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Max is on a roll with his DIY projects, starting with the doggie daybed for Cody, the coat rack using a beat-up skateboard, and now it’s on to shelfie time.

You know those books which are strewn all over the place? Make two shelves with just two wooden planks and four metal brackets, and give those books a new home. Using a rag, stain the wooden planks with Boysen Oil Wood Stain in Walnut for a warm look before attaching to the the brackets.

If you put some order into your living space, you also quiet your mind. For someone who went through a heartbreak, this could be a good thing.

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)

What is industrial interior design and what paint palette fits this style? Let’s give this some attention because although this style has been around for a decade, it is still very much a trend today, also here in the Philippines. Just go around the restaurants in the city, and you’ll see some of this design’s influences. Check out this article 21 Restaurants Around Manila with Beautiful Interior Designs. 

Some Elements of Industrial Interior Design

Last year, I wrote an article Get That Industrial Look in Your Home. The photo gallery in that article will show you the different elements that make up this style. To summarize:

  • mixture of wood and metal surfaces
  • vintage-inspired furniture
  • exposed pipes and ducts
  • industrial lamps, rust is welcome
  • brick walls
  • neutral tones
  • functional objects used as decor
  • metal suspended lamps with Edison bulbs
  • repurposing of pipes for use in furniture 

The Paint Palette that Fits this Interior Style

Industrial interior design highlights the rawness of the building materials used like bricks, concrete, metal pipes and ducts. They are left uncovered and become design elements. Some would consider this design minimalism. I would agree but only in the sense of using elements at its barest with no adornment, not the fewest or simplest, like in Turn Your Room into a Minimalist Space.

You can combine this style with contemporary, vintage or even classical furniture. Give the look more drama by highlighting the textures of the different materials, like the gleam of metal against the grit of brick, or a soft plush rug on a concrete floor.

A friend of mine who renovated his condo several years ago had a concrete pillar stripped. He loved the rawness of the concrete so much that he left it like that. His collection of high-end furniture and accessories went very well with that rough-looking pillar.

I suggest that if you want this look, tone it down and definitely do not copy what you see in the restaurants. Especially for a new-build where the ceilings are not so high, and the shape is usually like a box, you don’t have the authentic elements like old brick walls or exposed pipes and ducts that are usually highlighted in ceilings of this interior style. Look through magazines, surf the Internet, then build this look slowly. Remember that this is your home and you’d want it to be warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable. For that, choose accessories with warm hues but be restrained about those pops of color.

Boysen has a range of products called Konstrukt that can achieve this look. More about that in the next days.

 

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Inspirations in life come from everywhere, including how to make a cool coat rack brought to you by a trusty doggie like Cody. But of course you also have to be in a frame of mind that you are open to inspiration. And thank God, Max seems to be steadily on the road to recovery. Heartbreak seems to be losing its gut-wrenching sting.

When you are down in the dumps, try to step back. Don’t think or overthink. Give your mind some quiet time and keep your hands busy. Do the things you love. For Max it is creating something with his hands. It gives the added advantage of making his home more presentable.

If you’ve got things in your home which you no longer use, think about how you can repurpose them. For inspiration, you can read the following DIYs:
Play and Display
Got Excess Paint? Paint Beyond Your Walls
Be Creative and Bold in your Decor by Repurposing Things

Follow the journey of Max as he learns to move on –
Episode 1
Episode 2 – How to Make a Doggie Daybed
Episode 3 – Life is a Ball

Cody is happy with his doggie bed and he thinks life is a ball. Max, on the other hand, seems to be finally getting over her. At least now he plays a sedate game of catch with Cody in his not so messy, but still messy (that’s the Tita vibe in me) living room.

Cody comes back with a shoe and that got Max into thinking what he can do with his old skateboard. In Episode 4 (showing on Friday, January 19), you will see another of Max’s DIYs.

Follow the journey of Max as he learns to move on –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)

Go natural with your room palettes to create a home sweet home.

Beautifying a home is instinctive for most of us, just like the birds. Unlike birds however, we have the added advantage of all that knowledge we can find everywhere from books, magazines, social media, TV, friends, colleagues, family…

The Go Natural palette is one of my personal favorites. I love the organic feel that the colors bring to the home. It’s joyous, optimistic, soft, comforting, and very, very cozy.

Especially after the holiday rush, it would be wonderful to have clean, open spaces with neutral colors. It gives us the room to breathe and be, maybe even think (not overthink) about how we’d like our shiny, bright, new year to turn out, while still having that free spirit of allowing changes to happen as they will.

Use indoor plants to give your rooms that authentic natural touch. Nothing makes a place look more natural than Nature itself. If you have the space and the means, have an indoor garden.

If you want to know more about indoor plants, please read Joleena’s Top Five Trending Indoor Plants  and Helen’s infographic on A Guide to House Plants.

Here are some beautiful rooms that would inspire you to have a fresh start.

This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A warm canvas that welcomes the light in (Credit: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A big open space that brings the outside terrace in (Credit: Alberto Castillo Q. on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
The blond wood of the treads and handrail echoed by the hanging lamps against a white backdrop with black design elements (Credit: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
Black kitchen appliances + white honeycomb tiles on white walls + white cabinet doors + blond wood countertop = Home sweet home kitchen (Credit: Mikael Cho on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
Elements of wood, green plants, white, grey walls with pops of yellow make for a warm and cozy loft bedroom.
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A tropical plant and apple green cushions give an ultra modern high-rise condo a warm appeal (Credit: Alesia Kazantceva on Unsplash)

Other Go Natural Palettes from Boysen

The Go Natural palette is not new to Boysen. In fact it’s a recurring theme because that is what concerns people around the world, and that is one of our concerns too.

Color Trend 2015 had Naturist. Color Trend 2016 had Renew.

Even the New Year’s palette last January 1 is also a natural one.

Environmental sustainability is not only a buzzword but a way of life for many of us. I’m sure the birds would be thankful if our tribe increases.

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It’s not easy to break up with someone you love, and then learn through social media that she has a new boo and it’s not you.

After a long bout of being down in the dumps because of heartbreak, Max finally picks up the pieces and starts with making a doggie daybed for Cody. Of course, he could have started with cleaning up the mess in his apartment but Cody does not mind the change in priority since he gets a nice place to rest.

How do you make a bed fit for a doggie king? Watch the video. It’s as easy as it looks.

Follow the journey of Max as he learns to move on –
Episode 1
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)

“Move on, Max,” that’s what dog Cody wishes for his daddy this new year. In his doggie brain, Cody could get it that his dear daddy was having a hard time with his heartbreak. But surely it wasn’t a reason to wallow in such messy surroundings.

Thank God, Max seems to get it as he starts his journey to recovery. How do we know? Because he starts being creative again.

Watch Max and Cody’s journey to becoming heart-whole (well, Max mostly) as he (Max, not Cody) starts tidying up, tinkers with stuff, repurposing things, being creative, and best of all, spoiling him (Cody, not Max) again!

And in his doggie brain, Cody thinks that’s how things should be.

Follow their journey:
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)

Orange represents sunshine, joy, enthusiasm, creativity and determination. Orange is the energy that impels us forward to do, act and create. It is the main color in this palette of the week. It’s the Let it B way of encouraging all of us to start 2018 with positivity and light.

Watch this video:

How to Use Orange

When you use orange in your homes, whether in the interiors or the exteriors, there is nothing subtle about it. Orange stands out and calls attention to itself. It’s a warm color, and depending on the intensity of the hue, it could be hot, hot, hot, or wonderfully warm like a long, comfortable hug from a loved one.

Orange is undeniable in the sense that it evokes a strong emotion. You could say orange is a love or hate color depending on the shade. But there are ways to make the color easy on the eye, and more acceptable to people. First is choose your shade wisely. Second, use the color sparingly, like painting it on accent walls, or using it on accessories.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
In lampshade interiors
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As an accent wall
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As the color of furniture
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As the color of upsholstery

Others use to paint orange on walls of rooms that are used for entertaining, spaces that need that vibrant feel, or to make certain spaces stand out.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As an accent wall near a work table
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
To add drama to a staircase
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
To use the staircase itself as a design element
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
For a warm and welcoming kitchen
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
For a contemporary ambience in the bathroom
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As a bright corner in an indoor terrace

An orange which has been in use for the last 5000 years is terra cotta, a brownish orange you find in red brick or ceramic tiles. If you have that at home, then work around that color.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Moroccan tadelakt in orange
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Red brick wall in a loft
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Terra cotta tiles in an outdoor patio

The Energy Palette for 2018

Here is your Energy Palette for this year! Use it and greet 2018 with the warmth and energy of a purposeful life.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette

Read more about the color orange in Color Pairing: Orange and Blue.

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If you missed reading the Christmas Message from your Let it B team, where you could read about our Top 10 Posts for Palette of the Week in 2017, that is so understandable. Who wants to read a blog post anyway when there are so many exciting things to do during Christmas?

If Instagram has Best 9 on Instagram, kami din sa Let it B, meron ding ganyan. Kaya lang sa amin, Best 10 🙂

Are you thinking of repainting your home this year? These top 10 posts are a good place to start for inspiration, all are original content made for you by the Let it B team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need Help with Painting?

To help you find and choose your colors, use our Boysen App, then visit a Mix and Match Station.

If you have any questions at all about technical matters, don’t hesitate to send an email to ask@myboysen.com. The person who’s handling the inquiries is super-efficient and very helpful, and can tap the competent Boysen team of technical experts who can help with any of your questions.

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Are you willing to envision your 2018 to burst with colors? Or would you prefer the safe route of same old same old? For many of us comfort zones are important, those invisible barriers we create to limit our lives to what is comfortable and known to us. However if we embrace changes in life, and they do come with regularity, our experiences may surprise us with greater and deeper personal growth.

Doors and Social Norms

Let’s take doors, for instance, since those are tangible and something we see everyday when we leave and come back to our homes. Most of us have doors that are colored white or brown, or something similar in tint. In other words, we go for neutrals because it’s safe, acceptable, and within the social norms. “From a sociological perspective, social norms are informal understandings that govern the behavior of members of a society” (Marshall, G. Oxford Dictionary of Sociology). In other words, doors in the Philippines are neutrals like white or brown because society has dictated that those are the acceptable colors.

When you travel, you will see how other people live their lives, and how social norms change from culture to culture. That’s what makes the world so interesting.

Watch this video:

What I’m trying to show here is that we don’t need to follow convention, especially with regard to our condos, houses and other personal spaces, offices too if we have any say on the matter.

Colorful Doors in a Condo Development

A niece with offbeat tastes wanted the developer to paint the door of her new condo fuchsia. The developer obliged.

Let Our Year 2018 Burst With Colors. Let's Start with Our Doors. Weeks later, she got miffed when she found a neighbor’s door painted the same color. Today, her corridor looks like this. She’s still at the “grrr” stage 😁.

Let Our Year 2018 Burst With Colors. Let's Start with Our Doors.
Her neighbor’s pink door at far end. (Photo Credit: Carla M. Adlawan)

So you see, it just takes one to overturn the norm. Norms, like averages, should not be reasons for us to conform. Let’s find out which colors appeal to us, then let’s feel free to express ourselves with our own unique hues.

Make 2018 the year that we discover our personal styles. Let’s start with our doors.

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