Some professional advice on KITCHEN LIGHTING

I was invited by Christopher Sweet from Chandelier Shack to share my number 1 lighting tip for a new kitchen and, as experienced interior designer, it was my pleasure to share it. I was just one of the '9 Experts to Reveal Their Best Lighting Tips and Tricks for Kitchens'.

For me it was interesting to find that 50% of the experts advised to focus on Dimmers. This is my answer:
"Lighting is an important part of the overall interior design process. Especially in places like the kitchen, where good lighting above the counter-top is essential for its proper use. Still, as an interior designer often doing renovation projects, I often see kitchens with just central lighting and very few task lightings.
My #1 tip on lighting for your kitchen: Never forget lighting below the upper cupboards just above the working area and do not rely only on central lighting on the ceiling, because it will inevitably cast shadows exactly over the counter-top where you are working. Even if you have not planned lighting sources beneath the upper row of cupboards before installing the kitchen - which is obligatory! - it is possible to stick up LED lights powered with batteries. Make good use of the advantages of the innovative and flexible LED technology. LED bulbs last for up to 20 years and can be made so tiny that they can be easily integrated into any modern interior design project."
 I am sure that it will be interesting to read all the answers at the above links and that you will find them very useful.


Kid's rooms ideas

I just saw these fresh kids' room designs and cannot but share them:

The bunk beds in this Manhattan townhouse come in the form of a puppet theater designed by one of the boys, with the help of decorators Carol Egan and Wayne Nathan; the Ant chairs are by Arne Jacobsen.


Striped Wall Project

In fact, colour is one of the main components in the interior design scheme, especially in kids' rooms.
This minimalistic room is great for a teenager
More kids' rooms ideas for kids of any age are available throught this blog - check them and get inspired :)



The September addition of MAISON&OBJET is near - the exact dates are September 2-6, 2016. Let's have a glimpse to what is coming. The Inspiration theme this year is HOUSE OF GAMES:

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"It reflects a number of signals we’ve picked up in the fashion, contemporary art, luxury and design industries, and even in gastronomy. This HOUSE OF GAMES marks the return of a renewed baroque, dandy style, which leaves ample room for fantasy, eccentricity and appeal. More generally speaking, we are noticing an increasing interest in board games, as well as private clubs, which counterbalance the lonely life we lead behind screens and help us restructure our lives around rules we can easily apply." 
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explains Vincent Grégoire (Agence NellyRodi)."The padded Chesterfield chair is once again a must-have. Regarding accessories, the trend is for building a rich décor, evocative of wunderkammers, with display cabinets, fisheye mirrors, trophies, even wall jewellery, like that designed by Michaël Cailloux. There is growing interest for cabinetmaking, precious cases and boxes."

2016.09 - Inspirations - House of Games from MAISON&OBJET on Vimeo.


TRENDOFFICE is one of 'The 200 Best Interior Design & Decorating Blogs'!

TRENDOFFICE is included in another list of the Best Interior Design & Decorating Blogs! This very well curated and styled list is created by RUGKNOTS:

 interior design blogs

Thank you, RUGKNOTS :)

Trend Office

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Trend Office provides readers with the latest news on the interior design industry - and also gives home design advice from the professionals.
Check the other international lists for best interior design blogs that Trendoffice is part of.


Fascinating 3D LED lamps

Perfect for your kid's room or for any room - as an accent piece with good practical use for home&office decor, kid's room decor, bedside lamp, nursery light etc. It creates different ambience in your rooms..

Fat Bird 3D Led Lamp - $90USD $120 (Save 25%)

They are on SALE and the choice is big:

Teddy Bear 3D Led Lamp

Horse 3D Illusion Led Lamp

$90USD$120 (Save 25%)

Modern Geometric 3D Decorative Lamp

$90USD$120 (Save 25%)

Clover 3D LED Lamp

Did you find anything for your home? My choice is probably the Horse.


A luxury teen room with a bath

A daughter's bathroom in this apartment on Paris's Right Bank features colorful cubby shelves. The Corian sink is of a custom design, and the tub fittings are by Dornbracht.

Get the look: Kast 3 Height Unit Tall Storage, $13,655, hivemodern.com
How do you like the idea? I think that this is a great way to organize your grown up daughter's living in one large space with the comfort of a bathtub next to her bed.


Fashion for the home

The fashion and interior design interconnection is one of my favourite themes, as my regular readers have already noticed - they share common trends, color schemes, patterns and ideas. Now we have the possibility to make this connection through tiles. Ceramica Sant’Agostino have another three-dimensional, porcelain-rectified, digitally printed collection entitled Tailorart. 

Mimicking textiles in warm tones, the series looks almost soft and reminiscent of midcentury modern fabrics. As they say, the collection presents "the ceramic art of sewing the softness of fabric on the strength of the stoneware"Available in six colorways and patterns.

I have posted a lot about how fashion and interior design connect and even about their earlier collection Digitalart, that showed the first fabric effect made on a ceramic surface with three-dimensional texture. I think that this allows interior designers to create elegant and very cozy atmosphere even in bathrooms and large commercial areas.

How do you like this trend? 


A dream vacation home

created by studio  Block722
Beautiful entrance and minimalistic interiors with natural materials and a lot of good taste:

But what impressed me more are the cozy outside areas:


All Things Concrete

Concrete is a trendy material our days - we see it everywhere - even on the table, as wallpaper, as lighting. If you want to be trendy and buy yourself something inspiring made of concrete, here below is my selection of things that I myself would use with pleasure in my interior design projects:

We Are Well Made Concrete Bench #2

Did you find your inspiration?