Reception: From Dull to Glam II


Wall colour

Please do not paint your wall any shade of white. Unless you plan on mixing it up with another colour. Or you are a bank. If you insist on it, play around with the finish. Let the theme communicate the company’s culture.

A little colour never hurt anyone
A little colour never hurt anyone


Very important. Do not let your reception look like a hideous 1960s government office but do not go to the extreme either. Use natural light to complement the artificial light. Go bright. Balance that out with flowers and beautiful vases. Read about vases here. We are not about to escape the concrete jungle with the many buildings coming up every day, the sun and plants will bring life to the reception.

Use furniture and the wall to reflect the light
Use furniture and the wall to reflect the light

Art work

If there was ever a time to let the Michelangelo in you, it is on your wall. Have art pieces that stand out. The more creative they are the better. The guests have something to stare at as the receptionist confirms their appointment. There’re many vivid and captivating paintings that could be bought locally or online. Or if it comes to it, download uncopyrighted painting or photos from the interweb, blow them up and voila! – You have a Matisse or an Adams in your office.

Art work on the wall
Art work on the wall

Another piece of art that you can play with is the clock. Who needs it? The wall. Believe it or not, people will still use clocks if they are available.

Announcement boards

It might hard to spell out the rules of etiquette at the reception for each and every guest. An announcement board is perfect for spelling out the rules of the land.

  • No Smoking
  • Kindly have your phone on silent mode
  • Smile at the receptionist Smiley reception

You can also have important information that you feel your clients need to know.

Media and Entertainment

Think about two people here; the readers and the rest of us. Prolific readers will probably have their own reading material. Have newspapers or magazines that people enjoy. If not sure on what to get have something that complements what you do. If it is a law firm, Nairobi Law Monthly would be ideal. An ad agency can have all kinds of material. A hospital should can use this opportunity to educate people on matters health.TV at reception

The rest of us will need a television to keep us entertained. Netflix would be nice. Too soon? Al Jazeera or CNN will do.

Lastly, a water dispenser will keep us busy (and healthy). I’d personally prefer your reception to have a menu made specifically of smoked salmon with lemon butter on sourdough bread, egg mayonnaise and chopped shallot and watercress sandwiches (on white bread) and an assortment of raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Darjeeling tea with cold milk on the side. Thanks much.

27 bizarre pieces that you should (or not) have in your space

While shopping for furtniture can be a lot of fun, it can also breed madness. Sometimes even literally. A good number of  us might prefer odd (this is an understatement) pieces for our spaces. No one is judging. But no one is coming to your house either. You don’t believe? Check out the 27 bizarre pieces of furniture and you might have a change of heart. Continue reading “27 bizarre pieces that you should (or not) have in your space”

How to use vases to decorate your space


“No, Vaaaas you have to pull the ‘a’.”

“Vaaase! I am African.”

“That’s no excuse, if you are going to speak in English respect its rules – Vaaaas.”

“Okay Vaaas.”

“Now the‘s’ at the ends needs to sound like a ‘z’.”

I gave up. Continue reading “How to use vases to decorate your space”

Fluid beauty, using water features to ignite your space

We have talked about how we can add excitement to our spaces in previous posts. We explored how to use antiques (read about it here), lighting (read about this here) and learned that sometimes it is the scent in your space that makes the difference (catch that post here, it is the last reference I promise). How about adding a little splash to your home? Continue reading “Fluid beauty, using water features to ignite your space”

How to scent your house

   Does your home smell good? I mean, does it really smell good? Because, let’s face it, life can get in the way, busy and important items on our agendas can overtake our senses (pun intended), and sometimes that leads us with either a home that doesn’t smell particularly fresh…or, worse, one that downright stinks. And a home that smells fresh is one that people want to be in. Continue reading “How to scent your house”

DIY floral arrangement

    Most people appreciate decorating their houses/spaces with flowers and this coming up with an appropriate floral arrangement can be intimidating. Well, fret no more. Below are some basic steps to create your flower centerpiece like a professional.

Things you need: Continue reading “DIY floral arrangement”

Alternative building materials

 With the rise of housing prices and the human population  growing exponentially, it is imperative that we become more and more concerned about leaving our environmental footprints. Therefore the challenge is to think of more Eco-friendly solutions particularly in our everyday life but also, and more often, in the process of building our homes. Continue reading “Alternative building materials”