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All about Interior and Decor design: Advise and Tips to turn your space into a place of belonging.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying or Creating a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have come a long way in design and utility. They can be real conversation starter or can be a place where the family hangs out around.  Consider the following points while buying or creating one for your home.

Size & Clearances around the Kitchen Island

The major thing to decide is the size of the island you are looking for in your kitchen. This is primarily governed by the size of your kitchen. As a rule keep a minimum clearance of 24 inches (60 cms) around the movable island for working and movement.  For fixed islands consider having 36 inches (75 cms) all around.

Fixed Kitchen Island

Fixed Kitchen Island

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6 Ways to Increase Kitchen Counter Space

Kitchen Counter space is getting tinier as the kitchens are becoming smaller . This is especially true in the larger cities where real estate is a costly affair. Apartments in the city centres cut on the kitchen counter space to fit in all the appliances. But you can increase kitchen counter space by these simple hacks and additions:

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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1

Define the Space

A good entryway design is generally the one which is clearly defined and is not spilling into adjoining spaces. If you don’t have an entryway or don’t have a clear demarcation between the entryway and your room, a good idea is to understand the amount of space that can be allocated for it. Having a sense of the area you have, however small, it may be will help you plan the things that can be incorporated that space accordingly. Define the space by adding a rug or painting the walls (or using wallpaper).




Entryway area deofned by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area

Entryway area defined by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area.

Find some beautiful Rugs, Here.

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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 1)

An entryway makes the first impression when you enter the house and the last impression when you leave. The following are the basic design tips will ease the way you design and decorate your entryway to create a lasting impression.

Identity the Main function of Your Entryway

An entryway can serve one primary purpose or many purposes as per your need. Begin with an understanding of how you and your family use the entryway. Also, envision how you would like your entryway to be keeping in mind the needs of all the family members. Below are some of the functions that an entryway can serve.

 

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4 Tips for an Effective Kitchen Workflow

The way you design your kitchen layout determines how efficiently you can breeze through all the kitchen activities saving loads of time and energy. Have you ever analyzed your kitchen’s workflow? An efficient kitchen workflow will not just prove to be a time savior but can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, the tips below can come handy and prove beneficial even if you make small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the workflow.

1.     Understanding the Major Activities with a Kitchen

There are mainly three main activities under which other sub-activities within the kitchen can be categorized into.

  • Preparation
    • Preparing and setting up food (cutting, mixing with or without using appliances)
    • Access to consumable  items required for cooking (Pantry- small or big)
    • Non-consumable items needed for preparation (Cutlery, dishes)
  • Washing/Cleaning
    • Washing food items before cooking (Vegetables etc.)
    • Washing Utensils after cooking (use of sink and/or dishwasher)
  • Cooking
    • Using a Cooktop
    • Cooking with other appliances (Microwave or oven etc.)

The ratio of space required by each activity also depends on your cooking style. For example, if you are into baking, you may need more worktop space for preparation than an elaborate cooking area.




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Guide: Three Simple Ways to Uncluttered Looking Homes

Neat and clean looking homes are what we wish for every day. But in this fast pace life, it is difficult to take out time to deep clean the house or maintain the uncluttered look for long. So here are three simple, fast and efficient ways to uncluttered looking homes:

    1. Make your Bed:

The bed occupies the significant part of your bedroom, so why not start here. Making your bed first thing in the morning will give you instant gratification in less than five minutes. If that doesn’t motivates you then just imagine the sense of relaxation when coming back to a well-made bed in the evening after a long day’s work.

Related Post10 Ways to make your room look Bigger and Spacious

Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 2)

…Continued from Part 1

5.      English Ivy (Hedera helix):

It is one of the easiest to grow plants which can drastically improve the air quality of your room. It is known to absorb toxins in the air and reduce airborne molds, thus proving beneficial for those with respiratory allergies.
Care & Maintenance:
English Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine which has a tendency to spread as long as it has some support. It requires medium to bright light and can’t tolerate standing water.



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8 Indoor Plants to Improve Your Quality of Life (Part 1)

Ever wondered if the plants you placed indoors can be more than just for beautification? Yes, indoor plants can improve your quality of life in many ways. Here I’m listing the eight plants that can be grown indoors to give you beauty with many other benefits.

1. Lavender:

Lavender is an aromatic herb which purifies the air. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as slow down your heart rate. Lavender oil is extensively used, but why limit to just that when you can plant Lavender indoors and take its benefit all through the day and night. The lavender plant will make your place feeling fresh, relaxed and purified. It also repels insects.
Care & Maintenance:
Lavender grows well in hot and dry conditions, so make sure the pot has good drainage with slightly alkaline soil and is placed in a sunny location (ideally towards a south facing window). The best part is that you can propagate lavender from plant cuttings.

Related Post: Guide: Choosing Plants for Your Roof Terrace and Balcony


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Interior Design Ideas with Loft Beds

Keeping in tune with my previous post which gave ideas to utilize space under your staircase creatively and efficiently (Read it Here),  I now have interior design ideas with loft beds which can double up the space you have.

Loft beds can be especially useful if your are living in studio apartments or wish to have a dual use of same space. Loft beds can free up the ground plane giving you more flexibility of use.

 




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14 Ways to Transform and Utilize Space Under the Staircase

With space being a scarcity, it is, of course, a good idea to utilize awkward and underused spaces in your house to the fullest. The space under your staircase is one which can consume a lot of real estate value and thus needs to be used efficiently. Here, I give you a list of creative and efficient options by which you can transform the space under your staircase to use it to the fullest.

1. Stylish & Convenient Storage

The simplest way to use the staircase is by having it used as an extra storage area. But efficiently utilizing the space can maximize the storage that can be done in there. Below are some of the coolest storage ideas to incorporate if you are looking out to carve out some extra storage room in your house.




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