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Annie H Adlawan

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Check out the BE SEEN palette of Color Trend 2018 and let your home stand out. Use color in your home for that wow factor, that’s the easiest and cheapest way to make an impact. Tired of these grey, rainy days? You can’t do anything about the weather but you can certainly paint your home with the BE SEEN palette to make it an attractive place to cocoon in during the wet season. You can either paint just one accent wall or paint a whole room. I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again the other day. Watching a feel-good movie with two tumblers of popcorn while it was raining cats and dogs outside is totally fun. Although it didn’t have the novelty of the first one (naturally), it was still enjoyable to watch. BE SEEN comes to mind with the blues of Mamma Mia’s Kalokairi Island. With the magnificent…

BE BOLD, the bright and playful palette of Color Trend 2018, is reminiscent of summer when people have the time to celebrate the sunny days with family and friends. When southwest monsoon wind habagat comes, some will argue that BE BOLD is even more fitting. We need the warm, vibrant and cheerful colors to brighten the rainy days. We made this video to lift your spirits. Allow the splashes of color to bring you energy, enthusiasm and an upbeat disposition. Do you want to paint your walls with these colors to surround yourself with happy vibes? Not a problem at all. Just go to a Mix and Match Station in a home depot close to your home and get these colors. You may need more time to allow the paint to dry between coatings but rainy days should not stop you from painting your interior walls. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

When you plan to do a DIY condo or home painting, bear in mind the 60-30-10 rule of designers. Usually they choose a 3-color palette for a room makeover to create a balanced look. Then you can achieve a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy: 60% comes from the dominant wall color and big furniture pieces, 30% can be from accent furniture pieces, lighting or soft furnishings, 10% are home accessories, textiles, patterns, or textures. There’s no hard and fast rule with the numbers. Remember that this is just a guideline so don’t be too strict with yourself! Just remember that the 60% is the main color that you want to build your palette from, so you better make sure that this is a color you love! Color Family Above are tools you can use in your choice of colors. You can buy a color wheel like the one in…

As always with any DIY project we undertake, we like to share the estimate costing for each item we made. So here you go, watch the video to find out how much it would set you back to make a concrete pot, a tea light candle holder, a plant stand and  a concrete lamp base. Of course, your time and effort are not included in the costs. But then again if you do enjoy creating stuff, DIY is a good hobby to start. Who knows, you might end up with a viable sideline like Pete and Sarah! Here are the videos for the Concrete Couple: Episode 1, The Start of a Business Venture Episode 2, Pete and Sarah’s Pot Project Episode 3, How’s the Business Going? Episode 4, DIY Concrete Plant Stand Episode 5, Easy DIY Concrete Tea Light Holder Episode 6, How to Make a Concrete Lamp Episode 7,…

For years I loved the minimal or neutral look for home interiors – the black and white combination, that changed to dark grey after a few years, to greige because I fell in love with the word first, then to Scandi white with organic touches. Even my clothes were mostly black and white or light and dark neutrals. Then, a few years back I had a change of heart and embraced bold colors like emerald, mustard, deep purple, fire engine red, bright orange, teal, blush… Change of heart does not mean though that I have turned my back on the neutrals. For me neutrals are as basic as breathing. I cannot imagine painting my home with rainbow colors because that’s just not me. I like the neutrals to be the dominant color in a space. I wrote about my easy two-step method for choosing your palette using flowers. I’d like…

For any entrepreneur who takes a risk by starting a business, the feeling is sweet when you see that there is resonance in the market for things that you sell, especially if you are the one who makes the products. If you are employed at the moment and you dream of starting a business, it is best to have a sideline first instead of jumping off the deep end and resigning from your job and go for it. This is a voice of experience talking. I think this is sound advice considering the Philippine inflation rate which soared to 5.2% for June 2018. Watch all the Concrete Couple episodes for more DIY ideas: Episode 1, The Start of a Business Venture Episode 2, Pete and Sarah’s Pot Project Episode 3, How’s the Business Going? Episode 4, DIY Concrete Plant Stand Episode 5, Easy DIY Concrete Tea Light Holder Episode 6,…

When I saw photos of this condo, I knew I wanted to share this living space here in the blog because, dear readers, you have to see how the magic of Morfosis Design transformed this 40 sqm one bedroom condo from the usual box-like structure of current condo developments to a space of zen-like serenity. Morfosis Design is a multi-disciplinary design firm led by Misty Floro and Pai Edles. They designed a living room vignette, part of our many collaborations with SM Home, which showcased the zingy yellow of Color Trend 2017 called Glow with the Flow. While last year’s living room was modern, edgy and cheeky, this condo is an oasis of calm, something the homeowners must be so happy to have in such a buzzing area as España. This is home to a brother and sister, both medical students studying in a nearby university. All images by Marty Floro Photography…

The concrete couple is on a roll. They’ve come up with ideas for their sideline business and have made them a reality – from a plant pot, to a plant stand, to a tea light holder. This episode is about making a concrete lamp base. Watch the video below: Feeling bold enough to make this? You’ll never know if you have the knack for DIY until you try. Then when you’re done, imagine the excitement of having to choose the color. Just look around your room and decide what would work best! This type of lamp works wonderfully with industrial interiors. In fact, this webisode is geared for that type of style. If you want to know more about the industrial style, read The Paint Palette for Industrial Interior Design. Watch all the Concrete Couple episodes for more DIY ideas: Episode 1, The Start of a Business Venture Episode 2,…

Dark, cloudy skies. Frequent downpours. Summer is over! Good job on beating the heat and staying cool in what was arguably the hottest summer we’ve experienced so far. Now the monsoon season’s coming up, you may want to revamp your home, starting with your kitchen, to fight back the cold weather blues. You’d be amazed how a little splash of color can instantly uplift your mood amidst the gray spell. Think Pink! While red stands for a passionate kind of love, pink symbolizes tenderness, compassion and nurturing, three things that should not be absent in the heart of the home. Lighter shades denote softness and gentleness, while darker tones produce calmness and sophistication. Being part of the bright end of the color spectrum, a touch of pink in your kitchen gives a stark contrast, yet compliments, the gray weather outside the home. Walking on Sunshine Like a ray of sunshine,…

If you’re able to make a plant stand, making a concrete tea light holder should be easy. Watch the video to see how Sarah does it with concrete mix, water and a sandwich ziplock bag. Just recently I answered a friend’s FB post lamenting that his PhP 1,000 does not buy as much anymore. His friends, including me, have replied to this and the thread is getting longer with the discussion getting more enthusiastic. One said that, “…it is best not to rely so much on your salary. Start some business or a sideline.” That reply got more answers–some for, some against, some skeptical. Pete and Sarah started a sideline business because she liked presenting her succulents in a more attractive light. Then the idea just snowballed. Now she’s making concrete tea light holders. If you haven’t seen all the Concrete Couple episodes, here they are: Episode 1, The Start…