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Tuesday
Jun202017

Reader's home - Pati's small kitchen renovation

If you love dark spaces then you will remember Pati's home (a rental) that I featured back in March. She recently renovated her very small kitchen and as always, it is DYNAMITE and I begged her to send me photos so I could share it on the blog. She sent along a bit of info as well: Since we moved in we hated our kitchen - it was was rather dated and I had updated it with black tiles and lino flooring 10 years ago as cream tiles and green lino did not go, but I didn't want to do anything to the doors without getting permission first. There were a few options I could try with the existing doors which I will explain in details later (for those of you who do not want to change the doors) but in the end I opted for changing the style of the doors.

Finding a bargain takes some time - so I started my search last year in order to purchase items that I wanted to change at the best price available. I then watched a few tutorials on how to do certain things and decided to do all the work myself to save money and allow me to "have a kitchen earlier" - if you are handy with a drill then there is nothing stopping you - you just have to have a little faith in yourself. (For those wondering why my husband didn't do it for me - my husband is disabled so all DIY around the house falls on me). All in all after selling worktops and doors off I have spent £650 for the whole lot! (tiles and doors included in the total)

Thinking it was a good idea at the time and would be relatively mess free (I forgot that we didn't have doors i could close to stop all the dust settling in the rest of the house)...well let me tell you one thing. Dust was everywhere and a small job turned into a major disaster. When removing old tiles from plasterboard I managed to rip half of the wall with the tiles (must have been a good adhesive!) - fixing the wall wasn't as difficult as I expected it to be (besides the fact that I ran out of screws half way through - planning isnt my strong point ;)).

To keep within my rather small budget I started my search for cheap, reduced or free materials last year. Wall tiles were free because U.K. supermarket Tesco had an offer where I could triple my points I collected onto tile vouchers. I "bought" them last year, worktops were bought a few months later, and the rest were slowly bought whenever I saw something on offer. Storing everything was a bit of a pain in the backside as our home is so small there isn't much space so all tiles were under sofas, tools and tile adhesive under the bed and worktops in the living room waiting for someone to trip over them.

Traditional Shaker style kitchen was always a small dream of mine and since my doors were the wrong style rather than painting them (which I would have loved to do) I opted to replace them. Changing doors was a much cheaper option than replacing a whole unit as all my cabinet carcasses were in pretty good condition. Besides replacing 2 cabinets with one long one and removing one wall unit in order to fit the open shelving, having a door made to measure also allowed me to add a door to a extra narrow space by the cooker - that part (as it's not a unit) was made I think by the people who fitted the kitchen originally as it was too narrow for any narrow door. What helped in this one woman job was watching how-to videos and not being afraid to give it a go. It is far from perfect by any means but at least we have a usable kitchen that we all love. AND I FREAKING LOVE IT TOO!!!

Wednesday
Jun142017

Reader's home - Andrew's renovated minimalist flat in Madrid

In February a reader named Andrew sent over photos of his Devon Rex for Monday's Pets on Furniture, and the other day he send along some photos to his newly renovated flat in Madrid. A huge congrats to him as it is an incredibly drastic transformation that turned out beautifully, and was recently featured in AD Spain. I have to start with a few before photos. It turns out it had been home to squatters for 20 years before Andrew got his hands it. It had no working bathroom, lowered ceilings, ruined floor and walls....it was pretty hideous.

And look at it now!!!!! (Photos: Lupe Clement)

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Monday
May222017

A renovated terrace home in Paddington

I am forever in awe of architects who are willing to maintain original features in a refurbishment whilst modernizing the structure. This narrow terrace home in Paddington, Sydney is absolutely gorgeous and has impeccable attention to detail. The little workspace nook built out of the side of the kitchen cabinet is brilliant, and I adore the skylights over the kitchen and the narrow display nooks among the upper cabinets (a great idea if you are trying to squeeze Ikea cabinets into a space that just don't fit). A sleek, chic and fabulous home. Kudos to Tom Ferguson (TFAD) on a superb project. 
P.S. I am short on pets on furniture entries tso hopefully it will be back next Monday. Send your entries to me @ kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net or hashtag in IG with #dtipetsonfurniture.

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Friday
May192017

A 3-room apartment in Stockholm 

Keeping things simple on this Friday, the beginning of Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, otherwise known as May 2-4 weekend (because many cases of 24 beers are consumed on this first holiday of summery weather...I on the other hand may find myself a weekend cocktail to consume copious amounts of). Plus the Ottawa Senators are kicking some Pittsburgh ass in the Stanley Cup playoffs so much partying will be had around here. And exciting stuff continues as husband and I are meeting with a designer from Lyndsay Landscape Saturday to do some planning for our horrendously embarrassing gravel pit of a front yard (we live on a very busy street and I die a slow death every day my yard looks this awful). Starting things off with some soothing eye candy in the form of this 3-room apartment currently for sale in Östermalm, Stockholm via Lagerlings. Loving the neutral colour palette and those furry dining chairs!  

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Monday
Apr172017

A small minimalist apartment in Bucharest

Architect and interior designer Alex Calin sent in this project of a small, Nordic-inspired minimalist apartment that I wanted to share: The studio has about 40 sqm and it is located downtown Bucharest, in a building located near the Cismigiu park, in a historical city center. By the time we started the project, nobody had made changes or improvements of any kind from the date of commissioning of the use, somewhere in the mid 60s. The significant changes were losing the balcony and inserting it into living space. This is how a little space for conversation and a work area appeared and at the same time this has increased glass surface adding up extra light. One of the former windows has got a bookshelf open on both sides that filters light in the sleeping area and delineates pleasantly the interior space. The furnishings are in shades of white, with small touches of oak and dotted here and there by a few spots black. The minimal furniture has a touch of nordic inspiration. All the furniture was designed and executed together with partners from Mobilaunicat.ro and is made to completely cover the minimal needs posed by such a space. The owner has a passion for film and music (he works in the creative industry) so the walls are decorated with black and white portraits of several iconic characters (Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Grace Jones and Patti Smith).