Look Back: Executive Office

11/15/2017

Do you still remember your very first project? How were you feeling and how did you do?

Looking back at my first project during my college years. A Modern Greek-inspired office, in a year that I could no longer remember.  Almost everything was recycled based on the available materials and items in their warehouse as a start-up company that has a limited budget for office Interiors. 

I was very ecstatic to do the work and I did everything by the books that I could remember. Honestly, not everything I have learned in school got it all right for me. As we worked on this project, It was a bumpy road as I have to struggle to work on my class and working on this project. 

Almost everything has to be recycled based on what's available. The change of colors and selection of materials was fulfilled at the end of the project. I did this project manually and as well as its revisions, I was still learning how to do Autocad at that time. Imagine the hassle of revisions and the time frame given which prompted me to learn Autocad as much as I can.

However, I could have done better most especially the curtains which weren't well coordinated. I must admit that I wasn't happy about this. 

The Design

The room is inspired by the colors of Santorini Greece. The colors where I have to use 2-3 colors to achieve the color desired.

The use of whites and the accent of blue can be found in all areas. Clean and sleek it's what the owner wanted to have a little gold accent.






Who would have forgotten their first project? It was a heartwarming and humbling experience, to begin with. Back then I have less knowledge of the things I know of, in design and in construction. I dived into that shallow waters the soonest I got some offer. Not a wise decision but for me, it was a smart move to lead me to my path. My design standards and aesthetics have grown as I have gained more experience over the years of practicing. 


How about you? How did you do in your very first project? 




Singapore: DC Superheroes Cafe

9/08/2017
Visiting Marina Bay Sands for the first time as part of the plan. However, I was captivated upon my entrance that I got to see and visit the DC Superhero Cafe. Excited and thrilled to see a DC Cafe. I can't stop but gaze and walk back and forth the see the place and took photos in each angle as many as I can. Literally, I was in a FAN mode. 

If you are a DC Comics Fan or Simply love one of its Characters, Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman. and Oh! The Flash and Supergirl? Then this is the place you want to visit.


Green Lantern

Entrance Area

Dinner Seat

In the Entrance Area, You'll see a number of collectibles and Statues of DC Character and to its slightest detail in the entrance area from its menu up to the wall decors; It's obviously DC.


Counter
Counter


Counter

What interests me the most is their details including their counter, a similar Instagram layout of photos curated coming from the comics and some maybe coming from fans all over the world (who knows). The Two half-body statue of the two protagonists well-loved character is perfect. Dazzling its own way. 


Dining Area

Dining Area

And this wall, it's my favorite among the other walls. Why? Simple. It's Superman. Bias but I love that they made a 3D flying statue that characterized him in most of his fight scenes or action-packed figures. The Guitars just added some imaginary music when he breaks the wall. 


PBX Area

This area is the least noticed by any of the designs, the PBX and Trash Area, Despite being the least area to look at they managed to make it alive and still eye-catching to those who may pass by. No walls are bare and No walls are boring to look at. 

The place is great, a fun place to be with kids, young at heart, or even a date to yourself. A perfect haven to reminiscence your childhood superheroes.







Singapore: The Cathedral Cafe

8/25/2017


Travelling can be both satisfying and a resonating fear. Both these two strong words can lead to finding ourselves in a lost world and a fear of the future, especially when you know no one but yourself. I recently traveled for a SOLO Trip and Gosh! No amount of words could describe what went on to those days I had me, I, and I moments. 

And as you know, I can't get off on my eyes on the things that interest me, Interior Design, for a moment I thought I'd be exploring other stuff but my eyes just went "IN" to the place, while I was strolling at City Hall are looking for the National Gallery.

It was raining and I left my umbrella at the hotel that led me to St. Andrews Church, fascinated with its architecture and spacious garden park. I went to check and found myself in their cafe, The Cathedral Cafe. 





The Cathedral Cafe is run by the priests, who also runs St. Andrews Church. Their reason for having the cafe is to attract people closer to God and also to the tourist and locals who would be spending their time in the vicinity. They serve them with mouth -watering desserts and variety of Refreshments from Chocolate to Coffee and Tea.





 The Cathedral Cafe as a modern-industrial concept with pop of colors, which you can see in their logo, the colors used are taken from there. The Cheerful Yellow has caught my eye while it naturally blends with the neutral color scheme paired with Yellow and thus, What made me impressed with this place is their value of space and privacy towards the dwellers. 




They have an area wherein friends and families can casually talk and share their stories about God and related to it. The bookshelf places those items for reference. 



A nook area for thought who wish to be alone or simply wants to look St. Andrews Church and Garden. You'll never feel lonely despite being alone in the area as the serenity can be felt.



A long table with the right amount of blend to dine in groups or meet in groups while other tables are in a group of four.








With a place like this nearby, no wonder that it's one of the to-go places by the locals and tourists, alike. Imagine, If this kind of concept will be brought to the Philippines; This would be fantastic. 

2017 Nursery Room Inspiration

2/15/2017


For First time parents, designing the nursery room is one of their TOP TO-DO-LIST. Seems they gave more effort on this than planning their wedding; Even the godmothers can't wait to see the little Jurassic. In my previous post,  I talked about the colors affecting the baby and this year's Pantone color of the year; to combine these two aspects I curated 5 Nursery Rooms that will give a new light to their design themes, especially to first-time parents. Read along with the 5 Nursery Room Inspiration for 2017.



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Neutral Themed Nursery Room in a Monochromatic Color Scheme (The use of Gray in a different shade from light to dark) Accented with other Neutral Color Pallette using colors White, Browns, and Black. When using this color scheme; there's no need to renovate it with another concept; all you have to do is change the furniture and add little accessories appropriate for his or her age. 


Photo Credit to Pottery Barns Kids
Warm Color + Neutral Color. The use of baby pink signifies the baby is a girl and the gray made the pink stand out in a feminine yet luxurious feel. Grey color goes a long way when changing themes to match. In this, I wouldn't advise that the chandelier to be placed above the crib, just a little bit away would be great. The Pink Curtains gives a statement from the ceiling towards the floor as you could see it transition towards the single seater sofa, crib, and a white rug.
Photo credit to DizHome

 Greenery. This Nature-Themed Nursery Room attracts the kid's attention; as it is spruced up using cartoon figures of animals found in the forest. This is paired with Blue symbolizes the sky and Neutral Colored palettes such as browns that signify the earth, trunk, and soil. I find this having a modern retro vibe in terms of its color and design.


Photo Credit to DizHome

Analogous Color Scheme. The use of Blue, Green, and Yellow is obvious and gave a story to this room to a baby boy's nursery room by using dark, medium, and light tones to come up with this color palette. Blue is the dominant color applied in Light Paint through walls and Dark Blues in its accessories, While Green signifies the good nature that it gives and added color of Sunshine Yellow to brighten up the cool colored nursery room.




Black and White Classic. Definitely, I would enjoy this room; this can be used by either a baby girl or a boy. This room has applied 85% on White making use of the remaining 15% Black as its Accent. Dad loves this room as it has its masculine color on it and wouldn't mind if they have to stay all night in this Black and White Nursery Themed Room.



What's your Design Inspiration? Let us Know by commenting on this page.

4 Pinterest Inspired Relationship Decors for Valentines Day

2/10/2017


February known as the love month. The month that I have spent a million black valentines while waiting for my Romeo to be my knight and shining armor. Many lucky enough to find a beau, a few made it last longer to end up in an engagement and Strong Enough to hold on to a Marriage.

I have mentioned Four stages of relationships. The Beau, The Engaged, The Wedded Couple and Family. Each stage in a relationship has an equivalent Valentine easy to Set-up for lunch or dinner date.  

The Beau


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Surprising your beau on Valentine is sweeter than a planned dinner date at a restaurant or movie theater. From a girls perspective; sweeping our feet never goes out of style. It doesn't really matter if you actually did the Do It Yourself Heart with Cupid's arrow but the effort in surprising us is a big deal.

















The Proposal

Credits to Pop Sugar


To see this kind of set-up with tables and chairs to be filled. I would definitely think that WEDDING BELLS soon to be heard. The set-up used a Minimalist Concept and Do-It-Yourself preparations and a handful of creative people to prepare for this.


















The Wedded Couple




A lot of married women say; after the wedding, their husbands became less and less romantic and Husbands in return would say; their wife was less than interesting. If that's the case for both partners. Why not think of having an intimate dinner by candlelight at home, its romantic and interesting activity to be done by the Husband and Wife.





Family 
House Beautiful

Celebrate your Valentine's with your kids and let them spike up their energy in creating a D-I-Y Heart Shaped with frame activity to surprise your love. 

Whatever your current relationship status would be; it doesn't her to give your special someone something that they could remember.

You can do this activity over the weekend and who knows you might just get luckier in love this time. Doing this activity won't take much time for your special someone and it takes an effort to prove to them how much you care. 

Show your love and make them sweep off their feet with your overly sweet surprise.


Checklist for Nursery Room

2/08/2017

Most of my friends either got married or got themselves pregnant. Having a baby to them is a blessing and since Most of them are first time mothers; I thought of having a checklist for them and other future mothers to have their nursery checklist. These are just a little hand-outs that can be useful for them.





Nursery Room Colors

2/01/2017


Color affects the way we perceive things, make us feel, and how react to them. Newborn babies recognize shapes, colors, and sound. It's a step to nurturing them as they grow older day by day. When it comes to babies, babies are more sensitive to colors; and selecting colors are very important decisions to secure your baby's being. 

The colors used for babies differ; for their room, A Nursery Room has a Tint, a primary color added with white. Let's say Red and to make it lighter White is mixed with Red and the result is PINK; which is now suitable for babies.  The color meanings do not change only the mood it gives to the user. Refresh your mind about the Color Meanings click here.


Cool Colors

Blue Color. The commonly used color for Boys' Nursery Room and some Girls will depend on the Tint (Color + White) or Shade (Color + Black). Though I prefer a dark shade for a Boy's Nursery Room; I only find this color to be applicable to a spacious Nursery Room with natural light coming in. But if you have a Smaller Room; go for a Color that is lighter to maximize the space.
Photo credits to: babylifestyles.com

Green Color. The color of Spring gives sunshine to them; this color can be used for a baby girl or baby boy. This year's color is greenery and can be applied to a Nursery Room; a refreshing color to be used; if you are one of those parents who hadn't known your baby's gender but is too excited to refer your future newborn baby's room; then this is a safe color yet very surprising outcome.



Photo Credits to: 4BetterHome.com

Violet Color. The Luxurious Color of the Cool Color Family. Choosing a darker shade means using less of the color; use it as an accent to make a statement. A lighter color (Lavender) can be used in the entire room as your main color palette; Best seen with Princess Themed Nursery Room.


Photo Credit To Pottery Barn Kids


Warm Color
Warm Colors are stimulating but for the Nursery Room, Bright and Dark Colors are not advisable; I find it disturbing for parents and babies. These colors are best used at minimal print or accessorizing in this palette. You don't want to have a screaming baby most of the time.

Pink is commonly used for Girls Nursery Room; this color belongs to the family of Red. Using this color is good for children. This gives them the right amount of adrenaline to start with the future kick.


Photo Credits to Project Nursery






Neutral Color

The use of White and Light Gray is a seamless classic and neutral color that one can paint its wall. Using this color gives you the freehand to add an accent of color you wish to apply or use the different shade to give texture and depth.


Photo Credit to Popsugar Moms
Photo Credits to RH Baby and Child



Other colors such as Red, Orange, Yellow, and Black can be used but with a very minimal application. Apply Colors that are lighter in color for the walls. Choosing a darker hue is best in one wall or one area as your focal point.

5 must have storage for your closet

1/18/2017


The Closet is the first thing that we clean up our closet. It's the most sacred part of the room after the bed. Let's be honest, the closet is also the hardest to organize, I would definitely agree as it would take me ages to get things done. Purging the Closet is the most difficult to do, yet this is the most satisfying activity after the Holidays; Here are the 5 must-haves to help you clean up your closet.


1. Matching Hangers and Hangers for a type of clothes

2. Storage Boxes

3. Hanging Fabric Shelf

4. Over-door Accessory Hanger

5. Storage Bins and 

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