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Before and After: From Characterless to Chinoiserie Chic

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

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Home Office Styles You Can Cop

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

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An Empty Shell Transforms Into a Chic, Contemporary Townhouse

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

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Cutout cabinet handles

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

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Have date night at home

I produced and styled a story for Manila Bulletin Lifestyle about how to beat V-day traffic by holding date night at home. You can still go out and grab yourselves a copy for home date night tips (waiting for an online version of the story to come out), but here are some shots and outtakes from… Continue reading Have date night at home

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An “industrial cafe” style home office

Just sharing pics of an old project of mine! Client: Newspaper editor and owner of a PR firm Space: Roofdeck that was turned into an enclosed home office space Style preference: Since he and his team often work out of the office--either in fast food restaurants or cafés--he wanted his home office to have the… Continue reading An “industrial cafe” style home office

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Here, there, almost everywhere…

This week, I completed a renovation project, started another reno project, bagged a new client, and am joining a bazaar for the weekend. (Not to mention that the little Hawaiian restaurant we opened some months ago will begin lunch operations this Saturday!) I feel tired, to say the least—a fulfilled kind of tired. But more… Continue reading Here, there, almost everywhere…

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Today’s Task: Rearrange Furniture

Alternatively titled, "Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel." I went to my client's condo today to see what could be done about her furniture layout conundrum. You see we had initially planned a bookcase-surrounded TV cabinet. With a budget and space constraints in mind, we bought two bookcases and a square cubby… Continue reading Today’s Task: Rearrange Furniture