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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation – Innovation trumps frustration

Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation projects are always filled with excitement and hype – naturally and understandably – but as much as we believe that our project will be successful, it is better to be in the know.

So, what should we know, and why?

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Truth is: If we know nothing, we will accept anything.

There is much more to remodeling and renovating our kitchen than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…

Many remodeling and renovation projects deliver striking and somewhat beautiful results, but a fair percentage of these projects miss the mark on critical issues. To understand what these issues are, and how and why things go wrong, we should review the fundamental characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.

In terms of the final result and finished product, a successful project encapsulates and integrates the three most important design principles, i.e. functionality, ambiance (mood) and style (personality).

Functionality

Functionality – be it additional or enhanced – is the primary objective of almost every remodeling or renovation project. Functionality transcends aesthetics and is the de facto measure of success or failure. If your project enhances the functionality of your space and makes it work really well for you, it guarantees great returns on your investment.

Functionality embodies effective design which optimizes the usage of your space. Functional design improves flow and accessibility; facilitates organization, and places necessities within easy reach when you need it. Effortless efficiency!

Function-rich design replaces frustration with creativity and innovation. When functionality is sumptuously wrapped in tasteful aesthetics, it creates maximum eye-appeal – the “wow” factor. This is essentially the hallmark of a dream project – a resounding success, and a source of pride and contentment for years to come. Great projects deliver timeless results and retain their “wow” factor.

Functionality and Setting

For a project to deliver a magical result, it must deliver the required functionality within a setting which is fitting. The setting of a space is created by the ambiance (mood) and style (character) of the space. Creative, innovative and well-informed designers deliver dynamic and harmonious settings which are fit for purpose and meet your requirements.

In order to achieve a harmonious setting, specific design elements require careful consideration up font.

Balance, scale and proportion are three separate, but intertwined elements. Collectively, these three elements can make or break the mood and the character of a space.

Balance

Balance and equilibrium can be achieved either formally, by symmetrical design, or informally, by using various objects around your space, in order to create balance and equilibrium within the space.

It is important to note that the indiscriminate use of random objects to achieve balance, or to decorate a space, has a negative impact on harmony, because it results in a disjointed or cluttered look and feel. Both the selection and use of decorative objects must be guided by scale and proportion to maintain harmony in terms of color, size and also weight.

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Good balance flows naturally from well-considered design – supplemented with complementary decorations which fit the dimensions of the space and also enhances harmony.

It is impossible to achieve balance within a space if the color, size and weight of the decorations do not create a sense of harmony.

Scale and Proportion

Scale and Proportion are important elements for creating harmonious “size relationships” within a space. If either scale or proportion is not considered as important factors in the selection of decorative items, the balance of the space will be impacted negatively.

All the items in a space must have the correct scale and proportion to fit the dimensions of a space. It helps to measure the dimensions of the space and define the acceptable dimensions of every decorative item in order to maintain a balanced “size relationship” among all the objects in a space.

Conclusion

The objects in a space create, affect and impact the balance – equilibrium and harmony of a space. Formal balance is achieved by design, while informal balance is achieved by the placement of various objects. The “symmetrical design” option – formal balance – creates equilibrium intrinsically and naturally.

The use of decorative items to create informal balance results in a space which is subtly balanced and offers a subliminal sense of freedom, casualness, informality, and perhaps even playfulness.

If our kitchen designer successfully weaves the critical elements of functionality and balance (size, color, weight, scale and proportion) together harmoniously, we have the makings of a magical kitchen remodeling or renovation project. These are the ingredients of the recipe for success, befitting of a celebration for design innovation.

If you are searching for a kitchen designer who understands the principles and subtle nuances of both interior design and kitchen design, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today, and let’s create a masterpiece, together. We aim for success and nothing less…

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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Projects

Part 1 – Focus on success and nothing less!

Remodeling and Renovation projects can be successful and breathtaking or disappointing and heartbreaking. Unbridled excitement can blind us to the pitfalls of a project, because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. The first step towards improving our chances for success is accepting that knowledge is power. We have to be in the know.

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So, what do we have know about our project, and why?

Truth is: If you don’t know something, you will fall for anything.

Remodeling and renovating your kitchen is not an overnight exercise or a weekend job. It entails much more than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…

Many kitchen projects deliver good results, but lack the “wow” factor. This is mainly because the designer overlooked critical factors or understated the importance of certain critical elements. To understand what these elements are, and how and why things went wrong, our best starting point is a review of the essential characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.

Successful projects encapsulate and integrate important design principles, best practices, the latest trends, artistic flair and practical efficiency. The optimal placement of objects within the layout of a space is guided by the aforementioned elements. The placement of objects can make or break a space in terms of function, mood and personality.

Focal Points

The moment we enter a space, our eyes are automatically drawn to one or other item or object in that space. Quite often, this shift of focus is not merely accidental, but instead engineered. Great designers have the ability to deliberately and consciously grab us by our eyeballs and shift our focus to an object of their choice.

This object is commonly the focal point of the space and the designer is able to shift our focus, grab our attention or draw us in by virtue of the strategic placement of the object, the proximity of the object, the shape and color of the object, but mainly, the layout of the space.

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A focal point is essentially a standout feature of a space – a dynamic object which makes a silent statement with emphatic impact. It captures and captivates our focus.

Designers may use paintings, sculptures, ornamentation, wall-hangings and exotic rugs to serve as focal points – by design. On the other hand, plants or trees, large bay windows with panoramic views and fireplaces form very natural focal points. A space without a focal point is like an actor without a character. Lifeless!

Great designers have the ability to turn a focal point into a delightful treasure trove for the captivated visitor or viewer and creates maximum impact. A well-constructed focal point offers more than simple eye-appeal. It also introduces the rest of the design as our focus shifts from the focal point to the rest of the space.

Rhythm

As we perceive the rest of the space, the rhythm of the design becomes clear, as with a piece of music. The progression and repetition of lines, colors and forms can be either subtle or overt and it impacts us either positively or negatively. Subtle progressions translate into a sustained rhythm, while drastic changes in lines, colors and forms cause a break or change in the continuity of the rhythm.

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Great designers create a work of art in the same way that orchestra conductors create a masterpiece from various instruments. The continuity, repetitions or changes in rhythm can be either progressive or pronounced. This ultimately determines our response to, and our perception of the presentation. The effects of great music and inspired design are
however the same, in that we are deeply touched on many levels, despite their different sensual entry points. Design captivates our eyes as music captivates our ears. We immediately feel the rhythm and choose whether to run or dance.

Furniture

Our selection of furniture items must be guided by the intended usage and functional requirements of the space. Size, scale and proportion should determine the suitability of every furniture item. Maintaining a balanced “size-relationship” within a space is important for creating a harmonious atmosphere and the desired ambiance in the space.

The placement of furniture items must be planned with a well-considered approach. Ensure that each furniture item fits within the overall dimensions of the space. Measure each individual furniture item to ensure that it fits within the allocated area and sustains the visitor’s connection with the focal point of the space.

Importantly, furniture items should not impede access or obstruct the flow of movement in critical areas.

Lighting

Lighting has a significant effect on the mood and character of a space. Selected lighting according to the usage and required functionality of your space. Lighting has a profound effect on the senses and must be suitable and sufficient for the intended purpose. Adjustable lighting (dimmers) offers a wider range of uses and options.

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Energy-efficient lighting is an important component of global energy-saving efforts and drives the shift towards sustainability. Smart choices will ensure the best of both worlds in terms of functionality and efficient energy usage. Natural lighting is fast becoming a prominent feature of all modern-day kitchen designs.

The best lighting solutions combine eye-appeal, functionality and efficiency into a striking and effective package. Install accented lighting in appropriate areas to maximize impact and effectiveness. The use of spots for the floor; motion-sensor lighting; mounted or recessed spotlights, and touch-sensor lighting enhance the ambiance and character of any space. Perfect lighting is mood food, even without music.

Conclusion

Great designers use their “trade secrets”, skill and talent to create masterpieces which are revelations. They uncover hidden gems where others only see challenges. Their delivery amounts to more than just eye-appeal. They realize your vision effectively, efficiently and beautifully by balancing your requirements with the essential design elements for an eye-catching and harmonious solution that works well for you.

Great designers create inspiring visual delights. They don’t make idle promises, or hide behind jargon or catchy soundbites. Their designs guarantee a new kitchen that will be the focal point of your home and your family. Your lighting and furniture will be functional, practical and inspiring – enhancing your space and your property. Their designs have an intrinsic rhythm, creating the right mood and ambiance to keep you dancing for a lifetime.

If you are searching for a kitchen designer who understands the principles and subtle nuances of both interior design and kitchen design, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today, and let’s create a masterpiece, together. We aim for success and nothing less…

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Kitchen Design Projects – Remodeling and Renovations

Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen is quite an exciting adventure and holds the promise of an enhanced new lifestyle. If your makeover stems from a long overdue need for change, your project will be tinged with a rosy hue of optimism.

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Kitchen makeovers born out of a need for additional space, extra functionality or a more family-oriented design, carry the weight of great expectations.

Formalize your Requirements

Kitchen renovation or remodeling projects are not overnight exercises, but take weeks or months, depending on the size and complexity of your project. A complex project may require architects, general contractors, plumbers, electricians and other professionals to assist your Kitchen Designer.

To quote a well-known truism: “To get what you want, you must know what you want.”

The best starting point for a successful Kitchen Remodeling project is getting to know your kitchen space. Begin by reviewing the way you use your kitchen and focus on how you can make it work better for you.

The important factors to note are the shape and size of your kitchen space and how this impacts on your preferences in terms of access, work-flow (zones or triangles), movement, seating and the proximity of inter-dependent items and areas. This will help you to understand your constraints and limitations.

Use the actual dimensions and measurements of walls and floor areas as a practical means of establishing the feasibility of specific ideas, wishes and plans, in order to eliminate assumptions and clarify any uncertainty. It will also prevent you from painting yourself into a corner – forever stuck on a misguided assumption. Attempting the impossible guarantees failure, before you’ve even started.

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The placement and location of your preparation, storage and cooking areas should be a prime feature of your design deliberations.

Experts concur that you should contact your Kitchen Designer only once you have defined your requirements to an acceptable degree. You can reduce your options by elimination if you subject your wish-list – ideas, wants and needs – to a feasibility/do-ability test within the constraints of your remodeling space.

Make the right choices

It is possible to make the right choices if you allow your own personal style and taste to inform your kitchen design style. This will also reduce your options considerably and make things easier for both you and your Kitchen Designer.

Your desired lifestyle is the blueprint for your new kitchen and your kitchen design should reflect the way you use your kitchen on a daily basis.

How to avoid mistakes

Search results on Kitchen Design projects are dominated by glossy images of breathtaking kitchens and numerous success stories. Sadly, excellent results are not a given. Peeking behind the euphoria, under the veneer and beyond the backsplash reveals the secrets to a successful project.

Identifying and adopting the best approach to your project is an art which is founded on proven methodologies – principles, rules, techniques and practices. These methodologies insulate your project and mitigate the risks posed by internal or external factors which could derail it.

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Historically, most epic failures are preceded by unbridled optimism. Realism, is tempered optimism. Realism limits the potential for pie-in-the-sky objectives and eliminates any premature visions of a fait accompli. Realism embraces rational reasoning while moderating emotional reactions – ensuring better choices, for better results.

Projects guided by smart choices conform to requirements. As a result, your new kitchen will be a feast to the eye, a joy to the family and a timeless source of sumptuous culinary delights.

Mitigating Project Failure

Why do project fails, when it all sounds so easy?

The four usual suspects top the list for project failures which result in long-lasting disappointment:

  • Unclear requirements (goals and objectives);
  • Overly-optimistic expectations and wayward assumptions;
  • Budget-overruns, and
  • Poor-quality craftsmanship.

By inference, the success of your project is directly linked to…

  • How well you translate your goals and objectives into clear requirements;
  • How realistic your expectations and assumptions are;
  • How well you set and manage your budget, and
  • The caliber of the Kitchen Designer you choose to appoint.

Failed remodeling projects have far-reaching consequences for your home and wide-ranging implications for your family.

You can improve your project’s chances for success exponentially by defining your requirements clearly; minimizing assumptions setting realistic expectations; setting a budget and sticking to it, and most importantly, appointing an accredited Kitchen Designer with a proven track record.

READ: How to select an Interior or Kitchen Designer

Irrespective of your motivations for remodeling your kitchen, your results should reflect your requirements accurately and deliver functionality which expresses your style and taste beautifully.

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The Evolution of the Kitchen

Modern-day kitchens have evolved into the operations center of the home – a critical component of day to day living.

New York-based interior designer, Andrew Suvalsky, says “The kitchen is truly the focus of the home today. A great kitchen design will give essential clues to how the rest of the home can and should develop.”, while Hannah Lord of Heid Interior Design senses that, “Kitchens are going back to the future with ‘workhouse island counters’ as the central feature. The island counter is where you can cook, chop, store and socialise.”

The design of your kitchen can instantaneously create a feeling or setting which you enjoy, such as a farmhouse, a cottage or a coastal getaway. Tables, cabinets, cupboards, finishes, furniture, colors, textures, decor and accessories are integral parts of the desired moood, character and ambiance of your kitchen.

The “Island Kitchen” design is growing in popularity due to flexible layout options and space-saving. An island creates a naturally central, multi-purpose hub for preparing, cooking, eating, socializing and entertaining.

The Triangle revisited

The latest kitchen designs are characterized by variations on the traditional “triangle”, focusing strongly on optimized work-flow, access, space usage and storage.

Traditional “store-prep-cook” triangles have been replaced by more expansive and practical “zones” which are allocated and defined according to their usage.

Mary Jo Peterson, principal, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. decribes the evolution of the kitchen: “We have gone from the traditional kitchen, where one person prepared meals to a multi-purpose room and a multiple-cook room, and this evolution has changed us from looking at one work triangle to multiple triangles, or ‘zones’. With that in mind, we have to increase clearances and look at adding comfortable spaces in the kitchen.”

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A Multi-purpose family room

Breaking with convention, many modern kitchens have “developed” an office and homework capability to complement the traditional kitchen activities such as cooking, eating, socializing and entertaining.

We see countertops doubling as desks for laptops and other devices, as well as paperwork. The kitchen has also lately become the de facto park-and-recharge hub for most of the family’s electronic gadgets.

Common Kitchen Design Styles

Modern kitchens bring the sophistication of technology to the heart of your home. The convenience of push-button automation provides most of the required functionality. High-tech materials up the ante for a look and feel that is cool, sleek and sexy. Space-tech appliances – recessed, hidden, retractable – together with handle-less cabinetry and shiny surfaces – keep up the awesomeness and eliminate clutter. Tasteful exotic wood and glass finishes add the finishing touches to hi-tech luxury.

Traditional and Classic designs offer unique characteristics for your kitchen, despite styles becoming slightly more fluid and sharing elements – while retaining their fundamental characteristics. Transitional kitchen designs straddle more than one style across various elements.

READ: Kitchen Design Styles and Trends

The Contemporary kitchen features well-considered mixing and matching of elements from across the spectrum and provides open spaces, seating and top-drawer cooking appliances. The additional kitchen space enables guests to interact with the chef/host(ess). This design changes traditional cooking from “social cooking” to “cooking socially”.

The Contemporary kitchen provides an inclusive social and entertainment hotspot: Guests can socialize with their hosts – enjoying an interactive cooking experience while sharing the natural kitchen heat and social buzz. Not much wrong with work and play!

Farmhouse, Rustic and Country kitchen designs feature natural – slightly rough-hewn and imperfect – furnishings and finishes to complement their inherent warm, cozy and inviting feeling. Coastal kitchen designs create an informal and relaxed setting, with imaginative, vacation-inspired furniture, decor and finishes.

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POINTS TO PONDER BEFORE DIGGING IN

Kitchen Designers offer excellent advice for you best options, but if you prefer your own counsel, you should be aware of the implications of your choices.

Your Kitchen Design Style will ultimately inform your choices but the key considerations listed below will affect your final results negatively if you ignore or overlook them.

Placement

When optimizing work-flow, your placement of the preparation area, landing area and also the storage areas for food (cold, chilled, ambient), kitchen utensils, appliances and accessories must be considered carefully. The location of your sink area, cupboards, pantry, large appliances and transient workspaces can often dictate the layout of your new kitchen.

Transient workspaces include chopping, unpacking and multi-use holding areas for cleaned, rinsed or ready-to-be-used items.

Wiring and Plumbing

Pay special attention to the location of the power-points, electrical wiring and plumbing for all your appliances and note potential changes to these locations. Keep sustainability in mind and consider energy-saving options.

Lighting

Kitchen lighting is all about brightening up your kitchen tastefully, effectively and economically. New lighting trends offer exquisite lighting solutions which add a beautiful touch to your kitchen.

Clarify your lighting requirements and your color preferences for creating the mood and personality you desire for your kitchen.

Highlight the areas that needing more light as a guide the placement and style of your lighting and fittings. Keep sustainability in mind and consider renewables, energy-saving options and also explore the use of natural light.

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Cabinetry, Cupboards and Furniture

Your preferred cabinetry, built-in cupboards and furniture should suit the style of the kitchen design you have selected.

The size of your space will determine what type of seating can be used and whether a dining table is an option.

Choose the type, style, color, usage and placement of your cabinetry, including your choice of doors and handles.

Also decide on whether you wish to allocate and demarcate different zones in your kitchen with furniture, if you have an “open-plan” design.

Countertops

Your countertops play a huge role in defining the character and tone of your kitchen and should top your decision list.

Your countertops form the face of the kitchen and have a significant impact on the balance – blend or contrast – of your overall color-scheme.

Flooring and Tiling

Your choice of flooring and tiling completes the character and style of your new kitchen. Both the “flooring” and “tiling” market offer innovative and low-maintenance materials and colors for flooring and tiling.

You could opt for a design which is distinctive or one which complements the existing flooring and tiling around your home.

Finishing touches

The quality and suitability of your decor, colors, paint, fabrics and textures play a significant role in completing your project. These elements should stay in focus, even if only at a high level. This allow you to drill down into the detail and finalize your requirements at the appropriate time.

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PLANNING YOUR KITCHEN DESIGN PROJECT

Common misconceptions such as “haste equals speed” and “the details are not important” spell disaster and one or the other party will have egg on their face.

Wayward assumptions turn dreams into nightmares. Wake-up calls come far too late, leaving the dreamer to enjoy a generous helping of humble-pie – served up cold – in an undercooked new kitchen.

For a project to take the cake with timeous delivery and excellent, results it must follow one simple recipe: Meticulous planning. In the Kitchen Design space, the proverbial devil is indeed in the detail. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Spectacularly!

Meticulous planning requires sound judgment, rigorous requirement management; stringent adherence to time-frames; deft sidestepping of distractions, focused fiscal discipline and tireless due diligence. These ingredients blended together, form the recipe for a masterpiece.

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CONCLUSION

Your chances for a successful Kitchen Remodeling project are improved considerably when you have clear requirements; a realistic approach; a well-managed budget, and a qualified Kitchen Designer.

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

If your requirement is a warm, multi-use family space with a social cooking hub, focus on zones and placement.

In order of priority: Style and taste have pride of place, but placement ultimately wins the race.

Good placement sets everyday items within reach, enabling you to find exactly what you need when you need it, quickly and easily. It facilitates effective organization.

Accessibility, efficiency, organization, flow and functionality are all rooted in practicality.

The hallmark of a successful kitchen remodeling project is a bouquet of functionality, delightfully wrapped in efficiency and practicality.

A kitchen with optimal flow and placement is too intuitive to confuse, and an absolute joy to use!

Click here to contact Gardner Interior Concepts right away and get your dream project started today.

Cape Town Kitchen Design Project | Decorex 2017

Decorex Cape Town 2017 – co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone – was an exhilarating experience, abuzz with energy, vibrant color and inspiring interpretations of the Decorex 2017 theme: ‘Make your space your living dream’.

Cape Town’s top designers, decorators and lifestyle experts wowed visitors with their amazing skill, talent and creativity.

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Sian Cullingworth, the Portfolio Director for Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions, described this inspiring event as follows:

“There is something incredibly energising about being in one venue with so many talented South Africans showcasing their product and abilities. At the heart of it, Decorex is about bringing these industry players and the public, all of whom are passionate about décor and design, onto a level platform. Using this, they are given the opportunity to engage in a meaningful way about their role and desires in this inspired arena. I really believe this was achieved at Decorex Cape Town and am just so excited to discover what depths of creativity emerge from the show.”

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Decorex Cape Town 2017 Kitchen Design Project – Gardner Interior Concepts Kitchen Design

This year’s Kitchen Design Project featured an exhibit by Gardner Interior Concepts – one of Cape Town’s premier Kitchen Designers.

The brief for the 2017 Kitchen Design Project – as defined by Franke SA – was simple (no pun): ‘Simplicity in Design’.

The Kitchen Design exhibitors used products supplied by Franke SA and were assessed on how well they incorporated the signature style in terms of design, materials and color usage.

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Clinton Soutter of Franke explained: “We were looking for someone who designs smart, finding solutions to optimize space and storage while using colors and materials that go simply and harmoniously together.”

READ: Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town Kitchen Designs, Styles, Trends

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Gardner Interior Concepts was commended on a superb design, featuring smart optimization with simplistic design elements.

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Use KSA-registered Suppliers for your Kitchen Design Project

In order to achieve the best Kitchen Design results, customers should opt for the services of KSA-registered designers, installers and suppliers. Kitchen Designers who are registered with the Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) guarantee high quality products and superior workmanship.

READ: Gardner Interior Concepts Cape Town – Custom Kitchen Design

If you are designing a new kitchen or remodeling your kitchen space, come to Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town) for a practical, functional and inspiring solution. We will bring your vision to life with a kitchen that matches your lifestyle, delights your family and enhances your home.

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Gardner Interior Concepts is registered with KSA. Our proud reputation for high end kitchen design solutions, high quality finishes, excellent service and non-stop support spans over 45 years.

Our Project Management services ensure that all your requirements are met – within budget and on time. This is our guarantee to you!

Make the smart choice today. Contact Gardner Interior Concepts and live the difference!

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Decorex Cape Town 2017

“Make Your Space Your Living Dream”, is the exciting theme for Decorex 2017, when South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition comes to Cape Town.

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Decorex Cape Town is a multi award winning exhibition, with the inclusion of the popular Craft Collective pavilion and 100% Design curated installation, as well as everything from fine home finishes to beautiful décor accessories, bathrooms, outdoor living, kitchens and home appliances all under one roof.

Gardner Interior Concepts, one of Cape Town’s premier Interior Design firms, will again feature as a Kitchen exhibitor at this year’s expo. Visit our exhibition stall to view our interpretation of this year’s exciting theme.

The essence of the Decorex 2017 theme: Every one of us should create a space of sanctuary which allows us to disconnect from the constant noise of the modern, tech-driven world.

Home-makers, interior designers, architects and full-time shoppers searching for the latest trends, products, information and tips in furnishings, fabrics, kitchen and bathroom accessories, DIY, and other related items, will surely find whatever they need at Decorex 2017.

Cape Town – the Design Capital of South Africa – will be treated to an exciting and inspiring line-up, featuring interactive demos, designer pop up restaurants and bars, curated feature installations and a crowd favorite, the Plascon Colour Forecast.

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The attractions of over 200 exhibitors, will be complemented by a series of talks and demos on Decor and DIY; an artisanal Craft-and-Create Market and vendors selling various handmade products. Live music will keep visitors entertained to create a festive atmosphere.

If you are looking for inspiration ideas and decor to make your home your sanctuary, look no further… Come and meet our dynamic team at the expo. Gardner Interior Concepts looks forward to welcoming you and meeting you there.

Our countdown has begun… Visit our site regularly as we unveil our inspired kitchen design for the exhibition.

Diarise the date: 27 April 2017 – 30 April 2017

Note the time: Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm

Memorise the location:

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 1 Lower Long Street CBD, Cape Town

To learn more, contact Thebe Reed Exhibitions (Pty)

Tel: 011 549 8300
Email: Decorex Info
Website: Thebe Reed Exhibitions (Pty)

What does it cost?

R95 (adults)
R85 (trade/industry personnel)
R75 (pensioners and students)
R20 (children under 12)

Click here right now to book your ticket through Computicket. Join the excitement at Decorex Cape Town 2017. See you there!

The Gardner Interior Concepts team

Cape Town | Interior Designers | Ideas | Interior Design Trends

Listen to your Home

Is your home speaking to you?

Are you listening?

What is your home saying to you?

The design of your home should speak to who you are, and have a positive effect on your body, mind and soul. Your home is your castle, your sanctuary and your place of refuge. It’s where you live, relax, socialize, rest and heal.

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The design of your home includes the structure, interior, exterior and the decorations. The colors and textures you choose are also important. Aesthetics, accessories, art, personal style and taste add to the overall effect that your home has on your well-being.

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There is empirical evidence to prove that our environment has a profound effect on our emotions – our moods, perceptions and state of mind. The psychological triggers emanating from our environment may manifest physiologically, if the effects are overwhelming or continuous.

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We’ve all heard people say: “Something about that house is not right…”, or “Something about that house unsettles me…” or worse still, “That house makes me feel ill…”

Nobody relishes the thought of having their home described in such unflattering terms. So, what should you do about what your home is saying to you and to others?

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Has any of the following thoughts popped into your mind repeatedly at any time?

  • “I need to fix these cupboards…”
  • “I must change the color of the kitchen…”
  • “There’s not enough light in this room…”
  • “It’s time for a remodel…”
  • “This room needs a makeover…”
  • “There’s not enough space for everything…”
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These thoughts are your internal responses to the messages emanating from your home. It may be time to look a bit deeper and ask yourself the following questions…

  • Am I proud of my home?
  • Is my home still my fortress?
  • Does coming home make me feel good?
  • Does my home inspire, revitalize, rejuvenate and energize me?
  • Am I comfortable and at peace in my home?
  • What options do I have to improve my home?

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The answers to these questions may be self-evident, if you find that…

  • You cannot organize or manage your shelving, storage and packing space;
  • You are spending less time in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom;
  • Your decorations, cabinets or cupboards suddenly start to irk you;
  • The color, layout or style of one or other room suddenly irritates you;
  • You feel that your study or bar or is no longer practical or functional;
  • You lose the desire to cook or prepare meals in your kitchen;
  • A room suddenly feels too small, too dark or uninspiring;

And, last but not least, you may start to feel that your once beautiful home is now making you feel anxious, frustrated or ill at ease.

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This is how your home can speak to you, and if you listen carefully, you will know exactly what to do.

Make the right choice and contact Cape Town’s premier Interior Designers, Gardner Interior Concepts today. We design for life.

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We offer ideas, advice, plans and professional support to ensure that you have a functional, practical, timeless, but above all, a flawless interior design solution.

We are passionate about helping you live a better life – in the comfort of your home. Our interior designers will help you breathe new life into your home and into your life.

Our custom interior design solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, cabinets, cupboards, studies, bars and entertainment areas are inspiring, aesthetically-pleasing, functional, practical and unique – guided by your personal taste and style.

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Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town’s Premier Interior Designers

Interior Designers, Decorators and Shopfitters for all your Interior Design requirements

Visit our Portfolio and Project pages and see what we can do for you.

Let Gardner Interior Concepts turn your kitchen into the heart of your home; transform your bedroom into a magical dream-space and convert your bathroom into your personal rejuvenation place.

As for your entertainment area… Let’s turn it into a happy space – a relaxing getaway from the rat race…

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and let’s create some magic together.

The Ten Best Interior Designers and Decorators | Cape Town | South Africa | Part 3

The Anatomy of a top Interior Interior Designer and Decorator

It is often said that successful people have the building blocks of success in their DNA…
Is this really true?

We are also told that artistic talent either runs in our veins or not…
Can we simply accept this assertion?

A commonly held belief is that creative insight and vision cannot be learned or taught…
Is this an absolute fact?

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When asking customers about their Interior Designers and Decorators, they are unanimous that the above attributes are at the heart of the magic that the Top Interior Designers and Decorators regularly deliver. They guarantee success, artistic mastery and high-impact creativity.

In addition to their obvious creative talents and artistic flair, the Top Interior Designers and Decorators offer a comprehensive range of professional services supported by high quality products – underpinned by excellent “customer-centric” service.

A hallmark of their service is their ability to build strong relationships with their customers based on sound communication skills, effective planning and efficient operating methods. Their engaging approach – inclusive and collaborative – enables them to get their customers and other role-players on board quickly, while deftly guiding them towards the desired outcomes.

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The Top Interior Designers and Decorators understand and appreciate the value of effective communication. They create synergy among all the stakeholders to facilitate efficient management of their projects to achieve their scope, time and budget targets. They furthermore display a transparent approach to requirements, costs and results. These skills enable them to weave the often disparate elements of a project together – seamlessly.

An important trait of a Top Interior Designer and Decorator is the ability to integrate the complex components of a project effortlessly, without drowning their customers in useless jargon. They know how to shield their customers from unnecessary stresses by providing advice and recommending innovative solutions – proactively.

The Top Interior Designers and Decorators have a special Project Management style which ensures that every task is approached in the best way possible; uses the best methods, and is delivered on time – within scope and budget – while adhering to their quality guidelines.

Due to their meticulous approach, fastidiousness and attention to detail, we find that the best Interior Designers and Decorators…

  • Have an effective and informative communication style;
  • Have the ability to stay focused despite all the noise;
  • Are trustworthy, make ethical decisions and keep their word;
  • Create achievable plans, with realistic timelines and budgets;
  • Consistently align activities with project timelines;
  • Understand the vision and mitigate inherent challenges;
  • Bring their established business networks to the project;
  • Apply smart techniques to simplify complex issues;

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The list of goodness embodied by the best Interior Designers and Decorators continues…

  • They stay on top of developments and pick up the slack in other areas;
  • They facilitate and drive the interaction among all the role-players;
  • They ensure that every role-player is engaged, focused and aligned;
  • They keep a keen eye on quotes, costs, orders and invoicing;
  • They identify opportunities to save time and reduce costs;
  • They keep abreast of best practice – trends, styles and methods;
  • They have a detailed knowledge of design constraints and solutions;
  • They provide sound advice for accessories – colors, textures, art;
  • They are dynamic and motivated – the heart and soul of the project.

Together, all these important elements improve the project’s chances for success. When a top Interior Designer and Decorator manage a project, their abilities, skills and knowledge enable customers to…

  • Understand the transition from the conceptual to physical;
  • Buy into their advice and accept their recommendations;
  • Have full confidence in their ability to realize their vision;
  • Sleep soundly and peacefully at night…

All of the above together, define the Anatomy of a Top Interior Designer and Decorator.

If you are wondering whether it’s possible to find an Interior Designer and Decorator with all these attributes, wonder no more, because they do indeed exist. And no… They do not walk on water!

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town) today for inspired Interior Design solutions and live the difference.

Part 1: Making the cut as a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator
Part 2: The Rating Rules for discovering the best Interior Designers and Decorators
Part 3: The Anatomy of a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator

The Top 10 Interior Designers and Decorators | Cape Town | South Africa | Part 2

The Rating Rules

A rigorous and foolproof selection methodology must be defined and adopted as the first step in the process of identifying the best Interior Designers and Decorators in Cape Town.

Comparing or rating the creative efforts of Interior Designers and Decorators based on subjective perspectives, arbitrary factors and emotional views is an exercise in futility because the results will be spurious.

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A methodical approach guarantees a credible result, which trumps the lack authenticity and legitimacy of a willy-nilly approach. Our selection methodology was based on the essential steps listed below. These steps helped us to cut to the chase and avoid the clutter, thereby expediting and facilitating the process of compiling the list of the “Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators in Cape Town” in an accurate, effective and comprehensive manner.

The Essential Steps:

  1. Define the qualification criteria;
  2. Define the measures and standards;
  3. Quantify the rate or ratio of successes and failures;
  4. Specify a “negative feedback” threshold;
  5. Define clear rules for disqualification and exclusion.

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It was imperative, and also paramount to our success that our project applied and implemented only proven principles, best practices and rational reasoning to ensure that our primary deliverable – the exclusive list of Cape Town’s Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators – could stand up to scrutiny at any level – based on the rules and processes articulated below:

1. Qualification criteria

1.1. Career Experience

Initially, 10 years seemed fair as a “Career Experience” qualification requirement. Unfortunately it resulted in too many new but outstanding Interior Designers and Decorators missing the cut. Five years was a better choice, as it was more inclusive, but implicitly ruled out beginner’s luck, and “new-kid-on-the-block” syndrome. Five years effectively ensured that qualifiers had weathered the initial two-year start-up storm and demonstrated resilience.

1.2. Design Disciplines

We considered selecting only Residential Interior Designers and Decorators, in order to limit the number of qualifiers. The down-side of this choice was that we excluded too many top-notch Multi-disciplinary and Commercial Interior Designers and Decorators. This seemed both unfair and illogical.

2. Measures and standards

A reasonable threshold for the number of completed projects was required, in order to adequately assess the feedback and reviews from customers. We chose a minimum of thirteen – a baker’s dozen. An unlucky number for some, but an insignificant number to us because luck and superstition were not factors in our equations. A project threshold of 13 precluded the possibility of a 50/50 split, in the event of a mixed bag of project deliveries – six good and half a dozen rotten.

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3. Successes and Failures

This step often left us flummoxed, bewildered and perplexed. We found the two questions listed below recurring and particularly exasperating:

a. How do we measure success without well-defined key performance indicators (KPIs)?
b. How do we measure failure if we choose to judge results on a personal and subjective basis?

3.1. Degrees of failure

  • Does overspending qualify as a complete failure?
  • Does late delivery qualify as a not-so-bad failure?
  • Does poor quality workmanship qualify as a very bad failure?
  • Does under-delivery and overspending combined constitute total failure?
  • Does a certain number of snags or mistakes indicate partial failure?
  • Can we classify mistakes as either big or small – conceptually or numerically?

4. Negative feedback

Is it possible to define or measure failure in an artistic, yet scientific domain?

A popular saying goes as follows:

Only doctors can get away with their mistakes, because they get buried.

What about Interior Designers and Decorators? Can they bury or hide their mistakes?

Can they bury a house, a building, an office or a room, if bulldozing it is not an option?

Let’s consider the following situation:

A couple had their home remodeled. The husband was ecstatic with the results because his dream was eventually realized: The perfect entertainment area – a bar and BBQ replete with accessories and gadgets and above all, his easy chair. He was absolutely in “party heaven”.

His wife however, felt very differently and she expressed her disappointment with all the “snags and mistakes” in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

Despite his wife’s negative feedback, the husband insisted that the project was perfect – a resounding success and money well spent. He ignored his wife’s contention that they had wasted far too much money on a bad job.

Well… You be the judge: Success or failure? Degrees of success? Degrees of failure?

Understanding failure

The failure of a project may be due to one single issue or a combination of various complex issues.

In many cases, it is personality clashes, communication lapses, poor planning, financial constraints or excesses, a lack of preparation, or disagreements on fundamental issues that lead to failure.

In many cases, failures are often judged emotionally and therefore very harshly. The financial impact of a failure often determines the intensity of the emotional reaction it triggers.

The above perspectives serve to illustrate the pitfalls and complexities associated with judging or rating the performance of an Interior Designer or Decorator objectively, and interpreting customer feedback correctly.

These complex elements must however be approached rationally and given the appropriate weight, before any reasonable conclusions can be drawn.

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5. Rules for Disqualification and Exclusion

Interior Designers and Decorators whose portfolios contained no successful projects, or those who recorded more failures than successes were automatically excluded. A history of unethical practices or a record of dishonest dealings also warranted immediate disqualification.

The following questions added much color and excitement to deliberations:

Are fractured or irreparably damaged customer relationships grounds for disqualification?

Should multiple catastrophic failures be grounds for automatic exclusion?

To ensure fairness, an acceptable failure threshold was determined, against which the nature, the cause and the quantifiable impact of each failure was measured – in terms of cost and inconvenience.

Not all project failures can be attributed solely to an Interior Designer or Decorator.

A case in point was damage caused to a customer’s bedroom during a remodeling project. A prolonged storm and heavy rain resulted in leakages and flooding – despite the precautionary, but temporary water-proofing measures implemented by the builder. The storm outlasted the protective measures, resulting in significant water damage.

This situation, together with the preceding issues, elucidates the futility of applying arbitrary criteria to rate, compare or define the Top Interior Designers and Decorators.

Nonetheless, our project successfully surmounted these challenges and forged ahead in the quest to find the Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators in Cape Town.

Related articles in the series Cape Town’s Top 10 Interior Designers and Decorators include…

Part 1: Making the cut as a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator
Part 2: The Rating Rules for discovering the best Interior Designers and Decorators
Part 3: The Anatomy of a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator

The Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators | Cape Town | South Africa | Part 1

Making the cut

Today I am feeling brave. Very brave.

Why?

Today marks the publication of the results of our project: Finding the Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators in Cape Town. This project was launched exclusively to deliver the definitive list of Cape Town’s best Interior Designers and Decorators. The A-list!

Artistic expression – by its very nature – is an emotionally charged domain, and having to pronounce judgment on artistic endeavor, is akin to disturbing a hornet’s nest. It must be approached cautiously and sensitively.

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Negative feedback can easily be the fuse that ignites a swarm of powerful emotions, while unfavorable ratings may result in a sting of lingering resentment.

Nonetheless, this “Top 10” list will be published without fear or favor, because these results flow from a rigorous process-driven project, focused only on one primary objective: Discovering the best of the best in Cape Town – by Design.

There was no easy solution, no shortcut and no quick formula to rate or compare the huge talent, creativity and innovative potential of Cape Town’s top Interior Designers and Decorators, but this project has left no stone unturned in its quest to discover Cape Town’s very best Interior Designers and Decorators.

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Premised on fairness and objectivity, this project used an innovative approach and a future-proof methodology to support its revolutionary “rating” philosophy. A new approach was an essential component of our aim to set the results of this project apart from, and way ahead of other similar projects. No other projects provide the level of fairness or accuracy required for rating, promoting and advertising the top Interior Design companies or the best Interior Designers and Decorators in Cape Town.

This project therefore started with a clean slate, choosing transparent, honest and uniform feedback over assumptions, opinions and self-promoting propaganda. This was the only way to ensuring its independence, credibility, authority and acceptability, while mitigating challenges to its legitimacy.

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The results of this project are delivered as is – without embellishment and ornamentation. There is also no artistic or poetic license to mask deficiencies with superficial decoration. There in no room for consternation as the results of this project emanate from frank feedback and open consultation.

The ultimate list of Cape Town’s Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators was compiled within the framework of important considerations, such as the ground-rules, qualification criteria and other pertinent factors. Together, these elements guided the selection process to finally illuminate Cape Town’s creme de la creme – the masters of the Interior Design and Decorating game.

This esteemed group of top Interior Designers and Decorators are the flag-bearers for the Interior Design industry in Cape Town. It is however important to note the following:

  • Not all of these top Designers and Decorators are associated with famous Interior Design and Decorating firms;
  • Not all of these top Designers and Decorators own popular Interior Design and Decorating businesses, and
  • Not all of these top Designers and Decorators have had their portfolios featured in glossy magazines.

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Yet, all these Interior Designers and Decorators are at the pinnacle of their profession. They fully deserve all the plaudits and accolades because…

  • Their designs are striking; they captivate our eyes – alluring masterpieces of scale and size;
  • Their decorations exceed our vision and desire – with one magical touch, they enthrall and inspire;
  • Their natural affinity for colors and textures can never be taught in courses and lectures;
  • Their innate flair for geometry and symmetry, can only be labeled “Interior Design wizardry”;
  • Their work is breathtaking, it makes us excited, while their artistic twists leave us delighted;
  • Their designs surpass average anonymity and they challenge our views and ideas of normality.

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These are the qualities displayed by Cape Town’s Top Ten Interior Designers and Decorators. They are superstars – a cut above the rest.

We applaud and salute them – they are Cape Town’s very best!

Related articles in the series Cape Town’s Top 10 Interior Designers and Decorators include…

Part 1: Making the cut as a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator
Part 2: The Rating Rules for discovering the best Interior Designers and Decorators
Part 3: The Anatomy of a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator

Gardner Interior Concepts | Commercial | Residential | Interior Designers

“We straddle the intersection of living spaces and society and we design to enhance life. Our solutions are inspiring, creative and innovative – transforming the way we live today.” ~ Gardner Interior Concepts.

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Residential and Commercial interior design are the cornerstones of our services – from homes and apartments to corporate offices, showrooms, amenities, auditoriums, hospitality and retail projects.

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We create stunning and inspiring spaces, offering not only high impact eye-appeal, but also innovation and creativity in terms of functionality and usability. Our projects create a collaborative partnership with our clients to ensure the best results.

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We provide Project Management services for all our Interior Design and Decoration projects and contracts and focus on delivering according to plan, quality and budget for each phase of the project.

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Our comprehensive professional services include managing and coordinating the design, acquisition, procurement, construction, installation and finishing. We provide informative and relevant feedback throughout your project. Our ancillary services include planning, budgeting, defining specifications and assisting with the selection of suitable art and decor, lighting, appliances and furnishing.

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Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town) – Interior Design Project Updates

Each and every aspect of our projects including scope, space planning, design aesthetics and above all, budgeting, are carefully monitored and meticulously managed, to ensure excellent results, all the way from start to finish.

Gardner Interior Concepts Latest Projects (click to view project)

What our satisfied customers say…

Dear Patrick … Just want to say a few words of appreciation for
the wonderful work you have done for me …. The bedside tables look so
“chic ” … The handles which Rowellyn attached today look so good . thanks again
Kind regards .
Frank

Good day

Subject: Solid construction (Edited for relevance…)

My name is Derek and we moved into our house in 2001.

This is just a note to praise you on building solid kitchen units. When we moved into the house I could not afford a new kitchen so just re-arranged the units to suit our needs. The units still have some of your ‘Gardner Brothers’ stickers on it for a customer ‘Miller’. These unit must have been installed prior to 1996.

This year in June 2016, with a new kitchen design, I used the same units which is still solid. I only had to cut off the bottom and fit legs.

Once again thank you for building solid kitchen units.

Regards

Derek

Hi Patrick,

I missed the actual installation but it looks fantastic – in fact, it looks like it has been missing all these years and is now “complete”. So many thanks for the great job to you and your staff.

Kind regards,
Kathryn

Hi Patrick,

Your guys did a great job, I’m happy with my installation. Thanks. See photos.

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Regards,
Michiel.

Patrick,

The gentlemen you have working for you are some of the best that have worked for us. You should be proud of the team you have. Thanks once again.

Best Regards,
Wayne.
PS / We will pass along the good work completed by your company every chance we get.

Make the right choice. Contact Gardner Interior Concepts for your next project. Join our family and let’s create a masterpiece, together.