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A way to help from a #KBtribechat friend

A message from Lisa M. Smith:

Hello KBtribechat friends,

I’m about to embark on The Mary Grace Tour, partially with the purpose of bringing awareness to the reality of Domestic Violence and to raise money for ACT, the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment, Inc, center in Lee County Florida.

Eighteen years ago this week my mother, Mary Grace, was murdered by her then husband in a domestic violence incident. The Mary Grace Tour is a recreation of a trip she took before I was born the details of which I found in her travel journal amongst her belongings. Domestic violence ended our dream of recreating this trip together.

ACT is the agency / 24-hr crisis hotline to whom which my mother made her last phone call on that fateful April evening.

Those of you who know me also know I never ask anyone for anything, as a kid I couldn’t ask people to buy a Girl Scout cookie. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here when I ask you to support my efforts to raise over $10,000 for ACT.

Through Crowdrise, I’ve created a webpage for my campaign, The Mary Grace Tour, where anyone can make a tax deductible  donation securely online. The donations are paid directly to ACT via Crowdrise, nothing comes to or goes through me, I’m just a voice, and hopefully a loud one. I’m funding my trip on my own.
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Some people run for charity, I travel. I’ll be covering 9,859 miles, just under 10,000 miles in over 15 days. Any amount you can donate to this campaign would be greatly appreciated but here are some fun ideas:
1/2¢ per mile or $49.30
$5 per day or $75
1¢ per mile or $98.59
$10 per day or $150
5¢ per mile or $492.95

What your money can buy at ACT:

$100 Pays for 10 hours of counseling for a victim
$1,500 Pays the electric bill for one month for the shelter
$5,000 Pays for the 24-hour hotline for one year

Thank you for reading this.  I’ve made one more person aware of just how close domestic violence is. If enough of you help, I’ll reach my goal of raising $10,000 for ACT.

Thank you!

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Influences of Car Design On Kitchen (& Bath) Design

A design discussion

hosted by Lisa M. Smith

Kitchen and bathroom design influences come from a myriad of places. Recognizing that kitchens and bathrooms in the simplest form are purely a collection of large planes and purposeful, durable shapes, what other daily living product shares this similarity? Automobiles. Cars have their intrinsic elements: wheels, engine, seating and controls, kitchens have theirs: cabinetry, countertops and appliances. Both have the same set of problems we as designers are tasked to solve, functionality, durability and oh yeah, its gotta have visual appeal. By looking at how automotive designers create attractive solutions. We can streamline our interior design process by building on what works.

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Frameless Doors and Drawers – Frames are not exposed on a car, all doors (trunk, bonnet, fuel filler, glove box) are fairly seamless. Car design disposed of exposed hinges long ago, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry are on the same path. Exposed hinges are a dust magnet. Why create a problem for a customer when the goal is to design a solution? Consumers today have a much higher tuned design aesthetic.  They don’t want to view anything which does not add to the visual appeal.

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Q1: Car doors eliminate visual hinges and frames. Do you use frame or frameless cabinets in your designs and why?

The use of stainless steel for functional items or pure visual embellishment is an important material used by car manufacturers.  It is a classic. Just like with cars, in K&B stainless steel symbolized quality and durability.  Did you know Blanco, the German manufacturer of kitchen faucets and sinks actually has an automotive connection? BLANCO is the company trusted by Porsche, Mercedes- Benz and Rolls-Royce for stainless steel work included on their automobiles.

Q2:  Stainless steel is a common element in cars and kitchens. How do you incorporate stainless steel into your designs?

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Automotive manufacturers are constantly bringing new materials to consumers.  Cars used to only have big metal bumpers.  Kitchens had big cast iron sinks. Metal was once the only bumper option on a car. Today, numbers are hidden behind gorgeous skins.  In the kitchen and bath, we have a number of new material or surface products to choose from.

Q3: Innovative materials drive the car industry. What new material choices do you like to use for K&B and how?

Automobile design trends shift back and forth throughout history from boxy to curvy.

Q4: Today’s cars are sleek and curvy. How do you keep kitchen and bathrooms from feeling like a room full of boxes?

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Technology is important in cars and kitchens. Consumers want connectivity, they are used to digital screens which are clear and updated. Technology changes from model year to model year in cars.  It has to. This influences buying decisions.

Q5: Cars keep adding tech. How are you incorporating latest technology into K&B and keeping your designs fresh and up to date?

Efficiency is another characteristic cars and kitchens have in common. Whether going from point A to point B or preparing a family meal people want to complete these tasks with ease. Good automobile designers put everything the driver or passengers needs within reach.

 

Q6: A good car is easy to use, a master of efficiency. What design elements make a kitchen efficient and easy?

A chief component of automotive interior design is comfortable seating and being ergonomically sound. Seating is supportive and adjustable. Not unlike a car where long commutes are not unusual, how much time one is seated in the kitchen is for a much longer period than many years ago.

 

Q7: Luxury cars have 18-way adjustable seats. How do you incorporate truly comfortable seating into the kitchen?

Luxury cars are all the rage and while every one can’t afford a $100,000 car, car companies are very adept at making moderately priced cars look and feel luxurious.

Q8: What are your tips for making a kitchen or bath luxurious without a big price tag?

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on Wednesday, November 2

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Where To Splurge!

A great kitchen or bathroom is a built on a myriad of compromises. The key is knowing where to splurge and where to save.

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Homeowners can often throw a wrench into a great design by judging each piece through a monetary microscope rather than looking at a space as a whole. A great example of this is when shopping for tile someone might see a $100 or more price per square foot of a beautiful decorative tile or mosaic and immediately assume it is too expensive. Back up a minute, there are ways to work almost anything into an existing budget.

It is very possible what seems outrageously expensive is the one component which can be the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary room. A good designer should be skilled in what we call value engineering. Designers can work magic within a budget using the art of where to spurge and where to save.

Lisa Smith will be hosting this KBtribechat discussion.

Here are her questions:

Q1: What is the one corner one should never cut due to cost in a Kitchen or Bath?

Q2: What are your design solutions for getting the most bang for the buck?

Q3: What is worth splurging on in a kitchen?

Q4: In order to keep the spurge w/in budget, where can you save?

Q5: What is worth splurging on in a bathroom?

Q6 Where can one save $ in a bathroom?

Q7: What is a product, material, or concept worth fighting for?

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Color – For The Kitchen and Bath!

We are pleased to announce that Lisa M. Smith will be leading us in a discussion on Color for the December 5, 2012 kbtribechat. Join us on Twitter from 2 to 3pm eastern time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa M. Smith

The founder of Interior Design Factory, Ltd. a boutique design firm and blogger for DécorGirl.net  Lisa is known as the “color girl” and thinking interior designer. She combines her sensitive artistic abilities, and an appreciation of architecture with her no-nonsense business minded approach to create interiors appropriate for today’s inhabitants.  Traditional or modern the interior is always fresh and happy.

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