Any apartment renovation is a complex task, but to renovate an apartment in a historical building is a big challenge for architects.
Dynamic between the old and the new is always present – sometimes due to financial and other times due to sentimental reasons – but in historic buildings, as architects (and owners!) we almost have the moral obligation to preserve everything worth preserving – to even enhance it.
Oh and how we love to study new ways of combining the old and the new. We love to see the story of an old apartment adapted to meet the current needs of its owners. And we know you love that, too.
And we know you will love this apartment in an art déco mansion in Vienna (built in 1931.), as much as we do. Continue reading “IFUB* designed inspiring interior in a historical apartment perfectly combining the old and the new”
We guess you’re somewhat familiar with terrazzo, but would you consider terrazzo flooring in your home?
Because terrazzo is back. It has been back for quite some time. And we’re not gonna lie to you – it’s getting pretty frustrating suggesting this amazing material (blend of materials, to be precise) to our clients, only to see them shake their heads with disagreement.
Just give it a chance! Continue reading “Why we love terrazzo”
We’re not sure about your level of excitement right now, but ours is pretty high.
Have you seen what Ikea prepared for this April? We’re mesmerized!
And how could we not love Ikea designs? Something for everybody – that’s their motto! As we were scrolling through the new catalogues (we spent almost the whole March scrolling around), we spotted few must-have items – not because they are so hip and trendy, but because they are designed as something we wished we owned ten years ago and will want to own ten years from now!
We’ll show you our favourites and introduce you to those collections, and we hope you’ll also find something for your must-have list. One of those is limited edition collection, that means they are here today but might be gone tomorrow so be quick and smart. Enjoy! Continue reading “New Ikea collections for our March favourites”
“But shouldn’t we choose furniture that will increase in value over time?” asked Maks (you don’t know Maks yet) the other day.
And he got us thinking.
The reality is: we can’t really commit to one “style” and we want to be able to redo our entire home when we get bored with it, without breaking the bank.
That’s just the way things work these days. Or at least they used to work.
Are you familiar with the term “capsule wardrobe”? Even though it tends to get pretty extreme, it’s actually a pretty cool concept.
The same logic could be applied to furniture and small decorative pieces. Instead of dozens of temporary designs, how about we start to work on, basically, a capsule interior? Continue reading “How to start a capsule interior”
Oh gosh. If this weren’t a design blog, the list of our February favourites would probably consist of coffee and chocolate. And Ritter Sport Kaffeesplitter – which is basically coffee in chocolate. Seriously, have you tasted it? It’s the best!
But being busy (isn’t that the most annoying expression ever?) never stopped us from noticing pretty things. And we would hate to see it stop you.
That’s why we curated this collection of our (non-eatable) favourites. Hope you’ll like our February list.
Enjoy! Continue reading “February favourites”
Have you ever avoided to try certain dish just because you thought you won’t like it? Or to wear a certain outfit just because you believed you’re not slim/tall/tan enough to pull it off? And then someone talked you into it, and you were surprised how wonderful it tasted/fitted?
I probably wouldn’t have tried chicken curry if my sister hadn’t insisted. Nor would I have bought a golden skirt. But that’s another story.
The point is, designers and architects are a lot like my sister. They are pretty bold decision makers. They want to take an interior (or family weeknight dinner) to the next level.
And maybe you won’t like some of them. Maybe you’ll believe them to be over-designed, or too minimalist. And that’s ok. Because even though we strongly believe there’s an objective way to observe an interior and see if the design is good or not, the fact is, our emotions and our taste affect the way we see things.
Yet, even though we maybe don’t like the style of an apartment, it is so important to really study its details. There’s always something to learn from professional architects, just trust us on this one.
Remember that time we learned how to place a washing machine in the dead corner of the L-shaped kitchen? We would miss that ingenious solution if we had focused on the fact we don’t really like OSB in interiors. Okay, we loved it from the very beginning, but you see what we mean.
Here’s the thing. We love to experiment, and we love to see projects of architects who experiment. Who use a lot of textures and materials and manage to combine the impossible. And this usually goes for bathrooms and kitchens, probably because there’s a lot of details to experiment with. Continue reading “Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts”
We can proudly say we are getting better and better in keeping our plants alive. We replanted about 20 Chinese money plants last year and, as you’ve probably seen on Instagram, Petra is successfully growing avocados from seeds. You know by now we are big fans of plants of all kind, and each day we’re looking for a new way to display them in our homes.
Last year we made a Macrame Plant Hanger – first DIY post for our blog’s first birthday. Thanks to the fact Taylor from ProFlowers saw that post and loved it, we got to share their DIY project Kokedama string garden on our blog. And now, once again they have an amazing tutorial for you.
This DIY is easy and perfect for all of you who enjoy little home projects, so let’s get down to business. Here’s the ProFlowers‘s DIY Ladder Plant Stand:
A DIY ladder plant stand is a great space-saving solution for those that are running out of room to decorate with plants or are tired of standard shelving. Plus, the ladder plant stand will help you curate the perfect indoor garden – maybe even a herb garden in the kitchen? The best part of this do-it-yourself project is that you get to design a display that fits your preferred taste and style. Continue reading “DIY Ladder plant stand”