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Kitchen Design for Aging in Place


A number of today’s baby boomers are looking to stay in their homes. They are willing to spend as much money as they need to renovate their spaces to accommodate their growing needs – now and into the future. Some of them may be dealing with vision issues, while others are less mobile than they used to be, but all of them want an attractive kitchen design that focuses on accessibility and ease of use for all members of the household. This webinar will discuss how to accurately design all facets of the kitchen for those aging in place. (Live webcast aired September 24, 2019.)

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Chelsie Butler (Moderator)

Executive Editor
Kitchen & Bath Business

Chelsie Butler has been an editor for various trade magazines in the Atlanta area since graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree in 1993. Titles relevant to her current position as the executive editor of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine have included Atlanta Home Improvement, Commercial Construction, Hospitality Construction and Commercial Kitchens magazines, as well as Design:Retail, a KBB sister publication. She has participated in panels at multiple industry events, including Coverings, KBIS and ICFF, and during her time in her current position, the magazine has won two prestigious Azbee awards and one from Trade Association Business Publications International. Besides her career, another of Chelsie’s passions is volunteering at a local animal rescue shelter, which she has been involved with for seven years.

Robin Weeter, CAPS (Speaker)

Capstone Lifestyles Inc.

Robin C. Weeter, CAPS, is founder and president of Hendersonville, N.C.-based Capstone Lifestyles Inc. His most recent experience of 34 years in residential kitchen design includes 13 years in the Aspen, Colo. market, and he moved to the Asheville, N.C., area in 2012. Through personal experiences and European design study, Weeter often implements the minimalist design approach of accessible, functional stations (or zones) in planning for aging-in-place clientele. He and his team consider a client’s existing and potential physical and mobility impairments in their designs, as well as comfortable access to all areas of the home.

Michael Kaestner, CLIPP (Speaker)

Kaestner Designs

Michael Kaestner, CLIPP, of Philadelphia-based Kaestner Designs is a 15-plus-year veteran in the kitchen & bath industry and obtained CLIPP certification through the Living In Place Institute in 2019. He has been elected as the new communications chair for the NKBA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and was recently selected to join the 2020 Design Advisory Council. A lifetime student of the trade, Kaestner is consistently attending both national and regional interior design shows and events to provide insight to his audience. He ensures a successful project each and every time by investing energy in getting to know his clients.

Karen Smith (Sponsor)

Brand Communication Coordinator


Brand Communication Coordinator
Blum US

As Blum’s brand communication coordinator, Karen Smith does a lot more than create press releases. She’s also responsible for some of Blum’s research topics, which work to help industry professionals look beyond traditional ways of designing cabinets. Not only is she passionate about sharing Blum’s ideas about how to squeeze every possible inch out of spaces, she also has a history of graphic design and works closely with her team, continuing to find ways of sharing Blum’s story.

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