Three weeks until closing: ask your Award questions here!

Three weeks until closing: ask your Award questions here!

Entries for the KBDi Designer Awards 2018 program close at 12 noon (your local time) on Monday, 19 February.

Have you received your entry pack yet? Register here and we’ll send you all you need to get started, including Entry Guidelines, Judging Criteria and this year’s Entry Forms. You’ll find the Powerpoint Template in the Members Area of our website, and we’re always available to answer any questions you can’t find the answers to.

If you have a query about the judging criteria or entry process, we encourage you to add it to the comments field below and we’ll get back to you asap.


Update your skills and ‘up the ante’ in 2018

Update your skills and ‘up the ante’ in 2018

Was ‘update skills’ listed amongst your New Year’s resolutions? Will getting a formal qualification in your field help you ‘up the ante’ in 2018?

KBDi’s Education Partner, Designer Training Australia, offers courses specially tailored for Kitchen Designers, Bathroom Designers, Interior Designers, Interior Decorators and Cabinet Makers.

They have a range of options for training and professional development, from the formal qualification for our industry (see below) to a fantastic range of short courses for those looking for a targeted skill update. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you’ll appreciate that all courses are delivered online; you can complete the work from anywhere in Australia at the time of day most convenient for you.

Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces [MSF40313]

This is still the only specialised qualification and the #1 course in Australia for professional kitchen and bathroom designers. With the course delivered all online/distance, with support from DTA’s very experienced tutors, you can study from anywhere in Australia during the times that work best for you.

See the full course outline here, and enquire about DTA’s special rates for KBDi Members today!

Project Design Series (Short Courses)

If you’re looking to add some specific knowledge and skills to your toolbelt, check out the range of online short courses available, including:

Effective Lighting for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Drafting Standards for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Wardrobe Planning
3D Sketchup for Residential Interiors (private online classes with a tutor)
2D Autocad for Residential Interiors (private online classes with a tutor)
Kitchen Planning
Bathroom Planning
Kitchens and Bathrooms for the Elderly and Disabled

Find out more about these flexible, online short courses here.

To learn more about Designer Training Australia, visit

New Year equals New Sales Targets

New Year equals New Sales Targets

KBDi Affiliate Member, Nina Slade of Prymore Pty Ltd, is a business consultant with a primary focus on the cabinet making and kitchen industry. With almost two decades of experience in the industry, Nina works with business owners to minimise their business stresses and maximize their success. In this article, she shares some great strategies for setting new sales targets in the new year…

Does your business operate on a calendar or financial year?

If it is a calendar year (Jan – Dec), then sales targets for the company and individuals need to be set now!

Many businesses actually don’t have set sales targets. In order to be successful or improve your business, sales targets help you:

  • Monitor the performance of your business and individuals
  • Compare last year against this year to ensure growth is continuous
  • Provide incentives and a goal to yourself and team members
  • Determine if you should spend money on items such as new software package, website etc, or need to pull in the purse strings before it is too late

Setting sales targets is not hard but to some people, it is a task that they just can’t get their heads around. Here are some tips to help you pull the right information to start the year off on a great path:

  1. Print out or obtain from your Accountant, what you did in Sales for the full year and per month for last year (2017) and the year before (2016). This is now providing you with realistic data to help you set realistic targets
  2. Plot the data onto an Excel Spreadsheet or even on a piece of paper. Lay it out as follows:
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
2016 $25k $39k $100k $80k $79k $100k $120k $159k $80k $110k $90k $75k
2017 $21k $45k $83k $110k $99k $114k $95k $126k $100k $90k $158k $100k


  1. Look for monthly trends and note these down – ie: January is always quiet, August & November are big months etc
  2. Add another line to the chart and start plotting down this year’s targets based on
  • Seasonal trends
  • Potential client work
  • Expected growth in the company (ie: new machine, new employee to enable to take on more work)
  • Lifting the targets each year to motivate and create hunger amongst the team to achieve a goal

It should look like this:

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
2016 $25k $39k $100k $80k $79k $100k $120k $159k $80k $110k $90k $75k
2017 $21k $45k $83k $110k $99k $114k $95k $126k $100k $90k $158k $100k
2018 $25k $65k $120k $140k $120k $150k $160k $180k $120k $140k $160k $110k


2018 Total Sales Target = $1,490,000

2017 Total Sales Achieved = $1,141,000

There is no point putting in targets that are unachievable as it just defeats the whole purpose. You and your team members become defeated & depressed. For example: trying to achieve $80k in January will never be achieved if historically you are only open for 10 working day and average around $25k.

Lastly, you need to monitor and review this data every month. Sales targets can be adjusted if unforeseen circumstances occur in the business. These are not set in concrete but are simply providing a tool for you to be in control of your business and be able to monitor the activity.

This year, be organised and make great business decisions based on being proactive not reactive!

Contact Nina for more information:

m: 0414 4447 104



Laminex’s National Design Marketing Manager shares key trend insights for year ahead

Laminex’s National Design Marketing Manager shares key trend insights for year ahead

National Design Marketing Manager for Laminex Australia, Catherine Valente, joined Laminex with a strong background in residential design, including lead design roles in the building and construction industry. Her position at Laminex has seen the development of the iconic Australian brand evolve from a product-led business to a business with design at its core. A designer for over 20 years, Catherine’s focus has always been about creating spaces that engage, enhance and also produce an emotional experience. She believes everyone deserves to have a beautiful space and is passionately driven to enable this.

KBDi will be delighted to introduce Catherine to our SA and WA Members at our upcoming events, where she’ll be sharing a fantastic presentation about the key trend insights for the year ahead.

Adelaide members, find out more about your event here.

Perth members, RSVP here so we can ensure you’re catered for.

The ultimate bathroom organisation with Onda Bathroom range

The ultimate bathroom organisation with Onda Bathroom range

Exclusive to Lincoln Sentry, the Onda Bathroom range provides complete and functional accessories for the bathroom. Made in Italy by Gollinucci, the refined finishes of the Onda range make it the perfect way to complement the design and functionality of the bathroom.

Available in a white or grey matte finish, the Onda range is made up as kits to suit the following drawer depths; 450mm, 400mm, 350mm and 270mm. Kits come assembled and ready to go straight into the drawer, all that needs to be done is adjust to suit the internal width of the drawer.

Each kit comes complete with a range of accessories, and, depending on the size includes:

  • Small Tray – ideal for make-up brushes and combs
  • Cosmetics holder
  • Small box with lid (different configurations to suit the different sizes
  • Tissue box holder (only available to suit depths of 450mm and 400mm)

Each of these accessories can be removed and repositioned within the frame for handy use. Each solution can be integrated with additional accessories that adapt well to the width and depth of most common type drawers.

In addition to the organizational range, there is also a range of vanity bins for the bathroom. The clean modern design and compact dimensions make these bins suitable for use either inside the vanity or attached to the door with the easy to use mounting bracket. There is an option for either a swivel lid or manual lift off lid, with both available in the grey or white matte finish. Each bin has a capacity of 5L, is easy to install and includes the aluminium door mounting bracket.

For more information, contact Lincoln Sentry on 1300 551 919.