November 29, 2017

The Ultimate Gift: Your Own Interior Designer

A stylish and comfortable home that improves your quality of life and impresses all your friends is a thing of joy. Ever thought of giving someone an Interior Design service as a present? An Interior Designer can take all the stress out of what can be a very stressful process. 

 

Do you know someone who has been meaning to 'sort out' their...

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October 30, 2017

Bespoke Joinery: The Ultimate Problem Solver

Difficulty finding a piece of furniture which fits your requirements? No problem, often bespoke can be the way to go. Especially if you are designing bespoke furniture for small spaces. 

 

On any project, we want to be able to provide the client with exactly what they want. We love sourcing items that they absolutely love and when it’s not...

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August 11, 2017

Updating Your Home For The Next Generation

For many clients they have lived in their homes for decades, in some cases they are generational homes that have been passed down to younger family members. How do you keep that sense of history whilst also updating the home for a new generation?

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August 09, 2017

Bespoke Furniture: What Money Can Buy

Bespoke furniture can really personalise your home, creating a space that you can use in exactly the way you wish to use it, it can also, in some cases add value, not to mention style. But well-made, bespoke furniture can also come with quite a large price tag, so it's useful to know what you can cut in order to bring down costs.

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August 02, 2017

Interior Architecture: Adding Value with an Extra Bathroom

Make space: Make money

Thinking of moving? It might be worth making a few minor improvements to increase the value of your home.

Thinking of buying? Don't let a property's lack of amenities put you off, adding an extra bathroom can be quick to do (weeks, not months) and with clever positioning, won't eat up too much of your floor space.

 

Any...

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July 28, 2017

Air Plants: No-one Can Live On Thin Air

So they say succulents, cacti and air plants are the easiest plants to look after, just leave them to their own devises and they will be fine. Yes, many of these little friends of ours are used to living in the middle of no-where, with little water and interaction. But there are a number of variables that can make caring for them a little more...

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July 18, 2017

What Happens When An Interior Designer Designs A Glamping Tent

The Best Way To Camp

Heading to a festival this year? Everyone has a different idea about what it’s like to “rough it” and if you’re someone who shudders at the idea of sleeping outdoors on the cold, lumpy ground without the luxuries that you’re used to, why not make your tent a true home away from home with our recommended designer items.

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July 07, 2017

That Light Bulb Moment: An Idiots Guide to Light Bulbs

So, the extremely exhilarating topic of the technicalities of the light bulb. It may sound dull but since working for Kia Designs I finally had diffused my fear of light bulb shopping. I had always put off buying bulbs for that light that had blown, because, although I ended up with the right one in the end, the amount of codes and names always...

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July 05, 2017

A House Or A Home?

Creating The Feeling Of Home

The feeling of home can often be hard to put your finger on but time and time again this is what we create for our clients. When people buy a house that's often how they describe it "We've bought a house". Even when they've moved in they often still call it that until they are able to turn into a home. Their home....

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June 30, 2017

What Size Art to Use? A Definitive Guide to Space Planning

Create a Polished Looking Interior With Stylish Art Pieces

Badly hung art can ruin the look and feel of a room. You might have pieces that you treasure and love, but you have to be ruthless about where they fit in the scheme. You can always find a place for your desired objects, it just might not be centre stage above a sofa if it's an A4 frame.

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June 16, 2017

It's All About Creating Internal Views and Vistas

Don't forget about the spaces in between.

Focal points anchor a room, but it's not the only view a room offers. Designers have to consider how you move through the space, which items should come into view when. The aim is to draw you into and around a room, teasing with a glance of a room beyond but never revealing too much. Then there are...

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June 14, 2017

Is it Ever Worth Going to Design Shows?

Valuable exposure or vanity event?

Yes, they are fun, but is it time well spent? Let's be clear, this post doesn't refer to trade shows. Those are only open to industry professionals and are the main means of keeping pricing competitive (no one is going to your stall if you offer a 20% discount and everyone else is offering 30%). We're talking...

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May 22, 2017

Creating A Calm Home ...With Twins

From Muddled to Minimal

To turn a slightly muddled and dated house in the Surrey countryside into a sleek and cosy family home. A rejigging of the layout and some minor extensions will make the space far more usable and attractive, as well as allowing the for the stunning views and gardens to be incorporated in the design.

Creating  A Calm Home

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May 19, 2017

How Do You Like Those Architraves??

With the rise of the minimal and scandi style living, the want for a more parred back and simplistic home has also become more apparent. Architraves, cornicing and skirting boards can look beautiful in the right property. We have recently installed some beautiful grape cornicing in a period property in Regents Park. Due to the age of the...

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May 15, 2017

How We Have Used Farrow & Ball Railings

Farrow and Ball's colours are always and inspiration, especially Railings. This is a colour we continue to come back to year after year. It has a classic feel to it and complements so many tones. We have used it in everything from dark corridors, to bespoke furniture to the insides of drawer boxes. Everytime we have used it the depth and warmth...

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May 10, 2017

The Beginners Guide to Bidding at Auction

Providing you have the funds and the time, buying a property can be a challenging, but ultimately rewarding process. On average, properties go for between 60-90% of market value, and you will have access to flats and houses that aren't available to anyone who requires a mortgage (i.e. 90% of the home buying demographic.) Nearly all the...

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May 05, 2017

Contemporary Temples For Your Home

Shrines are an integral and necessary part of many households. They are a place of respect and adoration, and so should not be left by the sideline when considering the beautiful new design of your home. However, sometimes shrines can feel a little disjointed from the rest of your home, whether it be due to the style of the main pieces of your...

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May 03, 2017

Starting a Design: Initial Brief and Scope

Developing and producing a clear brief and scope is an essential part of any project. You are proving to the client that you have understood what it is they are hoping to achieve and converting that into a clear and precise vision. The aim of an initial brief and scope is not to get bogged down in detail, but to define the feeling and...

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April 28, 2017

Holistic Design and Meditation Spaces

A meditation space is the perfect way to create a little bit of paradise in your very own home. It can provide you with an area for you to escape from other things that may be causing a little stress. Studies have shown that meditation has many positive effects on the mind and body, such as reduced stress levels and boosting your immune system....

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April 24, 2017

Hardwood Flooring Finishes: What are Your Options?

Some of the Kia Designs Team recently attended a CPD presented by the Tile and Hardwood Flooring Supplier Domus. As well as getting to have a peruse around one of their amazing showrooms (we love a spot of window shopping), they gave some information about the different finishes and effects they can produce with hardwood engineered flooring.

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