". Archive for 2018

How did I come up with my services?


After a long holiday season for the month of November, I took some time off after being overwhelmed with the projects I am undertaking. This time I made an assessment of our finances for our next year's plan which includes the services I have offered and done in the past and what worked with me and what did not.

For next year, I have decided to limit my services by streamlining what I can actually offer so as not to make myself thin or the representation of the company I am handling as the company, Premiere Design Interiors evolves and grow I have to make a better decision on what would be the best practices that are applicable on my current situation as we move forward to serve our clients and future clients.

My current services are the ones that worked for me in the past while I was doing a freelancing job while I was having a day job and some were applied when I went to full-time freelancing. However, the combined services did not work well because external factors had to be carried out. Now, that the company is registered and as I approach the 3rd year in Interior Design Practice a lot of realization has been made and a lot of feelings. To get on to the point of the services that by 2019, Premiere Design Interiors will have 4 mainstream services for our clients.

  • E-design, an electronic interior design thru virtual communications will have to be carried out for those clients who wanted inspiration in their future projects and enjoys doing the Do-it-yourself activity and needs the guidance of a licensed interior designer.

  • Full Interior Design and Execution, an end-to-end interior design approach where design and build are combined in a more personal approach, works best for clients who want to be hands-on with the project and have the freedom and flexibility to choose the contractors to be involved in the project.

  • Turn-Key Solutions is an interior design and build with an end-to-end approach similar to the FIDE services. The difference is that the interior designer calls the shots for all the approving aspects and selects the contractors and people involved in the project. The client has limited control as the approving officer is the Interior Designer and enjoys the benefit of a hassle-free transaction.

  • Interior Design Branding, is focused on the visual merchandising of the commercial space and thus ensuring that the brand given to the interior designer will be aligned to the given space without compromising the functionality and aesthetics as it maximizes the productivity of the people involved making it more attractive to clients.

These four services are the ones that I have carried from the beginning that worked for me and have given me wonderful results. Each client has their own preference for personalized services given to them and also to complete it at their preferred time. The services you have just read will are already on my website under the project page.



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The PBB House (CTO)

The Pinoy Big Brother House has opened its doors once again to the new pool of housemates and viewers all over the world and anyone who's excited about how the lives of these housemates would unfold and some like me are definitely thrilled to be see the New PBB House Interior Design for 2018.

As shown in the video for the New PBB House; Suntrust Properties Inc. a Real Estate Developer Logo that was seen as a Door Handle must have provided the new development of the area and commissioned IDR. Jennifer Soliman of J-Design Interior Design to do the Interior works, who also did the PBB 737 Interiors.

Checking out the sponsors of the show for the Interior Supplies, here is a list that Interior Designers can check and probably take a look at.

Outdoor Area of the PBB House

  • Machuca Boldozas Tiles for the Accent floor tile
  • Home Suite for Home Furniture
  • Juan's Garden ad Landscaping Services
  • Quanu Furniture for Outdoor Furniture
  • Rain or Shine Exterior Paints

Inside the PBB House

  • Mozzaico Tile for Main Flooring
  • Teresa Marble Corporation for the Kitchen Countertop
  • Masflex Cookware and Kitchenware
  • D for Artworks
  • Wizard of Ads Inc. for Accent Counter Cabinet
  • Ecoshift Corporation for LED Lights
  • Cebu Home Crafts for Dining Set
  • DecoMAS Philippines for Wall Accent
  • Cube system for the Turf Grass Wall Accent
  • Sylpauljoyce for Living Area Furniture, Lights and Decors
  • La Sedia Furniture for Center Table

Boys Bedroom and Girls Bedroom

  • APO Floors for Flooring
  • Trendsetter Collection for Bedding
  • Salem for Mattresses
  • RSE Roll Shade Enterprises for Curtains
  • RCA for Modular Cabinetry
  • ARQ Curtains

Confession Room

  • DeltaWood for the Doors
  • EJ Pasia Furniture for the Sofa

Everything has been set and PBB Otso has started airing last November 10, 2018 because of that enjoy the show's new design and how the housemate's life would change, just like MayWard. Hmm... Going back to the suppliers, Did I miss any suppliers listed based on the video provided? Let me know.



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Launching of Titan Elastomeric Paint


Last October 20, 2018, I got invited to an event of Boysen Paints and It was a last-minute invitation given when I found out about it. Mr. Ryan James Mantuahac, President of Philippine Institute of Interior Designers - Cebu Chapter got invited for the launching of Titan Elastomeric Paint and its Brand Ambassador Mr. Richard Yap.

Trivia about Titan

  1. Titan Elastomeric Paint is an Exterior Paint
  2. The Name Titan got its name from a greek god who stands for greatness
  3. Its Brand Colors; Red represents fire for Passion and Blue for Loyalty
  4. The Brand Promises 3 things: Affordability (Mura), Quality Product (Matibay) and Colorful (Makulay)
    1. Titan is another Product of Boysen Paints

    Since I have arrived first in the venue among other Interior Designers, I got a chance to check the Nina Ballroom of Radisson Blu Hotel and also some of the people behind Boysen especially Mr. Stanley Ong and Mr. Dick, whoever got tired to support PIID Cebu Chapter all these years.  Here are some take away from our event.

    This is where the photo op during the meet and greet session

    Before I even had a chance to have my photo taken Mr. Richard Yap had a selfie moment

    That's me (in my school outfit for the day) with Mr. Richard Yap

    Idr. Ryan James Mantuhac (Interiors by Ryan)
    Idr. April W. Escasinas (AWE Interior Design and
    Me, Idr. Emari Grace I. Pimentel )Premiere Design Interiors)

    Idr. Ryan James Mantuhac (Interiors by Ryan)
    Idr. April W. Escasinas (AWE Interior Design and
    Me, Idr. Emari Grace I. Pimentel )Premiere Design Interiors)

     The night was filled with laughter and prices that all the winners enjoyed ad what was unforgettable is the Jack 'en Poy games that everyone enjoyed so far plus Mr. Richard Yap's presence as he serenades all the guest especially the girls and girls at heart. The night was fun and incredible and we look forward to a stronger partnership with Boysen Paints and Philippine Institute of Interior Designers.

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    How Interior Designers charge their professional fees


    {Updated as of February 23, 2020}  

    Are you planning to hire and inteerior designer and unsure how much their professional fees are? 

    Let's begin what an interior design profession is.

    Do they decorate and style the space only? 

    Interior Designers are more than that, its the icing on top that you see as a finished product. 

    Think about a Cake that is well designed. You check on pinterest or any platform, you find a pastry chef or baker, knowing that they are capable of doing what you want as an outcome. You show your inspiration to the baker and they created a cake base on what you wanted which is ideally catered to you. From the Selection of Ingredients, Colors, Flavors and Design and The baker or pastry chef does its magic to do what she or he do best. The process is similar to baking with interior designer, you start from scatch and you finish with with a good final product catered to your ideal outcome.

    Are they professionals or just a short term course?

    Its a 4 to 5 year course and reguired to take a board exam for inteiror design to be called an interior designer and below explains this, and that only licensed or board passers can have this priveledge. 


    How much interior designer cost? 

    An interior designer cost may vary from the experience, projects undertaken and the type of their specialization.

    An Interior Desiger varies base on their fees in terms of services as well.

    Consultancy - 500 php per hour for virtual or office consultation on average rate and 1,500 php per hour for on-site or site visit and varies the location the further, the higher price to cover the expenses.

    A lump sum cost of 6,500 php for half a day or 10,000 php the entire day to cover the eight woring hours per day. These rates do not include transporation and food expenses for projects within the location of the designer and the aforementioned plus accommodation for out of town projects—both local and international.

    During the Constualtion this involves sharing of knowledge and solutions to your problem to guide you base on what you are consulting.

    Here are some of the things during a consultation an interior designer can do for you:

    - Interior Styling for Day
    - Designer for a Day
    - Speaker for a Day 
    - Furniture, Furnishing and Eguipment Sourcing 
    - Decorative Material Selection

    Interior Design Fee

    In standard practice, as mandated in 2012 by the law.

    A Designer can charge for a minimum of 50,000 php per small project or below 75 sguare meters.

    Common Examples are
    - Condominiums upto 2 Bedroom
    - Clinics
    - Small Offices 
    - Rooms

    75 to 300 sguare meters rate is at  P1,000 per square meter.

    From 301sqm and aboveNote that charges get lower as the space gets bigger. For areas measuring 301sqm. and above, design fee rates are at a minimum of P400 (1,000 quare meter) to a maximum of P800 per square meter.

    What is an Interior Design Fee included?

    It is the professional fee of a licensed interior designer

    - Schematic Design | Conceptual Design
    - Design Development | Working Technical Drawings
                - Floor Plan 
                - Ceiling Plan
                - Elevations
                - As Builts
                - Power Layouts, Switches and Lighting Layout
                - Blow-Ups 
                - Final Perspectives
                - Furniture Detailing 
                - Actual Sourcing of Materials, and more
    - Design Documentation | Specifications and Final Output
    - Some May include, Submission to industustry partners for proposal and gather proposals in your behalf.

    Given that the standard pricing is base on a decade ago, the pricing had also changed, it also have to factor the location of where you are living, and some interior designers, including myself, stillfollows this and each project is subject for assessment to the complexity of the scope of work, the location of the project and the objectives of the client that he or she needed.

    Does Project Management included in this, I see designers going on site?

    If the client availed of this service for the interior designer, then its a yes. if not the designer may provide limits to this and as mentioned depending on the contract. There will always be a provision that the Project Management is a separate cost either per visit or a monthly retainer fee.

    What does an interior design project managent do?

    They coordinate the daily activities on site including the coordination of contractors and suppliers. Ensure our design is meet and any troube shooting involving the design to be affected, it is our task to ensure our design are followed or find a solution to achieve the design goal. This is composed of Admin and Site.They represent the client side.

    Here are the basic things they do for you:

    - Guality Inspection of the Installed Items 
    - Furniture Inspection , not receiving the delivery unless
    - Inform Design and Construction Team discripancies to meet a designered outcome or find a solution
    -  Monitors the Project Progress to align base on the desired schedule with each suppliers and contractors involved

    Why Separate Cost for Project Management?

    This answers are seen in your inguery
    - What is the progress of the project, Turned Over, about to be built, or we are waiting for your finances to get started?
    - How long does the contractor or vendors will finish this project? 3 months, 2 years?
    - When will the furniture arrive you purchased or had custom build?

    Given this kind of possibities, We also to keep track on time on the progress of the project. These are external factors that we have no hold of. Its a win-win situation for both client and designer to meet at a certain time when he or she needs the service. 

    The contractor does this service and why should hire the interior designer?

    Yes they have their own service and managers on site and their job is to complete the project base on their accordance and uality inspection. 

    For Interior Design and Construction Company who has an in-house interior designer. You dont have to pay separately as long as the designer (paid as per professional fee to design) is also the project manager and constractor at the same time as included the possible cost involved base on the Construction Works to be done.

    How much is the Turn Key Solution or to Furnishing a Space?

    First, you have to identify what you wanted as an outcome for your project as this will cost more that you may have thought off.

    Construction or Renovation are intangible items:

    - Demolition Works
    - New Cabinetries
    - Flooring
    - Painting Works
    - Lighting Fixtures 
    - New Partitions
    - Plumbing Fixtures

    Furnishing are movable items includes the Following:

    - Furniture (Bed, Table, Mattress, Sofa, Accent)
    - Rug
    - Art Work
    - Window Treatment
    - Accessories (Beddings, Mirrors and etc.)
    - Light Fixtures (Movable Items such as Table Lamp, Floor Lamp or Rechargable)
    - Custom Built furniture or Designer Item is also part of this and price is 2x or 50x higher depending on which supplier or a selection fo designer brand.


    - Appliances (Kitchen, Entertainment,Laundry and Like)
    - Smart Home Features
    - Electronic Devices for your Home

    In some projects, the basic things would range 80,000 - 200,000 php depeding on brand and needed by the client and designer brands may even exceed to this amount.


    Door to Door Delivery or other form of delivery is not included unless stated by your supplier or the contractor. 
    - From SM to you Home?
    - From Italy to you Condo?
    - From China to your Vacation House?

    There are factors to compute and this is usually shouldered by the client base on experience working with clients who made purchases outside the country and in Manila.

    Depending on the how much you are willing to invest of your space it is safe to say you can furnish your home with a 10,000 php - 15,000 php per sguare meters to have the basic necessity excluding the professional fee.

    A rough estimate of 20,000 to 25,000 php per sguare meters for a standard finish covering the possible renovation, furnishing and eguipment and varies on the outcome of choices. This will vary on your scope of works needed for the project and subject for evaluation by both designer and contractor.

    Another note to consider are the following professional fees that:

    1. Construction Bond / 1 Time 
    2. Developer Monitoring Fee / Monthly
    3. Professional Electrical Engineer Fees -  Usually asked by Condos when renovating if you will add, relocate any electrical devices.
    4. Professional Mechanical Engineer Fees - Usually asked by Condos when renovating if you will move their sprinklers, smoke detectors and others.

    There are also another options an interior designer can help you in having the visual look of your space. If  you plan to have conceptual designs only, for sure a designer can do that for you on a lesser rate you just have to let them know that you are only inguiring for a concept and not the entire drawings. In which now a days called, Virtual Interior Design, E-Design, or Online Interiors Design. 

    A Virtual Interior Design is the Schematic Design Phase of A Full Interior Design Drawings, These are Concept Drawings such as 3D Modelling and Rendering offered by the designers for clients who prefers to see the outcome and then when they gathered enough sources or planning to do DIY, then they implement according to their time.

    Here's a sample of my friend in Manila, whom I helped visualized her rental property. In which I animated for her and these are all IKEA Products. If you want to see more of our projects, Click this link.

    Given this post, you have a more idea on the posibility of how much an interior design project can cost you and that you, should know what you wanted out from it. Your expected expectations may also meet with your designers especially installations are involved.

    This resource may be helpful to you in the future in your interior design plans.

     {Original Post was in 10-31-2018 Titled: Declining a Hotel Project} 
    {Updated as of February 23, 2020}  


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    Batch 2014

    "I'm graduating!" I exclaimed!  After my thesis defense I found out I passed and I knew from there I'm graduating and I did. After spending hours in preparation for my thesis defense and all the hard work I put through myself, my mom, my friends, and people who made it possible. I truly made it.

    2014 is a memorable year for me. I got my diploma that year which is another milestone that I have to achieve and my mom. Of course, My mom was the happiest human being when I graduated after years of being in school and ups and downs that happened at the end of the day it was all worth it.

    The photos above were after my graduation in 2014 as we celebrate our success. This was my journey towards my dream of becoming an interior designer bypassing the first challenge to graduate from the University of San Carlos Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

    At this point, I was called Interior Decorator after graduating because I was not licensed. According to o Article V. Section 34: Prohibition in the Practice of Interior Design in summary I can't be called Interior Designer, Interior Stylist, or Interior Designer Consultant if I haven't passed the licensure exam and for me to be truly called Interior Designer, I took another meaningful journey by taking the board exam the following year and another fruitful year also for me and my family.



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    The Big Reveal: Baclayon Family


    Every year ABS-CBN MagTV Cebu would pick one lucky winner to be the recipient of their Home makeover for over a decade they made one's home a happy place and thus continue to make each family live better and look forward having a happier place to live.

    In celebration of MagTV's Home makeover, this year's Recipient is Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Baclayon Jr., a couple with a 2-year-old child named Mara. who lived in a small cozy place in Banawa will be celebrating their Third Anniversary with a Bang and with the successful partnership between Philippine Institute of Interior Designers - Cebu Chapter this design project is made possible by the group of Interior Designers; Emari Grace Pimentel, April Escascinas, Stacy Chan, May Angelique Gonzales, Jid Derecho and  Kyle Ocoy to create a Scandinavian Theme for the Young Family of Three.

    Here is a video of the before and after photos of the transition of the Baclayon's Family Abode.

    Watch the full link on the following:

    Watch this Video in  HD settings to get a better look of the design project. Many thanks to the following:

    If you want to have a makeover like this one, Send your letter to MagTV Cebu, Next year and who knows you might be the next lucky recipient.



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    7 Things I learned from A TV Home makeover


    When you get what you wished for. I remember back then that I wanted to be on TV as young as I could remember. I had a number of fun experiences auditioning for talent management and even join a go-see audition because at one point I wanted to be a “celebrity”, a cliché as it sounds but I do. I wanted to be on TV then or maybe I was influenced by how I perceived celebrities back then.

    I love watching movies or TV series, I actually binge on them but didn’t last long when I set foot in college. Not until that day, I see a home makeover then for a Regional TV Show, MagTV Home Makeover.

    Read it right, MagTV Home makeover (by ABS-CBN Region 7 Program) happens every year in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – Cebu Chapter. I was given an opportunity to be part of the show and lead the team of Five (5) Interior Designers; Thanks to Mr. Ryan James Mantuhac, President of PIID-Cebu Chapter, who assigned me this year’s one of the most important task.

    Free stock photo of technology, music, display, business

    With the insights given by Mr. Adrian Diongzon, the Executive Producer of MagTV, Here are some valuable lessons I learned from him during our crucial meeting.

    • ·         Storyline. The Story of the Client would tick the hearts of the viewers that they would want to see a happy ending or see joy in their hearts

    • ·         Theme.  The overall look of the space should be well thought off that will fit the client and their lifestyle which should be pleasing and not overwhelming to the recipient.

    • ·         Designing for TV. Using Bold a Pop of colors would entice viewers and at the same time showcase the boldness of Interior Designers in using colors and still being able to stick to the theme.

    • ·         Don’t Compromise. Since this is a makeover with a very limited time, plans can change and a lot of things happen along the way the function should not be compromised despite the changes while making it aesthetically pleasing to the client.

    • ·         Do-It-Yourself. Educate your viewers to do a D-I-Y Activity, in this way you reach out to viewers who love D-I-Y or simply teach them how existing things can be recycled or upcycled. This gives them the thought of making something out of nothing.

    • ·         Decorate. Showcase something that is Magazine Worthy, simply because it’s something to look forward to the viewers and the owner of the house that will look forward to each day.

    • ·         Coordination. Designers and the rest of the team who would make the dream space into reality will have to be on one page it gives us a direction of where we will be heading and since we had quite challenging weeks everyone seems to be working its own space with a given value.

    With everything laid out to us, it is very important to know the insights of each stakeholder and how interior designers should come up with a design that will meet all parties the recipient and the TV production team. I am grateful to be part of this year’s MagTV’s 10th-anniversary show and if time permits again, I’d love to be part of this program again. 



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