new group Pinterest board for KBIS sharing. Let us know if you want to be added to the board.

Here are our discussion questions:

Q1: Here at Beko, we believe healthy living is only possible on a healthy planet, which inspires our 2023 Healthy Kitchen initiatives.

What are some Beko technologies you’re excited about?

Q2: Do you know how many plastic bottles wind up in landfills every year in the US? 

Q3: Did you know that produce loses 30% of its nutrients three days after it is harvested? And did you know there is a way to slow down the nutrient loss in produce inside the refrigerator? 

Q4: Net zero living is quickly becoming the new standard in the US. How is this trend impacting the decisions made by designers, builders, and homeowners?

Q5: Did you know that in order to have your dishwasher perform optimally you need to clean the filter every few months? How likely are your clients to sacrifice performance for convenience?

 Q6: What is your favorite space in the Beko booth? Share photos! 

Safe travels to Las Vegas! See you there!

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January 25 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Tile

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings (@Coverings, #Coverings2023) 

With National Tile Day right around the corner (mark your calendars for February 23, 2023), and Coverings 2023 expected to be a banner-year event, which will take place April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, #KBtribechat will feature a very special “Let’s Talk Tile” chat session January 25, 2023, at 2 p.m. EST. 

Join the tile community from around the globe for this special Twitter chat to connect with kitchen and bath industry specialists, tile and stone industry experts, designers, architects, builders, contractors, installers, distributors, retailers, media outlet editors, and tile aficionados everywhere. 

A lively Twitter discussion about the many benefits and countless uses of ceramic tile for specific applications, KBtribechat’s January 25 session will also showcase sneak peeks of some of the top tile trends as well as Coverings 2023 event plans and updates, so you can plan your trip to Orlando in advance. 

Chime in on January 25th and discuss ceramic tile as one of the most versatile surface materials and innovative design options, with many available shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and finishes. It is also one of the healthiest and most hygienic material choices for residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and other spaces, being naturally resistant to bacteria, dust and other harmful pollutants, among other key traits. Share your own experiences with tile during the chat, such as being slip- and fire-resistant, and the ways in which tile provides uncompromising safety without sacrificing style. 

As the tile community knows, tile is low-maintenance and easy to clean, with superior performance in kitchens, baths and just about any indoor and outdoor specified location. Tell the group what you think about ceramic tile’s sustainability benefits including being energy efficient and recyclable. 

Coverings 2023 is the preeminent international event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Only at Coverings can kitchen and bath professionals, architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, fabricators, contractors, and many others from across the world experience the full benefits of tile, trending products, beautiful vignettes, and robust educational programs at no cost.

Put this KBtribechat session for January 25 at 2 p.m. EST on your calendar, and Let’s Talk Tile! 

Coverings 2023: April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Don’t miss the most important and inspiring show of 2023! Coverings is the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Join us April 18-21, 2023, to discover 800 global exhibitors from more than 30 countries, breathtaking product innovations, invaluable insights, and crucial industry connections you need to grow your business.

All learning opportunities will focus on Coverings 2023’s core tenets, which include “Sustainability,” “Health & Wellness,” “Outdoor Spaces,” and “Timeless Luxury.” 

Educational sessions will focus on the show’s three strategic learning tracks: “Installation & Fabrication,” “Materials & Trends” and “Workforce & Profits.”

Learn more and register for free to attend Coverings 2023 at coverings.com. For more tile information and inspiration, visit whytile.com.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q. 1. #KBtribechat @Coverings: K&B & tile pros appreciate all the valuable traits of tile. What do you think is the #1 benefit of using tile over other materials? 

Q. 2. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Tell us about your (or your client’s) most creative use of tile from 2022. What made it so unique? 

Q. 3. #KBtribechat @Coverings: What are the most popular tile trends in shapes, sizes, colors, patterns, etc. today? Post pics, too! 

Q. 4. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Which of Coverings 2023’s thematic tenets interest you most, and why?

  1. Sustainability
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Outdoor Spaces
  4. Timeless Luxury

Q. 5. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Time for everyone’s fave! Show off your tile project pics and tell us about them.  

Q. 6. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Outdoor living continues to abound. Share your pics of spectacular outdoor or indoor-outdoor tile installs, and tell us what is trending in outdoor spaces.  

Q. 7. #KBtribechat @Coverings: How will you celebrate National Tile Day, Feb. 23? 

Q. 8. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Which Coverings 2023 show feature will be most applicable for your business this year, and why?     

     A. Installation Innovation Stage 

     B. Trends & Solutions Stage

     C. New Fabricator Stage

     D. Coverings Lounge  

Q. 9. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Have you registered for #Coverings2023, set for April 18-21? And, what do you want to take away from attending this year? 

Q. 10. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Do you know how to win a complimentary (50-minute) Spa Treatment at The Spa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando to enjoy during the Coverings 2023, April 18-21?

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January 18 at #KBtribechat – BIOPHILIA DESIGN IN THE BATHROOM

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, CACC

Inspirational Speaker. Writer. Designer. Creativity Guru. Educator. Serial Entrepreneur.

Beyond basic hygiene, the bathroom is an important space where we execute self-care, escape from the world and nurture ourselves.  Within the category of wellness design, the concept of Biophilia takes us deeper into bringing the outdoors in and increasing our human connection with nature.

“Biophilic design is a concept used to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions.”

Biophilic design makes us happier and healthier by increasing our connection with the natural world, even indoors, whether we are at work or at home. It is said to promote productivity, too, which is why employers are sitting up and taking notice.

I have used Wellness and the Four Elements; earth, water, fire, air, (as well as wood and metal) to guide my discussion with clients as to how we can design bathroom spaces utilizing biophilia.  These spaces nurture our souls and keep us connected to the earth which supports our mental and physical wellbeing. 

  • Biophilic design creates healthy, happy built environments.
    • Decreased stress, enhanced creativity, and accelerated recovery from illness
  • Biophilia is not just about plants.
    • The use of patterns and fractals in design is commonly referred to as biomimicry.
  • Light is a part of our rhythm.
    • Lighting systems that either naturally or artificially changes throughout the day to mimic our circadian rhythm helps link people to the outdoor environment
  • Our minds and bodies appreciate the presence of water.
    • The presence of water in spaces lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and memory restoration. 
  • We can feel nature in the air.
    • Studies show that airflow stimulation has been found to keep people awake, also naturally improving focus and performance.
  • Appealing to multiple senses makes more sense.
    • In order to most effectively reach people with biophilic design, it’s best to aim for multi-sensory stimuli.
  • Faking nature has some payback, too. “Biomimicry”
    • Elements that mimic nature are not without some benefit, too.

“IT DOESN’T HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A JUNGLE!”

Please keep the conversation on the bathroom so we can remain on topic.

Question 1: What are the benefits of biophilic design?

Question 2: What surfaces support biophilic design?

Question 3: What plumbing fixtures support biophilic design?

Question 4: How do we use light in biophilic design?

Question 5: What other materials support biophilic design?

Question 6: What shapes and textures support biophilic design?

Question 7: How are plants used to support biophilic design?

Question 8: What elements of biomimicry can be utilized in the bathroom?

Join this Twitter conversation

at 2pm ET on Wednesday 1/18

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

Other hashtags that apply to this conversation include #biophilia #bathroomdesign and #timelesskitchendesign.

Where you can find Paula online:

Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, CACC

Timeless Kitchen Design

www.timelesskitchen.design/ 

Twitter @TimelessKitchDz

www.instagram.com/paulakennedyckd/ 

www.linkedin.com/in/paula-kennedy-cmkbd

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December 14 #KBtribechat is about Kitchens (plus some planning discussion for 2023!)

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

  1. What elevates a kitchen to gourmet status?
  2. If you could add one “gourmet” feature to your kitchen right now what would it be?
  3. Describe your ideal gourmet kitchen. What would it contain?
  4. What materials, colors and finishes do you associate with gourmet kitchens?
  5. How do gourmet kitchens compare to chefs’ kitchens?
  6. What has been the most gourmet meal you’ve cooked?
  7. This is the last KBtribechat of the year so let’s talk planning for 2023. What topics do you want to discuss? Who would you like to see host? Please share your thoughts and ideas!

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on Wednesday at 2pm ET

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Talking Today’s Top Laundry Trends: Whirlpool Corporation to Host KBTribeChat

Laundry rooms continue to top the most-wanted features list for all generations of home buyers, and the demand is stronger than ever. With over 50% of consumers doing seven loads of laundry or more per week, they’re spending lots of time in the laundry room – time that could be improved with clever design and purposeful appliance innovations. 

Whether they’re handling big laundry loads or small, consumers are looking for a space that can help them streamline the laundry routine and improve life at home. How can you design a laundry room that not only fulfills buyer needs but exceeds expectations? 

Join Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) on Wednesday, September 7, as the company hosts a KBTribeChat on ways to design efficient laundry rooms that work overtime for busy homeowners. With everything from design ideas to new innovations, this interactive and informative discussion provides industry professionals with valuable ways to make the laundry room as functional as possible.

Whirlpool Corporation, a leading global major appliance company, manufactures appliance solutions that offer ways to enhance and simplify everyday laundry routines so consumers can spend more time doing the things they love. The Whirlpool Corporation brand portfolio has been thoughtfully designed to help building industry professionals meet the needs and wants of today’s homebuyers, whether they’re looking for an appliance that tackles even the most stubborn stains or just simplifies their weekly chores. 

Save the date for 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 7 as Whirlpool Corporation plays host to a discussion on today’s top laundry room trends.

Preview our KBtribechat questions:

  1. What’s the value of incorporating laundry into both single-family homes and rental properties? 
  2. Which laundry room features and design elements are you noticing buyers asking for in the space? 
  3. How has laundry room technology evolved to meet the needs of today’s home buyers? 
  4. With more homeowners looking to maximize space and functionality, how can you create a laundry room that’s multifunctional? 
  5. What do you think the future of laundry room design will look like?

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June 1st at #KBtribechat – A Focus on the Dishwasher

Sponsored and Hosted by Beko USA
Beko will be giving away a dishwasher during this KBtribechat! See requirements below.


OUR KBtribechat QUESTIONS: 

Q1.) What do you wish your current dishwasher could do to make life easier?

Q2.) What are the top 3 features your clients look for in a dishwasher?

Q3.) How do you get consumers more interested in sustainable/eco-friendly dishwashers?

Q4.) What is one sustainable upgrade you’d want to see for dishwashers in the future?

Q5.) Out of all the technology in Beko Dishwashers with CornerIntense, which feature captures your attention most?

Q6.) Follow and DM @beko_usa to be entered to win a Beko Dishwasher with CornerIntense! 

GIVEAWAY REQUIREMENTS:

BEKO is providing ONE 39-Series Beko Dishwasher with CornerIntense for participants in their sponsored #KBtribechat on Twitter. 

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, you must follow @beko_usa 

3.) Direct message @beko_usa (envelope icon on Twitter) providing your email address and the model option of your choice – you have a choice between the Bar Handle model DDT39434X or Pocket Handle model DDT39434XIH

Winners will be drawn by June 7th and notified by June 8th. Beko will ask for winner’s shipping address via email.

Winners cannot be affiliated with Beko or KBtribechat as an employee or vendor. (This giveaway is not affiliated with Twitter or its affiliates.)

Join this Twitter Chat discussion by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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April 13 at #KBtribechat – Mixing and Matching Design Styles

The KBtribechat discussion questions:

1.) What are the most popular design styles that your clients are asking for?

2.) Personalization is an important part of today’s kitchen & bath designs and drives the demand for mixing design styles. What are some tips to customize a space in order to provide your customer with their ideal design style combination?


3.) Modern farmhouse is a quintessential design style combination, but there are so many options in addition to that. What are your favorite design combinations for kitchens and baths?


4.) Some materials are selected for aesthetic reasons, some are selected based on functionality and some for both! What are your go-to material combinations when designing kitchens & baths and why?


5.) Are there any trending materials or finishes that you think are here to stay?


6.) How does budget effect your ability to mix design styles? Explain!


7.) How have current supply chain concerns affected your selections?

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4/6 at #KBtribechat – All Things TILE, live from #Coverings2022

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Inc.

Tile is often the foundation of great design. From floors to walls and, now, so many surfaces in between, tile collections can truly define the look, feel, and function of spaces both inside and out. 

Join us as we gather with sponsor Crossville, Inc. to talk tile trends and ideas in conjunction with the annual Coverings Expo, North America’s largest show for the tile and stone industry.

In advance of the chat, get your photos ready to share! We want to see your tile designs during this inspiring conversation for our industry. 

Here is the question guide to help you prepare to share as we cover all things tile!


Q1 Let’s talk general tile trends—color/size/texture.

Q2 What’s in for outside? (Tile for pool decks, outdoor kitchens, etc)

Q3 What’re top tile styles for kitchens?

Q4 Share popular tile looks for baths.

Q5 Are you spec’ing tile for health/wellness design?

Q6 Any supply chain issues affecting your tile choices?

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March 9 at #KBtribechat – What makes a bathroom classic?

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What makes certain bathrooms classic?

Share pictures of classic bathrooms you love!

2.) Does the description “classic” transcend bathroom style? Explain! 

3.) When it comes to bathrooms, what helps them earn the honor of being “classic”?

4.) Bathroom shower areas – what makes them classic?

5.) Are there certain cabinet doors / details, countertops, hardware and finishes that are classic? 

6.) What sinks / faucets, lighting and flooring can help achieve a classic look?

7.) We like to include color in our designs! How can color be added to bathrooms to achieve a classic look?

8.) How does technology fit into classic design?

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Whirlpool Corporation to Discuss Home Building and Design Trends for 2022 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show  

Whirlpool Corporation is ready to be back safely and in person on the show floor at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world, on February 8-10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Show attendees can expect to see the latest kitchen and laundry appliance innovations that reflect today’s most in-demand industry trends in the Whirlpool Corporation booth W2554, and throughout Professional Builders’ Show Village.

In addition to exhibiting, the company is the official host for the annual in-person KBTribeChat happening at 2 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, February 9. Join Whirlpool and other kitchen and bath industry professionals as they discuss the most prevalent home building and design trends expected in 2022. In-booth chat attendees will get an exclusive tour of the Whirlpool Corporation booth as well as a special gift from Yummly®. If you’re not at the show, you can still join the discussion by following the #KBTribeChat hashtag!

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, develops and designs purposeful appliances that are driven by consumer insights. No matter how trends and consumer needs change, Whirlpool’s diverse product portfolio is designed to address those evolving preferences. For more than 110 years, Whirlpool Corporation and its family of brands — Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir — have been synonymous with breakthrough products, ideal for building industry professionals who want to offer their clients innovative appliances that meet high standards of performance.

To prepare for the discussion, here are our KBTribeChat questions:

  1. What are consumers prioritizing in 2022 when it comes to home features and design?
  2. How are generational preferences influencing home features?
  3. How can designers incorporate sought-after kitchen and laundry elements into a small space?
  4. Gourmet kitchen upgrades were sought-after in 2021 – what types of luxury kitchen features and designs can we expect to see in 2022?
  5. What changes do you expect with laundry room design and function?

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