KVIK PATTAYA new store opening – “everyone has the right to a real Danish kitchen”

  “I couldn’t be more proud of what has been achieved here” said Iain Flitcroft, Master Franchisee for Kvik in Asia. We met in the new Kvik store in Pattaya, located in front of Baan and Beyond, next to Big C, between Pattaya Tai and Thepprasit Roads on Sukhumvit. The showroom, at more than 250 sqm, is a Kvik flagship showroom displaying all of the Kvik kitchen ranges together with a selection of their bathroom and bedroom furniture including the newly launched, fully fitted, sliding wardrobes. Kvik epitomises the best…

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Embracing Permanence, the Art of Built-in furniture

  One thing that shocked me when I started looking at property in Thailand was the absence of built-in furniture. Where I come from built-in entertainment centers, shelving and especially wardrobes are standard. Not so in Thailand. In defense of developers and builders, with such a wide variety of buyers, it would be impossible to design utility built-in furniture that was perfect for everyone’s needs and taste. I suppose the best way to keep people from complaining is to let them choose for themselves.   Nowadays developers are a little…

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Landlord 101 – how to furnish for buy-to-let

  Buying a condo and letting it out for income is a plan many expats, retirees and passive-income seekers have when they come to Thailand. It sounds simple. You buy a place, you rent it out … what’s so hard about that? The truth is, failing to plan is planning to fail in the super-competitive buy-to-let game.         Focus on what is important to your target tenant audience. Your personal tastes and lifestyle have no bearing on how you configure or furnish your investment unit. Don’t make…

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Wow! What a Room! Getting Emotional Over Interior Design

  Normally, when we are talking about interior design, our concern is with the aesthetic elements. How do we get a certain look? Which décor style should we project? What colors are hot this year? But these are only superficial considerations. Something that is rarely talked about is the psychological effects interior design has on our subconscious and our mental state. Can a room make you sad, or happy or energetic? Could the way your home is decorated cause your life to have more anxiety, or joy or romance? Believe…

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Is Your House a Boy or a Girl? Our homes have genes too by

  Sea captains refer to their ships as “she”, but I wonder what they call their houses? Without a doubt, home décor will always reflect which set of chromosomes is making the household decisions. Some places swing wildly from side to side; others walk the middle path. Take a good look at your house.   Is it a boy or a girl?   To understand what I mean, watch a couple shopping for a new house. Aren’t their priorities different? Which features are their hot buttons? It’s important to know…

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The Last Paint Job! Breaking yourself of the DIY habit

  So, I’m out looking for an apartment to rent and my favorite candidate has everything I want in a living space. Light, air, wood floors and plenty of room to run around in. Opposite the long list of positive features there exists only one entry in the “negative” column; “needs paint”. The fact I needed to move in quickly combined with the painful expression on my future landlord’s face when I mentioned it had me in a bit of a pickle. I wanted the place and I wanted it…

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Swipe Left! How to lose rental prospects in the digital age

    So I was watching a friend of mine use an app for a dating site on his smart-phone. Pictures and profiles of candidates would pop up on his screen and he would scan down until he saw something he didn’t like and “swipe left” to put them in the waste bin or “swipe right” to save them as possible future companions. Scan, scan, scan … “has kids”, swipe left. Scan, scan, scan … “Vegetarian”, swipe left. Scan, scan, scan … “Has good job”, swipe right. That’s how I…

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Discovering Asian Flair

    Most of us approach interior design of our homes away from home here in Thailand with a whole lot of preconceived notions about how things should look. We drag our old ideas of what looks good with us without considering the availability of different materials, designs and especially how life is lived here. But, once we arrive and open our eyes, a whole new world of colors, textures and materials comes to life.   Possibly we are also hauling around many misconceptions and prejudices about Asian interior sensibilities.…

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Not All Studios Are Created Equal

  According to a newspaper report in The Bangkok Post, the average size of a condo sold in Bangkok last year was 29.9 square meters in size; 31.1 in 5 neighboring provinces. Where I come from, the average hotel room is bigger. Still, I have become accustomed to living in more confined spaces. While I cannot personally imagine myself residing in such a small space longer than a holiday, my appreciation for making them “livable” has grown since living in Asia.   The “studio” apartment is now the hottest selling…

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All this Furniture and No place to Sit

  Choosing, purchasing and placing loose furniture is most difficult for those of us who are spatially challenged.     Looking at a sofa in a magazine, or even in a furniture showroom just doesn’t give you a realistic idea of how it will fit and function in your house. Dining tables are especially deceptive.   Why is it that a rectangular table seats more people than a round one, but requires less floor space?   My number one rule when it comes to loose furniture is “people first”.  …

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