19

Oct

'17

Loft Living 101

One of our favourite things about Loft Living is the incredible amount of open space and light that pours through what seems like endless windows! We love the idea of no walls separating rooms, and experiencing the synchronicity and flow from each space within the loft. However, it can also sometimes be awkward when people are around, as there is very little room for privacy in a very large open space! So we came up with a list of 10 of our favourite décor and privacy ideas for loft lovers that won’t break the bank, and won’t force you to start erecting walls and ruining the ambiance of abundant space:

  1. Work out your colour scheme:
    This is important as you really want the loft colours to flow and match! We are by no means stating that EVERY area of the loft should be different shades of grey, but you can get seriously creative, by taking your guests on a colourful and sensory journey through your beloved space!

Source: www.planete-deco.fr

 

2. Choose your furniture to match the space:
With wide open spaces, your furniture should really work to pull the space together. We would recommend choosing a style of furniture you really love, and buying pieces that complement one another.

 

3. Define your “spaces:
This can be done in a number of ways – from drapery ideas, folding glass doors (so that the theme of light and space is never lost), using beautiful room dividers (that can be folded up to allow more light in during the day), to erecting temporary floor to ceiling wooden beams, or using large open-backed shelving cabinets to separate spaces. Another idea is to use rugs or pot plants to definite space.

 

4. Create Storage ideas:
Most lofts will come with very little storage space, so this gives you a great opportunity to get creative.       Floor to ceiling bookshelves can be custom-made for books and ornaments. Moveable furniture is also a fantastic idea – anything can work with wheels, and so storage units such as a bookshelf and or wardrobe can be wheeled anywhere so you are constantly creating moveable space.       Imagine a home that you can quite literally re-create every month with wheels!

 

5. Invest in good quality lighting:
Make sure you have lighting at various heights in your loft space. Low hung lights over your dinner table or above your bed really creates a more intimate and soft space. Whereas in the larger entertainment areas, you could play around with ceiling lights or floor lights. The key is to have a lot of lighting options for every mood!

 

6. Flooring:
An excellent quality floor makes a space a home, so make sure you don’t skimp on this. Cheap flooring can make any incredible space look dull.       So an essential investment for Loft Living 101 is to ensure you get excellent quality flooring put in. We would recommend our Meister-engineered-wooden flooring for a loft.

Source: www.landsdownboards.co.za

 

7. Combine your entertainment space with your kitchen area:
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of any home. So this should definitely be a masterpiece within your loft. This should also be a spacious area with ample room to walk around, so it is important here to ensure that the furniture chosen allows for movement. A great idea is to create the illusion of a separate living space by having the kitchen on a raised platform for example.

 

8. Create a sanctuary:
Your bedroom should be your haven so make sure you spend time creating the perfect Feng Shui space for yourself.       As mentioned above, lighting is important here, so get creative with low hanging lights and serene colours to ensure you drift off into lala-land easily every night.

Source: www.vkvvisuals.com

 

9. Elevated Loft Beds:
If you have children or you often entertain and have overnight guests, another idea is to create raised/elevated loft beds. Not only are you maximising your vertical space but you are creating privacy for guests. And any child would LOVE their own private “treehouse” in their home!       Do remember though that elevated loft beds means they can only be accessed via ladders… so here is hoping your guests are not afraid of heights! Ladders that can be stowed away when the loft beds are not being used is also a very clever idea!
Source: www.cmullinsinteriors.blogspot.co.za/

 

10. Use your walls to tell your story:
Be your own Picasso at home by creating wall galleries. You don’t need to fill every inch of every wall, but for example you could have family photos on one wall that starts in the centre of the wall and you keep adding around that! Loft space is perfect for an Art Collector too!

Source: www.homepolish.com

So there you have it! Our 10 favourite ideas for creating the perfect loft! We do hope that our ideas have filled your mind with inspiration! You can spend as little or as much as you need, and the great thing about loft living is that your space can be a continuous flow of creative work in progress!

References:

http://www.hgtv.com/

www.houzz.com/

www.pinterest.com

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13

Oct

'17

Celebrity Interior Inspiration: Looks we love

The life of the rich and famous is that of style and luxury – if their homes are anything to go by. We’ve summed up a collection of celeb interiors that we love, to give you the dose of inspiration you need to revamp your home.

Chris Hemsworth – Light and Bright Kitchen

Chris Hemsworth’s Malibu kitchen is a class act. The open glass doors bring in immense light, instantly making the space open and friendly. The island style kitchen counter with it’s marble top is a great design for a fun breakfast nook. To complement the bright space, light wood and white walls emites the feel of a beach paradise – and of course the texured floors tie the room together.

Kourtney Kardashian – Chic Lounge

Kourtney knows how to make a monochrome palette work with the finishes in her lounge. The bold coffee table ties the room together perfectly and reinstates the design of the dark stained wood flooring. If you’re ready to renovate your lounge space, the power of the right wooden flooring can be the change you’re looking for.

Vanessa Carlton – Trendy Kitchen

Vanessa Carlton’s trendy SoHo apartment is a feast for the eyes. Light wood laminate flooring, industrial brick walls and the perfect pop of colour makes this a go-to for the trendsetter in you. What really makes all the elements work is the custom kitchen counter – filled with compartments for everything you’ll need, the blue kitchen counter top accents the entire apartment. If you’re looking for a little fun in your kitchen, make sure your kitchen renovations plans include something colourful.

John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen – Kitchen goals

 

What’s not to love about John Legend’s and Chrissy Tiegen’s LA home’s kitchen. Let’s start with the most outstanding feature – cabinets, cabinets, CABINETS! Their kitchen cabinets and kitchen drawers a sight to behold. The wooden kitchen cabinets constrasts well with the dark tiled flooring and dark kitchen worktops. This is a great way to brighten up a kitchen – with no need for paint.

Recreating your celebrity style home is never out of reach – chose the finishes that complement the feel you’re striving for and the rest will follow!

Source: 

Architectural Digest

 

 

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13

Oct

'17

Pantone Spring 2018 Colour Trend Report

The Global Voice of Colour has spoken – The Pantone Colour Institute has released their Spring 2018 Colour Trend Report, which predicts the colours we can expect to see on the runway as well as in the Design and Decor world in 2018.

“Highlighting a more multi-faceted colour story that expands the opportunity for self-expression, the PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2018 features the top 12 colours for men’s and women’s fashion. In another first, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend report spotlights four classic colours, a family of colour that transcends the seasons and provides structure to any wardrobe.” – Pantone Colour Institute 

Pink continues to be the key focus with three shades taking to the stage – Blooming Dahlia, Pink Lavender and Rapture Rose. Other interesting colour options were “Cherry tomato”, light green Nile Green and Meadowlark, a bold yellow.

There are also four gorgeous neutral and classic shades included in the report these being the Sailor Blue, dove grey Harbor Mist, neutral Warm Sand and off-white Coconut Milk.

It can be seen that consumers are moving away from the traditional colour guidelines and opting for more unique shades and combinations.

About the Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette

The Spring 2018 palette encourages a sense of fun and playful release. With an air of complexity and distinctiveness, we find ourselves in a sanctuary of colour that is ideal for some more unique and dramatic colour mixing. – Pantone Colour Institute 

Almost Mauve

With its gentle petal-like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.

Arcadia

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

Blooming Dahlia

With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.

Pink Lavender

Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.

Chili Oil

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette

Cherry Tomato

Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored, shade is viscerally alive.

Emperador

The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.

Lime Punch

Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 colour palette.

Little Boy Blue

With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

Meadowlark

The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.

Spring Crocus

Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.

Ultra Violet

Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.

 

About the Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette

For many consumers, classic color is the mainstay of the wardrobe and the foundational core upon which they start building their own personal style. The core classic shades play a critical role in any wardrobe, and we wanted to highlight the nuance of these classic colors for the spring 2018 season. – Pantone Colour Institute 

Sailor Blue

The navy like Sailor Blue anchors the palette.

Harbor Mist  

A mid-tone dove grey; Harbor Mist solidifies the spring 2018 palette.

Warm Sand

Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk represents the classic mainstay of a white and/or off-white for the spring 2018 season.

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Sources: 

Vogue Living

Drapers 

WWD

Colour Swatches

Pantone Colour Institute 

 

 

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14

Sep

'17

2017 Flooring Trends

The last few years have been very interesting for the flooring industry and it seems that this drive will continue with a host of new products being released across all the various applications. We’ve rounded up the most noteworthy trends that we’ve seen in the industry. We’ll be looking at texture, colour, application and more. So, let’s get started!

Multilayer Flooring

“Be it wood plastic core (WPC), luxury vinyl tile, rigid core or composite core, multi-layer flooring (MLF) is being referred to as the future of flooring for both residential and commercial applications,” according to Floor Trends Magazine.

Multi-Layer Flooring (MLF) consists of two or more layers and traditionally has a top layer(s) that provide both decorative and performance based functions, which is then laminated onto a rigid core board. With MLF, underlays may or may not be attached.

Down to Earth 

 

According to Top Carpets and Floors, it can be seen that there has been a shift towards more earthy tones and textures in flooring styles this year. Currently, the focus is on natural fibres and sustainable products. These earthy and more natural tones and textures create a calming and ‘refreshing’ effect, which is highly sought after today, as people yearn to create harmony within their homes to escape the pressures of modern-day life.

Grey Area  

“Roll on 2017 and shades of grey are dominating the flooring landscape leaving the older more subtle variations of beige in their tracks with sales declining in many of those once popular tones. Grey has certainly been making its mark over the years within other areas of design, interiors and architecture and is still a popular choice for upholstery.” – Dave Nemmeth Home Makers Online.

Industrial | Vinyl/LVT 

It has been seen that concrete has hit the design industry hard over the last few years when the “industrial” look emerged. However, the biggest drawback of concrete flooring is that it’s cold. While it can still work for certain restaurants and public spaces, it’s not the best or most practical option for commercial or domestic living areas. Thus, the vinyl and LVT market has come to the rescue, and identified this gap in the market, and started producing flooring that is functional, even in areas with excessive moisture, such as bathrooms. Best of all is that it looks like the real deal.

This trend is expected to continue with an interesting aspect like metallics, which could also be popular based on the “industrial” styling that is still around. Expect this trend to continue with some adventurous metallics hitting the market, which could also be popular based on the continuation of the “industrial” styling we continue to see says Home Makers Online

Coming over to the Dark Side 

One of the bolder flooring trends is the use of darker colours. According to Dave Nemmeth, the colours range from charcoal to dark browns, and we are seeing these colours in unlikely areas. The two areas specifically are kitchens and bathrooms, which have been traditionally very light in colour due to the space of these areas. This impactful turnaround comes as a move on from the industrial styling trend, as well as a direct reaction to the neutral palettes normally associated with these kinds of areas.

According to FlooringInc.com, this is what other experts in the industry have seen in 2017 with regards to Flooring Trends.

Wood Flooring trends:

“For 2017, we don’t see any slowdown of the current preferences for a wide plank in grey tones with extremely low-sheen finishes.” – Kim Wahlgren, Hardwood Floors Mag, Editor

Laminate Flooring trends: 

“Laminate flooring continues to improve in both performance and appearance, and I think we will see more and more homeowners choosing laminate over other flooring options. The most popular styles of laminate flooring planks will continue to mimic hardwood floors, with lighter colours, wider planks, and dimension in the appearance becoming more and more popular. As the process for creating laminate floors becomes even more streamlined, I imagine we will start seeing a drop in the price per square foot for laminate floors as well, without sacrificing any of the quality, which will only lead to an even greater increase in their popularity.”  – Cindy Weinstock, The Flooring Lady

Vinyl Flooring Trends: 

“The race to the bottom(Price wise) is over. It’s now time for manufacturers to stay focused on making better-looking product lines. 2017 is sure to be the year for more realistic visuals. Better technology is constantly being created and used to make vinyl flooring look more like real hardwood. Whatever you see trending in engineered hardwood, whether it be a rustic oil finished Oak or a more contemporary smooth maple the vinyl flooring industry will be quick to create a visual that will be nearly impossible to tell apart from the real deal. ” – Carly Notcha, US Floors

We’ve reached the end of the most significant Flooring Trends we’ve seen in 2017 – gathered from experts in the industry. Stay tuned for more style & inspiration from Lansdowne Boards!

Sources & Image sources:

Bryont.net

Home Makers Online

Top Carpets and Floors

Up Town Floors

Flooring Inc

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24

Apr

'17

Why sliding office doors give your home office that modern look

Are you working from home? Or do you simply fantasize about having a home office that gives off a professional, ultra-stylish look?

They say first impressions last; we seriously think you should consider getting sliding office doors installed. Here’s why:

It sets your office apart from the rest of your home

But not in a bad way!

Your workspace is your workspace and should give off that energy. Installing sliding office doors imparts the impression upon visitors to your office, as well as to yourself, that your office is a place of business where work gets done.

In order to allow your office to let you feel like you are stepping into a sacred space, you must model it as such.

Natural light

The natural light that will stream into your office through the windows gives it that healthy, fruitful feel.

And creates the illusion of more space

Which imparts a highly modern, open plan layout to your workspace. Your office visitors will also feel at ease conducting business in a place that doesn’t feel stuffy, dark and constricted.

Also, the abundance of natural daylight means you’ll be saving a considerable amount on your electricity bills if you plan to labour there on a regular basis.

But it creates real space too!

The awkward area that will inevitably be taken up by a swinging office door gets eliminated by having a sliding door in place, allowing a place for bookshelves, filing cabinets or even a potted plants that will also be benefitting from the natural light.

But you can still have privacy

This can be achieved by utilising painted or sandblasted glass for the doors, or you could simply put a blind over them. Moreover, sliding doors aren’t limited exclusively to glass, if your sliding door will be facing inside the house, or onto an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight.

It increases the perceived value of your home

By identifying your office as precisely that to potential buyers, and also by giving your office a modern look and feel.

Don’t close the door on this one just yet. Choose the very best for your personal home office and professional life.

 

 

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24

Apr

'17

Choosing the right contracting company to install your kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, an area not to be overlooked or under-planned.

Whether you have moved into a new home or are questioning the functionality of your current kitchen, a makeover is a process not to be taken lightly. It’s a job for the professionals. Here are a few tips on what you should be looking out for.

Identify what needs upgrading

A kitchen renovation does not necessarily involve an entire makeover, but revamping one aspect will more likely entail one thing leading to another. To clarify:

Say the old wooden counters are rotting away, and you have some nice modern granite countertops in mind as a replacement. Great. There’s a company that will be able to do that for you. But wait; the current tiles certainly won’t match the slick black finish you have in mind for your new chopping zone. And what about the surface tiles? And maybe it’s time to replace the tiny stove with that solid gas one you’ve been dreaming about for a while now.

See what we’re getting at? Now you’ll need someone to measure and treat the granite, someone else to install it, another to replace the tiles, a moving company for the stove and an electrician to make ensure the shift from electricity isn’t potentially, you know, lethal.

Professional kitchen renovation companies are able to identify your needs with you, and take care of the whole lot without the hassle of going through an entire scope of contractors, and could potentially save you a lot of money. Plus, the lack of communication from having various craftsmen picking up one job from another spells disaster.

Oh, and while you’re at it… Maybe you’ll need a plumber to make sure that new countertops don’t interfere with the pipes.

What you have in mind may not be such a great idea

You have hopes and aspirations for your new kitchen, and that’s fine. But the thing is, you’re not a building contractor.

A good kitchen renovation company will discuss your expectations and desires with you, but will also be able to identify issues that might become big problems later on.

Say, for instance, you have subtle downlights over the granite countertops in mind for you to be able to prepare your delectable dishes with ease and precision (and to look good when you are entertaining guests). That’s great, but have you considered the fact the wood of your current kitchen cupboards is too old to be modified for the lights and the wiring? Perhaps it’s an even better idea to consider revamping the kitchen cupboards before moving on to the next big thing.

Look, we’re not saying what you have in mind for your kitchen won’t work out, but rather that you should go into the process with a practical approach. Enlist the expertise of a reputable kitchen renovation company to avoid major headaches, and to help you design the true kitchen of your dreams.

 

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22

Mar

'17

Signs it’s time to invest in new kitchen cabinets

 

Inevitably, there will come a time for anything and everything in and around your home to be replaced, be it a light bulb or a staircase. Believe us when we tell you that kitchen cabinets are no exception.

Most wooden cabinets have been known to last up to 50 years, depending on the quality of the wood and the level of craftsmanship involved. Many homeowners of old houses (understandably) find the retro look of their kitchen’s vintage cabinets charming and ambient, and will go to great lengths to lovingly restore them once they start to show any signs of decline.

Usually, well into the process, they discover that whole exercise requires exorbitant maintenance, by which time the financial reserve they had allocated is far too depleted to consider installing new, sturdy cabinets.

Conversely, installing new kitchen cabinets is a costly project – most home planners estimate that it can take up as much as half of your renovation budget! This begs the question, when should you consider replacing your kitchen cabinets for good, instead of doing repairs?

Practicality

First off, let’s get this out of the way.

While in many cases there might technically not be anything wrong with the structural soundness of your kitchen cabinets, sometimes they simply aren’t suited for your needs and purposes.

The space for your stove and fridge might be too wide, the cabinets may not be high or deep enough, maybe the drawers are too tiny for your appliances – you get the idea. If you can live with a few quirks, go right ahead. However, if this seriously impacts the functionality of your kitchen – a nuclear unit of the home – you should strongly consider remodeling.

As for what you need to look out for structurally:

Water damage

Water is an ever-present element of any kitchen. However, if you notice that wooden kitchen cabinets are swollen or making bubbles, sport dark coloured spots, struggle to close properly or are fraying, water damage is usually to blame.

Identify the source from which the water penetrates the wood and get that fixed before progressing to newly installed, sturdy cabinets

Mould

This is also related to water damage, but needless to mention, poses some serious health risks. Sometimes, if identified early enough, the mould can still be killed and completely eradicated.

If not, well… decide how much you value your respiratory functions and make a plan very, very quickly.

Soft wood

This is usually due to age.

If the wood has become cracked or curved and is breakable when you attempt to drill new holes in it, its structural soundness has been compromised.

Hinges coming loose from cabinet doors (or vice versa), screws splitting shelves and strips of wood peeling off for no apparent reason are all tell-tale signs.

As mentioned before, any home is an area of constant maintenance; decide what kind of look and feel you have in mind for your kitchen’s new interior, and proceed with gusto!

 

 

 

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