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May 25 at #KBtribechat – Automotive Influences on Residential Interiors

Hosted by Lisa M. Smith

Lisa’s KBtribechat Questions:

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

Q2.) Metal is a common element in cars and kitchens. How & what metals do you incorporate into your designs?

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

Q4.) Luxury cars use finishes to appeal to the senses. How do you make kitchens and bathrooms do the same?

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

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

Q7.) How do you design the kitchen and bath for physical comfort? Give examples of flooring, seating, products, etc.

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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.

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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Bathrooms – No Fooling With A Master of Efficiency

A Design Discussion hosted by Lisa Smith of Interior Design Factory and DecorGirl.net


Bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in the home which house a large amount of tasks.  Like a kitchen, they are a workhorse of the home.   Often they aren’t any bigger than a closet, smaller than some actually but regardless of size they facilitate a number of our daily duties.

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More often than not we are tasked with working within the constraints of an existing space.  Bathroom remodeling lands us in working with smaller spaces, 60 square feet or less for this do-it-all room.   How do we get more from less?

Building the luxurious dream bathroom from scratch is ideal but reality and budgets interrupt to leave us charged with remodeling existing bathrooms without lots of floorspace.   Real bathrooms for real people, where money matters which is our focus for today’s chat.


Q1: How do you maximize efficiency in a bathroom when you can’t add space?

Q2: In bathroom design where do you save and where do you splurge?

Q3: What is your preferred bathroom faucet style deck or wall mount?

Q4: Which do you use more of floating or standard cabinets?

Q5: Are clients requesting steam showers, body sprays or both?

Q6: Tile is a natural material choice, any tips for selecting or using tile?

Q7: Other than tile, what bathroom floor materials do you like?

Q8: How do you personalize a bathroom for your clients?

Q9: What is your #1 suggestion for designing a beautiful and useful bathroom?

Please join us April 2, 2014 at 2.pm. EST, 11 a.m. PST for a real discussion on arriving at solutions for an efficient bathroom for today’s modern lifestyle.

We have started a Pinterest Board for this KBtribechat.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.


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A Value Discussion

Lisa Smith, the author of the popular Design Blog Decor Girl – the blog for interior design ideas and lifestyle nourishment, will be leading us in a discussion on Blogs and their Value


at the November 13, 2013 Kbtribechat.  We asked Lisa to host after reading her post Writing a Design Blog is Not Prostitution!

To be apart of this important conversation,  join us at #Kbtribechat on Twitter from 2 to 3pm on Wednesday.  See you there!

More from Lisa:

In this techno age, there is hardly anything we buy or idea we contemplate which doesn’t land us online searching for more information or pictures.  More often than not you will land on a blog.  If you click around and like what this person has to say you may read more and subscribe.  If they have an opinion on what you are looking for, your ultimate decision very likely will be swayed.  If the blog is written well you will feel comfortable reaching out in the comment section if you have further questions or would like to add to the conversation, or you just want to say thank you.  (We love comments BTW!)

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Blogs are one of the neatest ways to share detailed product information or ideas or concepts which require more explanation than a one sentence blurb.  For those with a product it this is a great way to continually connect with your customers and be more than just another brand.  For those of us who are more service oriented a blog is venue to expand on ides, showcase a little of what we do with some personality attached, as well as connect with potential customers.
A blog is a condensed advertisement for you or your product, it can be one of the most valuable tools of engaging with potential customers.
Writing a blog takes a lot of work.  Each post requires research and photos.  This equates to content.  Have something valuable to say or share – or say nothing.  Post good content which provides something of value to your reader.  Even if is only your favorite recipe for fudge, write well and have great pictures.
Relationships matter


What makes social media work is being social.  Commenting opens up conversation and invites engagement.  Sharing is what gives blog content legs or reach.  Engagement is your goal.  If nobody reads it what is the point?    The more people who share it the more opportunities you get for engagement.

Sharing requires being a good social media community member = sharing more about others than yourself.
Nobody likes people who just drone on about themselves, same works for social media.  Share posts, tweets, pictures from others with your social media community.  Share, share and share more.  The more content you share from others, the more others will share your content.
A few examples of how to share:
  • Tweets
  • Blogroll
  • Facebook
  • Stumble
  • Reddit
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
All tied up in a nice bow, just like the present it is.  Sharing is what social media is all about!   The more you give the more you get.


Here is the transcript for this Kbtribechat.

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