Smart Kitchens: The appliance garage

The notion that kitchens are machines for living originated roughly in the 50’s and had fully developed in the 60’s, when the cooking space was perfected to an unprecedented efficiency. But what we now take for granted has not always been so.

Happy 2018, from all of us at Dochia!

With a new year comes a new start. We’re on to some positively exciting developments here at Dochia that will launch our Voice in the world of design beyond interiors. As a first step, we’re complementing this existing running blog with the Dochia News Feed that will strictly deal with the daily activities of the…

IKEA Shopping finds

Ikea shopping in November is fun. All these interiors already set up, nothing to do but look for yours and take it home! Although I wish blackboards were that clean and neat when taken home; they have a mysterious way of getting too full. The closet section always my favorite. Some of these sliders are…

Condo refurbishment, work in progress

Here is how our adventurous carpet patterning is turning out in this condo refurbishment project! A carpet like this adds a lot of interest to interiors of corridors which by nature, are not that interesting. While this is not for a minimalist soul, it has an appeal that I find makes for quite a playful…

A wonderful charm, homes of George Clooney

Traditional environments pose pleasure to the mind and soul – in interiors modernism is often associated with coldness .. Since I believe and practice a warm modernism mostly, it is essential that I take cues from tradition I like reinventing what tradition means, now, relevant taking an old english home and live in it is the…

007 Interiors, James Bond Style

Always with the lady and the gun, unsure of order.. a fathomable space for this immortal cinematic character would be.. on the verge of luxurious and exotic .. with bold fuchsias and open landscapes.. dressed casually and cooking in spa-like robes with crisp compact kitchens and martini glasses.. hotel bite-designs for life on the go…..

for me.. what is blogging all about

After a few years into it, it is worth considering why do it. A lot of people blog these days. Initially blogging generated a small group of a new kind of writers. With no platform, struggling to get ideas out, often not knowing how. By just doing it with no focus nor purpose, eventually, you…

Colour RED

Tricky and potent in the same time, interiors with red can slide to be either  overwhelming and intimidating, or warm and inviting. Red is present in any style, from traditional, to contemporary, to retro, to futuristic and even shabby chic. Fascinating colour with so much to offer, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. And yet, it…

Colour in interior design

Do you ever think of your interior as you think of your summer outfit – happy, bold, sunny and ready to live? once in a while… you should…

Condo lobbies II

I like keeping an eye on what designers think and what people respond to when it comes to transition-spaces. Those that we go thru and yet, seldom use for a long period of time. They tend to be presented, like an installation, a sculpture, or a room in a museum, their refinement and importance explained,…

2016 Kitchen Trends in residential design

According to the design panel at the IDS 2016 Toronto, here are the trends + my take on them! Most of them do come from Europe and I have to say some of them have been around for… a while, over there. As a child and youth I actually saw some of these in real…