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February 7 at #KBtribechat – Smart Kitchens

A design discussion.

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.


Coming off KBIS and CES it is clear that kitchen tech is trending. Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, February 7 at 2 pm for a lively discussion on Smart Kitchens from appliances that help you become a better cook to pie in the sky ideas on the kitchen of the future.




Our KBtribechat Questions:


Q1. Half of all households are predicted to have a voice assistant by 2022.  What tasks do you use your voice assistant for the most?

Q2. Assisted cooking continues to be a hot topic. How could your connected appliances help you better cook your next meal?

Q3. Beyond cooking, how can a smart kitchen better help you organize your life?

Q4. Coming off the big shows, what new kitchen gadget caught your eye?

Q5. If your appliances could talk to one another, what would you want them to do?

Q6. What do you think will be the tipping point for “nice to have” versus “need to have” when it comes to connected appliances?

Q7. Think big. What smart appliance would you design if there were no limits?


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on Wednesday, February 7

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January 24 at #KBtribechat – From Cooling to Cooking to Cool: Kitchen Design Crushes

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by BlueStar Cooking

Addison Osta Smith Kitchen Photo-BlueStar

What Does Your Dream Kitchen Look Like? Do you dream in monochromatic  or in color? Is performance equal to design in your customers’ eyes or does one take precedence over the other? What’s trending now – and what would you like to see trending next – whether it’s design or function or both. How can we incorporate storing and preparation into the kitchen design? Join BlueStar® for a timely post-KBIS chat on what you’re crushing on now and what makes the perfect kitchen design.


Our KBtribechat Questions: 

  1. If you could design your dream kitchen, what would it look like?
  2. What style trends are you crushing on that you didn’t three years ago? Show pictures!
  3. 2018 has seen its share of colors of the year – from Ultra Violet, to Hot Red to Oceanside. Do these colors really affect kitchen design?
  4. In what ways so you incorporate color in the kitchen to stay on trend, and yet be timeless?
  5. What are the most prevalent finishes in appliances today?  Are you projects leaning more towards color or is Stainless still King?
  6. When it comes to appliances, what finish or color would you like to see? What colors are you seeing dominate in the kitchen in general today? Show pictures!
  7. Function or Color/Design: Which is more important to your clients?
  8. How do you incorporate function  into a design for clients who love to cook?
  9. How would you define true commercial style kitchen design? What elements do your clients ask you for and why?
  10. How important are the appliances when designing?  How important are customization options in appliances – whether it’s size, cooktop configurations, moveable parts or color and trims.
  11. We all know that a range is an important ingredient in any chef’s kitchen, but what about the refrigerator? How important is the fridge? In storage and capacity? In overall appearance? In function? Which size do you prefer?  Do you prefer Swing or French Door?
  12. Pop-Up survey – where do you go to get kitchen design inspiration? What publications and/or blogs/websites do you read the most?From

Jill Calo Red Kitchen Springdale-KB-1280pix-11-of-33

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on Wednesday, January 24

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October 11 at #KBtribechat – The “Not So Ordinary” Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Timeless Style

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by Elmira Stove Works.

Elmira Stove Works - Red and White Kitchen

They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Certain styles or trends always come around again in some form. We’ve seen this play out in fashion recently with the resurgence of 90s era clothing and hairstyles. The same can be said of kitchen styles. While stainless steel appliances remain popular, there has been a move towards incorporating more character into the kitchen through appliances and finishing touches that give a nod to the past while still appearing fresh and current.

Available in traditional “retro” colors along with custom options, vintage-inspired appliances are surprisingly versatile and can complement just about any design idea and style preference. Brightly-hued options are ideal for adding a bold pop of color to space while softer, more subdued shades create a subtler, more refined look. Either way, these fun (and functional) appliances, when paired with other kitchen elements, can deliver the perfect recipe for statement-making style.

Elmira Stove Works - White & Lime Kitchen

Adding an element of nostalgia to a new or remodeled kitchen is just one example of the many ways to create designs that earn high marks for both style and substance.
Let’s start a dialogue about updating the kitchen in new, fun and unexpected ways!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: Kitchen design is trending toward more color & softer lines. Where do you see this trend going? Is it here to stay?

Q2: Are designers getting more creative and bolder in the use of “non-standard” appliances and colors? Let’s see photos!

Q3: How can designers help homeowners add color to their kitchens and appliances, and feel comfortable doing so? Explain!

Q4: Do you prefer “neutral with a pop of color” or “bold color with neutral accents”? Share images.

Q5: Show us your favorite ‘vintage with a modern twist’ kitchen design.

Q6: What interesting ways have you seen retro appliances incorporated into kitchens? Photos, please!

Q7: If you could build your dream kitchen, what would it look like?

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Progressive #KBtribechat at #KBIS2017 in Orlando

KBIS Checklist:

• Phone charger ✓
• Comfy shoes ✓
• Get ready for Progressive KBtribechat chat Jan. 10th!

The countdown to KBIS 2017 is on and once again we’ll be hosting an exciting progressive KBtribechat right from the show floor! Join the KBIS 2017 team on January 10th at 2:00pm to chat about everything from technology-driven style to exciting hardware finishes and water-saving design!

We have some new faces joining us this year. We know you won’t want to miss hearing from Signature Kitchen Suite, Emtek Assa-Abloy and TOTO!

The chat will get started at 2:00 pm on the dot in the Signature Kitchen Suite booth (#W309), move along to the Emtek booth at 2:20 pm (W1311) and finish at the TOTO booth at 2:40 pm (W1329). For those of you who can’t join in person, make sure you’re following the hashtags #KBtribechat and #KBIS2017 on Twitter and Instagram. See you there, tribe!


Here are the questions:

Q1: How does technology help YOU in the kitchen? Cleaning? Cooking guidance? What’s your priority?

Q2: How do think tech integration with kitchen appliances is impacting consumer choices? Is there a new level in luxury?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @SKSHome products now & share! Feel free to post to Instagram as well!


Q3: Brass has seen a hike in popularity. What are some surprising ways you’ve seen this metal make a comeback?

Q4: Split styles/ finishes are becoming more popular. How important to you is the ability to mix & match hardware?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @Emtek_assaabloy products now! Share on Instagram too!


Q5: More than function, the plumbing category has seen a burst of sophistication. How is style changing products?

Q6. Water conservation is top of mind in bath fixture design. Has this shift impacted which products you specify?

LIVE TWEETERS: Snap your favorite @TOTOUSA product now & share!


We have a group Pinterest board for Progressive KBtribechat sharing. Let us know if you’d like to be included.

Special thanks to our 2017 Progressive KBtribechat sponsors: @SKSHome, @Emtek_assaabloy, and @TOTOUSA!

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Holidays Made Easy -Appliance Solutions

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.


Hosting over the holidays can be equal parts stressful and enjoyable. Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 pm for a discussion on how your appliances can lend a helpful hand during the holidays. From a water pitcher that fills itself to an oven that automatically selects the perfect temp for your turkey, we’ll share kitchen solutions for taking the stress out of your holiday hosting.


Our KBtribechat questions:

– What appliance do you wish you had two of in your home during holiday season?

– When do you start the food prep for your holiday party? Any good tips to share?

– How do you use technology to assist with holiday entertaining or cooking?

– From cooking to cleaning, what obstacles do you run into every year around the holiday entertaining and what solutions have you found?

– If you could have one new appliance feature during the holidays what would it be?

– The last minute store run. What do you always forget to buy for holiday parties?

– Let’s talk turkey. The key to a great turkey is…

– What tips do you have for handling post-dinner dishes?

– What’s your go-to holiday recipe? Share your cooking tips.


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on Wednesday, November 23

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Thank Us Later – A Culinary Discussion Around Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of the most stressful times of the year – and that’s not just because the whole family’s under one roof. Planning for and cooking a large meal is a major undertaking. Coordination, preparation, timing and the proper tools are everything, whether you’re hosting two or 20.


For our November 16 KBTribeChat, Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid will co-host a culinary discussion around Thanksgiving to help prepare you for the big day!

 When it comes to hosting and entertaining, time is the most valuable resource.

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, is committed to designing appliances and innovative solutions that help homeowners make the most of every minute and focus on what matters most – spending time with family and friends.


One way to ensure your Thanksgiving dinner preparations are as easy as possible is to get appliances that match your kitchen layout and meet your cooking needs. With chef-inspired design, smart features and impressive performance, KitchenAid appliances were created for those who live to cook and create.


Let’s cook up some conversation around Thanksgiving!

Our KBTribeChat questions:

Q1: What kitchen appliance features help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal?

Q2. What’s the best type of kitchen layout for interacting with guests?

Q3: How do you find space for cooking and storing multiple dishes?

Q4. Quick cleaning solutions? Go!

Q5. Where do you find Thanksgiving recipe inspiration?

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Connected Kitchens Cooking Up a Storm!

Tech is on the menu in the heart of the home! Connected kitchens are bringing a new layer of food intelligence to help people eat and live better. In fact, smart home technology in the kitchen is changing the way we acquire, prep and cook food.

Join Whirlpool Corporation and Jenn-Air as they sponsor and host the August 17th KBTribeChat on the connected kitchen!

Jenn-Air- Connected Wall Oven

Jenn-Air(R) Connected Wall Oven with MultiMode(R) Convection System

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, has taken a leading role in introducing innovative connected appliances. Whirlpool Corporation studies the cultures, behaviors and needs of people of all ages around the world, and is responsible for creating products with purposeful technology.

Whirlpool Corporation’s purposeful connectivity anticipate the needs of consumers and their families and activates meaningful shortcuts and solutions so users can get back to what matters most.

Jenn-Air 30 Double Wall Oven With V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection System (2)

Whirlpool Corporation markets luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air.  Jenn-Air brand is committed to bringing cutting-edge technology into the kitchen. The brand continually explores how design, innovation and technology are intersecting to create greater connectivity in our lives. Through its new partnership with Innit, Jenn-Air plans to deliver another layer of intelligence to the kitchen, helping consumers achieve breakthrough levels of convenience, flavor and healthy cooking.

Jenn-Air 30 Double Wall Oven With V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection System (1)

On August 17, let’s stir up some conversation about this connected revolution.

Our KBTribeChat questions:

Q1. What “smart” technologies are trending in the kitchen?

Q2. What can connected kitchens bring in terms of functionality and convenience?

Q3. How does connectivity influence kitchen design?

Q4. How is connectivity changing home cooking?

Q5. What will be the most important element of the connected kitchen of the future?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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