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Renovation Process Checklist

Posted on: January 25th, 2016 by cad
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What is a renovation process like? How do you make sure it will be breeze and not a nightmare? Take a look at the steps below and let them guide you through before the actual works starts.

1) Determine Your Key Objective for Renovation

List your key objectives for this renovation down so it is crystal clear. Is it to make space for additional storage? A new addition to the family or a new section for a newly set- up department? Or just to give the living or working space a more updated look?

2) Any Design Preferred or In Mind?

It is recommended to have some pictures that you would like to emulate, to your interior designer, so as to avoid any form of miscommunications and cut wasted time. Your concept of futuristic design or even a certain colour maybe completely different from the designers. Being specific and having some reference from the beginning stage, is key to avoid any confusion that may arise.

3) Have a Renovation Budget Ready

Compare with various banks to get the best rates for your renovation instead of just sticking to the first one you come across. Draw up a realistic budget, so as not to over spend.
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Tips to decorate your work space

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by cad
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Having a new office or thinking of converting one of your room to a home office? Here are some tips from us on how to spruce up your office interior design or home office or work space.

1) Start from the Walls

Rather than leaving them plain and boring, paint vibrant colours, put on wallpapers or hang pictures on the walls. Things that inspires or motivates you. Of course, if you prefer neutral walls, you can also leave them plain and add a clock, painting or even mirrors to give the space a larger illusion.

You may also want to consider to hang a bulletin board for pasting post- it notes, reminders, to- do list or beautiful pictures. Some even like wall decals on glass walls just to add a touch of fun or edginess.

2) Lighting

Lighting can dramatically alter the look and feel of any space. It is important that your working space is well- lit so that you can work well. Decide what kind of lightings work best for you. Is it more white day- lights or LED or do you prefer the soft, yellow and warm lights?

Lighting can be on the ceiling but you may like to consider having them mounted on the walls, or even as a lamp stand. Make sure the frames for the lights blend in well with the colours and theme you are going for.
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10 Interior Decorating Ideas For Small Apartments

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by cad
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There are many ways you can adopt to create the illusion of space or make your small sanctuary easier to dwell in.

Here are some interior decorating ideas which you can use to enlarge your living space and make it more enjoyable to live in.

1) One simple way is to use mirrors. Use full length mirrors on the walls and your space will instantly look twice as big. It is a simple trick and it also adds reflects light and brightens a room.

2) Use large accent rugs on the floor. Colourful rugs not add splashes of colours to your space, accentuate liveliness and also add style to your apartment.

3) Hang long curtains that goes from the ceiling to the floor. This creates the illusion of tall windows and depth and width of your apartment.

4) Have tall bookshelves as close to the ceiling as possible, against the walls. This does not only add as bookshelves, but also add as a storage and a display unit for you.

5) Employ bright or light colours to make your space reflect more light and hence look more spacious. Use dark colours minimally, so that it would not look heavy.

6) Less is more rules in small apartment renovation . Keep wall décor, furniture and furnishing to the minimal. Also, always get rid of clutter in your apartment. Clutter takes up space and makes any room look less empty and spacious.

7) Get glass top tables or acrylic chairs, those that look clear as it creates the illusion of airy space.

8) Double Duty works better here! Make use of furniture that are compact, collapsible or have dual function, example, a sofa bed. This helps saves space and has twice the function.

9) Hang a big painting on the wall. Yes, you heard it right. Somehow, an art piece or global map on the wall, being the focal point of a small room, divert your attention from the small scale of the space.

10) Add in some metallic home accessories to decorate your interior.

They function like mirrors which reflect lights and gives the impression of spaciousness.