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August 11 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design: a mid-year review

This gorgeous, on-trend, contemporary kitchen features Crossville porcelain slab counters and walls in unpolished State of Grace, a Bertazzoni dual-fuel range and hood, Northern Contours high-gloss Acrylic cabinet doors and Franke stainless steel sinks + chef faucets.

Our discussion questions:

Minimalist, Timeless, Modern. What look do you see in today’s kitchens?

What materials are you seeing used in kitchen design?

 How are people customizing their kitchens?

How has technology impacted the look and feel of a kitchen?

What functional/practical trends are customers asking for in their design?

What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

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

Another view – the pantry adds interest to the room with Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass cabinet doors.

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The bar, featuring a Zephyr Presrv™ French Door Wine & Beverage Cooler, sits across the room from the kitchen, echoing the pantry design with additional Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass doors on the upper cabinetry. Crossville porcelain slab counters and Northern Contours high-gloss acrylic cabinet doors on the base also connect this element with the kitchen.

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July 21 at #KBtribechat – We will be exploring Modern Farmhouse Style.

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) Why is Modern Farmhouse style so popular?

2.) Define modern farmhouse style?

3.) How do you add farmhouse style to modern kitchens?

4.) What are your go to cabinet, countertop and backsplash choices for a modern farmouse vibe?

5.) What materials and finishes lend a farmhouse sense to a room? Share pics!

6.) Are there certain colors that help inspire the farmhouse feel? Share pictures and ideas you like for implementing modern farmhouse colors!

7.) What other tips do you have to create a modern farmhouse vibe in our interiors?

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5/12 at #KBtribechat – KBtribe weigh-in on desirable kitchen features

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) As influencers in the kitchen and bath industry, what are you recommending regarding the open plan concept with a kitchen island?

2.) What about kitchen countertops? What is your current thinking on desirable countertop materials and looks?

3.) Backsplashes have become spectacular. What looks are gaining traction?

4.) As trendsetters, what major kitchen appliance looks and features are must haves?

5.) What flooring looks and materials are in demand?

6.) How are you adding color to kitchens?

7.) Are you still mixing and matching metals? What works?

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February 3 at #KBtribechat – Spicing It Up with Design

A kitchen and bath industry Twitter discussion!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) How do you add interest to kitchens in the design of the cabinetry?

2.) What tips do you have to create stunning bathroom cabinetry?

3.) How can we add pizzaz to kitchens and baths using color?

4.) Cabinet knobs and pulls are often called jewelry. How can our hardware choices add that special touch?

5.) Lighting can also be considered “jewelry” in a room. What lighting do you love for kitchens?

6.) What lighting do you love for bathrooms?

7.) How do you use fixture finishes to tie a design together? (sinks, faucets, trim, knobs/pulls, lighting, appliances)

8.) How can we add dynamism to kitchens and baths with our countertop, backsplash and flooring choices?

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May 22 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion

Sponsored by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 2pm eastern for a discussion on kitchens – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!

Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.

Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 22 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What are the kitchen elements that make entertainment a breeze?

• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counter space)?

• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?

• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?

• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

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September 19 at #KBtribechat – Design Preferences

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Our KBtribechat discussion questions: 

1.) Cabinet style – Do you prefer frameless euro construction or face frame cabinetry? Why? What are the pros and cons of each?

2.) Do euro style cabinets really make the best use of space as is often claimed? Explain!

3.) Microwaves – How do you most often design them into kitchens? Built into a cabinet with a trim kit? Specify micro-hoods? Prefer micro drawers? Provide a cubby or shelf?

4.) Remember Avocado, Harvest Gold and Coppertone? – Would you like to see a standard color come back for kitchen appliances? What color (s) would you suggest?

5.) Kitchen sinks – Do you prefer stainless steel or white porcelain for the kitchen sink? Please explain! What are the pros and cons of each?

6.) Clients don’t understand that there is no “standard white”. Even with white on white being popular, there needs a designers eye involved to get it right. What are your go-to whites and strategy involving them?

7.) What is your favorite kitchen wall color? Why?

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May 10 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion.
Sponsored and Hosted by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join Franke on Wednesday, May 10 at 2pm eastern for a discussion of gourmet kitchen trends – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!
Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

Chef Center 1
Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.
Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 10 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:
• What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counterspace)?
• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?
• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?
• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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May 4th at #KBtribechat – The Sink Zone

When designing a kitchen, the sink area is not only part of the work triangle but an important zone to consider.  The kitchen faucet is the most touched appliance in the room.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What features help create an efficient kitchen sink area?

2.) What are the pros and cons of single bowl vs double bowl kitchen sinks?

3.) Do you have a preferred kitchen sink material/color or does it depend on the countertop or kitchen style? Explain!

4.) What is your preferred kitchen faucet style and finish? Do you specify touchless? Why or why not?

5.) Please share tips to keep the sink zone clutter free and efficient.

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What is the one kitchen accessory you can’t live without?

A design discussion sponsored and hosted by BLANCO.

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Accessories are a must have in a busy kitchen to keep things organized and stay on task. Which accessories are your favorites, the ones you can’t live without? Which are the ones that end up in the back of the junk drawer?

BLANCO has perfected the art of accessorizing around the kitchen sink – integrating countertop elements into the sink to form a workstation with convenient tools that help the busiest room in the home remain productive, space saving and beautiful at the same time. We hope to explore how fixtures and appliances can multi-task in the kitchen space as well as to incorporate accessories that add to the design of a kitchen, not add to the clutter. Share with us your favorites, the ones you won’t part with…

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This week’s topic explores the following questions:

1.) Accessories help keep the kitchen, often the busiest room of the house, clean and productive. When do you need accessories the most?

2.) Which accessories help you to be more environmentally friendly in the kitchen? Which ones help us with recycling, up cycling, composting, organizing, etc?

3.) Space saving design is not only desired, but necessary for productivity. What tools help save countertop space, drawer space, etc.?

4.) De-cluttering helps de-stress – organization helps to stay on track when entertaining guests or cooking for a family. What helps you avoid clutter?

5.) Keeping your kitchen appliances clean with proper maintenance is a key to ensuring they last a lifetime! What accessories keep your kitchen clean?

6.) There’s nothing more desired in the kitchen than creating an appetizing meal. What tools help you make the most delicious meals possible?

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#KBtribechat at #ICFF

Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks, custom accessories, faucets, Little Butler hot and cold water filtration and waste disposers is excited to be exhibiting at ICFF for the second year in a row this May at New York City’s Jacob K. Javitz Center! makeitwonderful In celebration, Franke will be sponsoring and hosting KBtribechat on the first day of the show – Saturday, May 16th, at 2pm.   Join us in booth #1153.  Learn how the Franke Kitchen System name came to be and see Franke’s newest product additions. We will be having a giveaway too!  Don’t miss your chance to win a $100 gift card. When tweeting during KBtribechat, use the hashtags #KBtribechat along with #FrankeKitchenSystem.  Krista Rivers, Social Media Consultant for Franke will randomly select a tweet using these hashtags and present the user with a $100 gift card.  The randomly selected winner must be present in the Franke booth during KBtribechat to win. Brad Kiel, Franke Kitchen Systems’ Vice President of Luxury Products, will be there to discuss Franke’s new product line.  He will also be looking for our group’s feedback. frankeicfflogo The discussion questions:

Franke is the only company to offer an entire kitchen system product line by one company.

Q1.) Do you like the fact that Franke can offer you and your clients a single source to select the complete kitchen system

Q2.) What Franke kitchen system products are you partial to and why? Franke recently introduced the Planar 8 Kitchen Sink. This contemporary, sophisticated and stylish sink features 18 gauge stainless steel, designed and hand-fabricated in Italy.

Q3.) Franke’s stainless steels sinks are timeless and extremely durable, would you also like to see more colored/fireclay sinks introduced by Franke? What colors and configurations would you prefer to see?

Q4.) Do you feel there is need for a sink that offers your clients a solution for composting? If not at this time, how about in the future?

For ICFF media appointments with Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group, please email john.oreilly@oreilly-depalma.com.

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