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”
We are so excited for this final step.
You see, now we get to believe we helped some of you design your perfect home, or at least inspired you to start thinking about beautifying your apartment and simplifying your everyday life through interior design. Because maybe, some of you read our Home renovation in four steps series and thought: “I really think I can do this!”
Because you can do this.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know we have this #motivationmonday thing going on. One of our favorite quotes from brilliant Bernard Tschumi is: “I always insist that architecture is not about the knowledge of form, but the form of knowledge. But we [architects] are not the only ones who have the right to talk about this form of knowledge, others can talk about it, too.”
We are architects who are also bloggers. Sometimes, we like to think we design cards. Petra loves photography and Tina wants to write a children’s book. Probably about a little girl who loves water but hates when her hands get wet. #greatideaforabook
So yes, you can do this.
To prove it to you, in our final step we will not show you yet another amazing interior, designed to its last detail, by a team of professional architects and designers.
We will show you a home. A simple home, from our favorite decorator who works in a designer furniture store, but is sometimes a flower designer plus a make-up artist. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step four”
I bake cakes for my family reunions. Every time, I bake this stupid, simple, four layers cake, which is basically pavlova with store-bought vanilla frosting, “homemade forest fruit jam” (that contains nothing but few cups of frozen forest fruit and two tablespoons sugar), topped with whipped cream. And every year I bake “the ultimate chocolate cake” or “the world’s best birthday cake” or “the devil’s food cake” or “the perfect Christmas log”. But no one cares. Everyone just wants the first one. If I’m lucky, there’s someone allergic to strawberries or someone who simply doesn’t believe in desserts without chocolate – who eats a piece of the other one. And the sad part is, this semi-store-bought-fake-pavlova is also my favorite.
Why do we do this? If we have an option that works every time, or we saw an option that could work, why do we stubbornly try to invent something new?
Just like cooking, interior design is not about making stuff up. It is about knowing the rules, finding inspiration, and then creatively implementing those rules, other people’s smart solutions you find inspiring, and your own ideas – into a new, original design.
In Step three of the Four steps to a home renovation, we will show you how to get inspired by amazing interiors to make sure you’re going to love the final result of your apartment remodel. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step three”
Welcome to the STEP TWO of the Home renovation in four steps. Did you miss the Step one? Don’t sweat it. Or should we say: don’t SWOT it?
So sorry for that. You can go here to check it out.
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At the beginning of a design process, it is incredibly important to do a thorough analysis of your apartment in order to enhance the things you love, eliminate the things you hate, improve the things with potential and find a solution for problematic areas. And SWOT analysis is really the simplest way to do that.
Listing apartment features in four different categories (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) always helps us see a solution. As we showed in our example, the solution is usually a set of responses to detected problems.
For the sake of the argument, we’ll assume you’ve already got your SWOT on. Because it really is the first thing you should do.
Next is to prioritize those issues. Focusing on the important tasks during apartment remodel is crucial for time and budget management. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step two”