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Building a Sustainable Future: Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Whirlpool Corporation is inviting kitchen and bath professionals to a special Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat about sustainability in our industry.

With the growing demand for greater sustainability from consumers, it’s more important than ever for building and design professionals to incorporate eco-friendly and energy-efficient products and features into their projects.

For example, a new, global survey from Whirlpool Corporation showed that consumers favor appliances that help them decrease their environmental footprint:

  • Three in four respondents (74%) are interested in smart appliance features that reduce food waste
  • Three in four respondents (75%) are interested in smart appliance features that manage water usage
  • Two in three respondents (64%) say it’s important that their appliances help save on electricity costs

Across its portfolio of brands, Whirlpool Corporation offers high-performing appliances that conserve the earth’s resources and help homeowners do the same. The company continually monitors the environmental effects of its business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving its manufacturing and distribution processes, and using materials that minimize the impact on the planet.

Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 24 as we discuss sustainability in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Here are our chat questions:

1. What home building and design trends have helped make homes more sustainable?
2. What products do you find to be most eco-friendly and energy-saving for the kitchen?
3. Are you seeing a demand for sustainable laundry appliances? Explain.
4. How can smart/connected products help homeowners save energy and water?
5. How are you incorporating environmentally-driven solutions into your projects?

 

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This photo provided by Whirlpool shows the Whirlpool Duet Front Load ENERGY STAR laundry pair, including the HybridCare Dryer, in a laundry room. For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a widely respected seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include a new major household appliance. Dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, will be available in 45 Energy Star models throughout the country starting Presidents’ Day weekend, according to the EPA. (AP Photo/Whirlpool)

 

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April 3 at #KBtribechat – The Future of Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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How will trends like urbanization and meal delivery affect kitchens in the future? Join us on 4/3 at 2 pm ET for a forward-looking Twitter Chat on the Future of Kitchens where we’ll touch on everything tech from Augmented Reality to app-guided cooking.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1. How does tech influence kitchen design?

2. Do you think kitchens will remain the heart of the home? Why/why not?

3. Hyper-personalization is on the rise. How could your appliances be more tailored to your lifestyle?

4. How has VR or AR changed the way you shop?

5. Do you believe tech makes us better cooks? Why or why not?

6. How does the trend of urbanization impact kitchens?

7. Appliances 2.0: If you could create one new appliance what would it be?

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March 13 at #KBtribechat – Gourmet Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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From chic, minimalistic design to the latest in cooking technology, a high-end kitchen can often be the showpiece of a home. Join us for a Gourmet Kitchen Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on 3/13 at 2 pm ET and get ready to talk about your dream kitchen.

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Our KBtribechat questions:


1. What elevates a kitchen to gourmet status in your opinion?

2. When it comes to appliances, what features are most important in a gourmet kitchen?

3. What finishes are you most likely to see in a high-end kitchen?

4. What role does tech play in a gourmet kitchen?

5. How do gourmet kitchens compare to chefs’ kitchens?

6. Describe your ideal gourmet kitchen. What would it contain?

 

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February 13: Authenticity Over Perfection

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Use Natural Stone.

Photo courtesy of Smokey Mountain Tops.

Photo courtesy of Smokey Mountain Tops.

Each day when we open or refresh our social media feeds, we are inundated with pictures of carefully curated perfection: photos staged, edited, and styled until they resemble something closer to a magazine spread than a glimpse of a real person’s life. Kitchens and bathrooms we see on social media are perfectly lit, accessorized, and devoid of any ounce of clutter. It is easy to find yourself mistaking these images for reality, and then looking at your own rooms in dismay at their perceived imperfection.

Perhaps 2019 is the time for us to take a break from social media perfection and instead turn our sights to something more achievable: authenticity. To be authentic is to be real, genuine, and original. To be authentic is to be the “real deal,” finding and embracing beauty in the little things that make your space truly yours and unique.

One way to strive for authenticity in kitchen and bath design is to choose genuine natural materials, sustainably sourced and durable enough to stand up to the demands of your daily, real-world life. Genuine materials like natural stone have stood the test of time and bring a piece of the natural world into your home. Natural stone is unique, durable, sustainable, and easy to maintain, making it a good choice for busy kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the home.

Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Our KBtribechat questions:
1.)  Do you and your clients seek authentic materials when designing kitchens and baths?
2.) What do you see as the main benefits of choosing authentic materials such as natural stone and wood in your designs?
3.) Every room tells a story, and surfaces are a big part of that. What story do you hope your room is telling?
4.) Let’s get inspired. Share pictures of your favorite kitchens and baths—bonus points if they include authentic materials!
5.). What elements are critical to the creation of an authentic space? What makes these rooms truly feel like “home”?
6.) What are some misconceptions your clients have about working with natural products?
7.) If you could describe your ideal kitchen or bath in one word, what would it be? (And what would it look like?)

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The Wellness Kitchen Trend

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Caesarstone

The desire to live healthily and our growing knowledge of how daily habits affect wellbeing are major influences on kitchen design today–and for good reason. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and should further our healthy lifestyle, not hinder it. That’s where the Wellness Kitchen comes in.

The Wellness Kitchen trend extends beyond just a healthy diet. It is about using advancements in technology and design to foster healthier lifestyles for our bodies, our minds and our planet. An ideal Wellness Kitchen doesn’t just feed the mind and soul with its functional, visually satisfying designs. It also encourages social interactions and environmentally friendly lifestyles.

From residential remodeling to commercial development, there is a growing niche for wellness-focused design, creating an opportunity for designers, contractors, retailers, manufacturers and other industry professionals to contribute to a better, healthier world. 

At Caesarstone, we strive to create a kitchen counter culture that contributes to and fosters healthier lifestyles, from the manufacturing plant all the way to the home. Now we want to hear the role health and wellness plays in your work!

OUR KBtribechat QUESTIONS:

1.) From putting healthy food on public display to open-concept kitchens that encourage family interaction and food prep, there are all kinds of ways to design with wellness in mind. What does the Wellness Kitchen trend mean to you? 

2.) Consumers are becoming more conscious of not just their own health, but the health of the planet.  Using sustainable, green building materials is more prevalent than ever before. How do you incorporate sustainable materials/elements into your designs?

3.) Your kitchen should serve as a retreat, not a pressure cooker. What tips do you have for streamlining design to avoid clutter and promote minimalism?

4.) An ideal Wellness Kitchen should be easy to maintain, user friendly for all ages and logically planned. Share your favorite Wellness Kitchen design and tell us why you love it. 

5.) Caesarstone partnered with Dan Brunn Architecture & other green companies to create a house of the future. If you were designing a sustainable house, which materials would you use? Create your own moodboard and share: http://www.caesarstonesocial.com/contest/contest.html

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January 16 at #KBtribechat – Design Crush Kitchens

A design discussion

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This week we are pinning to our group board Kitchens. Let us know if you’d like to be added to this board!

Our KBtribechat Questions: 

1.) Is aesthetic beauty the main reason for your design crush on a kitchen?: Explain!

2.) Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Please share images of kitchens you LOVE and tell us why you find them exciting!

3.) How does appliance choice affect our reaction to a kitchen?

4.) How do you go about choosing color for the kitchen? Do “colors of the year” affect your choices? What colors do you find spectacular for kitchens?

5.) Mixing metal details is a fun way to add excitement to a space. Do you like this concept? Why? Share images of kitchens that do a good job including mixed metals!

6.) Can designing for health and sustainability also be a trophy kitchen? Explain!

7.) Sometimes we find ourselves crushing on the details. What kitchen organizers, storage solutions, decorative hardware, lighting or tech have delighted you?

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October 24 at #KBtribechat – Adding Character + Style to the Kitchen

A design discussion! 

Sponsored and Hosted by Elmira Stove Works

Designing the perfect kitchen is always a challenge. With so many options, it can be tough to settle on a specific look. So, how do you create a kitchen that’s not only stylish and functional but that will be relevant five, 10 – or even 15 – years from now? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular trends in kitchen spaces. 

While white and neutral hued cabinetry are still popular, there is a move toward incorporating more colorful cabinetry in the kitchen, particularly rich blues and greens. This infusion of color feels fresh and can create a sense of desired contrast. For those who still lean toward a more neutral look, dark gray cabinetry provides a subtle, yet sophisticated touch. 

In regard to surfaces, natural stone and quartz remain solid choices. However, materials like concrete, wood and stainless steel are gaining traction, as are countertops made of recycled materials. Integrated sinks, in which there is no visible seam between the sink and countertop, are also popular and offer a clean, streamlined look, making them a great option for more minimalist kitchens. 

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When it comes to appliances, matte black stainless steel continues to be on trend and provides a dramatic counterpoint to lighter colored cabinetry and accents. On the other hand, many designers and homeowners are opting to forgo stainless and instead are choosing colorful mid-century style appliances. These appliances combine nostalgic style with modern features, making them well-suited for a wide range of decor styles and kitchen spaces.

Antique-inspired appliances are also getting the attention of both designers and homeowners. These timeless appliances can be paired with elements such as a farmhouse sink, exposed wood beams and vintage accents to bring classic style and authentic character to Victorian homes and cottages and cabins.

One thing is clear – no single kitchen style rules the day. In fact, there are virtually limitless ways to add character and style to kitchen spaces. Let’s get the design conversation started!

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1:  A recent study reported that homeowners are moving away from all white kitchens toward more colorful cabinetry and wood finishes. Are you seeing more colorful looks in the kitchen? Show us!

Q2:  With ‘aging in place’ and more people choosing to stay in their existing homes, many homeowners are opting to remodel their kitchens. What’s trending now in kitchen remodels? Share images.

Q3:  Many homeowners are moving into older neighborhoods and restoring Victorian and other period homes. Share photos of your favorite Victorian or farmhouse kitchens.

Q4:  What interesting ways have you seen antique and retro style appliances incorporated into kitchens? Images, please!

Q5:  Cabin and cottage style kitchens encourage a range of styles – from rustic to contemporary. What design trends are you seeing in these types of kitchens?

Q6:  What are some creative ways to add character to a kitchen – e.g., accessories, appliances, cabinetry, countertops, etc.? Photos, please!

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