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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  –

Holiday Inspirations

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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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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