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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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 😁.
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.