What happened in 2018?


Man looking at the coast reflecting how his year went by

Another year is ending soon and Hurray 2019! Before I bid goodbye to 2018, this year I would say would be my trial year as I have survived to be working independently for my Interior Design business and a lot of wonderful things happened despite all the trials had come across.

Lesson learned and still learning.

1. Leaving toxic people behind and finding ourselves, Thanking them for they have come.

2. Personal Space is something I would look forward and not just work and home, finding another pack and still with the gang is another stress reliever.

3. Forgiving but not Forgetting people good deeds.

4. Welcome the unexpected, I am not a big fan of big changes especially when there is a third person involved and embracing them is hard since it will take a bigger responsibility to take and a single 28-year-old without any obligations to any and so many things I would like to wander off, things really changed when you're tasked to head the family.

5. Timeline, despite having a timeline in all the goals I planned for the year I can say 2018 had a different path for me and 40% of the things I have planned for the year did happen.


1. No to "Design first, pay later". This is a bit costly too since I worked so hard and only not to get a "Thank You " and "Closed Deal" after a verbal agreement. I know I shouldn't but most of the time I got swayed by those sweet words especially from those people I know of and the lesson it gave me is to respect my time and skill.

2. Look at the numbers and find these people. Numbers can be frustrating when you wanted to do the design work more than looking at the figures. However, the figures determine the amount of work placed into the scope of work and having the discipline to yourself; We got goals and obligations to meet our needs and wants to maintain our lifestyle and to do tha stretching ourselves thinly can become over exhausting and its better to leave it off to people whom we can designate the task to get the results we wanted. 

3. Find your tribe. A support system by people who are the same business as you are and creating friendship because having a support system is something you can treasure both business and personal.

4. Stick to your goals and be flexible with your strategy. I got a million goals and ideas and not all of them worked well with me since not all are effective and matches my goals and not all give the results I wanted.

and Since I don't want to talk much about my other goals like I said 40% accomplishment is still something I will have to work harder, smarter and better. 

Project Mistakes learnt before becoming a Licensed Interior Designer


A Female Entrepreneur  reviewing her mistakes in past the past by checking her laptop

Have you feel so much shame for not being knowledgeable enough over certain things and at that point you said yourself that one day, I'll become better and I won't have the same problem after all. So so many nights you'll be awake and remember what I should have done and what I shouldn't have. I am no exception on those times that I have encountered but it happened.

As an Interior Design student, I have begun getting projects for experiences and it helped me where I a right now. However, I started well for my client understood and help me in the process in the field of design and somehow business matter in this. I had quite a handful of project mistakes that I have learned to overcome as I continue to practice and 7 of it are the things that I would want to tell myself to find as early as those years.

  1. Contractor. Find a partner whom you entrust your design. A person whom you can confide with and be able to retain your business relationship. When starting out, a general contractor is your best friend to make your design a reality. I had none in the beginning because I relied on myself and those carpenters who are all-in-one.
  2. Hardware Supplier. I have a to go supplier and a salesman who became my friend with that it is easier for me to choose and select the type of brand I would likely see in most projects without compromising the quality outcome of the item. So everything I'm buying something or my client wishes to buy, I just tell them to go to this person and hardware.
  3. Your adviser. As a newbie in the design, find someone who will help you achieve your desired look for the space that person should be your advisor or an "ate" in school who has better taste than you.
  4. Your Bestie. Your design best friend will tell you what went wrong in your design if things didn't go well with what you have and how you can improve this next time.
  5. Finance. Understand the value of money. Not all clients you'll encounter will be understanding and not all will have the extra money to spend on the unforeseen purchases you wanted to add. I didn't understand all until I have to experience it.
  6. Function. Know and understand how they operate in their daily lives, not everything is base on the space provided will work for them because you said so. As the designer, one must dig deeper to make it functional as the aesthetics will follow.
  7. Communication. Passive communication with the contractor and owner will not help, it has to be in a timely manner and also let them understand when you are available. Avoid text messaging or social media app, it will just confuse you because you have to identify and trace your communication. Choose one and if the second communication is used, summarize your conversation on the primary communication to avoid confusion along the way.

Since this was base on a newbie mistake, I have improved and learned from them and still learning on ways how I can improve with it. Despite that I am a licensed interior designer, I still make mistakes but not similar to the ones I had before. Like I have said, every project is a learning process and I'm glad to make it through. Check my website to see more of the projects I have to undertake and see the improvement. 

What was my first interior design project?

What was my first interior design project? I honestly don't want to post this but I think I should because it is where it all started from the first project up to the current projects I have undertaken and it brought me a wonderful experience in the past 8 years. Imagine, 8 years since I had this project.

My first project as an interior design student was an office for a construction firm. A Greek-inspired modern office using new and old pieces of available things. I remember going all my drawings in manually and designing things from a scratch and put so much effort because I wanted to make it perfect.

Since this was my first project, the owner has seen me evolve in the improvement that I have and still have a good relationship with them despite that it took so long to finish and the owner was happy and gave some comment as it was my first project. Not that bad for starters. This time it gave me a lot of pointers learnt and how I improved my craft after having this project and to the next projects that I have worked on.
Personally, I have achieved what I need to achieve at that time, standard wise, it was good and now, my standards has become higher my confidence to take projects from one to the other has gained me a whole lot experience and challenges along the way.  This project was even posted last Novemeber as I look back in my past projects.

For interior design students, For me, you shouldn't be afraid to grab an opportunity like this but it does takes time and effort showing what you can really offer after you presented your drawings and be challenge to take and pursue a license once you have graduated.

The project above happened like 8 years ago and it has been a long time already since then, so I encourage you dear readers to check my portfolio website at the following webpages.
www.emaripimentel.com and under my company name www.premieredesigninteriors.com , you'll see how much I have improved since this project.

The 1,000 pesos monthly savings challenge


When I was young, I would accompany my mom at the grocery, back then the nearest grocery store for us was in Robinson's Fuente, we would be there for almost half a day because my mom takes a lot of time to purchase what she wants to use and also comparing one product to the other and not just the product the prices as well. Mom would say to save and also by knowing what type of product we wanted to use for our household or personal use.

Most of us recalled how our parents would decline other stuff that we pick from the grocery its either because of the price or simply because they know that we are just enticed to own it. I know right? because by the time I was asked to do the grocery alone or simply do some groceries, this has become my habit, selecting the product, expiry date, and price. 

How come when we make savings for our life goals it has become an allergic reaction and oftentimes neglects this work because we have other priorities to make. Our mindset was focused on today and instant gratification rather sacrificing a little of what we can have for tomorrow. Like in my previous post, I was working on my mindset and applied one of the secrets to have savings and since I was doing a baby steps back then I'll share to you other things I have learned and its up to you which one is more convenient and easy to start your goal towards 20% Savings.

 Baby Steps to get that 20% Monthly Savings or per contract.
  • BDO Easy Investment Plan (EIP) is a unit investment trust fund offered by BDO in which you can start with at least 500.00 php every month and when you reach between 10,000 - 11,000.00 php you will start earning dividends and even you reached this amount. BDO then will give you a copy of the certificate of Investment upon reaching the 10 - 11,000.00 PHP. They will still continue to deduct the same amount you indicated base on your BDO EIP Form which you can always increase anytime and depending how much you want to contribute monthly. Your earnings will depend on the economy and the best yield will be after 5-10 years.  To know more about BDO EIP, click this link. 
Minimum investment: 500.00 PHP Monthly
  • SunLife Prosperity Fund is a mutual fund wherein you can start investing at 1,000php monthly, similar to BDO EIP in which you can also link your Bank Account to SunLife and have it auto-debited to your account from their partnered banks. 
Minimum investment: 1,000.00 PHP Monthly
  • BPI Direct Save Up Automatic Savings and Insurance. BPI and Philam Life is a strategic partnership of two companies wherein BPI does the banking transaction while Philam Life covers for the insurance. For this service, they will deduct 1,000.00 PHP for your Automatic Savings to be invested in BPI Mutual Funds while another 1,000.00 PHP will be allocated for your Insurance. A total of 2,000.00 PHP will be deducted monthly. Interested in this investment scheme, then check out this link to get more info.
Minimum investment: 2,000 PHP Monthly

There are higher amount which you can start with but if you are those most people felt that starting an investment at 5,000.00 PHP is a bit too high, to begin with, then start with the 500 PHP or 1000 PHP or 2,000 PHP whichever investment you felt right for you when starting out because starting this journey is easy the hard part is maintaining what you have started.

When you are ready to take a higher step then you can apply for another investment from another financial provider or go to your current provider and ask for a form to increase your contribution. I would suggest diversifying your savings when you take another step and still maintain your contribution to your first investment.  

Taking a baby step was very helpful when i was starting out and to this point I'm glad I made thru with it despite the challenge that has come to me and despite the number of times I thought I just wanted to use it for another stuff and then again, Self-Discipline for Personal Freedom is my end game.

How did I come up with my services?


After a long holiday season for the month of November, I took sometime off after being overwhelmed with the projects I am undertaking. This time I made an assessment of our finances for our next years 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 as not to make myself thin nor 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 is applicable on my current situation as we move forward to serve our clients and future clients.

My current services are the ones worked for me in the past while I was doing freelancing job while I was having a day job and some where applied when I went to full time freelancing. However, the combined services did not worked well as the external factors have 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 feels. To get on to the point of the services that by 2019, Premiere Design Interiors will have 4 main stream services to our clients.

  • E-design, a electronic interior design thru virtual communications will have to be carried for those clients who wanted an 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 is combined in a more personal approach, this works best for clients who wants to be  hands on to the project and has 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 aspect and selects the contractors and people involved in the project. Client has a 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 more attractive to clients.

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

Three ways to handle your money


In my previous post, I gave the  5 main reasons why I need a financial goal and before we talk further about financial literacy in which I am not an expert of but I can say I have a high level of knowledge in a certain aspect. As a creative person, I have mentioned that it's hard for me to save and because there was a lack of interest to apply the things I learned in various means of information fed to my brain and the fact that I "hate" numbers to deal with.

Life ain't like that, It's complicated and tricky especially with numbers involved and despite I don't like to deal with numbers, I learned to work out things and I enjoyed some of it despite me wanted to puke many times because I have to deal with it every now and then.

To give a brief summary of the reasons why I choose financial goals
1. No Work = No Pay; this is how freelancing works
2. Personal Obligations = Rent, and Bills
3. Personal Freedom = Life Goals as described by BDO, Buying a house, your first car and etc.
4. My Lifestyle
5. Marketing for my Business

For quite some time, I've tried and practiced a variety of what I call savings formula, applying the things I learned from all financial seminar and books I have read. Some were applicable and some are during those time and though there are practices that worked well with me while other's aren't until one day a close friend gave me a book, The Abundance Formula by BO Sanchez, this book upon reading it worked well with me and which I am currently practicing as well.

To simplify, the abundance formula is a 100-10-20-70; in percentage (%); the 100% active income is divided into 3 parts; the 10% Tithe, 20% Savings and 70% Personal Finance. In my case, I started working on the 20% Savings.
  •  20% Savings - Personal Freedom falls under this category; yes, yes and yes. Having savings can be impossible especially for the young ones who is just starting out in their career path and like most young professional who are in this position, having a savings account can be such a tough call to make. In fact on the first few years when I was trying to make a savings, I always cheated on myself that I end up "NO" Savings for my life goal and when I made a firm decision to follow the formula It was really hard as I am tempted to look to achieve a small goal and 20% was like "uh-oh!" and "I'll save later" and a made a lot of compromising decision just to satisfy my goals. What I did, was before I had my 20% Savings, I worked out on my mindset by starting small. I had a personal bank account and enrolled my account to the investment service of the bank wherein I started having 1,000.00 php deducted every month and every time I see that deduction, I reminded myself of the Life Goals until such time 20% was never an issue to me at all.
TIP: Enroll in an Auto-Debit Agreement with your bank or Investment provider in which helped myself change my mindset and it was effective it took months before i stopped thinking about the money auto-debited and that when I increased by savings by 20% it become an instant gratification knowing that 20% is for for my Life Goal and since I was able to change my mindset in having a savings, tithing was become my next goal. 
  • 10% Tithe - 10% of your income goes to tithing according to Deuteronomy 14:22-26 and other bible verses too, this is a very hard thing to work on especially when you are used to have everything you have for yourself and this year, I'm glad to say that I was able to consistently contribute on my tithes despite me, myself and I wanted not to do this action and good thing that despite my mind would argue with this topic at most time or me tempted to use this; its intact and when I felt that I need to contribute I felt good to share it. 
TIP: Have a Passbook Savings account that is away from your location , so you wont be tempted to get your money from the back and an ATM should not be an option at this point, let your money grow in the bank and when its the right time to share your blessings, share only base on the exceeding amount of your maintaining balance.
  • 70% Personal Finance- My Personal Obligation falls under this category, my lifestyle, and marketing for my business. This is where everything becomes a jungle for me as I need to find more ways to increase my income while working on this budget allocated and be more efficient and aggressive to serve my clients. I won't talk too much about personal finance because each individual has its own personal monthly obligation such as house rent, electric bills, and even phone bills. It is up to you on how you will manage this.
TIP: Know your fixed monthly expenses which is your personal monthly obligation and also the realistic lifestyle that you have and take an assessment which one are you willing to change and what needs to be eliminated.

Despite the topic of Money is a sensitive issue, many people still don't know the importance of handling their money whether they are professionals or not. In my case, despite knowing its importance it takes a whole level to achieve this formula by starting of changing my mindset. I enjoyed my hard earned money without savings as a saying goes "mayaman ngayon, pulubi bukas"; that compliments well with those people who's mindset or lifestyle of a one-day millionaire and when I realize the importance of handling my money because I was aiming for a bigger goal, implementing it becomes easy and i have to do a lot of self-convincing towards myself on why I did that particular action over and over, and like what I said until it never become an issue to me.

You want something? Then make it work.

 Let's talk more about savings and why you should know where you wanted to invest on our next topic.


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 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 are some list that Interior Designers can check and probably take a look.

Outdoor Area of the PBB House

  • Mahuca 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 Counter top
  • 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
  • Cubesystem 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 and because of that enjoy the show's new design and how the housemates life would change, just like MayWard. Hmm... Going back to the suppliers, Did I miss any suppliers listed base on the video provided? Let me know.

5 Reason why we need a Financial Goal


December is the month of gift giving, the month where we spend most of our money to share our blessings and to show our love to family and friends. A time where our Christmas Resolution and New Year's resolution become a long haul of listing and thinking, until we get to see that list again or not all on the next Christmas season.

The point is most of it is 10% become real, 10% was started or about to accomplish and then here's another 50% you're going to this that again for the following year and what's left is the 30% where you plan to change it for some reason just don't think its gonna happen.

We'll let's have it simplified. In my personal perspective I somehow overspend my own savings from my personal obligations up to my impromptu purchases. I have my own guilty pleasure and seasonal mood swings to do things maybe because I'm a creative person or simply because I'm just that or maybe, I don't have a self control over my spending. My answer is all of the above.

Why? Simply because I was living at the moment is some point in my life that I wanted to feel free, free to do certain things that I just wanted to do with my own time and earnings and then when its "gone" the after effect becomes more clear and clearer to the point you plan things out for you not to lose at all.

2018, I gave myself a theme "HUSTLE MORE" this is because in 2017, my year was "HUSTLE", base on the learnings I got from Arriane Serafico's Braver Goals that I had in 2017 and unfortunately I wasn't able to complete it that's fine and I plan to work back on it. Fast forward, Some of my friends were talking about law of attraction and law of gratitude that made me wanted to write about this topic.

2018's theme is HUSTLE MORE to breakdown one of the particular category was FINANCIAL GOAL as one of the Top 3 Important Goals I want to achieve this year on the following reasons:
  1. I'm a freelancer; My earnings will depend on how I work and how things would turn out to be.
  2. Personal Obligations. I have bills to pay that's called Adulting and being responsible to contribute or provide things at home.
  3. Personal Freedom; as young as I was I wanted freedom in general and for me to achieve personal freedom I have to work out on my Financial Freedom despite I think I was a bit late to start it because I felt and realize I wasn't seeing results of my any of my hard work despite all the books, e-books, seminars and YouTube videos I have read and listened to. A little action was made on my part and it was both consistent and inconsistent on different areas.
  4.   The Dora inside of me. "Dora, the explorer" is a children's show and despite me not liking it there are time's I was able to watch it and I love to explore new food and places and anything that interest me. In short, I want to travel as much as I can
  5. and last but not the least, Business funds for my Interior Design Services for me to operate in a larger scale.
and these 5 will have to continue until the following years to come because i need to be consistent on the END GOAL if I wanted to achieve them, the key is to achieve this goal is to be able to provide a better service and understanding of one's self and to take a few steps backwards what matters to you because no matter how many times I write, share and be heard; it means nothing without consistent action on my own part. 

On my next post, I'll share on the ways on How to Achieve your Financial Goal as a creative person.

What am I passionate about?


By the definition of passionate is someone who has a strong desire or strong feelings towards a belief that can lead to a positive effect on our lives or may go to the other way. Looking at the brighter side of everything, passion is a great emotion driven by personal goals and current situation and perhaps, a past occurrences in our eventful life.

I certainly have  lot of passion in life I've got 3 passion that I am focusing and will be focusing on the following year or more on a general word.

Self-improvement: Creativity. Regardless on what field I am, Creativity is something I had since young I love colors and making things out of nothing that lead me of becoming a licensed interior designer. Creativity seeks something to be explored thru personal encounters and stories behind which I enjoy the most. I see things that aren't there yet that people had visualized and when that design is implemented it takes a lot of things to be done in order to have the desired result another thing is to be able to express myself in different ways.

Business and Finance. Discussing about money matters and be knowledgeable on sensitive things such as money can never be a boring topic for me, as long as we don't make it over the top that I wouldn't understand but would try to understand. Business is not for everyone, when everyone can have the opportunity to have a business as it business is an evolving process of ones self and its industry and be able to carry out the best practices that we can share on our next generation or help people who are close to us to be aware of it.

Uplifting Others. One of the things I have instill in mind is that my mom would encourage me to donate the things that I no longer use or things I have lacked interest after using it to give an opportunity to people who may be very happy to receive it. Many past events either in school or a calamity that happened in the country has proven me that up to this day we do practice this and thus in our own little way we have uplifted the lives of other people. As you know a percentage of my professional fee's goes to my tithing and only used to help people.

These three are the things I have been practicing and as I grow older the better I understand the value of it and also be able to be of someones help as i pursue other passion in life.

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 represent 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, who ever got tired to support PIID Cebu Chapter all these years.  Here are some take away of 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}  In 2018, I was invited to do a hotel project by a colleague. I remember to be excited praying that this project will push thru, at that time I haven't met or discussed the project-in-charge yet. Still, I was positive to do the job because it's a big one for me at that time.

    By the time the contractor and I have discussed the exchange of E-mails and phone calls. He had a very convincing project portfolio telling me that he did a certain hotel prior to that and he is doing another one and needs an interior designer to give him the best price that I offered and countered me with a 5,000 PHP offer for 1,500 square meters plus to do the design their reason behind it I would be simply doing the design only and emphasized that many times that it was just a design.

    I immediately declined the project in a polite and firm indication that they lack the value and input of a licensed interior designer. I was told by them that they did the design of a hotel nearby Parkmall, whom I also knew the Interior Designer behind it, which my first indication of a red flag client.

    At that time, I was starting out my career for a year and I have taken several projects with a fair rate and an understanding of the contribution to the profession of interior design.  I felt offended and thought why are they thinking that anyone would not let go of this type of project? This prompted me to update this blog post and that you may understand where my point of view is coming from.

    Why Interior Designers are the same as those other licensed professionals? According to the www.lawphil.net.

    We also took a 4-year course and took a licensure exam which leads to the successful passers to acquire a licensed and also become a member of an organization on the chapter of their own choosing. That doesn't give anyone a license to undervalue licensed professionals over the unlicensed ones or even think that it's simply a design. A sketch to make in a day which most people had misunderstood.

    When it comes to the fees of an interior designer, there are lots of various reasons on how the fee is being computed and one of the few factors there are base on-site location, the scope of work, number of site visits and years of practice by the professionals are just a few factors to mention.

    As mentioned in this article written by Interior Designer Vera Villarosa-Orila for Real Living in 2016.

    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 to a maximum of P800 per square meter.

    Almost 5 years had passed since that post was published, still, somehow these standards are being followed despite the economic development and progression that is happening. It's safe to say that the counteroffer made by the engineer to do the 4 storey hotel project was a good pass on my end.

    In my commercial projects, I do follow the standards and check accordingly the factors of the services I'll be serving my clients since it is a personalized service base on their needs and I always ensure that it's a win-win for both of us and to work with people and companies who values the output of our creativity and technical expertise. Above mentioned or estimated computation was the design only with sign and seal and does not include the other works such as project management and site visits and sometimes these administrative works may fall under the consultation services, where I also get my basis in my computation but likewise, I have a different way in charging my clients which is different from Manila Interior Designers. Below is how it was computed, base on the article written by  Interior Designer Vera Villarosa-Orila for Real Living in 2016.

    Consultation For projects that do not require much planning, you can hire an interior designer for consultation only. This service takes into account material and decoration like sourcing for furniture, furnishings, and sometimes decorative finishes like wallpaper and accent tiles, as well as the actual setting up of the project site. Rates may vary but the designer can charge a minimum of P500 to a maximum of P1, 500 per hourLump sum rates can go from P4, 000 to P10, 000 to cover the eight working hours per day. These rates do not include transporation and food expenses for projects within Metro Manila and the aforementioned plus accommodation for out of town projects—both local and international.

    If you are planning to hire and inquire about an Interior Designer, please ensure that you will be dealing with professional Interior Designers and that expect that they will ensure that your projects will be worthy upon the results that you have desired. I hope that this post gives you an idea of how interior designers charge their fees.  {Original Post was in 10-31-2018 Titled: Declining a Hotel Project}

    When you have space and planning to hire an Interior Designer here in Cebu, Philippines, My team and I would be glad to take part in your journey. Give us an overview of your project and let's decide together how we will proceed on our next step. Send us love via E-mail.

    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 of 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 achieve and my mom. Of course, My mom was the happiest human being when I graduated after years 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 by passing the first challenge to graduate in the University of San Carlos Bachelors in Science in Interior Design.

    At this point, I was called Interior Decorator after graduating because I was not licensed. According 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.

    Top 5 Social Media Platform


    Gone are the days that I would make an effort to write a lengthy letter and have it drop to the post office and have my letter send to my friends and family; those traditional, yester-years are something that we still all treasure and find it more compelling in terms of effort and making us feel more connected. However, with the ever-changing ways communication I could deny that these technology is where my life and business runs with my entire day and here are my Top 5 Social Media Platform that I frequently use.

    1. Instagram. Since I joined Instagram, I really got hooked on to this but my having my feed curated or wanting to be like an Instagram influencer but on how people and users makes an effort to showcase a beautifully curated photos and makes it so enticing not just for a show but also telling me, why I should make an effort in putting a content that is motivational and meaningful not just for myself and but also for those who follows and who the whole community of instagrammers.

    2. Facebook Messenger. Facebook messenger become the alternative for a mobile phone in terms of communicating with friends. It helps me to connect with friends and also clients since this become an office platform were documents and quick images are sent that mobile phone service provider cant. Aside from its quick and easy, its more or less looks like a free platform despite all the huge data im sending and sharing.

    3. Pinterest. My lifesaver, there are times that I cant fully explain what I meant that I use its imagegs or photos faster communication towards my idea. Pinterest is where I also get my ideas and at most the answers to my quick or passive questions and since I'm a visual person, i get to understand things better that what I would read for a quick learning.

    4. YouTube. The Online TV Box that I could say, this is where I would listen and watch any videos from education to reality life of a video blog and entertainment; It makes everything quicker and understand better the things that despite reading an entire book, I got to understand the summary version plus have a number of references of the same topic and whenever I wanted to entertain I just type in the music category and viola! its there, listening to the music is another click away on the search tab.

    5. Facebook. Facebook has become my least favorite because I find it to commercialized and people seems to post whatever they want and post things that doesn't' feel right; That's their thing though and still, I kept this app to find out the "what's going on with your life, my friend?" my just checking their profile rather than browse more than thirty (30)  mins and check whats going on. Since I was once addicted to this app and I don't feel good about it spending unconsciously 5 hours of my time, scrolling and lying down; though is app is reliable since the people whom I'm know has this app than any social media.


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    The 5 reasons I started my company

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    My story with wanting to be in the business started as early as I was an infant, probably because I grew up with parents who are entrepreneurial and must be on the genes (probably!).  I had such a beautiful and exciting flare for it that my parents just let me go by whatever I think would give me a Eureka moment. I had a lot of stories of different business ventures but only one (1) (uno) (prima) Business, I ready took seriously to the next level and that is Premiere Design Interiors.

    Why? I had it registered (under E.G.Pimentel Interior Design Services) and this is the most business that I worked so hard and took me years before starting on my own and to tell you, I have been wanting to have a company that I can call mine and I'd like to share the reason I started my company on a Personal Level.


    It was the right time to start my business, A company I can call mine. Surely Mine and I'll be the one running and do the lead, just like anyone wanting to own their business. I felt I was running out of time and I must do what I have planned a long time ago, right after I had my license.


    I always wanted Freedom and I wanted to do the things I have missed or been somewhere no one would call me or ask or demand me on my time; back then I'm a YES Person for some reason. I got tied to a job that doesn't give me what I want in a more than 8-5 job that I felt lost over time and stuck in my life especially in the later part. 

    Exploring new things has been my agenda and If I would continue working, I won't have it. I wanted to prove myself that I can do it and I am meant to for it; No Matter what the challenges would be thrown on me. I see myself similar to a bird who's been in a cage for a long time and once that bird broke its barriers, the bird flew up to the sky and look at the brighter side of life.

    Creative Control. 

    I wanted control on the things that I have or wanted to do; Order I must say in all aspect if possible. I'm not a perfectionist but I wanted Control things that I can control especially when being creative.


    I am limited to meet people and explore new things, and there are certain people that I want to enjoy one's company and be surrounded with to explore a wonderful. A lot of people told me that I would fly and those words of encouragement were helpful. I see a lot of my friends who took a direction a few would take and I am inspired by the people who took those steps of giving value towards themselves. There was this saying you'll never know what you'll get until you do your part.

    Education. I'm a graduate, licensed and I felt that I have to use that on a higher purpose and reason and for me to do that I need to step up my game and take a high risk on taking new challenges in life. It was full of uncertainty back then and all my knowledge gained from school, work and the people I was on with myself and just perfectly imperfect the way it was.  Especially now that I'm pursuing post-graduate education, Masters of Architecture - Major in Interior Architecture. I felt things are just on its right and bumpy journey where every day is a choice to make.

    Those are my reason why I started my business and if you are those a few designers who wanted to pursue entrepreneurship or a unit owner who wanted to get in touched with a licensed interior designer.  Just click this.  

    Ace your Thesis Proposal

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    It seems that you have won a 4 digit lottery when you have your design plans to be presented to your client. Immediately hitting your laptop to check these plans and encode all the stuff you need to present to the panelist. You wanted to Ace everything that you don't like to miss a single hit. I got your point, but what exactly do you need to present. Aside from the list of items either you know of or a list of items given to your instructor before the design proposal.

    On my part, During the time we were all proposing with the 5 panelist, 5 of our major instructors were there asking us a bunch of things during a closed door meeting per student as we have to defend it also on the W's? 

    My 3 copies of A3 PAPERS and short bond paper are in placed to be given to them individually and As I stood up in front of them with a copy of my own, they threw me some questions to defend my plan.

    1. Where is this located? Provide a vicinity map.
    2. Is the built, constructed or design phase?
    3. How many square meters in total, does this belong to the 500 sqm requirement. Provide the breakdown of Area
    4. Who is the architect, company?
    5. Do I have a permission? This is the time you show the Approval Sheets(Submit the approval plan signed by the architect that you're allowed to use the plan for thesis)
    6. What is the Client background, give them a little overview about the proposal
    7. Why did you choose this project?
    8. What is the Possible Concept.
    These were just a few things being asked in general, On the spot the panelist will give you an insight on the possible concerns per proposal presented including why the student should or should not proceed with it and Lastly, your enthusiast and their assessment on the project if it does well with your ability to present and your design strength. When approved, Oh! My, you won the 5 Digit Lottery.

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    How did Premiere Design Interiors got its name?


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    Before Premiere Design Interiors got its name, I have thought and named different names since High School whether i'd like to use it in the future and a few of them I could recall would be

    • Lireo Interior Design because I was a big fan of Encantadia back when it first aired
    • Design Wave because my college friends love to go to the beach
    • The Emari Interiors because its first name with the "THE" just to feel like a celebrity
    None of those push through and it would be funny if I did but of course, I think that Lireo would be a catchy name to use for a business name; after all Jacinto and Lirio has proved to be a good name for the business. Here I am progressively building a brand name using Premiere Design Interiors, It came around between 2014 and 2015 when I was thinking what name I would use for myself and for prospective clients to remember my name, I initially named it Pimentel Premiere Design Interiors, why?
    • Pimentel, stands for my name and it really rings a bell. Most often its where I get my initial conversation with anyone who talks to me.
    • Premiere, stands for the "first show" like a ballerina you are introduced and do the best in which I aim to do the best like it was my first project.
    • Design, stands that I do design and what specifically?
    • Interiors, I do Interior Design as my specific niche

    Later then I named it Premiere Design Interiors when I was continuously accepting side hustle in 2017 and up to this day, that I have registered the business under E.G.Pimentel Interior Design Services while Premiere Design Interiors, is my trademark branding name for the business.

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    Where to find my thesis plan?

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    Internship done. Thesis Plan, Blurrrreeeedddd. Not for me, I have prepared ahead of time to whom where I should be getting my thesis during the time I was in my internship program. I have asked the following people and company already before that and thankfully I had 5 design plans lined up for approval just in case some will not be accepted, So at least I had a back up.

    If you are one of those students who merely doesn't know where to find your thesis plans. Here's some ideas where I got my thesis plans.

    1. Architectural Firm
    2. Private Practicing Architect
    3. Real Estate Developer
    4. Interior Design Firm, I didn't but some of my classmates did.

    Who else would you get the plan right? They are the technical and design person who the client would go to before Interior Designers can work.

    1. Just like applying for an Internship
    2. Ask for an appointment and explain why you need that
    3. Back up your appointment with a letter of consent from the school that you need a plan for thesis
    4. Letter of Request on your side 
    5. Business Card with your Name on it and number to remind them of your request
    6. A Contract between you and the architect assuring them that you wont share their design plan (if required) and what do they expect in return, Some in exchange of the 3D Design and Plan in Soft and Hardcopy
    7. Purchase a NEW USB if they will give you the soft copy, to give them a relief that your nor bringing any viruses to their personal computers or laptops.
    8. Follow up them and Don't wait for them to contact you. You aren't their priority in general because they are busy and their priority is their client
    9. Be thankful a small token of appreciation for them will make you both happy.

    There you have it. It's simple to take some responsibility over the course of time rather than cramming. I had my fair share of cramming and delaying. In other words procrastinating and this will put you in a lot of stress that you don't want to handle. Being in your last year of college will have a lot of pressure. Mind you, this is crucial for 1 mistake or failed subject will not lead to your graduation.

    My Internship delimma

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    I have passed my third year majors and Thank God I did it. It was time for me to search and acquire new knowledge through Internship during the two months summer break. I was so excited that I had all my resumes and portfolio printed, ready to be submitted.

    I had spent searching over the net when it doesn't give me results back then the things that I needed. I saw no interior design firms , and when I did its not in Cebu since I relied to much on the net. Since I had a handful list of to whom to go for that two specific days that I'm going to visit to submit my resume and Finally, the last stop, After two days of commuting, walking and being in the city to find a job, I got accepted immediately and headed of the following week to start my Internship.

    In my mindset at that time, I want to start my internship wherever field I will be only here in Cebu. I have no specific idea which and where I want to go. All I was thinking of that it should be related to my course and I want to have a good grade. I didn't make a 10 sources to know about a company, I merely looked at the Company Name, the industry, Address and Telephone number to find out about them and submit. WRONG MOVE, as I have a different plan at that time but GLAD IT HAPPENED because over the two month period, I was able to gain additional knowledge, knowing people and be able to communicate and it's not exactly how I imagine to be and yet, I had a great time. 

    For those planning to have an Internship, Do not limit yourself by having your internship somewhere around the globe or outside your location as the learning counts more than where you were planted.
    1. Research about the industry you want to be part of, at this point you should know 
      • Real Estate
      • Construction
      • Interior Design Firms
      • Retail Stores
      • Furniture Companies
      • Specialty Companies related to Interior
      • Others that you think will help you in your career
    2. Prepare your Resume, Portfolio and School Requirments
      • Have a hard copy and soft copy ready on hand
    3. Ask for an Appointment or Interview
      • Make it personal communication, through Phone Calls and E-mails
      • Avoid text unless you made a few calls before Texting
      • Visit your prospect
      • Avoid social media communication as possible 

    Before and After Internship there are thing to consider, as this is a small detail to help you figure out what you wanted to become in the near future when you plan to work. The internship is just one way knowing your strength and how you visualize yourself. So think of it was a process on becoming an Interior Designer not just by title but also with knowledge. 

    Back to the Future: 1 year journey of Full-time Freelancing

    I was reading a blog when  I read "What were you doing a year ago today? How has your business changed?" that I decided to answer question.

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    A year ago, October 1, 2018, I was officially unemployed; I knew it was time. I left a "secured" job to do a freelancing interior design works to finally be able to get this off my chest on wondering what could it be. I have thought about it for a long time and when I finally did; I had my hesitations asking some inner thoughts. Can I do this? Will I be able to survive? How am I going to work this out? Should I apply for another company? Stuff like this put myself in questioning my ability to look beyond what I have.

    A year ago, I invested most in marketing my business, Premiere Design Interiors. I relied most of my clients through social media, business listing and website and most of my time learning on doing business plan, marketing and implementations; I tested all those strategies that fits within my timeline and budget most often exceeding my budget in trying different things that works best for me. It was challenging to make things up specially when projects becomes overwhelming either multiple projects coming in, personal stuff going on to my life that I even hardly could have time to manage it properly. I was mostly in "WORK WORK WORK", which isn't good for my health and little my little I'm managing it to make it balance and still in a work in progress. 

    In one year time, what I was basically building my portfolio and connecting with people and educating myself attending the available and access any resources I have. Network with people and engage myself in various activities relating to interior design as I develop myself through the wonderful experience as I have personally grew and my business grew as well, I have decided to register and operate my business 1 month before my a year anniversary in freelancing. So, How my business changed, it went from freelancing gig to an operational interior design service provider for owners who seek an Interior Designer to create a lifestyle space for their home and business needs. 

    Recalling on how I felt being jobless ("secured job"); It was the best decision I made; I saw different wonders in life, people and experience that made me grew and how I look forward to be better and how I would like to pursue my job as a Creative Entrepreneur in Interior Design.

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