“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”
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”
What do you think about apartment remodels? Not the renovations that have to be done, but remodels – done only for the sake of creating a more beautiful space? Do you find it superficial and materialistic? Do you feel it’s a way to get compliments from guests? Do you think it’s a way to keep oneself busy when one has “nothing better to do”?
Maybe your answer is “yes”, or maybe you’re surprised we even asked those questions because you can’t believe someone feels that way. Or you’re aware that majority of people feel that way, but you don’t agree.
Either way, interior design is usually seen as something too luxurious – expensive, without being necessary. And yes, it is definitely perfectly acceptable to live in a not-perfectly-designed apartment. Actually, it’s not only acceptable, it’s a reality for almost everyone.
But for us, interior design is not about luxury living. It is not about designer furniture nor expensive materials. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step one”
Interior decoration became some kind of madness. Have you noticed? Every so often we meet a friend who’s “all stressed out” because she’s just in the middle of her apartment remodel and something went wrong.
You guys, there are people literally fighting with their life partners over a size of a couch. Or feeling unhappy because they can’t decorate or design their apartment in a way they wanted, for whatever reason. At times, we feel like marriage counselors, hearing ourselves saying things like: “Why do you think what you want is more important than what he wants?” Isn’t that just a bit too much?
We too are guilty of this. “Oh, if I only had time and money to create a perfect home workspace, it would be so much easier to work on evenings and weekends.” No, it wouldn’t. But it would be nice to have a perfect workspace, though. It would really be a dream come true.
See how easy it is? It is so easy to convince yourself that you absolutely must at least redecorate, in order to be happy at home.
On the other hand, maybe you really hate your apartment.
Let’s find out. Continue reading “3 signs you might hate your apartment”