Thank you 2011. Hello 2012.

12/31/2011 05:44:00 PM

This year was full of unexpected surprises, good ones! I started 2011 oblivious of the fact that it would be the year my dream would come true. (naks! drama! haha) I've always wanted to decorate and design spaces. I'm a die hard interior design enthusiast. But I thought that was it, just a hobby that I'll do on my spare time, in my own home. But then some genie granted my wish and I'm now doing this thing for real -for other people! Yup, people actually hired me to decorate their space! Humbled and proud all at the same time.

Here's a rundown of what went on in my little decorating world this year:

My very first project is the Stylist's Home Office. I know I still owe you after photos. It's ironic that my very first project still doesn't have its Big Reveal. We're adding some things here and there to accommodate more people so for those who are waiting, promise I'll show it early next year!

Project Family Home. I call this my buena mano since technically it is. Stylist's Home Office's owner is someone dear to me. This one is an actual client who doesn't know me and trusted me from the get go. I love how we got to reuse most of their furniture and still made their space looking brand new.

Food Stylist's Office open doors for me in the print world. This was the cover of Real Living October issue. I sooo love how I was able to go wild with the colors and decorating.

For the Office + Lounge project, I went out of my colorful comfort zone and created this dark and cozy space. I really appreciate being able to expand my palate and do space for different personalities.

This one is more of a side project. I designed a shoe closet for a fashion enthusiast's room. Boy, I wish I have that kind of space, and those kind of shoes!

Family's New Home was months in the making, and is still in the making. Haha.. I came in while the house is still in the construction phase, that's why. But we have built some architectural detail like wall paneling and that one very big mirror accent wall! We already have most of the furniture in, next year we're onto decorating! Can't wait.

♥ Newlywed's First Pad. I got to fit in all the necessities and made it looking oh so sweet. Haha.. It was also great that the client is so hands-on and bought a lot of decorative items! This space will be featured on Real Living Jan-Feb issue. Yey for 2012!

House of Femme -- ultra glam house for two sisters. Designing for this house feels like designing for myself! The client and I share the same taste in design making this much more fun. Big reveal early next year for living/dining space.
Progress for the bedroom. Reveal when the client moves in. Haha.. 

Real Living's Real Makeover is one great experience. We got to make a very deserving elderly couple happy. I enjoyed the time I spent with them, super nice people. Even though the project is pressure-filled with time and budget, I really had fun doing it. (for Real Living December 2011 issue)

This project is another unexpected look from me. Not my typical burst of color space. See... I've got range. Hahaha.. I do enjoy designing all sorts of look as long as it suits the client. Fashion Designer's Lounge Pad is a more serious hotelesque look. Having all sorts of texture and patterns liven up the room without putting too much color.

Those are the one currently posted here. But I've got 2 more I'm working on.
 Clue: "The Kitchen that Fashion Built" and "The Unkabogable House" 

I'll share them soon!

I'd like to give a shout out to all those who trusted me with their space, I can't thank you enough. You are all a blessing to me this year. And to those who constantly drop by the blog, thank you for sticking with me. Also special thanks to Real Living for all the features -hello Kathleen Valle! :)

I'll end this year filled with gratitude and awe, and I'll start the new year filled with hope and excitement of what's about to come.

And last, but definitely not the least, thank you God.

CHEERS! Happy New Year to all!


  1. Wow - I'm so pleased things have snowballed for you; more, and even better, for next year! Happy New Year! x

  2. Congrats on a such a big year!! So happy our paths crossed! :)

  3. Hi elle. Hope u have time to answer my email. The name is I put as sender is Sweetheart. Thank you.

  4. Congratulations on such a successful year! You are such an inspiration to me...I absolutely love your blog. I am eagerly awaiting to hear if I have been accepted into an Interior Design Course for this year. Wish me luck! x

  5. thank you so much everyone. :) sent you an email sweetheart and much luck to you laura, you can do it! :)


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