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Our March 31st #KBtribechat is all about Outdoor Living!

Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1: What outdoor living trends are you seeing emerge this year?

Q2: Water or Fire? If you have to choose, which would you include in your outdoor space? What are the benefits of each? Share ways you like to incorporate these elements.

Q3.) What is trending now with Outdoor Kitchens? (features, materials, appliances, looks) Share installations you like!

Q4.) What colors are popular for outdoor spaces this year? How would you incorporate them?

Q5.) We are all excited to start cooking and entertaining outdoors this spring. What recipes are you looking forward to?

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Our March 24 #KBtribechat is all about Designing for Pets!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

1.)  Do clients ask for specific pet considerations? Is asking about pet needs part of your pre-design interview?

2.) What flooring works best for homes with pets?

3.) Do you like to build in pet feeding stations for food and water? Share pictures and ideas!

4.) What are your go to storage solutions for supplies like pet food and treats?  Leashes, toys and grooming items?

5.) Speaking of grooming, share great pet bathing stations you like!  What rooms are best for this feature?

6.)  What solutions do you have for litter boxes?

7.) Have you designed in a built in area for pets to hang out and nap? Share pictures of pet bed ideas you like!

8.) Have you designed in fish tanks? Share good ideas!

9.) What tips do you have for pet friendly fabrics and furnishings?

10.) Have any other pet friendly design ideas for the home?

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March 17, 2021 #KBtribechat – Wellness Benefits of Bathroom Warmth

Sponsored by Amba Products and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

“A towel warmer is a sensual luxury,” Jamie wrote in her September 2020 book, Wellness by Design, (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, 2020).
Photo: Amba Products

Full bathroom spaces are prime opportunities to add wellness benefits to your clients’ homes. Bathrooms are among the most essential rooms tied to human well-being, given their essential roles in digestion, hygiene, grooming, and relaxation. 

One easy way to incorporate wellness features into your projects – especially main suites, guest bathrooms, and pool baths – is by including products that provide warmth in your bathroom spaces. Heated towel racks make great additions to these areas because they bring an essence of luxury, while boasting many other important benefits. These products add Comfort & Joy, the Fifth Facet of Wellness Design, and the one that most often drives client delight and referrals. 

Join wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with heated towel rack manufacturer and sponsor Amba Products for The Wellness Benefits of Bathroom Warmth. This lively, informative KBtribechat will happen on Twitter, Wednesday, March 17th 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.
(Tiller Press), © J. Gold // BLANCO

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1. Are you discussing wellness design features and benefits with your residential bathroom clients? If so, what are those conversations like?


Q2. What are some simple ways to promote wellness in the bathroom?


Q3. Are your clients requesting particular wellness design products? If so, which ones are they most interested in?


Q4. How can you merge wellness and luxury to make the perfect spa-like bathroom design? Please share project photos!


Q5. What are some cost-effective ways to make bathrooms healthier?


Q6: How does technology fit into a wellness focused bathroom design?

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3/10 at #KBtribechat – Classic Kitchens & Baths

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions (all apply to both kitchens and bathrooms):

1.) What cabinet and millwork elements help create a classic look? Door style? Decorative hardware? Moldings? Features?

Share pictures of classic kitchens and baths you love!

2.) Is traditional another term for classic? Please explain.

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

4.) How can we add a classic touch with lighting?

5.) Is classic a timeless style? Why or why not?

6.) Are certain colors or color combinations classic? Please share your favorites!

7.) What other advice do you have for creating a classic look?

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February 24 at #KBtribechat – Why Tile

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings

Following National Tile Day on February 23, Coverings is excited to host a KBtribechat session on February 24 to continue the discussion about the benefits and use of ceramic tile for specific applications. Ceramic tile is one of the most versatile surface materials and innovative design options, with many available shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and finishes. Not only is tile beautiful, but it is also one of the healthiest and most hygienic choices available, being naturally resistant to bacteria, dust and other harmful pollutants. It is low-maintenance and easy to clean, with superior performance in kitchens, baths and any specified location. Unlike many other surface options, ceramic tile offers sustainability benefits including being energy efficient and recyclable. Slip- and fire-resistant, tile provides uncompromising safety without sacrificing style.

Coverings is the preeminent 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.

Coverings 2021 will take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Learn more and register at coverings.com.

For more tile information and inspiration, visit whytile.com.

The February 24 Coverings’ #KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Did you attend Coverings Connected on #NationalTileDay yesterday, February 23? If so, what was your favorite session, and why?
Q2: What tile trends for 2021 do you anticipate as being most requested among your clients and customers?
Q3: Creating a hygienic environment is more important than ever. How do you educate your clients or customers about all the healthy and hygienic benefits of ceramic tile? #WhyTile
Q4: Twitter poll: What benefits of tile have been most common for your designs, sales and installations in the last year, and why? #WhyTile

Durability
Sustainability
Health & Hygiene
Cost-Efficiency

Q5: Given ceramic tile is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering limitless design and installation possibilities, what tile shapes, combinations or patterns do you specify, install or sell the most?
Q6: Aside from its beauty and durability, what are some of the lesser-known benefits that make ceramic tile the smart choice for residential and commercial uses? #WhyTile
Q7: How has COVID-19 affected your business in 2020, and how are you addressing these challenges for 2021?
Q8: Show us the tile or stone project you are most proud of! Go!
Q9: Twitter poll: #Coverings2021 will take place July 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show, and why?

No-Cost Education & CEUs
New Products & Trends
Live Installation Demos
Networking

Q10: Fun Trivia: Where can you see life-size mosaic murals made of ceramic tile, pieces of glass, and bits of gold and silver, depicting the story of “Cinderella?”

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February 10 at #KBtribechat – An Industry Spotlight

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

Here’s are the links to view the Pinterest Boards compiled from this KBtribechat discussion:

Signature Kitchen Suite’s Industry Spotlight Board

Rev-A-Shelf’s Industry Spotlight Board

We would normally be getting together in person this time of the year, going from booth to booth to see the latest from top brands at KBIS. The inspiration must be found virtually this year. Next Wednesday at 2pm eastern, KBtribechat will bring you the latest innovations from Signature Kitchen Suite and Rev-A-Shelf.

The Signature Kitchen Suite Questions:

Q1. Home cooking and experimenting in the kitchen has increased significantly in the past year. Which versatile cooking method would you say you’re seeing used the most?

Q2. What are some key reasons for including undercounter refrigeration in home design?

Q3. Speaking of wine refrigeration, what are you expecting to trend in 2021 when it comes to wine storage?

Q4. Just for fun: what is the most important piece in a full kitchen suite? What appliance do you pick first when it comes to kitchen design?

The Rev-A-Shelf Questions:

Q1. Let’s address the elephant in the room. How has COVID changed K+B design?

Q2. Moving on to a better year and brighter homes. Do you spec undercabinet light last? Why or why not?

Q3. The multipurpose room is in demand. What specialized rooms are you designing? What storage needs are you specifying or in need of?

Q4. Many of us have tackled the process of cleaning up and editing our closets during this time at home. What are you seeing in closet design and smart storage ideas?

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February 3 at #KBtribechat – Spicing It Up with Design

A kitchen and bath industry Twitter discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How do you add interest to kitchens in the design of the cabinetry?

2.) What tips do you have to create stunning bathroom cabinetry?

3.) How can we add pizzaz to kitchens and baths using color?

4.) Cabinet knobs and pulls are often called jewelry. How can our hardware choices add that special touch?

5.) Lighting can also be considered “jewelry” in a room. What lighting do you love for kitchens?

6.) What lighting do you love for bathrooms?

7.) How do you use fixture finishes to tie a design together? (sinks, faucets, trim, knobs/pulls, lighting, appliances)

8.) How can we add dynamism to kitchens and baths with our countertop, backsplash and flooring choices?

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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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