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May 25th at #KBtribechat – Creating that Wow Factor

A design discussion!



Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) What cabinetry elements play with our emotions and make us want them? Decorative hardware or pull-outs? A certain style or finish? A beautiful layout?

Share pictures!

Q2.) The backsplash wall area is often a place to add bling to the kitchen. What is trending with backsplashes that is exciting?

Q3.) What kitchen countertop materials and details add to creating a wow factor when entering the room?

Q4.) Major kitchen appliances can offer much to to impress. What are your favorite ways to show them off?

Q5.) What are your kitchen window and lighting tips for adding drama and beauty to the kitchen?

Q6.) Kitchens are very complicated. Do you have any other kitchen design ideas to wow us? Please share!

Join this Twitter Chat conversation

on Wednesday, May 25th

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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July 8, 2015 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design Trends

A mid-year review!


Our discussion questions:

1.) What is popular for kitchen cabinetry? Door styles , wood species, finishes, hardware?

2.) What kitchen countertop materials/colors/edge details are in demand?

3.) What sinks area features are you speccing? What faucet finishes and styles are sought after in kitchens today?

4.) What’s trending in major kitchen appliances?

5.) What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

6.) What overall looks are currently trending for kitchens? Share pics!

Join this Twitter discussion

on Wednesday, July 8th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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K+B Design with LED

Hosted by lighting designer James Bedell 

Host James Bedell

Host James Bedell

For many of us the language of light has centered around concepts like wattage. Your contractor would ask you what bulb you wanted to put in your recessed high hats and you’d say “75 watt” because you knew from years of designing kitchens that six 75 watt PAR30 bulbs would leave your kitchen nice and bright.

LED is changing all of that. We don’t talk in terms of lumens anymore. Now terms like Lumens and foot-candles have become important to getting an understanding for light levels. We never used to have to consider the color temperature of the source but LED opens up a range of possibilities for the tone of white light a fixture creates. We never used to think about what our color choices would look like under different light sources, but with LED it’s essential to consider for your design to take on the life you need.

To that end, this KBTribechat is going to be all about LED. How to understand it, how to specify it and what to look for when reviewing samples. We might use some technical terms, but don’t get scared off, we’ll be talking in plain english, answering your LED questions.

Here are Jame’s KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Have you successfully specified LED on any recent projects?
Q2: What are your biggest challenges when specifying LED?
Q3: What’s the difference between Lumens and Foot-Candles?
Q4: What color temperatures are you specifying?
Q5: How do you review samples of different LED fixtures?

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, March 4th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

 Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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Timeless Kitchens!

On Wednesday, February 6th,  Patti Johnson will be hosting #kbtribechat.  She will lead us in a discussion on the design features of timeless kitchens. Our twitter chat is from 2 to 3pm eastern time. Join us!

Patti BlkWH HS


As the owner of Patti Johnson Interiors, a full service Interior Design firm located in Ohio, Patti is a Professional Member of CID and IDS and served as President of The Interior Design Society in Ohio 2008 – 2010.

PJI has added Commercial Spaces to her resume and her design work has been featured in HouseTrends, ATHOME magazines and other local publications. As a contributor to various publications writing design advice articles she also engages readers on her blog “Chatti Patti Talks Design” and is currently participating in The Dayton Philharmonic ShowHouse to open this May.

Active in Social Media, Patti served as Chief Chat Ambassador for the popular Twitter based Interior Designer Chat for 2010 & 2011, a participant in the Brizo #Blogger19 program and recently traveled to Europe with Modenus as part of Blog Tour London.

Patti Johnson Interiors specializes in “Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places”, in both residential and commercial disciplines and enjoys working in a collaborative manner with Clients and an established team of professionals to provide solutions and bring the client’s vision to life.

To learn more or interact with Patti, visit these links:





Patti’s Blog


Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat.

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What’s Trending with Kitchens?

On Wednesday, October 10, 1012 , we will be discussing the latest in Kitchen Design!

Join us for this  Twitter Chat by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets between 2 and 3pm eastern time.








Cabinetry: What styles are clients wanting? Colors? Mix and Match?

What interior storage solutions are you speccing?

Are interior storage solutions prevalent in today’s kitchens?

Will clients pay – as they can really increase the cost of the cabinetry?

Appliances – What’s the latest?

Have you tried the steam ovens? Are clients putting them in?

Do clients care about eco differences between gas – electric – induction?

Do your clients already have appliance preferences or do they look to you for help?

Countertops/Backsplashes – What materials are popular? Colors?

Are clients playing it safe with their (neutral) choices?

Sinks/Faucets – Any style trends? New colors?

Lighting – Anything new in kitchen lighting?  What is popular?

In General – Let’s put it all together….Please sum up what you are seeing as the current trends in kitchen design today.

Here’s the transcript for this 10/10/12 Kitchen Design Trends chat.


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We are excited to announce that lighting designer James Bedell is hosting  the next kbtribechat.  His topic is…lighting! Join us on twitter next Wednesday (September 12, 2012) from 2 to 3 pm eastern time to take part in this inspirational design discussion.










Our discussion questions:

1. When lighting the kitchen what”s your #1 priority?
2. How do you attack lighting specialty areas, like the shower/bath?
3. How extensively have you embraced LED?
4. How do you approach lighting specification? How do you ensure the fixture you     wanted is the one that ends up on site?
5. What are clients asking for when it comes to light in their kitchens and baths?

James Bedell

is a lighting designer based in New York City. Over the last 10 years he has designed lighting for a wide variety of clients. His work combines a passion for creating immersive and evocative environments, love for collaboration, and a deep commitment to sustainability.  





Owner, JPB Lighting – In 2011, Bedell launched JPB Lighting and independent Lighting Design Firm for special events, architectural projects and live entertainment. Since launch JPB has designed lighting for:Google White House Correspondents Dinner Event (2012), Jersey Couture Pop-Up Beauty Bar (2012)Joseph Abboud NYC Showroom (2011-2012) Wired Pop-Up Store in Times Square (2011) Christie’s Auction House (2011) and The Queen’s Museum of Art Panorama (Ongoing).

Lighting Designer, Abercrombie and Fitch – Reporting to the Director of Lighting Design, Lumen Award winner Andrew M. Thompson. Bedell was part of small team responsible for maintaining and enhancing the visual aesthetic of A&F brands through lighting design,  both internationally and domestically. This includes domestic Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks chain stores, domestic and international Abercrombie and Fitch Flagship stores, and domestic Hollister Flagship stores. Responsibilities include, fixture/lamp specification, fixture layouts, chain store layout reviews and standards documentation and implementation impacting domestic and international stores. Other responsibilities include on site lighting focus, punch listing contractor work, and store associate training.

Founder / CEO, Build2Sustain – Founded with Michael Ruby, Build2Sustain, a consultancy dedicated to building the business case for sustainable design in commercial real estate. As CEO, Bedell recruited an advisory board of top industry professionals, curated a well-respected and well trafficked blog and podcast, and oversaw the publishing of a respected white paper. The concept and efforts of Build2Sustain earned it a spot at the New Ventures exchange for the 2009 Sustainable Brands Conference.

Lighting Designer and Project Manager, Tirschwell and Co. – Architectural Lighting Designer and Project Manager for Lumen Award winning architectural lighting firm. Clients included high-end residences, corporate headquarters, retails spaces, and mixed use buildings. Services included design development layout and specification for  lighting to final on-site punch-list, focus and touch up.

Lighting Coordinator, Pace University – Clients included Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s StudioThe Beijing People’s Theatre, National Actor’s Theatre, NBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, NY Fringe and NY1 News.  Responsibilities included coordinating lighting/electrics and production needs for all clients using the 700+ seat venue. Reported to technical director to manage labor and equipment needs across a fluid calendar for regional and national clients including: professional dance and theatrical companies, community theater troupes, in-house academic programs, and elite television productions.

Freelance Lighting Designer – Theatrical and Entertainment lighting designer working off and off-off broadway. Credits include Diet Coke Pop-up Stores in NYC and Boston (2010). ShakespeareNYC, The Looking Glass Theatre, The Brick Theater, Origin Theatre Company, The Crown Point Festival the Fall Collection and many others. In 2005, Bedell was nominated for two SpotLight On awards for best lighting design including winning the award for his design of the Tempest for the Looking Glass Theater.


In 2011, Bedell wrote and self-published Losing Edison: Beautiful Sustainable Lighting at Home  a guide to creating lighting at home that is both beautiful and ecologically friendly. Bedell has been profiled in Residential Lighting Magazine as well as Apartment Therapy. He’s also written articles fro Live Design Magazine and PLSN.

Speaker for the Broadway Green Alliance conference on Green Lighting in Theater.

Speaker at the 2009 USGBC Conference in Arkansas on the topic of sustainable lighting in commercial environments.

Here’s the transcript to James’ 9/12/12 #kbtribechat on lighting.

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Kitchens! – What’s Trending Now?

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, we will be discussing Kitchen Trends at #kbtribechat on Twitter! Join us from 2 to 3 pm eastern time.









Our questions:

1.) What cabinet styles are trending? Describe them.

2.) What countertop and backsplash materials are you finding popular now?

3.) What colors are trending now in Kitchens?

4.) Are you seeing any plumbing fixture trends? What styles? What finishes?

5.) Are you seeing any appliance trends?

6.) What’s trending in kitchen lighting?

7.) Do your clients what certain storage solutions?

Click here to see the transcript of this kbtribechat!


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