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”

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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Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts

Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts

Have you ever avoided to try certain dish just because you thought you won’t like it? Or to wear a certain outfit just because you believed you’re not slim/tall/tan enough to pull it off? And then someone talked you into it, and you were surprised how wonderful it tasted/fitted?

I probably wouldn’t have tried chicken curry if my sister hadn’t insisted. Nor would I have bought a golden skirt. But that’s another story.

The point is, designers and architects are a lot like my sister. They are pretty bold decision makers. They want to take an interior (or family weeknight dinner) to the next level.

And maybe you won’t like some of them. Maybe you’ll believe them to be over-designed, or too minimalist. And that’s ok.  Because even though we strongly believe there’s an objective way to observe an interior and see if the design is good or not, the fact is, our emotions and our taste affect the way we see things.

Yet, even though we maybe don’t like the style of an apartment, it is so important to really study its details. There’s always something to learn from professional architects, just trust us on this one.

Remember that time we learned how to place a washing machine in the dead corner of the L-shaped kitchen? We would miss that ingenious solution if we had focused on the fact we don’t really like OSB in interiors. Okay, we loved it from the very beginning, but you see what we mean.

Here’s the thing. We love to experiment, and we love to see projects of architects who experiment. Who use a lot of textures and materials and manage to combine the impossible. And this usually goes for bathrooms and kitchens, probably because there’s a lot of details to experiment with. Continue reading “Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts”

Step by step guide to a small bathroom design

Step by step guide to a small bathroom design

Designing a small bathroom is always a challenge.

The reason is pretty simple: to design a functional bathroom means to respect some common dimensions of fixtures and space between them.

Now, there may be a lot of things you want to place in a bathroom. But the key is to start simple. And basically, a bathroom consists of three elements: a toilet, a sink, and a shower. Maybe, in the end, you’ll have a toilet, a bidet, a bathtub and double sink – it depends on the size of your bathroom as well as your preferences. But if you think about it, those are just variations of the three basic elements. At the beginning of a design process, you have to start with the minimum number of elements. Continue reading “Step by step guide to a small bathroom design”

How to remodel a bathroom

How to remodel a bathroom

We feel like everybody wants to remodel their bathroom. There are few most common reasons:

  1. Plumbing system is old and needs to be replaced
  2. It’s cluttered and the layout is not really functional
  3. It’s ugly

Whatever the reason, we get it. Bathrooms used to be treated (and sometimes still are, even in new buildings) as utility rooms, there wasn’t really any difference between toilet and bathroom, except in size. It is not unusual to have a basket of dirty laundry, washing machine, and dryer as well as all detergent bottles, in the bathroom – the same space where you should be able to take a long relaxing bubble bath while drinking champagne. Continue reading “How to remodel a bathroom”

How to design a shower

How to design a shower

One of our favorite things to hear from a client is: “I would like to have a shower instead of a bathtub.”

You see, a problem with reconstructions is that almost every time we have space that is too small for our client’s wishes. And the thing with bathroom is that in order to make it functional, we have to respect some common dimensions of fixtures and space between them. Do you remember our post about a functional kitchen? Standard dimension of a piece of furniture or fixture can be very frustrating because sometimes you just don’t have those extra 5 centimeters. Continue reading “How to design a shower”