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Project family home: Fabrics

5:44:00 AM
This project is in its halfway mark, which means I'm close to decorating (my favorite part)! So I need to find fabrics and have them all ready once renovation comes to a close. The palette are greens, blues, neutrals, and a touch of coral (to tie in the pink floors). 

Have I mentioned I love creating moodboards? (check out the others I made here, here, here, and here)
It helps me see that what I'm envisioning in my head will actually look good! It almost always does.. haha.

Anyway, with the approved moodboard in hand, I searched for fabrics that would work well with the design. I want them to be fun, but not juvenile.

This is the fabric plan for this project...

I'm so glad I found something similar to the one I have in the board. I love the curtain fabric, its so organic and natural looking. Its neutral but it has this interesting weave-y texture going on.

The cushion and throw pillows will be fun with all these colors and pattern. The key to mixing up patterns is by balancing a busy one with something plain or simple. In this case, the busy floral(ish) blue green fabric is a good compliment to the simpler stripe, and plain colors. 

I hope to see these hung, and sitting pretty on a couch real soon.
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HO of the day: Vintage Glamor

10:00:00 PM
I find myself more and more attracted to curvy, sexy, vintage looking furnitures. You can modernize it by painting it a high-gloss bright color, or play with its vintage-ness and scuff it up a bit to celebrate the details --like what they did to the desk here. This space is full of character and charm. Greys, golds, woods = glamorous.

charlotte moss
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Project family home: The Progress

3:59:00 AM
This family home's renovation is on week 2, and it has come a long way! Don't expect any pretty pictures on this post as we are still on construction mode.  But I hope you can visualize how this would all come together in two more weeks. That's what I do in the midst of all the chaos, dust, and fumes, I visualize and look forward to see a much prettier space. (See before pictures and moodboard here)

Bay window seat
Bones of ceiling-high cabinetry
Shelves and lower cabinets

Day 6
Cabinet doors-done!

Day 9
Primer's on!
Wall color swatches

This week is about painting, painting, and more painting! After this, the visualization will be a lot easier seeing all the colors up. I can't wait to start decorating this place. Two more weeks and this family will have they're home sweet home.

NOTE TO THE CLIENT: Thanks for letting me use your photos (day 6), and konting tiis na lng! :)

Good Chair(s) Hunting

5:08:00 AM
The stylist's home office is almost done except for one key piece (or more accurately-- four key pieces!), the chairs! I just want a simple white wooden chair with some great upholstery. Boy its a pain to find those within a reasonable price. Thrift shops to the rescue!

I went to Bangkal Makati in search for the perfect work seat for those very busy girls (stylist and her crew). I had fun looking around except for the heat! Oh my I think I lose a little weight with our nature's gift (or curse) -- outdoor sauna!

Anyway, here are the candidates:

Hello details! Love the curves on this one. P2000 each.
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Understated traditional. P3000 each.
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I want to take this home! P1000 each.
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Sexy curves. This is such a steal! P3000 / 6 pcs! Can someone buy this already!
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Hotel-ish lounge chairs. P2500 each. 
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Super sleek. P3700 each.
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Can you guess which one we bought? Hint: Mix and match of 2 styles! So you'll probably assume that we didn't purchase the 3000/6 pcs based on my comment above. But I beg you, if you're looking for dining chairs, get those please!

Anyway, if you're going to shop at thrift shops, look past all the dingy woods and tacky fabrics, that's an easy fix! Buy a chair whose shape you love most. The chairs for this office will have a white ducco finish with some neutral fabric for the seat and back rest, and some peek of accent fabric. I can envision it so clear and I can't wait to finally have them done.

Happy thrift shopping!

UPDATE: Find out what we bought here
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(NEW!) Project family home: The Present and the Future

3:53:00 AM
Renovation of another project started today. Technically it's yesterday, but it's still the wee hours of the morning, and it's always still "today" if you haven't sleep yet right? Right.

Before I continue with the point of this post, I just need to warn you that I have been sleep deprived for days, this might have a lot of unnecessary segue. Like this one. Anyway...

We're renovating the living, dining, kitchen, and hallway space of a family home. It sounds a lot, but its basically just one room. We need to fit everything efficiently for a family, and it must look welcoming, homey, and fresh. On top of that, most of their furniture will stay.

Here's the dining / kitchen area...

and here's the living space...

What Must Stay:
1. Dark wood antique furniture (wood sofa and chairs, TV cabinet)
2. Dining table
3. Flooring

The Requests:
1. Work under a strict budget, which leads to number.....
2. Incorporate as many existing furniture in the design
3. Storage, storage, storage!
4. Pale neutral colors with a little punch
5. Frame gallery of family photos
6. Family friendly hang-out space
6. ETC :)

I'm now going to enumerate the things we'll do to the space. Don't scroll down and cheat to see the moodboard in advance! Ooooh you're tempted, I knew it! Haha.. Fine, read at your own pace, direction, or whatever that tickles your fancy. (wow I'm already using idiomatic expressions here, I need my bed stat.)

The Plan:

1. Color
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Since its basically just one room, we'll do the same color for the entire space. With a pinkish floor, wooden door, dark wood furniture, I need to find a color that would work well with those. Lightbulb moment: green is perfect! Pale green that is. It compliments pink, great with any wood tones, and would be a nice backdrop to any accessories. The color scheme is green / blue / white / touch of pink / wood.

2. New kitchen built-ins
Upper cabinets that will reach the ceilings. (extra storage) Simple white color with tons of drawers. (Tip! Drawers are more convenient compared to lower cabinets. So much easier to organize!) 

3. Glass cabinets with colored back shelves
The client has mostly white dinnerware, it would pop with a colored backdrop!

4. Bay Window
Oh how I love bay window lounge area, and I'm glad I get to do that in this space. Plus another storage underneath! Another plus, no need to purchase a new couch. Win win!

5. Dining Chairs
The client was originally planning on purchasing new chairs. But then I saw that they had four wood chairs on their living area. (set with their three seater antique sofa) I suggested that we use that with the dining table instead. It would bring the antique carved element to this side of the room and tie up the whole space. Plus she doesn't have to buy a new one! Savings. We'll just refurnish four of their original dining chairs to pair with the antiques.

6. Decor
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Simple long curtain and roman shades in neutral shade. Colors injected through with pillows, cushions, and other accessories. Frame gallery! (my favorite)

7. Etc
All of the other non-decorative stuff. Replacing damaged ceilings, adding new sliding door, some water proofing action, fix everything that is not working, etc etc etc.


Now are you ready to see the board? Which I'm pretty sure you've already seen scrolling ahead! Patience is a virtue people. Haha...
Here's what the space would look like in a few short weeks.

Dining / Kitchen Side

Living Room Side

I incorporated the things that will stay to really see that all elements (both new and old) would work well together to create a brand new space for this much deserving family.


FYI, I present more than moodboards to clients, but I don't think it would be amusing to post line drawings and elevations of cabinets! <--defensive much. I hate using much at the end of an adjective, but for this one, it just feels right. Okay I'm doing it again, segue galore. Zzzzzz.....

Stylist's home office: The Bathroom Progress

9:33:00 PM
You've seen pictures of the office space, but the bathroom remained in the dark and behind the shadows of the leading cast, the office. Now the bathroom takes center stage. Here's what went on in that narrow space in a span of one month. 

1) The Moodboard
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The plan for the space is simple: classic, neutral, with pops of color from artworks and accessories.

2) Original Bathroom
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That's what came with the unit, and it has served its purpose for years. Time to go!

3) Demolition
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The tub on the right side was removed to make way for the closet space in the office. A shower area will be placed on the far end of the room.

4) Bare
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The bathroom 2 weeks ago.

5) As of now
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All the basics are there. We just need to install the glass enclosure, add artworks and accessories, and remove those plastics! Hooray to an almost finished bathroom!
before and after

Stylist's home office: Sofa before and after

8:33:00 PM
My very first project is coming along really well, which is also the reason why this blog is so silent lately (busy-ness). Only the chairs and final touches left to be done! I'm so excited to finally see it all come together. For now, I'll leave you with one of the before and afters of this space. The sofa. 

My original vision is a french tufted plum sofa. But it's not practical to purchase a new one especially if she has an unused Ikea couch lying around. 

It's an Ektorp 2-seater with the stripe slip cover. It's a really comfy couch, but would definitely not work well with the new office space. New fabric and upholsterer to the rescue! (No, I'm not that crazy to DIY  reupholstering something that is not mine. It will probably not have a happy ending.)

Here's the "new" sofa...
Plum, check. Tufted, check. Curvy details, check!!
It's a nice alternative to the original plan considering that we spent 1/7 of the cost if we have purchased a new one!

More details on the almost done office space soon. :)
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Loft love

10:00:00 PM
When I think about a dream space, it would always be a loft-ish inspired look where there are tons of light, ultra high ceilings and exposed beams in one big open space. That's where the word "dream" comes into play, because a space like that is soooo far from my reality!  I would need to be filthy rich to have that dream, Haha... But I don't mind, I'll be contented with any place I could decorate and call my own. I'll make it my own.

But for my dream's sake, here are some inspiration homes that has some very lucky owners.

Graphic wall paper / blue walls / traditional-modern chairs / shabby chic table / exposed ducts
Not your typical combination, but it works so well!

Good gawd look at that ceiling! and drapery! and flooring! and fridge! and the colors! Okay you get it. This is one totally chic loft.

Not afraid of colors? These loud fun hues can breath and work well in a big space.

I want brick walls. It adds so much character to a room. This worn-out bricks brings warmth to this room. Or I guess that gorgeous chandelier helped too!

This room is so artsy and great despite all that exposed tubes and box. (you can change "despite" to "because of" on that last sentence too!)

I love this loft! Soft and feminine with lots of interesting pieces. 

What a huge post! It's cool to have a detail like that if you have an equally huge room.  A lot would find the airconditioner duct an eyesore, but I say it adds another layer to the space. Some kind of silvery jewel on the upper wall. 

Now back to reality. I've been stalling on my posts and I hate myself for that. It's just a very busy (and happy) time for me. My first project is almost done (updates on that soon), and two new project is about to start. Yay! Thank you God. I'll promise to have a more real time posts on future projects. 'Til then....

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HO of the day: Mixed-up

2:21:00 AM
I love all the mix of styles in this very welcoming home office. Industrial looking wood beams, deep olive wall, textured ceiling, white shelves with traditional cornice, oriental inspired lamp, and modern frames! With all those in this single space, it's amazing how they all work together. I say this is one cozy, very real ("people really use this space" real) looking office.