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  • 6 Steps to Designing the Perfect Vanity for Your Bathroom

    Your bathroom is a space where you will be spending a lot of your time. As unpleasant as that sounds, it is a fact. Therefore, careful planning and attention to detail is required to ensure the bathroom is designed to your needs and specifications. One of the most important areas of the bathroom is the vanity. The vanity makes the look of the bathroom, creates the storage, and is a heavily used space. Therefore, the vanity must be perfect in terms of look and utility. In designing the perfect vanity, check out the 6-step process below to create that perfect space.


    Step 1-Finalize the Layout: The first step is the finalize on the bathroom layout. Designate the space for the vanity and determine how big it is going to be. Most vanities are horizontal spaces with an ongoing counter and extensive storage underneath. The length of the vanity depends on the best possible size that will fit in the bathroom. However, there are the L-shaped Vanities for the larger bathrooms. Oftentimes, the L-shaped vanities are seen in master bathrooms. They offer great leg room to sit comfortably at the counter.

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    Step 2-Determine the Number of Sinks: The next step is to finalize the number of sinks. For example, a couple sharing a space may prefer double sinks rather than a single sink. However, many bathrooms only have room for one sink. The sink can be placed in the center or towards either side, depending on preference. In most cases, vanities smaller than 60 inches can only accommodate one sink, while vanities wider than 60 inches can easily accommodate two. Nevertheless, even if there is room for two sinks, have a single sink allows for extensive counter space so the users can easily spread themselves.

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    Step 3-Pick the Type of Sink: After finalizing the number of sinks, the next step is the type of sink. The options for the type of sink for the vanity is endless: under-mount, vessel, or drop-in. Under-mount sinks are below the counter top. They provide a seamless look to the entire vanity. Vessel sinks are above the counter. They are available in a variety of shapes colors and designs, and can look extremely stylish on the vanity counter. Finally. the drop-in sinks are installed at the level of the counter, where the sides are along the counter top and the dip in the sink follows. However, the shape of the sink is just the beginning, the next aspect of sink type is the material: porcelain, stone, or something else. The options are endless.

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    Step 4-Choose the Style: After the basic design is decided: location, number of sinks, and the sink style; the next step is to decide the overall look of the vanity. Whether it should be modern, classic, neoclassical, antique etc. In this step you chose the color scheme, cabinetry style, and the storage options: drawers, pullouts, or reach-in cabinets. Once the appearance is decided, you are ready for the next step.

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    Step 5-Find the Right Countertop: You have the sinks, basic layout, storage, and  look you desire: now complete the look with a vanity countertop. Ensure it matches the remaining colors and compliments the look you desire in the bathroom. Granite and quartz countertops are the most popular choices for bathroom as they are durable, long lasting, and are available in a variety of colors and designs.

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    Step 6-Accessorize: Now that the basics of the vanity are done, the next is accessorizing: finalizing the hardware, lighting and the mirrors. These elements will tie the entire design together. Whether it is sconce lighting or wall-mounted lighting, a built-in mirror or decorative mirror, pulls or knobs, or a simple or intricate faucet design; these items will finish the look and give u a brand new vanity!

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  • 5 Ways to Hook it Up in the Kitchen

    One of the main challenges in kitchen storage is placing the oddly shaped items without obstructing any of the other items or getting in the way. For these kitchen essentials, one needs easy and convenient storage solutions to place the items effectively. Hooks are those small items that can be placed just about anywhere in the home to organize just about everything. There are are several ways to use hooks within all the rooms of the house and even increase the storage within the kitchen. Check out five ways hooks can be placed within the kitchen and increase storage.


    Hanging Mugs: One way to use hooks in the kitchen is by placing them under cabinets or along the wall to hang mugs. Whether it is a coffee mug or a teacup, a hook can be used to hang either one in a location where everybody can access as and when they need to. Hanging mugs, rather than keeping them in a cabinet or a drawer, clears up some storage space and having colored mugs along a wall adds some visual interest and appeal.

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    Storing Pot Lids: Hooks are also great for storing pot and pan lids. Their awkward shape makes them difficult to place within the cabinet and one cannot stack pots and pans as easily. However if the lids were stored along hooks, then pots and pans can be stacked easily and effortless inside the cabinet, without any protruding handles or topsy-turvy alignment.

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    Efficient Under-Sink Storage: Hooks can even increase the storage underneath the kitchen sink. One can place hooks along the cabinet shutter and use them to hang gloves, cleaning towels, and even scrub brushes. With the sink cabinet, the shutter becomes an understated storage area to place any necessary items to access within seconds.

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    Hanging Utensils: Whether it is baking utensils, measuring cups, or cooking utensils, hooks are an excellent storage source. They can be placed along the kitchen wall or inside a kitchen cabinet shutter to keep these smaller essentials organized. This clears up storage within the drawers and keeps all items right at your finger tips. One can even place hooks on the wall close to the stove to keep any frequently-used cooking ladles handy while conducting kitchen tasks.

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    Having Heat Pads and Towels Accessible: Hooks are also great for placing any heating pads, oven mitts, or kitchen towels. Hooks can be situated close to the oven or stove to have some mitts and heating pads within an arm's reach to quickly grab while working the stove or getting something out of the oven. Hooks for towels and heating pads can even be hung on the wall or the side of the refrigerator. Any colorful, interesting patterns can serve a dual purpose of decor and utility!

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    Hooks are that small storage solution that can fit in even the smallest spaces of the kitchen. They can keep those essential items organized without being misplaced or lost within a cabinet. For storing the necessities in your kitchen, without taking up excessive cabinet space, hook it up!

  • Getting Your Fridge Organized for the Summer

    The summer season brings its own set of challenges within a home. Ensuring food items stay fresh and  clean is one of the main tasks in the summer months. Hygienic food storage starts with the refrigerator and how it is organized. A well-organized fridge helps the food stay fresh longer, reduces any wasteful items, and reduces the time it takes for prepping a meal. Check out the strategies below, and keep your fridge in order through the summer months.


    Give Your Fridge A Fresh Start: Before adding even more to the fridge, give it a thorough cleaning. Check all the bottles and containers to make sure the food is still fresh, and get rid of food that is beyond its expiry date. Wipe down the shelves, drawers, and door so the refrigerator looks as good as new and a clean surface is ready to place all the necessary items.


    Stock Up on the Essentials: The next step is to stock up on the essential foods that will be in the fridge at all time. In the Indian summer season, that is a lot of items. However, go to the local grocery store and pick up the in-season produce and snacks that are ideal for the summer months. Pick up foods such as mangoes and melons to keep yourself enjoying the flavors of summer through the season.

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    Organize Food by Temperature: Now that you have the food items with you, the best way to organize the food is by temperature. Organizing food items by temperature keeps the food fresh much longer-and ultimately is long lasting. The door and the top shelf are the warmest parts of the fridge, while the middle shelves are at a consistent temperature. The bottom shelf and back are the coolest parts, and often times drawers have their own additional controls for humidity.


    • Use the upper shelves to store any leftovers, snacks, and drinks. The upper shelf is the most accessible, and and makes it easy for homeowners to grab what is needed.


    • Use the middle shelf to store items that require a constant temperature such as milk, dairy items eggs.


    • The bottom shelf should be used to store raw meat or fish.


    • The higher humidity drawer should store fresh vegetables, and the lower humidity drawer should store fresh fruits.


    • Finally, the door of the fridge should keep condiments such as butter, jam, and soft cheese-along with herbs. Since herbs are used frequently in Indian cooking, they will be very accessible if they are stored along the door.
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    Summer Drinks: Finally, make room for some cooling concoctions ready to access through the summer. Refreshing drinks such as cold lemon water or cucumber water are instantly hydrating and can be kept in a pitchers to access by all members in the home.

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  • Embracing the Summer Kitchen

    The terms "embracing" and "summer" in the same sentence sound like a contradiction right?-especially during the Indian summer season. It is simply too hot outside, and the home and kitchen, especially, need to be  kept as cool as possible. For more tips on keeping cool in the kitchen, check out this previous blog post. However, there are good aspects about summer we can all definitely embrace in the kitchen. As a season, summer is brighter and happier than the rest of the year, especially compared to the doom and gloom that comes with rainy monsoons or darker winters-so why not bring some seasonal charm into the heart of the home? Check out some ideas below!

    Update with a Gathering Space: Nothing brings positivity and happiness to a kitchen like gathering everybody together. Avoid the summer heat and bring everyone indoors to congregate over something cool within the kitchen. Add a seating space in the middle of the kitchen to create that happy, social atmosphere within the home.

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    Well-Stocked Cabinets: Extreme heat means a lesser desire to venture out of the house unless it is absolutely necessary. Therefore, stock up the cabinets with food and snacks to access whenever you desire. Add enough dry items for all members of a household to enjoy or even invite friends over and gather people within the kitchen and take advantage of a nice, cool home with some relief from the sweltering heat.

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    Colorful Crockery: As a season, summer is associated with brightness and vivid colors. Surround your kitchen with bright and colorful crockery to add some visual interest and exciting decor to the kitchen space. Be creative with the mugs, kitchen towels, and even plates to add an even more to the happier and cheerful atmosphere within the kitchen. They are not only attractive and pleasant to look at, but they are also fun to use!

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    Fresh Flowers: Bring the summer colors without the heat in the form of some fresh blooms. They smell amazing and definitely raise some spirits. Adding a colorful bunch, such as carnations, to a kitchen corner will bring an instant source of color and summer-like feel to the kitchen space. A bunch of flowers is excellent next to the sink or right in front of a kitchen window. They add some beautiful color and bring some life into the space.

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    Yellow Accents: Finally, cheer up the kitchen space with some yellow color. Yellow instantly adds a sunny vibe and makes any space looks more cheerful and vibrant. Whether it is in the form of small decorative accents: such as cutlery, crockery, or flowers; or larger statements such as a bright accent wall; yellow color will instantly make a space much more cheerful and inviting.

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    Whenever summer comes around in India, we tend to dread it, overlooking the good that it can bring: the brightness and the color. Use this brighter season to bring the good aspects of summer inside your home and embrace them. Add that seasonal summer touch to your kitchen!

  • 5 Tips for Designing a the Perfect Home Office

    Whether you are a student or a professional, every home can benefit from a home office: that independent work space created for the required and disciplined atmosphere within the home. Whether it is studying for an exam, catching up on work emails, or running a business, a home office should be much more than a basic desk and chair. It should complement the home and still provide a productive work space. At we provide a wide variety of desks to suit the smaller and even the larger home offices. For more on our lose furniture, click here. Below are 5 ways to personalize your home office to suit you.


    Location within the Home: The first step for adding a home office is finalizing the location with the home. A home office is a space where a homeowner will spend many many hours. Therefore, the location should be convenient and aesthetically pleasing. Avoid having a desk stuffed into a spare room or closet. Designate a location which can maximize productivity-whether it is a quiet corner or an action-packed area.

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    Think Form and Function: In order to best serve its ideal purpose, all items in the home office should serve you. Depending on the workflow and working style, consider the furniture needed that are both functional and attractive. For example, if a home office is being designed as a student's study zone, then the furniture should include an upright, comfortable chair, a wider desk space to spread their books, and maybe even a book shelf. If the home office is supposed to be a more creative space, then have paintbrush holders handy.

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    Use Some Color & Accessorize: The home office should complement the rest of the home. It should not be a boring space with a desk and blank walls. Give some visual interest by adding some color in the shelving,  pen-holders, or even upholstery for the chair. Personalize the desk or table with essentials such as fun notepads, a decorative dustbin or a colored bulletin board. A home office should be a space of inspiration. Add some colorful paintings or motivational quotes to the walls to keep yourself going.

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    Lighting (natural and artificial): Ensure the home office has plenty of lighting. Natural light should come to through a window, and there should be a small desk lamp for task lighting to avoids eye strain and headaches and make the space a little more practical for getting work done.

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    Organize Vertically & Horizontally: Plan the organizational elements efficiently. Often times, home offices are not the largest spaces, and one has to get creative with using space efficiently. Include shelving above the desk, a stacking filer on the table to ensure all items are well organized. One can even get creative with storage underneath the worktop to ensure an efficient use of space.

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    A home office should be a space to inspire and complement the home at the same time. With these little tricks one can easily personalize and create a productive space within the home to suit their work, lifestyle, home, and personality.

  • 5 Advantages of Fitted Wardrobes In Your Home

    While building or remodeling a home, one of the many questions comes down to whether to go for a fitted wardrobe or a freestanding wardrobe within the bedroom or any other room in the home. Although freestanding wardrobes have their advantages in terms of planning and convenience, the homeowner is often compromising on storage or appearance in order to achieve what is best available to suit their needs. However, with a fitted or bespoke wardrobe, one can easily customize and arrive at a solution to best suit their needs and preferences within the home. Here are some advantages to having your own fitted wardrobe in your space.


    Custom-fit, Custom-made: Unlike free-standing wardrobes, fitted wardrobes are customized to the space and storage requirements. Depending on the items and preferences, one can easily customize the storage inside the wardrobe. For example the wardrobe can include the required hanging and pull-outs to fit all the necessary items. In fact, if two people are sharing a wardrobe, such as a married couple, then both sides of the wardrobe can be designed to best suit individual tastes and needs. With a freestanding wardrobe, one has to work with what is available and there is no room for customization.

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    Space-Efficient: Bespoke wardrobes use space intelligently and efficiently. They are designed to fit seamlessly into the room without looking too large or too small, and they appear effortless within the the entire space. Freestanding wardrobes can either be too large that they look extremely awkward, or too small leaving significant unused space within a room. However, a fitted wardrobe eliminates the awkward spaces by placing the perfect size for the the designated space. 

    Integrated Lighting: On darker days or in the evenings, it can be challenging to see items inside the wardrobe. With a fitted wardrobe, one can customize the lighting required into the design. In fact, lighting is one of the most overlooked factors of a wardrobe design, and is often not included within a freestanding wardrobe, where one will have to rely on external lighting to illuminate the wardrobe items. However, a built-in or fitted wardrobe allows the user to customize where and when they need the lighting in their space to see fully see their items.

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    Enhances Interiors: A fitted wardrobe is designed to enhance the interiors. In designing a room within the wardrobe, the appearance of the wardrobe actually becomes a part of the design process. Therefore, a wardrobe can be designed to complement the remaining decor and color scheme of a room. Wardrobes have an infinite number of options in finishes: from glossy acrylic finish to rustic wooden finishes. Any type of finish can make fitted wardrobe exterior complement the interiors beautifully.

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    Efficient Cleaning: All freestanding wardrobes have that little bit of dead space right below the ceiling of a room. That space usually collects dust overtime and unnecessarily adds to the cleaning process. A freestanding can only cover so much space between itself and the wall, but may still allow dust to collect, cobwebs to develop, and little critters to creep in! All of this greatly adds to the cleaning process of a wardrobe. A build-in wardrobe, is made to the ceiling, eliminating dust from collecting on top, and all the way towards the walls, leaving no gaps for any smaller creatures toe creep through. These smaller make the entire wardrobe more efficient by eliminating significant hours of unnecessary cleaning.

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    A fitted wardrobe becomes a part of the home you love. It will make the home more valuable, and you will enjoy using it on a daily basis. For your bedroom storage, consider these advantages and get your dream wardrobe as per your wants and needs!

  • 5 Backsplash Ideas for Small Kitchens

    Small kitchens are more and more prevalent across the country. Smaller kitchen designs can provide a number of design challenges in terms of creating a space with enough storage, yet is still visually pleasing. One of the ways to add to the design, yet not compromise on the storage is by designing a backsplash. The right backsplash in a small kitchen can make the space feel larger, giving a more expansive and less constrictive look to the space. Therefore, a decent backsplash can serve the purpose of attractive aesthetics and decent functionality all at the same time. Check out 5 backsplash ideas below!


    Splash of Color on Wall or Cabinets: Small kitchens are prone to appear more cluttered and congested, especially with ongoing wall and floor cabinetry. Adding a bright color in the cabinets or the wall behind the cabinets will create an eye-catching accent, and draw immediate attention. Brighter colors, such as yellow, make a kitchen space feel bigger and more inviting than it actually is.

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    Seamless White Kitchen Palette: Another way to use color in the kitchen is to completely remove it. By having a clean white palette in the kitchen, the space feels more open and airy. The monochromatic nature of the all-white kitchen causes the eye to travel around the room, giving the illusion of more space than their actually is. White makes the kitchen space looks seamless and sleek all at the same time.

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    Neutral Tones: Neutral colors such as whites, off-whites, greys, and beiges have a way of bringing the remaining elements and colors of the kitchen together. Having neutral tones in the backsplash will draw attention away from the small kitchen and create an expansive illusion.

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    Let there Be Light: One of the easiest ways to make a small kitchen feel more spacious is ensuring it has enough natural light coming in through a window or multiple windows. Allowing natural light to enter adds some depth to small space and it keeps  the kitchen feeling bright and welcoming throughout the day.

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    Gloss: The most fool-proof method for creating the illusion of space is gloss. As mentioned in a previous blog, gloss bounces light throughout the room, and this reflective nature gives the illusion that a space is larger than it actually is. Therefore, a gloss backsplash will reflect light, and make the kitchen look larger than it actually is.

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    A kitchen backsplash can make all the difference in a small kitchen design. With some simple design tricks, the look of a small, crammed kitchen can be completely transformed. In your kitchen design, avoid compromising on storage, and consider the kitchen backsplash to make the kitchen appear bigger!

  • 4 Ways to Increase the Life of your Modular Kitchen

    The kitchen is the most used room in the home. There is so much daily activity that they tend to wear and tear much faster over the years than other other rooms or furniture within the home. However, with a few simple tricks, one can really extend the life of the modular kitchen and make it last for a lifetime. With some small hacks, make your kitchen last for many many years to come!

    Open and Close Drawers & Cabinets Gently: Drawers and cabinets are made with smooth closure mechanisms. Therefore use them gently to avoid strain the in the hinges. If drawers are pulled out or cabinets are opened too quickly, the hinges would wear and tear with time. Depending on the type of cabinet, the modular kitchen may come with a soft-close mechanism. With this, avoid pushing the cabinet or drawer shut and let the soft-close do its job. By forcing a cabinet shutter or drawer to move faster, the soft-close goes away leading to more wear and tear. Therefore, be gentle when you open and close drawers and cabinets!

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    Regular Cleaning: To maintain the "newness" of the kitchen, ensure it is cleaned on a regular basis. Depending on the finish of the cabinetry, there is a simple, yet effective, cleaning process that can easily be followed on a weekly basis. With cleaning the space, ensure that dirt and dust does not collect in the corners and crevices overtime. It would eventually get within the cabinetry and lead to hygiene issues in the future. Therefore, ensure the cabinets are wiped down and cleaned, countertops are wiped down, and the floor, corners, and crevices are dusted out and cleaned.


    Never Place Damp Items In Cabinets or Drawers: Most of the cabinets and carcasses are finished using MDF or plywood. Although they have water-resistant properties, placing damn utensils or items will lead to the formulation of mold inside the cabinets. This will weaken the cabinets and reduce the life of the entire modular kitchen. Whether it is plates, utensils, or any other items, ensure they are completely dry before placing them in their designated cabinet or drawer. This keeps the cabinets and drawers dry, keeps the area clean, and ultimately increasing the life of the entire kitchen space.

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    Avoid Overstuffing: Finally, avoid overstuffing the cabinets. It is human nature for us to hoard and buy a plethora of kitchen items and ultimately cram them in our kitchen cabinets. However, cramming is damaging to the kitchen. Every cabinet holds a certain weight and if the load is too heavy, the cabinet or drawer will sag over time, affecting the alignment and the overall use of the kitchen space.

    Taking steps in your brand-new kitchen will increase the life of your kitchen by tenfold. With these small hacks you will have a modular kitchen that lasts a very very long time!

  • 5 Reasons Why You Need a Loft Above your Wardrobe

    As mentioned in many previous blogs, we provide lofts above the wardrobe. Having a loft above the wardrobe has many benefits and it has almost become a necessity. Lofts provide extra storage, use space efficiently, frees up space in the rest of the home, and can look stylish at the same time. Below, check out the top 5 reasons on why YOU need a loft to be a part of your wardrobe.


    Efficiency of Space and Storage: As mentioned in previous blogs, lofts provide extensive storage. The unused space above the main wardrobe is often left to collect dust. With a loft, that same space is filled with extra storage. Who does not want extra storage in their home? The loft is fitted to the area, and covering up all awkward corners and wall angles and providing another storage space at the same time. 

    Stylish: Not only is the loft efficient, it is also stylish. A fitted loft, gives the space a clean and completed look, and adds to contemporary design. It transforms any room, giving that finished appearance to the wardrobe space. Well designed lofts hide all of the awkward corners and finish a room's storage space.


    Free Up Space: Having that additional storage towards the ceiling frees up storage space in the rest of the home or room. Rather than having a freestanding cabinet interfering with the bedroom, why not have a loft above the wardrobe to serve the same purpose? Therefore, that particular space within the room or home can be used for something else, rather than extra storage 

    Customized: Wardrobe lofts are built and customized to fit the exact size of the space above the wardrobe. Therefore, it is built with your exact measurements and height requirements in mind. whether it is loft with a flat roof above or a loft under the stairs, wardrobe lofts are customized as per your requirements. They can be designed to match your wardrobe and create a completed look for the entire space.


    Easy Maintenance: Finally lofts are very easy to maintain. Since they are fitted to the exact size, there are no open areas above or around the wardrobe that collect dust and dirt. Therefore, that is one less area to clean up in the home. Rather than dealing with furniture or tops of furniture collecting dust, build a loft on top: more storage, efficient use of space customizable, and easy maintenance!

  • Top 5 Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Home renovation is always a challenge and a hassle. If not done properly, it creates major inconvenience and hindrance while living in the home. Home renovation is one of those decisions where there is no room for mistake. Otherwise, it is an even bigger challenge to fix the mistake later on. Below are the top 5 mistakes that come with renovation and how to avoid them.

    Forgetting the Workflow: In planning a high activity space such as the kitchen, oftentimes homeowners and vendors forget the general workflow. The kitchen is one of the busiest areas and the sink, hob, and refrigerator have to well-planned within the space. Ensure these larger appliances are efficiently located before going into production. Plan the kitchen space using the kitchen work triangle. See more about the kitchen work triangle here

    Not Creating a Long-Lasting Design: A home design should be created to essentially last a lifetime, or for years to come. Oftentimes in designing a space, homeowners focus on everything required in the current moment rather than for years to come. Avoid rushing into finishing the design and take more time to work out if and how the your family will grow and what should be the furniture placement. For example, if a young couple was renovating their home, the design should efficient enough for the two of them and even for any younger members the come later on.

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    Forgetting the Bigger Picture: In planning a space, avoid isolating it. Plan all the elements including wall colors, flooring, hardware, any backsplashes, and lighting fixtures. Ensure it matches and works well together to avoid having a choppy looking space with random colors for one room that do not match the rest of the home.

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    Not Being Smart about Budget: We sometimes tend to set unrealistic expectations for what our homes should look like without realizing the budget. As a result, the budget is more than we expect, and we end up compromising on various elements. At the beginning of the renovation process, communicate the big-picture plan and budget you have allocated for the renovation, and ask them to provide rightful options. This will prevent from any expensive mistakes being made.

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    Not Enjoying it: Most importantly, you are renovating the home, Enjoy it! Try a unique look or material for the counter top or bring out some unique shades to create a sophisticated look. These details make the house feel like a home. Don't gloss over them! Enjoy the process and take your time!

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