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A Letter to Nal

8/23/2019


When one of your friends is just about to get married? You have this list of things that you would reminiscence and that includes going back to your younger days talking about getting married and so on and forth.

How about going on a memory lane and talking about our plans and how we looked back in the day. Seeing your beautiful bride friend walking down the aisle.

A Letter to Nal
Years ago, I met this wonderful loud, and funny friend, Annalie in college. We didn't click at first and we belonged to a different group of friends, she was an extrovert girl with lots of guy friends, rugged-looking wearing an above-the-knee skirt with those 4" black school shoes makes her feminine.



I belonged to a different group, who is more techy and boyish. I have seen her afar as she always makes everyone laugh and gets along with the teachers and the only person whom I would hear one's voice shouting from the lounge to the lobby calling a friend or a classmate to ask about an assignment and at times I would be surprised that she'd be calling for someone from the fourth floor down to the lobby asking about the presence of a classmate of to borrow something for a particular subject or ask about an update on a project. I got used to it since we are a block section in all of our subjects.



We got along as time goes by and surprisingly, we become a group of friends. She has been my to-go friend when life is just serious to be carried, yet there she standstill, giving her warm hugs and giving me her precious time listening to my so-dramatic life. I remember so well, We had a fun and joyful lunch with the girls at the canteen and we needed to hurry up as the next subject was about to start. We were walking briskly and exchanged sarcastic jokes and comments until we reached the lobby, we bid goodbye kisses to our friends as they hurriedly go to their next class. We were both left at the lobby as it has become quiet classes were about to begin and we both looked in they and shared a good talk as we left the building going out of the university compound.


Both Anne and I failed at a prerequisite major subject during the first semester and that day we bid goodbye to our friends was the first day of that major subject.  That heartfelt talk we had as we walk going down the university gate, was both heartbreaking a realization of life, adulting perhaps and at the same time, I think it has been the turning point where we got closer to each other.


Since both Anne and I had a lot of time to spare, we always come together in class and in other extra-curricular activities especially when it comes to knowing other people around us, or dating. I would describe Anne to be my opposite, yet we click in so many ways her competitive spirit, optimistic point of view, and resiliency was one of the best things I admire from her despite many challenges having come. There would be no dull moments with Anne as funny as she is in person, she can find time to be someone you can share your hopes and thoughts with without thinking twice.


Despite life bringing us into different paths and roads we took, I can still count on her no matter the distance she may be and no matter how her day was feeling at. You know you can always rely on her even at someone's worst.

 

Looking back, One of our talks back then was getting married, our wedding day on how it's going to be like and where it's going to be, who would be the first to get married and the list go on. As the eldest of the group, We even thought she'd get married first, to be followed by the next birthday celebrant, and indeed, Last July 20, 2019, Annalie tied the knot with a special guy in her life, Moncho, whom she had shared her laughter, battles, and dreams. I never had the opportunity to tell Annalie, how grateful and blessed I was to have her as my friend or how happy I was that she finally met her prince and how happy we (her friends) to be part of another chapter of her life and to Moncho, who is officially part of our family of friends.


Budomo-Bacay Wedding
Photo Credits to Wildfolks Studios

There is a lot of stories to tell, not even my thoughts can write it all, and since I wasn't able to tell her the things I wanted to say before her wedding nor the words that were on my thoughts that night. Somehow this post will relay some portion of what I wanted to let her know and since she will be reading this and Oh! Please!  do not let her take your photo or give her an opportunity to take a photo during an off guarded situation or else! Her wild imagination will run through with it.

The master of the possible memes will be unleashed!

Do not let Anne take the photo or else! (see above)

 PS. I lost my previous phone and since I'm not a fan posting photos online. All I can do is grab the photos from my friend's Facebook account and this is also to let you know I am not yet done being sentimental.



10 Daily Essential Tools for Interior Designers

8/16/2019


The moment I started having my own design firm and has become very hands-on, I have to keep things organized and afloat as my daily task and schedules varied as the day had come despite planning ahead as emergencies, urgent matters, and quick site checks are inevitable. Especially when things are just nearby the locations and how it can be done.


My everyday essential tools are the things that help me be on track regardless of whatever work would land on my hand. It sounds traditional as I don't exactly rely everything on my online apps just in case things might not go as planned.





  1. Watch
  2. Mobile Phone and Charger
  3. Daily Planner
  4. Sketch pad
  5. Pens
  6. Steel Tape
  7. Laser Distance Detector
  8. Face Mask (Dust Mask)
  9. Wallet
  10. Make-up Kit

These 10 Things are my essentials it's not something I can't live without but these things are my lifesaver. How am I gonna live with it if I can't work around it?





  • Watch 
My analog watch which I wore almost every day helps me keep on track from one meeting to the other and helps me avoid checking on my phone when unnecessary, saving my battery life. It keeps my meeting go on smoothly as I check the time between meetings and personal activities during and after working hours. 

  • Mobile Phone and Charger
Mobile Phone and Charger, My phone is like my entire life among the 10 essential tools this is where I communicate with all the people I have to communicate with within the day and it's mostly business than my personal matters. From small details to the biggest detail that needed to be discussed especially working along with my fellow professionals and people in charge of the project. Often than not, I felt like a call-center agent in a day, receiving and calling for feedback. Another thing is that I use this for photo documentation allowing me to see things visually from the last visit and an update from my staff and people I'm working with.

  • Daily Planner
I have been using a daily planner since I started working almost 10 years ago in kitchen cabinetry. I was a sales designer and because of that I have to handle multiple clients at a time having a schedule was really a must for me to keep on track and be on schedule. Even to this day I am using a Daily Planner from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, with the perks I have along with it I really enjoyed using it, and all the changes of plans, are written and the to-do list of the day, week or month.

  • Sketch Pad
My sketch pad or pad of scratch paper is another essential when I wanted to point out some details on site. Giving them a rough sketch on how things can be executed and how I wanted it to be. In this way, we discuss this over in a corner and sketch what we had in mind to get to the point and waste no time during the construction. Sometimes the sketch pad is used for making drawings and dimensions on site. 

  • Pens
I have a set of pens from colored pens and Pentel pens, both have different uses each time. The pens and colored pens are used for drawings on papers while the Pentel pens are used to sketch on the walls on-site as sometimes even I have drawn things on paper, I needed them to understand a little bit more with words expressed when drawn, making our conversation and work lighter and avoiding surprises on site the next visit. 

  • Steel Tape
I used to sweat a lot in getting dimensions by using the steep tape but now, I'm using it to get exact measurements that the laser can't do for me, and discussion during meetings and sourcing helped me get to what I really wanted out of a particular store or meeting. 

  • Laser Distance Detector
Gone are those days I have to sweat a lot in getting dimensions for a longer period of hours on those areas that are wide, tall, and narrow. It helps me stressed out in getting into a sweat as I talk with my clients on-site and for taking it longer than possible. This really worked well for me while like I have said that the steep tape is now used to get measurements that need smaller dimensions than the laser cant. 

  • Face Mask or Dust Mask
It's not the face mask that we put on our face during self-care Sundays' or pampering days. It's a mask to protect ourselves from the construction environment of the heavy dust during the construction period. Health will always be a priority for me and for everyone involved.

  • Wallet
My wallet has all the membership cards for work and personal needs, and other things that needed my identification, a place where I kept most of my important things. My membership helps me track my whereabouts and purchases just in case I'm trying to trace every single place I went to as much as I can. Though this is a necessity for me, I consider this a tool to work around getting things smoothly as possible.

  • Make-up kit
My make-up kit in a small pouch has my essentials in case I have to make a retouch or quick meeting. I don't want to look haggard or sweaty at the next place I went to even if it's a construction site. Feeling fresh all the time does a lot of good things. I don't think anyone would like to see an interior designer who's in a hot mess, right?

Well, those are my 10 Essential Tools on my daily grind. It's very practical and keeps things afloat. My work is done in my (home) office and presentations are another discussion on where, how, and what to bring as for me, it is a case-to-case basis. Though Laptop is a very essential tool for how I do my work, I don't bring it all the time with me and I make sure I can make those things done in my (home) office and brought them with me whenever I'm on a business trip or vacation.



Every single day has I encounter new things, people, and everything in between and I enjoy doing this job I think there is a not to learn and improve as each day passes. For you, did I miss anything that can make my life easier? Are there any tools should I consider using? 

5 Appliances for your Air BnB Unit

8/09/2019

5 Appliances for AirBnB Rental


(Updated-April 24, 2020) In any interior design projects I have encountered, my clients would often discuss with me the appliances they wanted and what things I would recommend inside their unit, and time and time I have memorized the things I would often choose for a rental unit as and allowing them to decide which ones they would go for.  Below are the basic appliances I often use for a rental property and it makes a lot of sense how these things make wonder for both me and my client.


5 Appliances for AirBnB Rental


Top 5 Appliances you should have in your Rental Unit



Television


I recommend you invest in a Smart TV about 43" because it gives an illusion of wider space. Also if you have an internet connection, you might as well use this kind of perks. 32" LED TV is applicable if you want to have a Pre-loaded Cable TV and no internet inside your rental. The purpose of having a TV is to let them enjoy small perks of entertainment. 


Aircon.


The aircon will depend on your unit as provided by your developer. In most cases, there is a window type allocated by the developer. Use 1.5 HP Remote Control, Either you go for the Basic or Inverter, it matters on how long you plan to use or the usage by your rental as it has different effects on your billing. For the basic aircon, it is good if this is used in less than 8 hours while Inverter Aircon mostly works after 8 hours continuously. In other words, you'll benefit from the low cost of your invert after 8 hours of continuous use. The judgment is on you whether use the inverter or the Basic Aircondition. Just use the Remote type for convenience. 


Refridgerator. 


A 7 Cubic Meter Inverter is a recommended Refridgerator it's about 1.2 -1.5m tall, just enough for your basic usage where you can maximize the use of the upper part as your storage. This type of Refridgerator is enough to store food for a short-term vacation and if it's a month-long, it will still fit depending on the purchases. Inverter Type of Refirdgertor is very efficient in terms of the electric usage since its 24/7 usage and avoid to plug and unplug it for maintenance.

 

Range Hob


A Built-In Range Hob is economical, you can ensure that living in a small space can still be efficient and economical. The price is similar to a tempered glass dual plate induction. I recommend you to use a hot plate because it works with different types of cooking pans. Compared to induction, you have to choose a cooking pan that will work for induction, the same goes when you are using a stone pan or equivalent. If you want to keep your hob still useful in the long haul and to avoid burnt cooking pan, you should be aware of the different types of pain that can be used for your cooking hob. If you are not that particular, they better save you in hassle by choosing a hot plate induction built-in hob. 


Range Hood


A range hood is recommended when you buy a range hob, that's because you have to filter out the air coming from your cooking, to avoid the odor coming from the food, to avoid the smell inside your space and the hot temperature while you are cooking. I use this often especially when I cook on dishes that I am not familiar with and I end up burning the food, which will help to suck the burnt odor. Whether you are good at cooking you should have this, you don't know who will be renting your space either. 



Bonus: 


Microwave


For people on the go who avoid cooking, I recommend you to have a microwave, but not just any microwave, use an oven-type microwave because it's better when your food is being cooked. When I was working on a food chain, we were asked what type of microwave you should use and what is the difference between a microwave and an oven. None of us got the right answer. As I can recall, Microwave when heating is heating the food from the outside while the oven is heating the food from the inside. The result is different because if you use the microwave that is where you'll get food that is hard on the outside compared to the oven which still retains its texture and taste.


Electric Kettle.


Electrica Kettle is a must for those who love coffee, hot milk, or tea. This is no question on why you should have an electric kettle, never mind the coffee machine because if it's not for the rental you can have it and if you are in the luxury rental, why not? 
Before you purchase appliances, please ask for construction guidelines and read them well so you can identify which are their recommended specifications for your unit, especially on the electrical usage (wattage and volts). Attached Links are the products that I have been using or would recommend you to use. Click the link to see their specification, I hope you enjoy these tips shared with you all. 


Here's my list of recommended Appliances you can use in your Airbnb Rental Unit. Feel free to contact me for your design consultation. 



PS. The original post was published last August 9, 2019, and thus is no longer available to ensure the quality of the post provided.


The project that got approved with a Moodboard for Mr. W

8/02/2019




Mr. W agreed to have a clean, fine-looking condominium apartment, where there is a similarity in his house in Australia. Since the design phase was longer than usual due to some reasons, we both agreed to a Modern interior design concept where all requirements and factors in his decision-making were considered.




Mood board for an Interior Design Project

As a person who loves white paint and textures for interiors, it was a bigger challenge for me to agree with an all-white concept to have 85% of the entire space in white as I felt it would be overdone because it's just too white. However, as the design progresses we end up having three colors. Yes, the Three colors which I love the most are red, white and black which I'm convinced to have this concept for there would be colors in it.

Interior Design Project for Mr. W

The project was already completed for over a month now, and I took some time to clean up the presentation that has the key elements why we came up that way despite the actual didn't come up the same as it should be, there were things added and taken out as we progressed during the construction phase.

The colors were indeed we worked with when the design finished, colors and materials were selected and these were all came from the inspiration boards that we discussed during our meetings. A white and clean kitchen and boards all over the space with lots of multi-functional storage organizers of every space requirement. The space was very tight and they do have a lot of stuff to store properly.

The design was to utilized every corner into a storage space which we achieved by having custom-built cabinetry for their tall pantry to the working space, a kitchen pantry workspace with a waterfalls design of solid surface granite similar to the main kitchen which was also extended covering the wardrobe closet area.

The media area also serves as a dining area and a working space in white. These people have to move and the baby crawls and walks around which they needed to have enough space to enjoy their simple joy. They have an entire glass window and a door that led going to the balcony wherein the family can rest and relax as the beautiful sunset its doors to the moonlight. open whose view during the morning is the ocean view and its harbor. 




Designing spaces, Changing lives for World Interiors Day

7/24/2019

PIID Cebu Chapter's Members, Landlite (Sponsor) and Idr. Punzalan Photo by IDr. Punzalan


Last May 18, 2019, In celebration of World Interiors Day, the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers - Cebu Chapter's General Members Meeting was graced by IDR. Charisse Gail Punzalan, discussing this years' theme "Designing spaces, Changing lives".

Unlike any other speakers, we have encountered, IDR. Charisse became my instant favorite speaker. She shared her insights and experiences with all the members present during the talk and it was amazing that she shared such experiences with us when most are even reluctant to share and which I admire about her. She shared was based on her personal experience that everyone can relate to and how she does her own process despite having been said she holds one of the highest positions of Trends and Concept. 

Idr. Punzalan Photo by IDr. Punzalan


She shared that as a designer she focused on Workspace Interior Design which is one of the reasons why I attended in the first place, that night I asked around 5 questions that gave me a full insight on how things can improve on my processes and how should I create a path that I might go too. However, it gave me an insight that answers my questions in my possible topic for my Master which is related to Co-working spaces in an Office Landscape. 

IDr. Bering, IDr. Geson and Idr. Punzalan Photo by IDr. Punzalan

Before the night ends, everyone was happy to be there it was an insightful and personal career talk we had that everyone in the room has talked about how wonderful the talk has been and this kind of talk that Idr. Punzalan has shown to us should be repeated in every General Meeting Assembly.

Before and After: The Black and White Modern Abode

7/19/2019




























In my previous blog, I have shared that we worked for around 5 months for the design, technically the approved design was done for less than a month but due to some personal concerns and all the factors that the client has we had to prolong it due to the previous experience he had with another person before me, my predecessor, which explains why it took us longer to block the schedule on both sides.

90% from the existing unit was demolished and implement the design I have created for this unit, rather than having this retained which I would definitely not agree with as it will give me more headache than it should be and good thing that the client has the same thought as well and for not wanting any trace of the previous design to be retained which is fair on my part. During the construction, we have to work around 60 working days to have this implemented which includes some setbacks. Gladly our team was able to get the result the client wanted.


100% in this unit was custom built and made to order, everything was stripped off and we created a new look but similar set-up since its a studio unit which is about 30sqm. The floor plank laminate is from Pergo and at that time we have to wait for around 3-5 weeks for it to arrive from Belgium as they ran out of stocks in Cebu and Manila and had no regrets for it was definitely worth the wait. 



The Kitchen and Wardrobe were the first and second batch to be assembled on-site, and all are made of High Gloss Material Board, ad preferred by the client to have a shiny look of the cabinetries as for me, I prefer to have this in white to make the area wider and the lights to reflect from its boards and at night it will be brighter. We had an extended kitchen, aligning it to the wardrobe area, making it more seamless and looking better and the waterfalls synthetic granite in black makes a statement. 



The Kitchen Pantry is fully utilized by using kitchen organizers from Hafele behind those High Gloss white is consistent in this area as well as going towards the dining table/media area. Since the working area is aligned to the main kitchen both have black synthetic granite in waterfalls. 


To utilize further space and the fact that we need a dining area for the family of three, a writing desk and minimal storage for its knick-knacks. We are left to have a floating table made of synthetic granite in white to have a unified look uniting four materials as seen in this area, the high-gloss board, the concrete white gloss paint finish, and the white synthetic table and white baseboard.  Did I say, we made sure to hide all cables that can still be functional? All those wires are now behind the TV. 

I'm glad that despite the client being happy with our results and also able to be on time and meet his requirements, We did this for 60 days, everyone did their best to be on time and working hand-in-hand together. I look forward that this serves as an inspiration for unit owners to hire a licensed interior designer.


Transform your Condominium Unit in 60 days

7/12/2019

After 7 months for online communication, we have actually locked-in on what the client wants base on the overall factors he had considered and everything in between and this project to implement the design was done for a very limited time of 2 months to construct. The color scheme of this project was supposed to be red, white and black and on the last minute upon seeing this look we have to take out the red accent materials using a graphic kote from Kima Glass.  Hence, the project turned out well wherein the crucial time was on the project management to meet the deadline and possible extensions.











The concept of this project was Modern, with all the clean lines and neutral color to be used it's definitely modern. This studio unit is a 30 sqm area with limited space to cover all the requirements the client wanted. A huge kitchen with lots of storage and multi-functional space that should all go together with their requirements such as the dining area, writing desk, a media wall and wardrobe, and storage, to put this all together was a bit easier when things base on cost were considered after designing.



The look upon entering this almost all-white studio unit. We added laminated floors from Design Source Inc. placed on top of the floor, which material was from Brazil. The extended main kitchen and the stretched out kitchen pantry seen on the other side was definitely their top priority. The kitchen appliances and kitchen storage came from Hafele which we both enjoyed when sourcing things to make their space functional and modern. 


This is the kitchen pantry aligned to the main kitchen using a synthetic solid surface, which is my recommended material. The media area also served as a dining area and a writing desk as it also uses a synthetic countertop to match its high-gloss melamine boards and pure white paints from Boysen. 





The mirror was already here when we started designing as this was done by this previous contractor, we just retained and work around what we can do. As you have noticed, this has a yellowish color because we used tri-color lights and 2 cove lights both in warm white and daylight, giving him options on what they like best. The styling wasn't done as requested by the client since their items will be brought the following day. Speaking of a crucial turnover.




 Here is the look in front of the mirror with me, taking photos before I leave. On the right side is the sliding wardrobe, located behind the kitchen. This is connected to each other including on its beams.  Speaking of Smart Home, we only applied what was practical, no Alexa just remote and switches that eases everything and a mechanism that organizes your stuff.

The family of 3 arrived the following day bringing all their belongings from their apartment and in no time as per my visit late in the afternoon,  every door cabinet was filled with their things and a little left for new ones. We were able to pull that off in 60 days, the floors, the cabinetry works, and general construction work. It was so little time with a big scope of work. It was a bit stressful as time becomes your competition to keep on track of the schedule despite having setbacks it was all worth it seeing your design becoming a reality.

Oh! Btw, I had fun taking photos on this project since it would be my first time using my Fujifilm Camera for my projects. Speaking of my childhood hobby. 


Dark Wing Pizza

6/28/2019

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During one of my food searching around Parkmall for an early lunch, I came across Dark Wing Pizza, I was even hesitating to enter this food place but I got stuck with its industrial features and maybe their food would do the same.

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I had ordered a meal that is enough for my famished appetite from two meetings before I proceed to the other, it was a quick meal and made me stayed longer than usual. The food itself was worth the price I paid for which was less than 200 pesos. Very affordable for those who wanted to have a complete meal and making them full. This meal set for me is comparable to a super meal from Jollibee. 

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The Pizza was in good texture and the crust is just right for a dessert. I enjoyed that it has a lot of toppings and the spaghetti was at its best for people wanting a just right amount of sauce for a spaghetti and  the sauce tastes more of a Filipino sauce, it is sweet and In my personal preference,  I wish they added more sauce and cheese upon serving, I enjoy pasta with overloaded sauce and cheese. The chicken is well done and the crisp was really good, despite I don't eat chicken skin but did taste it. It isn't too oily but will make you crave for more.


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 This is the interiors of the Dark Chicken Wings Pizza, its very masculine, and mostly neutral colors were used. It has industrial features from a container fan and its furniture was made of metal mixed with wood finish tables.

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This area can fit around 10 - 12 persons and this is good for families or group of friends dining together. They will be able to fit well enough. 

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I stayed in this corner since I was eating alone at that time and from this area I can see a lot of people both inside and outside. Which I enjoyed.

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 If you wanted to try out new food or simply wanted to come back, then try Dark Chicken Wings. It is located nearby the parking lot area and jeepney terminal of Parkmall.


5 Things to do to stay organized

6/07/2019


Living in this decade has opened a lot of doors for many individuals most especially those who thrive for a better tomorrow in terms of growing their finances, more than doing a traditional business or traditional work, digital work has opened a lot for many and there is no reason for them not to succeed. However, despite a lot of opportunities coming and just a shy away from tapping it. There are certain things that we lose control of not being in control. One thing is to stay organized, aside from having the drive to aim for a particular goal, one must have a plan by being organized or staying organized.

Since I was 18 years old I have started working part-time, both in an organization and also by helping and having the initiative to sell stuff from one person to the other. Social media was still booming at that time and I didn't make use of it since I was also working for an organization (company) I have learned a lot of ropes and one of those things is to be organized in all ways. 

There are many ways to do to stay organized and there are 5 of which that I enjoy doing the most and somehow it became part of my everyday life. 


  • Get a Planner. 
Having a planner will help you ease your to-do list. For this year I got myself a 2019 Giving Journal from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf since I am such a fan of their Tea Lattes. From the long-term task of one year up to my daily to-do list has helped me stay on track most especially in running my design studio. From my personal activities to business activities this has helped me the way throughout the day. 

  • Make use of the Apps
Please don't tell me you don't know this? That would be such a being lie if you've never used an App unless you're in Gen X and don't seem to like the digital age though I lot of whom I know are transitioning to familiarize themselves in this Social Media World. The apps helped me in organizing my business to connect with the world and to the people and by having my marketing activities make it easier and faster and one of these is doing the design works in Canva while I have my Gmail and Calendars to sync with my daily task. 

  • Delegate or Outsource Work
I enjoy doing everything from the smallest detail to the bigger picture in building my design studio and most of my earlier work while I was beginning to do freelancing work I did most of it, to help me save in my finances and also I have a lot of free time to do other extracurricular at night but as soon as my business has begun picking up and I went full-time things are slowly changing and I am still adapting to it up one at a time. It's hard because I'm used that I do everything and it has become a source of my stress and has become overwhelming to me the only way to survive and welcome the change is to outsource work that can be outsourced work just to stay organized. Every project has deadlines and we need help to hit that deadline.

  • Have a routine
Remember the times when we are younger, we have to wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning and be in school at 7 o'clock and we just hated the way it is. Now, I appreciated it though I have a different daily routine it helps me to stay organized and to keep track on in every progress make. Have you checked my previous blog post about "A Day in the life of an Interior Designer"?

  • Be with your industry friends
Being in the entrepreneurial road is fun and often times we find ourselves lost, depressed or just a lot of feels and I'm no exception for that. I have a lot of friends and I enjoy to be with them but your industry friends will help you out in your state of being because they understand what's going on with you and they are your core group of supporters both for personal and work especially when all of you are on the same page. My support group is Z Group, composed of Interior Designers and we run our own interior design studio while having another business. These type of friends also help you organize on the bigger picture and you need them also because you are not alone and feels help you keep your feet on the ground. Wine Session is savage with this group! 


These are the 5 things that make me effective in dealing with my projects and help me be sane most times. The day can be crazy but making it through is the best result we could get. What's your story then, to keep you organized? 


10 ways to decorate a small space

5/01/2019





Decorating small spaces can be a stressful thing to do for most people who are busy in their careers and have different priorities in life. However, you live in a place where you find no hope for improvement or for feeling every day like crap. Whether you are living in a rental condominium or simply in your own place there are 10 ways you can improve the look of your place to feel better and more comfortable.







Add a Carpet or Rug

I'm a bit particular in the flooring material but having this done from one milestone to another won't be good for my wallet especially when you are living in a rented space or an old house that you have been living for most of your life and can't do anything with it. Make use of a carpet or rug, an inexpensive material that you can add and change from time to time from one theme to the other. I use the rug for bedrooms so when my feet touch the floor I feel warm and it is ticklish for me.

Clear your walkway


Having a clear walkway from where I am staying, I make sure that I don't have any obstructions that would affect my daily habits and gradual task. I keep an open space as such as possible and maximize the dead space and storage space to maximize the use of my place.


Have a lot of Storage



Make use of functional storage pieces as this will help you store items easier and having a storage piece must also accommodate your micro storage such as the use of a Plastic Box or Organizational Box to keep particular items at a certain place and label it accordingly.  I use mega boxes that are labeled according to my preferences such as Office Supply, Travel Box, and Beauty Stuff are just a few it helps me locate the things when I need to locate it and it also helps me identify which box I am looking for. These boxes are all similar in size and placed in one functional multi-layered storage.

Stackable Items

Living in an apartment has helped me identify items which suit bests especially when we purchase new furniture for a certain reason. One example is my dining table, its a 4 seater with wood chairs and since almost every month we have a guest, we purchased a number of stackable tables and chairs that can be used whenever we have guests or celebrate a milestone. This stackable table and chairs can be brought outside without sacrificing our space and the look of our decorations. 

Mirrors

Having mirrors can make the space bigger and wider, I make use of a tall mirror and width proportion to its measurement. This makes my space bigger and wider. The mirror reflects the things right in front of it and the lights make it twice the wattage.

Lights

Make use of different lighting use, it will make your place look better because of the different light texture. To save you from spending a lot, use a Tri-color light LED, a tricolor light has three variants of light color such as Day Light, Cool White and Warm White you just have to select which light works best for you on a specific time.

Floating items


To add a personalized touch or designated nook for your collection or special items, make use of a floating shelf to make them. This keeps your area looking bigger and fresh. 


Add plants



Succulents are very popular and easy to maintain. Aside grom succulents there are different plants to choose from to bring it inside your place. It helps to purify the air and also improves your mood.


White Color Scheme



It doesn't have to be pure white but rather around the shades of white. I often recommend white for most of my projects. However, I give my clients an option to choose a variety of colors of the lightest shade of their preferred color which is considered as part of the shades of white. If they choose brown, then I give to let them choose a shade that is closest to white to make the space wider and bigger. 


Add Bold Color



To make space stand out I would let my client choose a contrasting color that they find attractive or I think is attractive this gives their space a boost on not to look "dull" or "boring" as people would refer. Adding a touch of color will not only add color to your place but it will help you enhance the space and feel more connected to it.



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