November 08, 2017

Exposed: How Our Social Media Presence Rocketed Sky High

Technology for Interior Design

There are a lot of technologies out there that claim to be able to make a big difference but nothing has made as large an impact on our business as social media. We adore being able to connect with designers and makers all around the world. Highlight their work, talk design and having people all around the globe...

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October 18, 2017

An Expert Guide On How To Properly Visit Trade Shows

Oh yes, there is a way to visit trade shows and it's not just about pre-registering (obviously do that!). Having walked trade shows for over 10 years I can tell you that there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Some of these may seem pretty obvious but after 3 days you might find yourself in a daze wondering why you bothered to buy a ticket...

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October 16, 2017

4 Ways To Save You Tons Of Time on Social Media

Social media is something that we all feel we need but it can often be difficult to keep on top of. It's all about creating a presence that your clients know, trust and can enjoy. We also use it to find fantastic artists and artisans around the world. It needs to represent your brand and remain approachable for your potential clients, it's your...

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June 09, 2017

How To Write an Interior Design Press Release

An Easy Step-by-Step Guide

There is an art to writing a press release. You have to be short and snappy, interesting but dry, eye catching but modest and personal yet professional. And it's difficult to write one for your own work, just as it is difficult to interview yourself. When you are personally involved with a project, it is difficult to...

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June 02, 2017

Why Write an Interior Design Press Release

A handy guide why it's worth getting your work in front of a journalist.

Pinterest is fun. Instagram is full of swoon-worthy interiors. Facebook is ablaze with people reposting interesting products. But until you are mentioned in and recognised by the mainstream press, your work is not legitimised. You might have 1 million likes on a pin, but...

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May 17, 2017

I'm With The Brand

I Love it When a Brand Comes Together

Forbes defines a brand as "A specific combination of logo, words, type font, design, colours, personality, price, service, etc that convey a promise."

Kia Designs has been forging a reputation for creativity, transparency and thoughtful design, with a little extra flare. We've recently extended our branding...

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March 27, 2017

How We Manage Costs: Indispensable Estimac

Most people think that the skill in Interior Design lies in creating stunning spaces. The truth is many people are capable of designing a stunning room. Experience in design will provide you with a lot of knowledge about ergonomics, fabric and furniture durability, range of products available etc, but the real skill (the expertise you are...

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October 28, 2016

How to Become an Interior Designer?

If you want to merge your creativity with business ability, you can opt for an interior designer’s profession. As a professional, you will design space and also deal with clients. If you are wondering how to become an interior designer, you can check out the following guide:

Steps to becoming an Interior Designer

# Enrol in an interior design...

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October 11, 2016

The Problem With Being An Interior Design Intern

Why it helps to know all aspects of the business

The problem with being an interior design intern in London today is you don't really get a good overview of the whole business. You end up sitting behind a desk for a few weeks repeating a few simple processes and not really learning what goes on.

 

It's always useful to understand how a design...

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October 06, 2016

How To Present Your Interior Design to Clients

We're often asked about our design process, and how best to display and present your Interior Design to our clients. We've already blogged about why we don't use 3D visualisations so let's talk about what we actually do.

 

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September 30, 2016

What Do You Need To Be A Good Intern?

Being an intern can be hard, for many interns it is the first time they have worked in an office or studio and it can be a harsh adjustment. These 5 tips will help you when the tough gets going to make sure that both you and your new employer get the most out of our placement.

 

Be Enthusiastic

Whether it be for 2 months or 12 months you need...

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September 20, 2016

Kia Designs starting to be a Carbon Neutral Business

Here at Kia Designs we like to carbon offset our yearly contributions and invest in environmental projects in the UK. We try to keep as paperless an office as possible, and keep our printing output low.

Interior Design isn't the cleanest industry, we use lots of cotton (particularly in carpets and curtains) which is one of the most damaging...

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August 18, 2016

What Does Being A Registered Interior Designer Mean?

For many industries there are some accepted facts; You're a doctor in a hospital - you've been through medical training You're an electrician - you studied and got qualified in your field and with both of these they are easily checked, a degree or certificate can be shown. However, for interior design things seem to get a little murky.  Are all...

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July 14, 2016

Using a Professional Photographer

We've recently shot our latest project with a super talented interiors photographer Anna Stathaki.  One of the most satisfying parts of finishing a project is getting it professionally photographed and sending out the glossy snaps to the press and public. The lovely comments start rolling in and you forget about all the dust and hours you spent...

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June 16, 2016

Interior Design Internship in London

What do you need to take in consideration when you are applying or (happily) moving to London for an international internship?

 

London is an amazing city, not only for living but as well for working here. All creative people adore it due to number of events and design stuff that are happening in the city all the time. You can’t see everything,...

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May 31, 2016

Employing Interior Designers in London

Finding the perfect Interior Design Intern

Finding new Interior Design interns can always be a challenge.  Bringing new members in to our tight knit and dynamic team is extremely important as our staff provides an integral part of our service. Everything that we do from blog posts about designs through to how fabrics are labelled when we do a...

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May 26, 2016

How To Get a Interior Design Intern Position

Every week we receive emails from prospective interior design interns. They are usually from students looking for experience in their holidays, or recent graduates looking for intern programs that will translate into permanent positions. Occasionally we get applicants who want to completely change career, or who have experience in a similar...

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May 10, 2016

Challenges Faced As An Interior Designer In London

It's been almost 10 years that I've been working as an Interior Designer in London and I still love it each and every day. I am terribly grateful to be able to wake up every morning and spend my day at a job that is my passion.  Especially as I pretty much  fell into the design world having worked in a luxury interiors store in Islington during...

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May 05, 2016

How To Run A Snagging List Like A Pro With Wunderlist

Here at Kia Designs we are very technology savvy. I am a lover of new gadgets and new ways to make everyones life a little easier and less stressful, especially for my team when it comes to the more painful areas of a project.  No area can quite compare to snagging, it is the small details that make the end of a project either a joy or a...

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January 19, 2016

Basecamp and The Art of Project Management

All our projects are run through a web-based interior design project-management tool called Basecamp. This is our one-stop-shop for everything to do with your interior design project. It makes a quick and easy reference tool for all parties who are involved in any part of the design or construction of your beautiful home.

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