25 m2 (270 sq ft) in the sky of Paris. A 180° view of the roofs of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur. Having recovered the attic space changed everything for this small flat with a generous view. We gained height and gave character to the whole by playing with transparency and colours. The entrance allows you to store your belongings discreetly in a cupboard that blends into the wall and hides the toilet. To access the mezzanine, which offers additional sleeping space, I designed a piece of furniture with multiple functions, as I like them, which blossoms in the living room: library, desk and staircase. Practical and beautiful. The small glass roof on the mezzanine and the bookcase with its columns stretch the height of the room. And the little bench/bed that allows the staircase to sit well, acts as a sofa and has fun looking a bit pretentious with a Frey Indian…
Marianne Evennou nails another project injecting lots of colour and storage into a tiny space making it stylish and very functional.
The previous owners of this elegant house had prioritised style over practicality. Our task was to make this a home that works for every member of the family. On the ground floor, both reception rooms have been painted in soft, neutral shades accented by bold, colour-blocked joinery. During the day, the rooms provide a comfortable, calm space to work or relax. Come the evening, the floor-to-ceiling curtains are drawn and the rooms become a cocooning space for reading or entertaining. A joyous playroom has been created in the basement. On the upper floors, the master bedroom and dressing room is now a soft, enveloping grown-up space, whilst the children’s rooms have been wrapped in lively patterns and furnished with a combination of contemporary and antique furniture.
Patterns and colours aplenty but not overdone or too bold. Designed by Sarah Brown.
If you want to make your house attractive either for you or in anticipation of a coming sale, you should know that you don’t have to pay through the nose or turn everything upside down. Whatever renovation project you had in mind, there is a strong chance that you could get the same results for less by being smarter with your decisions. You could do that by choosing materials wisely, or by making small but strategic additions that will make a big difference. Here are some small upgrades that will dramatically change the look of your house.
Sensible Kitchen Remodel
One of the most important and eye-catching rooms in the house is the kitchen, and a kitchen remodel is one of the most efficient ways to give a house a whole new feel. But don’t make the mistake of going for an extensive renovation here, especially if your goal is to extract value from it.
You should focus on the small things, like changing, repainting, or resurfacing the cabinets, for instance. Or you could simply upgrade the fixtures and add a transparent door for style and convenience. Another thing you could do is create a backsplash with veneer, add some worktop lights, and get a new table for the dining area.
Be careful when picking the shape for the dining table, however, as it could clash with the room. If you have a narrow dining space, then a rectangle table would be a better option. An oval table could work there too. But if you have a square space and need to seat a lot of people, something like this square dining table for 6 would be a perfect option.
Sensible Living Room Makeover
The living room is also one of the most important rooms in the house and upgrades here will be noticed. What you do will largely depend on how much you have to play with, but we would suggest you start with getting new window treatments, consider repainting the room, and adding molding. You could also get new furniture and a nice coffee table that could act as a focal point or as a support for one. If you’re looking for a coffee table that will instantly elevate your living room, a Vidaxl coffee table would be a perfect choice.
Front Porch Makeover
This is for people who want to increase their home’s kerb appeal. The front porch area is one of the first things people will look at when they get to your property, and anything you do there will have a significant impact on the perception people will have of your house. And even if you don’t intend to sell, most people would like to come home to a beautiful facade, so look at what you could do to upgrade it.
Something as simple as adding some window planters and a container garden could be more than enough. You can go one step further and replace the front door, house numbers, and mailbox. And if you want to go one step further, you could reseed or sod your lawn and add a tree. Your house will be nearly unrecognizable once you’re set and done.
These are all upgrades that won’t cost you that much and will completely transform how your house looks and feels. So, look at what will be needed for these renovations and perform those that speak to you the most.
Interior designer Tina Ramchandani of Tina Ramchandani Creative has a passion for soulful minimalism, modern homes with heart, clean-lined and stylish. A bright and white kitchen (it mirrors the snow outside) is warmed by touches of golden wood. It’s minimalist yet meaningful and functional.
The perfect blend of primitive and modern with a warm minimalism and a touch of wabi-sabi. It’s about clean lines, variations on a neutral colour palette and subtle changes in texture. Earthy but chic. T Studio by Taipei-based Ecru Studio.