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Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

The ultimate goal of an Interior Design project is to design a space optimally – to best serve its intended purpose. Successful projects achieve this goal effectively, efficiently and impressively.

Great Interior Designers combine art and science to achieve the functional and aesthetic objectives of a project within the constraints of the Project Plan. They deliver according to the agreed scope, time-frame and budget.

Tight deadlines, challenging requirements and result-focused clients ramp up the pressure on Designers. Successful designers are by default great conductors. They keep their orchestra playing in tune, on time and from the same page – despite the noise, the distractions and the pressure.

Great results are no accident, but instead flow from a balanced, yet sumptuous combination of artistic flair, solid project management capabilities and excellent communication skills. The results of a project mirror the caliber of the Designer and reflect their ability to bring a brief to life.

Every project has a unique set of challenges – some major, others minor. Challenging projects may become stressful for both the client and the Designer.

It’s therefore extremely gratifying when a challenging project has a happy ending. There’s no greater reward for a Designer than this, as is illustrated in this heartwarming “Thank-you” from one of our clients (edited for relevance), below:

Steve and Pat,

Re: Office Interior Design

I had the luxury of resuming my seat at my “just for me” high desk this morning (I can assure you no person has yet been able to fit underneath the desk but then again my wife and I may have drinks there tonight).

I then scoped the view, absorbed the aura and took a moment to appreciate the exceptional craftmanship displayed in the offices. From the glass “brainstorming” table to the practical pin boards above the desks, the warmth of the library to the durable “easy access” bar outside it is all incredibly well done.

I want to use this moment to personally thank you and your team for delivering such an exceptional product. I know you had to put up with a sub par project manager (yes, Paddy did warn me 1000 times) and my occasional tantrums and yet you still delivered above all expectations.

Thanks guys, much appreciated!!!
Clark.

Feedback from more of our Happy customers…

Hi Brandon & Steven,

Re: Vanity Design

Your team has completed the instillation and it looks absolutely stunning 🙂 Thank You!

Kind Regards
Anschi

Hi Patrick,

Re: Artscape Project

I saw the installation at the Artscape and was really impressed, it looks stuning!

The workmanship was really top notch and for a first time NeoLITH installation, your guys really did a great job.

Claire

The Gardner Interior Concepts Promise

At Gardner Interior Concepts, we pride ourselves on providing the best client experience.

Our Service Model is customer-centric – geared towards ensuring the best service and results.

A Full Service solution based on your requirements. One call does it all:
=> Design, Construction, Joinery, Manufacturing, Installation, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, Painting.

Management and Delivery for every component of your project:
=> Our in-house team of sub-contractors supplement our services to provide end-to-end delivery.

One Quotation for your entire project:
=> Our itemized Quotations provide a comprehensive breakdown of all fees and costs.

A Transparent Costing Model:
=> No hidden or unexpected costs. Additional items are agreed, costed and signed off before work is started.

A designated Project Manager:
=> Our experienced Project Managers guarantee success: Within scope and budget, and on time.

To Summarize:

  • One call does it all – One call initiates your project;
  • A one-stop-shop Service Model – One team and one point of contact;
  • One comprehensive Quotation – Itemized Breakdown for Everything;
  • Total Transparency with Costs – No hidden costs and no surprises;
  • Meticulous Project Management – No overruns on Cost, Schedule or Budget.

 

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Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

Gardner Interior Concepts | New Product Launches and Promotions

Welcome to the Gardner Interior Concepts Product Launch and Promotions update page. Here you will find our latest Product Launches, Exclusive Promotions and “one of a kind” Giveaways.

We have something special for everyone. Browse and explore our exciting new products and offerings below.

 

 
We welcome and appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to Contact us or leave a Comment.

 

 

Introducing the GIC River Table

Creative and Artistic Design

This exclusive artistic masterpiece brings the great outdoors right into your home – tastefully and beautifully.

The GIC River Table is no optical illusion or mirage. It offers a life-like and realistic impression so striking, it may have you hearing the sounds of the mighty river which it depicts so powerfully and amazingly.

This stunning table combines art, style and decor – seamlessly and elegantly. Get your River Table today.

The GIC River Table will be featured at the “Desert Expo” at the end of November 2018. Order yours now.

The River Table is designed to your personal specifications. Please provide your size preferences for your quote.

Use the Quick Response Form below to Place Your Order, Submit Your Inquiry, or Provide your Suggestions regarding any changes or improvements you wish to see in future releases of the River Table.

Don’t delay… Get your exclusive GIC River Table today. Click here to learn more about the GIC River Table.

 

 

Introducing the Gardner Interior Concepts Patio Server

The Essential Outdoor Party Accessory

The high quality GIC Patio Server brings exclusive style and convenience to your outdoor entertainment.

Perfect for Summer!

The versatile GIC Patio Server offers smart and innovative features – functionality, reliability and portability.

 

 

For durability, reliability and intuitive practicality, the GIC Patio Server offers unbeatable value.

A fully extendable drawer and six hooks for cloths and utensils keeps everything organized, and the lockable caster wheels enables smooth mobility and stationary stability – everything at your fingertips before you need it.

  • Lockable caster wheels;
  • Solid Oak timber slatted shelf;
  • Solid 32mm Oak or Bamboo worktop;
  • 6 x Utensil & Cloth hooks;
  • 1 x Fully extendable drawer;
  • Solid Meranti hand-painted frame.


Complete our Quick Response Form below to Place Your Order and Submit Your Inquiry while stocks last.

Click here to learn more about the GIC Patio Server’s functions and features.

 

 

Exquisite Corner/Foyer Table

This exquisite table is available and priced to go. To avoid disappointment, contact us now while stock lasts.


Enhance your home and your living space with this exclusive table. Contact us now with your Order or Inquiry.

Click here to learn more about this exquisite table.


 

 

 

Decorative Wall Boxes

These exclusive and smart decorative boxes bring an artistic touch, a dash of color and intuitive functionality to any wall. Contact our Sales team now with your order or pricing and availability inquiry.

 

 

Our latest Giveaway – The exclusive GIC Cutting/Chopping Board

The exclusive GIC Cutting/Chopping Board is an essential kitchen accessory with extra quality and style.

Simply Register your new Project with us before March 1 2019 to automatically qualify to win one of our exclusive Cutting/Chopping boards.This offer is only valid while stocks last. Avoid disappointment. Contact us now to Register your Project.

 

 

 


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Finding The Right Surface | Countertops | Worktops


Are you designing a new kitchen or bathroom, or creating a new indoor or outdoor space?
Are you remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom, or any other space?

 

 
If your home improvement or renewal project is focused on your kitchen or bathroom, the central element of your project will be your tops, i.e. countertops or worktops. As the traditional center-piece and the face of your space, your choice of countertops will set the tone for all your design and decorating options.

Your choice of surface will ultimately determine the mood, ambience and character of a space. The functionality and practicality of your kitchen or bathroom invariably hinges on your choice of surface. Do not be alarmed if you’re overwhelmed by the myriad choices and options available on the market. We will assist with your choice.
 

 

Countertops, Worktops, Islands, Wall-cladding, Flooring

Should the words quartz, laminate, synthetic, or terms such as Green, Engineered, Manufactured or Fabricated, increase your levels of anxiety, fear not. Our professional insights and advice will quickly restore calm.
 

Granite
Marble
Quartz
Wood
Synthetic

 
The kitchen is the heart and the hub of your home. The choice of surfaces for your kitchen ultimately defines the character of your kitchen, and by extension, the rest of your home. An out of kilter kitchen may easily cause aggravation and frustration due to functionality that’s missing, impractical surfaces or dysfunctional design.
 

 
For high quality commercial and residential solutions that enhance your living space with beautiful finishes; making it comfortable, effective and functional, contact Gardner interior Concepts today.

Gardner Interior Concepts has the right solution for all the indoor and outdoor surfaces of your home, to suit your lifestyle. Our end-to-end solutions include countertops, worktops, kitchen islands, back-splashes, bathroom tops and vanities, as well as floors, walls, stairs and every other indoor or outdoor surface your home may need.

 

Our in-house surface experts will guide you through our wide range of surfaces, colors and designs to help you find a solution that’s perfect for you. All our solutions are covered by a bullet-proof warranty – which includes our after sales support services – and comply with the relevant regulatory and safety guidelines.

Understanding your choices and options

The three questions that people often ask are:

1. “What is the best surface for my kitchen tops (worktops or countertops)?”
2. “Are quartz countertops better than granite countertops?”
3. “Are natural stone surfaces better than wooden or synthetic surfaces?”

These questions can only be answered satisfactorily as follows, but with a caveat: Every surface has its own pros and cons which may prove decisive in terms of defining the quality of your final results.

In order to make an informed choice, i.e. selecting the right surface for your intended usage and application needs, the following saying provides an insightful perspective:

A beautiful black stallion may light up our eyes, but choosing “horses for courses” is always smart and wise.
 

 

Gardner Interior Concepts offer solutions that are fit for purpose. After completing an assessment of your needs, we map your preferences to the features of the most suitable surfaces, in line with your objectives.

We factor your preferred look and feel; the characteristics of the surface in terms of liquid (water, wine, etc), chemical (stain) and heat resistance; weight bearing; durability, contact-impact resilience and cost into our final recommendation.

A wide range of surfaces to choose from

Contemporary countertop materials such as quartz, lava, green, porcelain, glass and synthetics – manufactured, engineered or fabricated – expand your range of options way beyond the traditional surfaces such as natural stone, wood, steel, concrete or the once-popular ceramic surfaces.

 

 

You will increase your odds for success dramatically by defining your requirements clearly up front. A well-defined set of requirements is essentially the core of the tick-list that will inform your final choice of surface. It may also illuminate key elements of your choice, which you may have missed or overlooked.

The list below highlights a few pertinent factors to consider when choosing a surface for any space in your home.

  • Your personal preference, style and taste – aesthetics;
  • The needs and requirements of your family;
  • The presence of young children in your home;
  • Your home environment – size and space;
  • The main usage of the surface you are considering;
  • The characteristics of the surface – porosity and resistance to stains and chemicals;
  • The durability of the surface – resistance to cuts, scratches, spills – wear and tear;
  • The resilience of the surface in terms of heat, weight and “heavy traffic”;
  • The cleaning and maintenance requirements;
  • The health aspect, e.g. any areas which allow bacteria to grow;
  • Last but not least, the cost of the surface.

 

 

A one-size-fits-all approach, or a selection process based solely on one or two characteristics of a surface such as “toughness” (durability), “looks” (finish) or price, may affect your results negatively.

The success of your project is determined by how well the characteristics of your preferred surface meets your needs and satisfies your requirements.

Gardner Interior Concepts offers professional advice and full service, end-to-end solutions for the best results for your kitchen, bathroom and every other space in your home. We simplify your choices for a functional, practical and high impact solution.
 

Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Natural stone introduces a striking variation in texture to any space and makes an impactful statement. Add a magical touch and a stylish accent to any space. Learn more. Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today.
 

 
Every surface is a unique package with its own set of features and characteristics and specific pros and cons.

We’ve listed a few key attributes of wood, stone, synthetic and quartz surfaces below – highlighting their salient features.
 

Wood Countertops

Wooden countertops – Butchers Block and other wood – bring a warm, homely and inviting ambience to a kitchen or any other space in your home.

Wooden tops are furthermore…

  • Fairly easy to repair;
  • Easily dented by heavy impacts;
  • Irreplaceable as bar counters;
  • Easily damaged by sharp or abrasive objects;
  • Not easily damaged by liquids;
  • Compatible with many decorating options;
  • Generally inexpensive to repair;
  • Comfortable for resting arms and elbows;
  • Safer for active young children;
  • Water-resistant if sealed and treated.

Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops offer the most striking, sleek and luxurious finishes.

Additionally, natural stone countertops…

  • Are generally cold, despite their stylish look and feel;
  • Tend to dictate and limit your decorating options;
  • May entrench a fixed kitchen style, color theme or palette;
  • Have a low-level of porosity;
  • Are generally liquid resistant;
  • Do not stain easily if sealed and treated;
  • Are not generally child-friendly – harder impacts;
  • May crack if heavy kitchen accessories, pots or pans are dropped on it;
  • May sustain damage or chip rather easily;
  • Are sometimes difficult and expensive to repair.

Synthetic Countertops

Synthetic countertops are man-made solid plastic surfaces and can be comprised of acrylic resins, polyester resins, and pigments, et, al. Synthetic countertops are gaining in popularity due to their modern, compact and clean “look and feel”. Synthetic countertops have a wide range of designs, textures and colors and can be designed to imitate the look of natural stone.

Synthetic countertops demand extra care with usage, because plastic…

  • Is vulnerable to heat damage due to its low heat resistance;
  • Can melt, warp, crack or discolor due to excessive heat;
  • Scratches easily – low scratch resistance;
  • Shows abrasions quickly due to heavy usage and impacts;
  • Can be repaired depending on the extent of the damage and the cost;
  • Is water-resistant (non-porous) but can be damaged or stained by household chemicals;
  • Reacts to exposure to the sun which may affect its integrity by causing warping;
  • Has health benefits – no hiding place for bacteria, mould or mildew – but must be maintained;
  • Can be re-polished to restore the integrity of the surface;
  • Is not as durable as natural stone surfaces.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops represent a stunning co-creation by man and nature. Quartz countertops mimic the look of natural stone, but is manufactured or engineered without the “flaws” – pores and cracks – of natural stone. Quartz countertops contain 90% crushed quartz and 10% resins, polymers and pigments. This nearly perfect countertop surface is challenging granite at the top of the stone pile.

Quartz is known for…

  • Exceptional durability – virtually indestructible;
  • High scratch resistance – not vulnerable to cuts and abrasions from knives or kitchen accessories;
  • Non-porosity – impervious to water and other liquids;
  • High stain resistance – no lasting effects from accidental spills;
  • Low maintenance cost and effort – easy to clean and need not be sealed;
  • Low damage potential – edges and corners may however chip;
  • Health and hygiene benefits – no places or spaces to harbor bacteria, mould or mildew;
  • Vulnerability to extreme heat – the jury is still out on this fiercely debated topic.

Quick Summary: Natural stone vs Synthetics. Which is better? Is there a clear winner?

Natural stone countertops include granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, and other stones. The aforementioned feature-sets indicate that Quartz countertops outperform both their natural stone counterparts and synthetic surfaces in many respects.

Quartz offers resilience and resistance to almost anything that happens or may happen in a kitchen in a normal day. Its toughness, ruggedness and durability is the driving force behind its high rating and growing popularity.
 

Natural Stone Flooring

Natural stone adds a luxurious, opulent and elegant feel to your floors and walls. Learn more. Contact us today.
 

 

How do you choose the right countertop surface?

Your intended usage of a surface should guide your selection. Granite may come second to marble in the ultimate luxury and exotic finish stakes, but granite has its nose ahead of marble in other respects. Quartz may suit specific uses better than granite, but granite still remains a firm favorite, despite quartz’s growing appeal.

Our highly-skilled team of Interior Designers, Kitchen Designers, Decor specialists and Projects Managers are committed to providing the best solution, and ensuring that your project is successful every step of the way.

We explore all your options and our comparative report translates preferences into feasible options.

We assist with the selection of materials; guide the design, layout and space planning stage, and manage the procurement, manufacturing and installation process. Our full-service, end-to-end service package brings the peace of mind that you deserve.

Conclusion

Whether your favorite countertop is quartz, granite or marble or if your preference is Laminate, Recycled Glass, Butcher Block or other Wood, or even other options such as Tiles, Steel or the eco-friendly Green variety, Gardner Interior Concepts will assist you with your choice and with your project.

Guaranteed Results and Generous Warranty

Our worktops and countertops reflect our passion: An unwavering commitment to quality, precision and superior craftsmanship. If your preference is stone, we will bring your stone alive, beautifully. If your favorite is wood, we will ensure that your countertops look as good as they should. Whatever your choice in worktops or countertops, we bring it home and make it home.

We can also assist with maintenance and treatment plans to ensure that your solution retains its elegance and magic for many years to come.
 

 
Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today for the best end-to-end solution for your worktops, countertops, islands and any other indoor or outdoor surface.

We guarantee great results, excellent service, high quality workmanship and competitive pricing for your project.

Our iron-clad promise of a superior customer experience is cast in stone. Make the right decision today.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and live the difference – for life.

Finding The Right Surface | Countertops | Worktops

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

The Gardner Interior Concepts Kitchen Design team walked away with the Decorex Cape Town 2018 prestigious Franke Kitchen Design Trends Project Award at Decorex Cape Town 2018.

Take a glimpse into the making of a Kitchen Design Award winner below.

Our Decorex Cape Town 2018 Kitchen Design Winner – Slideshow

 

Click here to view our Winning Design for the Decorex Kitchen Design Trends Project.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Winning the Kitchen Design Trends Project

Exhilarating, Inspiring, Memorable, Successful. The 20th Decorex Cape Town show had it all, and then some…

Visitors to 20th edition of Decorex Cape Town were treated to an unforgettable display of design delights, as the top designers, decorators and style-innovators delivered beautifully on the 2018 theme, #rhythmoflife.

The hallmarks of this year’s inspiring and captivating lifestyle exhibition, was the exceptional creativity, excellent craftsmanship and masterful rendition of international trends.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz with bright colors, stunning design and high-impact creativity from 27 April to 1 May as the leading décor, design and lifestyle experts showcased their talent.

This milestone show was especially memorable for the Gardner Interior Concepts team as they scooped the prestigious Franke Kitchen Design Trends award with a breathtaking kitchen design.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA, reflects on the show: “Two decades of Decorex Cape Town culminated in an abundance of elegant style, innovative features and on-trend designs that captured the essence of this beautiful city. It was a really memorable milestone celebration that allowed us to reminisce about the creative forces that have brought us to this point as well as bringing to life the current décor and design trends reflective of this region.”

Plascon, the headline sponsors of the exhibition for the past 20 years, entrenched their position as the color experts with a vibrant, colourful and dynamic feature. Their interactive ‘colour café’ saw experts explaining how color impacts – complements and contrasts – spatial perception and influences the cognitive process.

The 20th annual Decorex Cape Town Exhibitor Stand Awards ceremony was held on Friday 27 April – the first evening of the show – to acknowledge and reward the top exhibitors. An independent panel judged the Exhibition Stands based on the creativity and ingenuity of their designs. Bobby Breen (a renowned interior designer who featured at the first Decorex Cape Town exhibition); Kim Cupido, Zando Online Fashion Editor and Trend Forecaster; Marcelle Crowther, interior designer and John Autard, owner of Interior Placements, were all in attendance at this year’s show.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director of Decorex, congratulated the winners and hailed the exceptional standard of design and the high quality of the products on offer: “The exhibitors have truly outdone themselves for this milestone Decorex Cape Town exhibition. The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of products on offer, as well as the innovative designs of all the stands. Cape Town is a dynamic city that pulsates artistic inspiration and this is truly evident across the entire show.”

The kitchen component of the show was naturally very important to the Gardner Interior Concepts team where visitors could experience a life-size kitchen design.

This year’s designs continued the trend of a multi-purpose, open-plan, “hub and brain” of the home concept. Trending kitchen design ideas were on show at The Franke Kitchen Trends Project where Gardner Interior Concepts – along with other leading kitchen designers – integrated the latest Franke SA range into their model kitchens to the theme of ‘An Expression of Color’.

See: Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

The stunning Gardner Interior Concepts kitchen design model oozed color and life, and deservedly won the coveted Franke Kitchen Trends Project award.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today for a no-obligation consultation and a free quote. Our friendly kitchen designers are ready to design the kitchen of your dreams. Make the right choice. Contact us now.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Winning the Kitchen Design Trends Project

Decorex Cape Town 2018 features Gardner Interior Concepts

Cape Town will be swaying to the “Rhythm of Life” – from 27 April to 1 May 2018 – when Decorex Cape Town 2018 rolls into town.

Decorex Cape Town – co-sponsored by Plascon – takes over the city of Cape Town with an exciting, vibrant and inspirational theme for 2018, “The Rhythm of Life”.

Visitors to this award-winning exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), can expect to be wowed by innovative, creative, fashionable and trendy fabrics, interiors, world-class designs and stunning lifestyle products on display – at every wall-to-wall exhibition stall.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 is the perfect place to find inspiration, ideas, up-to-date news and the latest views – straight from the leaders and experts in the field of décor and design.

There is something for everyone. The features of Decorex Cape Town 2018 will resonate with all ages and tastes.

Gardner Interior Concepts will again feature at the popular Franke Kitchen Studio Project. Franke’s kitchen design brief for 2018 brief is ‘An Expression of Color’. Gardner Interior Concepts, along with other Kitchen Design experts, will incorporate some of the year’s best trends into their carefully curated #rhythmoflife kitchen models – characterized by the bold use of color.

SEE: The Kitchen Design Project – Decorex Cape Town 2017

The Kitchen Trend Feature for 2018 – presented by Careline Living Space Trends – will be dominated by kitchen design trends. Gardner Interior Concepts, together with the other participants from The Franke Kitchen Studio Project, will display a complete kitchen installation with inspiring #rhythmoflife features.

SEE: Gardner Interior Concepts at Decorex Cape Town 2017

Sponsors and Suppliers

Gardner Interior Concepts is proudly associated with the following Sponsors and Suppliers…

 



 


 


 


 




 

 

Visit the Decorex Cape Town 2018 Exhibition

Be inspired. Feel the rhythm of life and visit Gardner Interior Concepts at this one-stop festival of unbridled creativity and high quality design.

You will be treated to interactive displays and samples from some of the best DIY brands, including the Builders DIY Theatre, the @home Trend Haus presented by Decorex and the Decorex Designer Spotlight. This year’s not-to-be-missed features include the talk on “Color Therapy” in decor, by Kansai Plascon; The Tasting Room Wine Bar, and the Kitchen Trend Project.

Whether your preference is modern, ultra-modern or vintage, you’ll surely find something to excite and inspire you. Be there!

Venue: CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 6pm
Email: decorexinfo@reedexpoafrica.co.za
Website: www.decorex.co.za
Facebook: Decorex Cape Town 2018
Twitter: @decorexSA

TICKET PRICES

Adults – R 110
Student/Pensioners – R95
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R95
Exhibitor – R95

Click here to book your ticket now.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 features Gardner Interior Concepts

How to Remodel your Kitchen – Part 1

Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen is an exciting venture. The result of a successful project is an enhanced lifestyle – extra functionality, convenience and added comfort.

A failed project on the other hand brings only unhappiness, disappointment and resentment. Failed projects have far-reaching implications for your home, your property and your family.

Why then do some projects fail, when success seems so easily attainable?

The sad face of failure

Most failed projects share similar features and characteristics, of which the most common are the following:

  • Vague requirements,
  • Poor planning, and
  • Sub-standard workmanship.

The building-blocks of success

Successful projects deftly avoid these undesirable features and are instead built on…

  • Clearly-defined requirements,
  • Realistic project plans,
  • Superior workmanship.

SEE: How to select an Interior Designer

If your objectives are vague and sketchy, it follows that your requirements will be vague and sketchy too. Your results will inevitably mirror this uncertainty and indecision.

The kitchen designer is the pivotal role-player in every remodeling project. Contracting unapproved, unaccredited and unqualified kitchen designers will invariably limit your chances for success.

Plan for success

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Without fail!

The main ingredients of a successful project are planning, adhering to proven methodologies and adopting best practice.

This includes engaging accredited service providers who guarantee professional project management and high quality products.

Professional project managers provide the ultimate safety net for your project. They ensure that all the role-players and stakeholders are committed to the project and deliver on their tasks and actions.

Professional project managers stick to the plan. They identify potential challenges, find creative solutions, avoid common pitfalls, mitigate risks and remedy mishaps, effectively.

A professional project manager ensures that assumptions and misconceptions are replaced with relevant facts and figures.

The anatomy of a successful project

Successful projects generally exhibit the following set of features:

  • Clear requirements,
  • Realistic time-frames,
  • Achievable project plans,
  • Sound judgement,
  • Well-considered decisions,
  • Qualified Kitchen Designers,
  • Effective Project Managers, and
  • High quality workmanship

Clear Requirements

Clarity is the key to maintaining your sanity while specifying your requirements. Clarity of thought helps to simplify your requirements. Complexity and ambiguity cause confusion – muddled specifications.

Clarity brings all the relevant role-players onto the same page quickly – with sharp focus and common purpose.

Start off by reviewing your kitchen space and how you wish to use it. Once you know what you want, it’s easier to get what you want.

Important Design Elements

Consulting an accredited Kitchen Designer for advice is always a smart choice, but if you prefer to take the plunge on your own, it helps to understand your options and choices.

Allow your your personal preferences and your preferred kitchen style to guide your choices.

Articulate your preferences in terms of access points, movement and storage space – within the shape and size of your (new) kitchen – then wrap it smartly in your personal style and taste.

The key considerations listed below will assist in defining your requirements and will ultimately affect the quality of your results.

Wiring and Plumbing

The devil is indeed in the detail. In the kitchen, the devil lives in the wiring and plumbing. A kitchen will lose its luster and fail to pass muster if the wiring or plumbing misses the mark.

The quality of these critical installations have a major impact on your results and may affect the safety and security of your family.

Pay special attention to the location of power-points and water sources for all your appliances. Make a note of potential changes to these locations. Keep sustainability in mind and always consider energy-saving options first.

Placement

If the designated spaces for your sink area, cupboards, cabinets, pantry, large appliances and transient works-paces are fixed, your options to optimize or redesign the workflow may be limited. These items often predetermine the layout of your kitchen.

Should you have the option to redesign or optimize your work-flow, it helps to focus on the placement of the preparation area, as well as the landing and storage area for your food (cold, chilled, ambient).

Assign appropriate spaces for your utensils, appliances and accessories.

Careful consideration should be given to the location (zones) of the transient work-spaces to be used for chopping and unpacking. Don’t forget to assign a location for the “multi-use” holding areas for cleaned, rinsed or ready-to-be-used items.

Lighting

Effective kitchen lighting is essential, and your work areas should be brightened adequately and efficiently. Well-considered lighting is appealing and also economical.

Lighting solutions that support sustainability are always a good choice. These solutions include renewables, energy-saving options and natural light.

The latest lighting trends are innovative, and add a new dimension to lighting. Color and intensity settings can quickly change the mood and bring a magical touch to your kitchen.

Create your own lighting plan by highlighting the areas that need more light, and use your plan to guide the location and style of your lighting, fittings and switches.

Cabinetry, Cupboards and Furniture

Your preferred kitchen style will guide your choice of cabinets, cupboards and furniture, while the size of your space will determine whether you can include a dining table within your seating configuration.

The type, style, color and placement of your cupboards, cabinets and furniture – including doors, handles and accessories – should also be noted.

If you have an “open-plan” design, the size of your kitchen will determine whether you can arrange furniture items to demarcate different zones or not.

Countertops

Your countertops or worktops form the face of your kitchen, set the tone and define the character of your kitchen. Pay special attention to the color, style and type of your worktops.

Balance your worktops – as a blend or contrast – with your overall color-scheme.

Ceilings

High ceilings provide extra decorating opportunities and challenges due to the additional wall expanse. The following options add character to high walls by replacing emptiness with coziness and connecting the high walls to the rest of the interior:

  • Bold colors, vertical artwork and sculptures add a dynamic element to high walls,
  • Wallpaper, textiles and textures (fabric, wood and stone) clad high walls with a softer or warmer effect,
  • Increased cornice and skirting sizes can decrease the empty expanse of a high wall,
  • Elevated curtain rods and longer draperies conceal empty high wall space,
  • Shelves offer creative options to dress cold and empty high walls, and
  • A combination of artwork, textiles and creative effects can make an ordinary high wall extraordinary.

Flooring and Tiling

Your flooring and tiling complete the character and style of your new kitchen. Modern and innovative materials, textures and colors offer excellent, low-maintenance solutions for flooring and tiling.

Choose a solution that works for you, whether it’s unique and distinctive, or complements the overall theme of your home.

Finishing touches

The quality of your products and materials, combined with the suitability of your decor, colors, paints, fabrics and textures play a significant role in the outcome of your project, and should therefore remain in focus throughout the project.

Conclusion

It is important to have a clear definition of your objectives and an achievable plan to meet those objectives with your remodeling project.

If you need more storage space in your kitchen, define, plan and organize your space in line with your needs.

If your objective is to create an efficient and well-organized “cooking space”, focus on functionality and accessibility – within the constraints of your available space.

If your primary focus is to create a warm family space with a kitchen that is the heart of your home, focus on placement, access and lighting. Practicality should drive accessibility, efficiency, organization and functionality.

In order of priority, personal style and taste have a special place, but ultimately placement, functionality and practicality win the race.

Gardner Interior Concepts’ is an industry leader, and our in-house team of expert designers, project managers and craftsmen will deliver on all your requirements – elegantly and beautifully.

For a superior customer experience and excellent results, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today. Let’s get your project underway.

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How to Remodel your Kitchen – Part 1

Cape Town Shopfitters | Shopfitting Designed for Success

Creating An Environment For Success

A shop-fitting project is both challenging and complex, but ultimately very rewarding – once everything comes together and the results reflect the objectives.

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A successful shop-fitting project is built on sound judgment, well-informed decisions and prudent action. The results of a project mirror the choices made throughout the life-cycle of that project.

At Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town), we offer all our customers a personalized, full service, end-to-end solution, based on their specific requirements. Our solutions include consulting, advice, planning, procurement, manufacturing and project management to ensure that the best choices are made, every step of the way. All our solutions are tailor-made, exclusive and unique – blending innovative ideas, best practice and the latest trends – to meet your needs and satisfy your requirements.

Our creative approach allows our designers to bring you the best solutions for your business and for your customers. We wrap our solutions in an attractive package, to support your objectives and free you to focus on your business. We are committed to providing excellent service and exceeding your expectations across the project spectrum.

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Whatever the nature of your business, or your requirements – whether you require a new fitting, re-branding or a fresh new look – we will deliver a solution that enhances your brand and keeps your customers coming back. Our solutions are pragmatic, aesthetically-pleasing and function-rich, in order to attract, captivate and retain your customers.

We understand that business growth results from continued patronage and loyalty – the cornerstones of profitability – and our business is to help your business do good business.

Speak to our consultants today and discover how we can help you take your business to the next level, together. We offer a free no-obligation consultation to define your requirements. We also provide objective, practical, professional advice to guide you towards your objectives and realize your dreams.

Our end-to-end full service packages covers the full conception-visualization-realization cycle. We assign a designated designer and project manager to every project, backed up by our full support team, from start to finish.

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For a hassle-free shop-fitting project that offers excellent returns on your investment and delights your customers, come to Gardner Interior Concepts, where our friendly staff will happily assist you with any inquiry or request.

We give our customers the option of choosing their level of engagement, i.e. how they receive feedback and choose to manage progress reviews, time-lines and milestones. We up the ante on convenience and also offer a wide range of accessories which are trendy, stylish and fit-for-purpose, in line with the choice of installation, be it vintage, modern or any other style.

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We have the experience and expertise to either manage, or assist with your branding and signage, in order to simplify your selection of color, lighting, flooring, fixtures, fittings, materials, layout, displays, counters, access, flow and pay-point installations.

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The hallmarks of all our projects solutions are excellent customer service and quality delivery, from sign-up to sign-off – based on attention to detail and superior craftsmanship. You can trust us to deliver on all your joinery, carpentry, electrical and plumbing requirements, to bring you an unparalleled one-stop-shop experience.

Why delay? Speak to Gardner Interior Concepts today for an inspiring shop-fitting project, done the right way.

Make an inspired choice. Call Gardner Interior Concepts right away and join our family today.

Cape Town Shopfitters | Shopfitting Designed for Success

Cape Town Shopfitters | Artfully Integrating Science and Psychology

Shopfitting – A Potent Tool For Business Growth

The long-term survival and profitability of a business is determined solely by its market impact.

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In order to create a positive impact and build a sustainable enterprise, a business must master the art of effective customer engagement.

If a business fails in this regard, an early demise due to decreasing patronage and diminishing customer loyalty is inevitable. An active customer base is the heart-beat of a thriving business. Without any customers, there is no business.

In the past, high-quality products and excellent customer service differentiated market-leading businesses from their competitors, but today, times have changed…

Prolonged spells of adverse trading conditions are challenging and testing both the resilience and agility of of every enterprise on many levels. The global economy is mired in uncertainty and customer confidence is waning – hamstrung by financial constraints.

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Businesses are forced to do more than simply excel at their core competencies in order to remain relevant and competitive. To remain economically viable a business must evolve and adapt to the prevailing market forces which currently place the customer firmly in the pound seats. Expensive marketing campaigns and catchy slogans no longer guarantee increased footfall, patronage or market domination.

The role of CRM

Although CRM systems play a crucial role in customer management programs, an enterprise must maximize returns by doing more with less. This includes leveraging their assets and optimizing their resources to exploit every available opportunity.

The art of “Customer Relationship Management” or “Customer Retention Management”, transcends the capabilities of a software package. There is a very strong correlation between the success of a business and its ability to attract new customers and this places a premium on the quality of the interaction that a business has with its audience – prospects and customers.

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Presentation – The Portal to Customer Engagement

It is often said that presentation is king. This is absolutely correct. Presentation is everything. Businesses focused on attracting and retaining customers, must invest meaningfully in finding and implementing the best options to present their offerings to their audience. Presentation is the first step in the customer engagement process, irrespective of the location of a business.

Businesses operating from a virtual location in cyberspace face the same “presentation” challenges as those operating from a traditional, physical brick and mortar location.

The presentation of a business is often the first point of contact with a prospective customer. First impressions last, and we only have one chance to make a first impression. These are two timeless truisms that are particularly relevant in the business world.

Modern-day customers are more discerning and look beyond the hype and marketing tricks. Customers or prospects may subliminally equate a professional presentation with the overall professionalism of a business. The presentation of a business is akin to a silent salesperson. It creates a presence and speaks volumes for a business – silently.

An effective presentation is attractive and magnetic. It appeals to the senses and immediately generates interest – akin to a lure and a hook! A business that underestimates the importance of the presentation aspect of its operation will soon find its customers voting with their feet – taking their wallets and patronage somewhere else. The risk of missing out on a high quality product, excellent service or a good deal seldom overrides the drawbacks of poor presentation.

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A well-constructed presentation with an irresistible call to action is often the clincher as it converts prospects into customers and expedites the process of closing a deal. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on optimizing the presentation of your offerings for a traditional brick and mortar location.

Consult an Expert

At Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town’s leading shopfitting specialists – we are committed to providing your business with the tools for success by delivering solutions that drive effective customer engagement to accelerate business growth.

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Our comprehensive service portfolio covers every aspect of designing new stores, offices, kiosks, showrooms and businesses and we also offer innovative solutions for refurbishing, remodeling and renovating. We see your business as the art, displayed on the canvas of a brick and mortar container. We focus on designing inspiring and appealing presentation spaces which create a compelling “sales environment” – conducive to facilitating engagement and leaving your customers with a lasting and indelible impression of your brand.

Enhancing the customer experience

We use science, art and psychology to maximize the impact of your brand by creating a unique, superior and unforgettable customer experience. For customers, retail therapy is as much about ambiance, setting and impact as it is about getting what you want in exchange for your hard-earned dollars.

It is an emotional experience which can be enhanced by various triggers such as lighting, colors, scents, music and overall design within an optimal floor plan and layout. We also include customer comfort, safety and security components in our designs.

Integrating Optimal Space Usage, Flow and Design

Natural flow is an integral feature of our design and at the forefront of our space-planning considerations. Customer flow management can make or break the customer experience. The first impression of your layout, presentation features and signage will immediately influence a customer’s choice as to whether they retreat in haste, or succumb to the irresistible urge to step inside and explore your offerings at close quarters.

Our mission is to optimize your available floor-space for effective usage with an intuitive layout, effective signage and captivating presentation features that are primed to guide your customers along a strategically designed path around the store – from the moment they enter – all the way to your point of sale installations.

To simplify browsing, we can provide different zones to house specific items or categories, together with special zones for featured products or services. We also provide all the required display features, fixtures and fittings.

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Our design is informed by the intended flow of traffic, the location of “must see” zones and any other designated “high traffic” areas. We ensure that the design of your point of sale installations, queuing areas and priority displays does not affect traffic flow or impede access to any area.

Conclusion

The implementation of a shopfitting solution that delivers on your expectations and reflects your brand is not an easy exercise. For the best results, it’s advisable to enlist the help of an expert once you have crystallized the objectives of your project. Specialists can help you avoid the many hidden and costly pitfalls of this domain.

The help of an expert can ensure that your results enhance your brand and accelerates business growth. A solution that works well for your customers and gains their seal of approval, is the ultimate reward for your efforts.

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Contact Cape Town’s specialist shopfitters, Gardner Interior Concepts, today for professional advice with your project. We have both the industry expertise and experience to provide the best design solution for your business. Our obligation-free advisory and planning service will assist you with the creation of a dynamic environment to support and enhance your operation, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Simply share your requirements with us and we will do the rest to ensure that your business makes a positive, significant and sustainable market impact. Our solutions including space planning and optimization for intuitive traffic flow, as well as displays, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, flooring and suitable lighting, signage and colors.

Our solutions are designed to “sell” your brand and captivate your customers to ensure business growth, longevity and profitability to guarantee exceptional returns on your investment.

Make a positive impact. Make your first impression last. Make the right choice.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and get your shopfitting project done right, the first time.

Cape Town Shopfitters | Artfully Integrating Science and Psychology

Interior Design | Lifestyle and Living Space

“Think about it carefully…”

This loaded statement embodies sound advice but is seldom well-received, particularly at the start of a remodeling or redesign project.

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Admittedly, this instructive advice does seem at odds with the very nature of emotive, creative and artistic expression.

Is it not universally accepted that logic and emotion are mutually exclusive and poles apart?

So what’s to think about, when artistic expression is not meant to conform to “logical” filters?

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However, the thought-provoking quotes below may encourage us to “re-think” our response to this apparently counter-intuitive advice, when next we embark on a redesign project.

An interior is the natural projection of the soul. ~Coco Chanel

A house is much more than a mere shelter. It should lift us emotionally and spiritually. ~John Saladino

To achieve our desired results – visibly, tangibly and functionally – we have to ensure that our remodeling or redesign project delivers the practical implementation of our choices, decisions and goals.

Generally, many of our choices and decisions are rooted in emotion and creativity – informed by our personal style and taste – which we hope our designer will skillfully wrap in an artistic and impactful presentation layer.

Introducing logic and sound reasoning is often an exercise in futility when the creative mind is at work. Any attempt to “impede the flow”, or derail the creative mind’s train of thought by admitting impediments, is really pointless.

Many ideas seem great and easily pass muster on the back of heightened emotions and optimism, and contrary opinion is an unwelcome intrusion into the realm of growing enthusiasm and bubbling excitement.

Sadly, the implementation of an “untested” idea – characterized by inertia and intransigence – may have long-lasting and far-reaching implications.

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Great designers possess the skill and the ability to sift through a myriad ideas quickly; weeding out those that do not fit their vision.

The tale below – which exemplifies the essence of artistic mastery – is attributed to one of the world’s greatest Renaissance artists, Michelangelo. When quizzed on the difficulties and enormous challenges he faced while creating his sculpting masterpiece, David, Michelangelo responded with a simple but powerful description of his artistic and creative process:

“It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”

This timeless quote, although understated, defines the reality of mastering an art: The ability to remove or exclude whatever does not belong. Perfection is achieved by removing imperfections.

When it comes to our living space, it is often our inability to let go or say no, that results in cluttered and dysfunctional living spaces.

We all dream of having a living space which is efficient, stylish and ordered. If our living space becomes unlivable due to structural, aesthetic or practical deficiencies, how would we live? Does our living space bring life into our existence?

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We can make significant changes to our lives by making simple changes to our living space because our living space is intrinsically linked to our lives. It shapes our lifestyles either positively or negatively.

Does your living space inspire you with vitality or does it mire you in frustration?

We can design flow, order and structure “into” our living space. This helps us to sustain a good mind space to support a healthy life – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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The statements below are all true and illustrate how small design elements can have a profound effect on our sense of well-being.

  • We instinctively avoid spaces that make us feel “cold” or “uncomfortable”;
  • We become frustrated in spaces characterized by ineffectual design;
  • A space with unintuitive flow can eventually trigger anger;
  • Certain colors can make us feel happy, sad or unsettled;
  • The design of our bedroom – lighting, color and temperature – can affect the quality of our sleep;
  • The design of our kitchen – functionality, flow, lighting and storage – can affect the quality of our cooking;
  • We maximize our relaxation by bringing outdoor items such as plants, fruit and pebbles into our leisure space;
  • Decor is a matter of personal style and taste, but a photo gallery always adds a special, magical touch.

Can we ever take emotion out of design?

Another pertinent quote I’ve heard goes something like this:

“Do not allow your emotions to design or decorate your space – you may create something your mind won’t embrace.”

Does this mean that design driven by emotion is mindless or thoughtless, or does this mean that emotions can ruin good design? Maybe not. We can indeed use our emotions positively to influence our design choices.

When we have to make difficult and important choices, we often have to look to our past to find the answers to our future. The past often holds the keys to our future, along with vital cues and clues. So how do we use this information?

Let’s say we are planning to create a space that feels homely and inviting. It may help us to look back in our lives and identify the places that made us feel that way – at home, carefree and energized. We can also relive this feeling, by visualizing these places and focusing on their unique elements and characteristics. This is essentially what formed and framed our experiences. Active visualization can ignite our imagination and fuel our emotions.

I suddenly found myself walking into Mom’s kitchen where she’s baking my favorite ginger and orange cookies. That aroma is still unmistakable, and I can virtually taste it. Coming home to a warm kitchen and the heavenly smell of cookies baking in the oven will forever be special to me. It evokes a feeling which still makes me smile, even now.

To complete my memory, I need to grab a cuppa and make a beeline for my favorite seat – the sunny spot by the window – on our comfy kitchen couch. Mmmm… Now I can calmly wait for those cookies to appear. Happiness!

But I digress…

We can use the memories and emotions associated with unforgettable spaces from our past as templates for the spaces we wish to create – depending on their characteristics. Now this is a smart way to engage our emotions to achieve great design results. Clearly, emotional decisions are not really all bad, after all.

Keep emotions at bay when chipping clutter away

By designing clutter out, we automatically design flow and efficiency in. This is how we add style and many other benefits to our lives. The word/term “Lifestyle” is comprises two words, but it implies one life with a personal and distinctive style. Our home – our shelter, our fortress, our foundation and our sanctuary – should be the foundation of that lifestyle.

A space with intuitive flow feels open and inviting, but a space littered with objects seems like an obstacle course. Naturally, an obstacle course is designed to block progress and test our ability to navigate these blockages, both emotionally and physically. To move forward, we have to move through, crawl under, or climb over these obstacles. Every step requires physical effort and mental application.

Who would enjoy or relish the thought of an obstacle course in their home? A cluttered space becomes a breeding ground for negativity and frustration. It cause our blood pressure and heart rates to soar and sets the tone for a life constrained by debilitating emotional weight.

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Our living space should be our oasis and our crucible – a place where we belong and grow. It should be the source of our confidence and the catalyst for our rejuvenation and refreshment. It should also spark our creativity and sustain our clarity of mind. A cluttered space is a headache and a heartache.

A well-designed living space, in which we are surrounded by objects that we love, is inspirational. It changes who we are, how we feel about ourselves and heightens our sense of self. It serves as our anchor and foundation and provides stability-
a crucial element for success in the outside world.

If you design your living space in alignment with the goals you have set for your life, you are empowered with the perfect springboard to achieve your objectives.

CONCLUSION

Less is clearly more, when it comes to designing a space which supports, enhances and empowers your lifestyle. Optimal design is inspiring, because it raises our levels of confidence, stability and security. A cluttered space on the other hand suppresses our sense of freedom, clouds our mind and stifles creativity.

Every interior will need a few changes at one or other time. Change is an opportunity for a fresh design that meets your needs. We can all do with a fresh start and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg.

Speak to our professional designers and decorators today and get the advice you need. Let us help you transform your living space to match the lifestyle you desire, without breaking the bank.

Call Gardner Interior Concepts today. Let’s change the face of your space and create a masterpiece, together.

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