education, home inspo

What’s your home style?

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?

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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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My picks for a contemporary Scandinavian home

Been working on a project where my client requested for super-clean, dust-proof, easy-to-maintain interiors. Since I have been favoring Scandinavian design lately, I recommended we go for a contemporary Scandinavian look—its palette of warm neutrals and bright and airy aesthetic are perfect for the kind of lifestyle and environment he wants to live in. Luckily, his condo's finishes already… Continue reading My picks for a contemporary Scandinavian home

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How to Repaint & Reupholster Your Store-Bought Dining Set

We sold off our old, rectangular, Wengge-finish, 4-seater dining set last week, and as soon as that set was loaded onto our buyer's pickup truck, I couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief.   For years, I've lived with that dining set (inherited from our in-laws' house) knowing that it was just too, well,… Continue reading How to Repaint & Reupholster Your Store-Bought Dining Set

Yummy Eats 2015 The Coffee Cart by Cafepino
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Designing a coffee cart for a coffee mix brand

HUH. So I wrote this entry a week ago, and forgot to publish it. TYPICAL ME. Anyway, here goes. ------------- A coffee cart isn't exactly a home project, but I love the way this project turned out so much that I want to share this here. Besides, I'd like to think that I was able to use… Continue reading Designing a coffee cart for a coffee mix brand

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How I educate myself on all things interior design

All things happen for a reason, goes the cliche. But like many cliches, there is truth to it (which is what makes it a cliche in the first place—it's somewhat a universally accepted fact), especially when we are talking about my own journey into interior design. It was my job as a magazine editor that eventually awakened my… Continue reading How I educate myself on all things interior design

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My favorite design books {part 1}

As a lit major in college, I always relished in receiving book lists from my professors. Book lists only meant one thing: (book) SHOPPING! Whether it was hunting for inexpensive hardbound copies in book sales or the latest, nicest editions in the big bookstores, book shopping gave me such a thrill. And as soon as… Continue reading My favorite design books {part 1}

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How I (finally) styled my home office shelves (part 2)

Remember when I tried styling my home office shelves several ways, but wasn't quite happy with the results of my labor? I think I've finally styled them in a way that I find satisfying. If you don't remember, these are the different permutations of what my home office shelves looked like before. First they looked like this: Then, I… Continue reading How I (finally) styled my home office shelves (part 2)

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Event styling: Glamour-themed 18th birthday party

Just recently, I accepted a project on styling a Hollywood glamour-themed debut (my sister's events company, Pink Sunshine Events, did the events coordination for it). The budget was pretty tight as the debutante had only decided to hire an events stylist a few weeks before the big day. She basically asked me to improve on the decor… Continue reading Event styling: Glamour-themed 18th birthday party

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Styling my friend’s home office and makeup studio

Apart from just being a work-from-home mom, I also style interiors on the side. I still handle a couple of pages in the magazine title I used to work with (that's Cosmopolitan Philippines), particularly the section called "At Your Place," where we shoot and feature real Cosmo girls' living spaces and get decorating tips from them. For the April… Continue reading Styling my friend’s home office and makeup studio