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If you’re the crafty type, do a Carlo move and make your own wooden coasters. After making a geometric wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit and shake bar, Carlo sawed wooden hexagon pieces and made them into coasters. Painting them with bright hues could bring you joy every time you use them. Just like Mama, who now has cheerful looking wooden coasters to use when serving her delicious fruit shakes to customers, most of them already her sukis.

Making your own things instead of buying them gives a feeling of accomplishment. There are some people who go as far as making their own Christmas gifts to give to loved ones. I admire those people because you know they spent a lot of time making something for you, when it would have been easier to go to a store and buy the gifts. Even handwritten letters are such a rarity these days. It feels more intimate.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

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Carlo came up with an inspired idea to mix and match colors and have an accent wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit bar.  He made a geometric pattern on the wall using triangles and painting them with fresh colors.

Mix & Match Colors

Carlo chose paint colors of mango, cantaloupe, orange, sunshine, blue skies and soft earth. The wall becomes such a feast for the eyes. It’s a veritable cornucopia of delight and goodness, perfect for a place where people come to refresh themselves.

Having this kind of wall in your home really jazzes up a space. If you keep the rest of the space calm and make the accent wall the focal point of a room, then you bring in excitement into your home, without making it overwhelming. In choosing the colors, use a color wheel or choose palettes from Boysen Color Trends.

We’ve talked a lot about an accent wall in this blog with our collaboration with SM Home. Here’s our latest one with the Color Trend 2018 colors.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

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DIY Diva
Move on Max
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Choosing paint colors for your home is always an exciting exercise. Every year, Boysen comes out with four palettes with six colors for each palette, to help you choose your paint colors as well as how to combine them. You can choose two or more from within a palette and you can be sure that they would go well together. You don’t have to worry about color combinations because the colors within a palette have already been carefully curated by our color experts.

Watch this video to see what colors are in for Boysen Color Trend 2018, our top paint colors for the year,

You don’t have to limit yourself to our 2018 paint colors. We started making Color Trends in 2015 and the paint color palettes in the past years are still very attractive today. Color is a very personal thing after all so for your home, choose those paint colors that appeal to you. That should be your starting point. Choosing a color because it is trendy is not going to make you happy in the long run.

Still, if you think you made the “wrong” choice, never fear. Paint is so easy to change and very affordable too.

Paint + time + elbow grease = A new room

Check out the Boysen Color Trends for this year and the past years. This blog is also chock full of colors so delve right in and learn more about colors. You’d be surprised to find that you are also learning a lot about yourself.

 

Carlo watches his Mama closely as she goes about her day in her little neighborhood fruit & shake bar. In Carlo’s opinion, the shack’s glory days have come and gone a long time ago. How will he make it easier for his Mom? How will he attract more customers to drop by and buy his Mom’s oh-so-delicious fruity concoctions? Keeping in mind that his vacation was only for a month, he wanted to do a makeover that would not take up too much time but would create a big impact.

Makeover Mood Board for the Fruit & Shake Bar

Ideas came pouring in from things he experienced abroad, which were further gelled by images he saw on the Internet. He made his Mama a mood board so that she could easily visualize how he wanted to breathe new life into her fruit & shake bar.

Choosing bright, fresh colors to match the delicious fruit juices she was serving was Carlo’s winning theme. Mama was easily won over.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

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Carlo Comes Home is a story of an OFW who comes back to visit his mom. He spends time with her and watches how she goes about her day.

Follow the story of Carlo and his mama here. In the following weeks, watch how he goes about helping his mother with her small business. What kind of activities do they do to bring them closer?

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

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After a shoot, the blog team of two made a beeline for the Tory Burch shop in Greenbelt 5. Someone had told us that it was very colorful. It definitely was and what added to our excitement was that it’s the Be Seen palette of Color Trend 2018. How cool!

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint

Bold. Audacious. Brilliant.

That was the copy on the window display, plus the additional, “An explosion of color and prints, inspired by David Hicks.”

So true. That. Because the Be Seen palette is all about stepping on stage and shining like a star. Offer no apologies for who you are – your intention, your passion, that spark that makes you unique, because this is your one inimitable life so live it with all you’ve got!

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

I liked the bags too, by the way, especially the striped one. That would really brighten up any outfit! Although I would prefer to have a different print on my clothes and not be too matchy-matchy with the bag. Just a thought though, because I’ll stick to my locally made bags. Buy Filipino has been my mantra for more than a decade now.

Eclectic Chic from Tory Burch

I love the print on print background. The colorful, eclectic and geometric designs remind me of mandalas, Greek patterns, Moroccan tiles, and Spanish ceramic patterns.

David Hicks was one of the most important interior designers of the late twentieth century, who became known for his carpets and textiles.

“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms, and how to mix old with new.
– David Hicks, Living—with Taste

Palette Be Seen

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

The above photo is one of the interior shots we used for the Color Trend 2018 brochure. If you want to download the brochure, click on this link.

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The Be You palette of Color Trend 2018 is a mix of cool colors, pastels and light, earthy neutrals. These are colors that can reflect the comfort and safety that a haven offers. It’s a wonderful place to be where you can relax, be comfortable in your own skin and just be yourself. No need for masks or a stiff upper lip. Facial muscles are not required to express anything but what you feel.

Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint

See the Be You Palette in SM Home’s Bedroom and Kitchen Vignettes

Be You is a color palette that provides the healing hues for rest and refuge, a space where you can withdraw for a while from the frenetic pace of your day, and just take deep breaths to recover, to heal, and to top up your energy to be able to handle life’s vicissitudes.

See how SM Home’s AVP for Marketing Tom Castaneda and professional stylist Love Ocampo designed a bedroom and kitchen respectively in the Be You colors.

The Subdued Colors for the Kitchen

Love chose the subdued colors of the Be You palette, namely, Strange Brew, Private Stock, Skin is In and Bluegrass Suite, for the kitchen. She chose white as the base color for the cabinetry and shelving. The light wooden table top and chairs echo the light color scheme chosen from the palette. The bronze sheen of the coffeemaker and toaster on the countertop are definitely eye catchers.

Be Yourself in Your Bedroom

Using geometric patterns as influenced by Scandinavian interior design makes for a strong statement. That is what Tom did to the bedroom wall by having the zigzag lines painted in the blue grey of New Breed against a wall painted in the light mint green of Bluegrass Suite. This is also actually a good design trick if you don’t have a headboard, and it is easy and inexpensive to do.

The light grey of the furniture mimics the paint color Private Stock. It’s a very cool color which is restful for the eyes. Tom paired this with white bedsheets. He was very excited to find in the SM bed linen collection, a bedspread that had lines in the mint color embroidered at one end. For visual weight, the throw pillows he piled on the bed and the shaggy rug have different textures and come in different shades of mint and grey.

Tom certainly designed a bedroom where you can relax and sleep away the stresses of the day.

More Room Vignettes Coming Your Way

The SM Home and Boysen collaboration continues in the month of April. Watch this space to see more design inspirations from Tom and other designers, using the scrumptious colors of Boysen.

The Boysen and SM Home collaboration sprouted wings and flew down to the queen city of the south Cebu City. SM Home’s assistant vice president for Marketing Tom Castañeda organized a design event called The Essentials of Condo Living on February 24 and 25 at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium.

Boysen in SM Home Cebu City

The Cebuanos were treated to room vignettes to show how paint colors and home furnishings and accessories could be combined to make contemporary, cool living spaces. The Technology palette of Boysen Color Trend 2017 was the designers’ favorite, with the pink Techy Romantic being the showstopper.

How to Infuse Personality Into Your Home with Paint and Color

The crowd was very much into the talks given by the interior designers and stylists of the vignettes. Boysen was there to talk about how to use paint to make your homes become places you would be so happy and proud to call your own. Our very own Carla gave the following ten tips:

The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
White is a safe color
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Use pastels
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Grey is cool and modern
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Make accent walls like ombre
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Use colors from nature coz organic is in
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Black adds drama
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Open yourself to bold colors for functional features like doors
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Change room dimensions with stripes
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Geometric shapes for a modern feel
The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
Embrace color

More Collaborations with SM Home

SM Home’s Tom has a lot of things on his drawing board. I’m sure Cebu is one of them but I don’t know where or when. So my advice to you, dear reader, is just continue visiting us here. We’ve got lots of things up our sleeve too 😀

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There were two incidents that inspired Melissa Lee, VP for Sales and Marketing of Hi Precision Diagnostics, to build an auxiliary clinic called MomMe Care dedicated for moms and kids.

The first incident happened during a trip to Japan when her son got sick. They had to go to a building which was only for pediatrics. The second source of inspiration was her own experience during her pregnancy when she had to undergo a series of blood tests. While in the waiting room, there was a man who was really sick and coughing non-stop. She noticed her own discomfort.

Two MomMe Care Branches

Mel shared, “For the first experience, I thought it was really convenient to have a whole building just for pedia. As regards the second, I felt that pregnant women deserve a place for themselves since they need special care due to a lower immune system.” These two moments were the seeds for MomMe Care. “But we have something smaller, a wing of a Hi-Precision branch, and not an entire building,” Melissa added.

There are now two branches which opened early this year. One is located at Del Monte in Quezon City, the other at the Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Piñas. Both clinics have obstetricians/gynecologists and pediatricians.

MomMe Care: A Clinic Exclusively for Moms and Kids

Health Care Services Offered

These are the following services offered in the clinics:

  • 3D-4D ultrasound
  • blood tests for kids and moms
  • non-invasive prenatal testing that can determine the health of the baby and gender as early as 9 weeks of gestation

MomMe Care: A Clinic Exclusively for Moms and Kids

There is also a feeding room available, as well as a nebulizing room and a small area where kids can color books or watch TV while waiting.

A Satisfied Mom-to-Be

Karen H. Pregoner, a soon-to-be first time mom judging from the size of her tummy, had this to say,

…It’s very convenient and mas mabilis ang transaction. Tapos iyong ambience ng place sobrang nakaka-relax kahit pa ba mag wait ka ng matagal. Unlike…doon sa regular lane nila…but here sobrang comfortable ang feeling, masaya, at tsaka relax lang…”

The MomMe Care Ambience

The colors of the interiors are an interesting mix of pastels. The light and fresh colors create a warm, relaxing and friendly ambience.

MomMe Care: A Clinic Exclusively for Moms and Kids

The waiting room has a lot of comfortable seating areas. The upholstery was done in different colors to complement the hues of the walls. Cut-outs of clouds and trees are a fun way to tease the imagination. You feel that you could be in a friendly garden with nature all around you. The excellent lighting add to the cheerful vibe by making you feel that you were indeed under the sun’s glow.

MomMe Care: A Clinic Exclusively for Moms and Kids

There was another waiting area inside for those who would have to be examined, or needed some private time with her doctor. There was a private breastfeeding room for mothers who were there with their infants. The nebulizer room had several nooks where you had a table (ledge) and chair for each patient. A great deal of thought was also given to creating the signages done in a friendly-looking font.

Ella Obogne, a customer care specialist, said, “MomMe Care from HP (Hi Precision) caters (to) pregnant and pedia (patients). So ang ambience dito is more comfortable than sa clinic na medyo maraming patient(s)…”

The Special Paint Used in MomMe Care

A special place like this calls for special paint. Melissa said,

We used Virtuoso paint because of its antibacterial feature. At the same time it has Teflon so that makes it easier for us to keep the walls clean. We created a space that will be relaxing for moms but at the same time fun for the kids.

Hi Precision gets a lot of kids and pregnant moms in the branches in Del Monte and Las Pinas, therefore Melissa started MomMe Care here in these two centers. If the current services find resonance, she hopes to expand this service to all Hi Precision Diagnostics branches nationwide.

To me, the palette Be Here of Color Trend 2018 is an allegory of summer vacations in my grandparents’ home in the probinsiya. The colors feel very organic with its dusky mauves, burnt yellow, deep green, and the neutrals black and white. When I look at it, I feel a sweet nostalgia for summers spent in comfortable and safe surroundings with my siblings and so many cousins.

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here
Embroidered leaf fabric on top right is courtesy of The Fabric Bar in Greenbelt 5

Modern Rustic

The Filipino interior style has so much to offer so turn to your roots to find your definition of modern rustic. The use of wood, capiz shells, rattan, solihiya, abaca weaves, baskets, or other handwoven textiles using the designs of today can give that feeling of tradition while still being contemporary. Add modern chairs, lamps, and other modern conveniences like hobs and ovens.

Tip: Use mostly natural materials for your furnishings. You’re helping Filipino artisans who still make traditional handicrafts to earn a living. 

Organic Longings

During those summers, the town was our playground and we explored it from dawn to dusk. The beach was at the back of the house and the town plaza in front, full of century-old acacia trees. Across the plaza was the school and the old church beside it. We could just hop and skip our way to the park which had the statue of Jose Rizal in the middle and an old fountain that was always bone-dry. At the back of that was the municipio with a row of huge sunflowers in front of the building, nodding their heads under the blue sky.

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here
Disclaimer: These colors may not match actual paint

Nature! I took it for granted. But now I feel so blessed that I experienced those summers. We had the time of our lives outdoors as we played so many games, some of which we made up ourselves.

I think it was then that I really noticed colors. Nature was the best teacher in color combinations. When I think now about what colors go together, I notice that my mind does not reach out for the color wheel. It goes back to the things I observed while growing up.

In the mood board above, you will see that I used artichokes and figs, which I discovered and learned to admire when I lived abroad.  I love the spiral pattern of the artichoke leaves. So Fibonacci! As for the fresh figs, I love the delicate light grey strokes and a hint of yellow on a mottled dusky mauve and pale green background.

Magical Mauves

There is so much violet in nature. They come from the sea or grow on land.

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here

A daily visit to the beach was customary in those days, and there I found violet everywhere, in the common sigay (cowrie shell) or cockleshell. There were so many colors but I preferred those with pale violet. The dorsal (or top) side had this delicate mauve hue as if it were painted in watercolor and framed with white. We gathered them for our sungkaan.

Skin diving was not only a test on who could hold her or his breath the longest, but I also liked to look for my favorite sand dollars with their pretty flower-like pattern at the center. They too came in other colors but I wanted those violet ones. Don’t forget the sea urchin skeletons! They too have the violet ones. Getting the sand dollar and sea urchin skeletons from the seabed was tricky because they were very brittle and if you were not careful, you’d break them to pieces.

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here

If the sea has a violet bounty, so does the land. When I say violet, I’m sure halo-halo would be one of your guesses, especially with summer in the offing. Heck, even Obama likes it! However, I don’t. I could never understand the melange of flavors. Too much there going on for me. I like ube ice cream though. Even if it’s not made into ice cream but boiled, purple yams (ube) are really good. Other delicious tubers or root crops that have violet varieties are sweet potato, cassava and taro.

I also like lomboy or duhat, never mind if sometimes it’s tart. Summer is definitely here if you find lomboy and sarguelas in the market. You might contest me on this but I swear that sarguelas, just like avocado, have shades of violet on their skins. And who wouldn’t love chilled milky and sweet caimito on a warm day? Even if they’re green on the outside, they can have bits of violet inside. But the purple ones are really stunning, outside and inside. Just yum!

Have you ever seen cacao pods on the tree? They actually look spectacular hanging directly on the trunk. When they’re young, they could have this purple hue. Freshly cut mature pods have delicately purple-colored pulp. But the treasure of cacao is in the beans, and we know what that makes 😀, and although the beans are no longer violet after roasting, what they are made into is definitely delish!

Another shade of violet which I find so beautiful is eggplant. It’s called by another name in many countries in Europe. Aubergine (pronounced ō′bĕr-zhēn′, ō′bər-jēn). Ang ganda kaya memorize ko kaagad! But here in the Philippines, you can’t ask for aubergine. Better to say talong!

Bananas are violet to begin with before they turn yellow when they’re ripe. If you’ve seen a puso ng saging (banana blossom or heart), you’d know what I mean. The color of the bud is crimson with splotches of purple. It’s a beautiful rich color. I was fascinated by it hanging there against a backdrop of green, and even more fascinated by the taste as it was cooked in gata!

Garlic too has violet streaks on them, just like red onions. I’m sure that you have noticed that before you peel the cloves. Next time that you get to hold a bulb of garlic, enjoy how pretty it looks first before breaking off the cloves and smashing them with your knife.

Yellow Yearnings

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here

The sun drenches the earth in yellow during summer.

I loved it how the yellows became more intense with the light. My grandparents had a garden wrapped around their home and they filled it with all kinds of trees and plants. Near the front gate was this tree with its cascade of yellow flowers. It was aptly called Golden Shower and I enjoyed seeing how profusely it bloomed. It looked like it was having a lot of fun doing that.

Have you ever noticed the dark yellow at the center of a white kalachuchi? Even the pink ones have yellow hearts too. The thick, waxy petals give off this heady fragrance. You can smell it especially at night. I used to pick up the flowers that dropped on the ground and just breathed in its scent.

When we went to the beach, we passed by this red gumamela bush in a neighbor’s front yard. In the middle, sometimes hidden by the red petals, were these itty-bitty, punchy yellow dots which were pollen on the anthers. There’s a study in contrast right there!

The day started at 4:30 in the morning. No kidding. Our chore was to sweep the grounds while the adults cooked breakfast. How we could ever do that task properly when it was pitch dark was something I didn’t fully understand. We had to say “tabi” (excuse me) now and then, just in case we dislodged an elf or two with our brooms. The call for breakfast was very welcome indeed. I loved the eggs even if they were small because they came from native chickens. When you cracked one open, you’d see this deep golden yolk, so yellow that it bordered on orange, and they were so tasty!

The last sunshiny memory I have for yellow that I’d like to share is nangka or langka, that pungent, stinky, juicy fruit with the thorny exterior. I’m not a huge fan. I can eat a few arils but I much prefer the boiled seeds. I don’t know why though when it just tastes starchy.

Greener than Grass

Mood Board 2: Organic Longings Evoked by Palette Be Here

There are certain tropical foliage that look very dark green with tinges of blue, especially when seen in the shade. As a child, I really loved philodendron, and still do today. Although I didn’t know what it was called then, I was just really drawn to those big leaves which had “fingers”.  For the past year, I’ve been putting two cut leaves in a big vase in my living room as a reminder of those summer days. It does not hurt that they are also very trendy. The third reason for having them at home is because they are so low-maintenance, which is great for someone who can kill cacti. And the fourth is that they can last for more than a month!

Banana leaves are equally trendy, even H&M Home likes them on their cushion covers. A banana tree has big, broad blades with supporting midribs, and their colors can range from a light to a deep green. They were so useful. We’d use them as plates during picnics or as wrappers for food like rice, budbud or suman, puto, bibingka, bico, atsal…

Have you ever been to a bamboo grove? The sound of leaves rustling in the breeze was mesmerizing, like secrets being whispered. But then when the stems started creaking, it was spooky. My imagination was never timid, especially not when I heard stories about children being spirited away into a bamboo grove by fairies, never to be heard of again. Now that tale definitely did not end with “And they lived happily ever after.”

Make Your Own Mood Board

Make a mood board. Why do particular colors appeal to you? Cast around for cherished childhood memories and you may find the reasons for your favorite colors. Need help? Make it a family activity and share heartwarming memories of the good, old days.

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