New apartment: kitchen reveal

New apartment: kitchen reveal

With our kitchen finally being finished, I found myself in this space which feels like something different than what I’d usually do.

Let me elaborate.

First of all, maybe it’s because I don’t currently work as an architect, but my ten-year-long love for all-white interiors with a hint of raw concrete might have faded away.

Could it be? It used to be so strong…  Continue reading “New apartment: kitchen reveal”

Three rooms for fitted furniture

Three rooms for fitted furniture

Designing a home to the last detail is a tricky decision – regardless of whether you’re designing your own home or home for a client.

Although we love to see all the amazingly designed apartments (some of which we featured here), we are fully aware of the fact that the amount of money and period of time invested in those homes, most of us can’t afford.

Even though it would be nice to have perfectly designed shelves or an entire wall covered with fitted closet which is a breeze to organize, the truth is – those types of units probably wouldn’t have a significant impact to the quality of your everyday life.

If you follow us for a while now, you might have noticed we think of home renovation as a tool for improving everyday life. And it is possible to do that with fitted furniture, you just have to choose wisely where to invest. Continue reading “Three rooms for fitted furniture”

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”

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”

5 things moms can teach us about home interior

5 things moms can teach us about home interior

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”

How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop

How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop

When choosing a kitchen worktop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many options – from the cheapest pieces of processed wood boards covered with a melamine laminate, to unbelievably expensive stone slabs. And everything in between.

The fact there are countless materials to choose from proves the kitchen worktops are something worth thinking about. Gosh, if only someone somewhere wrote a list of questions that could help you decide. But who? Who would do such a thing, based of course on experiences from their clients and followed by photographs of gorgeous kitchens to serve as examples?

Continue reading “How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop”