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Looking for interior design students

February 22, 2011

Hi everyone! The spring is almost here, and our house is almost ready! We’ve  been living here already for quite some time, but it still needs some final touches. Namely, we decided to postpone painting and interior decorations until the house is completely dry. There has been SO MUCH new plastering done during the renovation works that we thought it would be wise to wait.

But now the time has come, and we’ll be adding splashes of color to our interior soon.

We’re now in the process of coming up with a concept, and color selection for our interior decoration works. It’s just the final touch, and yet, it will determine the character of the house. That’s why, although we can of course handle this kind of job on our own, we thought we’d better talk to the specialists. For sure, this will be more fun than doing it alone.

 

Instead of hiring a seasoned interior designer, we want to get some help from talented students of interior design. There must be some of them out there, at Sint Lukas or La Cambre, or other Belgian art schools.

 

If you are looking for your final project, consider our lovely house, and help us reveal its full beauty potential. We might select just one student to work with, but if others provide us with some great ideas, we’ll be happy to publish them, along with the names of their authors, on this blog, and our Twitter account!

If you are up for showing off your skills in interior design, and working as part of our creative team, submit a comment here! This would be a good kick start of your career in interior design. We also will be working on our garden, so ideas on how to improve it are also welcome!

Image by seier+seier on Flickr

Bathroom: before and after

January 25, 2011

Here you can see what one of our bathrooms used to look like before renovation, and what it looks like now.

Before renovation:

What you see here is not tiles, but linoleum glued to the walls.

And this is the same bathroom, after renovation:

 

It’s the kids’ bathroom, and we wanted to give a fun splash of color to the white and dark interior, so we added a strip of green mosaics to to the walls. It looks lovely against the green background of the garden.

Although perhaps not very well seen on the far right corner at the bottom of the image, the color of the bathroom furniture is light brown. It nicely repeats the shiny elements of brown in the green mosaics. I am happy with the result!

Kitchen: before and after

January 10, 2011

Today, I’d like to share with you two photos of our kitchen: before renovation, and after it.

Here’s what our kitchen used to look like:

Before renovation

As you can see, it was just ancient and not very practical. The tiles on the floor were uneven, and the walls were wooden. There was even a piece of linoleum looking like tiles glued to the wall.

And this is what our kitchen looks like now:

After renovation

 

We still need to put tiles and paint the kitchen, but it already looks so much better, doesn’t it?

Doors

December 26, 2010

Here’s another development in our house — new interior doors. We initially didn’t plan to replace the original (and quite beautiful) interior doors that dated back to the 1920s. However, because there was so much new plastering put during renovation works, and so many walls had to be straightened, keeping the old doors was not an option any more. The new doors had to be made to measure, and they are much taller than the standard height used in modern buildings.

 

I personally don’t very much like the look of wooden doors, so we decided to go for the kind that can be easily painted. We tried to replicate the style of the original doors as much as we could, in order to preserve the beautiful look and feel of the 20s. I think we’ve succeeded!

This is one of the original doors that had to be replaced

That's the same little corridor that features in the previous photo. The (still unpainted) new door has a similar style to the old one.

How to take care of teak floors

December 15, 2010

Here’s a list of links that can be useful if you are researching ways to maintain your beautiful teak floors and/or furniture.

How to clean teak floors

How to take care of a teak floor

Teak wood flooring adds timeless beauty

Our new teak parquet floor

December 5, 2010

We finally have our new teak parquet floor in the living room. The best thing for me about it is the lovely scent of exotic wood that fills up the whole house. We decided to give it a “natural” finish, though I do normally like shiny surfaces. However, teak is such pretty wood that one just doesn’t want to spoil it with anything else. Our tip is to sand the surface well and put a couple of thin layers of colorless protective varnish.

Shivakashi granite in interior design

November 30, 2010

As mentioned in the previous post, we went for Indian Shivakashi granite for the kitchen worktop. It combines very nicely with the off-white Eggo Pura kitchen, which has pinkish undertones.

Here are some images we’ve found that show how Shivakashi can be integrated in interior design:

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This one looks quite nice except I would not go for such dull looking tiles. Neither the texture nor the color combine well with Shivakashi — I’d add a splash of a richer and darker color with a sleek texture.  Plum, mauve and crimson would go very well here.

 

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