HO (Home Office) of the day

HO of the Day: Drop-dead.....

5:45:00 AM

How pretty is this space?? The desk, the chair, the artwork.. oohh the artwork. It's beaming with character and just by seeing this photo, you can have a feel of what the owner is like. I can imagine a very chic lady, with a strong personality, and love for history and the arts, doing some serious creative work in this space. Love it!

2013 goals


1:37:00 AM
I'm not so big on new year's resolution. I used to always have one in the past, but most of us know that resolution almost always never get resolved. It's like the sibling of promise, they are all meant to be broken. Ha! But here I am, going to jot down things I'd like to accomplish/change in the year 2013. I'll call this New Year's Goal. Very profound, I know. 

2012 is a so-so year for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm so blessed. Projects are still rolling in, beyond my capacity actually. And I'm forever grateful. Plus, the bf and I opened DuoDeco Studio, which is a dream that I still can't believe is actually now our reality.  But my sort of ADD brain is getting the best of me, and I need to make changes asap. When better to start this life altering goal, the new year of course. :) 

1. Hit reply button as soon as I read the message. I know so easy right? Nope. I have this weird sickness of reading all messages and telling myself that I'll get back to it later. Then later becomes tomorrow. And tomorrow becomes the day after. It goes on. So if I still owe you an email (mostly re inquiries), I'm sorry! I'll get to that very soon.

2. Only 4 projects at a time, max. I love doing this work, and sometimes, it's hard to say no. It's a blessing after all. But juggling too many won't do me and the clients any good. I'd love to give 100% each time, so I'm setting a limit. This will be good. 

3. Organize. My room. Our office. My thoughts. Clutter is such a hindrance to productivity, I knew it too well. So I want to keep (at least my working space) free of clutter so I can have a clear mind. 

4. Give more time and attention to our new baby, DuoDeco Studio. Starting a business, even a small one, is so time consuming. It took us months to get here, and a lot more work has to be done. I love our studio, it's ours. It's our home. So 2013, we'll make it flourish. 

5. Blog MORE. Oh my gawd I've been saying this for months. Before all the project came coming in, I was blogging every other day. Now it came down to 4-6 post per month. Eeeek. I'm actually surprised that you guys are still reading in. Haha... But seriously, this blog started it all. It gave me work, I met some really nice people through this. So I need to get on it to keep this ball rolling. Goal: At least 10 post/month.

6. Exercise. It's been years since I did some serious work-out. Embarrassing. I want to live a little healthier in 2013. Do some sweat inducing activity at least once a week. Cut on sugar. God knows how I love desserts, but I know it will be good for me. I'm getting a year older after all.

7. Travel. The last time I went abroad was in 2010, at Vietnam with my cousin. That was it. She had travelled at least 20 times after that, and as for me, nadda. This coming year, I want to go out of the country at least once. Hello?? HK is not that far away, what's keeping me? Really, I'm itching.

I miss watching the sunrise at a cruise with cool wind blowing my hair.
Oo mahangin sa labas! Haha.. At Panama Canal Cruise 2009. 

I miss chillin around vegas strip.
Literally. Nagchi-chill nako sa ginaw! haha. 2009.

Haist. I shall return.

8. Go out more. Have fun. Relax. Enjoy life. All the cliches. But really, I want that. In order for us to function properly, we need to take a breather once in a while. Or else, baliw-baliwan ang drama

I know this list is so vague, but at least I got one so I can check back here once in a while to assess if I'm at least close to changing/achieving this stuff. I would love to have a detailed bucket-list of sort, but for now, this is fine to keep me sane. Balance balance balance! 

Fingers, toes, legs crossed! Wish me luck. :) 


11:14:00 PM

Every new year is full of surprises, new adventures, triumphs, and failures as well. That is very true for me this year. Had a lot of new projects; had some not so good experience which I've learned so much from; started a new venture for me and the bf - DuoDeco Studio; welcomed a new member of the family -my beautiful baby niece, Raeka; and a lot of other things to be grateful for. 

This Christmas, let us all look back at this year with gratitude and look forward with hope. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and a fabulous new year!


before and after

House of DuoDeco: Showroom Big Reveal. Finally.

8:25:00 AM
After months of doing over the space and simultaneously building our inventory, we are now officially open! :) Check out our newest shop DuoDecoStudio.com

Whew! It has been a very stressful, tiring, but fun couple of months, and I can't wait to show you what we've done with the space. If you want to know the whole story about how we got this place, and how DuoDeco Studio came about, you can read it here

I have a lot to say about this makeover so before I start blabbering non-sense, lets get to the reveal, shall   we? 

We turned the enclosed outdoor space as showroom as well to utilized square footage. There's a little living room set-up happening the moment you enter the place. The entrance to the main showroom is complete with a floor mat ala red carpet. :) 

This is what you'll see when you enter the main door. Chalkboard accent wall with display shelves. The whole wall on the right showcases our mirror collection.

That is the view of the main door. We switched it to open outside to maximize the floor area inside. The BF made that door Eiffel tower silhouette. Cute noh?

The other half of the showroom. Our mini reception / office is on the far left. That's where we can all sit to discuss your purchase and make chika. Haha

By removing the wall, we opened up the whole floor for better flow. Artworks and painting are all over the walls, and even though hard to maintain, I love love love our labor of love, the painted floors.

Here are more photos of the space. I did took what feels like a million shots of the space just to document this big milestone. Haha...

Here's the wall art I did on the blank wall outside. And yeah, we painted our gate gold.

Our biggest piece is this mid-century modern sofa set. The three-seater sofa is actually 3 pieces which I find cool, and I'm not even fond of the word cool.

Chairs! More chairs! Told you I'm into chairs. Haha

One of my fave is this shell accent chair.

Our paintings on the wall ala art gallery. 

Eeeeehhh! Dizizit! So thrilled on how this place turned out. Hope you guys can come visit and see our hard work personally. If I'm not in meetings, client calls, or site visits, you'll surely find me here. Come over for a meet and greet. (Meet and greet??? Feeling artisita? Haha)

Please do check out our stuff and get some pieces for your home. These are one-of-a-kind pieces so if you see something you like, grab it. :) 

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See you guys soon!
design projects

Townhouse Revival: Furniture and Decor Installation

5:16:00 AM
The other day was spent installing stuff for the final stretch of this home renovation. It was total chaos! Drilling here and there to hang frames, deliveries of furniture, hauling stuff up and down the stairs, but it's almost done! 

Here are some snapshots of the place before the final reveal....

Living room
Greens with pops of blue and lots of whites

Hall going to the dining/kitchen


Basketball inspired Son's Bedroom

Daughter's Bedroom
Teal and aqua with punch of reds and oranges

Blue/Green Master Bedroom

So excited for the accessorizing part. Lamps, vases, and final touches will be installed just in time for the house blessing. Oh, and I can't wait to see the furniture out of their plastic wraps! haha... 'Til then.