DIY Kokedama string garden

DIY Kokedama string garden

You all know we are big fans of plants of all kind. We love them in amazing pots, wired and wooden plant stands, growing in a home garden and of course hanging from the ceiling.
A few months ago we showed you how to make a Macrame Plant Hanger and now, thanks to ProFlowers, we have a chance to show you how to make a Kokedama string garden.

Remember what we said the last time? Even if you’re not planning to remodel your apartment at this moment, maybe your plants can get a new place to stay.
This DIY is really easy, and not at all time-consuming, so let’s get down to business. Here’s the ProFlowers‘s Complete Guide to Making a Kokedama String Garden:

Kokedama is a Japanese gardening method where a plant’s roots are wrapped in moss, bound by string and suspended. The name comes from the Japanese koke, meaning “moss” and dama meaning “ball”. Although this art form is centuries old, it now takes on a more modern and minimalist form. Continue reading “DIY Kokedama string garden”

9 things chefs can teach us about interior design

9 things chefs can teach us about interior design

Interiors are like meals. All we need are food and shelter, right?

Yes.  You could live in a home that feels like whatever, just as much as you could live out of microwave heated TV dinners that taste like whatever. The question is: do you want to?

You see, somehow, something as ordinary as a meal can also be as extraordinary as a meal. With a little more time, passion, quality materials and the right technic.

And we honestly believe the same principle works for interiors. Continue reading “9 things chefs can teach us about interior design”

Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use

“But how do you start?”

This simple question got us thinking. It wasn’t about how to design something specific, it wasn’t even about how to design an apartment as a whole, it was about how to start designing an apartment as a whole. It was about the small slice of time where the design begins.

As we were remembering all of our projects, the answer cleared up. We start with a client’s wish that seems like something that can’t be done. Sometimes because the space is too small, sometimes because building structure is not flexible enough (with only load-bearing walls and nothing to tear down), sometimes because the client wants two contradictory things.

The “impossible wish” is a priority because it is also the reason clients contact us in the first place. Without it, most of them would probably do the remodel by themselves.

That approach is based on our honest belief design solves problems.

And design does solve problems. Continue reading “Malte Wittenberg and Studio BLB redesigned 19th-century apartment into an art space with both private and public use”

Why simple will always be trendy

Why simple will always be trendy

This post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.

And we are thrilled to be a part of this competition. The topic, “Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now“, intrigued us immediately, but we also found it quite challenging.

Because usually, we don’t talk about trends. We don’t talk about the style of interiors we feature. If we did, we’d use a phrase “contemporary interior” way too often. Since, by rule, we feature interiors designed during the past five years or so, “contemporary” really goes without saying.

Yet, when searching for inspiration, we never actually use the keyword “contemporary”.

It’s because “contemporary” doesn’t distinct the good from the not so good. The time-frame is the only restriction there since, at this point, building technology and materials have almost no limits. Everything produced these days, is automatically contemporary. And also, these days everything can be produced.

So it’s almost like, when talking about quality, the exact time when something was designed or created, means nothing.

Actually, it’s not even almost like that. It’s exactly like that. Continue reading “Why simple will always be trendy”

20 Instagram accounts you should follow today to inspire you tomorrow

20 Instagram accounts you should follow today to inspire you tomorrow

There’s nothing as tempting as that snooze button the moment the alarm sets off.

But you never actually hear someone saying: “I’m so glad I hit the snooze like 30 times this morning.” Nothing good snoozing ever brought to anyone, yet it still exists. Is there somewhere an evil genius collecting a royalty for her/his invention that’s making the entire world – too late?

According to wonderful lifestyle blogs we follow, number one way to make yourself stop snoozing is to plan a morning activity you enjoy.

After months of planning morning yoga but ending up snoozing, and planning to journal but ending up snoozing, and planning lovely breakfasts but ending up snoozing again, we realized it’s also important to plan a morning activity you really enjoy and not the one you wish you enjoyed.

While we admit scrolling through Instagram feed is not the most mindful way to spend the beginning of your day, we can guarantee it’s the perfect transition from sleepy, lazy self to inspired and energetic better-self.

That’s why we created a collection of 20 of our favorite Instagram accounts. The ones that inspire us every morning to get up and do something just as beautiful. Continue reading “20 Instagram accounts you should follow today to inspire you tomorrow”

5 ways home remodel is just like taking a vacation

5 ways home remodel is just like taking a vacation

Did you know that statistically, twelve out of thirteen people choose a vacation over a home remodel?

It is weird, isn’t it? Also, it is a lie. Or maybe a lucky guess. There’s really no way to know.

However, skipping a vacation to start a remodel makes sense – all of the sudden, you find yourself with an extra amount of money and free time. To successfully finish a remodel, you need both.

But would you give up something you were probably looking forward to for a long period of time, to do something that’s not really enjoyable until it’s over?

While discussing this topic – over the phone, since one of us is on the vacation and the other one is in the middle of a living room remodel (hey, maybe the vacation:remodel ratio is 50:50!) – we came to a conclusion: there’s really no need to choose between a vacation and a remodel, because home remodel is just like (if not better than) taking a vacation.

Now, we can see you, skeptic Reader, shaking your head with disapproval. But bare with us, as we elaborate. Continue reading “5 ways home remodel is just like taking a vacation”