A home renovation tends to bring the worst out of people.
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?
Continue reading “How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project”
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”
“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”
In our families, moms are in charge. They are housekeepers. They are chefs. They are party planners. They do pretty much everything around the house.
They are home designers, of course. And over the years, we realized there is so much to learn about a functional home from, not just our moms, but mothers in general. Because most of them manage to create a functional home for their families, often regardless of the size, or layout, or style of the apartment.
The statements we chose to share with you, are the ones that differ from the things we’d usually advise. Because, as we always try to point out, different things work for different people, and we believe it might be helpful to hear a thing or two from someone who’s not that much into the home ambience, as they are into the practical part of home design. So let’s hear them out! Continue reading “5 things moms can teach us about home interior”
Interiors are like meals. All we need are food and shelter, right?
Yes. You could live in a home that feels like whatever, just as much as you could live out of microwave heated TV dinners that taste like whatever. The question is: do you want to?
You see, somehow, something as ordinary as a meal can also be as extraordinary as a meal. With a little more time, passion, quality materials and the right technic.
And we honestly believe the same principle works for interiors. Continue reading “9 things chefs can teach us about interior design”
Architects and designers are involved in your project as much as you want them to be.
Sometimes clients want “total design”. Sometimes, for different reasons, they want to choose materials and furniture on their own. Sometimes they want a functional solution for their space. Sometimes they want only an advice.
What they never want, is to do the math.
When working for our private clients, we constantly get phone calls with questions like: “I’m choosing tiles for my bathroom at the store right now, how much did you say I have to buy?” or “What’s the maximum width of the sink, I’ve just found the one I like, but I don’t know if it fits.” There’s always some little detail they can’t remember. Or never bothered to check out.
We don’t mind clients asking us questions, but things can get pretty messy if we’re not at the office and we simply can’t look up for the information hidden somewhere among plans, explanations, dimensions, samples of materials, and lists of expenses. Continue reading “The simplest way to plan a remodel”
You can spend your time designing something shi**y or you can spend your time designing something amazing. Either way, the time will be spent. Either way, you’ll be working, not having fun.
So let’s watch TV instead of creating shi**y designs and create something amazing instead of watching TV!
Something like this post. This post is an updated version of our previously published 4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect, but we had to update it because turns out, there’s really a lot of things people don’t know about hiring an architect. Continue reading “7 reasons why you should hire an architect”