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  1. As for your question about the bay window treatment, I suggest doing something that lasts for a long time. Personally, I feel that laminates might wear out over time because they are stuck there with glue, and under exposure to sunlight and heat from the windows, the pieces might loosen over time. Solid surface is a good option, and it comes in a wide array of colors. Alternatively, consider something like stone or even man-made stone (e.g. Caesarstone) - these are easy to clean, do not discolour, and are long-lasting. As for lighting, it depends very much on the mood you'd like to create at night. The living room may be small, but its windows are large and generous - you shouldn't need artificial lighting in the day. Also, it looks as if your ceilings are quite high. You could do a false ceiling, with cove lighting and downlights on the living and kitchen side. Personally, I prefer that the space looks cozier, so my suggestion would be to not have too many downlights - the LED sort (maybe either one or two small ones on each side, much like what the floor plan suggests). Pair this with two floor lamps that flank the left and right of the window, or alternatively, one floor lamp and one table lamp. Your kitchen area is open concept, so I suppose you'll be building an island-cum-dinning area. If that's the case, you might like to skip the downlight at the kitchen section and instead install a pendant lamp over the island. I'm not sure what style you're renovating in, but my advice would be to keep it simple, because the space isn't large. Hope that helps!
  2. Hi san20, my apologies for the late reply, I've not checked the forum in a while. I still suggest painting your ceiling white, but since its not really genuinely classical, maybe you could furnish your home in a modernised interpretation of classical design? Think of chairs like Emeco's Kong Armchair (the metal counterpart to the ubiquitous Ghost Chair), a chesterfield sofa (you could either go traditional leather, or even a modern interpretation like CB2's Avec sofa). With such backbones, you could go for a rather eclectic look, perhaps something a bit like the one below - the key is a lot of layering of accessories. The alternative would be the minimal take on classical lines, like you suggested. Sticking with the same pieces of furniture I suggested above, you would choose a clean-lined, uncomplicated rug. Pair it with either one or two Ming-vase lamps. Basically, it should feel a bit like the image below. I also recommend you check out Taylor B - I've found out about it online, but I've not seen it in person, they are supposed to offer a wide array of furniture in different styles, at export prices.
  3. Mid-Century Beach House Find out more about this design If you'd like me to offer you any design suggestions (I'll try my best to give them as and when I'm free), leave a comment on my Wordpress page.
  4. Hello there, sorry for the really late reply. Good to know you're moving again, though it must be a bit of a hassle (haha) I suppose you're referring to a ceiling medallion. If that's the case, paint it white - that's the easiest way to make a piece of classical design harmonious with anything more modern. I also suppose that there are other classical details in the space, since one wouldn't just add in a ceiling medallion for no reason - I also suggest white-washing those, if you intend to keep them. If that's the case, let me suggest some back-bones to work with first. Consider a dark wood floor throughout the space, with white walls and white architectural/classical details. Then work with a neutral palette for any large furniture/built-ins - not dissimilar to what I suggested for my Belgian Inspired lookbook. You can then take it a few ways, through accessorizing, as well as the lines of the design pieces. 1. Glam look Using classical furniture with an unexpected twist (e.g. high-gloss black/white lacquer, unexpectedly bold fabrics, lots of glossy stuff), create a theatrical space. 2. Rustic Loft Use modern or transitional style furniture, in light/neutral fabrics. Nothing glossy, mostly matte finishes. These are just some rough ideas - hope they help!
  5. Its been a while since I've last posted anything, but here's something new - mainly for inspiration though. Mellow Modernism Find out more about this design If you'd like me to offer you any design suggestions (I'll try my best to give them as and when I'm free), leave a comment on my Wordpress page.
  6. Simple Luxury For more details on this design: Simple Luxury
  7. Hi gakuseisean. Have been following your posts for a while now. Not sure if you could suggest how I can do up my new flat if I send you my floor plan. My email is smallstrong22@yahoo.com and we can take it from there. Cheers.

  8. Personally, I'd suggest that the mirror be floor to ceiling. But if that isn't an option, then have the mirror begin just slightly before the table top, such that the entire table surface can be reflected within it without seeing (so much of) the mirror edges, to give a feel that the space is larger than it actually is.
  9. am also thinking of having a pandant ceiling light above the dining table...will that be too much lights going around for a minimalist living/dining room?

  10. hi gakuseisean,

    thanks for your reply.

    dont quite get what you mean...:P

    let's assume my dining and living room is a rectangle in shape..i'm thinking of having a t-shape false ceiling splitting the dining and living room in the middle...with cove lighting..

    i think that should be sleek enough?

    is downlight on the "T" itself too much?

  11. Belgian Inspired For more details on this design: Belgian Inspired
  12. Hi what I can suggest is that you decide on a look for your place, and stick to it - slowly work towards that look. You don't have to buy everything at one shot. Buy once, buy good.

  13. Hi monk8,

    What I can suggest about ceiling is that you try to align stuff to each other to make them look sleek. E.g. the ceiling cove terminates where the hallway ends etc. Also choose lighting fixtures that either disappear away, or if they are sculptural, then don't have too many things competing for attention.

  14. hi gakuseisean,

    am wondering if you could advise on my query...

    i need some help on the ceiling design...how do one do a minimalist ceiling for living/ dining room?

    false ceiling? suspend ceiling? i know cove lights and downlights to be used to create the effects but how does one design a ceiling?

    any advices?

  15. Hi Hi,

    I am new to this, i was wondering, will you be able to share ideas with me? i have images but on a very strict budget of $15k.

    I just bought a 3 room flat, very excited but yet very lost!!