Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge at KBIS 2023 – North Hall N1577

Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge at KBIS 2023 – North Hall N1577

The Design Milk X Modenus Talks or #dmmtalks Lounge at KBIS is back for a seventh year of presentations and conversations about design business, social media, trends and of courses the popular BrandTalks that offer exhibitors an opportunity to talk about the vision and mission behind their brand as well as introducing audiences to new products and innovations. Please note that the Breakfast and Luncheon sessions require RSVPs .

January 31

9:15AM

KBIS Newbie Kickoff: What Not To Miss at KBIS 2023 – RSVP HERE

KBIS 2023 will be a big show and we invite you to start your KBIS experience in the #dmmtalks lounge to learn about all major show highlights, cool new pavilions and exhibits and VIP opportunties for you to benefit from as influencers.

Sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite.

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Presenters: Modenus Media CEO, Veronika Miller and Principal at White Good, Sherry Qualls

10:30AM

The Design – Build Collaboration: Pitfalls, Processes and Profits – RSVP HERE

The relationship between the designer, builder and the client is critical to the success of every design build project and communication is at the heart of every successful relationship. Join LuAnn Nigara as she moderates a rock star line up to discuss best practices between designers and builders.

Sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite.

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Moderator: LuAnn Nigara, Keynote Speaker, Author and Podcast Host at The Well Designed Business

Panelists:
Brad Leavitt, President AFT Construction
Susan and Paul Kadilak, Owners Kadilak Homes and Hosts Renovation Rekindle

12:00PM

Efficiency is Beautiful: Essential Automation for Design Firms – RSVP for Lunch

If you’re saying or doing anything repeatedly, there’s a potential opportunity for automation. Learn how to implement key automation—for marketing, sales, and operations—and sleep well knowing the work is getting done.

  • 3 categories of automation that useful to almost any design firm
  • What can be automated…and what can’t? How to quickly tell the difference
  • How to actually make it happen—from tech to internal process
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Sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite.

Presenter: Nicole Heymer, Owner and Creative Director Glory and Brand

1:30PM

BrandTalks: Wellborn – Wellborn Cabinetry Deep Dive – The Lines, Smart Solutions + Newest Products – RSVP HERE

Please join the BrandTalk with Wellborn Director of Marketing, Angela O’Neill moderated by Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller. Angela will discuss all lines sold under the Wellborn umbrella, share several of Wellborn’s most innovative smart solutions and, of course, unveil all the details of Wellborn’s newest doorstyles, finishes and design elements.

This is a great opportunity to come and meet Angela and discuss your latest projects!

Sponsored and Presented by Wellborn Cabinet.

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2:00PM

BrandTalks – Fisher Paykel: Kitchen Perfection – RSVP HERE

Learn about Fisher & Paykel’s design philosophy and their latest initiatives around sustainability, the connected home and Kitchen Perfection. Each 15 minute presentation is followed by an opportunity to ask your most pressing questions and meet company leadership face-to-face

Sponsored and Presented by Fisher Paykel.

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3:00PM

Behind the Curtain with Claire Jefford: Pricing Projects: Disclosing Design Fees & Deliverables – RSVP HERE

Posting a pretty picture on Instagram is one thing, but the actual process and documentation created for implementing a client project, is something no one really shows you. And whether designers are charging an hourly or a flat fee to their clients, how do they come up with these numbers? Here you will get a rare peek ‘Behind the Curtain’ of Kitchen and Bathroom projects by well-established designers. We will be reviewing 3 different custom projects, sharing details of the scope of work, design proposals, presentation slides, and fee structure.

Moderator: Principal at Claire Jefford Inc. and Interior Design Business Coach
Panelists:
Jennifer Stoner, Principal Jennifer Stoner Interiors
Sheri Bruneau, Principal Sheri Bruneau Interior Design”

February 1

9:15AM

Influencer Breakfast : Top Tips For Maximizing New Ideal Client Acquisition While Avoiding Social Media Burnout. RSVP HERE

Do you find yourself feeling burnt out with being on social media? Attend this 1 hour talk with Leslie Carothers, founder of Savour Partnership and the #designwealthcommunity on Facebook, and get her top tips for proven strategies for new ideal client acquisition – while minimizing the time you spend online.

Sponsored by nobilia

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Presenter: Leslie Carothers, Principal Savour Partnership

12:00PM

Creative Collaboration for Diversifying Your Design Business LUNCH RSVP HERE

Navigate today’s working challenges by creating collaborations to diversify your design business. Covering how aligning with kitchen & bath retailers and skilled tradespeople can build powerful relationships that may create significant revenue streams.

Sponsored by nobilia.

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Presenter: Wendy Glaister, Principal Wendy Glaister Interiors

1:30PM

BOSS Academy Roundtable with Claire Jefford
Establishing Trust with Clients: Solid Relationships are Everything RSVP HERE

When clients aren’t fully invested in you and your design ideas, it’s because there is a lack of trust. The best clients are the ones who fully trust you, they do not push back on your fees and design ideas, nor do they demand changes to your contract. The sooner you can successfully establish trust, the more enjoyable the design experience is for everybody – including your trades and staff. Here we will share actionable items starting with a well-thought-out website and various touch points throughout the working relationship to ensure you only work with clients who value you as a respected Interior Design BOSS.

Moderator: Claire Jefford, Principal at Claire Jefford Inc. and Interior Design Business Coach

Panelists:
Nicole Heymer, Owner and Creative Director Glory and Brand Ariana Lovato, Owner and Principal Honeycomb Home Design

Sponsored by nobilia.

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3:00PM

BrandTalks – Moen: Around the Globe to Your Kitchen RSVP HERE

Go behind-the-scenes with Principal Industrial Designer Jessica Birchfield to explore how firsthand trendspotting and research informs the design of Moen products. Uncover the style inspiration that led to their latest kitchen faucets, including the use of unique materials and industrial-inspired elements.

Sponsored and Presented by Moen.

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3:30PM

Happy Hour – The Rise of Multi-Generational Living RSVP HERE

Between the pandemic and anxieties of inflation and an uncertain economy, many are making the practical choice to combine households … but what does this mean for home design? Join to learn more about how flexibility, accessibility and a balance of private and common spaces must be considered to support the wellbeing of all who occupy a home – and how to support these needs in a way that still allows for beautiful design.

Sponsored by Moen.

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Moderator: Pamela McNally, SVP Marketing + Digital NKBA
Panelists:
Sydney Marshman, Occupational Therapist and CEO Happy At Home Consulting
Patti Carpenter, Trend Forecaster and Principal Carpenter + Company
Danielle DeBoe Harper, Senior Creative Style Manager, Moen
Jessica Birchfield, Principal Industrial Designer, Fortune Brands

February 2

9:15AM

BrandTalks : NKBA Design Bites – Behind the Scenes

10:30AM

Designhounds Influencer Meetup RSVP HERE

You see them everywhere at KBIS. Modenus Media’s Designhounds have been scouring KBIS and tradeshows around the world in search of best in class design trends and innovations since 2011. Join us for Donuts + Coffee to learn what it takes to be a Designhound and what’s next for the network of over the over 700 design influencers that have joined the ranks of the most successfull design influencer program in our industry.

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