December 04, 2017

Interior Design Services: See Your Perfect Home

Sometimes it can be difficult to really understand what your home is going to look like when it's all done. Some of the largest decisions can seem to be too large without being able to actually see them, especially if they are a large investment. One of our projects includes a large refurbishment in Dorking and there are some big decisions to...

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In Sneak Peek

November 01, 2017

What's In A Project Proposal: Wimbledon Refurbishment

We love being able to take you behind the scenes of projects however a lot of the time you don't get to see everything that leads to a client signing. Every interior design studio in London will be slightly different however here at Kia Designs we send through a full proposal once we have done a first meeting on site. 

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In Sneak Peek

October 09, 2017

Enjoy A Sneak Peek: Stunning Bert and May Tiles

When you have a basement dig going on it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it can seem like work is going to go on forever. Even when the work has been perfect and the rest of the home doesn't have a spek of dust in it it can still seem like a real bore to have work going on right outsifde your front door.

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In Sneak Peek

August 16, 2017

How to Create An Instant Extra Bedroom

How to translate usable daily space into a private spare room

Most people value spare or extra bedrooms when house hunting. Even more than generous reception/living space. A spare bedroom will add value, but more often than not you start with big ideas of it being a multitasking office/guest room and it ends up being a junk room with the...

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In Design In Depth, Sneak Peek

July 21, 2017

Creating A Tropical Home In East London

We often get clients who aren't afraid of colour and most of our clients are well travelled if not international. So when we had a client come in and fearless look at jungle prints exclaiming that they felt like home we knew we were going to be having a lot of fun on this project. I want to start with the disclaimer that we are not going to be...

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In Sneak Peek

June 28, 2017

Creative Bathroom Design: Get The Look

Translating Client Dreams to Realities

The current bathroom in one of our projects is lacking in style and character. By adding fun tiles and and interesting collection of artwork, the space will be injected with the much needed charm and fun the clients are after.

Updating your bathroom can be one of the most satisfying amendments you can make...

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In Sneak Peek

June 23, 2017

A Room With Many Functions: Multi Purpose Living

How To Make Your Tiny Flat Do More For You

Our current Spitalfields project requires us to create a guest room that also functions as a TV room, a gaming room, an office, a yoga space and a storage haven. Not much to ask...

Here is the brief from the clients:

"The current office and spare room will be redesigned to be a truly multifunctional...

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In Sneak Peek

June 21, 2017

Meeting the Brief: Spitalfields Challenge

From Shabby to Chic

Another month, another new project. Our latest is a lovely young couple to want to turn their apartment into a proper home. They have ambitious plans for multi-functional rooms and lots of entertaining. Our brief was as follows:

To inject the clients fun loving personalities into their slightly worn and dated 2 bedroom...

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In Sneak Peek

May 08, 2017

Starting A Design: A Family Home in The Country

Our Latest Brief and Scope: Family Fun

Whilst the majority of our projects are London based, we do, on occasion, branch out either overseas or buying the M25. Our newest client has just purchased a large family home in Surrey and plans to turn it into a cosy haven for her twin boys and their large dog.

We plan to turn the slightly muddled and...

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In Sneak Peek

April 26, 2017

Retrofitting Bespoke Bathroom Pieces

If your current bathroom set up isn't working for you, but you don't mind the decor or don't have the budget to rip it out and start again, there are ways of introducing extra storage or features that can transform the space. In our recent Wimbledon project we did just that, by retrofitting a mirrored storage cabinet into the vanity recesses in...

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In Sneak Peek

March 06, 2017

Jaw-Dropping Bathroom Design

That's what we were asked for and we are certainly looking to deliver. Having worked with this client's father on his Knightsbridge apartment our client knew that we would be able to bring her dreams for a very different kind of home to life. We are looking to create a bathroom the blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, bringing together...

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In Sneak Peek

September 14, 2016

Extraordinary Bathroom Makeover

Sometimes you look at a bathroom makeover and you realise how extraordinary it was. How large the luxury interior design scheme was and how much this extraordinary bathroom makeover will change the life of the clients who will be moving into it. This is one of those makeovers, you wouldn't look at this bathroom and think 'luxury' but that's...

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In Sneak Peek

August 16, 2016

Creating A Kitchen That Isn't A Kitchen

One of our current projects has a very exciting feature - a kitchen that blends seamlessly into the lounge. The client loved the large open space, but didn't want to feel like they were sitting in or relaxing next to the kitchen.

The first thing to do when integrating or disguising any object is to break it up into little parts. We've used...

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In Sneak Peek

August 10, 2016

House Interior Design

House Interior Design doesn't always just mean looking at a project once it's finished, for this house Interior Design we worked with the client from the final plans through the build to the finished product.  This client's story is a fascinating one and something that we hear more and more often with the changing way we use our homes.

Having...

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In House Tours, Sneak Peek

July 19, 2016

Kia's List for Life

We love the website List for Life, it offers bite-sized advice from an assortment of really talented and inspirational people, which always brightens our day.

The website features vox pop advice about money issues, work/life balance and play, as well as small bios and general pointers from exciting people.

This month they feature an interview...

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In Sneak Peek

July 12, 2016

A Kitchen That Isn't a Kitchen

We recently had a brief for a client who seldom cooked, and had no interest in the kitchen. The property is also a 2nd home, rarely used. The problem was we were planing on changing the layout of her property, from a 2 bedroom to a 3 bedroom and required the room currently housing the kitchen to become that 3rd bedroom. The dead entrance space...

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In Sneak Peek

June 23, 2016

Creating A Home Away From Home

When you live half way around the world it can be difficult creating the same homely feel to a property that you only visit 4 or 5 times a year. For our clients who live in Dubai but visit London often that challenge can be particularly difficult when you have become accustomed to a property that holds a lot of memories but no longer serves...

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In Sneak Peek

April 21, 2016

Ever Wanted A Secret Passageway?

'A house with a secret passageway' tops most people's "lotto win dream house" list. They feature largely in the children's literature and adventure films that dominate people's formative years. Later in life you might really see the appeal of being able to sneak out a lover, bump someone on the head and make a swift exit, or you might want to...

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In Sneak Peek

March 03, 2016

Site Survey in New Built Flat

A Site survey is a crucial part of the design process, since without detailed measurements the design may not fulfil its primary functions or be just not applicable. The main purpose of the design is to make the apartment’s flow better and move around more easily - ‘not-to-scale’ furniture may create obstacles.

 

Each site survey is different...

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In Design 101, Sneak Peek

February 25, 2016

Space Saving on the South Bank

When the walls are all down, we need to focus on making the space feel connected and unified, whilst defining the function of each part. We look at how the client will move around the space and what they will need to access, then manipulate those routes to make the most of the design.

 

The focus for the colour palette will be a stunning...

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