Should Improving Your Home be a Priority?

Just the other day, we went to a friend's studio apartment to celebrate his birthday. It's just his half-way house since it's just across the street from his work, but he's been staying there on workdays for years. It's small, around 15 sqm(?), no proper furniture in sight because of space constraints, the walls are in need of a new paint job, and well, the space is begging for a makeover.

(I'll be including inspiration photos, and links to previous posts that you might find helpful)

>> Studio Units: How to Make it Work <<


I asked him, "Will you still be staying here much longer?" he said yes. I then proceeded by offering to help him makeover the space. I kinda begged actually. Haha... He won't budged. I then pointed to his collection of expensive rubber shoes.  He got around 7 or so in there. "May pangbili ka ng sapatos, pero ayaw mo ayusin bahay mo?"  (you have the money to spend on shoes, but you don't want to fix your house?). He just laughed. I told him that I'll steal one of his shoes, sell it, and fix his place. Haha.. Of course I won't.

>> How to Deal with a Small Bedroom? <<


But it got me thinking, is improving one's home a priority? Don't get me wrong, if he's happy with it, then I'm all for it. I felt like an annoying meddling kid but I just got the itch to help, since I know that for less than the cost of one of his rubber shoes, he'll have a nicer place to go home to everyday. But as I always say, your house, your call.

I know that a lot of people can relate to him, why spend on a place that is not yours? Something that is just temporary.  You'd rather spend it on food, on clothes, on shoes, on rent, on your kid's allowance or something that is much more important than paint or some furnishing. I get that, we all have our priorities. I guess I'm just biased since I've been dreaming of sprucing up my own space for a long while now. 

>> Spice things up in your bedroom <<


So why should improving your home be a priority? I believe it should NOT be the number one on the list, but it should be there somewhere. There's only one reason I could think of, a very important one...

You spend your precious time there. You go home to wind down and relax after a long day's work. You spend time with your loved ones there. You have your friends over once in a while. You create memories there. That's where you start and end your day. If you work at home or you're a stay at home mom, you spend most of your time at home. You deserve a nicer place. I always say that your environment deeply affects your mood, your outlook, and I believe it to be so true. I'll know for sure once we're done with the Tiny House Renovation and I'll report if I'm in a happier mood, haha.. But seriously, whenever you're in a nice and organized space, may it be a restaurant or a friend's place, don't you notice a difference in your mood? As for me, it makes me calmer, and it clears my mind. 

>> How to Use Pattern for your Windows <<


Okay, I'm not saying you all spend hundreds of thousands and fix your place. I'm not even writing this so you'll feel inclined to get my services (it would be nice if you did though.. haha).  What I'm saying is, maybe you can sacrifice a little to have a happier home? Instead of buying your everyday starbucks fix, put them in your house fund. Or why not skip this month's shopping spree? Or instead of purchasing the latest gadget, give your home some love. But please, still eat okay? You're health is more important than your house. Hehe..

>> Decorating with Silhouettes <<


The point is, you do not need to spend so much. A few gallons of paint is not that expensive. You can DIY. You can refurbish your old furniture. You can add some nice throw pillows. Frame some of your beloved photos and hang them on your walls. Put up some nice curtains. Heck, even changing your light bulbs can change the ambiance of your house. Clean. Organize. Throw away all the unneeded clutter. Your house will thank you. Your family will thank you. And most importantly, you'll be in a calmer happier mood every time you're home.

Are you happy with your house right now? Or do you have a long list of to-do's to have the house of your dreams? You can do it. Little by little, you'll get there. 

Oh and if you're curious on what our house looks like, check out this page--> Our Old House
All posts were from years ago, but it's fun to see all the DIYs I did before my professional decorating days. You might even learn a thing or two about budget makeovers. Happy Decorating!

>> Budget Bathroom Makeover <<



The Office that Never Was

Let's take a break from the Tiny House update, since, let's face it, there's not much picture-worthy progress since the last post. More rebars and form works went up, and that's about it. Can't wait to share something more substantial, but until then, I'll go back in time and share the office that never was.

We made a lot of progress in the showroom before we left (DIY floor, kitchen, main showroom), but the second floor rooms (bedroom and office) was never completed and stayed in it's chaotic status until our last day there. The moodboard above was the plan for the office/studio.

We actually got some of the major things done. Here's what the room looked like most days.
Hahaha.. I know, I know.

It never really became an office, but more of a storage / workshop. As you can see, the major moodboard elements were there: white walls, black accent wall, green storage, DIY hanging light, reclaimed table, wood floors, gold accents, chairs, and wall art, but we never got around to finally complete all the details. Too bad since the room has a lot of potential, we just don't use it that much to warrant a major sprucing up / clean up.

This metal dear head sculpture made by the bf got a corner spot. I love it so much, it will eventually have a special spot in the tiny house.

Of course, we needed a gallery wall of some sort. This wall was the target.

We just got some random frames, prints, and stuff and installed it on the wall. The E (elle) and Y (yuseff) are from a store signage that was given to us. We'll probably install them in the tiny house and have them actually back-lit (exciting!). The bf hated the pointing finger print until we realized that it will be pointing at you wherever you are in the room. Haha.. it's optical illusion, I know. But it's quite fun to move around the room just to see that it is, in fact true. We did it a number of times. Yes, mababaw ang kaligayahan namin. 

See, still pointing at you. Haha

I love this space despite all the mess. It's bright when the suns up, and cozy at night. I love the natural wood floors, and I love the fact that we created some great stuff in here (hence the mess). It would be nice if we finished it, but we have a new office to do in the tiny house so there's still hope. 

Oh and the bedroom, never finished it either. We painted the walls a, what we lovingly call, dungeon gray. The bf loved the color, I hated it. Is it gray? Is it brown? Grawn? Bray? I'm not sure. Haha.. But he loved the cave like feel of the space.
As for the pink bed, that's another story. We kept going back and forth on what to paint the bed. I wanted coral and so he agreed, AS LONG AS he's the one to choose what kind of coral. He saw a shoelace and chose the shoelace color for the bed. When it was done, he was shocked at how pink it actually was and even accused me of altering the color. In which I showed him the shoelace (that he chose), held it beside the bed, and he saw that the color perfectly matched. 

MORAL OF THE STORY: Never choose a color from small items, they are deceiving! haha.. If you're unsure, especially for big pieces or walls, test a few paint colors first before deciding. It will save you some money, or the agony of living with a pink bed. Which I, of course love. 

So that's my throwback for you all. Or I guess flashback since it's Friday. The showroom will always be special to us, we even peek inside whenever we pass by. We're on stalker mode since we wanted to see what the next tenant did with the space. Too bad we can't see much past the main door. As much as we loved this place, I'm sure we'll love the tiny house so much more. I promise not to have grawn / bray wall color in there, and I'm sure the bf will promise not to have a pink bed. And we promise to have a much cleaner and organize office, hopefully.

Tiny House Renovation: What happened in a month?

Before I bore you with construction site photos complete with rebars, coco lumbers, and debris, let me thank everyone for not freaking out over this big change. Yeah, 'coz of all of the problems in this world, a blog name change is something to freak out about. I live in a bubble. But seriously though, it's a big deal for me, and I really believe that everything will be better from here on out. (Bubble. what did I tell you?)

Anyway, boring stuff ensues. Where in the world did that month go?? I don't even know. House progress is steady, but as I've mentioned here, it's somewhat snail-paced. They say it's easier to start from scratch than do all the demo and work with an existing structure. It's time consuming. But this is what we have so we'll work with it and just be thankful for the savings we'll enjoy because of this. Imagine building all the foundation works, exterior walls from scratch? That would totally add up on cost.


Week 1: Already discussed it here. It's just a 3-day work week since they started out late that week, so only minor demolition happened. They ripped out wood wall partition, ripped out ceilings on both floors, removed some doors, and start with jackhammering concrete walls.



Week 2: This is basically still demolition week. Because of change of layout on first and second level, a lot of concrete walls must be removed. It's a very dusty week and I'm thankful for the bf's family's patience. Their whole house is practically covered in dust but we didn't hear a word about it from them. Thank you! I think this week, they also started building the formworks for post and beams for additional structural support. 


Week 3: They removed the roof. As much as we wanted to hold on to it because we don't want to expose the existing second floor wood flooring to moisture, we kinda don't have a choice. hehe... Since we're adding a new level, framework and formwork should be done so bye bye roof. They finished the beam for the flooring of the third level, and started building the post.


Week 4: I took this last photo a few minutes ago (we're on week 5 now). Last week they did a lot of formwork / framework. (gawd how many times would I even say those words in this post? Haha.. But that's basically what they did. Formworks. Frameworks. Formworks. Frameworks.) It's quite a long process since we're like building a new house, so that's where were at. We have maybe a week or two to go before we pore the first batch of concrete for the post / beam. Then we'll move all the formworks on to the next level for the last pouring of concrete. After would be metal works, walls, roof, then electrical & plumbing, only after then we would be tackling the interior. If my calculation are correct, we'll have 2-3 more months to go. Urrrghhh.... so near yet so far.

So what did I learn the past month?

1. I am impatient. I've been staring at the construction site everyday and all I can think about is "Naiinip nako!" I wanted to see it move further along quickly, and I wanted walls and roof NOW. 

2. I need to be patient. Obviously, all this won't happen overnight. There's a process and we need to stick by it. It will be done soon. It will be done soon. If I keep repeating that, then it will be done soon.

3. Hauling is freaking expensive! Since we demolish concrete walls, we need to get rid of all our debris (panambak). 
That load of truck costs us P2500. We already did 2 loads. That's P5000 just for throwing away debris. We could buy bulbs, faucets, toilets, with that. But we have to dispose them somehow, so we just suck it up and did it. To save a little, we asked our delivery people of coco lumbers if they could haul one batch of debris, they already have a truck anyway. So they did it for P1000. Hay salamat.

4. It's quite fulfilling to know exactly what goes on inside your house. Like literally inside all those frames and concrete, inside the walls, where would everything go. Those little things makes you feel more connected to the space. Like you really know it. I'm weird.
I even did a few of the rebars support. Like 3. The bf made something like a hundred, and I did 3. Way to go! Haha.. But in my defense, I would have a done a lot more, but delivery of materials came, and no space were left for me to work with. But I'm proud of those 3. Somewhere inside the post or beam of the tiny house were my work of art. Hehe.. 

5. You need to set a budget but you need to be flexible as well. We have a rough idea on how much we'd like to spend for the house, and it's quite a small number that we're aiming for. So we did what we've got to do to save on cost, but in the end, you need to have a contingency fund to cover unexpected expenses. We're so far from actually knowing what our total would be, so I'll let you know how that goes. But as of today, we have spent 96,735 Php. Eeek.. and we have a long long long way to go. We'll give a final breakdown when that time comes. Soon I hope! Haha

I guess that's it for now. I cringe at how boring this post is because if it weren't our house, I wouldn't even read this. Haha.. So to those people reading, thank you! But still, I want to document this whole build your house thing. I want to look back and see how far we've come, or even to just reminisce on all this process. Eventually, I'll post the fun stuff, the inspiring stuff, but as of now, please bear with me as I compose another post about ready-mix cement. Haha... No I won't. 


My New Home

Last week while I'm on site at Tiny House Renovation, I was looking around observing the framework and posts slowly inching up, thinking "this is it, this is going to be our house." That very same night, the bf and I were again on site, and we had the very same thought.. "The posts are SLOWLY inching up!" Naaatat nako!! Haha.. and that same scene and conversation went on each night after that. I'm so anxious to get past this structural part and dive in into the finishing stage (never had I been so excited to shop for tiles and grout!), I feel like it's taking too long, but in reality, we were just three weeks in. But I guess that's part of this whole build your house thing, you can do and have exactly what you want for the house, but you have to be patient, very very patient... WHICH I'M NOT.


This was taken from the roof of the main house. That's the formwork for the third floor extension. On the left would be the stairs / powder room, middle part would be the kitchen / dining, and on the right would be the living area, where our future chesterfield sofa would be. You see how anxious I am?? From formworks to furniture! Haha... 

I'll share more details of the second and third week progress sometime soon, because this post is not really about the Tiny House. Yeah, that was just me doing a little introduction and I got carried away. 

Since I'm ever so impatient about our real house, I did find myself a new home online. Notice something different? :)


I can't do anything much to speed up our house, but this blog? I'm on it. I've wanted to do this for a long time now, change the blog name that is. But I never got around to it for so many reasons (I've had it for more than 3 years, readers might feel alienated, I don't know what name I wanted, it takes work and I'm lazy haha). But as we're building the house, I felt the urge to finally do it. 

Why do I want to do this switch you ask? I love SWITCHEROOm the first time I came up with it. I felt oh so witty using wordplay and adding that "m" to the term switcheroo. I thought I nailed it. And I think I did. But the thing is, some people don't get it. I guess it's not that obvious. I saw someone linking up to this blog using "SWITCH A ROOM", or when someone ask me what my blog is, the conversation goes something like this:
me: "switcheroom.com"
someone: "switch room dot com??"
me: "no, switchEroom.com"
someone: "Oh, switch a room dot com."

True story.

It's frustrating and I kinda fell out of love with my blog name. I love the blog itself, but the name? Uhmm.. it could be better. Which is quite sad because that is my web identity, my brand, or whatever. I wanted to have something I love. I'm not sure if that contributed to the neglect of this blog, I didn't feel connected nor inspired. Or maybe I'm just too lazy busy. Whatever it is, it's not good.

So the quest to find a blog name ensued. I remember I always wanted to incorporate the word "happy" since that's what I am, that's the vibe I wanted this blog to have, and generally, I want people to be happiest in their own home. Regardless if you live in a mcmansion or a simple little house, do whatever you can to make you (and the people you live with) happy being in it. 

I'm not sure why I didn't end up with a "happy" blog name to begin with since that's what I really wanted. I guess some names that I liked were already taken, or maybe I thought of SWITCHEROOm and had that "this is it" moment and forgot all about it. 

Anyway, I asked the bf for name suggestions even before I told him about the mandatory "happy" word, well, he got some.... 

KWARTORIFIC

ROOM GROOM

ROOM BASTIC

HERE COMES THE ROOM

and my most favorite of all..

ROOM PANES! 

Hahahahaha... he got some more but I left my notes, so maybe I'll add to this very insightful list of his. Seriously though, he got some nice suggestion but it just didn't clicked. Then lo and behold, he told me "What about Decor Me Happy?"

Something in me felt right about it, I was quiet, really thinking about that name. Do I really really want it? Would I change my mind in 3 years? Turns out, I LOVE it. It felt more me. So off I went and checked if the domain is available. It is! Bought it right then and there. (THANK YOU BF!)

I spent the next two nights doing some design tweaks, updating the blog, and changing the url altogether. And here we are, my new home. DecorMeHappy.com

Was I afraid that I might lose some readership though google search / pinterest links and such? Umm, not so much. It would affect pageviews and all, but those are just passersby who saw some image, checked the site, and left.  As they say, few good friends are better than many acquaintances. :)

So to those "friends" I have, do stick with me as this blog will be better. I'm more excited about it now more than ever (wow rhyming! haha). As we build our tiny house, I'll be sharing our progress, choices, ups and downs, and all the fun and not so fun bits in between. As more projects come in (thank God for all this:) ), I'll be sharing ideas, inspiration, and project reveals more often. The bf and I have a lot of DIY ideas for the furnishing of the tiny house, I of course, would share all that too! Tidbits of my everyday life would be seen here as well, I wanted you guys to know me, not just our house or my projects. Don't worry, I won't be sharing what we ate for breakfast or any OOTD (unless you're interested? Haha!), just my life as a decorator / home "owner" that can maybe inspire, or help you have a happy home. That's the dream right?

And on that note, here's something a little personal for you...
the bf and I

See? We're happy! Or surprised? Angry? (He'll kill me if he sees this here haha.. hi yuseff!)

While the tiny house is still in (snail pace) progress, I built myself a new home in two days. And I'm so HAPPY about it, can't you tell? :) So please feel at home and drop by anytime you want, no notice necessary. And while you're at it, a comment or two would be much appreciated, 'coz I wanted to know if I do really have "friends" here or I'm just some weirdo talking to myself. Though I must say, it's kinda therapeutic.

So dear friends, what do you think of the new name and the updated look? Love it? Hate it? Don't care about it? You can be honest, I won't bite. :)


Navy Blue Walls for Living / Dining Space: Love it or Hate it?

I AM an internet junkie. I could spend all day online looking at blogs, photos of different spaces, inspiration images, and such. During the initial phase of Project Dream Home, I had set my eyes on having white walls. See our initial idea here when the plan is not yet for this current tiny house of ours. WHITE WALLS. It's been all the rage the past year (based on my hours upon hours of internet "research")-- scandinavian, casual, airy, all white interiors with natural wood and hints of colors. It goes with everything, needless to say, I was sold. I even convinced / manipulated the bf to like white walls as well. He then agreed, hence this post

But when we're discussing ideas for the tiny house, I found myself doubting white for our third floor living / dining space. I really don't know why... but having a dark cozy walls sound more and more appealing. I'm sure we'll still have white somewhere, but for a main living space, especially with the brick walls and loft ceiling, we're loving the idea of dark walls.

If it were only up to me, I'd love to have this wall color. DARK TEAL.

So so gorgeous. But the bf is not into that, and he really likes navy blue. I don't wanna argue since I love navy blue as well. We compromised and will paint our kitchen cabinets a dark teal. Ha! So basically, I'll get what I want since I love both colors anyway. Haha...

What's your take on navy walls? I know some people who doesn't mind dark walls on their bedroom since darkness = sleep. But for the living / dining/ kitchen space, are you up to painting your walls dark? 

You see, navy blue is the new black. Anything looks good paired with it. Frame gallery would stand out against it. We wanted a cognac / tan leather sofa, and as seen here, looks great with navy. 

We wanted lots of wood elements, and some colors here and there, umm.. great with navy. 

Another thing is, modern / crisp furnishing (see sofa), and or vintage pieces with lots of patina (see artwork), pairs well with navy. It has a way of acting like neutral even if it isn't. Though some may argue that this particular photo is actually showing black walls, which is probably the case, but whatever, if you squint a little, it will look navy, and I'm just trying to prove a point. Haha

Since we're planning on putting big windows anyway, we're not really afraid that it would look too dark in there. See this photo below, it's still fresh and bright even with dark walls. So the plan is a bright airy space when the sun's up, and a cozy space at night.

We're still having white ceiling, and other white things, and navy make white looks somewhat crisper. And see all the different kinds / shade of woods use in here, don't be afraid to mix it up. Nothing to do with navy walls, but you CAN have different wood stains in one room. Just have to throw that in. hehe

I'll be honest, I don't know if navy has got a lot to do with how gorgeous this space is, but this photo just made me more sure of our decision of painting our abode this shade. I'm sure even if you replace this wall color with other hue, it would still look amazing. But we're not talking about those colors so lets all ogle the different texture (wood, metal, golds, bronze, antiques, lace) that looks superb against navy blue.

Just to show you, since we're planning on installing bricks on our window wall as well, it would look a little something like this.

I'm not saying that we'll not change our minds, I really can't tell. I was most definitely sure about white walls then, but look at me now trying to convince you all that navy is the most amazing color there is. But as of today, that is the plan. Navy blue walls for our third floor, and loft level, and we're pretty excited about it. 

What about you, will you paint your living / dining space a navy blue? Or are you afraid to go that dark?

So the one million dollar question is, navy blue walls, love it or hate it?


P.S. If many of you still hate it after this post, I'm definitely not trying a career in sales. Haha

Tiny House Renovation Week 1 & Plans for the House

So, let's pickup where we left off. I shared a whole bunch of details regarding this whole deal in this previous post. How we came up with the decision to renovate / build at bf's family's property, and some plans that had been brewing in my mind that never came to life, or even a hint of the chance to come to life. What?  Read and you'll see.

Anyway, here's a summary of what went on in the past 2 months:

1) We decided / and asked for permission to renovate / build on part of bf's family's property
2) They generously obliged to our request :)
3) Since the area is currently being used (1st floor- bf mom's room, 2nd floor- bf's room, stair hall-storage), we have to de-clutter some area of their house to have additional storage, and create a new room for his mom.
4) Sort, de-clutter, organize galore. 
5) Renovate a room for her mom. See it here.
6) Transfer, organize, transfer, organize, repeat--stuff from "our" unit to make way for the demolition
7) Enlist the help of my trusted contractor to sort of materials / labor for this project. We've decided to do daily or "arawan" for the labor. I'll further discuss in other post re that decision. That would be a very boring post, stay tuned! haha
7) Get list of materials for the renovation/expansion, canvas nearby hardware stores for prices, change list of materials due to change of building strategy, canvas, and repeat. We've actually not yet finalized all the details so we'll be doing this some more. 
8) Get things started! 

Anyway, this week, demo started. We first closed off all passageways to the main house to prevent dust/debris going over their living spaces. Then they went ahead and started demolition. Ceilings we're removed, walls are being jackhammered this very moment, yep that would be the soundtrack of our lives in the next couple of months or so. Maybe not the jackhammering part, but mostly hammering and other dusty and noisy stuff.
Major things will be happening next week and I'll update you with that. But for now, lets discuss the plan.

As mentioned in previous post, the area we're doing is a "cute" portion of the bf's family's house. It sits in 26.25 sqm of lot as shown in this very technical diagram. Haha
Here's the house. It's a two-storey unit attached to the main house to the left. I think this was built around 20 years ago, so all of the interior finishes needs to be replaced, but the structure itself is very solid. As one of the engineers we consulted said, houses made back in the days were sturdier as all materials used were up to standard, so that's a very comforting thought. Anyway...

This is the existing layout. One area on the ground floor were sectioned off to make a room. The stairs were being used as storage, since there's another entry point to the bedroom upstairs via door in the balcony connected to the main house (see photo above). It's like a small maze. :)
NEW PLAN

Here it is. Or should I say, here is what it will be?! Whatever. Haha.. 
First floor:
We'll enclose the big access way to the main house and keep the door by the stairs. Oh we'll also re-layout the stairs. As you can see, the original stairs took up a lot of floor space, which we don't have much of, so we configured it to fit in a 6'x7' area.

Second floor:
We'll also enclose the balcony and make it part of the bedroom. The remaining area will be our storage/closet/dressing space. To save on cost, we'll keep the bathroom where it sits and just reconfigure it to make way for the new stairs.

That's the renovation part. As for the expansion, here it is. We're building an additional level with a loft. Some were asking why would we put the bedroom on the second floor, and living space on the third. Here's why.
Since we will be adding one level + loft space, we'll have a high-ceiling portion on the third floor, around 15ft high, which is a big deal if you have limited floor area. We figured we'll spend most of our time in the living space and office, so we wanted to put that on the nicest area possible. 

Something like this:

Not exactly this style nor design, but the flow and layout. Same narrow space, yet doesn't look too small because of the ceiling height which we love. We can now do our dream industrial loft look. 

Third floor: I tried to fit 2 stairs, powder room, full kitchen, dining, and living area in 26.25 sqm. It's tight, but totally doable. Just like living in a small condo unit. We're also planning to put bricks on one of the tallest wall. Both the bf and I love brick walls, so we'll get it NO MATTER WHAT.

Loft: We both needed a dedicated office/studio space, that's why we decided to add this level. All of our work related / creation (?) related stuff will be in here, hence, all the shelves and storage. One side the bf will design as he pleases, the other side will be my design. I'm sure it will still look cohesive since we basically have the same idea for the house, except he's not so much into pinks and mints. :) But we can deal.

We pretty much know the look we want for the entire space, but that would be for another post. We still have a lot of construction to do before we even get there. 

The other night while looking at all the rubble, the bf and I looked at each other and said.. "Wala ng atrasan to." (there's no backing out now), we've already destroyed their house. Haha.. So this is it! My obsession and dream will soon be realized (insert evil laugh here). We're unexpectedly very calm about it all, excited yes, but not at all nervous. I guess once all the material and labor cost pile up, then we'll be very very nervous! But until then, we'll enjoy the calm before the money-pit storm. Haha


Project Modern Mix: Living / Dining / Kitchen Reveal

I did it! Got the chance to photograph Project Modern Mix a few days ago, and I'm really happy with how everything turned out. The bedrooms are a different story though, there are still no beddings and such, so no reveals for those. Hoping to snap photos of those sooner rather than later, but I'm just stoked I get to share the main area of the unit. 

Now stopping the "intro" chitchat and go straight to the reveal. As stated on the other post about this project, we knocked down one wall to combine two units. This is that wall.

We now have one big open living and dining space. 


The client wanted a very spacious feel, so we installed a grid mirror wall on the dining area. The chandelier is just a temporary fix since the one we got still hasn't arrived yet, so they borrowed one from the store as a placeholder.


We closed the pass-through to one of the kitchen and gave ourselves a showcase wall for their ever evolving art collection. Also note the ceiling textured paper and that big nice chandelier. In love with both!

This is the kitchen we ended up using since it's bigger and right by our intended dining space.

We removed the walls and moved the sink further out to give the kitchen more floor space.


Here's the initial board I presented to the client. Some things have changed (like the chairs, I wanted a more casual chair hence those simple lower ones), but we kept true to the feel and scheme of the concept.




And here are more photos of the finished unit.... and lots of blabber from me. :)

Most of the furniture I had custom-made. Love all the black and wood tone all over the space. It grounds the space nicely, and they pop against our light walls.

That big shelf unit right there will actually be their wine and coffee station. Note the wine glass holder. :) But since they haven't officially moved-in yet (no coffee maker, mugs, wines glasses etc) decided to style it with stuff around the place just for the reveal. hehe

I love love vintage furniture, really I do. But what I appreciate about custom-made pieces is I get what I want. Take the console table behind the sofa for example, I really wanted a simple but graphic base with wood top, and we got it.

Since most of our furnishing are neutral, I wanted colored chairs. Nothing too shocking, just a very laid-back blue. It keeps the space from being too monotonous.

We had a built-in bench built along one of the windows since they have an incredible view of a golf course. But I really struggled capturing this angle since all the sunlight is making the interior really dark, so I decided to turn on all lights and keep the shades down. Bummer. Haha.. Next time, next time.

Even the lamp I had custom-made. Fell in love with a floor lamp I saw online and felt it would be perfect for this project, so here it is. :) It has a really nice tripod legs and natural wood tone.

See what I mean? This lamp is wonderfully weird.


See how the wood and black "pops"? I find it very graphic and nice. That's why I had furniture made with very clean modern lines, I really like the contrast.

That stainless mosaic tiles are definitely a splurge, it makes the kitchen extra special. Since I don't want the kitchen to be sterile looking, I opted for a light wood tone cabinets to echo the new light wood flooring.

This is how the kitchen relates to the space. It's open, but still its own "room". Cabinets lightly matches the floors, grey tile kitchen floors, matches the paint color. And the mosaic tiles sparkles! I want those, but no way it will fit our budget. Haha

I like how everything is clean and modern without being the usual modern space. I really don't know what "usual modern" is, but I just made sure that every piece of furniture is special. Ooh maybe when I go back, I can shoot each piece of furniture so I can share it here. They are simple, but they have special little details here and there. :)


As a bonus, here's the before and after of the "powder room." They actually don't have a legit powder room, what they have are 4 full baths. So instead, they dedicated one of those to be the guest bath, which of course means, it needed to be extra special.

We installed a leather like orange wallpaper to give the space some life. Black sink cabinets were installed, and when I saw this orange / black mirror, I have a "this is it" moment. It's made to be in this room. I'm right, right??

So that's the reveal of main area of Project Modern Mix. I really did enjoy doing this home. There's not to say we didn't have setbacks. We did, as for most renovation. But being able to see the transformation of the space, and my vision come to life, it is sooo satisfying and well worth it. Also got to step out my comfort zone and experimented with some finishes, which is scary but great. Hope to be able to get the chance to photograph the bedrooms, but until then, I'll get to come back to this post and enjoy.

So for the next post--Tiny House Renovations / Project Dream Home just started!!! Woohoo... It will definitely be NOT like this place, we don't have that kind of fund, Haha, but I'm sure it will be fulfilling just the same, maybe more. We'll see. Til then!

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