How to Work with a Designer?

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!):

  1. 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.

Know your Budget!

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.

Keep in mind that time is money.

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!

Please value our 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.

Begin to plan as early as you can.

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.

Communication between client and designer is essential!

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.


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Cheers,
Sina

7 Ways to make your Beauty Sleep a better experience

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 🙂

Xoxo, Sina

Picking your Kitchen Countertops

Renovating? Building your new home?
In any case, nothing is harder then picking your Kitchen Countertops.
That’s at least my opinion. We just received the Countertops this weekend and I can tell you, it wasn’t a very quick decision. There are many aspects that need to be considered before placing the final order for your most Kitchen Countertops. Besides, the pressure is high considering that the kitchen is one of the most important places in a home, to be the centre of every event by friends and family, over the past hundreds of years.

Well, have you thought your Countertop Options through and how will you decide?

The most important steps you may want to consider are the following:

  1. Material
    There are lots of different materials that can be used for your kitchen countertop. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, either or are the best fit for you.
    Let me introduce you to the most common ones:
    QUARTZ: one of my favourite option for Kitchen Countertops, as it’s though and durable, which is great for busy families with kids. t’s man-made and nowadays are finishes available that look like natural stone.
    GRANITE: Durable and affordable. My absolute favourite is the “Dark Water” Granite from Margranite. (Which you can see in the featured picture).
    MARBLE: Absolutely gorgeous, but stains and scratches easily. Never forget to seal the countertops and clean very thoughtful.
    CONCRETE: Modern and durable, stunning but also simple. (We have decided for Concrete Flooring. Getting it all smooth and buffed was an act itself! I’ll tell you another time!).
  2. Design
    It’s quite overwhelming choosing the right finish. It starts by visiting  a countertop shop or manufacturer the first time. The choices are endless, it seams.
    It’s great to have your own designer in this case. Not only to help picking the right finish going well with your wall paint, cabinet finishes, flooring, but also to receive a great price/discount for your new countertops.
    If you decide to choose your countertops by yourself, I’d recommend to visit 3 countertop places and getting 3 quotes at least.
    You can compare then pricing and besides, not every countertop place offers the same brands. Make sure you compare and decide wisely.
    Tipp: Choose a couple samples of the most interesting finishes and take them home. Its ver important to see the countertop finishes at your own place, as the lighting may be completely different.
  3. Hands On
    I always encourage clients to choose, see and feel their slabs. After they made a decision for the finish, a sample can look a little or much different to the actual slab that would be installed. Talk to your supplier and find out if you can see the slabs in person before they start cutting your countertop. Besides, they usually need a day of a heads up to pull the slab into position to be presented to you. Give them a call in advance.

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    Book an appointment to look at your slab.
  4. Installation
    The final installation shall be booked with 100% professionals. Make sure that the installation crew visit your site before cutting the countertops. usually it’s in the price included and you’ll be ensured that they will take accurate measurements.

Don’t worry, be happy.

In any case, the most important part is that you are happy with your Kitchen Design in the end. It’s nothing that usually changes yearly and the money shall be well spent.
Take it serious, but also don’t let it overwhelm you and trust your guts. In the end, you can count in them or if it’s just too much, consider consulting a designer. We are here for you. And believe me, the pressure is gone once you see the countertops in place. Amazing.

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Squamish Sneak Preview of the Main Kitchen

The featured picture is a sneak preview of the Main Kitchen of our Squamish Project in B.C. Canada showcasing the “Dark Water” Granite with a waterfall! We just received the Countertops last Saturday and I am blessed how they have turned out.
Stunning! Lovely! Amazing! YES, I am happy.

Any questions or add ons? Please comment below.
Happy Monday!

Sina

Cozy Fall Fashion & Interior

Cozy up with my Cozy Fall Fashion and Interior “Hint & Highlights“. ♥

It’s the time o the year and as much as I am looking forward to this crazy cool Christmas Party coming Saturday, I am also really looking forward to cozy up and snuggle with my man on Sunday at home. There is nothing more in the world I can wish for (and maybe a new pair of leopard boots!).

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  1. Some Blackberry Absinthe Diffuser are always handy – I personally like them in the bathroom. Make sure you turn the wood reeds upside-down about every week. That’s how you keep the smell flowing.
  2. This hairband is just so awesome that I bought already multiple colours.. It drys super quick, looks great and cute with its little bowtie AND it does what its meant to be for – it keeps your hair out of your face.
  3. If you haven’t noticed yet, The Cross also offers jewelry besides Furniture and other cute little Home Decor items. My current fave is this adorable necklace with the Double Hearts. So romantic.
  4. The Tibetan Lamb White Pillow is always on my list and HAS to be mentioned in this article – coziness overload.
  5. I love Vintage and so do I love this Vintage Cotton Pajamas. 100% Cotton and currently on Sale at Nordstrom.
  6. Cozy up under this blanket with your sweetheart. Maybe some popcorn and a good movie, too? 100% Cotton and only $29.99 from Ikea.
  7. It does not only look good in your hand it also delivers hot chocolate straight to your mouth – if you want to. This real classy mug is 22K Gold for only $13.99 on sale at The Bay.
  8. When I saw these the other day I couldn’t even decide which colour my favourite is. So I had to leave and think about it before I’d buy more then one pair. Those pom pom slippers are just adorable, cute and super comfy staying at home for some snuggle time.
  9. One hot chocolate (I cannot drink coffee – not handling coffin real well) and one Croissant please. 😉 Order some hot stuff from your babe this weekend from this handy tray. What up?
  10. Last but not least – have the right setting for the cozy day and night time with your darling. Those Christa Tealight Holders will brighten up your night, but just as much as you need it to….

Happy Friday and a great start into the week. ♥
Sina

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Best Christmas Decor & Gifts at 5 Furniture Stores in Vancouver

Christmas is earlier here then you think. I know, I know you might think I am crazy (I AM crazy!), but Xmas basically just around the corner – 8 Weeks to go

Boom!

It hits you and you aren’t prepared? Your place still looks like Halloween was yesterday, or even the Bunnies from Eastern are around (trust me I found eggs months later…ups)?Give your place a nice Christmas flair and why not starting earlier looking for the best decor then being too late or hustling to get the last pieces available (and battling at over crowded places with everyone trying to find the right thing)? Be on top of things (even if you’re not going to buy them in November), it’s a great feeling being under control (if you can).

Great Christmas Gifts?

Besides, there are great Christmas gifts out there that are ready to be taken home. I personally plan Christmas presents earlier… usually end of November. Time is running so fast and with all the Christmas Dinners coming up in December, I basically have no extra free minute to inform myself about Christmas present options (and I don’t like to buy random gifts, they need to match the character of the lucky one!!) or my home decor!

Excuses, yes, but generally speaking, I like to plan in advance (actually, a lot of things in life, when I realize I have the chance to!! Lot’s of times you just simply can’t).

Take the Chance…

…and let me make your life easier with 6 best Furniture Stores – located in Vancouver – to fulfill your need for amazing Decor for your sweet home or your sweet friend? How about adding a bit window-shopping to a nice stroll on a Sunday through the City? Or, just be prepared where to run when the storm (of Christmas hustle) hits you.

5 best Furniture Stores in Vancouver to find your very own Christmas highlight f your home or a Gift for your beloved ones

  1. CB2 – Located at 1277 Robson St.
    Highlight: My love for Marble and Quartz is endless. I cannot celebrate Christmas without the Blanc White Marble Paper Cocktail Napkins. Cheers! For a limited time they are even on sale for CAD$6.71 (reg. CAD$8.95)
  2. The Cross – Located at 1198 Homer St.
    Highlight: The Cross has beautiful things to offer and I love just strolling through their store. My eyes caught a Rosebloom Mosaic Votive, an Iron Copper Boughs Candelabra and a special Black Calligraphy Mini Match Bottle. Very enlightening!

     

  3. The Bay – Located at 674 Granville St
    Highlight: I have found lots of Decor at The Bay but truly what inspired me were the kitten sets. I love the Set of Two Celebrations Wine Glasses with their cute writing, the celebrations Four-Piece Wine Glass Set and a Porcelain Appetizer Plate Set that is not too much – perfect!
  4.  West elm – Located at 2915 Granville St
    Highlight: Stockings. I mean, who doesn’t need Stockings? I love the Stocking verity Westelm is offering. The Knit Metallic Thread Stockings are just adorable, and even better the Candy Cane Striped Stockings which will catch you eye immediately. A real fun and difference will make the Faux Fur Stocking. So fun!
  5. Urban Barn – Located at 2354 Granville St
    Highlight: Urban Barn has a big verity of Pillows (you may already know from my blog post earlier that I cannot resist pillows) and that’s why I have to include their special Winter pillows. The Woodson Robin Toss (20×20) and the Bellamy Squirrel Toss (20×20) are super cute Decorative Pillows if you’d like to bring a little wild Winter Action into your home. Very chic is the Eloise Faux Fur Toss (20×20) Decor Pillow with it’s quite winter print.

 

Decorate with a designer’s eye and contact me.

Happy Shopping / Strolling. ♥
Sina

Countertops – Quartz or Marble?

Hi Everyone,

Today is all about Countertops and I was wondering, if you guys have ever been in the situation before that you had to pick a countertop for yourself or giving advice to a friend? Or maybe you are currently looking into buying new countertops for your kitchen or bathroom?

It’s a “Taff” decision and made right as countertops are usually not the least expensive investment when renovating your space or building.

I have to advice from the beginning: Please do not purchase any cheap Quartz countertop – weather Marble, nor Quartz. Inexpensive Quartz will break easily or leave stains and in the end it won’t make you happy and you have actually more work on you end that you need to sacrifice headaches and your valuable time.

There are a couple Quartz Countertops that I can suggest, but first let me explain to you shortly what the difference is between Quartz and Marble and why I would pick Quartz over Marble for Kitchen and Bathrooms.

What is the difference between Quartz and Marble?

Marble is classic and a natural metamorphosed limestone or dolomite rock.
A lot of countries around the world desire Marble and it’s natural beauty.

Quartz is a man-made, engineers product of natural stone fused with polymer resin.
It’s beautiful and here it comes – durable. The durability makes Quartz powerful.

Why choosing Quartz over Marble?

As you can already guess, it’s because of it’s durability, but also because of it’s opportunity to look exactly like Marble. A few more aspects below:

  1. First of all Marble is very high maintenance. This said, one issue is water, which is usually unavoidable when placing Marble in Kitchen and Bathrooms. It can leave marks.
  2. Be careful as well with acidic materials to be left on the countertop, as it can stain as well.
  3. Marble also requires regular sealing, which occurs to long-term costs.

What’s my favourite Quartz Countertop?

My favourite brands are the following:

Cambria and Caesarstone are offering a wide range of colours. Both having lots of Marble looking options, which are my personal favourites throughout the whole collections. The main difference is that Caesarstone is from Europe and Cambria from the USA.

Where can I see Quartz Countertops?

In Vancouver, B.C. I suggest to visit Floform or Colonial Countertops, although only Floform has Cambria. Every Countertops supplier shall have a showroom and samples to hand out. Please don’t hesitate to ask for samples as it’s important to look at finishes in your own home. I used to tell my clients that it is important to see it in different lighting, especially in your own space where the countertop will be installed.

Worst scenario – Stains

While working for a Countertop Company, I learned a lot about the maintenance and care of the countertops. But what I learned for sure is, if there is a need for advice for a countertop stain or anything similar, please do not use any advice online or try products on it that you have currently handy. Please contact your countertop supplier immediately. They will be able to direct you and let you know what needs to be done.

Thank you

for taking the time reading my article and I hope this article was helpful.

By the way, I am currently in process to pick the countertops for a residence in Squamish  in Crumpit Woods – Stay tuned and follow my instagram to find out more.

Anyways, I wish you lots fun picking and choosing your Countertops and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day!
Sina

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