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INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES

Interior Design Styles can be so overwhelming and confusing.

There is nothing cast in stone as far as Interiors is concerned. As the primary user of your Interior, you determine what works and doesn’t work for you.

Interior design styles have since been recorded and classified across the centuries. Just like the story of evolution was recorded, so was the history of Interiors.

These records are the basis of all our knowledge as far as Interiors is concerned. The reason behind the styles, the materials used as well as the names we know today.

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WARDROBE DESIGN 101

Wardrobes are by far one of the most detailed and intimate spaces in a home. 

A home without proper storage especially in the bedroom is chaos waiting to happen.

That said it is not only important to have a wardrobe, but it’s equally important to have a wardrobe that works for you the primary user. 

By this I mean, the wardrobe needs to be able to store what you own and for extra. 

Here are a few considerations to make when planning for your wardrobe.

  1. The type of wardrobe -is it a walk-in wardrobe or a free-standing one in the bedroom?
  2. What you plan to store in it -long coats, bags, shoes perhaps?
  3. Aesthetics -how do you want it to look in terms of materials.

If it’s a walk-in what colors do you have in mind for the room? What board do you want to use on the wardrobe?

Once you have these considerations in place, it’s time to get into the meat and bones of wardrobe design.

  1. Calculate the numbers -take Inventory of your belongings in the wardrobe.
  2. Create a noticeable divide for a shared closet.
  3. For hers prioritize space for dresses or longer hanging clothes
  4. For his prioritize lots of shelving and double hanging for suits and shirts.
  5. Fold knits and sweaters to avoid damage to the clothing.
  6. Consider seasonal storage when designing
  7. Design with extra shoe storage in mind.

Now that you have what you will store in your wardrobe figured, let us look into aesthetics.

  1. The floor to ceiling height and the width of the wardrobe area
  2. Type of board -laminated, plain boards
  3. Accessories- like handles, hinges, and racks
  4. Lighting -oh yes you can light your wardrobe
  5. The color scheme used in the room will affect your material selection, mix it up a little to create interest.

For more information on how to go about designing your wardrobe. Please call us on 0741 092272 for a consultation and we`ll be happy to assist you. For more on our service offerings click the link here.

SHOES: WHAT A MESS!

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Life was simple back in the day. The options were few:

House slippers, rubber shoes for PE, occasion shoes, and a pair of school shoes.

These days one needs to have a minimum of 5 pairs of essential shoes: a pair of slippers, sandals, crocs, rubber shoes, sports shoes, ankle boots, knee-high boots, occasional heels, doll shoes, the list cant be exhausted.

With all these shoes in the house, can you imagine the headache of storing them and if you are a family with kids, all the best.

That said, here are a few considerations to make when storing shoes.

  • Accessibility

It is crucial to put children’s shoes in an easily accessible rack, at a height they can reach out for theirs.

The same goes for indoor shoes like slippers. These need to be kept near the entry point of the home.

  • Type of shoes

Boots need more space for storage and therefore need alternative storage and not your typical shoe rack.

  • Frequency of wearing

Occasions and gatherings determine how often we wear some shoes. Such shoes can be the least accessible in the storage unit.

  • Season

Seasons come and go. And so do the needs of our shoes. Sandals and open shoes are best for warm weather, while boots for the cold season determine how to store away such shoes and make them accessible when the right season is on.

Whatever you do, make it work for you.

THE KITCHEN: THE HEART OF THE HOME.

Have you ever stopped and wondered why family and friends all tend to congregate in the kitchen? What is it about kitchens that evoke a mysterious magnetic attraction?

The kitchen is designed for preparing and cooking meals. However, over the past few decades, the kitchen has slowly morphed into the heart of the home.

In fact, in most homes, the kitchen wears many hats—its the center of the family team huddle, the place for bantering with friends, the computer room for paying the bills, an entertainment center, children’s art museum; and let us not forget its original purpose—a place to enjoy good food with family and friends.

To experience such moments in your kitchen: there are a few things to consider during your kitchen design.

  • Let there be light

A well ventilated and well-lit kitchen makes you want to hang in there longer. Since the kitchen is a hardworking space having good natural and artificial light is crucial.

  • Treat your walls

While sitting in the kitchen, it would be nice to have something to look at while you wait for your food to cook. Use texture, mosaic tiles, paint, or artwork to spruce those blank walls.

  • Function

How you want to use your kitchen will determine what’s fitted in it. If you are a large family, you probably want to have double sinks because of the dishes. If you always want people sitting around the kitchen while you prepare meals, it is worth considering having an island or table in the kitchen.

  • Have a theme

Have a subject or an idea of how you want your kitchen to look. Having a theme in mind will guide you even as you search for inspirational images on the web.

Your house might not turn out exactly like the photos you have downloaded, that is ok that was not the intention in the first place. Remember to be as practical as possible to avoid disappointment when photo searching.

  • Materials and accessories

These include the board selection. Is it smooth or textured, is the color flowing with your theme or contrasting it? What material do you want for your accessories? Is it stainless steel or brass finish?

How about the countertop? Make it simple and have two options. A butcher block or granite stone?

As far as the floor finish is concerned, it’s always advisable to use non-slip tiles and if you want to use wood, please ensure there are no leaks or overflows from the tap as that would end up being messy.

  • Let it flow

An efficient kitchen allows for easy movement, easy reach to the top cabinets, enough space on the island counter for people to sit on.

A well-designed kitchen also locates things appropriately. For example, the sink and cooker cant be placed together as that cant work. In a kitchen, a system called a working triangle needs to be in place. See image below.

  • Storage

There is no efficient kitchen without proper storage. Every cubic cm counts. That doesn’t mean you cramp the kitchen with cabinets in all four walls? It means that every crockery item, cutlery, pots, and pans need storage to maintain an organized look in the kitchen.

The kitchen is the most detailed area to design in a home. It just has to work. The primary user has to like it there enough to want to spend all their time there.

It’s not a job for the faint-hearted and, that’s where I come in. As an Interior designer, I have specialized in kitchen design for five years. I turn blank spaces into full-size kitchens working with installers and service providers every step of the way. Whether you want to design for a new build or renovate your existing kitchen, you are in the right place.

For more information on my design services, click the link here and send us an email or call us for more information on how we can be of service to you.

I hope this post was insightful and informative. I also hope you have learned a thing or two.

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Interior Design Consultancy

Artsyteriors approach

When you approach an Interior Designer for consultancy, this is what you should expect.

Step 1:

Get a brief from the client of what interior concern or challenge they are facing. How they have tried to solve them in the past and where they are with the problem.

Step 2:

Once the issue at hand has been discussed, the next step is to reassure the client, how you can assist them. The designer can offer a few suggestions on a possible solution.

Step 3:

The designer puts together a design brief with all the information the client has given. Now that everything is clear and well understood, the designer then requests the client for a physical visit to the concerned place of discussion, referred to as a site visit.

Step 4:

On-site, the designer is required to have a tape measure, camera, notebook, and pen. The client or representative then shows the designer the problem areas as discussed before.

The designer takes the necessary notes, photographs, and measurements of the concerned spaces and goes back to the studio with them.

Step 5:

Back in the studio, the designer gathers all the information collected from the site. The designer then adds onto the design brief a mood board to give the client an impression of the solution. If the client is happy with the design consultation, it is a win-win for both parties.

The ball is now on the client’s court to decide whether to continue with the Interior designer. The consultation ends when the client chooses to onboard the Interior Designer or otherwise.

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Residential Interiors -Project update

Happy New Year!
I hope that you crossed over the new year well. We started working on the Interiors of this residence in May 2020, two months after Covid 19 made the headlines in Kenya. We needed to regroup as a team and find the best way to move forward as the client was all systems go. An Interior design project is so vast. In terms of planning, logistics, acquisition, labor force, and finances. Having a good team on board is very important.
Here are a few before and after photos of the spaces we worked on. Enjoy!

Entrance Lobby and Staircase

Lounge & Fire place

Dining Area

Kitchen

Master bedroom ensuite

The Interior designer does the following: design, source materials, fixtures, furniture, accessories, and works together with different people to supervise the implementation of each scope of works.

The designer also works hand in hand with the client to make decisions, shopping, sourcing, follow-ups on delivery of some goods, and supervision.

While there may be a contactor on-site, interiors are a detailed area of specialization that needs its manager. The contractor on site is very crucial as he oversees his team on-site.

It’s à critical scope of the whole build poor-quality interiors can either make or break the entire aesthetic of the project if not implemented well. It’s that serious.

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Styling your Interiors for Christmas

In my previous post, I highlighted the essential decorative items one needs to style their space. In case you missed the post, you can find it here. Now that we have what we need to decorate, it’s time to decorate for Christmas.

It’s good to be clear about how you want your space to look and feel. If you plan on hosting guests, you want to create a warm welcome in your home and make it cozy and comfortable so much that guests won’t want to leave.

When it comes to seasonal decor, you want to engage all the senses. The spaces to decorate most often are public spaces accessed by visitors, but if you desire to go the extra mile, you can decorate your bedroom as well.

Here are basic ways to kill the overwhelm and simplify your decor process as we have a few days left for Christmas.

Let there be light

Without lights, there’s no Christmas spark. Keep things simple by using candles to create the desired ambiance in a space. One can use stringed lights in a mason jar as well.

Plants and natural items

Garland, Christmas tree, pinecone, wreath, branch, and twigs are an excellent way of adding greenery to your space.

Color and Texture

You can set and create the mood you want with different colors. Check my previous post here highlighting the same.

Table linen, napkins, stockings, and Santa hats in different prints, pillow cushions add a bit of textural effect to the whole scheme of things.

Scent

So whether you are looking for essential oils, herbs, or scented candles, it is good to use a scent friendly to a majority and doesn’t cause allergies or irritation to your guests. Be it organic or store-bought, the choice is yours.

Ornaments and Accessories

These can adorn and create interest in many ways, use ornaments to create a focal point in your space: for example, a centerpiece can have a group of different ornaments. Things like bells, whistles make such lovely pieces in the home.

So what are you waiting for there are three days to Christmas? Let’s get cracking.

Remember, you don’t have to break your legs in the last-minute rush to get store-bought decor. Use what you have, get creative, and enjoy the decorating process.

I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Essential Christmas Decor checklist

In today’s post, I want to highlight some essential Christmas decor. But before I do so, let us recap on previous posts.

When I started this Christmas series, I highlighted how we could revive the spirit of Christmas through decor. In case you missed the post, you can read it here.

The next post was on re-learning the colors of Christmas. I gave a few tips on how to use a variety of colors to create a certain mood in a space. Check out the blog post here.

There is something about this year that has put me in the Christmas mood. Às I was listening to the radio this morning, I heard one of my favorite Christmas songs, and an idea came to mind. The idea of attending a Christmas carol service on Christmas Eve. So other than Christmas decor’ what other Christmas traditions do you practice with your families? Please leave your reply in the comment section below.

We have a few days to Christmas, and for those who haven’t started decorating, there’s no better time than the present.

When it comes to Christmas decorative items, there are two factors to consider: whether you want to decorate the indoors or the outdoor space.

Here is a brief on the essential decor items you can use for either space.

  • Christmas tree and skirt
  • Ornaments
  • Christmas wreath
  • Santa Clause figure and his hat
  • Garland
  • Scented candles
  • String lights
  • Christmas linen – table cloth, table runner, napkins, and placemats
  • Red Velvet ribbon with bow
  • Stockings and stocking hooks
  • Centerpiece -nativity scene or any other decoration that might sit on a table or window sill.

Re -learning the colors of Christmas

When we were children, Christmas colors were: red, green, white associated with metals in silver and gold. As the years have gone by and new trends have come in, it`s come to my realization that we no longer have to stick to those traditional Christmas colors.

Christmas is a season. With every season come different weather patterns. In most parts of the west, it’s winter during the Christmas holidays, while in Kenya, it’s mostly hot with scattered rainfall.

While the traditional Christmas colors are still relevant, we are at liberty to play around and accentuate other colors to reflect our current environment in Africa.

In this article, I will highlight three ways to introduce new colors to your Christmas decor this year.

  • Cool colors – these are colors that evoke a sense of calmness, relaxation and, some serenity. Cool colors include green, blue, purple, and variations of those colors. Blue is the only primary color within the cool spectrum. Greens take on some attributes of yellow and purple takes on some attributes of red.
  • Warm colors – these are colors that evoke a sense of warmth, energy, fierce and intense. Warm colors are red, yellow -primary colors and orange that is a combination of the two.
  • Neutral colors -neutral colors are those that lack intensity or saturation. In the context of Interior design, neutral means without color.
  • Neutrals such as beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and shades of white appear to be without color, but in many applications, these hues often have undertones.

Here are a few examples of different ways to include the colors we have mentioned above into your Christmas decor.

  • You can add color through wrapped Christmas gifts.
  • Plants and natural objects
  • Christmas ornaments and decorative objects
  • Linen and fabrics