Tag: Interior Design

Outdoor Living: Day Rooms.

Day rooms can be used in one or two of many and different ways. A few of these options are as a library, a greenhouse, a sitting room or a laundry room.

Illustrated here is a sitting space which acts as an extension of the lounge with cushioned outdoor reed chairs and a timber coffee table.

The Day room almost always has similar features anywhere on the planet; clear roofs, skylights, large windows, shelves, plants, among many others.

The windows and the clear roofing sheets are what bring in light to this little space that would almost always be mistakenly left a room without natural light.

The washing machine sits next to a corner sink on one side and on another rests a stand just enough to accommodate a laundry basket. A laundry line hangs on exposed roof trusses from one end of the room to the other, and this completes the space as a one-part laundry room.

For storage of detergents and other cleaning chemicals, flying shelves hang against a wall above a washing machine and a refrigerator, while potted plants help introduce nature and the outdoor to the room.

The beauty of this little space is that, apart from laundry, the owner has other options, options to either read a book and enjoy a glass of wine, or to entertain.

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AN AIRBNB HOMESTAY LISTING.

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.

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In this little house of mine are two bedrooms, a water closet and a Master Bedroom with an en-suite facility complete with a Walk-in Closet.

What I particularly love about it is the Entertainment Area that forms the Lounge, the Dining, the Breakfast Nook and the three zoned Kitchen.

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Among the three zones you find in this Kitchen is, of course, the Cooker Zone that’s basically a counter fitted with a hob on it’s surface and a hood (also known as an Extractor) right above it; a central movable work table which helps create a Workstation where about four Formica chairs can just as easily be introduced as an extension to the Dining as an informal one. This is perfect for entertaining. While cabinets fitted against a wall across the Cooker Zone accommodate all manner of crockery for this little house of mine.

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Just like most modern Kitchens, and if this wasn’t apparent already, this is an Open plan Kitchen so naturally a Scullery was introduced. This is also called a “Second Kitchen” in some Culinary Arts circles since the space is an extension of the Kitchen where a sink is found and where the eyesore of dirty dishes can be tucked behind.

I wouldn’t be doing this little house of mine justice if I didn’t design for a Pantry. The idea was to have just a small space where to store groceries and some bottles of wine for many of those “nights”.

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In the end, the success of the house lies in it’s fluidity of spaces especially for a person or a family that loves entertaining, and also for the cost savings achieved with the design by use of a hidden roof and partly in it’s layout.

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The Baker’s Man πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ³

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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 Β lots and lots more of character while the mirror is left to bring in the illusion of roomy to the food bar.

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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.

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

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Kudos to the designer, whomever that might be.

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Living Walls: A Modern Solution To A Modern Problem Perhaps?

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Compromised indoor air quality and a roasting interior are just some of the expenses of living in not only the Tropics like we do but the Global warming era too.
All these are of course “de nos jours” troubles that require equally modern formulae, and a green interior space is just that.

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This green space or atrium is a simple space to look at, yes, yet it is one that requires to be planned with extreme precaution only an expert designer can provide. A green wall is an inclusion, often than not, found in this atrium. At construction, this feature wall is partially or completely covered with greenery that includes a growing medium, such as soil, while a compound green wall will also include an integrated water delivery system. Green walls are also known as living walls or vertical gardens.

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It is useful to have such an attribute in a modern building because climbing plants on the face of a wall create a green and vegetated facade that is good to gaze at, and softens the concrete surface. Besides their aesthetic characteristics, Vertical gardens also give insulation to keep the building warm, and especially helpful in urban environments where the temperatures of the building reach extremities. Living walls are also acknowledged for remediation of poor air quality, both to internal and external areas since they can be used either indoors or outdoors.

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In conclusion, the living wall saves even better when designed to the client’s preference after a selection from a list of available options, and has other unique functions like urban agriculture, urban gardening, or for its beauty as art. It is sometimes used as an unorthodox therapy to help alleviate Sick Building Syndrome.

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#IAAZB: Color And Healing

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“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.

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