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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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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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8 Easy Ideas to Give Your Small Balcony a Makeover

It’s that time of the year when you can enjoy outdoors the most.  If you do not have a garden or a backyard, or not even a terrace; you can still enjoy the outdoors by giving your humble and neglected small balcony a much-needed makeover.

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Simple Architectural Ways to Bring Outdoors to your Indoors

Doesn’t the feeling of being close to nature bring an instant feeling of happiness and freshness? The smell of fresh flowers, the calmness of the greenery, the chirping of the birds and the walk on the grass – all touch our senses deeply.
If you are remodeling your space or constructing a new one, these ideas will come handy to bring your outdoors to your indoors.

(Or, if you are looking for just interior and decor modifications, check out our article here).

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How to Design a Terrace Garden?

Terrace garden series (Part II)

If you are lucky enough to have a rooftop terrace, why not make the most of it? Turning your unusable terraces into Terrace gardens can act as an extension of your homes or offices.  A terrace garden can bring you close to nature. They can be an active or passive recreational places for your family and guests.

Now that you have checked the Points to Ensure Before Designing Your Terrace Garden, it is time to start designing your terrace garden.



The first step is to finalize the layout of your terrace garden. Keep in mind the purpose for which you are designing a terrace garden. It is needless to say that,  simple layout design works best for small areas. Adding too many features or activities within a small area will not let you enjoy the terrace garden to its fullest. A simple concept sketch is all you may need to work out your terrace garden design layout.

For larger terraces gardens, try to zone various activities. Incorporate various seating areas at strategic locations on the terrace garden.  Hire a professional if required.

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