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August 20, 2009

Zoning

Filed under: Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 11:57 am

Zoning

In my experience, the most successful kitchens I’ve designed have been those where I’ve used the concept of "zoning"..

What is zoning?

I investigate my clients’ lifestyle and design a kitchen accordingly by creating zones for certain activities & storage. For example, those who do juicing daily get a juicing zone – an area where the juicer fits easily and is near to the sink & waste-disposal. Those who drink tea & coffee a lot get a "coffee zone" – an area where the kettle / coffeemaker sits, with a cabinet next or above for mugs & cups, tea & coffee. I like to fit these areas into a roll-up cabinet – or make a feature out of them by leaving them open (doorless) and cover the sides and back with contrasting materials, such as hardwood, glass or aluminium. They become a sort of window – see examples below.

June 3, 2009

Art Deco

Filed under: Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 10:18 am

Art Deco

Art Deco was the dominant design style between two world wars. In our minds we associate it with skyscrapers, exciting ocean liners and Hollywood glamour. It was actually a design movement originated in Europe to modernize art, architecture and design – and living. It was known as modernistic or Style Moderne until the 60′s when Bevis Hilier, a British art critic & dealer came up with the Art deco label.

September 1, 2008

Chinese decoration

Filed under: Feng Shui,Home Decorating,Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 2:40 pm

LampThe Olympics in Beijing probably made most of us a bit more interested in Chinese culture – be it the food, traditions, Feng Shui or decoration. If it’s the Chinese decoration that caught your imagination, here are a few tips and ideas as to how achieve the look easily and cheaply..

Chinese decoration is about simplicity and order – so the first thing you need to do is clear the clutter and tidy up to let the energy (chi) to flow around more easily. Then decide whether you just want a few accessories to add that “Chinese” feeling or want a more radical solution – such as redecorating and/or refurbishing. If you just want to update a room with a few Chinese elements – here are few decorative details that should do the trick:

October 13, 2006

Glossy interiors

Filed under: Home Decorating,Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 10:18 am

As I wrote in the previous article, gloss and lacquered finishes are yet again fashionable. However, you don’t need to replace all your furniture, with a bit of imagination you can update your home to shine!

Walls

If you’re happy with the wall colors, just add a shimmery or pearly  layer of varnish or glaze over the existing paint. If you want to change the color scheme, choose  seductive yet subdued colors, such as chocolate, coffee-latte, caramel, ivory, sage, pink, mauve, taupe – either in a gloss finish, or add a top layer of transparent shiny glaze. Wallpapers are also back – big time. But don’t cover all walls, just a feature wall in a textured, glamorous and shiny or metallic finish. Look out for bronze and gold – these two metallic finishes are taking over from silver & chrome.

October 5, 2006

High Gloss finishes

Filed under: Home Decorating,Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 2:54 pm

After a period of matt finishes being the trend, gloss is back and it’s everywhere – on walls, walls, furniture and ornaments.  This new trend was started by the nostalgic inspiration of Art deco and Hollywood Glamour of the twenties and thirties, but now every modern chic interior has to shimmer by glossy surfaces.

Applying a high-gloss finish to surfaces started in the kitchen. Over the last year or so we have seen a shift from using dark wood veneer to lacquered glossy surfaces.  Kitchen doors have become shiny – black, red & white – and these are combined with mirrored, metallic or coloured glass tiles and splash-backs.  Even Ikea has brought out their Abstract range in these high-gloss finishes, which are hugely successful worldwide..

September 8, 2006

Bathroom Decor Trends

Filed under: Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 3:47 pm

For the last couple of years two approaches have been dominating bathroom design & decoration – the modern and the natural.

The modern bathroom is about high-tech gadgets and finishes. This look is defined by walk-in showers with frameless glass panels or a wet-room;  wall-mounted taps; wall-mounted TV; mood-lighting systems; steam enclosures; chrome, glass and ceramic finishes and so on.  However, lots of people now find this look very cold and clinical and choose another style when they remodel their bathroom..

  

August 24, 2006

Small Rooms

Filed under: Interior Design,Uncategorized — DO or DIY @ 4:44 pm

We are living in smaller homes than we used to, yet we need to accommodate more stuff than ever before. In our previous article on decorating small spaces, we wrote about some of the basic rules of designing small rooms. If you’ve just moved into a smallish apartment or house read that article first – and here we have also put together some more tips about decorating small rooms..

Paint the walls with white or natural colors – use eggshell or satin paint on the walls, these bounce light back into the room.

June 20, 2006

Spare room

Filed under: Home Decorating,Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 2:56 pm

When we are lucky enough to have a spare room in our home, most of us turn it into a guest bedroom. We place a double bed and some undesired furniture into the room and wait for the guests arrive. This is all very well if you have regular guests or run a B&B. But if you only have to put up the occasional guest, the room is wasted most of the time. So why don’t you give it another function?..

May 15, 2006

Spring remodeling

Filed under: DIY Project,Home Decorating,Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 2:58 pm

If you have a remodeling project, spring time is probably the best time to do it. By now you should have thought about what you need to remodel rather than just redecorate. Remodeling requires the revamping of a space, so it’s normally a more time-consuming and expensive project..
 
Nevertheless you should also think about decorative elements; what style, what color scheme your new space will be and within what budget. As I said in the previous article about spring decoration, you must think about your home as a whole picture – there should be an overall feel to it, not a mish-mash of ideas, themes and styles. Don’t just follow magazine photos or other peoples’ homes – sure, be inspired by them, but let your imagination and personality manifest themselves!

May 29, 2005

Wabi-Sabi

Filed under: Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 6:31 pm

Wabi Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is the latest interior design trend. But what is it?

Apparently it’s an ancient Japanese aesthetic that sees beauty in nature, simplicity, imperfection and impermanence. Wabi is a spiritual path to simplicity and solitude whilst Sabi is a natural process through age resulting in objects that are irregular, unpretentious and impermanent. Isn’t Wabi-Sabi therefore the new name for minimalism?..

Well, minimalism is also meant to be an aesthetic experience to stimulate a holistic perspective of life. But, as I discussed in a previous article, minimalism seems to have had its day, mainly because the media and the mainstream home-stores have commercialised the look (but not the concept)… so interiors and furniture became cheap-looking, shallow, empty… nothing…

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