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A Focus on Refrigerators

A design discussion!
Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.
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From new finishes to innovative features, today’s refrigerators have so much to offer. Join GE Appliances on November 29 at 2 pm to talk about the latest in refrigerator design as well as practical tips on food storage and the best way to organize your fridge.
Our KBtribechat questions:

 

Q1. French Door, Side-by-Side. What’s your favorite fridge configuration and why? 

Q2: Our refrigerator with K-Cup brewing system can brew coffee. What other creative features do you wish your fridge had? 

Q3. Stainless, Matte, Black Stainless. What fridge finish is on your holiday wishlist and why? 

Q4. Bring on the parties. What’s the best way to organize your fridge for heavy entertaining season? 

Q5. Our connected fridges are compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home. What do you wish you could ask your fridge? 

Q6.  Some studies show that the avg family throws out 20 lbs of food a month.  Share your tips for storing food or leftovers. 

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The Entertaining Kitchen – It’s Party Time!

November 8th at #KBtribechat!

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool and KitchenAid.

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s important to think about the role your kitchen plays in all the chaos. Whether preparing food for a Thanksgiving feast or baking treats for a holiday cookie exchange, the kitchen tends to be the entertainment hub of the home.

On Wednesday, November 8, join Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid as they co-host our KBTribeChat on The Entertaining Kitchen!

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When it comes to entertaining, time is the most valuable resource available. Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, designs in-home solutions that help make the most of every minute. From cooking to cleaning and preheating to reheating, Whirlpool Corporation’s strong portfolio allows homeowners to select distinct brands designed for their specific needs.

Making feeds your soul, and that feeds KitchenAid. It’s why they make everything from cutlery to coffee makers to cooktops. A world of products with a single purpose: to make sure you get the most out of making. So whether you cook, bake, brew or blend, anything you want to do in the kitchen, you can do with KitchenAid.

When entertaining, having appliances that you can rely on is a must. Be confident knowing that when you invite any of Whirlpool Corporation’s brands into your kitchen space, each gets right to work and keeps your life running smoothly.

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It’s time to equip your kitchen for entertaining and get the party started!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What’s the recipe for designing an entertaining kitchen?
• Where do you find space to store all your finished dishes?
• How do you manage cooking and/or baking multiple offerings at once?
• Share some tips for tackling clean-up!
• What is your go-to source for recipe inspiration?

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October 18 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Ventilation

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Zephyr.

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The KBtribechat questions:

1.) How important is kitchen ventilation to your clients during the design process and at what point do you start talking about ventilation?

2.) Do you think the hood should be a design focal point in the kitchen or should it be integrated into the design aesthetic and out of sight/out of mind?

3.) Are you using more island/chimney style hoods in your kitchen designs or inserts/integrated hoods?

4.) Please share trends that you are noticing around kitchen ventilation. (Style, technology, energy efficiency, etc.)

5.) Are your clients moving away from stainless steel and requesting new materials in range hood design? What trends in new materials are you noticing?

6.) What type of innovation, design or technology would you like to see in kitchen ventilation?

7.) Informal survey question for Kitchen Designers – where do you go to get kitchen design inspiration? What publications and/or blogs/websites do you read the most?

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About Zephyr:

For the past 20 years, San Francisco-based Zephyr has continued to bring design, innovation and technology to the forefront of the kitchen ventilation hood industry. The company has challenged the perception of what ventilation means in kitchen design and created a new awareness of the importance of a high-performance ventilation system. With acclaimed talent such as artistic visionary, Fu-Tung Cheng, and industrial designer, Robert Brunner, Zephyr creates cutting-edge residential range hoods unlike any other company. Visit Zephyr’s 7,000-square-foot showroom in the heart of the San Francisco Design District and learn more about Zephyr at zephyronline.com

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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.

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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.

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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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October 4 at #KBtribechat – Designing for 
Spaces Large to Small

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute.

Photo courtesy of StoneWorks, Inc.

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No matter the size of the residence, when it comes to their kitchens and baths, homeowners expect these spaces to reflect their personalities and lifestyles while also being functional and beautiful. So, how do designers address this challenge?

Whether a space is compact and efficient, expansive and luxurious, or somewhere in between, good design comes down to balance and properly managing scale and proportion. Creating interesting focal points and finding ways to add dimensionality – for example, through layering and the artful use of color and pattern – can give the illusion of added space in a smaller room or prevent a larger space from appearing overwhelming.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Marblex Design International, Stone Interiors, Charles Luck Stone

Although there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to kitchen and bath design, it can be helpful to select materials that can be easily adapted to any space. For example, natural stone is a versatile and highly durable material that can be used for everything from countertops and vanities to backsplashes, flooring, walls and shower surrounds. And, because natural stone is available in so many colors, patterns and textures, the design possibilities are virtually endless.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Tithof Tile & Marble, M S International (both images)

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: What are some creative ways you’ve used natural stone (or seen it used) in small spaces? Share photos.

Q2: How about interesting applications of natural stone in larger spaces? Images please!

Q3: Have you ever used (or considered) remnant/salvaged stone for projects such as powder room vanities, baking surfaces, etc.?

Q4: What other types of natural materials do you typically use for your projects?

Q5: Do you have a ‘go to’ natural stone that you use for kitchen and bath projects? Why that stone in particular?

Q6: If you could design your dream kitchen (indoor or outdoor) using natural stone, what would it look like? Share images.

Q7: What’s your favorite thing about working with natural materials such as stone?

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September 13 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Safety in Mind!

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) What Universal Design features have you found useful for Kitchens? Share pictures!

Q2.) What are key safety concerns for kitchens? Share design solutions that address these issues!

Q3.) Do you have other tips for designing a kitchen that will be a safe environment?

Q4.) What Universal Design features are handy for Bathrooms?

Q5.) What are the top bathroom safety concerns? What design solutions address these issues?

Q6.) Do you have other tips for designing a bathroom that will be a safe space to use?

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Storage Solutions That Work!

A design discussion 

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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Join Rev-A-Shelf on Wednesday, August 30 at 2 pm for a lively discussion on storage solutions that work. We’ll talk about the latest design trends, the best solutions and what the industry needs next.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

• What’s the number one room in the house that needs storage solutions?

• What materials, finishes and colors do you like best for in-cabinet storage solutions? Show pictures!

• Let’s talk bathroom storage. How have vanity cabinets evolved? His & Her storage: what do clients require?

• What in-cabinet lighting solutions are in demand right now? Do you see a demand for backlighting backsplashes or countertops?

• What’s the most inconvenient cabinet that we could design a storage solution for? What do clients find the most frustrating about storage?

• What’s your absolute favorite storage solution and why? Show pictures!

• What trends are you designing for now that you didn’t three years ago? Show pictures!

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