5 Startup Office Design Tools That Will Save You Money

Startup office design has come a long way since garage space beginnings and the token ping pong table. Collaborative zones, comfortable furniture, and motivating decor accents are becoming standards for thriving working environments as seen in the popular companies we know and love.

But, what if you don’t have the budgets of Google, Facebook, or Pixar?

No matter! It is absolutely possible to encourage productivity and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed business space that does not break the bank. Here are some tools that can bring your regular office design to a new level of excellence while saving you time and money.

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4 Great Room Divider Ideas


When it comes to small spaces or even large open floor plans, having ways to partition a space can come in handy. It is helpful in distinguishing areas of use in a home like separating the bedroom area for rest and that of the office where productivity takes place. Having distinct areas also offers options for developing design styles. Your kitchen, for example, may have a sleek, contemporary look while your living room may lean more towards a transitional style, embracing comfortable pieces for  kicking back.

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How can 3D renderings help you?

Lyns-modern-living-room-bedroom-design-Aldrin-C-3DModel-1Have you ever tried to picture a new mod sofa in your rustic living room or imagine what an accent blue wall would do for the rest of your bedroom? Ever purchased that gorgeous side table only to find it does not quite fit?

Designing spaces has often meant taking a level of risks that could lead to style mishaps or expensive mistakes.

How do you get around this? Making sure you know what you’re getting beforehand helps.

Today visualization of interior design and architecture is best illustrated in 3D renderings. Through these images, you get a clearer understanding of what a space can look like without relying on the imagination. They are so realistic, they seem like photos themselves! Not to mention that they contribute greatly in making design more affordable. 

Still not convinced 3D design is for you? Here are 3 great reasons why:

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How to get a high-end contemporary living room design on a budget

Modernizing a living room can be challenging especially when you’re working with the traditional design of an older home.

A young family of four came to us wanting a multi-functional and modern look for their 1940’s living room. They wanted contemporary accents and a fresh light color palette. With contemporary style in mind and wish to entertain guests, their goals included:

  • redesigning the fireplace
  • updating the lighting
  • showcasing unique decor pieces
  • keeping the overall look white

They wanted to find an interior designer to meet their needs while staying within an affordable budget.

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The Best of Designer Trends at Paris’ Maison & Objet 2015


Known as a “unique experience to discover the unexpected” Maison & Objet is Paris’ popular trade show that has been bringing the latest design trends of global markets for 20 years! Designer, Lesya Bukaytis, acted as Decorilla‘s eyes and ears at last week’s incredible event. Her general impression? “Design is seen as more playful, toy-like and shiny. Sense of humor is the new must have.” With an overwhelming number of exhibits to witness, Lesya brings up her favorites!

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Hottest Trends from the Renowned HOMI Trade Show

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Wondering what’s hot in Italian design trends? The HOMI trade show in Milan is a highly anticipated and attended three day event showcasing exotic lifestyle products and design. Lucky for us, one of our team members, Interior Architect Roberto Di Stefano, was in attendance snapping shots of all the hot trends. The show includes the freshest examples in high end lighting, kitchen & dining decor, accents and soft furnishings. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the beautiful displays he captured.

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10 Best New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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The New Year is almost here! If you’re like me, the beginning of 2015 will bring with it a flurry of attempts at self-improvement.  Sometimes I’m successful, but most of the time I find myself biting off more than I can chew.  So this year instead of driving myself crazy trying to better myself, I’m going to channel all that invigorating, get-it-done attitude that comes along on December 31st and put it all towards bettering my home.

New Year’s resolutions for your home? I must be crazy, right?

Wrong! Our home is the backdrop for our entire life, and the state it is in directly affects our emotional well-being.  I for one instantly feel more relaxed and focused in a tidy space, and sleepy and unproductive in an ill-lit one.  What’s more, most of us share our home with the people we care about the most: family or friends.  Our home, whether it be an apartment our house, rented or owned, is simply where life happens. 

And I believe it deserves to be the best possible version of itself!

For anyone needing a little interior design help, here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you should make this year:

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4 Stunning Online Interior Designer Transformations

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There is no denying that the evolution of interior design has come a long way and one of the components making interior design dramatically more accessible (and fun) is 3D visualization.

Decorilla co-founder and interior designer, Joyce Elizabeth offered that new technologies in the field are making it increasingly easier to bring people together with top interior designers in an efficient and affordable way. Professional designers now use apps such as Google Hangout and Decorilla’s interactive platform to share interior design advice and ideas with clients whether they are meeting in person or not!

Below are four of our favorite virtual transformations completed by Decorilla‘s team. Be sure to slide the arrows to see the before and after difference.

Steve’s Beach Style Living Room

The clients wanted a living room that was “traditional without being overly formal”, combining clean lines with the relaxing feel of the beach, but also creating a style “that doesn’t feel out of place in winter.”

Eleni delivered the perfect combination of neutral and muted cool shades, cushy but modern furniture, unrefined wood and metal finishes to offer a balanced rustic elegance.

Tom’s Masculine/Classy NY Apartment

With a blank canvas, the client looked forward to having a contemporary style apartment with quality furniture and interesting art.

Ibrahim & Christine collaborated in carefully selecting furniture and decor pieces that showcased clean lines, rich textures, and gorgeous patterns. The result is a classy penthouse dream!

A Fresh New Living Room

A young family of four wanted a multifunctional and modern look for this 1940s style living room. Contemporary accents and a fresh color palette immediately updated the space. Picharat’s newly designed stone fireplace also offered a sleek focal point while honoring the client’s wish to keep this architecturally appealing part of the room.

Tech Start-up Office Design

Along with a functional workspace, the client also wanted an office that inspired a sleek, hip, and creative vibe with a unique ceiling lighting solution.

Making the most of the space, Aldrin created varied work areas that encourage collaboration and productivity. The featured bright drop ceiling also functioned as an affordable and stylish lighting solution.

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Top 5 Decor Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Room


Travel can be great especially when you have a cozy room to come back to. That’s why making guests feel comfortable when visiting your space is key. What’s the trick? Balancing elements of hotel and home. It’s mixing practicality with warmth, detail with comfort, ease with charm.

Whether it’s an overnight or an extended holiday stay, designing the perfect guest room can come together simply by considering the following tips.

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