About hardwood floors: Wood flooring pattern

About hardwood floors

During my hallway/kitchen renovation, I found these pretty cool tiles. They were slightly textured, in warm gray color, and their longitudinal shape was perfect for a random pattern I had in mind. The first person that came into my apartment after renovation said: “Wow, are those really tiles? They look just like a real hardwood floor!” Wait. WHAT?!

If you read our blog, you probably know by now that we are snobs when it comes to materials. Not in the way that we only like expensive ones, but in the way that we only like honest ones.

And hardwood floors are no exception. They are quite pricey, but if you can afford them, they are definitely worth the money. The thing is, imitations are not really imitations. They may look similar, but the texture is different, floor warmth is different, even sound of footsteps is different. While it is possible to get the look of the room with hardwood floors, you don’t get the feel of the room with hardwood floors.Read More »

Baby girl's room | upgradesign

How to design kids room

The attention new parents pay to nursery room design or decoration is a kind of proof for us that most people really believe surrounding space affects our general well-being.

And it really does. Our clients always seem to mention how they enjoy staying home after they’re done with apartment remodel. Even how less stressed they are since home maintenance is easier when everything is new.

When designing a room for a kid, there are three things you should have in mind:

1. Kids are more serious than you might think

Sure, at some point kids will want a scene from their favourite animated movie drawn on their walls just as much as they will want to be dressed like characters from that movie – after all, they ARE kids (there’s probably not many 5-year-olds who’d describe themselves as Scandinavian style enthusiasts) – but still, it’s never too early to create environment with aesthetic value for your kids.Read More »

CIAA - Icaraí Apartment

CIAA designed functional small apartment painted in pastels

To answer the question why we love our jobs, we’d probably say it’s because of this: if you think of your apartment as your little world, we have a chance to literally make the world a better place for our clients.

Not just prettier, but better. Interior design combines aesthetics with functionality and treats them as equals. However, when it comes to private apartments, where a budget is also an issue, we seem to love functionality a tiny bit more. But to design space that serves its owners the best way possible is not the easiest thing to do. You see, we know what is beautiful and we could write about thousands of beautiful interiors, without really knowing if they’re functional.

At the beginning of a designing process, we ask our clients about their everyday life. Do they cook or eat outside? Do they often entertain? Do they work from home? Do they have a lot of stuff? Do they enjoy long bubble baths? Are they early birds or night owls? This is where functionality comes from.

Don’t worry if you’re not really sure what are we talking about – we found the perfect apartment to show you what we mean.Read More »

i.s.m.architecten - LVDV

4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect

Good afternoon.
I want to renovate my apartment. I’m sending you a layout that I drew to show you what I want to do. I am open to your suggestions, but please be aware of the fact I want my apartment to be simple and functional.

Best regards,
– client.

Do you see the problem with this e-mail that was sent to our incredibly talented friend a few weeks ago? There’s this client who thought he had to “draw a layout” by himself before contacting her because he thinks that’s the only way to make sure that his apartment will be functional and simple.

People seem to think that working with architects is quite different then what we like to believe it is, so we decided to share few crucial things you might not know about hiring an architect.Read More »