What's the Difference? Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator


The Term Interior Designer and Interior Decorator has been used interchangeably and often times they are both perceived as  the same level of profession. For some, I experienced educating the people whom I conversed with to give them a better insight of the difference between  an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator.

An Interior Designer is usually involved from conceptualizing a project from start to finish, it involves a lot of work, from the look of your space, space planning and construction up to turn over of the project. Interior Designers work closely with technical and qualified professionals; Architects, Engineers or Specialty Contractors and Furniture and Accessories Representative to get the project done. The Job of the designer is create a functional interior space by understanding the users on how each room will be used as we create comfort and style to their spaces. 

To practice such work, An Individual has to become a licensed Interior Designer who finished a 4 or 5 year Interior Design Course and Passed the Board Exam and become a Full Pledge Professional bearing the title Interior Designer , Interior Stylist , Interior Consultant and some uses Interior Architect to differentiate themselves. These Professionals are members of the an  Interior Design Organization, for Filipino Interior Designer, they become part of Philippine Institute of Interior Designers.

While Interior Decorators are involved in the finishing touches, no technical works needs to be done and they work with Furniture and Accessories Representative. They focus more on the Aesthetics of the the space to capture the style preferences of the user. They can be hired or collaborate with an Interior Designer for finishing touches. Interior Decorators are people who the Interior Design course but didn't took or passed the Board Exam.

Now that you know about this; this information shouldn't confuse you on the things that an  Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator does. On a client perspective, one should access your needs. Hiring a professional simplifies your life, making it easier for you to collaborate your design ideas into your space. 

PIID-CEBU Christmas Party 2016


The month of December means the birth of Christ; as the season of giving is fast approaching and a long-weekend is bound to happen, we say our goodbye for the year through Christmas Parties. As a member of Philippine Institute of Interior Designers- Cebu Chapter, We celebrated it with a theme: Rock of Age.

This year's Christmas Party was held in Bayfront Hotel in Bogo Room. The night was prepared by our officers and made possible by them and our sponsors too.

Almost everyone prepared for this day, their #OOTDs (outfit of the day) are creatively done and some look has less effort but still look stunning and inline with the theme. Some showcased their creativity through accessories and props they brought.

Our Chic Centerpiece for the Night

Our Candies

Table Setup
The nights OOTD Group

Theyre Enjoying the night taking much selfies

The Newly Inducted Officers of PIID

The Newly Inducted Interior Designers

The night wont be filled with fun without Miss Jul Oliva (Interior Designer)

That's us!  The Entire PIID Cebu Chapter Members

Even the night was unexpected for me, As I won the grand prize for the nights raffle; I was not even dressed up but I got the prize from Boysen Philippines Inc. It made my night. As the party was almost over; and we can't get enough of the nights event; We all seating on table 13 won the prizes and it was just fun and continued to have an after party that was unforgettable. 

How to Use Greenery in Office Interiors


Whenever I go to an office, I would certainly look around and check on how the layout was done or how it applies to them, I've seen the good and bad ones according to my perspective. Recently, I closed an Office Project that involves Green Walls, the concept was made even before Pantone released its color of the year 2017; Greenery. 

Having an office is easy like ABC, simple layouts and cuts according to how you want it to be, I know many offices does their own layout without consulting a designer. How about those who cares about their look, their brand? These owners cares on how they are perceived and how they could interact with their clients, which leads me to this topic: How to Use Greenery in Office Interiors, a combination of Pantone's Color of the year and the Office Project. 

Photo: Credit to ArchDaily
Reception Area, This is the first area your client sees, its where most of the transaction is done. Having a green wall behind the counter gives a calming effect, both good for the staff and client. 

Photo Credit to Resovate

Lounge Area, Having a green wall doesn't have to be everyone in your office, it depends on how you want your office to look like for this interior it has a full green wall. If maintenance is not a problem you can actually have this. 

Photo Credit to Michelle S. Cotto

The Hallway, this is the area, I find most office interiors having plain dry walls with simply a paint of color, while some makes use of it as a marketing wall and in this office, they make it alive by installing a green living wall, very organic and industrial at the same time.

Photo Credit to Plastolux

Employee's Lounge, some employees are blessed to have huge lounge area, multi-international companies provides such space to their staff, in this area, the green is everyone, a floor to ceiling green design in terms of color usage. What makes it more standout is they made use of it in their pendant lights, that looks like a living wall in a way. 

Photo Credit to Inhabitat

The conference room, the room where the most important task happens and the room where employees dreads to be. Conference room, are the rooms, I see dark colored wood and heavy furniture being used, which makes me sick and makes me feel down, but when there's a plant, even just a pot, It changes my mood. What more when its placed on  wall; Everyone in that room would be uplifted.

Applying a green wall depends on where and which part it can be placed, the place you wish to see most of it. Having a Green wall doesn't have to be a living wall, it can be a green wall inspired through nature that relaxes you and the other users.

Are you inspired to have a green office? Contact: IDr. Emari Pimentel at emaripimentel (at) gmail (dot) com or contact her through her mobile at +63.917.305.6591

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