Tag: Decorating


Unforgettable trips start with Airbnb.“, is what you’ll first come across when you visit this site.

Airbnb.com is a hospitality service site that provides visitors with accommodation options for people to either rent or lease short-term abodes including homestays, holiday cottages, apartments, hostels, hotel rooms or beds. The property is not owned by the site but rather by individuals who list theirs on the site. The site therefore operates as a broker that receives percentage service fees with every booking. Currently, statistics show that the site has over 4 million abode listings in over 65,000 cities and in about 191 countries and has since facilitated over 260 million check-ins.

Among the listings you’ll probably find, from Zambia along Rhodes Park’s Lunzua Road, this beautiful 3 bedroom homestay, fully furnished and decorated to the last detail.

To make it stand out from the rest, the dwelling is painted in weatherproof bright Moroccan spice colors of orange and of yellow for the exterior, while between chains and hanging above the front Patio are potted plants of greens and maroons.

The lounge has a brown leather two-seater with scatter cushions, while a plywood exterior trunk case with an aluminium extrusion has been repurposed as a coffee table.

To the side of the room is a mirror hanging on a wall above a stand with a bouquet of flowers lavished on its surface. A portrait painting of an elephant brings a touch of indigeneity to a space that’s meant to accommodate people from all across the world.

Just adjacent to the Lounge is a Dining area complete with a wooden table and suite chairs made from reed, and a brown vanished timber cabinet to display vases, wine glasses, lamps, candles and stands.

The Hallway might actually be an easy favorite because of its semblance to a museum of sorts filled with opulent accessories. In here are a tall mirror framed by black wrought iron bars between two bedroom doors, an oil on canvas painting of an African bull elephant that threatens to charge at the visitor as they draw closer to the toilet door, wooden wall plaques and white towels folded neatly on hooks near the bathroom door.

In the bedroom are beautifully orchestrated fabrics; neatly laid bed linens with cotton pillows and silk curtains, all in earth tones. Perched in the corner of the third bedroom is a brown study table and a white wooden chair.

On the rear Patio are poolside chairs, reed chairs and a glass table against a background of a view to a beautiful herb garden.

It’s really the little accent pieces which bring together in full circle the dwelling, and the paintings, the reed bulb holders, and the towel hooks pinned onto bedroom doors do just that.


The Baker’s Man đź‘¨đźŹ˝â€ŤđźŤł


A 7 meter by 13 meter vacant room in a bungalow Warehouse served as a blank canvas for a proposed bakery design.


With two conveniences tucked at the back, the rectangular high level void that then makes up the foreground helped a great deal in providing compartmentalized but yet functional and fluid spaces key to a bakery.


Practically speaking, since there’s only one door connecting the inside to the outside, it was only wise to position a counter around there – a glass counter for display’s sake. This counter is to display all manner of confectionery intended for produce within the premises; from bread to bread rolls and from cakes to cupcakes.


And because having only one access isn’t safe in case of an emergency, a fire exit had to be opened up at the back, as well as to serve for easy access between the loading and unloading bay, and the storeroom.

The storeroom sits behind the counter and serves to provide storage for all the ingredients a bakery might require.

While having two Water Closets didn’t sound practical, removing one and replacing it with a small office did. Small, in the sense to have only a room the owner can sit in as he handles the few things in need of his attention.


The Workstation being as core to the running of any bakery as it is, had to be of majestic grandeur with a centered work table for easier maneuvering around the room. Resting on a floating counter-top at the back is a chrome sink while stacked above one another in the front are wooden shelves and such Kitchen appliances as ovens are flanked by a wall to the left.

Finally, introducing a few accessories was necessary in the way of adding a sparkle to the space, as well as in making it somewhat industrial. My absolute favorites being the three steel hand grater re-purposed bulb holders above the Counter as well as the other three above the Work table.

🍴The Local Food Bar🍴

Now and then I stumble upon design gems, often by chance while other times by recommendations from family and friends, the way I did this one.


It is an Eatery found in the heart of Chilenje market; a place where you most probably least expect to. For directions, it is quite easy to give, since it only lies along the last stretch of Chilumbulu road to Woodlands Stadium, and opposite First National Bank (also acronym-ed as FNB).


Through and through, the interior design of this little Snack Bar has been intended to stand out, from the color choices to the furniture layout and from the accent pieces to the rustic landscape feature right at the entrance.


At the entrance lies, in plain and simple fashion, a stone feature that has been softened by the introduction of dwarf grass plants ready to welcome foodies and wannabes like myself.


Once inside, one is expected to be welcomed by flower vases and tastefully laid out artworks on a painted steel mantel piece which, in my opinion, think would’ve functioned much better as a lean-to table with stools. Space must’ve been the hindering factor, however, all is forgiven and forgotten here since the artworks resting on this piece now brings in  lots and lots more of character while the mirror is left to bring in the illusion of roomy to the food bar.



Additional artworks nailed to a lime green painted wall, all in all, brings the design together as a ribbon wraps around a treasure box, which this space is.


While faux ceiling tiles bring a sense of elegance to the table, pun intended.


Kudos to the designer, whomever that might be.


đź’¤ Brush Strokes!!!

Most nights, with my head comfortably resting on my pillow, and deep in sleep, I often fancy myself a Picasso of sorts.

There (in La La Land), I am a brush and concrete is my canvas. While steel, stone, brick, timber, glass, leather, color and artwork are my strokes.

Case in point…


A Lounge, for example, against a concrete backdrop looks pleasant with generous splashes of vanished red brick to break the monotony. Esp when used for built-in tables and built-in seats. A Shisha Lounge can be softened by leather, preferably in a brown, while bright colored scatter cushions, throws and pieces of local artwork can be used to add interest to this space.

Shisha Bar

Whereas a bar can have a couple of proposals.

The first proposal being, vanished stone cladding just beneath a polished porceline tiled counter top.


The second one can come in the form of vanished red brick counter and counter head to match, with a polished Porceline  tiled counter top, against a concrete backdrop and softened by a dusted canvased piece of local artwork flanked by colorful ottomans beneath.


The garden on the other hand, is more musing (I think) with thatch and red bricked dwarf walls and red bricked seats against a concrete boundary wall backdrop. Here, scatter cushions can also be introduced to add hints of color.

Outdoor Lounge
Until I wake up, and I realize I am my own Picasso, regardless!

#IAAZB: Color And Healing

“One of the most indescribable moments I have had, being an Architect is being in a space that hits all the right notes and gets me excited. Now imagine the polar opposite of this moment. It was roused by a recent visit to a certain clinic in a peri-urban area somewhere on the Copperbelt. I was shown around a room no larger than 27 square meters which served as a maternity ward, Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) clinic and clinic for mothers and children. It had no running water and the space was grossly inadequate. It broke my heart. My thoughts somehow led me to the children that were born in this little clinic and grew up in the nearby community. This tiny clinic did not have a designed paediatrics wing and the closest general hospital (12 km away) with one of those is not accessible.”, Chola Tembo wrote.

Continue reading “#IAAZB: Color And Healing”

đź’¦ The Water Closet đź’¦


Today, vanities and walk-in showers are popular, while oversized bathtubs and ample storage are also frequently sought after.


Presentation Layout 1 Â©MrKapaluTalksDesignToo

Bathroom 2.0

Presentation Layout 2 Â©MrKapaluTalksDesignToo

In a recent bathroom undertaking, the layout was tricky to achieve, especially that the project was an extension to an already existing house.

Exterior 1

Exterior Render 1 Â©MrKapaluTalksDesignToo

Exterior 2

Exterior Render 2 Â©MrKapaluTalksDesignToo

Selecting “attention-grabbing” materials was significant to helping this bathroom renovation stand out. Since Tile offers a wide variety of colors and styles, white tiles were a popular flooring choice.


View From Water Closet Â©MrKapaluTalksDesignToo

Just like in any of my kitchen designs, implementing a backsplash feature wall and a stone countertop was crucial so as to help liven up the space. This also works just as well in otherwise dull bathrooms.

With vanities getting bigger and bigger every year, and for good reason since storage is in constant demand, wall-mounted cabinets, movable cabinets and baskets were sought. While recessed or built-in cabinets were in addition assimilated into the design, therefore, adding enough spots to stash toiletries and decorative vases with fresh flowers.



Because no remodel is complete without accessories — in this case, the bathroom dĂ©cor – an artwork was picked out fittingly to add style to this space. Artworks from local artists often make the biggest difference and are quite affordable to acquire.

Additionally, the term decor tends to be used rather loosely but in this case, fittings – Cabinet pulls, Shower heads and Faucets, were all designed for.



Last of all, fixtures with finishes that reflected the look endeavoring to be achieve were used to coordinate soap dispensers, toothbrush holders and wastebaskets for that cohesive feel.

Before Meets After: Kitchen Remodel

This is the first in a two part series called “Before Meets After”. The objective is for me to merely share with you my readers what is involved in tackling some projects – in this case Kitchens (of note here) and Landscape respectively.


Kitchen remodeling is notorious for being expensive, although not all projects have to break the bank, however, embarking on such an undertaking often does but only just.


Since the kitchen is the heart of any house, it woefully dates quite easily, not only from wear and tear but also from the vast advancement in technique and technology employed in the culinary arts. Therefore, remodels of such tired spaces are the perfect remedy when the time is right (and probably when the resources are available).


Design Files…

The proposed remodel was of an approximated 6000mm x 6000mm square one roomed space. This interior space was designed to underline the characteristics of a modern Kitchen area through ease and space, and a centered island necessitated just that: a working space to carry out needed tasks with much ease and within such a generous space. Therefore, function was realised.

FYA - Chitengi Warehouse-Model

The space consists of two zones – an island to accommodate a hob with a hood right above it and cabinets around the centrally placed island to in turn accommodate an oven and a refrigerator on the northern end, a sink on the western end and storage cabinets on the eastern end.

Scheme 2

In the grand scheme of things, a centrally placed island with a hob and a hood adds an industrial appeal to this semi-private residential space whereas timber for a fresh set of cabinets makes it cosy.

Design trivia….

A 4450mm long custom designed massive window on the western end and above the sink allows for fresh air and natural light to seep deep into this interior space.

Scheme 1

The centrally placed island was not by my design but the architect before me. Because cabling for the stove stems right from this point, this fortuitous design move, helped my undertaking immensely with the kitchen layout.

An open-plan Kitchen-Diner would have added to the much needed modern appeal sought after by the client, however, knocking down walls was out of the question due to budget constraints. Therefore, converting this space into a public space only proved futile.

This project was carried out at the end of 2015 and it was for a family of three in Ndola’s Kanseshi neighbourhood on the Copperbelt province of Zambia.