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11-6-19 at #KBTRIBECHAT: “Uncork that Creativity!”

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD

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There are two questions I am so tired of hearing, “What magazines do you read for inspiration?” as if that’s the only way to be creative, and “What’s trending right now?” My immediate gut response is . . . . “put down the magazine and go OUTSIDE!” no offense to magazines. And, “if it’s IN right now, it’s already OUT . . . ask me what I think will be IN in the next 5-10 years!” THAT’s what turns me on!

In our industry we are so focused on how to inspire our clients but what happens if WE are stretched too thin, are sleep deprived, over committed and nearing burn out or simply just stuck in a rut. I find most of us never want to admit that publicly (I see your Instagram lives!), though privately I hear way too many designers (and non-designers) admit they feel just like that.

“Creativity is more than a career, it’s a way of life!” Paula

If you want to experience more creativity in your life and in your work you need only to remove the blocks that exist in your life until it starts to flow naturally again. Creativity is a force of nature; it will occur if it is allowed, it simply needs to be UNCORKED!

Creativity is the ability to imagine what has never existed, to see the big picture, to find the subtle connections between seemingly unrelated things. ALL of us have the ability to be creative, not just prominently Right brained individuals.
Think of this ability as something that will naturally happen if you just get out of its way. We need to be conscious about how to rejuvenate it, inspire it, protect it, exercise it, practice it and share it. I like thinking of it in terms of exercise . . . your creativity muscle needs to be loosened up and exercised just like any other muscle.

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Paula’s IGNITE CREATIVITY KBtribechat Questions:

Question 1: Be honest, do you ever feel stagnant, stuck or burnt out, either now or in the past?

Question 2: What blocks your creativity? (Get creative and use a GIF if applicable)

Question 3: What are your go-to methods to revive yourself and your ability to be creative? Feel free to share images of yourself doing these activities.

Question 4: How do you instill confidence in your clients to trust your creativity to help them get out of their comfort zones?

Question 5: What other industries do you follow to keep ahead of the “what’s in” question?

Question 6: How do you stay inspired within our industry locally and nationally? What events do you get the most value out of?

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Your list of activities to cultivate your creativity will look different. Join me at http://www.facebook.com/ignitecreativity to see what my entire list is and share yours with a growing community of creatives. I travel nationally to visit trade association chapters offering Ignite Creativity and many other Kitchen & Bath related CEU’s.

Do something Creative every day!

Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, CACC
Inspirational Speaker. Writer. Designer. Creativity Guru. Educator. Serial Entrepreneur. Timeless Kitchen Design
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August 14 at #KBtribechat: #MicroSizeMe – Designing for Downsizing and Small Spaces

 Hosted by Paula Kennedy CKD.

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We hear it every day but what does it really mean for us as designers . . . tiny home, downsizing, small spaces, urban living, minimalist, simplifying . . .

What does it all mean, is it just a trend that we don’t really have to worry about? Is it just an urban problem that I don’t need to worry about? If my clients need this what do manufacturers offer that will work? How can I meet their needs through design and specification?

A trend is something that comes and goes, this is something deeper, just like designing for Aging in Place and Sustainability. Our Industry, Manufacturers and Designers need to sit up, and take notice of the “Micro Size Me Movement” we need to get out in front of it!

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THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: (kitchen & bath specific)
Q1. Are you seeing this movement in your region? What generations are you seeing needing, demanding and utilizing these smaller living spaces?

Q2. Small spaces can be designed and built in the suburbs as part of larger homes as well, what situations (or opportunities) are driving this need? How do you feel about the current inventory of this type of dwelling in your area?

Q3. Considering appliances, fixtures and storage, how can we maximize design for these small spaces?

Q4. What design techniques, elements and principles can we use to design for these small spaces?

Q5. How will population growth continue to increase demand for these spaces, products and design?

Q6. What do we need from manufacturers for small spaces both in the kitchen AND in the bath?

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Timeless Kitchen Design, Seattle Washington
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SPOILER ALERT! Kitchen’s waste food!

JUNE 12, 2019 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CKD*

Today’s kitchens are not designed with food preservation in mind. That may sound strange to say, isn’t so much of what we do focused around food storage? Yes, but, food PRESERVATION is different than merely storage.

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Are you tired of throwing away produce? The U.S. wastes 30-40% of food per year. The amount of food wasted that goes to the landfill is disturbing. As food spoils in the landfill it puts off methane gas that contributes to the Greenhouse effect. Let’s talk about consumers shopping habits and their concerns for healthy and sustainable living.

Did you know some fruits and vegetables like it cool, some like it room temperature, and some need humidity? There are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas as they ripen that is detrimental to surrounding produce! Why did no one tell me you aren’t supposed to store your bananas and apples together!
Remember cellars, larders and that cute little wicker basket designed into a base cabinet? Did you know those wicker baskets that we don’t design into kitchens anymore actually served a valuable purpose?

Let’s get back to our roots, from only a couple generations ago, by re-learning how to properly store food and designing spaces for our client’s kitchens more effectively. Let’s help people save money replacing spoiled foods, help them eat more nutritionally when the healthy produce that they purchased is readily available, and let’s do our part in saving the environment by saving food from going to the landfill needlessly!

Our KBtribechat QUESTIONS:
Q1. What appliance features have you seen recently being introduced to address this issue?

Q2. What is the interest from your clients on this issue? Does it vary based on their generation or region?

Q3. How are the shopping behaviors of our clients changing and do you see that change being more dramatic over the next 10-15 years?

Q4. What design techniques can we employ to help aid food preservation and access to healthy fresh food?

Q5. How will current and future technology aid this effort in reducing food being sent to the landfill?

* Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CLIPP Timeless Kitchen Design, Seattle Washington, NKBA CEU Provider (“Spoiler Alert” is an approved NKBA Chapter CEU) 425-466-4483 paulakennedyckd@hotmail.com

 

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June 20 at #KBtribechat – Reducing Our Personal Environmental Impact

Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CKD

After 20 years in this business working with kitchens, clients, cooking, food, appliances, even in my own home and life, I became increasingly aware and aghast at how much food we waste and how much energy and water these spaces consume. I’ve learned that every single action and effort builds and grows. I have a responsibility in my own life and in my business to help promote reducing our personal environmental impact.

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Personally my diet has been changing to a more organic, healthy, clean, local lifestyle. But I was tired of throwing away spoiled food! How was I supposed to eat healthy if the spinach was spoiled by the time I wanted to enjoy it, or the bananas, I like them on the green side. One day I heard someone say to separate your bananas from your apples!? What! No one told me this! Why didn’t I know this? Thus began my research. It saddened me how quickly we’ve forgotten practices that only a generation or two ago practiced on a daily basis. Since that time I created a CEU class for NKBA called “Spoiler Alert: Kitchens waste food.”

Our kitchens today are great at storing food but not that great at helping to preserve it. The biggest impact we can have on our planet is to reduce food waste. A typical family will throw out 470lbs of food each year. Globally 4 Billion tons of food is wasted each year. Throwing away one egg wastes 55 gallons of water. Food waste in landfills creates Methane which is the largest contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions!

I’ve started having Imperfect Produce delivered to my home, less expensive than at the store and saves these items from the landfill. I use an app to track my inventory at home so when I’m at the store I’m not purchasing more bananas than I need just incase. I use special bags to store my produce to reduce the ethylene from affecting other produce that is sensitive to it. I’ve stopped storing my bananas next to my apples! And, just say no to the fruit bowl on the sunny countertop please! What current appliances can help us, or future appliances and smart features?

We’ll also talk about electricity and water usage in kitchens as well; lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures. It’s all connected.

Everything is changing with our relationship to our kitchens, to our food and our environment. Pantries may soon not even be necessary as consumables are delivered on a daily or weekly basis in the future.

Everything starts with us, one change at a time, then, I believe we have a responsibility in our industry to help educate our clients and help them reduce their impact as well, sometimes even without them knowing it. Just like we may put extra backing in the walls for future grab bars in homes for aging in place, why not recommend an insulated pantry keeping items slightly cooler than room temperature, or carefully designing it on an exterior wall for coolness, depending on your region. Let’s bring back the cellar, recommend a second freezer in the garage.

Let’s keep it focused in the Kitchen today:

Q1. What appliances and storage solutions can we utilize today to reduce food waste?
Q2. How will food storage change in the future? What “old school” practices can we re-learn today?
Q3. How can we reduce Electricity usage in the kitchen? Lighting, appliances, processes?
Q4. How can window design and window treatments help us with heat and electrical management?
Q5. How can we reduce Water usage in the Kitchen?
Q6. What “smart” features can help us in these efforts?
Q7. What other ways can we reduce our impact in our homes and our client’s homes?

Saving one banana at time!
Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, Seattle Washington
#KBTribeChat #TimelessKitchenDesign #ReduceWaste

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Jetson’s Kitchens -Here we come!

A design discussion on September 27.

Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CKD.

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Paula’s KBtribechat questions:

  • Pretend you are a fortune teller, what will the kitchen be like in 20 years?
  • What lifestyle concerns do you think will be driving these changes?
  • Do you think kitchen layouts will change much in the future?  How and Why?
  • What do you think in terms of how surface materials will change in the future kitchen? How and Why?
  • What do you expect to see in how we INTERACT with our kitchen spaces? (Tech talk)

 

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February 3rd at #KBtribechat: Integrating Technology in Kitchens and Baths

hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

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We are learning a lot about Home Integration, the Connected Home, Smart Homes and smart spaces. In the Kitchen and Bath Industry we work in unique spaces that are rich for many forms of technology, connectedness and integration. Currently, I am very frustrated with the technology I use and how I am constantly “tethered” to cords and outlets, in today’s day and age, why am I limited to the life of a battery!! I am not an expert at any of this but am hungry to learn more!

The word Integration means a coordination of processes, united, to have a sense of seamlessness. We want these features to seem like they were always there, a part of our life, easy, unassuming, freeing us up to focus on what is more important in our lives. True integration should be invisible. And Technology shouldn’t exist just to exist; it should be something that makes our lives easier . . . . to create a better quality of life. I can’t help but immediately think about Healthy Living and Accessible Living in the spaces we design every day.

A few of my favorite things I saw at #KBIS2016 this year are:
• Lenova AquaLogic faucet (Ozone anti-microbial  disinfectant)
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Irinox Freddy & Zero (Wall appliance) (Purcell Murray)
• Blast chilling, shock freezing, low temp cook, thaw heat and hold, leaven and proof
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Urban Cultivator (Herb growing indoor appliance)
http://www.urbancultivator.net/
• Delta’s Leak Detection, partnered with iDevices through an app to inform you of leaks in the home
http://www.deltafaucet.com/leakdetection

But this is such a broader topic! I attended the session at the NKBA Stage at KBIS to listen to Michael Wolf and a panel who had been part of the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle this last summer. Imagine these ideas coming to our homes in the future, and some in the not so distant future . . .

• Zuckerberg building a Robot Butler like Jarvis
• Amazon Echo – voice commands
• Hands free speech directions (in the kitchen, hands are messy, you are dicing onions! “Turn down the heat on burner #2”)
• Food talking to us! Not only what our inventory is, but about its contents, is it gluten free?
• Homeowners are already using services like Amazon Fresh, Blue Apron, Amazon Dash Replenishment
• (http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/204415/amazon-dash-replenishment-service-commences)
• Auto Order when inventory low.
• You posted a dinner party in your calendar and linked a menu, a week in advance Amazon prepares the shopping cart and sends you a message to order items!
• Become The Kitchen Hero, using technology to become a Super Chef
• Recharge your devices on the counter! It’s already here.
• Camera in the oven or over the cooktop, step away to let the dog in or go answer the front door and let your mobile app show you if the pot is boiling over.

I’ve been learning a lot from Eric Schimelpfenig as well, check out the article he wrote.

Read this article on Houzz about what a company in California, Intel Corp, is working on.

At #KBIS2016 this year the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research was at it again! Did you check out the futureHaus Kitchen last year? Did you see the futureHaus Bathroom this year?
• The vanity raised and lowered to height and needs of user
• The bathroom scale was hidden under glass tile in the floor, sensors digitally displayed up on the mirror

Paula’s KBtribechat Questions – 

Q1. What does Integrated or Smart mean to you in the Kitchen & Bath?

Q2. What are the products that you’ve discovered recently, even at KBIS that fit into this broad category?

Q3. Do you have any frustrations with this topic or only excitement?

Q4. Where are you getting educated to keep ahead of our clients?

Q5. Will this integration and technology change the design of the kitchen and bath, and how we design these spaces?

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May 27, 2015 at #KBtribechat: Appliance Considerations for the Master Bathroom

A design discussion hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC. MasterBathroomAppliances We all know about appliances in the Kitchen, even the small ones as we just discussed this week on #KBTribeChat (May 20th), but what about in the bathroom?  A few weeks ago we were talking about Zen design in the bathroom and a lot of us kept talking about that glass of wine to unwind and wouldn’t wine storage be cool in that space! So let’s talk about that, specifically in the Master Bathroom. Aside from the much desired wine refrigerator or coffee maker while you unwind or wake up what else do you think of when you think of appliances in the bathroom? When looking at the definition of an appliance “a device or piece of equipment designed to perform a specific task, typically a domestic one” we can broaden our list of appliances in this space to include anything mechanical and electrical. To set the parameters for discussion let’s subtract talking about lighting (sorry Lighting Pros, that’s a whole other discussion), let’s also avoid talking about the closet and let’s even assume we’re not talking about a Master Suite kitchenette. Let’s stick just in the Master Bathroom.

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by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

The list is extensive and growing daily!  (here is a partial list to get us started, the remainder of what I came up with is below the questions) • Coffee makers built in or hidden under appliance garage • Insta-hot faucet (and cold filtered) • TV, in the mirror or wall mounted • Music, speakers, control system, wireless and Bluetooth options • Shower fog-less mirror • Recessed med cabinets with electrical, outlets, magnets, cool storage, TV, Lights • Cool storage for medicines and certain beauty products • Aromatherapy • Chromatherapy • Happy light: to help wake up in the morning or for certain regions with long winters and gray skies, like in Seattle • Phone charging stations

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by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC


The Discussion Questions:

1.  What comes to mind when you think of appliances in the bathroom?  Keep it clean!  =)

2.  How do you address the added electrical requirements for these appliances and features?

3.  How do you address storage for these appliances?

4.  Share unique creative “appliances” you’ve designed into a Master Bathroom.

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Here is my Houzz Idea Book put together for this KBtribechat.

More Ideas I came up with . . . .

• Small appliance storage/vanity cabinets with outlets and drawer storage for hair styling equipment

•Small Wine storage

• Small warming drawer for warm towels

• Towel Heater/Towel Bars

• Ventilation, humidity sensors, night lights, motion detectors, timers

• Lighting System Controls

• Shower water filtration systems

• Shower hot water on demand systems

• Steam shower

• Sauna

• Toilets with heated seats, night lights, washlets etc

• Motion sensor and touch sensor Faucets

• Beauty appliances

• Paraffin wax heaters

• Foot bath soakers

• Water picks

• Sonic care brushes

• Electric Razors

• Digital scale that is connected to health apps and sends info to your app to track your weight

• Tub heated surfaces

• Tub Vibration-therapy

• Floor heat

• Automation controls

PaulaKennedyFB_20150520_09_13_27_Saved_Picture Can’t wait to hear what you come up with! Thank you #KBTribeChat for letting me host the discussion this week.

Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

Timeless Kitchen Design

Seattle, Wa 425-466-4483

NKBA Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer

MBA Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Certified Architectural Color Consultant

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NKBA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR Finalist 2015

2015 Best Kitchen Finalist DList Magazine Seattle Design Awards

2015 Dwell on Design L.A. Speaker “Ignite Creativity”

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