It’s been a very busy few weeks in the Think Contemporary Studio. We are working on some really exciting projects and over the course of the coming weeks, we are going to share some of our inspiration and ideas.
Continue reading “Penthouse Worthy”
How amazing is this weather??? Are you getting to enjoy any of it during your workday? Do you have any outdoor space in your workplace?
Well many of us don’t unfortunately, but for the lucky few that have an outdoor garden or terrace, here is some “wow” inspiration for you.
Continue reading “Working Gardens!”
How amazing is this weather??? And with no end in sight, we are really making the most of our gardens this year….
With this in mind, we have done the leg work for you and selected the best places to buy your garden furniture whether you have a large or small budget.
Continue reading “Some of the Best Garden Furniture Around!”
So what is your hotel preference? What do you look for in a hotel when staying abroad?
Personally, I want something contemporary, something colourful and fun with great hotel design details. Of course, it has to have great service and amenities too. But I do like to look for something a little bit different.
Continue reading “Magic in Madrid”
With the beautiful weather that we had at the weekend, I started to think about outdoor living and how we can embrace it here in Ireland. A lot of people are now embracing open plan living and with this comes large slider or bifold doors in a lot of cases.
Continue reading “Do you fancy and Outdoor Lifestyle?”
We came across this beautiful house in Montreal, Canada designed by naturehumaine during the week and just had to show you. The attention to detail and simplicity of the design is stunning and it doesn’t let down in the colour stakes, even if it is only one bold statement.
Continue reading “A Montreal Beauty!”
So we are all pretty aware that there is a housing problem in Ireland at the moment, with the middle income earners being the worst effected. If you are lucky enough to own your own property but feel that you have outgrown it and need to further climb the ladder, then this post may be of interest to you.
Have you ever stopped to look at the space that you have and think that maybe you could make it work for you. Giving you the option to stay put but satisfy your needs also!! We are going to look at 2 amazing spaces today that have pushed the boundaries of catering to ones needs in a compact space.
Continue reading “Are you Running out of Space?”
So over the last few months we have been noticing a trend in the office design sector, that some of you may find surprising. The office of today has been heavily influenced by companies like Google, Facebook and the like, and other companies have been embracing this fun and quirky style of office design for the last decade or so.
Continue reading “The Rise of the Hospitality Office!”
So following on from my last post, I wanted to stay in the garden but look at some of the finer details and the interesting elements that you can add to give you garden some personality.
Continue reading “10 Cool Ideas to add to your Outdoor Space!”
I have a confession to make….. I’m beginning to embrace pale and blush pink! For as long as I can remember I have never liked pastel colours in particular pink and I have always veared towards bolder and brighter colours.
Continue reading “Pretty in Pink!”
So this week we are looking at embracing your darker side! From the celtic tiger times through to the recovery, our interiors featured paler tones and there was very little love for dark colours. However, things are changing…. We are now seeing a resurgence of darker, deeper and richer tones featuring in our interiors and people are embracing these beautiful colours.
Continue reading “A Move to the Dark Side!”
So trends come and go in interiors and that doesn’t just relate to home interiors. Design trends are also evident in office design and it is important to keep track of these as you you want to future proof.
Today we are looking at 5 key design trends for 2017:
Continue reading “5 Key Office Design Trends for 2017”
With all our talk of the perfect colour schemes and new trends, we are going to give you some insight today into how to make your home Pinterest Perfect!!
For most of us out there, Pinterest is the go to place for inspiration, but sometimes it can leave you a bit depressed and green with envy. Well not anymore…..
Here are 10 ideas for you to embrace:
Continue reading “10 Ways to have your House looking Pinterest Perfect!”
So this is our last instalment in the Pantone predictions series, and they do not disappoint.
Continue reading “Pantone’s Colour Predictions For 2017, Part 3”
The Millennium Tower is a landmark development at Charlotte Quay overlooking Grand Canal Dock in the heart of the Dublin Docklands. Built in 2000, number 47 has stunning views but was in tired condition as in its original condition. The property was sold for €540,000 as an investment property. In its closing condition the rental value was approximately €2,000 per month. Owen Reilly recommended Think Contemporary to the purchaser (an Irish investor living overseas) to fully refurbish the property to target corporate tenants.
Continue reading “A View from the Millennium Tower!”
Following on from our newsletter a few weeks ago, we want to look part 2 of Pantone’s colour palette predictions for 2017. We are not convinced about all of their predictions, but we think that they really hit the nail on the head with some of them.
Continue reading “Pantone’s Colour Predictions For 2017, Part 2”
Happy New Year!!!! We really hope that you had a fantastic break over the festive season.
So, in one of our last newsletters we showed you some of Pantone’s predictions for 2017, which we will continue to discuss over the coming weeks. For today, we are going to look at their “colour of the year,” Greenery.
Continue reading “Start the New Year with some “Greenery!””
So over the last few weeks, we have been talking about interior styles, so if you were in any doubt beforehand, I really hope that you have found your style now.
Continue reading “Pantone’s Colour Predictions For 2017, Part 1”
Still haven’t found your style, well then maybe this weeks style, which is the last in our series, might just be the one for you…
Continue reading “Do you know your style?…..this one is for everyone.”
Continuing on with our “know your style” series, we are going to be looking at Mid Century design this week. Mid Century furniture and design has had somewhat of a revival over the last few year and not just in interiors. We have also seen a strong resurgence in fashion.
I have to say that I am a huge fan of vintage furniture and have indulged in some beautiful pieces for my own home, but whether its here to stay, I’m not quite sure….
Check out some of our favourite mid century inspired interiors:
Continue reading “Do you know your style?….Mid Century”
Now that we are getting into the swing of things, we are going a bit more edgy and looking at Industrial Style interiors this week.
Continue reading “Do you know your Style?….Industrial”
So following on from our last newsletter, we are going to look at Minimal Interiors this week.
Continue reading “Do you know your Style?….Minimal”
One of the questions that we ask our potential clients is, “what is your style?” Most of the time people have a pretty good idea of what they don’t like but aren’t quite so sure about what they do, and this generally comes down to style.
Continue reading “Do you know your style?….Contemporary”
After taking some time out over the summer, we are now back with a bang and what better way to do it than with a big announcement….
Continue reading “Woohoo! We’ve been shortlisted for the Fit Out Awards!”
Renovating your home doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, when it comes to improving the interior and exterior of your property, making a few simple, cost effective changes will allow you to significantly boost the value of your home.
Continue reading “5 Inexpensive Upgrades That Will Increase The Value Of Your Home”
I think that its fairly safe to say that for most of us, this is the time of year that we declutter, renovate and redecorate. So, when it comes to optimising the space in your home, every inch counts. After all, a home that feels cluttered can have a huge impact on the function and aesthetic appeal of the spaces in your property.
Continue reading “6 Decorating mistakes that will make your house feel smaller.”
So we recently completed a really fab office fit out for a bioscience company in Dun Laoghaire. We were involved in every aspect of the project from concept development right through to project management. Here is our case study for the project:
Continue reading “Who said science isn’t cool?”
With many of us spending the vast majority of our time at work, it’s important that your office space is inviting, accommodating and practical. In fact, the average employee has been known to spend more time in the office than they do at home!
Of course, it’s super important that your office is a space that you actually enjoy spending time in. After all, a happy workspace instantly increases productivity, mainly because your surroundings can have a huge impact on your mood and general happiness.
Continue reading “Updating your office space? Things you should think about.”
With every new season comes a catalogue of new and exciting interior design trends that are perfect for uplifting your favourite living and working environments. After all, whether you’re at work or home, it’s important that the spaces that you spend most of your time in reflect your personality whilst also being stylish, comfortable, and inviting. From new and exciting colour ways through to an eclectic range of designs, patterns and styles, this year is all about updating your living spaces to reflect the new season. And there’s an awful lot to be excited about, as this season is bursting with a whole host of exciting trends that are accessible, versatile, and able to accommodate a wide range of living and working environments – allowing you to enhance and update the spaces you spend the most time in.
Continue reading ““Spring has Sprung” – this seasons hottest interior design trends.”
So this week, I want to continue in the vain of colours but expanding on it a little more. While speaking with a potential client during the week, we discovered a really fantastic resource for colour palettes….movies. And with all the talk of the Oscar nominations this week, it seemed very fitting. However, there is one particular film director that seems to work with colour palettes like no other and that’s Wes Anderson.
Continue reading “A Rainbow of Colour from the Movies!”
Happy New Year!!!! I hope you had a lovely break over the Christmas and you are now nice and rested going into 2016. Every January we look at Pantone’s colour of the year, and this year they couldn’t decided on one colour…. so they have named two. Rose Quartz and Serenity, which surprised us here in the studio a bit, as the colours for the last few years were bold and vibrant and this years colours are muted and subdued.
Continue reading ““Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2016””
So during the week, we were researching ideas for a new project that we are working on and it got me thinking about our process and how we develop a design. One of the first things that we do is to research other designs and ideas from around the globe. Part of this is to try not to design a space that has been created already but it can also spark new ideas.
Continue reading ““Top Pins of the Week.””
So, I think that we can all agree that there is now a noticeable chill in the air, and I bet that most of us have turned the heating back on. Heating is a really important element in our homes, but more often than not it is seen as a necessity and aesthetics doesn’t really come into it.
Continue reading “Get Warm in Style!”
So following on from last weeks newsletter, I want to look at one of the most important elements in a bathroom, that can so often be overlooked… Storage!!!!
Now I agree that there is probably never enough storage in anybodies home but as there are so many elements in our bathrooms, storage tends to be overlooked and only considered at the end of a renovation.
Continue reading “Somewhere for the Lotions and Potions!”
So you’ll be glad to hear that I am moving on from the kitchen…. The next most disruptive room to renovate is most definitely the bathroom. It is messy and time consuming but oh so worth it. This week, I want to show you some amazing bathrooms that will inspire you and encourage you to think creatively about your bathroom…..
Continue reading “Bathe in Beauty!”
This week, I wanted to look at lighting, the importance of it and how it can so easily be overlooked.
I am going to stay in the kitchen, as this is one of the spaces that can really be effected by poor lighting. It is a very practical space and if the lighting is not spot on, then it really makes the space less efficient and usable.
Continue reading “Get the Light Right!”
So following on from last weeks newsletter, I’m gonna stay in the kitchen….
Now that you’ve done the leg work, or got someone else to do it for you, you need to consider the functionality of the kitchen and how it is going to work for you. There are lots of functional interior fittings that will help maximise the space of your kitchen, but they are costly and you don’t need to have every gadget on the market.
So we have looked at some of the options out there to try and help you narrow down the options…..
Continue reading “Beyond the Kitchen Door!”
What a beautiful weekend!!! I hope you all enjoyed the break.
Generally there is quite a bit of interior work also completed when you add an extension to your home and one of the main areas that is upgraded is the kitchen.
This is an investment purchase and one that should not be made lightly. You need to do your research and really understand exactly what you need from your new kitchen. Yes, the overall look and feel of the kitchen is important but the most important thing is that it is functional. Continue reading “13 Kitchens that you just have to see!!!”
So keeping on a similar theme to the last few weeks, I wanted to go through some regulations with you in terms of extensions. What you can and cannot do!
Building an extension is a big decision and there can be a lot of red tape associated with it, particularly if you are planning a large extension, as this will have to be sent to the planning department for approval.
Continue reading “Outwards and Upwards!”