Dochia Great Designs From 2021

There are many elements that make up a great interior: selecting the right materials for a cohesive and enticing palette or constructing a perfect detail by using a typical material in an unusual way. We’ve rounded up our favourites, many of them being the top-performing Instagram posts from 2021. Browse our selected showcase and follow…

Best of 2021 – from home rituals to healthy habits, design helps you live a better life

As the year ends, join me, and let’s revisit some of the best, most read, and most liked of My 2 cents on design blog posts of 2021! I have to say I’m very proud of myself. It is not an easy feat to keep a weekly blog. It is hard work and frankly, without…

Home Pods: how to make one and what to do with it

Aside from Cleaning Day or, more specifically, the day after when everything is perfect and a pleasure to look at, we don’t really spend time looking at our homes as if we are a visitor in a museum or flipping through a design magazine. We just go about the day and do what we normally…

What we had in the hut and lost when we moved to the palace

When we all lived in the hut all things were, apparently, simpler. Rooms were multi-functional, less to clean, less to maintain. There was no need to show off since everyone had a hut and nobody was either on the streets, nor in a palace. Leaders that presumably had bigger huts were not questioned, nor envied…

The Canadian cottage reinvented, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County, PEC

A staple activity of the Canadian lifestyle, the escape to the cottage sets the weekend entertainment tone of many Toronto families. ‘Modest’ and ‘cozy’ are the typical characteristics associated with the architecture, the interior, and the immediately surrounding landscape. Here family and friends gather to spend quality time together, share meals, stories, and oftentimes, a dip…

How to choose what you want to focus on in your interior design career

How you look at things in general and how you frame the expression of your thoughts reveals information about them that you would not generate nor learn otherwise.   All things being equal, there are many similarities and many differences between the various areas of interior design. Simply put, the commonalities have to do with…

Design Of Creatively Harmonious Intelligent Answers

“Sometime in the summer of 1986, after a lot of debating and obsessing over how I would like to spend my life, I made the decision to become an architect. It was a decision like any other and at the time, not bigger nor smaller, whose long-term implications I was not looking to grasp. I…

Top 5 tips on how to be emotionally resourceful as a self-employed interior designer

The lure of beauty If you’ve ever considered an interior design career,  most likely you’ve been lured by beautiful pictures, lavish homes, all kinds of exquisite interiors, fashionable people and pretty things in general. It is a field perceived as glamorous and hip, innovative and happy.   And it is all true. If you’re like…

Balance is everything – how to get your feature wall look great in just a few moves

Feature walls can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary. As cliched as that sounds, getting one for yourself is not as complicated nor costly as you may think. What you need is to create visual balance by using the art technique called composition. Start by selecting the right wall. The key to that is…

A newly found nostalgia of travel

As if we did not have enough nostalgia in the world, now we’ve been exposed to more, through deprivation. Nothing like something being taken away, making us want it more. As we now move to a new year of school and gear toward the shorter days of winter, most of us carry a sense of…

The US architectural symbol of democracy, Lincoln Memorial

Symbols are an evolving library of information that pulls us together into the same conversation. Many symbols go beyond religious and cultural markers that are recognized by all, while some need to be learned before they are used and understood.

The key ingredient in a symbol is meaning. Anything can be a symbol, if it has meaning and sufficient recognition or use, it will eventually make it into the library of symbols of a religion, nation, the western or the eastern world, or humanity.

Neoclassical architecture as it is present in North America and especially United States has been associated with many meanings out of which in the case of Lincoln Memorial is democracy.

Direct from Puerto Plata

In between the over 2500 meters above sea level mountains carved with mysterious caves and the wide span beaches quiet in the sun, up on the north shore of the Dominican lies a story of lifestyle incomprehensible to most western civilization.