INTERIOR DESIGN CONCEPTS & STYLES

As an Interior designer, we need to familiarized to the different concepts and styles that can help us in our designing. Here are some styles that i learnt .

  1. MODERN MINIMALIST STYLE

This style is a form of extreme accuracy, nothing is too much, without heavy backgrounds. The emphasis is on simplicity, the wall colors may be default. Pieces are either geometric shapes – square, rectangle, round, but the surfaces are clean, no details. By having a stand out furniture this will balance up the looks of the interior. Overall looks of this style gives a rhythm of calmness, clean and light-filled spaces. through the subtle wall colors and simple design approach this will harmonize the feel and the concepts. 

2.  Classic style

It is a refined style that based on order, symmetry and balance.  The interiors is decorated with variety of elements that is rich details and repetitive symbols or accents such as leitmotif, cornices, columns and drapes window treatment  and expensive in materials such as marble, stucco and parquet. while the furniture are usually the high end ones and exquisite such as chandelier, leather sofas, carved cabinets and etc. As well as in sets, Prints. The furniture is the “art” type, carved or inlaid details and apply. Through all the movement of the element used in this style it creates a rhythm of  royalty and high-class.

3. Retro style

It is the style of 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. in that period it is anticipated design pieces to come.  their form and variety of elements such as colors and prints and the antique furniture on that era that we find in each piece.  Patterned of Prints with geometric shapes, lines, plaid or printed with illustrations belonging to the pop art style.through the movement of This style, it gives a rythm of playfulness, funny structure and some may be psychedelic.

4. Contemporary style

This style maintains a hot line through selected finishes and color range used. The rhythm seem trendy ,welcoming and ever changing. There are balance in this style through the default Colors on walls as such as white,black and neutral, the bespoke furniture and uncluttered and clean concept. varieties looks of Finishes , wood-veneer,solid wood doors with frames or appearance to look more polished and panels  sometimes may be characteristic of this style. Textile materials, velvet, plush, upholstery pieces with leather are often used in shaping the ambiance of this style. Printed plates, vegetable and floral color stains can not be used to amaze complete certain parts of decorated cushions, carpets, etc. through the movement of the character in this style it has to harmonies and compliment each other.

5) Elegant country style

This style can also be known as “Rural Chic” due to rustic and country feel. This style has the influences from English, french or Scandinavian classic style. The layout maybe balance and practical , but some might be cluttered due to the furniture. wall colours usually on the neutral light tone  in order to create an emphasise on the vintage yet luxurious furniture. However, this particular style may have a variety of elements that creates a visual flow  and coherency on the space such as, floral prints, patterns and traditional furniture. material that were used are leather, wood, wrought iron, lace or linen fabric. Surfaces are painted or sometimes have a slight patina. this style give a rhythm of welcoming, relaxing and warm feel.

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Trip to Kuala Lumpur

It’s been a while I never travel therefore here are  some sharing of my trip to KL.  my parents and I took a bus from Singapore to KL and personally  I enjoy it as not much hustle or jammed.  Everything went smooth as in the traffic and crowd. We passes through a lot of palm plantation and awesome sceneries along the way.  Here are some of the views I managed to snap. 

It’s so breathtaking as you can’t find this scenery at singapore, the concrete jungle. 

We stayed at Berjaya times Square hotel and I recommend you guys to stay here as the price is reasonable and I get to wake up and welcomed by the view of KLCC.  

We didn’t do much on the first day as we are kinda tired. 

After our awesome breakfast in hotel,  we went for sight seeing at KLCC area and that was my main intention coming here  as it was my first time here.  Lol. 

Anyways not much different from Singapore, still a concrete jungle but at least there’s a silhouette of mountains that can make  you imagine and dream of nice things.  

We visited the aquaria of KLCC and still singapore aquarium still the best eventhough I haven’t had a chance to go there.  I know it’s bigger and wider range of sea creatures.  Here I share few pics of took

I think we spend less than 1/2hour to appreaciate and see the exhibits. Another words it’s not big and  we paid 64 ringgit. I guess it’s OK for a first timer like me. 

Next we went wondering around KLCC and snap few more pics for memories sake. 

It’s nice but tiring as we walk a lot.  After a whole day of sightseeing we went for a little shopping at kenangga mall. My parents said it’s cheap  personally I don’t really like it as the people there are not that friendly as Berjaya times Square shopping mall and more varieties of things I could find at btsm. 

Finally while both my parents decided to rest in the hotel after a whole day walking and accompanying me I decided to get a quick massage at one of the Thai massage place in btsm. It’s is recommended to go.  The massage is good and really relaxing.  And guys please I’m not referring to happy ending ya as I’m not really interested on that kind of things. Hahah. 

To end up the night I went solo to bukit bintang. Surprisingly there’s like a lot of happening bars, performance and food place. But I dnt really feel safe walking here alone not as my solo trips to Cambodia or Thailand it feels so weird people here giving me one kind of look.  But overall I enjoy it.  

My initial plan was that to continue my solo trip to sabah for more adventure but I gotta postpone it as I have booked a yatch to go fishing with my dad on Sat at singapore. Dammmnnn  but it’s OK. More adventure to come!! Woohoo! 

Another year of blessed

Without realizing much the time past really fast,  we are nearer to the end of 2016. 

This year I was blessed with a good job,  good people I know,  a good memories and a good way to end my 2016 by understand myself better and get nearer to the one and only, the almighty,  Allah.  

He has given me many opportunity such as get a chance to do my solo backpacking,  meet up and making  with a lot of friends from all around the world,  given me a chance to understand what’s a designer’s life really like,  given me a challenging test that could make me instant myself better and knows who’s there for me and who’s not.  

I feel blessed that he has given me this chances to make me realise and to believe  in him.  I am happy that through the struggle I faced my family always there for me.  I really thank those friends that able to understand what I’m going through and supported me.  My bosses and colleagues that always make move forward and to think positively.  

I hope next year, 2017 will be another adventurous year as we the humans won’t live in this old world forever so let us prepared ourself for the worse to come and trust in him that every single thing that happens and every single person that passed through our life were meant to be.  Thanks God for everything.  May God bless everyone. 

My thought on the  ablutions before prayers for muslims

Ok I am not that knowledgeable in my religion that I’m practicing  which is Islam.  However this is just my thought on the ablutions before prayers.  

There’s few areas that we need to clean and wash through  and all the steps might have the reason why we doing it.  Like I said this is just my thought so judge me if you think you’re knowledgeable Hahaha.  

Firstly we wash our hands.  The reason for this I think because we always touch things and sometimes we even forget to clean our hands.  

Secondly we gargle in order to clean the interior of our mouth.  And for this i feel that due to our hectic lifestyle we sometimes  forgot to drink enough water and to be self conscious  in our hygiene. So I think in order to pray we need to make sure we smell good and do have some self respect.  

Thirdly,  we wash our nose.  As for this I feel that sometimes it’s not proper for us to dig our nose and clean in public therefore maybe this is part of the reason why we clean our nose.  

Forth,  we wash through our face.  Again due to our hectic  lifestyle we might forget to notice how oily and dirty our face so I think this might support the reason. Haha

Fifth,  we wash through our hands till the elbow area.  As for this I feel that it helps us to cleanse the sweat and dirt that were on our hands. 

Sixth,  we wash our front hair or head.  Ok maybe we do this because it cleanse off the sweat and the oiliness that are on our head and somehow I feel it helps me to feel relaxed. 

Seventh,  we wash our ears.  Maybe becauseit helps to cleanse the dirt…hmmmm..

And lastly,  we washed our feet this is because  we didn’t really notice how dirty our feet so maybe this might  support the reason. 

Bottom line I believe we do all this in order to cleanse ourself from dirt,  sweat and for our hygienic purposes.  It may sound troublesome but somehow whenever  I do all the steps properly I feel relaxed and peace and I’m not sure why.  So yup that’s I feel about today’s topic

My purpose in life

Let me drop down few purpose in life that I can think of as to reminds me when I feel down and get emotional and unmotivated. 

  • Live happily and do things because of Allah not for people. 
  • Make my parents happy and proud of me. 
  • Achieve my goals to be an artist or designer, eventhough I am one but lots more of things for to learn and exposed to. As knowledge is never enough. 
  • Give back o the society. 
  • Be financially stable so that I won’t have debt in life. 
  • Retire happily. 
  • Have a beautiful family, wife and children, maybe at least 4 children. 
  • Travel the world and discover the unknown.
  •  Be kind and respect to people and bring inspiration to others. 

That’s what I can think as for now. I’m going with the flow to the plans that God has set and do it right and work hard to achieve it.  May God always guide me through and open up opportunities for me to grow and be successful. Amin. 

Expressing through art

Earlier I had an art session which needed me to decorate a box to show or express my feelings.  We were told to decorate the outer box as to represent how people see us and the inner box as to show how we feel about our self And the attached picture above was my creation. We were given 1hr to decorate it and another hour to explained on our creation. 

Subconsciously,  I just do as what I feel and paste whatever that my mind wanted me to paste on the box.

Let me explained on the outer side first.  

Living in this fast pace society humans tend to be competitive and sometimes we do something without thinking much of the consequences. 

As for the top of the box  you noticed I paste a colourful flowery silhouette of a person with the word  special.  That figure is representing me with  my colourful, loud and bold character and personality.  The colours basically representing my jovial,  go with the flow type of person and always do something to make myself feels good.  Through experiences Ive leant in order to make your life beautiful you have to change how you portray yourself and the way you think about yourself.   

As far as I know,  some  people that knows me able to accept my character but some just can’t. If you ask me why I don’t think I know why.  Lol.  

I never feel sad if a person can’t click with me as I believe I am special and there’s other people that will appreciate me as a friend or a human being.  

Last few month has been a rough months for me,  I learnt who is my true friends,  I’ve learnt on my mistakes,  and I realised that everything that happen to us have been planned by the almighty.  ‘He’  gave us challenges because he know we are strong and able to handle it and at the same time he want us to realised on our wrong doing.  If you noticed there’s many eyes were pasted on the cover of the box. Basically that representing people around us.  Humans can’t escape from making mistakes and we also have the right to judge and make an assumption on a situation we see.  Those eyes are my threat. Even though I know I don’t care on what others think about me but through the stares I somehow get insecure. Lol.  Does it sound contradicting?? Lol

We may think positively in every situation we faced but as humans we have a feeling that lead to ego,  insecure and so on to appear. 

Alright so now let’s move on to the side of the box.  Ok the sides basically showing my interest and goals in life.  I am a people-oriented and therefore I appreciate freedom. Family and friends that I can rely on are the pillars of motivation  for me.  I don’t like to be lock in a space,  I will get easily bored and i am nature person.  That’s somehow a summarize on the outer side of the box or my expression of how people see on me. 

OK the above are the back of the cover. The tiger represents myself and the butterfly representing my goals.  Yup,  it’s hard for me to chase my goals as there’s no such thing as smooth journey in life.  We have to fall,  injured, cry,  suffer before we achieved to what we want it to be.  And the word FABULOUS  Basically just shows my personality as I always try to  think positively in every situation I faced.  

And now the last part which is inner side of the box which expressing how I feel about myself. 

OK I realised our life is like a wave that goes up and down,  Even though we know we try our best to be cheerful and stay positive but there’s a corner of sadness and sorrow in us.  Today we may feel happy the next day we feel stressed up it’s uncertain.  The red colour representing my sadness and worries as I always tend to think too much and the blue representing my happiness.  The rest such as stars and shinning papers just representing my goals  that I have that Im still striving to achieve. 

 Ok so basically here’s my share on what I feel about my life.  Do tag me if you feel like you wanna share urs.  Let us share some love and learn from one another. 

Recycle of used materials 

Today I would like to share my new creation that I made by using used materials such as cardboard boxes, toilet roll, empty air freshener spray,  magazines and many more. 

Having a kitten/pet is not easy,  you have to make sure you are committed and financially stable to take care of them.  

As a pet lover,  we can’t bear to see our dearest pet just sit and loitering around at home doing nothing.  We will definitely  need to spend on things like cages, place for them to sleep and play,  food and many more.  

However money is not everything.  You just need a little skills and creativity to DIY some of the things yourself if possible. So here’s a few creation that I would like to share. 

 Firstly,  the  cat play house that I created which comes with sensor light and fake grass carpet. 

This playhouse was made of ;

  • two cartons of cat cans food that were tape together
  • an empty air freshener spray
  •  fake grass carpet
  • Toilet roll cardboard
  • And spray or paint

Here are more photos of the outcomes.  Let me know if you wanna know more on the steps. 

And then get your pet to test it!

Do now lets beautify it.!

Secondly, I create my pet hanging net. .  It is made up of ;

  • String
  • Bell ball/feathers/other cat toys 
  • 2 piece of pole

This is the easiest  but will take time to make the netting. Old

Lastly my cat’s sleeping basket.It is made up of;