What do you do with an old but recently gutted and renovated condo unit? You're single, finally moving out of your parents' home, are excited to decorate your home in your own preferred style—yet need to incorporate hand-me-down stuff from your parents. As in, vintage, Oriental stuff. Large prints and artwork. Vases. Apothecary cabinets. Large… Continue reading Before and After: From Characterless to Chinoiserie Chic
Looking for home office styles you can cop for your own workspace at home? Last week, I shared a photo of my messy new office on Instagram. For years I was working in a tiny room right next to my kids' nurseries. It was ideal because it provided a very low overhead for my new… Continue reading Home Office Styles You Can Cop
How does one transform an empty shell of a house into one's own chic and presentable dream home? I set out on such a project a couple years back for a young couple with (then) three kids. They had just bought their very first townhouse. Prior to buying the unit, they'd been living in a… Continue reading An Empty Shell Transforms Into a Chic, Contemporary Townhouse
I'm doing a giveaway on Instagram! This super pretty, easy-to-care-for Dracaena Deremensis plant--or 'Lemon Lime'--from @onceuponaplantph can be yours! You all know I'm a frustrated indoor plant parent, and I really need handheld guidance when it comes to caring for one. So I've held out for as long as possible, thinking I would only end up killing them pretty… Continue reading This Lemon Lime Dracaena could be yours!
We're two weeks into the year, and after a long holiday with family and spending the first week of 2019 restlessly writing down ideas for my business, I've only found a bit of time now to look back at the year that was. Looking back: From writing to designing to marketing Before I go on… Continue reading Where have I been? Year 2018 in (late) review.
Halloween is a pretty big event in our compound-neighborhood, since it is the only occasion where we neighbors (kids + parents + kasambahays) ever get together (apart from the kids' birthday parties) and socialize. Once the door decor start sprouting, my eldest (oh, wait, did I mention I gave birth to a baby boy late… Continue reading DIY Halloween Door Decor
This article was first published in Cromly. I've been talking to several people about refurbishing really old (and dilapidated) pieces of furniture lately, and even have some DIY projects waiting on the wings for me, so I decided to dig up this piece I wrote some time back (and even added several new items on the… Continue reading 14 Amazing Furniture Makeovers You’ve Got to See
This is a crucial question that most decorators and interior designers have to ask their clients. Problem is, not everyone knows how to define his or her home style. That's why I love answering online style quizzes. Okay, okay, it's a little simplistic—particularly those Buzzfeed ones—but even just looking at your own Pinterest boards will give you a… Continue reading What’s your home style?
For a studio unit I worked on in Cebu, I designed this white media cabinet (and the upper kitchen cabinets in the background) to have cutout cabinet handles. Cutouts or notches used as handles or drawer pulls are common in either Scandinavian or midcentury modern design. Because of the simplicity in aesthetic, functionality, and production,… Continue reading Cutout cabinet handles
[Updated] I'm working on a client's entryway, and at the same time have been trying to figure out how to beautify our own small "foyer". Since our red painting is huge—I did mention in Instagram that I eventually want to replace it—we need tabletop decor that is proportional to the artwork in scale. Something like a… Continue reading Beautiful entryways