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?

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Home renovation in four steps: step four

Home renovation in four steps: step four

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”

How to design a practical kitchen

How to design a practical kitchen

It’s been months since we first wrote that designing a kitchen is one of the hardest tasks in an apartment remodel. We’ll be honest with you, there are professional architects who can design amazing buildings, without being able to design a kitchen. A functional, practical and beautiful kitchen.

Because, to design a kitchen means not only to respect technical limitations (plumbing system, electric and gas installations) and to create a functional triangle between main elements, but also to implement client’s requests, to understand general cooking process as well as client’s cooking process, to organize cabinets for a client (which can be especially challenging because we usually have different habits than our clients) and to know what’s the newest trend. Continue reading “How to design a practical kitchen”

How to design a functional kitchen

How to design a functional kitchen

A kitchen is often the most complex task for a designer. As architects, we start thinking about possible kitchen layout at the very beginning of our project because it can affect entire layout of a house or an apartment. The kitchen needs to be connected to the dining room or dining areas (indoor as well as outdoor), the pantry and the entrance to the apartment. Depending on clients wishes, it can be a part of one main kitchen-dining-living room or one separate room. The size and the kitchen layout also depend on clients needs. There is no right or wrong or contemporary or outdated here.

When deciding what is best for you, think about how are you using your kitchen now, what works for you and what bothers you. Needless to say: keep what works, change what doesn’t. You will not change your habits just because you have a new kitchen. Continue reading “How to design a functional kitchen”