CREATING A BEAUTIFUL HOME TO ENJOY IS ONE OF

LIFE'S GREATEST PLEASURES

" We all have a vision of how we want to live, but how

often do we look at how we actually live? "

From what we do habitually,

to what makes us happy or even

what might create tension:

Does your fantasy match up with your reality?

Whenever I work with clients, I strive to understand the psychology behind the many layers of their desires and needs. It is my firm belief that you can never feel truly comfortable in a living space unless you have found the core of what makes you feel good.

 

What makes us feel good is, of course, different for everyone, and can also vary depending on what we like compared to what we actually need. And, when taking into account space and budget considerations, working towards this feeling of contentment is an ongoing process that becomes part of the journey we take together. 

 

With over a decade of experience, this is a journey I have taken with clients many times. I have found that people often think that interior design is mostly about how a room looks. But, beyond this, a home of any size should take needs – and desires – into consideration. Your ideal home should represent who you are.

 

 

We work closely with clients to guide them through the design process, from the two-dimensional concepts to the three-dimensional reality. Below, we’ll take a look at the key elements of residential interior design, and how we approach them:

  • Function

  • Space Planning

  • Design Consideration

  • Lighting Design

  • Storage Design

  • Managing the Budget

  • Project Management

Function

Consider how you interact with your home on a day-to-day basis: from where you eat breakfast, to which side of the bed you sleep on, to where you get dressed. Every ritual has its own pattern – and in order to create a living space that works for you, you need a design that aligns with your routines. 

 

Writing your wish list should be your first step. It’s always better to start with the big picture and work your way backwards; people are often surprised at what can be achieved by makes a few simple structural changes to make your daily life a little bit more seamless.

Space

Having considered what you need from your home, the next step is finding ways to make your space fulfil these functions. This is the mark of a successful interior design project – it’s more than just the decorative accents. 

 

A lot of houses also have awkward spaces – dark corners, difficult proportions, or odd shapes. One way of dealing with these spaces is to draw attention to areas with more light, harmony or symmetry, making these awkward spaces less conspicuous.

 

Below we outline some common issues, and how we might go about solving them:

Problem 1: Irregularly shaped living room

Before:

  • Function was compromised for form

  • Fixtures and fittings that didn’t maximise the space

After:

  • A custom-made sofa fits the shape of the room

  • extendable TV mount means the viewer can watch and be comfortable at any angle.

Problem 2: Smaller zone in living room lacks natural light and privacy

Before:

  • Lack of natural light, with a small window facing the neighbouring block. 

  • Window, beaming and air conditioning unit combine for an odd outlook.

After:

  • A more peaceful zone is created with a custom-made cabinet with in-built lighting. 

  • A reflective material has been used for the panelling to reflect the natural light opposite,

  • Sliding door hides the unsightly window and adds extra storage while creating a sense of privacy. 

  • The air conditioning unit is relocated above the cabinet and in the middle of the space to create better circulation.

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