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The #KBtribechat schedule for July

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Our July topics so everyone can plan ahead!

July 3 – There will be no KBtribechat this week.  

July 10 – Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review

July 17 –  A Focus on Outdoor Living

July 24 – Design with Living in Place in Mind – Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

July 31 –  Clearing Away Clutter!

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Kitchen Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review

Sponsored and Hosted by Bertazzoni

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and for six generations, Bertazzoni has believed exactly that. The Italian cooking appliance brand has always been a leader in style, combining the best of Italian craftsmanship and the celebration of Italy’s iconic family and food culture in their creation of complete kitchen suites. Above all, the company’s deep passion for design has inspired owners to achieve their goal in creating a kitchen that meets their distinct lifestyle needs.

Whether a kitchen ambiance is modern traditional, contemporary country, or mid-century modern, Bertazzoni is fascinated by how homeowners integrate the brand’s authentic, Italian appliances into their unique kitchen designs. During this KBtribechat, Bertazzoni will take a look at the top kitchen trends that have transcended in the North American markets and the impact they have in consumers’ homes.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) While many style trends come and go, some remain timeless. What do you believe are the top kitchens trends that are here to stay?

2.) What is your preference when it comes to kitchen design? Bright and minimalistic OR bold and dramatic?

3.) What are some unique ways that designers and homeowners can feature unexpected accents of color into their kitchen? Appliance selection? Cabinet finish? Share your favorite photos!

4.) Best tips for homeowners designing a kitchen with a small footprint? Name your top, small-space solution ideas.

5.) Great kitchen design is the perfect fusion of style and functionality. What is the best advice you can give designers who need to tailor their designs to meet the needs and style preferences of their clients?

6.) How can homeowners showcase their character while also maintaining a timeless kitchen style?

Join this Twitter Conversation

on Wednesday, June 26

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s a link to read the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Let’s Talk Dishwashers!

A kitchen design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite

Dishwashers serve an important purpose in a well-used kitchen and busy home. Features like steam cleaning technology, larger rack sizes, energy efficiency, quieter operations, and Wi-Fi enabled functions are the difference between a dishwasher that is good, and a dishwasher that is great.
Signature Kitchen Suite invites you to join us for a KBtribechat on June 19th from 2pm to 3pm Eastern as we discuss all-important dishwasher designs and features for your client so that they can complete a delicious meal with simple cleaning solutions that can take care of themselves.

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About Signature Kitchen Suite
Signature Kitchen Suite offers a full line of built-in kitchen appliances with leading-edge technology that provides the perfect blend of innovation, precision and purposeful design for your most culinary-obsessed, tech-savvy clients. For more information about Signature Kitchen Suite and its products, visit www.signaturekitchensuite.com.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1) Which latest kitchen design trends have captured your attention the most?

Q2) How important is design when it comes to selecting a dishwasher? What are some important design features for your clients?

Q3) What features are your clients asking for when selecting a dishwasher?

Q4) How important is it for a dishwasher to make minimal noise and be energy efficient? What are some other ways you want to see dishwashers perform better?

Q5) What is one problem you run into when selecting a dishwasher?

Q6) From Wi-Fi capabilities to cameras within refrigerators, technology has helped make time in the kitchen easier and more convenient. What kind of technology do you want to see in future dishwashers?

Q7) If a dishwasher could do one thing to make your life easier, what would you want it to do?

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SPOILER ALERT! Kitchen’s waste food!

JUNE 12, 2019 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CKD*

Today’s kitchens are not designed with food preservation in mind. That may sound strange to say, isn’t so much of what we do focused around food storage? Yes, but, food PRESERVATION is different than merely storage.

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Are you tired of throwing away produce? The U.S. wastes 30-40% of food per year. The amount of food wasted that goes to the landfill is disturbing. As food spoils in the landfill it puts off methane gas that contributes to the Greenhouse effect. Let’s talk about consumers shopping habits and their concerns for healthy and sustainable living.

Did you know some fruits and vegetables like it cool, some like it room temperature, and some need humidity? There are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas as they ripen that is detrimental to surrounding produce! Why did no one tell me you aren’t supposed to store your bananas and apples together!
Remember cellars, larders and that cute little wicker basket designed into a base cabinet? Did you know those wicker baskets that we don’t design into kitchens anymore actually served a valuable purpose?

Let’s get back to our roots, from only a couple generations ago, by re-learning how to properly store food and designing spaces for our client’s kitchens more effectively. Let’s help people save money replacing spoiled foods, help them eat more nutritionally when the healthy produce that they purchased is readily available, and let’s do our part in saving the environment by saving food from going to the landfill needlessly!

Our KBtribechat QUESTIONS:
Q1. What appliance features have you seen recently being introduced to address this issue?

Q2. What is the interest from your clients on this issue? Does it vary based on their generation or region?

Q3. How are the shopping behaviors of our clients changing and do you see that change being more dramatic over the next 10-15 years?

Q4. What design techniques can we employ to help aid food preservation and access to healthy fresh food?

Q5. How will current and future technology aid this effort in reducing food being sent to the landfill?

* Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CLIPP Timeless Kitchen Design, Seattle Washington, NKBA CEU Provider (“Spoiler Alert” is an approved NKBA Chapter CEU) 425-466-4483 paulakennedyckd@hotmail.com

 

You can find the transcript for this KBtribechat here.

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June 5th at #KBtribechat – Creating a Spa Oasis

A master bathroom design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) What materials, colors or design esthetics help create a spa feel in a bathroom?

Q2.) How do you bring nature in for a relaxing bathroom feel?

Q3.) What key elements and features help define a spa bathroom?

Share pictures of spa bathrooms you like!

Q4.) What tips do you have to create a spa oasis in an existing bathroom?

Q5.)  How do you declutter the space for it’s calming effect? Share your decluttering tips!

Q6.) LED lighting adds a soft, relaxing feel to bathrooms. Share ways to incorporate LED into the bathroom. What bathroom lighting do you like for a spa bathroom?

Q7.) What pampering ideas do you have to create a spa experience at home?

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on Wednesday, June 5

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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The Latest Housing Trends – a Pre-PCBC 2019 Chat Co-Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation and PCBC

With #PCBC2019 less than a week away, it’s an ideal time to discuss the latest and most innovative trends in homebuilding and design! Join us on May 29 for a special pre-show chat sponsored and hosted by Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances*, and PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), the premier homebuilding trade show on the West Coast.

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PCBC will welcome thousands of housing professionals and 350 exhibitors when it returns to San Francisco’s Moscone Center May 30-31. Sponsored by the California Building Industry Association and in partnership with Leading Builders of America, PCBC brings together the best and brightest in the housing industry. The event includes two days of networking, active learning, relationship building, and targeted, curated education sessions delivered by unconventional thought leaders from multiple facets of the industry.

Whirlpool Corporation will once again exhibit at PCBC, showcasing a diverse selection of innovative kitchen and laundry appliances from its strategically differentiated brand portfolio. For more than 107 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 the highest standards of performance.

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Make plans to join Whirlpool Corporation and PCBC on Twitter Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to discuss the latest housing trends.

To prepare for the discussion, here are our KBtribechat questions:
● What new home design trends are changing the way homes are built? How are generational preferences playing a role?
● What is a common design request you hear from people who are updating their kitchen?
● Where do you think laundry room design is headed?
● How are smart home innovations influencing home building and design?
● What colors/finishes are homeowners asking for most – from countertop surfaces to appliance finish?
● If you’re attending #PCBC2019, what are you most looking forward to seeing?

 

 

*Based on most recently available publicly reported annual revenues.

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May 22 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion

Sponsored by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 2pm eastern for a discussion on kitchens – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!

Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.

Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 22 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What are the kitchen elements that make entertainment a breeze?

• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counter space)?

• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?

• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?

• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

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