I’m sure by now most of you have figured out what your New Years Resolutions will be. We all want to work or play harder, be better, faster, stronger… (Did you sing those words in your head in a robotic voice like I did?) How many of you have thought about what goals your home would chose to achieve if it could? Sounds like a crazy question but I’m sure, similarly to us, it would want to hum a tune to the sounds of smarter, cleaner, safer, funner. Ok, that’s not a word but it just worked so well there. Check out this article to see what you could do to make your home happier in 2015.
I grew up with my friends and relatives all living in close proximity. We never had to think about hosting because everyone had a home to go back to in the evening. Since moving away, I always have to think about my overnight guests, especially during the holidays. You want to make sure they are as comfortable as if they were in their own home or better yet, a luxury 5 star hotel. Here are some great, inexpensive yet thoughtful tips on how to make your guests feel welcome during these festive times.
As a previous condo owner, I know what it's like trying to fit a Christmas tree in a small space. That's why I love these small tree ideas. Plus, I'm a huge fan of anything pallets so this instantly caught my eye. Don't let space dictate where your christmas tree goes and what it should look like. Let these ideas inspire you!
You have company coming over for the holidays and you've done nothing yet to make your house look merry. Not to worry. Here are a few ideas from designers that will help you throw things together to make it look like you put lots of effort into it. They will never know you waited till the very last minute, just like that holiday shopping you have yet to tackle.
Reading a book at night helps to calm the nerves by eliminating all excess sound and visual stimulus we experience on a daily basis. The best place to do this is in the the comforts of your bed but reading in the dark wouldn't work too well. Unfortunately, when you are dealing with a small bedside table, space for a lamp can be an issue. Here are some ideas on how you can save as much room as possible for the things that matter without having to sacrifice your lighting.
It's undeniable, there's this certain sense of calm and relaxation when you step foot in a coffee shop. Whether you are there to meet friends for a good cup of joe or for that boost of caffeine to get some work done, you can't help but wish you had that feeling when you were doing the same at home. If you want to give your space a cafe feel, check out these simple yet stylish tips.
According to HouseBeautiful, budgets are increasing as people get ready to renovate their kitchens and bathrooms in the new year. While both of these rooms give you the best return on investment, it doesn't mean you have to break the bank to achieve your desired look. See here what the 2015 trends are and watch out for our upcoming article on how to follow these in your own budget friendly way.
Answer this question as quickly as possible. What colours comes to mind when thinking of Christmas? Most of you will probably say red and hunter green. Although I too stick with the traditional colours when decorating the house, it would be fun to try a completely different colour scheme that pushed the Christmas card envelop a bit. It's undeniable, the owners of this house have beautifully decked their halls with teal, a colour I'm sure didn't pop up in your mind when you initially answered my question. Please let us know what nontraditional colours do you decorate with. Better yet, send us a picture and be featured on our website.
Christmas has come early at the DUKU office. Thanks to our friends at DOYON+DUPUIS for the gifts. Looking forward to the reading and doing business with these wonderful people.
It's a love/hate thing for me when it comes to wallpaper. The first image that comes to mind when thinking about it is the dense floral wallpapers and matching fabrics that were a big fad in the 1990's. It brings a sense of nostalgia to some but nauseous to others. There have been many improvements throughout the years and because of it, it's still something I consider when designing homes. However, none have peaked my interest as much as this tear off wallpaper made by ZNAK and featured on Design Milk. It brings a whole new meaning to tearing off your wallpaper.
In an earlier post, we looked at some of the pros and cons of owning an IKEA kitchen. We are now learning that IKEA is discontinuing their very popular line of AKURUM and replacing it with a new line called SEKTION, set to launch in February 2015. Don't panic! If you went out and purchased one recently or in the last few years, your 25 year warranty will cover you. If you were planning on adding to your kitchen at some point, you might want to do that now since it's unknown how quickly things will completely switch over. Click on the picture below for more details about this new kitchen line.
People who know me or have worked with me know that when it comes to wall colour, my number one recommendation is grey (aka gray). It is one of the most versatile colours on the market, giving a room a sense of calm or depth depending on the shade chosen. This paint choice gives clients the ability to change up their home décor and colour scheme at any time without ever having to repaint the walls.
When it comes to kitchen countertops, granite might be the top seller but it doesn't necessarily suit everyone's needs. Some clients are all about the glossy, industrial look while others have baking needs. Some simply want a surface with more warmth and less clinking noise when they set their coffee mug down. Check out this great article to get the scoop on the pros and cons of the most common countertops and decide which one is best for you.
This was an interesting read, considering we have done many IKEA kitchens but don't always hear feedback from our clients after the job has been done. No news is said to be good news. Do you have an IKEA kitchen and what is your take on it?