Category Archives: INTERIORS

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME ON IBIZA

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Interior designer Katrina Phillips divides her time between Ibiza and London. She transformed a basic ‘casita’ in the country side of San Juan (Ibiza) into a cozy home. Inside the casita, Katrina’s personal style is clearly visible – earthy, natural and authentically bohemian. Objects such as ancient fossils and pressed flowers are mixed with furniture pieces made of natural materials. Tribal feather headpieces adorn the walls and function as works of art. This house feels like the home of a well-travelled collector with style!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: RESTAURANT STORY HELSINKI

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Recently openend restaurant Story is located in The Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The large space, which was once used for loading horse carriages, has been designed by interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Story’s interior gives homage to the original feel and history of the market hall, but placing it in a new time with a modern yet relaxed twist. The main challenge was to get the high-ceilinged hall to feel intimate. Story’s tables are designed and handmade by Helsinki’s own wood artisan Tebian. Many custom made solutions had to be found such as the lighting installation as the lamps were not allowed to be hung from the ten meter high ceiling.

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DESIGN CHOICES: BATHTUB OR SHOWER?

Is it time to ditch the tub? Bathroom trend study reveals tricks for top redesigns

When redecorating your bathroom there are numerous choices you’ll face. The size, shape, style and arrangement of your bathroom furniture is naturally your biggest concern and sometimes finding ways to fit everything in comfortably can seem impossible – so why not cut something out … like the bathtub perhaps?

According to research, 59% of older homeowners ditching baths in favour of showers when they renovate their bathrooms but is this a trend that you should mimic? Or is there a better way to have your cake and eat it in the bathroom?

The bath revolution

While a large number of individuals are opting for showers over baths, research from Houzz has also shown that consumers are becoming more imaginative in their selection of baths when they decide to keep them as part of their bathroom design. Rather than just having a plain white metal tub, many older people invest in a spa type experience or a hydrovescent bath that helps to invigorate them as well as promote good hygiene.

It’s important to remember that not all baths are large and bulky units which prove difficult to fit in the bathroom and if you’re keen to keep this traditional feature part of the room then there are plenty of options to do so.

Firms like Premier Bathrooms offer a great range of hydrovescent bathtubs as well as walk-in baths and shower cubicles designed to help you get the most out of your bathroom; whatever its size. Hydrovescent tubs are also good for those with poor circulation or arthritis so having one installed could do as much good for your health as it does for the design of the room.

If you’re planning to design your bathroom anytime soon then we advise you consider the following trends and ideas when making your decisions:

  • Opt for walk-in baths and showers if those using the units suffer from mobility issues or disabilities and remember to leave enough room for doors to open outwards where needed
  • Install seats within showers and baths to help people lower themselves into the water but consider how these are arranged so as to create a stylish appearance
  • Use lighting carefully to transform the bathroom into an oasis of calm – the development of safe LED lighting systems means that showerheads and bathing areas can all be illuminated safely so it’s a good option to try
  • Add an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom if possible – this is a great way to add luxury and convenience to a home and according to Houzz’ research it is a trends that 85% of people are likely to follow
  • Pick a bath or shower unit to match the dimensions of the bathroom – remember that there are a vast amount of styles available so give them all equal consideration and remember to consider shape (square, round or corner baths) too
  • Install double sinks in bathrooms shared by couples to make morning routines more convenient and to elevate the appearance of the bathroom as a whole
  • Make sure flooring is safe and practical – lino, vinyl and tiles are all preferable over carpets but you’ll need to opt for something that is water resistant and which offers a non-slip surface. Underfloor heating is also an important consideration – especially for cold winter mornings

The bathroom is now a popular room

With improvements to walk in-baths and showers, many older homeowners are investing in this type of bathroom furniture in order to retain their independence. If you can have a therapeutic bath in the comfort of your own home, why not install one of these wonderful devices today?

Wet rooms are also growing in popularity so this is something you should consider too. They are easy to use and the shower attachments are at a convenient level for all which means practical showering every day of the week.

Sources: http://info.houzz.com/rs/houzz/images/HouzzBathroomStudy.pdf

A MODERN & ELEGANT APARTMENT IN GOTHENBURG

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The original details, such as the ornamented ceilings, gives this beautiful apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, an elegant look. The various spaces feel light and spacious as the large arched windows let in plenty of light. White walls contrast beautifully with the dark wooden floors. The apartment is for sale, you can find more information here.

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WEEKEND ESCPAPE: A RUSTIC CHIC HOME IN TULUM

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This lovely rustic chic home in Tulum at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico belongs to Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. The setting is perfect: there is the tropical forest on one side and white sands with a turquoise ocean at the other. The four rustic cabins are built according to the principles of regional architecture and respecting the vegetation around the property. From furniture to accessories, every detail of the décor is handpicked by Claus’ wife Polina, who is a photographer. The furniture pieces were developed by local artisans and designers. Such a perfect spot to relax and unwind!

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A LIGHT AND CONTEMPORARY APARTMENT IN MELBOURNE

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The owners of this apartment in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Carlton wanted a fresh look for their apartment. They asked interior designers Hecker Guthrie to inject some vibrancy into their decor. The result is a beautiful balance of color and lightness. The furniture pieces from Danish brand Hay give a Scandinavian vibe. I love the beautiful art work in the various spaces, which gives a lot of character to the apartment.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: PENDER LEA BARN IN AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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