Renovation Series
Invest in Quality | How to reduce future costs.

When building or renovating your home, it makes sense to try to save anywhere and everywhere you can. However, in this effort, like in many other things in life, make sure you avoid being penny wise and pound foolish! While cost cutting efforts are important and useful, make sure that by saving a small amount at the start of the renovation, you do not end up paying back with ongoing maintenance and subsequent renovations in the future. Before rejecting what may seem like high costs, consider the long term benefits of investing in quality. In this article, we share with you some thoughts to consider when choosing to invest in quality.

1. Quality Materials

High-Quality materials can sustain the passage of time much better than their cheap counterpart. That is not just due to regular use and normal tear and wear, natural Conditions (such as humidity that can cause mold) and unexpected incidents (such as flooding that can swell up the floor) will cause much more severe destruction to cheaper materials and cheaper domestic objects.   

2. Trendy vs Timeless

When it comes to furniture and home accessories, selecting from commercial retail storesand based on the latest instagram trends, leads to an interior design that may seem trendy in the moment but quickly ends up being old fashioned and needing replacement. It is best to commit to a personal design that reflects your personality, your lifestyle and remains timeless.  This is where an architect or an interior designer can help you translate who you are and what you need into a full interior design for your home.

3. Just Contractors (?)

Many people decide to work with contractors exclusively without consulting architects and interior designers. You may think that this saves you money but in reality, this increases the risk of a messy outcome and more costs down the line. Most people in this situation end up with long days of doing things by themselves and finally spending more money on the contractor going over budget, on fixing mistakes, and on suppliers and brands that are more expensive than needed, without necessarily a better quality. If you are considering this route of working with contractors directly, without an architect, be sure to read this article first

To sum up, choosing quality is not a luxurious option but a safe-proofing decision that reduces future maintence and extra renovation costs. In other words, an early and smart investment. You can also check out our piece about renovation costs, to find out more about your options when it comes to economic decisions.

If you are planning on constructing or renovating your home and would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.


The top 5 Interior Design Mistakes that affect your Mental Health.

The environment that surrounds us plays an important role in our daily mood and mental health. Therefore, the interior design of a space where we spend a significant part of the day, such as our home or our workplace, contributes significantly to the quality of our lives. This is why we have gathered here the interior fouls that should be avoided.

1.Dark Rooms

Light is everything and its positive effects – on our physical and mental health – are numerous. The lack of natural lighting in rooms creates melancholy and decreases the ability to focus. Natural light is the best type of light, but if your place lacks natural lighting because of small windows for example, and this is not something you can easily change, there are other ways to fix the issue. A ceiling lamp alone is not enough. Efficient lighting solutions such as floor and desk lamps can be a great help. Also, remember to stick to white led lights and try to avoid brightly coloured ones that dazzle and disorientate.

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2.Heavy Textiles and Fabrics

As we mentioned, windows are extremely important for natural light but also a sense of connection to the exterior. Avoid covering them with dark or heavy curtains that block out the light. If some covering is needed for privacy reasons, try to keep the fabric light. In addition, avoid heavy fabric in general. Throws and furniture covers made of heavy and dark fabrics or even dark wallpapers or heavy tapestries, are not only old fashioned but can contribute to a suffocating and claustrophobic feeling. If you really like throws on your furniture, try choosing ones with light fabric and colors.

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3. Too many Dark Walls

In addition to tapestries and wallpapers, another mistake that causes depressive feelings is painting too many walls with dark colours, such as grey or dark blues and dark greens. Pastel shades are usually an efficient choice. For example, beige guarantees calming and focusing vibes, while mints and lilacs create a joyful atmosphere.

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4.The Lack of Indoor Greenery

Plants and flowers are vibrant elements that not only add style and colour to a space, but they also clear the air and produce oxygen and of course refreshing scents that spread around the space.

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5. Cluttered Shelves

Although small decorative items such as souvenirs – might be of a sentimental value, most of the times they give a feeling of clutter, which undermines the sentimental value. Usually, people end up collecting random objects and placing them on shelves without organizing them. Just the image of stuffed shelves looks suffocating and might cause anxiety. Bedroom and Living room shelves should be wide and clear with a few styled marched decorates. If you have some valuable keepsakes, make sure they are displayed without clutter so their value can shine even more.

Just keep in mind that shelves are definitely not storage spaces!

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If you feel like renovating your space and you are looking for some positive vibes, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

An Oasis in the City: Redesigning your Garden or Terrace.

Interior Design often contains greenery, as it provides clarity and refreshment.  A garden, a terrace or a balcony, are not the only places you can transform. You can always optimize your space and create green corners that could be used as a private sanctuary or even a place for  gatherings with loved ones. Here is how to optimize your green space in order for it to be a magical expansion of your home, close to nature, a hidden oasis. 


The Water Element

Water is a vital and therapeutic element that grants life to its surrounding environment. A sink bath, a small fountain, a barrel with hydrophilic plants or your own personal small spa made of natural stone, smothered in aromatic plants, are some of the ideas that offer the constant presence of water.


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The Resting Space

While the interior of a house usually has plenty of chairs and sofas, a green area could provide more unconventional methods of relaxation, following a natural and carefree philosophy. A fabric tent is perfect for warm sunny days and it also can be used as a movable gazebo. However, if your space is not large enough for a tent, consider swings and pillows as a beautiful solution that can be adjusted to any kind of outdoor space.

The Lighting

Strong lighting could easily deter from the oasis aesthetic and it usually reminds people of upbeat city rhythms, which people usually like to leave behind when returning home. In the evenings, except for the light of the moon and stars, one can turn to candles, lanterns and curtain lights on trees. Those do not only provide soft lighting but they also serve as perfect decorative items that mix perfectly with plants and flowers.

Hanging Greenery

One of the alleged seven world wonders are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Though a house garden cannot be exactly compared to them, flower baskets and plants that are hanging from the ceiling or the walls can provide an exotic aesthetic.

Edible Gardening

Many people find peace gardening,  specially when growing their own fruits and vegetables in their backyard, or even their balcony. Wooden boxes that can be used as small kitchen gardens give a homey and rustic feeling and can also provide the opportunity of a new, healthier lifestyle.

If you are considering redesigning your garden, balcony or terrace, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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