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July 27 – Nurturing Wellness in Bathroom Design

Sponsored and Hosted by Bemis

Our KBtribechat discussion questions:


1.) How can an existing bathroom be upgraded for luxury and wellness?

2.) Why are bidets good for wellness?

3.) Are you including bidets as a feature in your bathroom designs? Why, why not?

4.) In which bathroom would you most likely specify a bidet? Main, guest, powder room?

5.) Are you familiar with the different styles of bidet options? Which do you prefer?

6.) Do you think your clients are open to the idea of having a bidet?

7.) Do you find that new and newly remodeled bathrooms have power outlets close to the bathroom? Do you recommend it?

8.) Are you interested in using a bidet seat in your own home? Follow and DM @toiletseats to be entered to win a Bemis Haven 5000!

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June 22 at #KBtribechat – Whirlpool Corporation to Discuss the Latest Housing Trends at PCBC 2022

Whirlpool Corporation is excited to be back on the show floor at the 2022 Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference (PCBC), the largest home building trade show representing the west coast region, on June 22-23, 2022, in San Francisco, California. The event includes two days of networking, active learning, relationship building, and targeted, curated education sessions delivered by thought leaders from multiple facets of the industry. In Whirlpool Corporation booths #927 and #1126, attendees can explore the latest kitchen and laundry appliance innovations that meet today’s most in-demand industry trends. 

The company will also play host to an online KBTribeChat on Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. ET. Join Whirlpool (@WhirlpoolCorp) on Twitter as they lead a discussion with various kitchen and bath industry professionals on the top home building and design trends for this year. This informative discussion will provide builders and designers alike with valuable insights to make their next project a success.

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, develops and designs purposeful appliances that are driven by consumer insights in order to help improve life at home. No matter how trends and consumer needs change, Whirlpool’s diverse product portfolio is designed to address those evolving preferences. Whirlpool Corporation and its family of brands – Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir – offer a variety of design options to fit varying consumer preferences and price points while maintaining high standards of performance. 

Get ready for the discussion at PCBC 2022 by previewing our KBtribechat questions:

  1. Which home design trends are highest in demand for 2022?
  2. We know health and wellness plays a critical role in home design, but what aspects of a healthy home are consumers looking for? 
  3. With entertaining at home expected to increase, which features and appliances are most sought-after by consumers who love to host?
  4. Let’s talk laundry rooms. How is this space evolving to better suit consumer needs in 2022?
  5. Which kitchen design elements can create a space that is both luxurious and functional?
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May 11 at #KBtribechat – Biophilic Design for Wellness

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What is biophilic design?

2.) Why introduce biophilic design elements to kitchens and bathrooms? What are the benefits?

3.) How can you add biophilic elements to kitchens?

4.) What are biophilic materials?

5.) How can you add biophilic elements to bathrooms?

6.) How can you add organic shapes to the bathroom?

7.) How can smart home technologies contribute to biophilic design?

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February 16 at #KBtribechat – A #KBIS2022 Recap

Our KBtribechat Questions:

  1. What new products at KBIS 2022 did you discover that were designed with health, wellness, or sustainability in mind?

  1. When specifying dishwashers to your clients, what are their most common requirements? Beko has launched CornerIntense® Dishwashers®, a game-changing premium technology that washes every corner while consuming 51% less water and 25% less energy.

  1. At KBIS, Beko announced the RecycledTub™ Washer, the industry’s first washer made from 60 recycled plastic bottles. As designers, did you discover new ways to use recycled materials and turn waste into a valuable material?

  1. Did you notice any design trends at KBIS focused on reducing food waste? What about the importance of food preservation? Reducing food waste is essential to the health of our planet, which is why we’re excited for Beko’s HarvestFresh™ Refrigerators, a system that preserves vitamins longer by mimicking the 24-hour sun cycle. 

  1. Of the 35 new products that Beko revealed at KBIS, what is your favorite new product or technology that will help create healthy kitchens and a healthy planet? 

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DECEMBER 8, 2021 #KBTRIBECHAT – LUXURY BATHROOMS (WITH WELLNESS DESIGN EMPHASIS)

Sponsored by Duravit and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

The wellness-designed primary bathroom has well-organized storage, generous fixtures, ample natural light and nature views, along with designer-curated personalization. 

Primary bathrooms have become spaces to relax and refresh both body and soul for our busy lives. No longer intended to just facilitate hygiene, these essential rooms are now designed to inspire through form and finish, as well as with light and layout. Biophilia is a strong element via nature-influenced forms and hues. The effect is luxurious, nuanced and personalized, and the goal is for clients to “bloom” in the space where they start and end their hectic days.

Explore the latest fixtures and faucets, furnishings, and opportunities to enhance your bathroom projects with wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC and global manufacturer and sponsor Duravit. This lively informative KBtribechat on Luxury Bathrooms (With a Wellness Design Emphasis) will take place on Wednesday, December 8th at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

Jamie’s latest book for Simon & Schuster includes three complete chapters on bathrooms. 

Our KBtribchat Questions:

1. How have your primary bathroom projects changed in recent years in terms of budget, size and scope (e.g., incorporating walk-in closets, enhanced wellness features, dressing rooms, fitness areas, etc.)?

2. How does the concept of wellness play into bathroom projects in terms of design and product choice?

3. Are there certain materials and finishes, shapes and or wellness enhancements that you find are very popular in bathroom design at the moment? 

4. From a wellness, hygiene and even technology standpoint, what are must-have features of today’s luxury bathroom (i.e., bidets, smart mirrors, etc.)?

5. The freestanding bathtub is often associated with luxury bathrooms, what are a few favorite designs for freestanding bathtubs and accompanying accessories (faucets, backrests, trays etc.)? 

6. What are your go-to styles, sizes, configurations and finishes for bathroom sinks and lav faucets?

7. What does wellness design mean to you in terms of bathroom specifications? Show off some of your favorite wellness-enhancing primary bathroom spaces!

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September 22 at #KBtribechat – Bathroom Features that Promote Healthy Living

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What are your thoughts on designing a bathroom for wellness?

2.) Hygienic surfaces are very much in demand. What surfacing materials are easy to clean and maintain?

3.) How can we spark joy with design?

4.) Are you recommending air purifiers? If so, what type and what are the benefits?

5.) How can technology provide healthy bathroom features?

6.) What items would you include in your wellness sanctuary?

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March 17, 2021 #KBtribechat – Wellness Benefits of Bathroom Warmth

Sponsored by Amba Products and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

“A towel warmer is a sensual luxury,” Jamie wrote in her September 2020 book, Wellness by Design, (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, 2020).
Photo: Amba Products

Full bathroom spaces are prime opportunities to add wellness benefits to your clients’ homes. Bathrooms are among the most essential rooms tied to human well-being, given their essential roles in digestion, hygiene, grooming, and relaxation. 

One easy way to incorporate wellness features into your projects – especially main suites, guest bathrooms, and pool baths – is by including products that provide warmth in your bathroom spaces. Heated towel racks make great additions to these areas because they bring an essence of luxury, while boasting many other important benefits. These products add Comfort & Joy, the Fifth Facet of Wellness Design, and the one that most often drives client delight and referrals. 

Join wellness design consultant and Wellness by Design book author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with heated towel rack manufacturer and sponsor Amba Products for The Wellness Benefits of Bathroom Warmth. This lively, informative KBtribechat will happen on Twitter, Wednesday, March 17th at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

Jamie’s latest book for Simon & Schuster shares the benefits of wellness to clients’ living spaces and professionals’ success.
(Tiller Press), © J. Gold // BLANCO

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1. Are you discussing wellness design features and benefits with your residential bathroom clients? If so, what are those conversations like?


Q2. What are some simple ways to promote wellness in the bathroom?


Q3. Are your clients requesting particular wellness design products? If so, which ones are they most interested in?


Q4. How can you merge wellness and luxury to make the perfect spa-like bathroom design? Please share project photos!


Q5. What are some cost-effective ways to make bathrooms healthier?


Q6: How does technology fit into a wellness focused bathroom design?

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September 16 #KBTribechat – Organization and the Five Facets of Wellness Design

Sponsored by Rev-A-Shelf and Hosted by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC

You’ve probably specified hundreds or even thousands of organizing accessories for your projects, but have you thought about them as wellness design features? How might doing so improve your clients’ lives and your profitability? Join wellness design consultant and author Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC with organizing manufacturer and sponsor Rev-A-Shelf for a Wednesday, September 16th discussion about the Five Facets of Wellness Design and how organization enhances functionality, the fourth facet.

Our KBtribechat Questions:


Q1. Are you discussing wellness design with your residential clients? If so, how do you define it and which rooms are they most interested in enhancing?


Q2. Are you discussing aging/living in place, accessibility and/or ergonomics with your clients? If so, how are you tying those conversations into the organizing accessories you recommend?


Q3. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your kitchen projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q4. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your adult and children’s bathroom projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q5. What are the most popular organizing accessories you’re specifying for your laundry/flex room projects, and what wellness benefits are you discussing with clients about them?


Q6. Which other rooms or spaces (e.g., butler’s pantries, garages, closets) are you specifying organizing accessories for and which types are the most popular?

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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a Wellness Design Consultant, Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach. She is also the author of three books on design and remodeling, including her latest, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness, (Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press, September 2020).

Jamies professional focus is the link between healthy living and healthy home spaces. She consults for homeowners and the homebuilding industry on this topic, and is a popular speaker at trade shows around the country. This was one of the reasons for Jamie’s inclusion in a 2017 industry top 50 Innovators list and being named 2020 Wellness Influencer in another.

Jamie’s first book, New Kitchen Ideas That Work, published in 2012 by Taunton Press. Her second Taunton book, New Bathroom Idea Book, published in 2017. Both shared ideas about wellness and functionality, as well as style. An avid trend watcher, Jamie also writes the monthly Trend Spotting section for Kitchen & Bath Design News and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com on wellness design. Her articles have appeared in Fine Homebuilding, HuffPost, BobVila.com, Houzz and numerous other publications. Her design blog, Gold Notes: Nuggets from the World of Residential Design, has been posting online at her website since 2008.

In addition to writing and consulting on residential design projects, Jamie creates seminars and webinars for media, trade and consumer audiences, and consults on product development and trends for housing industry corporations and financial analysts.

Her speaking credits include the official National Kitchen & Bath Association Chapter Presenters roster and panels at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and Dwell on Design.

jamie@jamiegold.net | @JGWellnessDesign | jamiegold.net | (619) 796-2217

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August 5 at #KBtribechat – Biophilic Bathrooms

A design discussion!

Biophilic Designed Baths

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) What is biophilic design?

2.) Why introduce biophilic design elements to the bathroom? What are the benefits?

3.) How can you add biophilic elements to bathroom spaces?

4.) What are biophilic materials?

5.) How can you add organic shapes to the bathroom?

6.) How can smart home technologies contribute to biophilic design?

Biophilic Bathrooms

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February 26 at #KBtribechat – Considering Wellness

A design discussion!

pasta-cooking-kitchen-prep

The KBtribechat questions:

1.)  There are many ways to design with wellness in mind, from open-concept kitchens that encourage family interaction and food prep to proper lighting. What does the wellness trend mean to you?

2.) Consumers are becoming more conscious of not just their own health, but the health of the planet.  Using sustainable building materials is more prevalent than ever before. How do you incorporate sustainable materials/elements into your designs?

3.) Your kitchen should serve as a retreat, not a pressure cooker. What tips do you have for streamlining design to avoid clutter and promote minimalism?

4.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite tips to stay organized and clutter free.

5.) An ideal Wellness Kitchen should be easy to maintain, user friendly for all ages and logically planned. Share your favorite Wellness Kitchen design and tell us why you love it.

6.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite Wellness Bathroom design ideas!

7.) How can the shower promote wellness?

8.) What wellness related products and ideas did you discover at KBIS?

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