4 designer details to make your shower stand out

4 designer details to make your shower stand out

Remember way back when we wrote about tiles? To tell you the truth, it is still our no. 1 post – the one which brought most of you to our blog.

And it’s not because we said something groundbreaking about them, but because we showed how beautiful and versatile they can be.

Among others, we showed wonderful tiles from Mercury Mosaics.

And now Mercedes from Mercury Mosaics asked us to write a guest post for our blog. The thing is, we would have asked her to be our guest writer because we truly admire their work, but we would never think she’d be willing to do it. Isn’t it funny?

So today, we are happy to share with you this post we loved so much. Because you’ll love it, too.

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Shower walls have become a canvas for some of the most stunning splashes of pattern & color gracing the bathroom. Besides the kitchen space, bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in a residence. You get ready in this space, you recharge, occasionally relax and self-care happens here, this space isn’t “just a room”. Within this most-important sanctuary is the ever-loved shower. In modern times, you’re more likely to find a shower than a tub, so why not spend a little more time on the details that matter to make the shower the best it can be.  There are 4 details that really stand out: Continue reading “4 designer details to make your shower stand out”

How not to plan a kitchen

How not to plan a kitchen

We started to plan this kitchen over a year ago. You might even remember our post about the simplest way to plan a home improvement project. The sketch in the notebook featured in that post is the sketch of this kitchen-to-be.

Project execution began in July 2017.

Yes, the execution began even though the design wasn’t quite finished. It still isn’t finished, to be precise.

The plan was to install the kitchen by the mid-June 2018. And yes, “mid-June” is in one week.

Here’s what happened: Continue reading “How not to plan a kitchen”

New apartment: bathroom reveal

New apartment: bathroom reveal

Looking back, my bathroom remodel was more like a chain of decisions than one carefully designed solution.

Probably because the designing process lasted more than a year. And because I was constantly finding myself stubbornly stuck on something I wanted even though it was quite clear I should do the opposite.

So we thought, maybe you’d like to read about my personal battles during the remodel process (while checking out how it turned out). It might be helpful, in case you’re going through something similar with the architect/designer you hired – except this was quite ridiculous since I – the client, was fighting with me – the architect.

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An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior

An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior

Our clients seem to think that a balcony should be a separate space. Often we hear about how frustrated they are because they have a balcony that is only one meter wide, or even less.
Not much can fit in a room that is only one meter wide, but if your room could be one meter wider, that would be great, right?

That’s exactly how you should treat your outdoor space; balcony, terrace or even backyard.

Outdoor space is connected to a room – a bedroom, a kitchen or a living room – as its extension. We found some great projects to show you what we mean. Continue reading “An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior”

How to choose a perfect kitchen backsplash

How to choose a perfect kitchen backsplash

As you may or may not know, we’re currently designing Tina’s new kitchen. To tell you the truth, this process started six months ago – with this simplest remodel plan.

But don’t get discouraged. It doesn’t take half a year to design a kitchen.

The thing is, for personal projects, we like to have way too much time. We simply want to allow ourselves to change our minds somewhere in the middle of the process. Also, life happens, so projects like these can’t always be a priority.

But it does take a certain amount of time. To design a kitchen is not the easiest thing to do. Because you want it to be functional. Because you want it to be practical. And because there are so many decisions you have to make.

The refrigerator, the stove, the oven, the microwave, the sink, the tap, the dishwasher. The lighting, the drawers, the shelves, the knobs and handles, the fronts, the base, the worktop. The backsplash.

So how to choose the perfect backsplash?

No, scratch that.

How to design a perfect backsplash?

That makes a lot more sense.  Continue reading “How to choose a perfect kitchen backsplash”

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”

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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