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April 15 at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Island

A Twitter design discussion!

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This beautiful kitchen features: historic Alberene Soapstone – Polycor | Range – BlueStar | Refrigerator – KitchenAid |Hood – Zephyr Ventilation | Fireclay Sink / Chef Faucet – Franke | Pendant Lights – Wilson Lighting | photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

 

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not? Share pictures of kitchens you like!

3.)  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cook-top on the island?

5.) What storage solutions do you like to include on kitchen islands?

6.) What features are useful to have on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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April 1st at #KBtribechat – The Pantry

A design discussion!

We will be pinning to our group Pinterest board – The Pantry – for this KBtribechat. Let us know if you’d like an invitation.

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) Describe the ideal pantry! Share pics.

2.) What are your go to solutions for clients who only have 12″ or so of space for tall pantry storage? What ideas do you have to “sneak” a pantry into your kitchen designs?

3.) Do you like pull-out shelves in the pantry or are they a waste of space? Explain!

4.) What storage solutions for the pantry do you suggest?

5.) How do you recommend storing small kitchen appliances? 

6.) Share tips for an organized pantry!

 

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March 18 at #KBtribechat – Fix-a-leak Week + Energy Efficient Options for K+B

A design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1) What changes have you seen in sustainable home design in the last decade?

Q2) What products do you find to be the most eco-friendly and energy-saving?

Q3) What “green” features do you find essential in the kitchen? What energy savings trends do you see in the home appliances industry?

Q4.) How about manufacturing?  Does how a manufacturer manages its environmental impact matter in your decisions? How are companies with energy saving appliances and environmentally friendly practices recognized? Do you look for this information? Where?

Q5.) How can water be saved in the kitchen?  Please share good design tips, habits and products that save water.

Q6.) What about the bathroom? How can you save water in the bathroom?

Q7.)  In what other ways can you save this vital resource? #water

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Elevating Luxury in the Kitchen: Whirlpool Corporation Hosts #KBTribeChat on Luxury Kitchen Design

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Luxury kitchens are a major influence on home sales. In fact, a recent Zillow study found high-end kitchen features can make it easier to sell a home for a higher price.

When it comes to kitchen design, luxury buyers expect much more than a standard kitchen. So, what features and design elements define a luxury kitchen? That’s just one item we’ll discuss during our Luxury Kitchens KBTribeChat on Wednesday, March 4, hosted by Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp).

As the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, Whirlpool Corporation knows well that luxury kitchens must combine beauty and function, efficiency and style – and the appliances within them must do the same.

From the company’s high-end KitchenAid brand to its luxury JennAir brand, Whirlpool Corporation offers building industry professionals distinctive luxury kitchen appliances that go beyond the conventional, and push form and function to transform spaces.

Whether you’re building new, remodeling an existing, or refreshing elements, join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4 as we discuss the defining characteristics of a sophisticated, luxurious kitchen space.

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Here are our chat questions:

1.) What features and design elements help define a luxury kitchen?

2.) How have luxury kitchen styles and designs evolved based on consumer preferences?

3.) What colors and finishes lend a luxurious feel to a kitchen?

4.) How does smart home technology play a role in luxury kitchens?

5.) Where do you get design inspiration for luxury kitchens?

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February 26 at #KBtribechat – Considering Wellness

A design discussion!

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The KBtribechat questions:

1.)  There are many ways to design with wellness in mind, from open-concept kitchens that encourage family interaction and food prep to proper lighting. What does the wellness trend mean to you?

2.) Consumers are becoming more conscious of not just their own health, but the health of the planet.  Using sustainable 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.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite tips to stay organized and clutter free.

5.) 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.

6.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite Wellness Bathroom design ideas!

7.) How can the shower promote wellness?

8.) What wellness related products and ideas did you discover at KBIS?

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February 12 at #KBtribechat – The State of the Connected Home

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

 

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Whether it’s cutting down on food waste or making sure you never run out of laundry detergent, technology has helped to make today’s household run more smoothly.  Join GE Appliances, the IoT Breakthrough Awards “Smart Appliance Company of the Year”,  for a Twitter Chat on the Connected Home on Wednesday, February 12 at 2 pm ET.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1. How has tech made us better cooks?

2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to take things off our to-do list. What is the most useful tech you’ve seen in a connected home?

3. What appliance do you believe has lagged behind when it comes to technology or innovation?

4. How has technology impacted kitchen design?

5. Alexa, Google Home, Nest and more. What smart home tech do you use with your appliances?

6. If you could use tech to create a new feature for an appliance, what would you create?

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Bertazzoni at KBIS 2020: Creating the Style-Harmonized Kitchen Suite

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Bertazzoni

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Over the span of three centuries, it has been Bertazzoni’s tradition to create masterfully engineered cooking appliances. The industry leader in style, Bertazzoni now offers complete kitchen suite design matching in its lineup of kitchen appliances in traditional, contemporary and classic styles, down to every detail, from controls to handles, oven windows and contours. At KBIS 2020, Bertazzoni highlighted its passion for style and commitment to best-in-class engineering, introducing new ways to provide homeowners and designers with the tools to create the kitchen spaces of their dreams.

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Each kitchen suite reflects a detail-focused obsession in style-matching, while displaying a commitment to Italian design and heritage. Taking inspiration from the tradition of exceptional engineering and craftsmanship in the history of its home region of Emilia Romagna, Bertazzoni is proud to bring the celebration of Italy’s iconic family and food culture into the kitchen.

In this week’s KBtribechat, Bertazzoni will discuss the creation of the style-centric, seamlessly integrated kitchen suite. Together, we’ll dive into the many ways to personalize the kitchen, from tailoring the space to the homeowner’s cooking style to building a distinct design style using decorative accessories. Tune in as we recap KBIS 2020 and discuss the benefits of style-harmonized kitchen design.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: When designing a kitchen space, which important details bring the space together? How do matching elements throughout the space contribute to the overall aesthetic? Share photos of your recent projects!

Q2: At KBIS 2020, Bertazzoni showcased appliance combinations that allow homeowners to create fully integrated kitchen suites. When designing a kitchen for performance, what are a few must-haves?

Q3: What are a few examples of elements designers and homeowners can add to personalize a space? Accessories in metallic finishes, custom light fixtures, or colorful cabinetry?

Q4: How can appliances, such as ranges or refrigerators, contribute to the quality of the cooking experience?

Q5: What are a few of your favorite innovations introduced at KBIS 2020? How do you envision these additions shaping the kitchen and bath industry?

Q6: What are your design predictions for 2020? Which current design trends are here to stay, and which will fall by the wayside?

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New Year, New Trends! #KBTribeChat Travels to #IBS2020 to Discuss Home Building and Design Trends for 2020

An in person meet-up!

Wednesday, January 22
11am until noon
Booth C7548

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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We’re on the road again, taking the tribe to Las Vegas for a live chat from the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world. Only at IBS can you connect with thousands of your home building peers, industry experts and manufacturers to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and access real business solutions.

IBS will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 21–23, where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) for the 7th annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning over a million net square feet of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

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Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp) will be the official host for our annual in-person #KBTribeChat and networking event on Wednesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Join us in the Whirlpool Corporation booth #C7548 for a discussion on the home building and design trends that will be IN and OUT in 2020.

As 2020 kicks off, it’s time to usher in a new year and decade of building and design trends. Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, develops and designs appliance innovations that are inspired by consumer insights and preferences in home design. Consumer focus fuels the company’s continued growth and strengthens its brand portfolio. As a result, Whirlpool Corporation is uniquely positioned, today and in the future, to deliver long-term value for homeowners and building industry professionals alike.

If you’re attending the show, come chat with us live at the Whirlpool Corporation booth #C7548 on Wednesday at 11am until noon to discuss the most prevalent home building and design trends, and what to expect for the year ahead. Attendees will get an exclusive tour of the Whirlpool Corporation booth as well as a special gift from the company’s KitchenAid brand. If you’re not at the show, you can still join the discussion by following the #KBTribeChat hashtag!

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To prepare for the discussion, here are our KBtribechat questions:

1. What new kitchen design trends are most popular today? What do you expect to see more of in 2020?

2. How are generational preferences influencing home building and design?

3. From high-end, luxury homes to small space living, what home styles are on the rise?

4. What colors and finishes do today’s homeowners want the most – and which ones have declined over the years?

5. Where do you think laundry room design headed?

6. Name one design trend you hope to see more of in 2020!

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January 15 at #KBtribechat – Revisiting the Classics

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by the Natural Stone Institute

Photo courtesy of Dansk Marble.

When Pantone chose “Classic Blue” as their 2020 Color of the Year, they made a big statement: It is time to get back to calmer times. In a recent interview with Architectural Digest, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone Color Institute called Classic Blue “a color you can rely on,” one that gives you a “feeling of confidence and stability.” Simply put, the allure of Classic Blue is right there in its name: it’s a classic.

Perhaps 2020 will be a year for revisiting other classics we have loved, too—not because we’re uninspired or lazy or lacking for new ideas, but because we know that these things work and that can we can find ways to make them work for us, in new and inspiring ways. Some classics never go out of style: a well-tailored black blazer, the perfect shade of red lipstick, and a gorgeous piece of genuine natural stone.

Natural stone has been inspiring us for centuries. Why? Because it works. It is versatile, durable, sustainable, and easy to maintain. Advances in quarrying technology in the past few decades have made it more affordable than ever, bringing new colors and varieties to market. Natural stone grounds us—it provides a needed connection to the world around us, allowing us to bring a piece of the earth’s geological history into our home.

What classics will you revisit in 2020?

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Our KBTribeChat questions:

1. Do you have any design goals or intentions for the year? What do you hope to explore this year through your work?

2. Natural stone never goes out of style. What other “go-to” design elements do you want to work with in 2020?

3. What design elements do you hope to see make a comeback in 2020? Are there any you hope stay a thing of the past?

4. Do you incorporate vintage pieces (or vintage style) into your designs? If so, what is your favorite place to source these pieces?

5. Pantone says Classic Blue gives you “confidence and stability.” Are there other materials or designs that you think help portray these emotions?

6. #KBIS2020 is less than a week away! What are you most looking forward to seeing at the show?

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Designing with Pets in Mind

We have a new group Pinterest Board for KBtribechat sharing this week.

Let us know if you’d like to be added!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.)  Do clients ask for specific pet considerations? Is asking about pet needs part of your pre-design interview?

2.) What flooring works best for homes with pets?

3.) Do you like to build in pet feeding stations for food and water? Share pictures and ideas!

4.) What are your go to storage solutions for supplies like pet food and treats?  Leashes, toys and grooming items?

5.) Speaking of grooming, share great pet bathing stations you like!  What rooms are best for this feature?

6.)  What solutions do you have for litter boxes?

7.) Have you designed in a built in area for pets to hang out and nap? Share pictures of pet bed ideas you like!

8.) Have you designed in fish tanks? Share good ideas!

9.) What tips do you have for pet friendly fabrics and furnishings?

10.) Have any other pet friendly design ideas for the home?

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