Anita Janjic

Bathroom Trends, Spotted at The Show “Salone del Mobile Milan 2016”

In in the previous post I have quickly taken you over the furniture fair “Salone del Mobile in Milan”, this time, still under the impression and enthusiasm of one of the greatest design events, I am writing exclusively about the bathroom trends.

Bathroom in our daily lives plays a greater role than we are aware of. We enter it as soon as we get up in the morning, and again at the end of the day, before going to bed. So, there we start and finish the day… Let’s see what is happening in the bathroom design world, and how we can brighten up with fresh trends, the space that takes a significant part of our daily routine!

Rounded Soft Edges

Besides preventing the unpleasant hits into sharp edges, rounded lines add softness to every space, giving it a gentle feminine touch.

A touch of youthful cheerfulness was radiating from the following bathroom vanities and accessories, made mainly from acrylic, available in “raspberry” red, “olive” green and “turmeric” yellow.

The following, fully rounded self-standing washbasin, with the design, inspired by the shape of a glass for water or lemonade, has a playful aproach to the bathroom.

Console basins continue to be trendy, again with softly rounded edges, made of different materials such as stone, ceramic, brushed concrete, glass, and options with a mirror effect.

Finishes & Materials

Among the vanity and cabinet finishes stands out a distinctive copper, which is found on the edges of the mirrors, faucets, and decorative elements, vanity legs, or as a finishing material for bathroom cabinets and vanities.

Glossy finishes are still trendy, in white, light gray, graphite and cappuccino brown. On the opposite side, we find finishes in matt versions, in already mentioned colors, which give the room a man’s sophisticated and elegant touch.

The first place, among materials in the bathroom, gets definitely wood, as a natural material that gives a feeling of warmth and associates with nature. Whether it is found in a completely natural, raw form, with visible wooden structures, or as a replica of natural wood, it is trending in many varieties, such as light brushed oak, dark brushed walnut, dark chestnut, and more.

More Storage Options

Designers have devoted more attention to the storage space in the bathroom, which is especially a common problem of small bathrooms. They have developed a built-in mirror with the possibility of storage behind the mirror. They designed deeper bathroom vanities, and strengthened the legs for greater support.

The towel racks, inspired by the design of traditional ladders, which also don’t require much space are still a popular addition in a contemporary bathroom.

Aesthetics and functions have advanced also for the electric towel warmers. They open and get a function of a towel shelf.

The latest novelty for all “mini” bathrooms, developed by “Duravit”, is a built-in shower, which closes against the wall after use, and it turns into a large wall mirror.

Ceramic & Stone Tiles

Geometric patterns continue to decorate ceramic tiles, with a 2D and 3D effect, from small to extreme formats. In addition to white, gray and beige, you can find combos with “cappuccino”, “chocolate” brown, and “cobalt” blue.

The most fascinated and inspired me the handcrafted stone tales with a 3D effect, produced by the Italian company “Lithea”, which feature motives of printed lace, macramé; and fossils, as geometric patterns of nature. These are products that call for interaction, provoke feelings and sensibility, and as such act as an artwork in space.

“Living Room Atmosphere” in The Bathroom

Would you consider a living room piece of furniture in the bathroom, such as a comfortable armchair, a soft carpet or green houseplants? All these are certainly among the most recent trends of modern large bathrooms, spotted at the show.

Have you managed to find some inspiration for yourself, and for your bathroom among these trends?

Until the next time…





“Hot” from The Furniture Show “Salone del Mobile 2016”, Milan

I have just returned from a spectacular furniture show “Salone del mobile Milano”, held in Milan, for the 55th time in a row. It is one of the largest events in interior design sphere, where many furniture manufacturers introduce and predict hot trends every year; and every other year, also manufacturers of kitchen and domestic appliances at the same place with the event “Euro Cucina”.

There is so much happening, not only at the “Fiera Milano”, but also in the heart of Milan. Streets, squares and museums are lively in accordance with the big event. The city is filled with visitors from all over the world! The atmosphere is mixed with the inspiration and expectations!

Among the most spectacular exhibitors at the fair are found big names, such as Fendi, Trussardi, Versace, Knoll, Minotti, Natuzzi, and many others. Designers, interior designers, architects, journalists, bloggers, students and other visitors, all meet at one point, looking for innovations, which have been prepared by the companies in cooperation with the designers, who create and suggest new trends and concepts.

"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art


"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art

I extremely enjoyed the atmosphere at the show; experienced high scale designed exhibitions, gathered the innovations, inspiration for decorative ideas, and perceived what is hot on the market! After the visit I felt exhausted, but despite this, I feel fresh and full of inspiration!

Bedroom atmosphere by "La ebanisteria"

Bedroom atmosphere by “La ebanisteria”


Playful animal print by "La ebaniesteria"

Playful animal print by “La ebaniesteria”


Impression from the show by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Impression from the show by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”


Little sitting area by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Little sitting area by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”


Nostalgic loveseat by "Meritalia"

Nostalgic loveseat by “Meritalia”


Living room coziness brought into bathroom by "Duravit"

Living room coziness brought into bathroom by “Duravit”

Are you interested in what’s “hot” this year? Which colors, materials, patterns are going to follow interior designers? Follow me; I’m going to reveal what trends have caught my eye in the world of interior design; room by room, from a living room, to a kitchen, and a bathroom.



Before and After: Home Office with an Art Gallery and Hobby Corners

The client, who rents a home in a charming building from 1930’s (in Arnhem, The Netherlands), asked me to recreate her home office with mostly the same and some new furniture (limited budget), to give it more modern twist. The room would serve several purposes; as an office, as a place for herself, where she could enjoy her hobbies in spare time, and also as a place where she could meet up with her clients and friends. She likes to collect artwork, make jewelry, read and play a piano.


When I examined the room for the first time, I could see lots of potential! The most charming features of this room are classic French doors, which open to living room, there is an original 1930’s open fireplace, and the room has a high ceiling and large windows that fill the room with plenty of natural light.

 2015 - Manuela's galery-hobby room1

After detailed conversation with the client, I quickly envisioned furniture centered by the fireplace to create a cozy feel and a better flow. I took detailed measurements of the room and the furniture for space planning. With reconfiguring the furniture arrangement that would accommodate each and every activity going on in this room, allows the space to be better utilized, with a new fresh flow, and serve the client’s needs.


During the years my client collected some new furniture and some antique items, different textiles, amazing artwork, all in different colors and styles! Mixing the styles, textures and shades together, bringing them closer to a more balanced eclectic color palette, I blended in grey window blinds, a grey floor lamp, new decorative pillows and accessories, finished with grey satin (re-upholstered the antique chair and custom made number of items like decorative pillows, curtain ties and jewelry display).




As mentioned before, the client’s wish, among others, was to have also a home art gallery in this room. Therefore, as a final touch to the whole atmosphere, carefully chosen collection of stunning paintings from a local artist, were hanged against pure white walls.


Having an inspiring work office is essential in order to keep working time pleasant and efficient. Would you like to work in a home office like this?

Would love to hear back from you :)


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Let Fall to enter your Home!

Fall is here! The leaves are turning bright colors, and nature is glowing on sunny days! Colors of nature affect our feelings in a happy, positive way. Personally, I like to go for walks to the woods, and pick up some leaves, acorns, chestnuts, pinecones with children, or go to the local farm to find a “perfect” pumpkin to carve it at home – and decorate!

If you like the fall colors (just like me), why not to invite them in your home, to extend the fall cheerfulness also when the days become more grey and cold?

Here are some inspirations:

1. Decorate with colorful pillows! Pick the kind with geometrical or nature related patterns. They can be knitted or made of warmer materials, such as wool or felt. They can work with many color schemes.

Source: Pinterest

2. Make your own decorative arrangement! If you like to go for walks in the woods, pick up some colorful tree branches, rosehip or hawthorn. Get a vase and arrange them in a bouquet, just as you would do with flowers.

3. Make your “home made” room scent! For lovely fall scent in your home you don’t need to go shopping. Instead you can get creative decorating oranges with cloves and cinnamon sticks, using scented ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.

Source: Pinterest

4. Create your own lantern candle holder! Again, with treasures that you find while walking in the woods, you can make your own fall lantern candle holders, which will warm up your space!

Source: Pinterest

5. Decorate with pumpkins! Pumpkins are so diverse, by shape, colour, and size! Pick up your favorites at your local farmers market or farm, and bring them home! Have fun matching them with leaves and other finds from the nature. I am sure your fresh decoration would bring smiles to you, your family and friends :)

Source: Southern Living

6. Decorate with knitted baskets! Use them to store your favorite magazines, fruites, wood, toys, etc. If you love to knit or doing other “warm” handcrafts, why not to proudly expose that in your home for some extra coziness?

Source: Pinterest

7. Wrap yourself with a blanket! For those really cold days have your soft blanket at hand to wrap yourself warmly.

Source: Pinterest

Did you find this useful? I would love to hear from you, how do you decorate for fall?

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Cupcake Shop Interior Design Story

Today I am writing about my recently finished retail interior design project for a cupcake shop.

The “Cupcakes4Ever” shop is located in the heart of the city of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Designing the interiors was an exciting task. Goal of whole interior design of the shop was to promote and reflect new brand or concept on the market, and deliver message about the irresistible “home made style” cupcakes to the potential consumer. In addition, the design reflects a cheerful personality of the owner, Charlotte Jensen Pauly, who is the founder of the “Cupcakes4Ever”. This is her first shop and also the first cupcake shop in Arnhem.

The project had to stay within the low to moderate budget. It started with ripping out the old interiors. Space was then divided into two areas, shop in the front and a kitchen in the back.

Cupcakes4ever shop - new floorplan

Cupcakes4ever shop – new floorplan

Image: Shop before

Image: Shop before


The choice of color palette has been created in harmony with existing logos, which include a happy, playful frog character with cupcakes, a boldly printed shop name in bright yellow and red, along with slogan: “love at first bite”.

The main focus of the space is the cupcake display, custom made from white glossy material, glass and stainless steel. Each delectable cupcake is displayed at eye level, as a piece of art, engaging with the consumers, and emphasizing that effect in the mirror on the wall.


The colorful and bright acrylic lamps above the counter radiate playful light and link the dazzling cupcake display with flow of stripes on the walls.

In order to keep place connected with the charm of old town brick buildings, accenting the sentiment of “home style” baking, contrasting with clean lines and glossy finishes, the existing characteristic brick walls got only a fresh layer of creamy white paint.

The wall that has been constructed in order to divide the kitchen from the shop has the passage and a framed window, which both let customers to have a pick into the kitchen to see where yummy, freshly baked cupcakes are being made. That way the kitchen atmosphere is brought into the shop.

Besides the cupcakes, shop is offering also coffee and tea “to go”. To accommodate that, there has been designed a self-service “coffee & tea station” with a curved serving table.

For those who like to read a magazine, watch people passing by, or rest their tired feet from walking the paved streets for too long, there has been designed a sitting area along the window with cute glossy “cup-like” sits.

Already first days after official opening of “Cupcakes4Ever”, the shop with its lively atmosphere attracted many visitors and customers to stop by. Charlotte and I were happy to see such positive response and comments of first customers. Atmosphere of shop in combination with yummy cupcakes made the ambient perfect. I am sure this trend of visits will continue and that shop will be a great success “4ever” :-)


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Spring Color Schemes with “Marsala” – Color of the Year 2015

Spring is around the corner and some of you would perhaps like to add some fresh spin to your space. Would you like to try that with the rich and warm color of the year “Marsala”, Pantone 18-1438 (I wrote about it in one of my previous posts)? You like it, but you and aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home color scheme?  

You can always combine “Marsala” with greys and creams, but do you wonder what it happens when “she” gets the company of other hues?

I created five color schemes for you to see how to pair Marsala with other colors:

1. Mostly “Marsala” in diverse textures for extremely warm and elegant atmosphere:


 2. “Marsala” blend with tangerine, combined with diverse textures, copper and bronze, and wood – for an earthy atmosphere with a twist: 


 3. “Marsala” room with beige, and a touch of different shades of grey, a splash of yellow, with well balanced textures – for an elegant, happy home atmosphere:


4.”Marsala” paired with pink, red and white – creates a sensual, feminine, and romantic atmosphere:


5. “Marsala” in a company of deep blue and green, some aquamarine, and a dash of yellow, altogether paired with natural wood – for a pleasant, calm and soothing atmosphere:


The exciting thing about designing with “Marsala” is that every room gets a sense of elegance and warmth at the same time! There are endless options to “play” with “Marsala”, depending on personal color preference, etc. Do you have your favorite?

Have a nice day :)


*All color schemes are designed by A-Interior Designs, Anita Janjic

Organize your home!

People nowdays tend to keep buying and collecting unnecessary things, which leads to problems with storage at home. Having a tidy and organized house, the one that looks like the photos in home magazines, brings calmer life, improves your wellbeing, and makes you feel good and relaxed at home.

Here are some simple tips that will help you organize every room of your home:

1. Get rid off everything what you don’t need and use anymore: Be disciplined about putting things away, throw out worn out things, or give to charity what is still in a good condition.

2. Buy less, and choose well!

3. Plan effective storage depending on your budget: Effective means planning a storage space depending on your layout, before you start shopping for your storage solutions.

Home improvement stores have many “do it yourself” options for those who have tighter budget, and are handy enough to assemble all components to set up the storage solutions themselves.

Places like Ikea have lots of affordable, already made storage options, plus the systems which you can plan regarding to your floorplan, and install at home.

If you can afford, hire a specialist, or an interior designer to help you with planning and organizing storage space, according to your needs and space possibilities. For best result, you can hire a proffesional who can make custom made storage compartments for you to utilize space best.

Images bellow show you some wonderful storage solutions in different spaces and corners that we have in our homes, but maybe don’t see them:

1. Store things that you often need, but don’t want to necessarily see them all the time into your coffee table:


2. Decorative trunk can be used as a coffee table, bench, etc, and at the same time as your storage compartment for many things!


3. Your headboard can serve as a room divider with plenty of storage space:


4. Under the stairs is usualy a lot of unused space, which can be transformed into a part of the room or a great storage solution. Here is one example:


5. Where do we put our electronics when we don’t use them? Here is a sleek I-pad storage station:


Happy organizing :)


Marsala is the Pantone’s interior design color of the year 2015!

In the begining of December, global Pantone, the authoroty on color, announced Marsala, as color of the year 2015. Yes, Marsala, named after red Italian wine!

Marsala is a rich, earthy, red-brown hue with bold character, which adds elegance and tasty texture (just like Marsala wine to the food) to any space.

Lets see how Marsala color works in different situations and rooms!

1. Marsala in the kitchen:




























2. Marsala in bedroom:

3. Marsala in living room:


I am so looking forward to start working with Marsala :)! How do you feel about the color of the year 2015? Would you “marsalalize” your living space?







Decorating for Xmas 2014

Each year at this time, since I have been living in The Netherlands, I visit my favorite Christmas decoration shop, called the Intratuin. They are known for the most inspiring Christmas Show in the country. However, I went there to get some inspirations and decorating ideas for the coming holiday season, and to see what’s new this year.

What I saw was almost overwhelming! Let me share some bits of that with you :-)!

1. Naturals & Wooden Trees!

Simple charming wooden trees, can be frosted, and decorated with other naturals, such as cones, leaves, berries, copper, and much more!

2. Red & Green!

Classic, but for some there is no Christmas without those colors :-). Bulbs, flowers, matched with black for very formal atmosphere.

3. Gold

Irresistible sparkling golden bulbs, matched with lace and satin would sure create that lavish magical feel during the holidays.

4. Copper, copper, copper!

I love copper! That was the most inspiring and the hottest trend I have noticed in 2014, comparing the event with last year. I would say, copper is a new gold. Paired with naturals, antic pink, peach, bronze and dark green, would jazz up any Christmas tree.

I really hope this post would help you finding your favorite decorations, which would invite the magic spirit of the holiday season into your home.

Happy decorating :-)





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