As most of you know, we moved into our sweet new home in December and we are still landscaping & building the driveway. Where the money goes right now is very clear. Not into my “little” interior design projects.
This said, I am super keen on decorating the space on a lower budget and one of my main go-to’s are Amazon & Wayfair at the moment (besides thrifting here and there downtown).
Let me show you below 5 decor pieces that I have found online (and some of them already purchased) that are under CDN$50.00 this week.
2. The Abstract White Human Figure –> I love Abstract. Posters, Sculptures… anything that adds glam to my home. I cannot forget this super chic abstract white human figure. God forgive me if I have to place another order soon. 🙂 This figure is only $28.99 (and patiently sitting in my checkout)
Tip: Pair it up with some abstract posters. See below some pictures of the posters and the sculpture. Match Match. #3.
3. Desenio Posters –> Desenio has currently a Poster SALE. I placed already an order, but I could find more blank walls in our new home to find a reason to get more to be honest. The abstract posters caught my eyes, but to stick to the rule “bringing the nature into our home” I added an abstract poster and a whale poster that adds some dramatic. Please see my last choice of posters below. Why the whale? Try to stick with something you love. Whale wahle, my man love whales, so it’s basically a win-win.
Tip: Use my code “Sinamolnar” to get extra 15% off at your checkout.
4. The Umbra Trigg Hanging Planter –> Who doesn’t know umbra? I love the brand. A Set of two Hanging Planters for only $16.00. I ordered them a couple weeks ago and I use them for my small snake plants – you can use them for basically anything that is small and needs to be stored. I love the white and gold look but they are available as well in brass, if that fits better to your style.
5. The Gold Geometric Candle Holder –> Another item patiently sitting in my checkout ready to come home. Available in Gold, Black or Rose Gold. A great small accent that shows off big times – only $7.99
I hope you liked my finds of the week. They are all online available. Btw, I do not get any credits for amazon purchases.
Leave a comment! Thank you and have a wonderful long weekend.
The day has finally come and you bought your dream house that needs to be furnished or you finally have enough money and time to renovate your bathroom, but… where do you start? After reviewing many options and possibilities and many many many ideas on Pinterest and IG, you can get very fast and easy simply overwhelmed.
Hiring a Designer is a great idea when it comes to renovations, staging and simply creating a space you feel 100% comfortable and yourself. A Designer knows trades, has experience and gets sometimes incredible designer discounts working close with dealerships and manufactures.
I bet that Google will spit you a dozen designers and some of them are even just in the same town as you are. Great! But, which designer is your designer? Pick out 3 designers, book a consultation and start asking questions.
6 Questions to ask a Designer before you hire one
This article is made for everyone who is looking for a designer and don’t know where to start. I recently had written a full article about how to master the initial interior design consultation, which was giving tips to designers in first place, but can be inspiring for clients as well.
Would you mind walking me through your portfolioplease? There are many many designers with a great portfolio and some of them showcasing a lot of pictures, but not so much of an explanation how they got there. It’s very helpful to understand the designer’s thought and see it through their eyes. The best way to get to know the designer is through his/her past projects and finish/colour/product choices. You will learn very quickly if the designer is on the same page as you, style wise and character wise.
What brands and manufacturers do you admire and work with most? This question is very interesting as there are many many many manufacturers and possible trades out there. You would like to make sure that your designer has the right relationships with the manufacturers and trades that provide the products you a) love and b) actually afford. Choosing a designer with the right relationships to manufacturers and product experience is necessary.
Do you understand what I want? Good Design means mainly problem solving. Hiring the right person will help you solve the problems. Good design is only possible if the Designer understands the client’s needs and ideas. To verify that you have been understood 100% by your designer is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, give your designer as much as information as you can, weather it is something you like or really don’t like, to create a solution much faster and based on your desire.
How does a design process with you look like? This question is very important and should be asked to clarify the whole design process in the very beginning. Hiring a Designer means putting a lot of trust in one person. The bathroom renovation or the big purchase for a new home is a big chapter for you and should be as clear as possible throughout the whole process. The best way to understand the process is having it written out. I call it agreement, some call it contract. It outlines every single step as detailed as possible where the designer will guide you through the process and where he/she wouldn’t. Make sure that you understand the agreement before signing.
What’s the timeframe for this project? Agreed, it’s not easy to set a firm time frame for an interior design project, but an estimated time frame shall be possible. This should be usually outlined in the agreement as well.
Is there anything else I should know about you as a designer or about the way you work? Round up the questionnaire with an open and simple question. Is the designer excited about the opportunity to give more information? are you important to her/him? If the designer is willing to give more insights about the way he/she works and puts effort in to make you understand his/her way of working with clients, you will quick realize if you guys are on the same page. I personally take as much as time as I can during my first consultation. This way it shows potential clients that I am open and listening and giving as much as information as they need to hear to feel 100% comfortable.
I hope this article helped in choosing the right designer for your project. If you are interested in meeting me and asking all those questions 😉 please send me an email, call or comment below. I offer free design consultations on site or at your nearest coffee shop location within Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.
Isn’t storage always something we need? Especially when it comes to clothes and shoes? I DO need lots storage, but I am also kind of looking for extra storage that blends into my bedroom, doesn’t take too much space and that looks super chic. To much to ask? No! Keep it simple with chic & clean lines.
6 Tips to achieve the ultimate chic extra storage look:
I am not a huuuge IKEA fan but I love the Malm Dresser. I don’t care if everyone has them. I have them and I have them my way. 😉 When it comes to a simple dresser with lots room, I am still going for it. Why not? The great thing is, the dresser comes in different sizes. I added two 4-Drawer Chests in white together to make it bigger.
Add Greens. To add a bit more personality I picked two snake plants that join me in my bedroom. One 6″ Pot that goes perfectly on the middle of both Dressers and one 10″ Pot besides the dresser to round up the space between dresser and bed. As already explained in my previous blog post, snake plants are an absolute MUST in any bedroom. Why? Read here more. If you’re interested in plants, please feel free to visit my website www.vanteriorplants.com
Candles. To give your bedroom a cozy flair candles are the easiest choice. You can get them in any size and any shape for any budget. I picked mine from CB2 in Vancouver. I love the “Brass Candle Bowl” for only $20. This candle brings coziness, but also the glam glam effect into my bedroom.
Jewelry Box. Sort out the jewelry you’re not wearing. Sell them on Marketplace, exchange them in a clothing swap or simply give them away. Pick a jewelry box that fits all your jewelry that’s left, but also suits your style. I picked a mirrored jewelry box that doesn’t take too much space on my dresser, but fits all my fave pieces. I got it a long time ago from Winners, but if you’re looking for something similar chic, I’d recommend the “Oro Champagne Gold Box” from Cb2 as well as the “Small White Marble Box“. Yes, I do love Cb2, but there is also others that caught my eye such as “Abbey Collection Jewelry Box” from Amazon for only $30.00. Chic Chic.
Pictures / Posters. I love the Desenio posters. I am obsessed with their minimal abstract posters and I just can’t get enough. Check out their website and comment below your thoughts. Which ones are your favourites? Please find below some of my fave pieces from Desenio.
Color scheme. Go with a color scheme that you can find within your whole bedroom first of all. I love white furniture with black, rose and gold accents and I sticked to it throughout my whole bedroom design. It looks very glamorous, but still bold. The white dresser doesn’t seem to take away too much room compared to if it was Walnut or anything similar in a darker finish. I’d recommend to stick to white furniture as you can always pop it up with accents in the end (and it’s much more cost effective to changeup the accessories instead the furniture pieces).
Please find some of my fave Desenio pictures on the left for your inspiration:
Thank you for dropping by. I hope you guys got inspired. Have a great week.
Nobody said it would be easy to become your own boss and especially working as your own boss. Besides the marketing, accounting and fun projects, there are first of all those design consultations to succeed to get a job.
How to master the initial interior design consultation?
Set up a meeting.
For a design consultation it’s best to set up a meeting. Once you called your client back, make sure you get the correct address and an overall idea of what the job is about. The worst is to step into a meeting and having no idea what it’s going to be about. It doesn’t hurt to ask a couple more questions beforehand. If you client feels uncomfortable to talk about the budget over the phone, fee that question for the meeting.
Send a follow up.
Once you set up an appointment, make sure that you follow up with your client about the meeting. This can be right after the phone conversation or the day before. This way, you make sure that the meeting day and time is understood on both sides. It’s also important to follow up with your client after the meeting. Guide your client what he/she will expect and what will be done next during your design consultation, but it doesn’t hurt to outline that in an email again.
Most important, for any meeting, be prepared. Make a list of things you need for a design consultation if you attend to forget things. I have 3 most important things: My phone, something to write and sketch and my measurement tape. It will help you being prepared for any questions your client may have.
Don’t try to be someone else. Be true to yourself. Your client hired you because he/she is interested in YOU and your design, not someone else’s. With your own energy and drive you will succeed and the client will be more then happy to have met you.
Guide your client.
Guide your client wherever you can. This meeting might be your client’s first design consultation and might not have the same experience as you do. Everything that seem very usual to you, might not seem usual to your client. Guiding your client includes as well making sure that the whole design process is understood and agreed. In lots of cases the designer has a certain way of design process, which might not be the perfect way for all potential clients. Which make me switch to our next and last point below.
Communicate with your client.
Figure out what exactly your client’s needs are while you are on site. This is the moment, where you can throw every single question in space and hopefully get your information you need. This is very important to get to know your client and his goals. Your goal is your client’s goal and a smooth process without any discrepancy. Make sure you and your client are on one page before your start the design process.
Write up an agreement.
After your consultation and a follow up email it’s important to write out all the goals and statements in an agreement, that have been discussed. That agreement will be a guidance for your client and yourself. It includes a description of the design process, how much work and hours you will apply to that job and your wage. This needs to be agreed and best signed by your client, before your design process starts.
I hope you enjoyed my little statement. Comment below if you have any questions or anything to add? Thank you.
Guess where I spent some time this weekend on? AMAZON. That’s right. Who doesn’t love good deals and fast shipping. Well I do. A lot. I usually spend every second day checking out deals on Amazon.
And basically, I order on amazon weekly. Mostly decorative items.
Keeping all my finds? Nope!
I basically change my decor a lot around the house. Not only seasonal, but monthly. It’s fun and what’s fun shouldn’t be too hard on your budget, right? What I don’t like anymore or needs a change goes on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. An absolute great way to exchange decor, besides Amazon.
Below You can find links to (6) Modern Chic Home Decor under $25.00 that is easy accessible on Amazon.
Cheap and Cheerful Amazon
Crystal Candle Holder – Get cozy with this chic Vincigant Gold Hollow Crystal Tealight Candle Holder. This candle holder is not only glamorous, but it’s setting a cozy mood and is a must in every living room.
Marble Tray – excellent decor for your Guest Bathroom / Powder Room. Weather you use it for Towels or other bathroom supplies, your articles are presented in a fashionable way and will leave an elegant statement with your guests. The tray is currently on this list as it just hits the budget of CDN$25.02. What a deal!
Light a Jar Candle – The Chesapeake Bay Candle burns approx. 50 hours. The natural wooden lids add a special touch to the jar candles and the sofa coloured frosted jar candles allow the light of the flam to shine through when burning. Those candles are a practical solutions for bathrooms and hallways. Overall a great gift for only CDN$16.90
Leopard Pillow Cases – Cozy up with two luxury Pillow Cases in leopard print. 2 pieces for only CDN$17.99 – no-one can beat that glam.
The Pineapple – One of my favourite accessories that never gets old – Get stylish and make a point with the Bloomingville White & Gold Ceramic Pineapple for only CDN$28.77 (originally CDN$41.42). Measurements: 3.5L x 9.4H x 3.5W
Laptop sleeve Bag – A stunning marble laptop sleeve bag in a marble look is just the right accessory to store your laptop on the go and at home. I just placed the order for one for myself and I cannot wait to carry my laptop around in this chic designed bag, especially when visiting clients. Hell ya, first impression is everything.
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Yes! I now it may sound to some of you bizarre, but it’s definitely something that should be given thoughts to.
What kind of Phone Booths are we talking about?
I am not talking about regular phone booths, that we still love visiting in London (don’t we all take that typical tourist picture?). This is a total different phone booth that helps in a way that employees seeking their space to relax, taking phone calls and just having a break from the outside world inside an office.
Why do we need a Phone Booth in the Office?
Nowadays, offices are shifting more and more towards an open office work environment where we love to collaborate and relax in lounge areas, but also work remotely from desk to sofa and back. But don’t we all love our privacy as well? Some of you may haven’t thought of it, but we may all have experienced a situation where we received a call in an inconvenient situation at work sitting in an open office environment, where co-workers and even maybe your manager can hear every single word, if they wanted to, and we do need to take that call. Aren’t we all searching for another area to take private phone call? Sometimes we’d walk outside or blocking one of the boardrooms? The worst scenario is having co-workers wondering around with their phone, as they have nowhere to go, but disturbing other fellows while raising their voice throughout the workspace.
Silen Space makes the difference.
With Silen Space Phone Booths employees have the opportunity to take phone calls in a compact place, while everyone have their privacy and no-one gets disturbed. Further more, it’s a private lounge, I’d like to call it.
Silen Space Advantages:
NO ONE can hear a thing you’re saying within that phone booth – of course only if the door is shut 😉
The Phone Booth comes in different sizes – Single, Double, for 4 or 6 people.
All Spaces have hidden wheels and adjustable legs which make them quickly movable and easily installable even on uneven surfaces. The modules can be attached and detached swiftly and simply.
There is the option to add Plugs and USB to any phone booth variation.
The silent air circulation system guarantees a fresh atmosphere for longer phone calls, conversations and meetings while the presence detector that automatically controls the LED lights helps to keep the energy use to an optimum level.
Silen Space Phone booth users have measured that the noise levels inside our pods are roughly 37 dB lower than outside of them.
All floor sockets are waterproof and all Spaces are equipped with a residual current device that makes them safe to use.
Heads up: You do not need a sprinkler within the Phone Booth. It will be accepted when inspected as the Phone Booth comes on Wheels and counts as a “furniture” piece.
The Phone Booths are available in different finishes such as the exterior panels come in 3 standard and 29 custom colours. Besides, the exterior panels are made of durable laminated surfaces.
Silen Space only uses highly durable materials for the interior wall and flooring. They are hypoallergenic and fireproof. Thats why Silen Spaces are usable from day one, emitting no strong chemical smells during the first weeks.
Wait for the technical aspect: For any Silen Space Phone Booth, starting at a double size, the CO2 sensor, inside temperature, presence sensor, light, ventilation, and user data history are all controllable and accessible
Depending on your space, you may need the door handles right or left handed. Silen Space offers you to choose.
Are you interested in branding your Silen Space Phone Booth? That’s doable by adding a film in whichever shade, pattern or company branding either before or after the installation. You can also cover all glass surfaces in tinted film to add more privacy to your Space.
One of the biggest things, clients always ask me as a designer, what the warranty looks like: Silen Spaces come with a warranty of up to 5 years (click for the Warranty Terms & Conditions).
I hope that this article opened up your mind for the need of privacy in office environments in general. The Silen Phone Booths are a great idea to work towards that and a huge advantage for individuals seeking for privacy without disturbing their surrounding areas.
For some of you it might seems very simple finding the right designer: Google –> Best designer in town –> Paying a bunch of $$ and awaiting results that reflect your inner dreams. Exactly, your inner dreams and desire of your space!
We are designers, but not magicians.
To be clear from the start, we are talking about creative work. Design is intelligence having fun. No doubt, but there is so much more to it.
Finding the right designer and working together in a way, that we can produce a positive outcome in a timely manner. This is a checklist, knowing what to do and what to expect when hiring a designer.
Those are your first steps hiring successful your designer.
Find below 5 bulletproof points on your checklist you should know about before hiring a designer (or while you’re looking for one!):
Know your Budget
Many times I have been to consultations where potential clients knowing what they want, but they have no budget in mind. 0. I understand that the whole process can be very overwhelming and many steps are unknown, but we do know how much money we have in our pocket and are willing to spent. Trust me, it’s nothing scary to communicate your options. It will be much easier within the process to start with a clean slate. When it comes to that question, we are asking to figure out your overall budget. How far can the design go in quantity and material of the furniture, millwork etc. We will base our choices and recommendations on that budget, which will make it much easier returning with a style guide and ideas, knowing the client will be able to afford it. Nothing worse then showcasing furniture that won’t be accessible, due to money aspects. This also occurs to a much faster result, where we come to our next point of view.
2. Time is Money
Depending on your communication with the designer, design service may include 4-6 revisions based on the options you would like to see, maybe it include only 2-3 revisions? All depending on your inquiry. But please keep in mind that more work means more time which means = it will cost you more. Some Designers are working off a design service flat fee – which works – but only if it outlines for example how many revisions this flat fee includes. Any additional work done outside that agreement, will be billed as usually per hour. There is no way around it. Work is work. Tip: If you’re unsure what you want, communicate that to the designer and take the time to look through your Pinterest with your Designer finding helpful information you like and dislike.
3. Recognizing that our Job is a JOB
You may think by now – I have the best idea – I call my friend, she is a great designer and would love to help. How often have we called friends and family member for help in whatever they are good at? Asking my aunt for her great recipe, asking my dad for help with the PC trouble. Lot’s of time we call the people we know. Calling you designer friend for some tips and tricks may happen, too. And I am pretty sure they would love to take some time out of their busy designer life for you. But, many times, it takes a lot of time. It results in many hours, bringing up ideas, communicating with manufactures, furniture stores, making sure you’re getting the designer discount, taking some phone calls etc etc. It may look like it’s “just a quick consultation for tips and tricks”, but as we all know – some tips and recommendations may lead into further questions or requiring additional assistance. Your friend will automatically do what it takes to not disappoint. All this work is time consuming. That said, it’s hard work. Please recognize that. If you have a friend or family member that is a designer, please value their work and if they keep offering their help finishing a project with you, thank them and pay them! This is not a Hobby – It is a JOB!
4. Plan way ahead
Many Designers having a wait list. Get on it! As soon as you know you are going to built, renovate or whatsoever which include a designer in the (near) future – plan ahead of time. Save your frustration being on a wait list that will not make the deadline. Besides, if your designer of your choice would be available sooner then later, furniture or millwork might not be on time. Keep in mind, that some furniture will take it’s time to be manufactured. For example Office Furniture from Knoll is taking an approx. time of 8 Weeks including manufacturing, shipping, delivery and installation. Also, please allow the designer proper time to figure out the concept and do revisions before ordering can begin. It’s totally doable, but plan ahead.
5. Talk to us
Always talk to us. We are a service industry and we may or may not have everything designed the way you 100% like it. Before moving on for example ordering the final parts per area – please speak up! It’s ok to ask for changes. It would be much worse to not say anything and the final order is submitted, that can’t be changed or cancelled – especially items made to order.
I hope this helps on your exciting journey working with a designer! If you have any questions, please let me know. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Ready to book your freedesign consultation today? Let’s meet on site. Find here more about my services.
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There are a lot of Task Chairs out there and I totally understand that it can get overwhelming looking for options.
The truth is, research is the base. There are companies they spent a lot of money and time trying to figure our the best features of the best Task Chair. But, in the end, it comes down to a simple but time consuming task: Evaluating the habits of a couple hundreds of people working, collaborating and simply using the Task Chairs on a daily basis. How do they use their Task Chairs? What features are in their advantage? Are there features that aren’t provided yet that could benefit the user?
This is where Knoll comes in play. They went the extra mile and spent a lot of time and incredible hard work to gather their knowledge, using it in interest building something incredible: “The Generation Task Chair”.
Why I’d recommend a Knoll Generation Task Chair?
Throughout their research, Knoll built this magnificent and I’d almost say, smart Task Chair. Let me introduce you to a couple outstanding features as per below:
The Frameless Flex Back fuses two elements: high performance elastomeric Flex Back Net that cradles your back, providing integral lumbar support, and figure 8 structure enables multidimensional movement.
Continuous Lumbar carries the lumbar support from the back into the arms to support side sitting
The Arms are attached to the Back and not to the Seat, which is mostly common for Task Chairs. The Flex Seat offers 270 degrees of unobstructed seat edge. This allows the user lots movement to collaborate with colleagues or real sideways in the Chair. Please see picture below.
Something that every Task Chair should have is the Dynamic Suspension™ that offers weight-compensated. With that feature every user will be automatically supported based on their weight without any additional adjustments. You and your babe can use the same Chair while the Suspension is working for both of you. *YAY*
Based on the features of this Task Chair and my experience with several different ones, just simply lead me to my favourite Task Chair. The Knoll Generation Task Chair. Which, by the way, I am using myself in my Office on a daily basis. And I am happy! On a daily basis 😉
You can find lots more features that I haven’t mentioned above online. Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or consultation request. I am happy to help you finding your perfect Task Chair.
I hope you will find the Task Chair of your DREAMS.
Waking up powerful and ready to take on the next day’s challenge? Isn’t that what we are all looking for ? Getting good sleep?
But can we make the moments that effect our overall health, even more exciting when going to bed and waking up? Yes we can!
Good sleep = good mood is not only caused’ by a good mattress, there is much more how we can influence our mood. The environment overall is the key.
Find below 7 Ways to make your Beauty Sleep a better experience when waking up and going to bed.
Mattress: Very obvious is the fact that a good mattress is the key for a good sleep. Not the only one, but a good reason to give more thoughts. It’s important that money is saved on other expenses, but not on your mattress. We basically using the mattress approx. 6-8 hours daily. We may or may not feel the symptoms of a bad mattress right away, but it can cause’ a lot of damage in the future to your body. One of the real good mattress that I experienced myself is called “ENDY“. It’s a canadian product and is made out of three layers of polyurethane foam that are CertiPur-US certified. They are amongst the highest and safest grades of foam available in North America.
Lighting: How much light do you expose in your bedroom? Do you have side table lamps? What kind of bulbs are you using? Lighting plays a big role and can set our mood before we even know it. I’d recommend using warm light, that will bring coziness and at the same time brightness into your room. Your bedside table lamp shall be bright enough to support your ability to read a book or magazine, but it shouldn’t bother your eyes at the same time. I’d recommend a lighting fixture that comes with a defuser. The Muuto Control Lamp and Muuto Cosy in white Lamp are a perfect example to set your mood the way you want it.
Materials: A little less obvious to some of us is that the materials that are used in a bedroom, effecting us as well. Metal, Stone and Concrete feel more cold and less inviting compared to Wood and Fabric. For example if you have Concrete flooring, I’d recommend placing a rug in your bedroom. That will make the overall look cozy and looks comfortable and inviting.
Decor: Sometimes we are forgetting placing decor into our bedroom, where we spend through much more time then we think. Its the little things such as plants, flowers, candles and books that can make a whole difference in appearance overall. Think of adding picture frames, that make your bedroom a bit more playful. Prints can be changed once in a while to keep it interesting. Also, adding personal pictures are a great way to make yourself surrounded by memories you love. That’s an instant formula to feel comfortable.
Color: Set the right tone for your bedroom. Picking warm and natural tone colours are very effective to feel comfortable and relaxed in your bed. This said, have you thought about picking a warm paint colour and paint your bedroom walls – maybe even just one? If you love bright and colourful, how about decorating it with bight coloured vases, candles or picture frames? Those can be always replaced once you may get over a certain colour.
Bedding: Do your bed! Every morning! Being tidy and repeatedly doing your bed in the morning can be sometimes very draining, but studies have proofed that an organized bed will give us the energy and good will to feel overall organized and together in your life. A good way to start the morning, wouldn’t it? Tip on the side, after washing and drying your bedding, put the bedding a quick minute into the dyer again before putting it on the bed – this way you can make sure that your bedding is wrinkle-free and looks even more fresh & clean.
Have a wonderful Weekend and a good beauty sleep 🙂