2016 roundup | upgradesign

The 2016 roundup

Since 2017th is rapidly approaching like it has nothing better to do, we can’t help but reflect on the past year – half a year to be precise. Starting this blog was an incredible thing to do, and to be honest, we didn’t believe we’d be able to dedicate so much time and energy to writing and designing and searching for amazing interiors we share here with you.

It didn’t take a long time from making a decision to actually creating a blog. We didn’t know much about blogging back then, not sure if we now much more now, but we decided to wing it and learn along the way.

Christmas holidays are already so stressful and with new year’s eve coming (and for us this year that also means one important wedding day) we decided to take it slow and take a look back at our past posts.Read More »

Color in an interior - part II: Adam Wiercinski Architekt / MIEL Arquitectos / NimTim architects

Colors in an interior – part II

While searching for amazingly designed colorful apartments (and you wouldn’t believe how many of them are out there) we started to wonder: is monochrome trend really just a line of least resistance? Almost a foolproof method for good apartment design?

It may be so, but we believe that before monochrome became a thing – and we’re not talking about all black and white, we’re talking about white and warm shades of grey combined with natural finish materials – everyone was going nuts painting their walls peach*, that such drastic move needed to be done.

*You see, we try to be objective in our posts, which isn’t really a problem (nor true for that matter), because we only write about interiors we adore, but we have to say we hate peach – love the fruit hate the color.Read More »

Christmas chocolate crinkles: Christmas special | upgradesign

Chocolate crinkles

We LOVE chocolate so, of course, we love all kinds of chocolate cakes and cookies. After our favorite brownie recipe, we decided to share with you one of our all-time Christmas favorite – chocolate crinkles.
It is the week before Christmas and we bet most of you are spending all your spare time in the kitchen baking. If these cookies are not already on your list we suggest putting them in. 🙂Read More »

Color in an interior: AKTA studio // Lim+Lu

Colors in an interior

Our college professor once told: ”I suggested my client to paint her walls gray. She said purple was her favorite color. So I suggested her to buy a purple scarf.”

One of the most common comments we receive when we say “I’m an architect.” is something like: “Oh, I would really love if you’d tell me how to paint my walls, I’m terrible at choosing colors!” Well, it is hard to choose a right color for your interior since there is no such thing as the right color.

Colors are something that should be on your mind from the beginning of the design process. Every material and piece of furniture should be chosen in relation to those colors. Simply put, the color of the walls (or floors) is not the same thing as curtains or carpets, it’s not an accessory. Color has almost the same role as interior lighting  – it even affects interior lighting.Read More »

2017 calendar | upgradesign

2017 free printable calendar

So, today we’re not going to make you spend more money on cute gifts or spend your well deserved free time on DIY cards. Relax, make some hot chocolate, get cozy and let your printer do all the work.

It’s nearly mid-December and we think this is the best time to start preparing for the next year. For us, the most important New Year’s resolution is to be more organized. As architects, we have that area covered, but as bloggers – not so much. So, instead of doing work, we did something to help us plan to do the work. That’s productive, right? Read More »

Bevk Perović Arhitekti - SMOKE lamp

About interior lighting

To understand the basic psychology behind interior lighting design, think about daylight. A cloudy, gray day causes people to feel listless; people feel more energetic and positive on a sunny day. That difference between dreary and bright is the quality of light. If you simply introduce general illumination into a room to permit vision, you created a cloudy day.

That may sound bad, but the truth is this: identifying the activity that will occur in a space is the first step in lighting design process. If you’re designing space for work or learning, home office or any space for some kind of complex task, the environment should be simple. If you think about it, it is easier to work on a cloudy day because there is much less distraction.Read More »

DIY Christmas pop-up cards: CITY pop-up card | upgradesign

DIY Christmas pop-up cards

If you are a fan of DIY and you LOVE Christmas time as much as we do, this is a perfect post for you. Today we will show you how to easily make a pop-up card. You might think: “Why on earth would I make a pop-up card when I can buy any card I want?” Well, we can’t argue that, but we can promise that you will be remembered as the queen/king of Christmas cards. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?Read More »

McLaren.Excell - Ingersoll Road

Tips and tricks for beautiful home workspace

Raise your hand if you don’t have and don’t need a work space in your home… That’s what we thought so, only a few of you raised it. We feel like today it’s almost impossible not to have a workspace in your home. Most of us go straight to our computer right after we take our shoes off when entering the apartment – whether it’s to search for some holiday inspiration and check your social media or hop on to some ‘off work’ work. For us, it’s the last one most of the time.

Whether you’re in the first group or in the second one you’ll have to agree with us it’s important to have a good, organized and clutter-free workspace.Read More »