IKEA is hoping to put the brakes on a phenomenon born in Belgium in June and now gaining steam in the Netherlands. It’s an adult hide-and-seek game. These events are organized online by customers to be conducted in several stores. For the full story click here.
What attracts this type of behavior to their stores.
Could it be their commericals?…
Rue Monge, Paris. Example of haussmannian architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is difficult to grasp the true enormity of Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. This massive undertaking was begun and much of it was accomplished before the age of electricity. And although it was commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III, Haussmann’s work was met with fierce opposition, and as a result he was finally dismissed by Napoleon III in 1870.
This development project involved the demolition of entire medieval neighborhoods that were over crowded and plagued with disease. In their place wide avenues, parks and squares, were built along with the construction of new sewers, fountains, aqueducts, bridges, churches, theaters, hospitals, city halls and even public toilets. The street plan and distinctive style of Paris ‘centre ville’ we all know today is largely due to the result of Haussmann’s renovation.
Here is a video we put together. We’re trying to give the viewer a feel of the scope of this grand construction project with a run time of under 3 minutes.
Posted in Before and After, Demolition, Renovation in Paris, Uncategorized
- Tagged Construction, Culture of France, France, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Haussmann, haussmannian architecture, Napoleon III, Paris
Some of these Style Tips and Tricks videos simply state the obvious in new and interesting ways.
But in this ’11 Easy Bathroom Style Tricks’ video we found really had some fun ideas to add a little style and panache to your bain or douche.
The tip that caught our eye is the idea of installing mirrored ceiling.
You can see it at about 1:30 into the video.
In Paris a bathroom and be very small indeed but a mirrored ceiling is an inexpensive way to give your bathroom a completely new look and feel.
Modern kitchen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We found this video interesting.
Although you will rarely have a Parisian kitchen with the largeness and grandeur displayed in this montage, the material selection is completely in line with a trend we’ve been noticing.
It used to be a Modern kitchen, or what is sometimes called in Paris, an ‘American Kitchen’ used to consist of very basic, almost neo-industrial color schemes and elements which are ease to keep unblemished and maintained.
In the above video we see design ideas which incorporate the introduction of wood and other natural materials which broaden the feeling of home and nature that break up the clean lines and ultra ‘sterile’ functionality usually associated with Modern kitchen design motifs.
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- Tagged American kitchen, Business, Construction and Maintenance, Design, Granite, Home improvement, kitchen, Modern kitchen, Paris, United States
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When renovating a home, whether you realize it or not you are always thinking in ‘zones’.
There is a zone to store materials and a zone to store tools, you need a wet zone to access water, a zone where to stage the debris etc…
These zones should not conflict with one another and should be organized to maximize work flow.
Here Designer Dad Stephen Saint-Onge from IKEA asks ” Do you want to change your life?” And then continues, “Good design does have the power to change you life.”
He asserts that the by looking at a bedroom in ‘zones’ that are pleasing to the eye as well as functional, one can increase the pleasure of using that space thereby giving you more comfort and rest which in turn, adds more vitality to your life.
Change your room.
Change your life! 😀
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- Tagged Bedroom, Business, Family, Furniture, Home, Ikea, Renovation, Stephen Saint-Onge, Storage ideas