Home Design Tips for Good Mental Health

It’s not surprising to know that this pandemic has affected our mental health, working from home doesn’t fit everyone. Some probably found their zen, but there are more who crumbled down. However, it’s only right for each one of us to fight for a better version of ourselves. One asks for help, and the others give their hands, so the world can become a better place for every humankind.

Hence, when you read this piece and feel like your friends need it, do not hesitate to say hi and share this blog with them. What we are going to share now is a home design that hopefully can elevate and improve our well-being and mental health.

We are not a master of psychology, nor someone who can fix one’s soul. But we understand what kind of space that can be a place to recharge. And our aim has never changed, it is to make one’s home.

Firstly, write down everything about you

Nope, not your future spouse criteria, but a list of your needs, preferences, priorities, and so on. Your daily routine is the key to create the right layout for you, so you can move swimmingly from one agenda to the other.

Besides that, an interior style also has an important role here. You have to choose between American or Scandinavian, Minimalist or Tropical, Contemporary or Industrial, and many more. What if you love two styles at the same time? Incorporate them just like nowadays Japandi, a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian style that is loved by many.

Level up your space value

It will sound like an unpopular opinion, but good quality furniture is also an investment. More than what aesthetically divine, but a fine material won’t give you an extra headache. Can you imagine a piece of furniture that doesn’t last more than a dozen months?

Elevating your space value also comes with lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvement. What kind of environment can make it easier for you to take a deep breath and relax?

Redecorate, or perhaps renovate if needed

How many rooms need to have a new face? It’s your call. If there is no major change needed, then you can just redecorate the room.

“Let go of the stuff that doesn’t spark joy anymore,” said Marie Kondo. But embed things that depict your innermost self. It can be a family picture, your favorite artwork, or literally anything that you cherish and resonate with who you are.

You don’t have to buy brand new furniture, you can just refurbish one or two of the old ones that don’t look as good as before. While you’re at it, try to set down some plants. It will surely make your room feel more alive.

However, if you need a major change for your home, you can consult your needs with IOOR Studio. If renovation is a must, we are excited to help you! Listening about your dream home and helping you to maintain good mental health is what we love to do. Do not hesitate to drop us a message.

Letter to you later,

HOOM Living

Discern Integrated Interior Design as an Investment Rather Than a Cost

Where are you now? At home and imagining about your long-postponed dream? Scribble your business plan and idea down on a piece of paper? Or looking for the right priority list to build your business well?

We all are perhaps not in the same circumstances, but we can have the same page. And the one million dollar question today is: what do you invest the most when building your business or brand?

Before scrolling down, take your time to ponder about this matter…

Flapjaks, Bali

After the quickie contemplation, do any of you think that investing in your interior design is important? Splurging in integrated interior design is an investment, and we call it that way because the value of your business and brand is elevated via the interior design.

A well-designed interior is a competitive advantage for your business. People most probably come back if they had a fine experience at your place, don’t they? Not only an instagrammable spot, but an integrated interior design where your brand identity is interpreted as a whole on every corner of the space.

The folks that come to your place will take some pictures, whether they’re a photographer or a coffee shop hopper. Then they tag your place on their social media posts, their mutuals will surely bump into their stories and eventually consider your place for the next hangouts.

Call it a free media promotion? It definitely is! And what’s better than that? It’s a long term investment.

The Bare Bottle, Bali

Other than a long term media promotion, we should go back to basics, because one error can cost you more than hiring the right interior designer. Mistakes often happen in basic matters such as area measurement, inharmonious design concepts, and the worst is wrong construction and material cost calculation.

It all leads to an unexpected nightmare, and a professional interior design consultant is the one who can help you to avoid possible disadvantages. They are called professionals because they have a holistic knowledge about what they are doing — marrying many furniture with the other decorations and every choice of color.

Hiring a professional interior design consultant is more than about creating an aesthetic place, but a design concept that is integrated well. Do you regard branding as an essential matter? If your answer to this question is yes, hiring IOOR Studio will be the right decision.

IOOR Studio truly cares about your brand, and our mission is to interpret your brand identity to integrated design. We always believe in brand equity, and an integrated design will enhance your brand valuation. We sincerely want to help you conceive an interior design that can be your long term investment.

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IOOR Studio

Heavenly Chocolate: a Moment of Serenity

Welcome to the world of Heavenly Chocolate! The balance between cocoa and freshness of cream generates a silky melt-in-your-mouth delicacy — a true definition of heaven on earth. As the best nama chocolate in Bali, it is the perfect stop for a lasting gastronomic experience on your getaway. It can be a special treat for yourself or a gift for your dearest friends, that will reside within their memoir as a heavenly, nearly serene experience.

Heavenly Chocolate is a birth of passion, perseverance, and persistence. Bumping into IOOR Studio after the searching of many other interior designers, we want to introduce you to this delicate space reflecting the care in the making of each box of Heavenly Chocolate.

Heavenly Chocolate, Bali

Designed in the Japanese Minimalist concept, it mirrors the simplicity of shortlisted but the finest ingredients. Your first impression will be the Japanese sand pool that is placed in the foreground of the shop. And as you step inside the store, you will see a signboard of ナマチョコレート (namachokorēto), the only menu of Heavenly Chocolate.

Interpreting their brand identity to interior design, IOOR Studio engraves cocoa beans pattern on their communal table, H letter of Heavenly on the ceiling, and checkered wood walls that represent nama chocolate. To complement the design, we decide on natural stones that embellish the bar area.

Heavenly Chocolate is a playground for the lovers of chocolate, who like to reward themselves a bite of heaven when needed. This is the right place to unwind and simply savor the blissful taste of the most irresistible food in the world. Thank God for chocolate!

Heavenly Chocolate, Bali

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Instagram: @heavenlychocolatebali

Tropical Scandinavian Dwelling: A Sanctuary Amid Your Hustle

Some of us probably have been thinking that we are alone in this battle called life until we experienced this highly contagious pathogen together as one — no exception. Old and young, prosperous and underprivileged, and many other social strata that divide us into some classifications. #stayathome or #workfromoffice, it honestly doesn’t create a significant difference nowadays.
“In the end, what we need is a home that can recharge our psyche tank, to walk into tomorrow with a healthy mind and soul.”
Ergo, we all have our kind of sanctuary, don’t we? One that makes us happy unpretentiously, and a place to always come back no matter how tough our day can be. What’s yours? The data said that most of you fancy a dwelling with a Tropical Scandinavian style. This genre is listed as the recently loved home design — that kind on-repeat playlist on Spotify.
We admit that this design is very likable. Do you recall someone that is quickly loved by everyone in one encounter? This design is just like it. The composite of Scandinavian furniture and greeneries makes one room pleasing to the eyes. And as it’s seen on the design above, we can see this bedroom as a haven to lay down our weariness after a long hustle outside. Painted in earth color, it can calm our stormy mind and tired heart, hence it’s a better place to have a quality rest.
“Take a breather and pause for a while, do not rush on anything…”
Yet, whatever design that you are into, do you know the importance of an interior designer for your home? Why is hiring a professional interior designer necessary?
We don’t know the fundamentals and standards of interior design styles completely.
The first word that comes to our mind is probably “aesthetic.” An excellent interior design elevates the beauty of a room, but more than that, we should know that every design style has its own fundamentals and standards. An interior designer understands the norms of it — from the aspect of form, detail, and color composite. Some of us have an exquisite design taste, but an interior designer can interpret our idea better than us.
We need a design that is not only picturesque but makes our life easier.
Interior design isn’t just about the visual of our home, it’s a lot more complicated than that. It has to meet our specific needs, and comply with our priorities and our activities flow. An interior designer will thoughtfully design the layout and the whole interior design based on our daily life. A more experienced interior designer understands how to create a good flow of one space. Cheers to a more efficient life!
We purchase the interior designer’s eyes and taste.
The 10,000-hour rule isn’t just a cliche, because expertise comes after perseverance, doesn’t it? We need the help of the professional to create a harmonious home design. Hiring one actually means that we buy their eyes and taste. From the color spectrum to the arrangement of decorations and the selection of furniture.
HOOM Living designs you a home that can become your sanctuary, your safe haven amid the hustle. We understand that it is essential for people to reside in a dwelling that can enhance well being. A place to rest and explore the wildest idea to feed our creative mind. A room that is more than just about four walls but filled with warmth and love.
Letter to you later,
HOOM Living

Bedroom Design: Everyday is a Staycation

Isn’t it lovely to make every day a staycation in our bedroom? Not only made from love, but a thoughtful arrangement of decorations and furniture. From your bed to the little stuff in the corner, design and transform them into a whole new sanctuary, a safe haven for you to take a rest from your hustle.
Saying “welcome home” has never felt this fine.
We feel you! If……just if we have this kind of chamber, the world feels a little kinder, doesn’t it? Coming home will be the most pleasing agenda at the end of your to-do-list. Ergo, we want to share our two cents about it, some practical ideas that you can apply to your own bedroom.

Don’t sleep on a bad bed.
Either taking a brief nap or a deep sleep, the quality of your bed determines the quality of your sleep, more than the sum of hours you spend to catch some zzz. A baby-soft bedding and duvet cover is also a nice idea to improve your rest at night. It also elevates the pleasant feeling of laying down inside your sheets.
Make it as if you were at a hotel.
How many layers of pillow do you think one bed has in a hotel? It depends… But basically, there are three types of pillows, which are sleeping pillow, decorative sham, and accent pillow. The one that you use longer is your sleeping pillow, so please do splurge on it. For the sham and accent pillow, you can start by asking yourself what kind of tone you want for your bedroom.

Cozy floor pillows or couches are not mandatory, but do matter.
If you wished for a space to take a breather, drink your morning coffee, or write a daily journal, this spot matters. Renew your morning routine for the sake of your well-being. It can be a place to hush the noise and take time to become aware of your own breath. But… It’s also a good idea to dedicate that corner to catch up with “My List” on Netflix or continue watching the unfinished TV series.
Down to the detail of decorations, greeneries, and tertiary needs.
Be careful of not being too much or too little, and be mindful of your own needs. Choose your kind of wall art and the size of the plant in the corner. Do you love dried flowers or perhaps a scented candle? Bettering the odor of the room with incense or essential oil diffusers can govern your mood, and then your day.
Tone down the light and vibin’ out. Hakuna Matata.

Calm is at the palm of your hand. External cause is out of your control, but you can do your part to compose the vibes. But more than everything that we have mentioned above, the top priority is maintaining the cleanliness of your room. Decluttering a few or a lot of stuff can be essential too.
As for now, you know the first thing to do, right? Visit our website hoom.co.id for more inspiration.
Letter to you later,
HOOM Living


Twenty-twenty is tough, but it has been a fascinating journey for us. We’ve been engaging the pandemic as a pause button for us to take a rest, and in this restful long space, we always encourage each other that we can get through this season together. It will not be winter forever, right? The sun will rise again… The sun will always find its way to shine.

Now, even though there is no light at the end of the tunnel yet, we are not stopping. Adaptation is another skill we have learned and we count it as the most precious lesson. It’s the key for each one of us to stay alive and never stop growing. 

Time to time, we brainstorm some ideas virtually. We dig our strength deeper and put aside our weakness for a while, so we can have more time to reflect and find our best version. Until we realize that our team is the determinant. Our team has made this ride more beautiful. Their strength and commitment to always bring out the best in them, remind us to go back to our heart—to be a platform for the younger designer to develop their passion.

Together, we are growing as a team.

Our core was residential design. 7 years and 7 months ago, our founders started everything from home. On a coffee table and in a 3×3 meter room is where we designed one’s home. Home design is our foundation, which becomes the strong establishment of IOOR Studio today.

The moment when we learned about our clients’ personalities and listened to their needs, the time when we designed their homes according to those conditions, it has made us become more detail-oriented and care for every corner of the room.

Villa – Bali

Villa – Bali

To make one’s home, again.

HOOM Living is a sub-brand of PT IOOR Studio Indonesia. We aim to interpret you, your personal brand and strong character, to your dream house. A home that isn’t only built, but also made from the heart. Or a villa that can become one’s sanctuary, a safe haven amid the hustle.

Pool Suite Hotel – Bali

Villa – Bali

Grand Suite Hotel – Bali

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IOOR Studio

Interior Design Industry After the Pandemic — the New Normal

It has been almost three months and we are still counting… All of us have been adapting to this new normal since this is the “first” for everyone. Not only trying to survive, but we keep making initiatives, and a lot of strategy changes. It has drained our energy so much if we’re being honest to ourselves because the reality tells us that we’re possibly going back to “zero”. If we were playing a game, we would most likely restart all over again.

But, there is “rest” in “restart”. Being aware of the worst scenario doesn’t hinder us from learning the art of taking a rest. Restart to reflect. Restart to make our vision clearer. Restart to come back stronger.

In this turbulent time, we have been learning and observing the changes in human behaviors due to the global pandemic of Covid-19, where these transformations absolutely affect the interior design industry, especially the commercial space. Here are the aspects that are likely going to change after the pandemic, maybe forever:

Circulation of Seatings

Every dining and cafe has a certain seating circulation, it depends on the objective of the business. Following the normal standard, we have to divide the net area with 1,7 to 1,9 sqm per pax. Let’s say we have 100 sqm to design, ideally it can cover 50-55 persons or less for a fine dining restaurant.

Sooner or later this normal will be replaced, considering the social distancing practice. The new normal will likely require us to approach fine dining seating area regulation. The distance between one to another chair will be set apart farther, hence the number of seats will be reduced accordingly.

Five Chairs or Less

In the past few years, the “communal” concept was the trend, we can find a lot of them in lifestyle joints or some co-working spaces. But as people become more cautious about health and distance, the maximum seatings per group will probably only consist of 5 chairs or less.

But if what we have is a communal table, we can reduce the chair and make space for around 1,2 to 1,5 meter between one chair and another. As for the casual dining restaurant, we can easily reduce the number of chairs for about 40-50%. It is easier said than done, indeed, but this is temporary and we are in this together.

Hand Washing Area

There was also a forgotten trend where every casual dining restaurant provides a hand washing area at the back. After this pandemic where we have been facing the new normal, the trend is going to turn the other way as sanitation will become a big deal for each one of us. Ergo, when we draw a layout in the future, we should consider placing it in the front door area where the customer makes an entrance.

Those three forecasts on the commercial interior design above are made based on our research and a case study on our own project. Here we present to you the result of the case study on Native Island, Pantai Indah Kapuk. The net area is 54 sqm and it initially can cover 57 pax, but after we apply the new normal policy, it can only cover 27 pax. The layout simulation shows that there is a reduction of almost 55% of the capacity.

Case Study – Layout Simulation

The trend is seemingly going a decade backward, but technology especially social media will help us to stand up again. We have to take note and know that in the end interior design or whatever it is, will always evolve according to consumer behavior. As interior designers, we should learn and adapt to it starting from today through our own daily lives, shouldn’t we? We are in this together, so let’s have faith that the brighter future is waiting for us ahead.

Letter to you later,

IOOR Studio

Kaya Rempah: Traditional Market Concept

Makassar and its awe-wonderful charm unexpectedly present to the sightseer endless goodness. The culture, the people, and the culinary hold that little space in the heart of many. You can travel for coffee or probably an ancient historic wanderlust. As long as you can beat the heat, Makassar will not find it hard to amuse you.

After Numericca, Kyouchii, Panbakers, and Bello Gelato, Merindco Group once again has faith in us to design Kaya Rempah, their recent Indonesian casual dining place. Kaya Rempah indulges people with the variety of flavors from Sabang to Merauke. It completes Makassar even more!


The brand identity of Kaya Rempah simply takes from its name, they know that the key to the delicacy of Indonesian cuisine is spices. It’s like living up to the name that was given to them. Nevertheless, Kaya Rempah doesn’t only serve authentic Indonesian dishes, they also want to complete the customer experience through the ambiance. Kaya Rempah and IOOR Studio understand more than well that an integrated interior design makes the dining experience more memorable.

Therefore, we implement a traditional market concept into interior design. It’s our culture that we buy spices and ingredients in the traditional market, especially to cook Indonesian authentic dishes. You can find the concept implementation in the bar area and the array of market goods in the decorations.

Last but large, we imprint some laser cut wood in batik patterns on the walls, there are parang kusumo, kawung, priangan, and many more. We also use wicker and rattan as the integral accent of Kaya Rempah. They are applied in the lighting, stairs, and some furniture. We support local weaving artists by using their work such as water hyacinth chandeliers.

Whenever you’re around and craving for the appetizing Indonesian cuisine, come and visit Kaya Rempah. They have a lot of chilli options to offer you! Go and taste their absolute tasty delicacies that are rich in spices just like its name.

Location: Makassar, Indonesia

Instagram: @kayarempah.id

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IOOR Studio

IOOR Studio Wins Muse Design Awards, Interior Design of the Year 2020

Jakarta, Indonesia, 28th of April 2020 – Out of 3820 submissions from 50 countries, IOOR Studio has been awarded the prestigious Interior Design of the Year, Platinum and Gold for the 2020 MUSE Design Awards competition. The winning piece was created by IOOR Studio for Panbakers and Seroeni. 

We are truly humbled and honored to receive these awards. Thank you for the grand jury panel and the committee of Muse Design Awards 2020. We are also grateful for our clients, Mr. Erik from @panbakers and Mr. Ivan from @seroeni.id who have entrusted us to interpret their brand identity into interior design. Last but large, thank you for each one of our design team who has turned the hardest layout into platinum and gold awards. Together we inspire the world through interior design!

The MUSE Creative and MUSE Design Awards are global competitions, which seek to commemorate the exemplary creative and design professionals of various industries. “These individuals truly embody the spirit of innovation” said Kenjo Ong, CEO of both competitions. “It is a privilege to award IOOR Studio for their monumental work! It is always a humbling experience to witness what these creatives are capable of.”

Grand Jury Panel

To ensure entries are fairly assessed, a jury panel consisting of top industry experts is set up. IAA further implements a set of strict standards for jurors to judge with. The 2020 panel consists of a team of 48 multidisciplinary professionals, with some jurors reprising their roles. IAA’s recent awards had invited jurors from 19 countries, who represent companies such as Tiago do Vale Architects, Neil Poulton Industrial Design, Icona Design, Eleven Inc., Cutwater, MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, Grayling, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Coley Porter Bell, amongst others. 

MUSE entries were gauged in accordance to their respective industry’s best standards. Submissions go through blind judging, where their qualities and concepts were assessed from creative and design standpoints. Winners were then selected based at the culmination of the judging process, who had best met the competition criteria.

International Brands Represented

Known brand and international franchises were represented in this year’s awards. The exemplary works submitted reflect the quality these companies are known to have. Entries submitted by agencies for companies and brands such as Pan Pacific Hotels Group, IKEA, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Rolls-Royce, Penghu Tourism Bureau, BMW, World Vision International, Tajikistan Government, The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tommy Hilfiger, AIA Singapore, Maybelline New York, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, W Hotel, BONIA, Good Year, Cisco, Reebok, National Museum in Gdańsk, Rossiya Airlines, AARP, BBC Studios Events, Resorts World Genting, Leroy & Rose, Omdesign, and Beethoven Anniversary Society, are among some of the winners from this year’s awards.

“To some, winning a MUSE Award had put them on the map, figuratively speaking” Ong said. “In an era where media oversaturation displaces talents, having a platform to set oneself apart helps. For some people, that platform is MUSE; and to the same people, a MUSE Award marked the start of their careers. This is where they create history.”

“IAA has been, still is, and will remain committed to serve creatives” Ong concluded. “The media frontier goes further every year, which leaves us in IAA excited for more.” 

Website: https://museaward.com / https://design.museaward.com

Twitter: museaward

Facebook: museaward

Panbakers, Makassar

Seroeni Gandaria City, Jakarta

Public Relations of IOOR Studio

First Thing First

A wise person is the one who knows how to prioritize. Is it a nod or a no to this notion? If it’s a yes then we’re walking on the same path. In everything we do, we should know what has to be the first on the top of the list and what is on the second schedule.

In designing your restaurant or hotel, what should be the first step to do then? It simply begins with hiring an interior designer, and it will be even better if you hire an interior consultant. If you want to design a commercial space, you need to appoint a consultant that is an expert in that field. Not a contractor or an architect, because the scope of each profession is dissimilar.

Aside from the expertise, the downside is also about transparency. Have you heard a promotion that is called “interior design + build”? Some of you may have experienced it yourselves when you built your place with a contractor. You get a free interior design if you do the construction with them. It sounds very nice, doesn’t it? But have these questions ever passed your mind?

How much is the actual price of both services?

Do I really get the construction fee for free?

For what kind of material that I give my money to?

Some of the contractors are transparent, but if you meet the one that is not, you have to beware. With an interior consultant, there will be a different story. You will get the transparency for they will give you options and further comparison of some contractors. You will have the right to choose what suits your needs the best.

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Ardent Coffee & Kitchen, Pesanggrahan

Panbakers, Makassar

The process must be in order, you have to start with planning and then set the execution into motion. Which means that the top priority is creating the design, from the shop drawing to the 3D drawing. After the design process is done, the next step is doing a tender to contractors.

IOOR Studio is aware of this problem, thus we want to share with you about the first-thing-first in designing your place. We hope this reading prevented you from losses that you don’t need to undergo. You can also watch our vlog about this on our Youtube account, here.

Letter to you later,

IOOR Studio