Would you go all-out?
Here’s the floor plan of my 700 sq ft apartment (technically smaller than that) and I figured I might as well feature 2 different options. (Why not? Since this is also provided as part of the E-Design service for my clients). One focus on working with the original layout and the second one has a daring all-out reconfiguration! You can probably tell that the second option cost a lot more because we’ll be changing a ton of stuff. I came up with two mood boards for both options, let’s get to it.
An IKEA Style Challenge
As the world comes to understand the importance of the family room that we now sees doubling as a living room (you know the room that you entertains), pulling off a comfortable and functional design can be hard. Especially for young families or first time homeowners, you don’t want to overdo it but yet you have your expectation, and your four-legged family member’s expectation. So I decided to put together a budget and pet-friendly living room design.
Last Sunday we went to select tiles with our contractor which happened to be Jim’s birthday. We didn’t throw a party (we are not party people) but when we left the shop after three hours, I felt like as if I was having a hangover from last night’s party. No worries, we also snagged some Subway tiles while we were there. I’m all about exploring new ways to showcase classic designs (and within budget). Let’s see…
Don’t Make These Mistakes
You might have always think that you know what you like and want. Say, you like moody and dramatic but when you actually sees the style (colors, furniture and finishes) unfolding in front of you that you realize you actually prefer your home to be light and bright, this scenario is really not that uncommon. It makes planning —mood boards, 3D designs and designers all the more important. So before you swing that hammer…
Designed & Styled
White kitchen is classic, elegant and timeless. The style will look good today and 50 years later. It’s no wonder many dream kitchens is a white kitchen. Unfortunately because white is considered a cool color, it can look sterile and generic. White kitchens get a bad reputation for looking the same. So here’s some decisions that can be made during and after your kitchen reno to elevate yours to the next level.
With A Grown-Up Attitude
Welcome to the reveal of the style challenge which is essentially an IKEA challenge. In this challenge, I will design and style one room using mostly IKEA products mixed with only a few pieces that I’ll like to call them investment pieces (because they’re slightly more costly but also a lot more flexible). You can learn to create affordable and personalized rooms. And here’s how…
Spend your money elsewhere…
Home renovation is a collection of expensive decisions. This might be the biggest reason why a lot of homeowners hesitate to even start one. I know. And the last thing you want is spending money on things that you don’t need. But first, we need to identify them. They are mostly well disguised and can be very appealing to you; kinda like wolf in sheep’s clothing. You are the red riding hood and yes I’m here to warn you; don’t fall for it (read on) –
The One That I’ll Hire…
To me Orlando Soria is a designer and an artist. Every space he designed felt like he was given a blank canvas and then he painted different personality on them but you can tell that it still has simple and minimalist bones. In an ideal world, I will build my own house and hire Fiona Lynch to design it and Orlando to style it. Did I also mention the latter has a sense of humor from outer space?
Creating The Mood Board
Can you have the best of both worlds? Some people think you’ve to choose one; budget friendly or style. So here I am using mostly IKEA products for an entire room mix with only a few more costly pieces (and I don’t mean a thousand bucks). The style challenge is to illustrate the fact that you can create your own personalized space without burning a hole in your pocket.
My Special Dedication
I am very open to talk about my childhood, albeit it’s not a pleasant one. I could write a Mother’s Day post praising my Mum for all the things in the world (and you must have read about a hundred of those by now) but this is not that post. Throughout my teens I find a lot of strength in sharing my past and acknowledging the fact that not having a happy childhood wasn’t my fault. But truth be told, there were times I blamed myself.