double up your living room for more comfort & flexibility

double up your living room for more comfort & flexibility | @meccinteriors | design bites

With increasing regularity, we’re seeing homeowners forego the option of a formal dining room. Some have enough room for comfortable seating within their kitchen, whether at a bar, island or table, while others simply don’t entertain. How do you use the extra space that’s often beside your living room? Double up your living area! Before …

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colourful moodboard inspiration for a more beautiful ss2017

colourful moodboard inspiration for a more beautiful ss2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

If you’re looking to refresh your home for Spring/Summer 2017 but aren’t sure where to start or which direction to follow, take a look at these curated moodboards and colour palettes for inspiration. Trend Bible SCOUT Life Lenzing    

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a fresh, contemporary interpretation on the apron sink

a fresh, contemporary interpretation on the apron sink | @meccinteriors | design bites

The apron sink, more commonly known to some as the farmhouse sink, is enjoying a surge in popularity. First introduced in the late 17th century in Britain and Ireland, more contemporary styles still typically feature a larger, deeper basin and a flat front unobstructed by cabinetry or counter surfaces. At the time, this design was …

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tuesday trending: decked out backyards for 2017

tuesday trending: decked out backyards for 2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

As soon as double-digit temperatures arrive in Canada, people are ready to sit outside on patios or decks to enjoy the first taste of Spring. If you’ve not already started, it’s time to start planning this year’s outdoor room. Whether a deck is new to you or you’re looking to refresh your current design, the …

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growing bricks, block by block, for a greener world

growing bricks, block by block, for a greener world | @meccinteriors | design bites

I’m willing to bet that, if you think of bricks at all, it’s related to the colour and pattern you want adorning your house or landscaping. Creating those bricks, however, requires a lot of resources. In trying to decrease the burden on the environment and natural resources, bioMASON has developed a technology using microorganisms to …

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adding green welcomes life and energy at home

adding green welcomes life and energy at home | @meccinteriors | design bites

While there’s a very strong preference for shades of purple in 2017 among those who select colours of the year, shades of green were a notable second. As Pantone said about their own selection: “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in …

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how 4 interior paints that actually improve air quality

how 4 interior paints that actually improve air quality | @meccinteriors | design bites

All paints are definitely not equal, especially in terms of quality and performance. Legislation has been passed in many countries which limits the allowable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in paint — i.e. the strong smell you associate with paints — so paint manufacturers can no longer differentiate their product offerings through smell alone. But …

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a clever, high functioning kitchen that will turn your head

a clever, high functioning kitchen that will turn your head | @meccinteriors | design bites

Merging clever functionality and high utility into a sleek, compact style, the Kitch’ T features cooking, refrigerating, storage, and seating. Created by Dsignedby, Kitch’ T has simple, side-mounted water and electrical connections and the entire unit is designed for easy movement from one living space to another. Though compact – it measures 365x92x90cm – Kitch’ …

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tuesday trending: japandi steals the best of japanese & scandinavian styles

tuesday trending: japandi steals the best of japanese & scandinavian styles | @meccinteriors | design bites

The pared-back aesthetics of Japanese and Scandinavian design have come together in a union of inviting simplicity. Timbers are either pale or dark with blue-based undertones, which perfectly complement monochrome accessories. Accents of smoky greys and blues fade to minty, sage greens and are offset by the occasional wisp of iced pink. Drawing on the …

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can hybrid fridges make kitchens more useful?

can hybrid fridges make kitchens more useful? | @meccinteriors | design bites

With the exception of configuration preferences–top freezer, bottom freezer, French door or side-by-side–and finish options, fridges haven’t changed much in recent years. In terms of accessories, there are panel doors to create a more built-in look, and many models offer an outside door mount water dispenser. Does your fridge need to offer you any more? …

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