Archive for the ‘Interior Design’ Category

IKEA Hackers

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I do not know if you ever heard of this web site but I love it!!!

Ikea Hackers is a website were people post hacks, how they personalise or how they re purpose IKEA products into the things they want!

It is a brilliant web site of inspiration and also to make you think out of the box!

Have you ever thought of making a bed frame from legs for a bathroom sink?

 

 

 

Google SketchUp

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Google SketchUp is a free software that you can download here . It is a very powerful tool, easy to use an fun! with this software you can design anything in 3D  with a easy-to-use interface and a wide range of Help features.

The best of all is that you do not need to be an engineer to use it! it is for everybody use and if you ever get stuck there are thousands of tutorials over the web to help you out!

I mostly use it to work in my house design. I think that when you are designing your own house everything looks very differently on the paper than on 3D. Your architect can give you wonderful plans and he/she has the ability to see how the building will look in reality. However, somebody that does not work in that field might find it difficult to imagine what your house might look like in reality. I find this software very useful to get that “feel” of how your house is going to look like. You can walk into your design and feel how airy the rooms are or even how much light they are going to get!

There are menu options that allow you to orbit over your design, walk in, zoom in and out easily and so on! one of my favourite tools is the measuring tape that lets you to measure your distances! my second favourite has to be to be able to move objects in 3 dimensions although this takes a bit of practice to get it right.

Once you have designed your rooms you can download from the internet objects for your rooms from windows to bathroom suites or furniture! you can even find IKEA furniture! I find this extremely useful because you might have furniture that you do not know how it would fit in your bedroom. So  you can download this furniture and try it in your room, which will give you a fair idea on how the room is going to look.

This software is not only good to design houses you can even use it to see how new furniture would look in your new room or how new kitchen units would fit in your kitchen!

I strongly recommend using it!

Here is a sneak pick of what you can do:

 

 

Buying lights

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Today I would like to talk about a brilliant web site that I have found  light11.ie.

In this website you can buy very nice designer lights but also lights that are not so expensive and that are as equally nice!

I think that the web site layout is very good. There are different sections by different types of lights (indoors, outdoors), by where you want to place the lights or even by colour!

The feature that I like the most is the fact that once you choose a light that you like and you want to find more information on that light, the website provides you with a full specs for the light. This means it gives you details on: manufacture, designer, material, measurements, weight, CABLE LENGTH, Type of bulbs, SPARE PARTS, and the one I love the most HOW ENERGY EFFICIENT is the light!!!!

I love this because it might help you decide on buying it or not!

This web site has also a full section on LEDs lights! and please do not be so reluctant on buying them. LEDs technology has changed so much in the last years. I know that LED is short for ” Looks Extremely Dim” but  this is the name they were given in the mid-1920s when they were invented! Now new research has shown that you can even get a whopping 300 lumens from one LED. So embrace the future and also help our planet!

 

 

Normann Copenhagen lights

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Normann Copenhagen has a new collection of lamp lights! I love the Bau lamps. They are an explosion of colour! They are sculptural hanging lamps designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt. The design is based on interlocking geometric circles, sticking out in all directions.

I really like them!! So colourful!!!!!!!! They go from 190€ to 230€ and they are going to be on sale soon!

You can buy them in the online shop.

 

Normann-Copenhagen