How to wrap gifts like an architect

How to wrap gifts like an architect

Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Ok.
It’s inside that counts.
Sure.

But do you feel like packaging is as important as a gift inside?

Because we kinda do.

Nice gift wrap is like a cute outfit. You wouldn’t waste it on a mediocre event, right? So if you want to show someone you tried really hard to find the perfect gift, take some time to make it pretty.

Now, if you want to wrap a gift like an architect, make sure the paper, once wrapped around, looks neat. For edges, use the scotch-tape that’s almost invisible (the matt-looking tape instead of the glossy one). To attach decorations, use washi tape. And use boxes for everything whit irregular shape. Aren’t those messy gifts the worst? Continue reading “How to wrap gifts like an architect”

How to design a kitchen island

How to design a kitchen island

Not sure if we’ve ever had a client who didn’t want a kitchen island.

It doesn’t really come as  a surprise since there are so many ways to use one:

– extra food preparation area (and we who cook at home know there’s no such thing as too much free worktop)
– a place for your guests to gather around
– a place for serving finger food or entrees when hosting dinner parties
– storage space
– a place for eating breakfast – or any other meal for that matter

But to design a kitchen island that will serve you the best, you need to consider both the way you want to use it and the size of your kitchen. And even though you don’t want to hear this, the size of your kitchen has the final saying in this decision.

The truth is, sometimes the kitchen island does more damage than good. Continue reading “How to design a kitchen island”

2018 free printable calendar

2018 free printable calendar

Oh, the December. Isn’t it weird how you want it to last forever but also feel like you have to start planning for the next year?

We are ashamed to admit, but we have our editorial calendar filled up only until the end of this month. Who knows what are we going to write about in January? Since things are about to get pretty messy for us, we thought maybe you’re also in trouble!

So we decided to share with you three calendars we designed to help you stay on top of the things. They represent different approaches to the planning process, so we believe at least one of them will work for you. Continue reading “2018 free printable calendar”

How to light up your home in 3 simple steps

How to light up your home in 3 simple steps

Does this sound familiar? You carefully chose every piece of furniture, you perfectly combined materials and colours, you brought in just enough decorations and styled them like a pro. You completely transformed your bathroom and moved the kitchen fixtures to the opposite side of the room. You remodelled your home.

And luminaires? Well, you left them where they were. It’s not simple nor cheap to change the position of light fixtures.

We agree, it’s not. But interior lighting is such an important part of home design, it should never be overlooked. How to design interior lighting? We’re glad you asked!

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How to bring the magic of Christmas into your home

How to bring the magic of Christmas into your home

We love Christmas as much as we love the home interior design. Okay, maybe we love Christmas a little bit more, but it would be weird to start a Christmas blog and post Christmas related posts all year long. Or would it?

Well anyhow,  we think about Christmas decorating the same way we think about our other projects. We like to choose timeless over trendy (which is a great way to avoid buying new ornaments every year), we like to work with natural materials and neutral colours, and we like to keep things simple.

Cold winter weather – at least here where we live. Foggy days and long nights. Blankets and socks. Sparkling lights. Peace. Laughter. Mulled wine.

To bring the magic of Christmas into your home means to enhance the ambience already set outside, and to enable the feel-good activities. Continue reading “How to bring the magic of Christmas into your home”

3 reasons to organize a workspace in a bedroom

3 reasons to organize a workspace in a bedroom

Yes, we know.

If you work in the same room you sleep in, you won’t get enough quality sleep. Or, if you sleep in the same room you work in, you’ll have a hard time focusing on the tasks – your brain will be in the “relax mode”. Because that’s how our brains work.

But… is it?

For some people, yes. However, after years of living in homes with a workspace-bedroom combo here’s what we learned:

  1. Work – not the workspace – is the reason we don’t get enough sleep.
  2. We can procrastinate everywhere – not just near the bed.

We also learned there’s almost no such thing as a big-enough apartment. And that’s why we’d like you to reconsider the workspace-in-the-bedroom option.

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Styling with Advent wreath

Styling with Advent wreath

If there’s one thing we like, it’s the creative reinterpretation of traditional elements. Finding a new way to use something we’re all familiar with is as useful in architecture as it is in floral arranging and cooking.

Advent wreath was always one of our favourite Christmas traditions. Counting down weeks until Christmas is an exciting time for kids, but creating (or picking) a new wreath each year was always an exciting time for us. Because we fully decorate our homes a week before Christmas, the Advent wreath is like a little sneak peek at Christmas styling.

For years, we only used them as table centrepieces. This year, we used them to create little Christmas nooks, perfect for styling a console table in the entryway or a sideboard in the living room.

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