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Apartment Design Ideas | 10 Simple Design Hacks You’ll Love

If you are anything like me, then you probably spend a little too much time with your eyes glued to the television watching home renovation shows.

What can I say, seeing those rooms turned from trash to treasure just feels too good.

But what doesn’t do it for me is when I hop online and see just how much those renovations cost.

It still hits me in the feels, just in a much less pleasant way…

Which is why I have put together 10 simple design hacks you can use to take your entire apartment to the next level – without breaking the bank.

You can thank me later.

1 – Upgrade Your Bathroom Tiles (but not in the way that you think)

Bathrooms are unquestionably one of the most important rooms in the house.

They can provide a little escape from the rest of the family, and offer a safe haven where you can prepare yourself for the upcoming day.

Unfortunately, they are traditionally one of the most expensive rooms to change in any capacity.

However, they don’t have to be. If you want to give your bathroom a facelift without incurring a cost, look no further than bathroom tile paint.

Changing the colour of your bathroom tiles with a simple paint is the perfect way to upgrade the look of your bathroom on the cheap.

2 – Put on Some Shades

The addition of a funky light shade to your loungeroom is arguably one of the easiest ways to change the feel of the whole room.

A unique lightshade essentially acts as a focal point for the room, in which it becomes a fantastic visual feature.

Check out Etsy for lampshades with character.

Le Corbusier: The Built Work

Le Corbusier: The Built Work
Richard Pare; text by Jean-Louis Cohen
The Monacelli Press, November 2018

Hardcover | 11-1/2 x 10-1/4 inches | 480 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1580934718 | $125.00

Publisher Description:
Le Corbusier is widely acknowledged as the most influential architect of the twentieth century. As extensively researched and documented as his works are, however, they have never been exhaustively surveyed in photographs until now. Photographer Richard Pare has crossed the globe for years to document the extant works of Le Corbusier–from his first villas in Switzerland to his mid-career works in his role as the first global architect in locations as far-flung as Argentina and Russia, and his late works, including his sole North American project, at Harvard University, and an extensive civic plan for Chandigarh, India.

Le Corbusier: The Built Work provides numerous views of each project to bring a fuller understanding of the architect’s command of space, sometimes surprising use of materials and color, and the almost ineffable qualities that only result from a commanding synthesis of all aspects of design. With an authoritative text by scholar and curator Jean-Louis Cohen, Le Corbusier: The Built Work is a groundbreaking opportunity to appreciate the master’s work anew.
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Everything there is to know about loft conversions

Converting your loft into living space can raise your house value by 20 percent. It can also create more space in a cost-effective way. Do you need an extra bedroom, bathroom, study room or maybe a bureau? Before you get to decorate it with furniture and stylish additions, you have to take a few crucial steps that need to be done in order to convert your loft. Get to know the whole process better and find out how to get started with your conversion.

Do you need permission?

Most houses in the UK have permission for development. That means you don’t have to get additional approval to get your loft converted and you can do it whenever you want. You just need to see if the area itself is suitable for conversion and if it will make a delightful addition to your house. However, if your home is located in a conservation area, you will have to apply for the permit which makes the whole process more time-consuming and complex. If you live in a place where the roof isn’t tall enough, it can become a complicated task as well. Ask an architect, surveyor or a builder if your home can be converted and if it needs permission to do so.

Refreshing the staircase


Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy
Anna Klingmann
The MIT Press, 2007

Paperback (2010) | 7 x 9 inches | 378 pages | 100 b/w illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0262515030 | $31.00

Publisher Description:
In the twenty-first century, we must learn to look at cities not as skylines but as brandscapes and at buildings not as objects but as advertisements and destinations. In the experience economy, experience itself has become the product: we're no longer consuming objects but sensations, even lifestyles. In the new environment of brandscapes, buildings are not about where we work and live but who we imagine ourselves to be. In Brandscapes, Anna Klingmann looks critically at the controversial practice of branding by examining its benefits, and considering the damage it may do.

Sources of Modern Architecture

Sources of Modern Architecture: A Critical Bibliography
Dennis Sharp
Granada Publishing, 1981 (Second Edition)

Hardcover | Page Size inches | # pages | # illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 0246112182 | $X.00

Publisher Description:
This unique guide to the literature of modern architecture has been completely revised, expanded and redesigned for its second edition.

The first section is devoted to books and articles on individual architects and to one or two influential critics and painters. This section is arranged alphabetically. After a brief biography each part is arranged in date order with the books and articles written
by the person appearing first; then follow the books and monographs on the individual and by other writers, and finally articles on the individual. The subject bibliography is concerned with general works on modern architecture and theory. The last section is devoted to books concerned with national trends and a selective list of magazines, related to the Modern Movement in architecture.
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Stackable School Desks: Multifunctional Designs for Rural Mexican Schools

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

Stacking chairs have long been a space-saving staple of offices, homes and schools, but getting a complex shape like a desk to stack up is a challenge — one these designers decided to take on for a very specific and practical application.

Studio Nos redesigned the traditional children’s school desk to make it affordable, durable, lightweight and able to be put away when not in use. The result of their efforts is a brightly colorful and interconnected chair-and-desk system with a number of nifty features.

The conical chairs stack for storage while a backrest allows students to hang their bags and backpacks. A slot underneath, meanwhile, provides a place to store books and other school supplies.

Norman's Architecture Adventure

Norman's Architecture Adventure
Joshua P. Sanabria
GoArchitect, October 2018

Hardcover | 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches | # pages | # illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1732945104 | $24.99

Publisher Description:
Norman is a young boy who wants to be an architect just like his mom. One day he goes on an unexpected adventure and along the way explores his imagination, meets new friends, and learns about the joy of architecture.

Through gorgeous illustrations and a relatable story Norman's Architecture Adventure teaches children how having an imagination is the greatest adventure anyone can have. Nothing holds Norman back, he sees what could be and he creates it. He is unrestricted by age, ethnicity, or preconceptions.
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Cutting Matta-Clark

Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation
Mark Wigley
Lars Müller Publishers in collaboration with CCA and Columbia GSAPP, June 2018

Paperback | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches | 528 pages | 813 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3037784273 | $39.00

Publisher Description:
The Anarchitecture group show at the fabled 112 Greene Street gallery – an artistic epicenter of New York’s downtown scene in the 1970s – in March 1974 has been the subject of an enduring discussion, despite a complete lack of documentation about it. Anarchitecture, a collective challenging all conventional understandings of architecture, has become a foundational myth, but one that remains to be properly understood. Cutting Matta-Clark investigates the group through extensive interviews with the protagonists and a dossier of all the available evidence.

Stemming from a series of meetings, organized by Gordon Matta-Clark and reflecting his long-standing interest in architecture, the Anarchitecture exhibition was conceived as an anonymous group statement in photographs about the intersection of art and building. But did it actually happen? It exists only through oblique archival traces and the memories of the participants.