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October 4 at #KBtribechat – Designing for 
Spaces Large to Small

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute.

Photo courtesy of StoneWorks, Inc.

Image from StoneWorks, Inc.

No matter the size of the residence, when it comes to their kitchens and baths, homeowners expect these spaces to reflect their personalities and lifestyles while also being functional and beautiful. So, how do designers address this challenge?

Whether a space is compact and efficient, expansive and luxurious, or somewhere in between, good design comes down to balance and properly managing scale and proportion. Creating interesting focal points and finding ways to add dimensionality – for example, through layering and the artful use of color and pattern – can give the illusion of added space in a smaller room or prevent a larger space from appearing overwhelming.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Marblex Design International, Stone Interiors, Charles Luck Stone

Although there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to kitchen and bath design, it can be helpful to select materials that can be easily adapted to any space. For example, natural stone is a versatile and highly durable material that can be used for everything from countertops and vanities to backsplashes, flooring, walls and shower surrounds. And, because natural stone is available in so many colors, patterns and textures, the design possibilities are virtually endless.

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Images – Clockwise from left: Tithof Tile & Marble, M S International (both images)

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:

Q1: What are some creative ways you’ve used natural stone (or seen it used) in small spaces? Share photos.

Q2: How about interesting applications of natural stone in larger spaces? Images please!

Q3: Have you ever used (or considered) remnant/salvaged stone for projects such as powder room vanities, baking surfaces, etc.?

Q4: What other types of natural materials do you typically use for your projects?

Q5: Do you have a ‘go to’ natural stone that you use for kitchen and bath projects? Why that stone in particular?

Q6: If you could design your dream kitchen (indoor or outdoor) using natural stone, what would it look like? Share images.

Q7: What’s your favorite thing about working with natural materials such as stone?

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May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

Puma Marble Company

Image by Puma Marble Company

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

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Image by ROCKin’teriors

Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

Illinois Granite and Marble

Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

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November 9 at #KBtribechat – Sourcing American Made Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Polycor

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Discussion questions:

Q1) How often do you source American made materials? Name the brands you love & why.

Q2) Carrara Marble has an appeal in the luxury market. But American marble is making a comeback. What’s your stone of choice?

Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/georgia-on-my-mind-designer-celebrates-southern-tradition-with-us-marble

Q3) Sourcing local can cut a project’s carbon footprint. Have you chosen one material over another due to a product’s origin? 

Q4) We love storytellers. Polycor quarries have a rich history in every stone. Share a company whose story inspired you to buy. 

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Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/the-history-of-north-american-soapstone-from-the-heart-of-the-virginia-hills

Q5) With less expensive, foreign engineered products on the market, what appeal do local natural materials offer?

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Information Link: http://blog.polycor.com/quartz-vs-marble-are-look-and-performance-mutually-exclusive

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September 7th at #KBtribechat: Natural Materials in Design

A design discussion!
Sponsored and Hosted by Elkay.

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Combining natural elements like stone, metal, wood, and glass is a beautiful way to bring interest into design and create visual appeal. And options are endless when blending home décor with nature. But where do you start? What’s it going to cost? And how do you make these very separate entities work harmoniously together?

For almost 100 years, Elkay Manufacturing has been making innovative products including sinks, faucets, cabinetry, bottle fillers, and drinking fountains. And, Elkay just introduced its new Elkay Quartz Luxe sink collection – taking natural quartz which is four times harder than granite and making it even better through exclusive manufacturing processes. Elkay now offers more quartz sink colors and models than anyone else in the market with its two quartz sink collections: Classic and Luxe. These Elkay Quartz sinks work hard while adding natural beauty to any style or décor.

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Join us to discuss the latest and greatest in bringing natural elements into homes through innovative designs, products and high-tech materials on September 7 at 2 p.m. ET!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What is the biggest trend in design with natural elements? What of these are here to stay?

• When considering bringing natural elements into your interior design, which is most important to you: texture, color or finish? And why?

• Why is there such an interest in natural materials?

• Affordable ways to bring nature inside. Give us your best examples.

• How can you tie in natural elements to an already established style?

• What doesn’t work when incorporating natural elements?

• What was your most innovative use of natural elements to spruce up a room?

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