The 3 Lives of the Tiny House Sofa

The Tiny House is coming along. It's mostly done except for us cleaning up... same old story, blah blah. But the good news is, we already have a sofa. Well, technically, we had that sofa for more than 2 years already, and it was in the Tiny House for more than a month, just wrapped up to keep it clean from all the construction mess.

No, we didn't buy a new one. Nor had one made. If you've been reading this blog for quite some time, maybe you'll remember this sofa makeover I did for the Stylist's Home Office?

It's the Ikea Erktop 2-seater sofa.

That I had redone into this.

It was used in this office for a few years. But since they expanded, they had to let it go to make way for work desks. I benefited with that expansion by inheriting the sofa. Just to be clear, I don't go out there asking clients for their old pieces, she's a cousin who gladly gave it to me. Haha...

I stored it in our old house for the past 2 years. When the Tiny House came along, I knew that I wanted to use it here. It's just the right size, it's spacious for 2 people, and could fit 3 if you're really close with each other, literally and figuratively. 

But we wanted to update it to better fit the look we wanted. We've always wanted a chesterfield sofa, but it's too expensive and we wanted a higher backrest for movie nights. And I wanted to have a tan leather look as stated in this dream sofa post. (Oh my gawd, I just re-read that post, and it's so fulfilling to read that that time I posted about my sofa dreams, we still didn't have the Tiny House. We didn't even have an actual plan at all. And now we're here. *Thankful*)

 So that's what we did. A hybrid of the classic chesterfield.

We had them put tufting in the arms as well.

I love it!! It's so cozy with all the pillows we accumulated (we got more!) and I had fell asleep here a couple of times despite the fact that we didn't have a fan yet. I wanted to have a complete experience so I endured the heat. Haha

Also had them do stitching on the front just for that little added detail. It's petite, it's comfy, and most importantly, we got it for the cost of reupholstery. Very good deal indeed.

Maybe you're thinking that we already have a nice place based on the photos above, but just to keep it real, here's what's actually going on around that sofa.
And I'm not sure how it happened, but it's getting worse.  Trying to organize is just making things more chaotic since we are unboxing all out stuff. Haha.. But, it's a house and it's all ours so I'm not complaining.

Wedding thoughts, plans, and suppliers

While driving home a few minutes ago from the seamstress who'll make me my wedding outfit, I thought I should write a post about all this wedding stuff. So here I am in front of my laptop thinking of what to share. Haha.. I have a lot of thoughts and I'm not sure how to put it into words.

Here we go...

I'm not the typical girl who wants a grand fairytale wedding. I wanted everything to be simple, intimate, and heartfelt. I don't want a ball gown or big long trains, I wanted a flowy simple lacey bohemian separates. I don't want a veil, I wanted a small pretty floral crown. I don't want a strictly formal event, I wanted the guests to be comfortable, but of course still look nice and polished. I don't want the grand crystals and white ceiling drapes with all the purple / blue / pink mood lighting, I wanted the place to just feel cozy and festive with buntings and fabric patterns. I don't want to spend all our remaining savings on the wedding (we did just built a house and a bought a car), I wanted to spend just the reasonable amount without sacrificing the mood and the food. :) Simply put, I'm not the typical bride. Though I'm not sure what typical is, but from most people I know, I'm not taking the typical route for all this wedding plans.

DATE
People were surprised to learn of our 4-month prep period since most of them prepared for one year or more. I, on the other hand, I don't want to have a long engagement, I don't want the stress and anticipation prolonged, I wanted to be done with it asap. One even asked me if I am pregnant.. HAHA... (I'm not). We just wanted the date to be on our 11th year anniversary. So I think the proposal just came in on the perfect time giving us some time to do prep without having the long engagement.


VENUE
To be honest, I've been googling venues even before the proposal. (I'm not the only girl who did this right?!?! HAHA) In my defense, we've been together for 10 years, and I don't want to be caught off-guard just in case. Hehe.. But we didn't end up with any venues we had researched. We'll be doing the ceremony and reception in one venue so I want to take that into consideration. We don't want to spend so much on a place, so it basically cuts our options more than half. I don't want a grand ballroom, or too formal looking space, I just wanted a neutral space we can easily dress up.

I've called a few venues and most are still available. There is one venue that I thought we'll be having our wedding in, Industriya. It's a resto in Marikina with a separate events venue and I fell in love with the space when I saw the photos, and loved it more when we went there. As a decorator, I'm particular with the look of the space and this venue looks great. BUT, a big BUT. They don't have a proper events personnel, they never call back when they say they will, everything has corkage, even basic L/S. But since I'm blinded with the look of the space, I'm still set on getting them. I searched and searched for reviews, there's a few not so nice one but I'm willing to disregard that. Then, I happen to chance upon photos of a wedding reception held there, and found the instagram account of the bride herself, and as pathetic as it may sound, I left a comment asking for her feedback. And she was so kind to reply in detail. She does not recommend them, I'll just leave it at that. As much as I love love the venue, I don't want to be stressed so I decided to just let it go. More than a month passed and they still hasn't called back. To think I'm already pencil-booked..Haha... But to be fair, they are just new (less than a year), so hopefully they can improve their service so people can truly enjoy and appreciate the beautiful space they created.

Back to the drawing board. The sister of the bf has a close friend who owns a catering business (Royalty Catering). She's the one who catered to all birthday celebrations of bf's niece and nephews, and we love the food! We wanted to get them since I know that they'll be more hands-on since we know them personally, and the food is great! But since some venues have accredited caterers, we didn't booked them right away. After letting go of Industriya, I wanted to find a venue that's open to any suppliers, doesn't have corkage on everything, and doesn't charge an arm and a leg.

I thought of village clubhouses --they fit our requirements. I'm only hesitant at first because well... children's party. That's the first thing I think off when you say clubhouse venue. Then I realized, I don't care. Haha.. We're not really big on being concern or affected on what everyone will think of or say. If it's a nice place then I'll get it. Our first option is the greenmeadows clubhouse, it's huge and super nice! (They also don't require sponsorship) Unfortunately, they are already booked on our date. After a lengthy group chat with my friends, one of whom does events styling, I came up to the conclusion that Ayala Hillside Social Hall fits the bill. My friend said that it suits our personality, and theme well. I didn't consider this venue at first because a friend used to live there, and my aunt and her family are currently living there. I feel like I'll be having a wedding at their backyard. Haha.. But it turns out, it's more of a blessing since I got the homeowner's rate since she booked the place for us. :) So, it's settled, we're having our wedding at Ayala Hillside Estate Social Hall. 

This is the main hall where the reception will be held.


There's some sort of a foyer area upon entering the venue. That's where the ceremony will be. Normally, this is used as the catering set-up, but I really love to have the ceremony here so all the tables and catering will be on the main hall.

So why do I insist on having the ceremony there even though it will cramp the reception area? First, we really wanted to at least have a separate set-up for the ceremony and reception. Outdoors is not an option since it's in September, hello typhoon season! Second, and most important factor...

This.
The entrance to the venue which will serve as the aisle. 

I really wanted a long aisle since I'll be walking down with a song the bf wrote years ago. I wanted as much lyrics to be heard, it's a really nice song. :)


ENTOURAGE
We're having 5 pairs. One maid of honor / best man, and 4 bridesmaids / groomsmen. That's it. At first I wanted to have only 3 pairs, but the bf insisted on having more since he has a lot of very close friends. So we compromised at 5. We'll not be having the veils, candles, cord, nor are we having Ninongs or Ninangs. Everyone was shocked about the Ninong/ Ninang thing because its the norm, and as some may say, sayang ang gift. Hehe..But both of us agreed that this is the most comfortable set-up for us. 


FEMALE ENTOURAGE ATTIRE
At first I just wanted a long chiffon skirt in different colors, but I was shopping the other day and found mid-length floral skirts (different color for each). We'll have them wear those and any ivory top. Relaxed and simple. Something like these.


BF'S / MALE ENTOURAGE ATTIRE
We already bought the bf's ensemble at a store that will never be named. Haha.. It's not the typical store you'll buy a wedding attire, but I love the look on him. I'm still not sure about the boys' attire since it's the bf's assignment, we'll probably have them wear khaki or dark jeans, long sleeves and vest. Here's the inspiration for their look.


MY ATTIRE
I knew from the start that I don't want to spend a ton for something I'll wear once. I even told my friends that 5k (Php) is my max budget. haha..The original plan was to have Yaya Tas, our yaya for 30 years, driver, cook, mananahi all in one, do it. She's a great mananahi and I know that with a little guidance, she can achieve the look I wanted, which is just simple. She already retired, but came back for a visit. But, as all the floods our house experienced, one of the casualties is our sewing machine. It will be much more expensive and more hassle to have it fixed for something so simple and something I'll only use for one time. So, as much as I love for Yaya Tas to sew my outfit, I decided to just have a seamstress do it. I bought fabrics from Tutuban, and brought them to Kamuning earlier. I can't comment on the quality or outcome until next week when I get it. If it turns out great, my total cost would be P3290. Fabric and labor included. :) The bf wanted to spend more on my attire, but I insisted otherwise. My cousin even commented on why am I so practical, how will she raise her future child to be like me?? Haha.. I really don't know why. I know that getting married is once in a lifetime experience, and a lot of people spends on their gown to be their most beautiful, I get that. It's not just who I am. I'll rather buy a fridge, or a nice upholstered bed that I get to enjoy for years to come. And besides, sa nagdadala lang yan. HAHA

As for the look of the outfit itself, I just wanted to have separates so I can still use them both in the future. I don't want to waste closet space. HAHA... I wanted something lacey and bohemian. I won't share the actual design I had made here not to take the risk of the bf seeing it, but here are some of my pegs and inspiration. It will be a little dressier than this, but that's the feel and look i wanted to achieve, including the messy waves. 

OTHER SUPPLIERS
I was once so immersed in reading forums a couple of weeks ago looking for recommended suppliers. I'm not overly obsessed but I wanted to hear what other people had experienced. But I usually just have one or two shortlist and easily decides on which so I can finalized on booking them.

HMU
For hair and make-up, I chose Berny Tia since she does the fresh no make-up look. I just wanted to look fresh and an improved version of myself, nothing like extreme makeover version. Haha.. Emailed a couple of people short-listed, but I find her to have the friendliest response. As for the reviews, they said she's super easy to deal with so I'm sold.

EMCEE / L/S
We got Joy Catubig as host because of all the good reviews on the forum I read. There are others with great reviews as well but we chose her because she seems fun and kalog. We're not keen on having a super formal event, so we wanted someone who could keep the guests entertained. The bf though doesn't want someone too funny ala comedy bar, and those who personally got her as an emcee said she's just entertaining and funny but not "comedy bar" funny, so I was sold. Her lights and sounds partner is JMI, so we got them to make sure that they'll work well together.

P/V
For photo / video, I got my friend's supplier (Wedding East) which is fairly affordable, plus I love the work they did for my friend so I didn't stress myself so much for doing comparative research and such. Haha.. Good price-point, great output, and well-recommended so I'm good with that.

OTD
We got Imbitado events based solely on good reviews. I wanted the day to be as stress-free as possible, and I wanted someone I can really rely on to take care of everything on the day. Hopefully, things will turn out great.

INVITATION
I'll do the design and have my friend (instagram @artistichic) print them. It will be a simple 2 page layout. She does invitation (her wedding invitation is superb), and I know we're in good hands.

So far, those are the booked suppliers. I can't give feedbacks yet since most of them I haven't personally met (I'm not doing trial make-up.. hehe), so I'll give review once we're done. Seems like we accomplished a lot but oh my gawd we have so much more to do!! 

DIY
We'll be doing a lot of DIY, like the center pieces and the bouquets. I'm planning to go to dangwa a day before the wedding and buy everything. I know I'm crazy. But I'm not planning on doing a very intricate design, just some flowers tied together. That's it. As for the center pieces, we're buying amber bottles and just put random flowers on them. I don't want anything big or grand since the star of the table would be the table cloth. Bought printed fabrics to be put on the tables. We're doing rectangular tables, and have 3 different fabric prints placed alternately. Something like this, but not all floral. :)


For the ceiling, we'll do buntings and fringe on the chandelier. We'll also have 2 different backdrops, one for the ceremony and the other for the reception. This I'll have our workers do. The perks of having access to construction people. Hehehe... My contractor will also be the one supervising the set-up of styling. I'll be giving/printing out all the instructions and hope and pray that they execute my vision. HAHA.. But I'll have my friend who lives very near check and see the set-up just to be sure.  I'll probably do the styling ideas on a separate posts because, wow, this is getting really long! I actually already did a moodboard, but I'm hesitant to post them because to be honest, I'm not really sure if we can pull it off.  The moodboards might look so much better than the actual, so I'll probably post the boards once the wedding is done, and adjust them based on the reality. Haha...

As much as I wanted to be OC on all styling details, or other details in general, I keep reminding myself that that day isn't about the ceiling decor, or the backdrop, or the flowers. It's about us finally getting married. I would love to execute all of my ideas but if we can't, I'm okay with that too. I don't want to be stressed out on minute details that no one would notice anyway. I'm actually far too relaxed considering we're a mere two months away and we still have so much to do. Avps, music, boys outfit, prizes (we're planning to give out home decor related stuff.. hehe), backdrops, buntings, or all decorative detail actually. We only have the printed table clothes since I bought those together with my dress fabric a few days ago. Next week, we'll start on those. The plan is to finish everything in the following month, and just enjoy the last month of prep. Hopefully, the only thing to do on the last month is the rsvp, and the flowers (day before!).

Oh, and we have to at least make the Tiny House in decent order since this will be the bf's prep area! Would be nice to have photos of them all dressed up in the 3rd floor. Imagine the tufted sofa with navy walls and bricks as their backdrop! They can even shoot on the roof. hehe... I, on the other hand, will do prep at my uncle's house, which is already soooo nice. Yep, our deciding factor for the prep venues is the interior. 

Obviously, I'm still not comfortable as calling the bf, fiance. I find it weird. HAHA.. We're not the smoochy type, we don't even have a term of endearment. So all this wedding preps seems weird to me actually. Nice weird. I, obviously, do all the planning and booking as most girls do, and just ask for the bf's opinion/feedback/final decision. Oh, I forgot to mention our theme, it's south american/bohemian, whatever that is. We don't have a color motif, we just have a feel or vibe in mind. That's it for now. I'm not expecting a perfect day, nothing will be perfect anyway, I'm just hoping for a heartfelt, fun day, surrounded by people we love, and being beside the man I'll soon call my husband. NAKS!


Tiny House Bedroom: Second floor update

So you haven't heard anything about the Tiny House for quite some time. Something came up and I haven't got the chance to share all our progress, which is a LOT!! Our construction officially ended last week. Which means we are done! Well not totally, the workers will come back for one last round of retouches after we clean up and give them a checklist of things to accomplish. But that cleaning up is taking too long since we're not actually starting yet. HAHA... It's ironic how we're so eager to finish the house and now that we're there, it's taking us too long to do our part. In our defence, we have a lot of accumulated stuff gathering layers and layers of dust so it's not just cleaning walls and floors, it's cleaning every single things we have in here plus all parts of the house. Not looking forward to that. Haha.. But we'll do it soon.

For now, I'll show you the second floor. You haven't seen much of it since it was done on the later part of the renovation. It was the bf's previous room, and now it will be our bedroom area. The whole second floor is our bedroom, which is not a lot of space. It will basically house the bed, a tv, and our dressing area.

Here's the view going down from the third level... we did a sliding door to save on floor space.

The view from the door. We visually separated the area in two using an arch. The bf is firm on having an arch anywhere in the house, so we placed it here. We love it!! Since our house is basically a shell, we wanted to add some architectural detail somewhere.

To the left is my closet area. We reused the closet door which was given to us, and I painted the insides pink! Though I can find a photo for now.. I'll share them once I did the organizing. At first I'm not sure how to fit all my clothes in here since my closet now is double the size of this. But, I realized I don't use more than half my clothes, so I'll purge big time. I want to start clean in this house. I'm excited to do it actually, it feels liberating.

On the other side of my closet is this space, which will be the closet area of the bf. Obviously the closet isn't here yet and to be honest, I still have no idea what his plans are. He doesn't have so much clothes so he doesn't need a huge closet. But I leave it up to him, my only condition is please not have your stuff out in the open, and no plastic bins and containers. Hehe

Beyond the arch will be the main bedroom area. It's a small space so the bed will fill the space up easily. This side will have the tv 'cause lets face it, we need it. 

This is where the headboard will be. The door was the pass through to the balcony to the other house. But since we removed the balcony to extend the bedroom area, we closed up this door.

This is that wall now. We added molding on the walls and ceiling, again, for that architectural detail. We're not really particular in matching all level of the house. We wanted the loft office to be a creative space, the 3rd living space to be vintage industrial, and we wanted to the 2nd level bedroom to be some sort of modern parisian. Our house is schizophrenic. haha

Inside the bedroom area looking to the other side. The door to the right is our main bathroom. I'll share those to you sometime soon since we're still not final on what to do with the walls. We left it concrete for now for the industrial look, but we're not really sold yet. Stay tuned! 

We painted the walls a creamy white / ivory color to offset all the dark colors upstairs. We wanted a bedroom that's airy and relaxing. 

Ooh and we installed this light fixture. Love the moderness of this against the more traditional moldings and arch.

So that's basically it for the 2nd level. Of course the floors had been finished, and the doors painted and installed. We can actually move in this floor since most of our stuff are upstairs and downstairs. This space is clutter free and move-in ready! But we haven't bought any appliance yet so there's this aircon hole on the wall. Haha.. But we're here. We're done. After all the waiting and whining, this is it. Now all we have to is suck it up and clean. Haha...


Finally...

That's what most people say when they heard the news. And what news is that you may ask? Well, I'm engaged. :D I never thought I'll ever say that phrase, yes we talk about getting married, we're even building a house together for crying out loud, but I don't know, maybe I'm just not the smoochy type, or I'm not expecting any grand gesture. But it felt so surreal the moment it finally did happen. I was bawling my eyes out! hahaha...

Disclaimer: If you're looking for house-related subject matter, then just wait for my next post. This is just me sharing that OMG moment, and even for just a day, be a girly girl. Haha

Okay. Here goes... As you may remember from my last post, I mentioned going to Boracay for the labor day weekend. I was with the bf (now fiance..WOW.. haha), friends, brothers, cousins, and the bf's brother and cousin as well. And all their respective partners. Everyone was there actually, people everywhere! But that's not the point.

On our last night, he suggested we have dinner alone since all the other nights were spent with the group mentioned above. Okay then. He ordered prawns and I ordered pizza. haha.. He was at first hesitant about the pizza and told me we won't be able to finish it. I was all puzzled since he CAN ALWAYS finish food and we can always bring the left-overs with us. We ordered anyway. After eating, he suggested we went to the restroom. Again, puzzled since we're heading to the hotel, why pee now? He told me we might go somewhere else. Okay then.

But we went to the hotel anyway. I didn't have a clue. AT ALL. I just thought it was just a change of plan since he was on the phone majority of the time, texting / calling.

As we reached the hotel, he let me went in first since he had to "buy" something. I went in the gate hearing a faint guitar playing. I didn't mind it at all. As I turn the corner, I saw a lot of people and for a split second, I thought they are just other hotel guests. Then I realized I knew everyone of them.

The guitar was being played by my brother. And everyone I knew in Boracay was there, in front of me, pointing cameras at me. "Oh my God, this is it." I didn't know where to go so I look back and saw the bf right behind me. He hugged me so tight and began singing.


Yes he made a song, just the day before. I was in tears, and he is too. :) (I learned later on that almost everyone were as well. hehe) After the song, he then delivered the best speech there is. HAHA.. Okay, it's not a speech, it's a very sweet heart-felt message. He'll hate me for using the word "sweet" but it seriously is. 

He then got me a bouquet, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. You all knew what I said. 


As it turns out, he didn't plan on doing it there. It was just a very spontaneous decision a few nights before. He just suddenly felt it's the right time. So he presented me with the guitar my brother was playing, with a diamond ring drawn on it and promised to get me a proper ring.

It was perfect. I had imagined being proposed to, but what did actually happen was so much better. It was sweet, personal, intimate, us surrounded by friends and family. And he did all that carrying a plastic bag of left-over pizzas! Yes, check the photos above, white plastic filled with pizza. Hahaha... Now I knew why he didn't want to order those. :)

I felt so blessed and loved. So much gratitude to this group of people for helping Yuseff out, and for being there that night. :)

And thank you so much Yuseff for that amazing night. I never imagine it to happen that way, and it was perfect. :) :) :) Yes, he already gave me the ring a few days after we got back in Manila, in front of both our families. :)

Okay so I'll stop being a girly-girl now... we then all went out, celebrated, and got drunk. I will, of course, NOT share those photos with you. HAHA...

So that's the story of our one sweet day. We'll get married on our 11th year anniversary this September. Yes, less than four months of planning! That's why I haven't posted in a while. That is another story. I'll probably do share some of our wedding planning here and let you know of  my thoughts. I even did a moodboard for the ceremony and reception! HAHA...

As for the Tiny House, we're probably a week away from completion. A WEEK!!! I'll be sharing all the progress with you sometime very soon.

Tiny House Kitchen: Semi-DIY Wall Light Fixture

Let's take a break from the Happy Lulu update and go back to the Tiny House. So we're not pushing with the new target date of Pacquiao-Mayweather fight for finishing the house since we won't be watching it at home, we'll be at Boracay that time. Yep, this oldie is braving the Boracay crowd this Labor day weekend. Oh my gawd I'm excited yet scared. HAHA... I'm a homebody even when I was younger, so crowded place scares me. But I just want to experience that chaos once in my life so goodluck. hehehe...

Anyway, since we gave up on setting a target date for the Tiny House, we're not focusing on the house hence it's taking much more longer since we're not on top of purchasing materials etc. Was so busy with helping out at Happy Lulu the past weeks, but I'm again shifting my priorities to the house, so tomorrow would be bathroom tiles purchasing day! :) We're really really close to completion, they're now finishing the 1st and 2nd level, and final retouch for 3rd level. It's insane how close we are to finally having a house!


Anyways, kitchen.

As you can see in my moodboard, we wanted a vintage looking copper wall light. Of course, that won't be easy to find as we needed three. Plus I'm sure it will be expensive if we found three identical light. So we semi-DIYed it. Why "semi" you ask?

Well, we purchased this wall light from Wilcon for P400. It's cute, it's functional, but it's too short for what we wanted. The bf to the rescue! Haha.. He disassembled the light fixture and used plastic pipe to lengthen the light.

He then spray painted them copper, and here's our new kitchen task light!

I'm aware it doesn't look vintage at all, but it's cheap and the look works with what we want. 

It gives just the right amount of light that illuminate the shelf AND the counter as well. That's actually the reason why I wanted it longer, I wanted the counters to be lighted too. 

Here's our basically finished kitchen, just imagine food instead of power tools.

Can't wait to use this space. We're already planning what food we'll store in the fridge, what things to stock up on, etc. But that's just crazy talk 'coz the bf will probably use that counter as a workshop. Haha.. We'll wait and see.

Happy Lulu: The Chalkboard Wall

About a week ago, it's all about Happy Lulu. If you have no idea what that is, read here. Well, I was not informed that they'll be doing a soft opening and I still have so much to do!! The first week was in chaos, for my mind at least. I have to finish the menu design (they're using temporary ones for the first week), banner design, final decorating, and so much more. One of those is this chalkboard wall.

I know from the start that I wanted a chalkboard wall. I've been practicing my chalk skills on small signage for party carts, and I thought, well, that's easy.  I'm sure it's not a big deal to tackle one wall.

Boy was I wrong. At first I was planning on putting the chalkboard on a much bigger prominent wall, thank goodness I changed my mind. Though that would be so much nicer so we'll probably still do that in the future. But for now, this will do.

We placed it on one wall at the counter area. And since my brother took some photos of me-at-work, well I'm sharing them.

I have zero exercise so this wall killed my arm. Haha... 

The bf taking his own action shots.

Me climbing up the sink to reach the corners.

And here's the finish product taken by my trusty but very old and laggy S3!! Haha

At first, I have no idea of what to draw in here. Of course the first thing I did was the "Happy Lulu". And I added from there. 19 is in reference to our street number. Since Lulu is actually my dad's nickname, I added the speech bubble with "cheers" since that's the entirety of his speech at my brothers wedding. Hehe... Included the items we have on the menu, and for the corner, I thought it would be cute to have a "shelf".

The bf has his contribution as well at the very bottom... TADA!
Haha... But that actually inspired me to add the plants above the sink. The plants are actually one of my favorite part. I love greens, but since we haven't had the chance to have actual living plants in here, those drawing will do for now.

So that's our chalkboard wall. I'm so sooo proud of that wall... But I have no intention of tackling another one very soon. HAHA... 

I'll be sharing my tipid decorating strategy for the space next. For now, check out Happy Lulu at facebook.


Did that logo too.. :) Oh and yeah, that's my dad. Haha.... See you there!



Old House to Happy Lulu (Part 1)

If you haven't been reading this blog since the beginning, then you probably haven't heard of our family house. That's the reason I started this blog, it badly needed a renovation back then and I decided to document the process, and all the DIYs I did to improve the look of the house. You can read all about it here

Anyway, that very same house is now Happy Lulu. What in the world is Happy Lulu? Well it's the resto my Dad and Uncle recently opened here at our very same house. No, they didn't took up the entire space, it's actually a big house, they just took a portion of the front part, as seen in this diagram below...
Obviously that's not to scale. But that's the gist of it.  The main living area is now so tiny but it's fine, we have a resto right here! :) Of course, I presented myself to do the interiors, I can not let them do it by themselves.. Hehehe. The catch is the budget for the decorating / kaartehan part is really small since the renovation / equipments cost them a lot. I can't just purchase or do whatever I want. But I took it as a challenge, that space needs to be cozy, and welcoming. I'm not going for grand or high-end, I wanted it to be comfortable and homey.

Before I share the decorating part, let me show you the space towards the end of the renovation. I don't have much photo of the process as it's basically just a mess. Hehe.. 

I didn't have any moodboards, or showed them any plans for this. I just spoke with the contractor and instructed him directly on what to do. So basically, I did what I want. Haha.. But of course I didn't went crazy, I would love it if they love the space too. The very big wall in the middle of it all is actually a post, the left part used to be our front yard, and the right part used to be part of our living area. We removed both sides of the wall and kept the post for structural reasons, and even not for that, I love the look of it.


I went with a very neutral white, black and wood for all the main elements. I was actually hesitant about the black part since you know, chinese. Haha.. But I love black walls, and thank goodness I didn't heard a word about it. But infairness, I didn't do it all out, just the lower portion of the walls. Actually, even before starting the Tiny House, I have pegs of this type of wall treatment and I was thinking of doing that for our own house. But the bf's not sold on the idea, plus we did had the loft, so half of the living area has high ceiling which will be weird to have two-tone on the walls. I don't know if I'm making sense, but trust, it will be weird. So instead, I use that wall treatment here which I love.


Anyway, we have existing ceiling beams and upon renovation, had exposed some, so we just kept it and I asked them to keep them / bring them back to wood. They we're even asking me to have ceilings, and I was NO. Haha.. Keep the ceiling as high as possible, embrace the beams as those quirky crooked beams will give the space architecture and personality. 


Since half part of the restaurant was our living room, it of course have windows. Windows to our personal garage. What do we do with it? I don't want to lose the light coming from the window, but our garage is very unsightly. Hehe... So I asked them to build display shelves in that niche and install a smoked glass behind it.

Oh and the floors. As you can see above, we have two different floors. The weird yellow / black one is original to the house, think 1950s. I used to hate it, but now that I know a little better, I love it! I appreciate the history, and the weirdness of it all. I would love to see this house in it's former glory. Anyway, they wanted to cover it up with new tiles, and I insisted on keeping it. I can understand their apprehension since its old and is already showing wear and tear, as expected. But that's what I love about it. The other side are new since the original flooring there were not great, at all. Just did a stripe pattern because I still wanted a pattern, but something simple that wouldn't compete with the crazy yellow one. :)

Hallway going to the restroom. We carved a small restroom for diner's use at end of the space. 

This is the restroom. Chose a simple white tile for the walls. It's classic and clean. But that's not it, I did a little something to make this bathroom special. Small doesn't need to be boring. 

I know it's weird to end a restaurant post with a toilet shot, haha, but that's about it for now. For the next post, I'll show you all the decorating I did. I know, such a tease!

But if you want to see the decorating for yourself, visit us. See for yourself. Happy Lulu is already open. :) There's some sneak peek at the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/happylulukitchen

And while you're at it, like the page as well. Haha..  Check out the menu, the food is really amazing, and I'm not just saying that because it's my dad's. They server really great comfort food. Anyway, I'll share part 2 of this post soon.
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