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The Technicurean™ Kitchen #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite 

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What kitchen design features are a must for the serious at home chef? What are the best built-in appliances for culinary-obsessed, tech-savvy clients?
Meet the “Technicureans,” an emerging group of socially conscious consumers that are as passionate about cooking as they are about their technology, especially the latest products that can perfect their meal and ensure greater respect for their food.
Signature Kitchen Suite is inviting you to a special KBtribechat on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET as we discuss how to create stylish and functional kitchen designs with professional appliances perfectly suited for a Technicurean client.

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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 http://www.signaturekitchensuite.com.

Our KBtribechat Questions

• How do you define a gourmet kitchen vs. a chef’s kitchen?

• What is the most important feature in a kitchen for your clients?

• What cooking technique is crucial for delivering accurate, consistent temperatures?

• What are the best design features for preserving the food?

• Technicureans rely on technology to make cooking more convenient. What emerging kitchen technology trends are you most excited for?

• What are some “must-have” design elements for a Technicurean’s kitchen?

• What kitchen design solutions add a “technicurean” touch?

• How do you integrate new appliances into a timeless kitchen design?

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April 4th at #KBtribechat – Modern Design

Hosted by Element Designs.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

• What is your favorite ELEMENT of modern DESIGNS?

• What is the most important aspect of modern design in kitchens?

• Metals are more diverse and popular than ever in kitchens and baths. What are some of best ways you’ve seen metallics used in modern design?

• What is a must-have for modern design in bathrooms?

• White will always be a mainstay of modern design, but what colors do you see as on-trend right now?

• Share your favorite example of modern design.  Let’s see pictures!

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February 28th at #KBtribechat: Kitchens and Closets – Storage Crossovers

Sponsored by: Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo produced by Woodworking Network
Hosts: Michaelle Bradford, Editor & Laurel Didier, Publisher – Closets and Organized Storage magazine

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A recent Houzz survey found that homeowners are “obsessed” with decluttering kitchen counters and putting things away. What are the absolute “must-haves” for kitchen cabinet storage? What are design elements or storage products that have made their way from the heart of the home – kitchens – to closets and other storage spaces – or vice versa? Join Closets and Organized Storage magazine editor Michaelle Bradford and publisher Laurel Didier for a chat about kitchen and closet crossovers.

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The chat is a warm-up for the upcoming Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo Pasadena, March 27-29. Cabinets & Closets is an event for designers and manufacturers in custom kitchen cabinets, closets and other home storage that will help businesses tap into homeowners’ trending obsession with storage.

KBTribe members receive complimentary Cabinets & Closets Expo Hall admission or $50 OFF any conference pass when they use the code KBTribe18 at online registration. Visit cabinetsandclosetsexpo.com for registration links.

 

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Our KBtribechat Questions: 

Q1: What are homeowner “must-haves” for kitchen cabinet storage?

Q2: Are you seeing “must-haves” for closets, garages and other storage rooms and spaces?

Q3: What are design elements or storage products that could work well in both kitchens and closets, garages and other home storage spaces?

Q4: Have you used closet storage products and accessories in a kitchen design or vice versa? If so, share photos of projects in which islands, backsplashes, tie rods, shoe cubbies, adjustable or slanted shelving, drawer inserts, undermount lighting, etc., crossed over.

Q5: What unique challenges have you faced on kitchen or home storage projects that required “outside the box” design solutions? Share photos and examples.

Q6: Do you have a favorite vendor of kitchen or closet storage solutions, hardware, design software and why?

Q7: How do you stay on top of new storage products and trends? Publications? Trade Shows? Or what is your go-to resource for new storage product news?

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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

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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.

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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

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January 3 at #KBtribechat – Let’s Talk Backsplashes & Accent Walls


A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone

Photo courtesy of Brasigran

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When we consider surfaces for the kitchen and bath, we typically think first about horizontal surfaces such as countertops, vanities, islands and flooring. However, it’s important also to consider vertical elements and how the creative application of materials such as natural stone can bring these areas to life in bold and unique ways.

The interesting use of surface materials on backsplashes, walls and shower enclosures merges the best of function + form – not only helping to protect walls from moisture and splatter, but also delivering depth, dimensionality and visual interest.

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Images – clockwise from left: Artistic Tile, Marblex Design Int’l, Stone Interiors New Orleans

Available in a wide variety of materials and colors, backsplashes are a great place to play up style in the kitchen or bath. For those looking for a more dramatic look, accent walls can transform what are often viewed as utilitarian spaces into places of beauty and inspiration.

For example, distinctive slabs of natural stone can be placed behind a bathtub or sink to create a dramatic focal point or be used as a stunning backdrop for a shower enclosure. Backlit stones such as onyx are particularly striking in this type of application.

Mosaics, inlays, tiles and “book matched” materials provide another way to capture the eyes while also enabling individual expression through interesting patterns and color combinations.

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Images – clockwise from left: The Tuscany Collection, ROCKin’teriors, Decolores Mármores e Granitos

 

Whether choosing neutral hues to create a soothing, organic backdrop or opting to add a pop of color, the inspired use of vertical surfaces enables us to see kitchen and bathroom spaces in a new light.

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1)  Do you have a go-to material that you use for backsplashes? Why that material?
Q2)  Solid backsplash or tile/mosaic (patterned) backsplash – what’s your preference? Photos please.

Q3)  When it comes to backsplashes/shower surrounds for the bathroom, what are your favorite materials?

Q4)  What are some of the most interesting kitchen/bath accent walls treatments you’ve seen?

Q5)  Standard backsplashes, ceiling height backsplashes – or something in between?

Q6)  For vertical surfaces, do you opt for neutrals or color? Matte or shine? Let’s see examples.

Q7)     What exciting new trends do you see for vertical surfaces in the kitchen and bath?

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December 20th at #KBtribechat – Holiday Kitchens

A design discussion!

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We will be pinning to these KBtribechat group Pinterest boards this week  –

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Holiday Kitchens (a KBtribechat group board started by Franke)

Let us know if you’d like a pin-vitation! 

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Our discussion questions:

1.) What are your favorite holiday traditions involving the kitchen?

2.) What holiday decorating tips do you have for the kitchen? Share pictures!

3.) Holiday baking is a December highlight.  What are your favorite cookie recipes?

4.) Please share time saving tips and recipes for making entertaining a breeze during the holidays.

5.) What are your must have dishes for family gatherings? #HolidayFoodTraditions  Share recipes!

6.) Heartfelt gifts from the kitchen are fun to give and receive. Share favorite ideas for homemade gifts.

7.) What gifts do you recommend for family and friends who like to cook?

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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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