June 10 at #KBtribechat – Designing for Small Spaces

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation and PCBC

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Consumers have spoken: Bigger isn’t always better. A desire for smaller homes was a trend identified in a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey revealed that most buyers prefer smaller homes with high-quality products over a more spacious home with fewer amenities.

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of home appliances, knows that homes don’t have to be spacious in order to be efficient, high-performing and beautiful. With the right amenities, small spaces can emulate the functionality of a larger home, which will be discussed during our Designing for Small Spaces KBTribeChat on Wednesday June 10, co-hosted by Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) and PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), the premier homebuilding trade show on the West Coast (@PCBC_TheShow).

The chat was originally scheduled to take place at PCBC, and despite show plans changing, PCBC still plans to join Whirlpool Corporation to connect with building industry professionals and discuss small spaces.

Certain appliances and design elements can make all the difference when it comes to small spaces. Whirlpool Corporation’s family of brands offer innovative products that have been thoughtfully designed to suit a variety of home types, giving builders the appliance options that match virtually any project.

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Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 10 as we discuss what’s driving the desire for smaller homes and how beauty and performance can be maximized in small spaces.

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

1.) What are some advantages of smaller homes?

2.) Which appliances and design elements can help increase performance and functionality in small spaces?

3.) How can you creatively maximize space in small kitchens or laundry rooms without sacrificing design?

4.) How can home chefs mimic the functionality of a large kitchen in a small space?

5.) How are different generational preferences influencing the design of small spaces?

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June 3 at #KBtribechat – It’s Time to Enjoy Outdoor Living

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) As a result of everyone sheltering in place this spring, what outdoor living trends are you expecting to emerge this year?

Q2.)  What colors work well for outdoor spaces? Share fun ways to include them!

Q3.)  What is desired now for outdoor cooking areas? (features, materials, appliances, looks)

Q4.) Victory gardens are big this year. Do you grow produce at home? Share the ways you are doing it!

Q5.) How can we grow herbs and other produce inside the home? Share tips and ideas you like!

Q6.) We are all looking forward to warm weather and enjoying our outdoor spaces. What are your favorite refreshing summer drinks to serve and enjoy? Please share the recipes!

Q7.) What recipes are you looking forward to preparing this summer as you enjoy time outdoors with family and friends?

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Move Over Millennials: Are You and Your Biz Ready to Market to and Employ Gen Z?

Hosted by Irene Williams

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Generation Z is coming of age. Is your business poised to market to and employ this unique, increasingly powerful group? Well, you need to be! As of this year, Gen Z represents 40% of U.S. consumers and is rapidly entering the workforce. Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Zers are challenging marketplaces and workplaces—in new, different ways than Millennials have.

Join us for a practical chat led by digital marketer Irene Williams and longtime contributor to our industry. After years managing social media and digital marketing for herself and her agency’s clients, Irene has gained lots of knowledge and know-how about connecting and communicating with cross-generational audiences. As Gen Z is coming on strong and set to be the largest demographic segment on the planet, it’s time for all of us to dive in, discuss, and get ready!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.)  What do you know about Gen Z? Share your take on mindsets, priorities, etc.
2.)  How does tech affect Gen Z?
3.). What does Gen Z want for home & design?
4.)  How can your biz prep for Gen Z clients & employees?
5.)  Share the “Gen Z in Me”—the ways you relate to & understand this group.

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May 20th at #KBtribechat – Gourmet Kitchens

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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Many people are taking on DIY projects and reimagining their homes during this lockdown period. If you’ve thought about upgrading your kitchen, join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wed., May 20 at 2 pm ET. We’ll discuss design, finishes and features of gourmet kitchens.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

  1. We’re spending more time at home than ever. If you could add one “gourmet” feature to your kitchen right now what would it be?

  1. What refrigerator configuration or design do you see most in high end kitchens?

  1. What appliance is the centerpiece of a gourmet kitchen?

  1. What materials or colors do you associate with gourmet kitchens?

  1. High end appliances often contain cutting edge technology. What technology do you expect to find in a gourmet kitchen?

  1. Time to share. What has been the most gourmet meal you’ve cooked since shutdown began (or just one you really enjoyed)?

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May 13 at #KBtribechat – Smart Home for K+B

A design discussion!

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1.) What do your clients want in connected home technology?

2.) What are the benefits of connected home technology?

3.) How has connected technology influenced home design?

4.) Where in the home is connected technology advancing the most?

5.) What are some of the smart kitchen features that homeowners want most?

6.) What smart home features do your clients want for bathrooms?

 

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May 6 at #KBtribechat – Dream Bathrooms

A design discussion!

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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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The Role of Social Media in the Kitchen & Bath Industry with Stacy Garcia

An Element Designs Podcast featuring Stacy.

On this episode of Element Sessions, Voice of B2B Daniel Litwin was joined by cabinet industry veteran Stacy Garcia, the owner of Garcia Cabinetmakers and founder of KBtribechat™️, which facilitates weekly social media discussions on Twitter for thought-leaders in the kitchen and bath industry.

 

Litwin and Garcia, who brings four decades of experience in the industry to the table, dove into how social media has not only provided inspiration through sites like Instagram and Pinterest, but has completely reshaped the way professionals in the kitchen and bath industry network, build relationships and share ideas.

 

“We were early adapters of computers – we’ve done shop drawings since the early days of them being available on the computer,” Garcia said. “But that has evolved way beyond what it was in the early days. … I see everything online now. Things stay the same, but (there are) different platforms, and you really need to be represented online.”

 

Garcia said she’s noticed a shift in networking away from phone and in-person avenues and another in data collection, which has moved online and away from slogs down to City Hall for records, etc.

KBtribechat™️, designed to make Twitter more effective for members of the kitchen and bath industry, has allowed Garcia to craft a critical space for achieving the industry’s modern goals and expanding the boundaries to unexplored, fascinating topics.

 

“The main thing is that I don’t consider it mine. It’s a community,” she said. “I’m overseeing it, but if I see that somebody has a special area of expertise that I find fascinating, I will ask them to host. … It’s a whole community thing.

 

“It’s our industry’s platform. It’s not about me, it’s about the industry.”

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April 29 at #KBtribechat – Making a Statement with Focal Points

A design discussion on creating centers of interest in kitchens and bathrooms.

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Remembering this beautiful Wellborn Cabinet kitchen from KBIS 2020.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) Do you design in a focal point when working on a kitchen or bathroom? Why or why not?

2.) In what ways can exciting points of emphasis be made in kitchens?

3.) Describe your favorite focal point ideas for kitchens and share pictures!

4.) How do you create focal points when designing bathrooms?

5.) Describe your favorite focal point ideas for bathrooms and share pictures!

6.) Is it possible to have more than one focal point in a room? Explain!

7.) What if there is no focal point?

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April 22 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends!

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville, Inc.

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Who doesn’t love tile? It’s beautiful, functional, and sustainable. It’s simple to clean and maintain. With proper installation, it will last..and look great..for years to come.

Today, tile is more versatile for even more uses—in kitchens, baths, and beyond. Advancements in manufacturing have resulted in more formats, shapes, thicknesses, and styles for design professionals and homeowners to work with and enjoy in truly unique, stunning applications.

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Each year, we typically gather with sponsor Crossville, Inc. to talk tile in conjunction with the annual Coverings Expo, North America’s largest show for the tile and stone industry. Though the expo is canceled this year, the talk of tile is not! We are excited to meet virtually with Crossville—and YOU!—to share inspiration and information on the many ways tile can enhance our spaces. There are so many new products, looks, and options to discuss.

For everyone who joins us, get your photos ready to share! We want to see your tile designs during this fun exchange for our industry. Here is the question guide; get ready to chime in during this special tile talk.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Tile trends—what do you love?

Q2: Share your fave tile performance characteristics.

Q3: How are current events guiding your materials selection?

Q4: Tips for working w/ installers for fab installations; do tell!

Q5: Show & Tell: Post pics of your tile designs!

BONUS:
As good timing would have it, our chat tile chat is happening on Earth Day 2020. Crossville will take the opportunity to share some notable news when we gather, so you’ll definitely want to be part of the conversation.

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April 15 at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Island

A Twitter design discussion!

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This beautiful kitchen features: historic Alberene Soapstone – Polycor | Range – BlueStar | Refrigerator – KitchenAid |Hood – Zephyr Ventilation | Fireclay Sink / Chef Faucet – Franke | Pendant Lights – Wilson Lighting | photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

 

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not? Share pictures of kitchens you like!

3.)  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cook-top on the island?

5.) What storage solutions do you like to include on kitchen islands?

6.) What features are useful to have on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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