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July-August 2020

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THE REWARDS OF BEING PROPERLY PREPARED

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ast month, I took a break from everything and drove to Florida to visit
my dad and stepmom. It was surreal spending our days at their house,
eating home-cooked meals and just talking out on the back porch.
We did go on a few outings, the most memorable of which was a trip
to the grocery store with my father - both of us all masked up. We are
planning to go on our annual birthday trip in September, but we are
doing so by being cautiously aware that things have changed.
Our industry is also being cautiously aware, and it will serve us well. The
most important thing you can do right now is reassure your clients - about
everything. Let them know you are being careful and thinking about their
well-being, but also be up front with them about any challenges you are having to overcome with their projects during this time. These tips are things
that may have been brought to the forefront because of the pandemic, but
we should have been following them all along.
The same goes with the new renovation requests clients are now asking for.
Why haven't we always thought about hygienic options, flexible spaces and
improved storage? Some of us had and some hadn't, but as renovations start
to ramp back up, these requests are now at the top of everyone's wish lists.
It's up to you, the design professionals, to work with your clients to think
outside of the box and really discover what their needs are. Is there a way to
transform a smaller, unused space into something more functional? How can
they keep the open living space with solutions for also incorporating some

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privacy? How can they transform an outdoor spot
into an extension of the interior?
Now is the time for you to be innovative and
come up with different ways you can be valuable to
your clients. A lot of them who put their renovations on hold for a few months are diving back in
- even if it means a lot of virtual communication.
Those who thought about doing it themselves are
probably regretting that decision now and may
need the help of a professional.
Do everything you can to support your customers now and always. Ramp up your sample
collection, look into e-design, invest in digital
showroom presentations, and make sure you have
all the latest apps and software to communicate
with your clients virtually. In hopefully the nottoo-far-away future, things will change again, and
you need to be prepared for that, too.
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CHELSIE BUTLER
Executive Editor
chelsie.butler@emeraldexpo.com
Twitter: @kbbchelsie

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Research Roundup
Trends
Better Business
Stories from the Field
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Wellness Design
Balanced Budget
All Abroad
Solutions
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
Last Word
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Intro
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Cover2
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Editor’s Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 13
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Show Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 15
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - NKBA Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 17
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 18
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 19
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 23
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 24
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 25
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Research Roundup
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 27
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Trends
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 31
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 32
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 33
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Better Business
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 35
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 36
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Stories from the Field
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 42
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Wellness Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - All Abroad
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 49
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 50
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 51
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Universal Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 55
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Sustainable Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 57
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - What’s Hot
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 59
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 60
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 61
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 63
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 64
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 65
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
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