How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project

How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project

A home renovation tends to bring the worst out of people.

There.

We said it.

It is stressful. And it’s not stressful because it’s hard to combine different types of tiles or choose a perfect armchair. It’s stressful because you’re about to spend a significant amount of money – maybe even loaned money. It’s stressful because you’re about to sacrifice a lot of your time – and by that, we mean free time you’re used to spending resting or having fun. And it’s stressful because it usually involves a lot of people.

Now, you get to choose how much money you’re willing to spend. You also get to choose how much time you’ll dedicate to this project. But people?

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WHY DIY – a wedding

WHY DIY – a wedding

Okay, you might say we’ve been neglecting this blog. And that might be true. But we were also renovating homes and doing all sorts of things which will soon find their way to this website. Promise.

Most recently – literally a week ago – we designed decorations we’re about to show you. Not because they are something to learn from, but because we think they’re pretty. Isn’t that reason enough?

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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”

5 steps to a spacious small home

5 steps to a spacious small home

How to make a small apartment look bigger?

Not sure that can be done. But how to make a small apartment feel spacious?

Well, that’s a whole other thing.

Now, here’s the harsh truth: just because you live in a small space does not mean you have any less stuff than anyone else.

So the usual scenario is filling up space with closets, cabinets, sofas with storage space, beds with drawers… just to provide as much storage space as possible. But more storage space inventible results with no empty space. While actually, the empty space is what you need.

So let’s see how to do that! Continue reading “5 steps to a spacious small home”

3 ideas for pantry organization

3  ideas for pantry organization

“If I buy a new apartment and design it perfectly, will you write about it on your blog like you did about Lana’s and Nikola’s apartment?” – asked Ana the other day.

“Well sure, but apartment doesn’t have to be new, nor designed perfectly, to be featured on our blog.”

“But I only have a few lovely corners in my current home, and the rest of the space is – meh.”

Now, you probably don’t know Ana, which is a shame – because she’s actually the most beautiful and the funniest girl, who occasionally makes a great point. You see, from the beginning of our blog adventure, we wanted upgradesign to be about both design and upgrades.

About home improvements, no matter how small.

And that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago. Continue reading “3 ideas for pantry organization”

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”

Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home

Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home

Are you picky? Do you have a long wishlist of things you’ll probably never buy because you’re not sure if they’re good enough? Or are you an impulse buyer?

Either way, if you’re currently trying to figure out how to easily upgrade your home, this post is for you.

At the moment, we are remodelling one living room, and we created numerous collections of furniture for our client. We tend to spend quite a lot of time choosing the perfect piece, so we thought – maybe you’d enjoy a sneak peek?

So, this is not our usual ‘Things we love‘ type of post because, let’s be real, not many people can afford the things we love. It’s a collection of beautiful, budget-friendly side tables, chosen from two of our favourite (web)shops (IKEA and ZARA HOME) – literally a click away from your living room. Or bedroom. Or entryway. Continue reading “Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home”