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Have you or any friend of yours gone through extraordinary challenges during the construction of your dream home? Has that dream home you’ve been obsessing over brought you some unforgettable nightmares? Here’s some news: You are not alone. My  experience with having my house constructed was one for the books. My thoughts were, ‘Oh, I have a contractor, he will take care of all the headaches and I will just have to tell him what I want, right?” Uhmmm…not quite. I couldn’t be more wrong. You see, the whole build-my-dream-home thingamajig can be very tricky. Of course it’s a given that we had to make sure that we already had the necessary budget to complete the whole project, but there were so many things factors to consider and construction economics is only one of those. Let me run you through some of the major concerns that should be considered from…

On days when I feel uninspired, read: l-a-z-y, I sit on my bed, look at the ceiling and allow myself to stare into nothingness. Before I know it, a germ of an idea starts creeping into my restless, sometimes overactive and often overacting imagination, I get excited and relish the thought of starting a new project. These are moments I call ‘productive unproductivity’. So it was during one such moment, when I was contemplating on how to dispose of the excess paints from my gate repainting project, that it came to me…wait a sec, I DON’T need to dispose of the paints. Instead of disposing, I should just keep on using them. Yes, it took me at least an hour to reach that moment of epiphany. I should be proud of myself. Lol. So out of bed I jumped, and checked out some knick-knacks that were just waiting for me…

So you were walking inside this ultra-chic store, and your eyes settle on this awesome piece of chair art by Philippe Starck, and you whisper to yourself, “Got to have that.” As you were pulling out your often-used checkbook, voila! … you unexpectedly wake up from your magnificent daydream! Oh well, welcome to your real world of monobloc chairs. Such is the story of not a few of us, wanting to have that extra oomph of branded somethings to elevate our space into one that the next set of titas parading in their Birkin purses would die for. Aspiring for the high-end stuff is one thing, actually acquiring them is something that many of us mere mortals could only dream about. Buying that branded bag, errr…that luxury purse, was something that you just had to do, which now doesn’t leave you much room for finer home decorating. What to do,…