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October 16 at #KBtribechat – Lighting Trends

A kitchen and bath industry design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What kitchen lighting trends are you seeing?

2.) Please share pictures of kitchens with spectacular lighting! Which fixtures are you especially liking for kitchen lighting?

3.) What trends are you are seeing for bathroom lighting?

4.) Which type of light fixtures are you loving for bathroom lighting?  Share pictures!

5.) How are you integrating LED?

6.) Are you doing more lighting in cabinet interiors? Explain!

7.) Are you back-lighting stone or quartz in your projects? Share ideas you like for this application!

8.) What lighting technology are you using in your projects?

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October 9 at #KBtribechat – Designing Kitchens and Baths that Last with Sustainable Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by the Natural Stone Institute

Photo courtesy of Rugo Stone.

Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Doesn’t it seem like the same could be said about design trends? We constantly refresh Instagram and Pinterest or scan through our favorite design magazines, searching for the next new thing—something fresh, cool, and totally unexpected. Things that we loved six months ago now seem passé. In 2019, we move at super speed.

Let’s slow down for a moment. Instead of seeking out the next big trend, let’s think about what would happen if we focused on using materials that were built to last, like natural stone. Natural stones like granite, marble, quartzite, and soapstone have been used for hundreds of years, beloved for their durability, versatility, and easy maintenance. In recent years, stone companies have made significant efforts to ensure that best practices are in place for sustainability, both in quarrying and fabrication facilities. Whether you are designing in a style that is modern or classic, when you use natural stone, you will be designing a room that is made to last.

Italian marble quarry. Photo courtesy of the Natural Stone Institute.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How often does sustainability factor into material choices with your clients?

2.) In our fast-moving, “throwaway culture” world, how do we pivot back to timeless materials and designs?

3.) Sustainable materials like natural stone and wood are made to last. Share some of your favorite designs!

4.) How do you stay trendy/current while still designing something meant to last?

5.) Are there questions or misconceptions your clients have about choosing sustainable products?

6.) Using salvaged or reclaimed materials can add a unique piece of history to a project. Have you used materials like this in your designs?

7.) Natural stone is seen in currently trending kitchens, but it is also timeless. What other trends do you think will stand the test of time?

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September 18 at #KBtribechat – Timeless Design

Sponsored and Hosted by Bertazzoni.

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For six generations, Bertazzoni has embraced the idea that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Along with precise engineering and dedication to the company’s Italian heritage, this knowledge inspires Bertazzoni’s belief in timeless design and family tradition. 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, which they present in the form of complete kitchen suites. Bertazzoni’s passion for design has provided homeowners and designers alike with the inspiration and tools to create kitchen spaces that bridge the gap between style and functionality, catering to a wide array of unique lifestyle needs.

During the previous KBtribechat hosted by Bertazzoni, our KBtribechat community shared their insights on the 2019 kitchen trends that have dominated various categories in the interior design industry thus far. Now, we’re looking at the years to come. What makes something timeless? How will it stand the test of time? During this KBtribechat, Bertazzoni will investigate which elements of design are here to stay and how these features will impact consumers undertaking home renovations.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: There is a fine line between trendy and timeless. What would you consider to be a key component of “timeless design”?

Q2: Which designers, brands, or products would you say embody the concept of “timeless design?”

Q3: Kitchens are Bertazzoni’s specialty. In your opinion, what in the kitchen space has stood the test of time?

Q4: How does a designer’s or homeowner’s commitment to “timeless design” affect their appliance/product choices for color, finish and functionality? Share some of your favorite examples.

Q5: What are a few resources that homeowners and designers can tap into when searching for “timeless design” inspiration?

Q6: How would you recommend homeowners and designers approach the challenge of designing a space that will be true to their personality while also remaining in style for years to come?

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Adding Personality to Neutral Kitchens and Baths

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

1.) Neutral does not mean boring. Please share neutral kitchens and bathrooms you love. What do you like about them?

2.) What are your favorite ways to add interest to neutral kitchens?

3.) What about neutral bathrooms?

4.) What are your favorite colors for neutral kitchens?

5.) Are your neutral color choices different for bathrooms? What neutrals do you like for bathrooms?

6.) What are the benefits to using neutrals when designing kitchens and bathrooms?

7.) What material choices are your favorites for neutral kitchens?

8.) What about for bathrooms?

9.) How can designers help homeowners add color to their kitchens and feel comfortable doing so?

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August 28 at #KBtribechat – Personalized Kitchens!

A design discussion

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Yard to table family kitchen with historic Alberene Soapstone counters from Polycor’s Virginia quarry, BlueStar pro-range, Zephyr ventilation hood, Franke fireclay farmhouse sink + chef faucet and Mariana Home light fixtures from Wilson Lighting.  Photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How do diverse lifestyles influence kitchen design?  kitchens for families with children or without | with differing work schedules | with entertaining or hosting guests in mind

2.) What impact do healthy choices have on kitchen design? vegan | farm to table | grow your own food | kosher | gluten-free |plastics free

3.) How do travel experiences impact home kitchen expectations?

4.) How would you personalize a kitchen for a truly inspired chef?

5.) What features are needed to personalize a kitchen for professional entertaining? privacy | aromas | utility needs | social preferences

6.) Share unique personalization ideas for kitchens that nourish the user.

 

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August 7 at #KBtribechat – Connected Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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Technology is opening up a world of possibilities in the kitchen. Join us for a KBtribechat discussion on “Connected Kitchens” on Wednesday, August 7th at 2 pm ET with GE Appliances, and get ready to talk about how tech is making us better cooks and taking tasks off our to-do list.

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Our KBtribechat Questions: 

 

1. Do you think technology belongs in the kitchen? Why/why not?

2. What tech do you currently use to help you cook?

3. What voice assistant do you use in the kitchen and how do you use it?

4. In your kitchen, what appliance is the most “tech advanced” when it comes to features, what is the least?

5. In what ways does technology create peace of mind for you in the kitchen?

6. How does technology impact kitchen design?

7. Your turn to invent a feature or even a new appliance. What would create that doesn’t currently exist today?

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Our topic on July 31 at #KBtribechat: Clearing Away Clutter!

A design discussion!

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This beautiful kitchen features a Zephyr hood, BlueStar range and Polycor Soapstone.  Photo is by Edward Caldwell Photography.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1. ) Is decluttering different than re-organization or are they both part of the process of clearing away clutter? Explain!

2.) What is your best decluttering advice? How should we tackle decluttering our homes?

3.) What advice do you have for organizing the kitchen to keep it clutter free?

4.) What are your top tips for keeping the pantry organized?

5.) How can we clear away clutter in the bathroom? Share your favorite tips and storage solutions!

6.) What are your go to design tips to help keep closets clutter free and organized?

7.) The drop zone is always a challenge to keep clutter free and organized. Where do you like to place the drop zone in the home?  Share your tips to keep this area from becoming a mess!

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