". Archive for September 2016

5 Best Places for a Family Photoshoot

Selecting pictures may be easy, but there are times we wished that our family photos would turn out to look printed from a glossy magazine. I admit that my family had some photographs taken by a photographer. Here are some Five (5) cheap thrills locations you can have your photoshoot.

The Top 5 Places for a Family Photoshoot

1. Fort San Pedro
Photo credits to Rise.Ph

This is one of Cebu's Historical Places, A great place to bond and have your photos taken on weekdays. You can spruce up your wardrobe in the "Mara Clara" Theme or Simply act as a modern family.

2. Taoist Temple

Photo Credits to: cebubarkada.com

Aside from our Spanish Heritage, Some of our fellow Cebuanos are coming from Chinese Families. If you are feeling Chinese or you have Chinese blood, why not try to have a family photograph at the Taoist temple, get to explore the places and their customs while enjoying the view and your photograph sessions.

3. Rain Forest Cebu
Photo Credits to: Alpaje '75

What movie characters pop into your mind? George in the Jungle? Tarzan? The Jungle Book? or All of them. This kind of feeling of excitement and going to the Zoo at the heart of the City sure will make your family day special, kids will surely be amazed and their parents to see such a wonderful experience. Match your troupe with khaki outfits to feel that you're actually in the zoo.

4. Club Serena Resort

Photo Credits to: Chiangdao.com
Those who may have gone to Club Serena Resort would disagree with me for having this part as a cheap thrill but Hey, you can have a day pass to enjoy the place inside its resort and have all have a photo session, or why not check in from another resort and have your photos taken fronting Club Serena's Beach Front, not inside its resort. 

5. SM Seaside Sky Park

Photo Credits to: chuckiedreyfus.ph
I think this must be the cheapest among all the options given but this place has a wide area you can choose from a kiddie park or the serenity park (when there are no kids around) Having a photo op there can save your time and enjoy another family day after a photoshoot.

Among these 5 options, which one is your best place to go?

Get this Look! Gabrielle Solis


Gabrielle Solis is played by Eva Longoria

Personality: Fiery, shes’s nouveau rich, warm, sensual and lives to her motto; Gabby wants Gabby gets!

Background: A Petite Latina who's beautiful, adored, and bored, former Given Gabby’s penniless past, she flaunts her wealth.

Interior Style: Mediterranean and Mexican

You’ll know its Gabby’s house because it’s a complete reflection of her and physical beauty; you’ll know it from the moment you step inside her home. Her home interior is Mediterranean style decorated with Mexican decors to show her heritage and Old World Artworks to add more accents; with overflowing with luxurious fabrics in rich, golden tones uses Marble Tiles, silks and anything expensive. It makes her home very colorful and sophisticated.

1. Floors - Pick a customized floor carpet covering in beige or light grey

2. Walls - Yellow, the commonly used wall color paint for Mediterranean Inspired and White for Wood frames and areas you wish to make a statement on its own.

3. Furniture, For your Bed, Pick an Iron Made Four Poster bed make sure it has clean lines in Antique Finish. Choose a shade of Red and Gold for your Bed with Patterns of Classical or Mandala look to make it Heavy and Feminine. Picking Red makes her a fiery goddess and so do you! and For your Living Area, Auster Feel of Chaise Lounge and Pair of Seater sofa in light beige or grey that is a little bit darker than complements your floor. Pair it with a Glass Center table with golden legs with a little intricacy on the design. 

4. Art Work - Gabby may not be the person who appreciates art but she knows what would complement the look and feel she is looking for and that is Old World Theme. 

Gabby is my favorite character, her inner personal is just so hilarious yet she's a bitch friend whom you would definitely make you laugh and say the things that no other friend can do; and her character shows a complex society that evolves from rags to riches. At some point, I see myself in her for being a go-getter and I see my friends in here too.

This is my last Desperate Housewife TV Series Feature of the month, So, If you have enjoyed this post; check out my previous post featuring the other desperate housewives

Susan Mayer
Lynette Scavo
Bree Van der Kamp 

Are do want to have this room and make it more of your personality. If you haven't decided yet; Contact Interior Designer Emari Pimentel of Premiere Design at premieredesignph(at)gmail(dot)com or simply go to the contact page of Lounge PHL.

How to Choose Photograph Themes for your Home


I love it when we have photograph themes! It’s like a bundle of Instagram-branded photos placed on a wall.  When selecting photographs for clients, the First thing I would ask them is, What do want to see on your walls? The next question would be, how you want it to be perceived? And the third question is my secret!

Most of us may be familiar with Pinterest and Instagram; there are tons of beautifully selected photos to see, which are applied to your wall.  Knowing this is saving you a lot of energy and also getting confused with what photos you will display.

Family. The commonly used theme for Filipino Families; Remember, during my previous post about Change the way you see beauty about my grandmother’s house, which I mentioned I saw a wall full of their photos.  Having Family photos is like a treasure the more it gets old, the more memories are being shared.

Self Portrait.  It's Epic. As an only child, my mom has a lot of my photos taken from a Studio, and up to this day wherever I lounge inside our house, I see my face even when I look at my mom’s face. Having self-portrait photos is like having a selfie with a better camera used. Didn't you know that it helps a child boost their confidence? 

Travel.  If you love traveling this one is for you, you can have your photos together with your chosen background during your travels or simply your portraits or simply the beauty of capturing photos during your travel. It’s worth placing it, especially the ones that you really enjoyed and has such an exceptional experience.

Nature. It can be a landscape, flowers, or even water as long as it's nature, it is always worth the picture to showcase its symphony. It gives a mystery and noise of its own; capturing things beyond the eyes of ordinary men.

Artworks. It can be a painting, mixed media, or digital art. People who love to showcase their works or acquire one's work. They are the people who appreciate art more than anything and It's a treasure for them to be kept for generations and be an influence to apply art in someone else life. 

These are the Top 5 Photograph themes that I normally encounter, Choosing the right theme for your photographs is like telling a story to those to whom you opened your doors. It gives them a glimpse of who you are what you value in your life. To have an organized wall gallery pick one of these or create your own theme. 

Get this Look! Bree Van der Kamp

Get your look of Bree Van Der Kamp

Bree is one of my favorite protagonists in the story. I enjoyed watching her when she was put in such bad circumstances yet she remains to be calm and in control.


Bree Van de Kamp played by Marcia Cross

Desperate Housewife Bree Van Der Kamp


Personality: She’s prim and proper has a perfectionist attitude and work ethic.


Background:  Bree's main struggle is to maintain a perfect life despite various obstacles such as widowhood (Rex Van der Kamp), divorce (Orson Hodge), and alcoholism hindering her. She was a neurosis and obsessive-compulsive disorder that reflects her being a perfectionist. She has been married three times. Bree is known for her homemaking talents on the level of Martha Stewart. She is also well-versed in firearm training.


Interior Style: Federal Style


Her home interior reflects classism and control; Federal-Style furniture in dark woods that captures its flawless formality. It reflects its perfectionist attitude to maintain it neat and tidy and uses exact symmetry, even on her decors that come precise and matching display.

Get your look of Bree Van Der Kamp

Living Space of Bree Van der Kamp


Living Room Inspiration of Bree Van Der Kamp

1. Solid Wood Furniture in Dark Wood Tones 

2. Using the shades of whites for your walls in a lighter shade and for its edges paint use a dark shade of whites while for your furniture a medium color for your upholstery, follow the Light, Medium and Dark Scheme

3. Apply the word "class", define it according to your preference, think of a formal living room.  Choose a 3-seater Sofa that looks formal and its edges are curved to give a softer look. This also applies to your side tables and center tables they look classy and not heavily decorated.

4. Apply asymmetry in the use of accessories, decors, and furniture. Use matching vases, candle holder and lamp. Everything should be in pair or most of it.

5. Add a little interest, for your single-seater sofa, use 2 different pieces of furniture with one detail that matches the 3-seater sofa. This will have an interesting look. 

6. With your mismatched single-seater sofa, use a side table that is round, after all this part of the living room makes it a little more special. 

7. Add some florals it can be an all-white flower arrangement or English-inspired floral decors.

There you have it a formal living area!

As her character evolved she opted for Hollywood Regency, a sleeker and chic interior that matches her new perspective and personality. It is still formal but it gives a vibe of informal approach it makes people engage in conversation and share laughter with friends.

Living Room Inspiration of Bree Van Der Kamp

Do you want to give your space a lift? Contact Interior Designer Emari Pimentel of Premiere Design through the following contact details premieredesign(at)gmail.com or simply contact her through the contact page of this website.

How to Select the Right Photograph Frame


Picking the right frame for you can be very tasking; with so many Photograph frames available in the market we can buy anything that pleases our eyes. But, it doesn’t guarantee to have a beautiful outcome. Choosing the Right frame is the second thing that people would notice.

In choosing your frame, you must know the size of your photograph and how it will be arranged in which I discussed in my last week’s post How to hang photographs in 12 ways

Photo Credit to: Modern Home Decorating Magazine Trendir

1. Know your theme. In any designer before starting a project, they would ask what type of theme they will use for their client or for themselves.
For this example:  Modern Classical: Baroque

Photo Credits to: White House Market

Photo Credits to: Maria Danielsen

2. Pair with Color. Color Combination is one way to go to have a finished product. Let’s say you have chosen a Black and White Dominant Color for your theme, Match these two colors to the accent color that you want to make use of in your frame. Like like you're choosing your own clothes. This will come easy when you choose your frame.

Photo Credits to: Pop Sugar Home

3. Find the Right Frame.  Make your chosen frame fits right to your wall, this will give a better statement what you wish to accomplish in your project.

Photo Credits to: Pretty Providence

4. Pick your color. When shopping for frames you can choose either Black or White to stick with your theme and play around if the details of your frames.  To have a bolder look, you may pick Red or Gold for a more luxurious effect.

There you have it choosing the Right Frame for your Photograph, Catch another DIY Next Week for more Practical Tips. 

Get this look! Lynette Scavo

Get this look of Lynette Scavo's House

Last Week, I posted about Susan Mayer, my least favorite character yet the one who completes the Desperate Housewives characters. Now, It is another Desperate Housewife whom I am featuring for this week's article.

The Practical Lynette, the mother, and wife struggles to keep her family as she tries to be in control and in an attempt to be back on her career hay days.

She’s one kind of character that reflects most mothers or even single mothers with strong personalities who is always up for a challenge.

Lynette Scavo played by Felicity Huffman


Desperate House Wife: Lynette Scavo

She’s sensible, dominant, and practical.


Background: She used to be a successful career woman until she gave it up for her family to be a housewife. She has 5 Biological Children and 1 adopted from Tom’s previous relationship and a working Husband named Tommy Scavo.


Interior Style: practical and sensible Mission-Style

Her home interior reflects practical decorating solutions, she uses nice-worn-out furnishings, slightly chaotic and a little messy when her kids are around.


Selects sensible furniture in Mission Style Interiors set in Warm woods that can withstand the wear and tear of her busy and big family; chooses large and plump furniture for comfort and durability rather than aesthetic design. Having a big and busy family calm colors are used to soften the chaos, soft blue fabrics in oversized plaids and denim are mostly used to reflect her family.

Area: Living Area

Get this look of Lynette Scavo's House

Living Area of Lynette Scavo of Desperate Housewife

Get your look of Lynette Scavo Living Space

1. Choose Warm colors for the choice of furniture in different choices

2. Choose Color Blue, you're surrounded by boys and boys-at-heart as your main color of the room because boys are mostly seen in this area. literally, especially when they are watching over a Basketball game.

3. Add touches of pink, let them know you still exist.

4. White is the key to unifying the colors around you, the touch that makes everything simple and neat. Do this before installing your floors, it will save you time and money.

5. Start with your floors, when you have an open area and it is practical to use one type of color and material for your floor. (tiles, vinyl, or engineered wood)

6. Arrange your Gadgets, in this way you know exactly what to do next when it comes to electrical stuff. 

7. Arrange your furniture, your bulky sofa fronting a wall-mounted TV and with a rattan weaved accent chair facing to the sofa, this will keep your living area cozy and invokes talking to your family or entertaining guests.

8. add touches of color to add brightness for this look, add orange, it energizes people and it also looks good with blue, white, and browns.

9. Keep everything simple and neat, nothing to fancy about.

Does this Interior Appeals to you? or reflects a bit of you? Well, you can apply some of the tips and have your own home; be a reflection of your personality.

How to hang photographs in 12 ways

The power of 3 in displaying your photo frames

Have you visited your grandparents’ house lately? or noticed their walls full of family photographs and Diplomas? Because I did. In my grandmother’s house, there are these walls that are full of family milestones and seeing this makes me proud.

Family Photographs are ways of keeping a memory lane for those people included in the picture; it makes them bring back to the time it was taken and also one’s youthfulness too. Having a family photograph is like living art, why? It brings us back to the time it was once.
Since most pictures are developed or printed in standard sizes from 4”x6” up to 20” x 24”. The best way to display it is through a frame to keep those memories alive. Here’s some helpful illustration (with photograph size) on how to hang your photographs in 12 ways.

infographic image on how to display your photo frames in 12 easy ways
Credits to Uruguay-Az

Family photographs aren’t the only photographs that you can put on display it can also be your collection, an artwork that you made, or a store-bought piece of art. It can be anything. Putting a nick of display on your walls can make it lively and meaningful. It adds color to your place and invites people to be more connected to you.

With a dozen of variety to choose from the arrangement, there’s No way that a single photograph can’t be showcased in your lovely space. 

Do you find this helpful? Share this Page to your friends by clicking the share button below!

Get this look! Susan Mayer

Be inspired of Susan Mayer's Home Interiors

A month ago I finished watching Desperate Housewives Season 1 to 8. Back then, I remember watching one of its episodes when I was in grade school and what sticks to me the most was Gabby Solis’ character. My friend and I decided to watch the entire season for a month and each episode was like wanting another episode. After watching the entire season, I still can’t get over it so I decided to talk about them.

These four ladies have captured millions of viewers and to this date, it was one of the series that I enjoyed the most. To begin with, I start it off with Terri Hatcher’s character Susan Mayer, she’s the least character that I enjoyed yet I couldn’t imagine her without her in series, she’s the opposite of the three other dominant characters that perfectly combines the four of them.

Kitchen Interior of Susan Mayer from desperate housewifes

Susan Mayer played by Teri Hatcher

Susan Mayer of Desperate Housewives

Personality: She’s klutzy and quirky; her offbeat personality reflects her creative side and being a hopeless romantic.

Background: She is an illustrator for children’s book. A recent divorcee in the first season and is up for a fresh start. Who then fell in love with Mike Delfino.

Interior Style: Eclectic Mix-matched American country 

It reflects her creative, shabby chic, and romantic flair. Her home features a bright, crisp white and green colors that reflect her story in the first season. The style can be seen through the use of assorted fabric and upholstery in ginghams, paisleys, and florals to reflect her personality.

Area / Room: Open Area Kitchen- Dining

Get this look of Susan Mayer

Color Scheme of Susan MayerMood board of Susan Mayer

To achieve the look of her Open Kitchen - Dining Area,

1. Select the colors well, here are pale colors, choose 1 color as your primary color in warm tones such as cream, straw, salmon and pearl for your walls and a secondary color to match your paint such as pale violet and green or it can be gray.

2. For your wood selections, choose light wooden colors, you can choose white mahogany, Gemelina, white oak, beech or pine wood, and you can have it in different finishes color tones.

3. Choose a paneled design for your kitchen cabinet and paint it in a lightly distressed wood effect.

4. Choose a countertop that has a similar color to your color swatch but it must be darker.

5. For your kitchen island, you may use the same material for your main kitchen area or you may choose a butcher block type of wood to match your floor finish.

6. Your floors can be either a vinyl panel from APO, just avoid engineered wood or solid wood in case your kitchen is in heavy traffic.

7. Arrange your furniture the way it was planned and for your final touches. Add a slightly popping color for your curtains that will give a special touch to your Kitchen Area.

Got the look? Share it with us! and Let us know what you think.

Sign Up for our Monthly Newsletter

Auto Post Signature