Tips to Manage and Maximize Space, Consulting Session with Living Room, Basel

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Hey, guys! Welcome back! Now that my exams are over, I’m back to blogging. Today I’m going to talk about our home that we’ve been living in for 6 months in Basel, Switzerland. As you guys know, and I always keep saying, moving ain’t easy and the toughest part usually is setting up your house. A lot of times your old stuff doesn’t find a place in your new home and a lot of times you just want to pull your hair out.

A new city, a new house, I decided to make most of the home space and took to professional help from Lily Mandingorra, The Living Room.

img 20160831 wa0012About our house: Just to give you a little bit of an idea, apartments is Basel, especially in the Stadt area (central part) are small, have no in-built closets and usually have the laundry rooms in the basement. There is usually some parking space – yes for the cycle not for the car and a cellar which we use as a garage. The most beautiful part for me are the wooden floors and the heater rods (that’s a bit absurd, but I like their look as much as the utility).

Our house now has quite a bit of furniture pieces, most of the stuff from India is being used, and the cellar is a nightmare as I haven’t been able to get rid of all the carton boxes. Getting to the point, with a smallish apartment–one usually needs help. Help with creating illusions around space, better organization, and the right furniture. Enter Lily and her instant consulting session.

How a consulting session works:  So you book a mutually convenient appointment with the expert i.e. Lily and she pays you a visit at your home. She comes over with the basics like a measuring tape, upholstery, paint, curtain samples and (of course!) her black diary. She understands the needs and suggests improvements – some of these improvements are done instantly. Hence, it’s a myth that these consulting sessions usually result in more money.

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For instance, a table might be in a misplaced position or might be a light blocker. Viola! These changes are what I call the magic fixes.

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While our living room is well lit during the day, the lighting arrangements simply do not suffice during the dark hours, hence a suggestion was made to have a pendant light over the table that you see above. These lights are easy to order, easy to fix and a great solution.

The problematic room: Our apartment is 2 floors, and the lower level has two bedrooms and the bathroom while the upper one has the living area, a small study room, and a restroom. The room upstairs was driving me mad since it’s an odd shape with a slanted roof and an extremely low ceiling. While it’s an interesting room, it’s a bit difficult to arrange it. 5 mins into the room and Lily knew that the arrangement here was absolutely wrong. We needed to change the room a whole 180-degrees, I couldn’t do it at that very instant but when I did these placement changes. The room suddenly looked bigger and much more organized.

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Lily suggested a low bed for the room with some storage, but it wasn’t the need of the hour. I am still managing with the mattress for now – the room is definitely in a more comfortable place right now.

20170124 083650 2I used similar suggestions in our master bedroom, and I was able to add more furniture while making it look spacious.

Instant Suggestions: For our living room, Lily suggested curtains which were immediately going to brighten up the room, a couple of more lights and a larger carpet. Lily is the official stockist for Designers Guild so all the fabrics are one of a kind. The measurements for the quotation are usually taken during the session and then you decide if it meets your budget.

20170123 115235 2Lily also suggested a little bit of a tedious job especially in a rented house – a small door to cover one of the ugly bits in my kitchen. Now I use this place for storing my cleaning supplies, toilet paper, kitchen tissues and empty bottles. A covered closet for this stash almost seems like a necessity. This part requires a carpenter and Lily has the right contacts for some efficient work. She also suggested another carpet for our entrance area, since we have 3 door mats – one in front of each of the rooms. The new one adds color, and it also turns out to be more practical.

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Lily’s ideas were downright professional, useful and on point. I felt that the consultation session was valuable and not a waste of money. While I am still working on most of these suggestions, at least I have a plan in place!

Here is a pin to help you manage and maximize space.

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Find out more about instant consultations with Lily over here. You can also visit her shop for all your home furnishing needs if you are in Basel – Spalenvorstadt 20, 4051 Basel.  Or send her an email at or visit her website to find out more.

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