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  1. Hello everyone, I have been browsing this forum for a long time after my key collection and picked up lots of valuable renovation tips. Also learnt what to look out for when deciding on which ID to choose. Hence i will also like to do my part to share my experience for shortlisting and confirming on the ID i chose. We met about 5 to 6 ID in total before confirming on our ID, meeting different ID can be quite a tiring process having to repeat what we want over and over again. So u guys must be prepared! Alot of ID we met quoted us over our budget, but our ID was able to meet our budget inclusive of electrical works. We also seen some of his completed projects which is very nice and we like it. Our ID was recommended by a fellow BTO owner in our FB group. During the 1st meet up, the ID is very patient and listened to our requirements. He is also very experienced and provided us with alot of good advice throughout the whole renovation process, from the types of lighting for our house and types of furniture to buy. They also have a wide range of materials to choose from. Most important factor is their workmanship which i feel is very good and quite impressed by them. Our ID is also very responsive and responsible, this is another important factor to consider when u are choosing ID. During the renovation process, our ID will send us pictures of the works completed. When we have any issues with the work done he will quickly rectify them. He gave us some minor carpentry works FOC plus did not charge us any fee for toilet and kitchen amenities installation which we bought ourselves. Overall we are very satisfied with our new home and the services provided by our ID. We have also recommended our ID to some of our friends and they told me he is one of the few better ID they met. I will upload some photos again, if u have any questions u may ask me and I will be more than happy to answer. If u like to know our ID, let me know and I will be more than willing to share.
  2. Dear homeowners, We know that being a homeowner is exciting. But designing your home can be challenging. From choosing the right furniture to the right colour for your wall; from cookie-cutter looks to expensive consultations—the process is often a tedious and stressful one. Knock Knock is a creative home platform that is here to change that—we’re opening new doors to the whole process of interior design by collaborating with homegrown labels and artists. What that means is that you will have access to an incredible band of makers, thinkers, and dreamers to help you kickstart the process in a different and personal way. The end result is, a design for your home co-created by you and an artist you like, that truly reflects your personality. After all, we think a dream home should be...whatever your whim. Hit us up kknocksg@gmail.com if you're looking to give your home a little more personality and play, and we'll gladly take you through in details how it works. Psst, we also do home staging! www.knockknockstories.com
  3. Hi all, I bought a 5-room resale flat at Sembawang. I want to share my experience on house renovation and I hope my sharing helpful for you. Few months before my renovation, I went to a few ID but most of the time they either respond slowly or very hard push. The quotation could be varied from one to another. When the time I feel quite lost, I am glad that I happen to know this reliable and responsible contractor from a hardware shop. To my surprise, the quotation is reasonable but most importantly is the great workmanship. My husband and I decided to engage this contractor because of his :- 1) Prompt reply and responsible. I remember the first time I texted him he replied me very fast. 2) Friendly attitude. At first, I told him that I have another carpentry contractor and he is willing to coordinate with him. I feel secured and comfortable to talk to him. At the end, we found is easier to let him do everything since the price he quote for carpentry work is similar to the contractor that I plan to engaged before. 3) Reasonable price
  4. Post CNY Bundle Promotion Sale Event 2020 Singapore Missed Our Chinese New Year Promotion? No Worry, We have Post CNY Promotion for you, If you are planning to change your door and gate or digital lock, you should not miss our Post Chinese New Year Promotion to BUY and SAVE BIG Bundle 1: 3x7 Ft Main Door + 3x7 Ft Main Gate (S$ 1180) Bundle 2: Kaiser Digital Door Lock + Kaiser Digital Gate Lock (S$ 788) Bundle 3: Hafele EL7700 Digital Door Lock + Kaiser+ Digital Gate Lock (S$ 1188) Bundle 4: Samsung DP609 Digital Door Lock + Kaiser+ Digital Gate Lock (S$ 1430) ✔ Our Product is Top Notch Quality Made in Singapore ✔ Best Bundle In Town with Affordable Factory Price ✔ Able to Customise Door + Gate Design ✔ Manufactured in Singapore ✔ Installment Plan Available ✔ VISA/MASTER/AMEX Grab them fast before it ends! Don't Forget to Share this sale event with your friends, loved ones and head over to HDDoor! Visit Our Showroom To Modernise Your House!⚠ : 11 Woodlands Close #06-06 / 05 S(737853) Opening hours : 10AM - 8PM (Monday toThursday) 10AM - 9PM (Friday To Sunday & PH) Buy From here: http://www.hddoor.com.sg/ Office: 6589 8484 | 9466 6676 (Jess) | 8645 5549 (Niko) | 8766 6971 (Michelle)
  5. Provide direct labour to Lay floor and wall tiles include hacking and plumbing, Licensed contractor, Offer reasonable price. Interested please call: 82008901 “Licensed contractor with offering a reasonable price.” Over a decade, Designer House Pte Ltd providing professional consultation, interior design & adaptation, decoration and fully turn-key services for all type of residential and commercial work. Specialized and direct labor for tiling work include hacking and plumbing. We continuously improve our service, quality and standard to make our customer happy and make their dream come true. do not click “Request to get contractor” button, it doesn’t link to us. You may direct email to me at ronald@designerhouse.com.sg
  6. TM Designer PTE LTD invites you to experience the art of building ideas. Their legacy is where lovely homes are built and smiles are created. Every client is personal to them and they want the spaces they created to represent the best of them. With a team of highly creative and experienced project consultants, quality builders, carpenters, and renovators, we will turn your dream home into a reality. There are so many options out there! With so many options to choose from, you may walk away from a purchase or design decision wondering if you made the right choice, the right quality. With all the design options, home decor, and interior designers out there we’d like to tell you what sets TM Designers apart. We are professional, humble and we vouch for the quality of our work and our contractors. We can praise ourselves a lot but you will only know when you start with a FREE quote from us! It’s more than a passion project. It’s more than a creative vision realized. Visit us at: 362 Upper Paya Lebar Road #01-15, Da Jin Factory Building, Singapore 534963 Call us at: (65) 6909 8709 Fax us at: (65) 6909 8719 Email us at: enquiry@tm-designers.com
  7. Need some interior work done for your home?Or perhaps you are opening a new shop or commercial property, and you need somebody to spruce it up?Visit ArtDecor Design Studio, which specialises in interior design, carpentry, and contractor work for residential and commercial properties.With 50 years of experience under its belt, this firm will take care of your renovation needs every step of the way, from design consultation to project management and construction. The result is built spaces that are practical, inspiring, and aesthetically pleasing. ArtDecor's customised carpentry services give their projects personal touches, creating a diverse portfolio that proves the firm's commendable construction capabilities. ArtDecor's projects often include custom furniture meticulously made by its team of professional crafters.You may have ran into some of their works in town:- MarryBrown @ Wisma Geylang Serai- Rise @ Marina Bay Sands- Luxly@Capitol- Asus@Bugis - Royal Taj @ Village Hotel Sentosa- And more~And their portfolio grows with every satisfied client!Their professional design-and-build services extends to residential properties, so nobody will miss out on their expertise!Want ArtDecor to add their special touch to your special space?Contact them at:Hotline: +65 6222 1702Email: sales@artdecordesign.netAddress: Blk 7 Defu Lane 10 #01-534 Singapore 539188Website: https://www.artdecordesign.net/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artdecordesignstudio/
  8. Hi all, I am new to this forums but has been browsing here since i was looking for a ID/Contractor to renovate my resale flat. We all understand the agony of finding a good responsive & responsible renovation contractor. I just want to share some of my experience renovating my kitchen which includes hacking + re-tiling works from this ID. To be frank, we are all afraid of cutting chopped due to us doing very little reno as compared to others doing their whole flat so we thought the cost might be slightly more pricey. Then we came upon this ID we saw on this forums posted with their promo package, we decided to give them a call. We talked and set an appointment the next day to share our ideas/concepts of our home. Like most of the people would say, most of the ID is only keen on making more money but instead he would actually explained specifically some of the more complicated design of how it will be constructed that might be costly. He would then suggest alternatively another similar concept but at a cheaper budget. We thought, “That was great!” We told them that we don’t really need any fancy design and proposed if they could come out with one based on our needs and budget. At the same time, we also choose our laminate and material in their office (which happen to be nearby our place also). With many variety to choose from, he will also offer different suggestion of which material will benefit and which is more of within our budget range. As much as we are concerned, it was really a pleasant meeting with him as he accommodate us without trying to upsell anything. However, end of the day, in fact we still thinks quotation is the last key factor if it is a scam or not. After a few days, to our surprised, it was actually within our budget and during our second meetup, he would explained in details of how each is being charged accordingly. We decided to go with them and proceed with the renovation work. Overall, he also provided us with a free rubbish chute which we are alarmingly surprised. We thanks him so much for the work done in this 2 weeks to help coordinate and keep the works on schedule. I will let the rest of the pic talks. BEFORE WORK IN PROGRESS AFTER FREE RUBBISH CHUTE FROM THE ID
  9. Hi all, I am new to this forums but has been browsing here since i was looking for a ID/Contractor to renovate my resale flat. We all understand the agony of finding a good responsive & responsible renovation contractor. I just want to share some of my experience renovating my kitchen which includes hacking + re-tiling works from this ID. To be frank, we are all afraid of cutting chopped due to us doing very little reno as compared to others doing their whole flat so we thought the cost might be slightly more pricey. Then we came upon this ID we saw on this forums posted with their promo package, we decided to give them a call. We talked and set an appointment the next day to share our ideas/concepts of our home. Like most of the people would say, most of the ID is only keen on making more money but instead he would actually explained specifically some of the more complicated design of how it will be constructed that might be costly. He would then suggest alternatively another similar concept but at a cheaper budget. We thought, “That was great!” We told them that we don’t really need any fancy design and proposed if they could come out with one based on our needs and budget. At the same time, we also choose our laminate and material in their office (which happen to be nearby our place also). With many variety to choose from, he will also offer different suggestion of which material will benefit and which is more of within our budget range. As much as we are concerned, it was really a pleasant meeting with him as he accommodate us without trying to upsell anything. However, end of the day, in fact we still thinks quotation is the last key factor if it is a scam or not. After a few days, to our surprised, it was actually within our budget and during our second meetup, he would explained in details of how each is being charged accordingly. We decided to go with them and proceed with the renovation work. Overall, he also provided us with a free rubbish chute which we are alarmingly surprised. We thanks him so much for the work done in this 2 weeks to help coordinate and keep the works on schedule. I will let the rest of the pic talks. BEFORE WORK IN PROGRESS AFTER FREE RUBBISH CHUTE FROM THE ID
  10. TAOZ • “Lightings, Colours, Mirrors” This 3 play a very important role in Interior Design. In this home-design, it stick to a clean, neutral palette that ensures no one item appears out of place. Location: The Light Collection, Penang (Malaysia) Space Area: 1300sqft Year of Completion: 2018 JCW Design Gallery is an interior design firm establish in 2017 based in Singapore & Malaysia. We are expertise in interior design for both residential and commercial. At JCW Design Gallery, we value integrity & excellent, which is fundamental of our work. Look for more via http://www.jcwdesigngallery.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jcwdesigngallery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcwdesigngallery/ Kindly drop us email via email: info@jcwdesigngallery.com Contact : +65 83601588 (CW)
  11. TAOZ • https://www.facebook.com/pg/jcwdesigngallery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=118755029497040 “Lightings, Colours, Mirrors” This 3 play a very important role in Interior Design. In this home-design, it stick to a clean, neutral palette that ensures no one item appears out of place. Location: The Light Collection, Penang (Malaysia) Space Area: 1300sqft Year of Completion: 2018 JCW Design Gallery is an interior design firm establish in 2017 based in Singapore & Malaysia. We are expertise in interior design for both residential and commercial. At JCW Design Gallery, we value integrity & excellent, which is fundamental of our work. Look for more via http://www.jcwdesigngallery.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jcwdesigngallery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcwdesigngallery/ Kindly drop us email via email: info@jcwdesigngallery.com Contact : +65 83601588 (CW)
  12. Would like to share my experience with you guys. Recently, i have done up a renovation for my parents house. Our 3-rm flat is located at Ang Mo Kio, which our estate is already 40-years old .We have never done renovation or upgrading work since we move in until now. The condition of the house, was like the picture below, uneven walls and ceiling. We would like to revamp it to a bright, modern living, and have all the cabinet build in for living area, kitchen and our bedrooms. We have refer by our friends on this company that specialize in residential/shop/space planning/carpentry/flooring & remodeling to help us out. We are very satisfied with their work or transformation, would like to share we our members here. I have took a shot of our house photo after we have renovated. Costing is very reasonable. I am impressed with their work attitude and responsive response. I would like to give them 5-star rating. Those who want to do a upgrading or just bought a BTO can give a shot for this company!!
  13. There are many interior design styles that home owners can choose from today to build the perfect home. Some are subdued and calming, others are extravagant and showy. We'll look at 8 popular styles today - and we're sure that you'll find something you like: Modern Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/551831760591010423/ Focusing on functionality and simplicity, modern design styles are popular with home owners. This style is characterized by precise and efficient use of space, further accentuated by simple decorative elements, including simple geometrically shaped furniture, lighting and furniture. The modern approach to interior design has a strong influence on many other styles as we'll see in this list. Minimalism Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/22869910594679893/ Minimalism takes the modern design style of simplicity and functionality to the next level. It is characterized by its ultra-clean look and natural decorative elements. Instead of relying on bling, minimalism shifts our attention to the subtle aesthetics of shapes, colour and textures. Most minimalism designs use a subdued colour palette, often comprising of white and light blues as the primary colour accentuated by slightly darker hues like green. Contemporary Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231442868336179789/ As the name suggests, contemporary designs incorporate design elements that are currently trendy (or are readily available to be snatched up from the market), including new materials and standards of comfort. Though not as restrictive as the modern style, contemporary designs often stick to a small colour palette, like a combination of black, white and grey. (Why metal: Giving your home a contemporary, shiny and smooth look) Industrial Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/433682639117006841/ Raw pragmatism defines the industrial style. The easiest way to describe the industrial style is that if you've decided to start living in your factory office and brought in some furniture to make it more comfortable. Decor is made up of design elements that take on the look of fabricated parts and structures that you'd find in a factory, like concrete block staircases and plain platforms supported by beams. Mid-Century Modern Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/678495500088168895/ The Mid-Century Modern style is a transitional style that combines simplicity and natural building materials (like wood) and more modern ones like plastics (often to mimic wood). Simplicity is key to the mid-century modern style, which features gentle organic curves and clean lines, though at times home owners like to experiment by combining different and contrasting materials. Scandinavian Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/533535887098456600/ The Scandinavian approach to home design is a popular style that transforms minimalism into a real work-of-art - both aesthetically and functionally. Warm and welcoming spaces come to life, with bare wooden floors filled with organically inspired furniture and live plants for décor against a bright, neutral colour palette. There's also an emphasis on natural lighting, with large sliding doors and windows that lets light in which is then reflected throughout the interior space by its light coloured walls. (Tips for creating a Scandinavian Interior) Traditional (Western) Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/808185095611777939/ Though not common in Asia, traditional western styles have made their way into home owner's homes here and are notable for their warm, cozy features. Traditional western homes are often made up by the use of dark, finished woods against a warm coloured background that's also rich in beautiful textures in the form of curtains, drapes and carpets. Elaborate modern chandeliers complete the traditional western look by providing warm lighting that mimic that of the fireplace, which also illuminates a centrepiece decoration, often where you'd find the TV in a modern home. Hollywood Glam Image via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/811281320347399687/ Glamour and the dramatic come together in the Hollywood Glam style with the purpose of drawing attention to itself. Gorgeous and luxurious, this style makes use of exotic décor, high-quality furniture and expensive large-piece tiles and natural stone that's illuminated by dramatic lighting that shines spotlights on every important piece in the room – perfect for anyone who wants to live the real Gatsby. _________________________________________________ Looking for an interior designer? Find it here: Best Interior Design in Malaysia. _________________________________________________ More reading: What to look for in your interior designer 5 MUKI Furniture sets to MUJI-up your room
  14. Hi everyone, Any one hear of this Renovation Portal? it is "ruhu.sg". Claimed to sign in directly to Sub-contractors' Bidding Panel for a cheaper, at least 15% cheaper, than from other Designers' price.
  15. Assembling a Conducive Home Office (The Interior Design Idea) Work As FREELANCER Today rapid technological advances has revolutionised the job industry as more people look for freelance work to allow them a work-from-home arrangement and more flexibility. 😀😀😀😀 However, constructing a home office is more than just setting up on an empty desk in a spare room or temporarily taking over the dining table. JUST LIKE CAFES AMBIENCE As the same reason why we go to cafes for the ambience, the workplace should settle into the right groove for ideas to flow and work to commence without all the distractions that come within the comforts of home. CONDUSIVE & DISTRACTION FREE We understand the allure of the kitchen and the beckoning of the comfy couch, and our guide on assembling a distraction-free workplace will help keep the distractions at bay and put you on the right track towards maximum productivity. Read More at https://www.renotalk.com/article/work-play-assembling-conducive-home-office
  16. Hi, I found some of the interesting materials when I was doing my research. Cork flooring is one of them. This material is made of CORK, and it is in a plank like vinyl flooring. But Vinyl flooring is made of PVC which is not so environmentally friendly. You guys can have a look. It seems like a pretty cool alternative flooring material for us. It has green and sustainable certification and it is low in formaldehyde. ou gu
  17. Interior design has been through so many phases in the past century. Here are some trends that were somehow great at the time but turned outdated today. Here's 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s represented in a living room and a bedroom in the same structure 1990s Living Room The floral sofa, rag rolled walls, and outdated pine cabinetry in the kitchen shout the 90's alright but they're rather 'cringe' in modern standards. Some people have retained beaded curtains in their home but that is usually when people aren't keen to change to new curtains. The parquet flooring is still acceptable to a lot of people but it isn't enough to make this room any better. 1990s Bedroom Canopied beds are still used by people today due to its elegance, though not so many, but the bed above isn't rather appealing. As for the inflatable armchair, is it even comfortable at all? Sure, you can deflate it and make some room to feel much more spacious, but I'd deflate the chair and never bring it back again. What about the DIY gold stenciling effects on purple walls? Nope. 2000s Living Room Despite living through the 2000s, you'd get that question in your head of, "How did I live through the times with these interior design choices?". The era-common flat screen televisions placed above fireplace to kitchen designed in the theme of 'Tuscan'. The sunshine yellow shade, beetle juice-inspired wall, and period-correct furniture does not translate to proper contrasting interior design. 2000s Bedroom 2000s bedroom designs were alright. Most of these items were carried over today with an even more modern twist to them. Take the fairy-lights and sleigh beds for example. They're still being manufactured today, albeit with a much more pleasing design. The bedroom in the picture above is mostly themed in brown-beige combo, which wasn't a good choice back then; however, it was the right step into the pleasing neutral and clean color pallet we come to have today. Looking to know how your bedroom describes your personality? Then check this article out: What Your Bedroom Says About You. 2010s Living Room This is the era where a lot of people appreciates the simple, clean, but elegant design. There's no overthinking here. The chalkboard walls and letter boards may be 'hipster' to a fraction of the existing community, but they do serve as the quirks of this interior design era. Jump into the kitchen and you will notice that really a lot of people are adopting copper kitchen lighting, and the rose gold & 'millennial pink' combo are here to stay. 2010s Bedroom Modern and current bedroom design cues can easily be spotted here with the gallery wall placed above the bed as well as the barn closing doors. They have their places, especially in this era, but there will be something to replace them in the future. Inspirational quotes and phrase are kind of overrated as they are usually found around the wall. So they would probably phase out within a few years from now. However, they can still be done right, you just need to find the right phrase that doesn't release the 'cringe' vibe. But yeah, this concludes the three different eras of interior design cues. I'm certainly appreciating the fact that we're living in a much more rustic and contemporary interior design of today. Interior designing may look easy, but they're complex and 'complicated' when it comes to optimizing your space, flow, and design. You may consider checking out "What To Look For In Your Interior Designer". If you're looking for inspirations to build or renovate contemporary living rooms, consider checking 12 Awesome Living Room Ideas for Your BTO Renovation. As for bedrooms, we got you covered too with Eye-Grabbing Platform Bedrooms You Wish You Could Sleep In. All of these photos are curated, illustrated, and analyzed by Home Advisor. So credits to them for their hard work. If you are in Johor Bahru and would like to consult one of the best interior designers from Renotalk, click here. What do you think? Please leave your comments in this thread and share your opinions on what's to come in the future. Do share the terrible quirks experiences of the past if any.
  18. Came across some home designs that I find really nice. They’re all by Trinity Design Studio, an interior designer in Johor Bahru. I’ve linked a few pictures of their completed works from their Chateau @ Eco Botanic project below. Aren’t they just GORGEOUS??? You'll find more project galleries below this post, or you could also head to my little Tumblr gallery for a tidier viewing pleasure XD For more reading: Interior Designer vs Contractor Or are you looking for an: Interior Designer in Johor Bahru?!
  19. Despace interior design in johor bahru designed an Airbnb /Homestay friendly Small Studio Apartment in Molek Regency. Here’s the tour by the designer
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  21. Making your home fit with your lifestyle and into your aesthetic is hard enough without adding children into the equation… Which is why we’re always so impressed with the family-friendly homes domino features—white sofas and all. As it turns out, various designers and parents have different philosophies on how exactly to make a home well-designed while still being suitable for young children. Keep reading to learn how seven mothers make kid-friendly spaces for themselves as well as their clients. maya nairn FOUNDER OF DE BUCI BABY WHERE DO YOU START WHEN DESIGNING A SPACE YOU KNOW CHILDREN WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN? Safety is definitely where I begin. I want to be able to sit in a room with my children and know that they are safe without having to keep an eye on every single thing that they are doing. I do the typical childproofing with baby gates on stairs, plugs in electrical sockets and internal cabinet locks on cabinets that might have cleaning products or breakables inside. Being realistic is next. Kids will spill things and mark things so I’m very thoughtful with the colors and textures of fabrics that I use. One of our sofas is navy velvet. The dark color and the texture of this velvet have been great in hiding little mishaps. Our other sofa and chair have removable covers and have been washed on many occasions. HOW DO YOU MAKE A SPACE KID-FRIENDLY? FROM THE FURNITURE TO DECOR, ETC. WHAT DO YOU SPLURGE/SAVE ON, TRICKS OR ALTERNATIVES YOU’VE FOUND WORK? Two of my favorite things that we have done is no coffee table and low furniture. It has created this really lovely space that is so comfortable for everyone. You can sit on the sofa, or sit on the floor with your back against the sofa. You can play with the kids on the floor or comfortably do your own thing while they are playing right there. They can climb on the furniture and when they inevitably take a tumble they don’t have very far to fall. We also have a deceptive number of toys, books and dress up clothes hidden away in cupboards and baskets. Everything is easily accessible to the children and out of sight when they are asleep. MIA BAXTER HOW DOES DESIGNING A “KID-FRIENDLY” SPACE IMPACT OR CHANGE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? I’m a minimalist and I think there is an innate child friendliness in minimalism because there isn’t much around for them to get into. We probably have fewer low lying vases of flowers and objects than we might otherwise have but I don’t feel we have had to compromise anything aesthetically because of our children. WHAT DOES THE DESCRIPTOR “KID-FRIENDLY” ACTUALLY MEAN TO YOU? A room that is safe and fun for a child to be in. A room where they can spill a drink or get chocolate on something and it isn’t the end of the world. A room where they aren’t constantly being told not to touch things. I FEEL LIKE THERE’S KIND OF A COMMON BELIEF THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE A TRULY STUNNING SPACE THAT ALSO WORKS FOR KIDS. HOW DO YOU FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN MAKING A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED HOME THAT ALSO WORKS FOR YOUNG, POTENTIALLY MESSY CHILDREN? It’s all about perspective. There is definitely a belief that things needs to be dumbed down for children, be it interiors, clothing, or food. You can get a stain out of a pretty cotton dress or button down shirt as easily as you can a cotton t-shirt. The same principle rings true in interiors, beautiful can be practical too. I do think it’s important to hold your children to certain standards in your home. We have rules like only eating in the kitchen, no jumping on the sofas, it’s ok to make a big mess as long as you clean it up when you’ve finished playing. It’s a work in progress along with every other aspect of parenting, but I try to teach them to be respectful of their environments. MIA BAXTER robin wilson CEO OF ROBIN WILSON HOME WHERE DO YOU START WHEN DESIGNING A SPACE YOU KNOW CHILDREN WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN? The first thing I ask a client who wants a child-friendly space is the age, energy level, allergies and if there are any disabilities to ensure that the space is appropriate for their children and their friends. HOW DOES DESIGNING A “KID-FRIENDLY” SPACE IMPACT OR CHANGE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? As any parent knows, the most important thing about a kid-friendly space is using our Clean Design protocol to ensure that it is non-toxic from the foundation to the furnishings. We select floor coverings that are washable like FLOR carpet tiles, suggest rubber (not vinyl!) playmats, and materials that are both durable and easily cleaned. For safety, corners are often rounded and lighting is also important, as well as anchoring shelving to the wall to prevent tipping, and we only use no-VOC wall paint to ensure no off-gassing. WHAT DOES THE DESCRIPTOR “KID-FRIENDLY” ACTUALLY MEAN TO YOU? A room that is safe and fun for a child to be in. A room where they can spill a drink or get chocolate on something and it isn’t the end of the world. A room where they aren’t constantly being told not to touch things. HOW DO YOU MAKE A SPACE KID-FRIENDLY? FROM THE FURNITURE TO DECOR, ETC. WHAT DO YOU SPLURGE/SAVE ON, TRICKS OR ALTERNATIVES YOU’VE FOUND WORK? My book, Clean Design, has an entire chapter devoted to nurseries/play spaces and all the non-toxic things a person can do to design on a budget or to splurge. One of the biggest trends in kid-friendly spaces is to have a single wall with a whiteboard or chalkboard (use only dustless chalk!)‎ wall. And we always mix high-low. For example, the crib/bed might be from a high end store and the child friendly plastic chair and the drawing table might be from IKEA, which is easy to clean. I FEEL LIKE THERE’S KIND OF A COMMON BELIEF THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE A TRULY STUNNING SPACE THAT ALSO WORKS FOR KIDS. HOW DO YOU FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN MAKING A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED HOME THAT ALSO WORKS FOR YOUNG, POTENTIALLY MESSY CHILDREN? My belief is that color, pattern and texture are the most important things for a child’s space. Whether a colorful tent, colorful floor tiles and solid white or primary colors, the space should have a theme that allows them to know it is “theirs” and also have the potential for them to age in the space without too many alterations outside of paint and decorative items. One of the best things is purchasing a bed that can “grow” with the child, yet be in a classic style that will complement them at their current age. ROBIN WILSON Pro tip: Use unexpected items to furnish your space. Designer Maryam Nassirzadeh uses a vintage mail sorter to smaller toys. BRITTANY AMBRIDGE jenni li FOUNDER OF INTIEARTH HOW DID DESIGNING A “KID-FRIENDLY” SPACE IMPACT OR CHANGE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? It didn’t really impact anything too much. Visually, I’m drawn to more formal and manicured living rooms. Comfortable and functional design always wins in the end. Where you can relax and put your feet up, with kids or without. HOW DO YOU MAKE A SPACE KID-FRIENDLY? I love open floor plans with combined living kitchen and dining, this allows everyone to spend more time together, cooking and meals together are important in our house. I designed this space to open up onto the backyard, so the living space flows into green space and the kids can play. Toys inevitably end up outside of their defined play areas. So I make sure they “blend” into the living space so the house doesn’t end up one big playroom. Baskets are great, they look great and kind hide everything. I’m also keen on built in storage cabinets that are extensions of the walls. It creates a continuous clean look and you can hide all those plastic toys inside. They can get thrown in at cleanup time. Kids love to draw and paint but it’s tricky to have everything on hand for these projects. I always dedicate one wall near the kitchen for art. Whether it’s a chalkboard wall or a shelf with paint, jars, and paper on the wall. It’s ready to go. I KNOW YOU HAVE A WHITE SOFA, WHICH MOST PEOPLE WOULD RULE OUT IMMEDIATELY. HOW?! That’s always a big topic for people when they talk about my home. They always ask “How do you keep it so clean?!” I have had white sofas for as long as I can remember. Slip covers are essential. Just throw it in the wash. WHAT DOES THE DESCRIPTOR “KID-FRIENDLY” ACTUALLY MEAN TO YOU? A space with lots of fragile crystal figurines and non-washable silk furniture could pose some risks with kids.
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