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Green is a color we seldom see in a city like Manila or Cebu. What pockets of green you can see are getting smaller and smaller as they make way for construction sites that would in the future become hundreds or thousands of homes for urban dwellers. Think of the Ayala Triangle which has now morphed into a rhombus. A few days ago, I read that Manila’s ‘last lung’ which is Arroceros Forest Park is under threat again. Read those two links if you want to know more. If your condo has a terrace, you are in a luxury position. You can use that space as a pocket garden of sorts. So when you’re indoors, you can see that beautiful green out there. So soothing to the eyes. That is if you stop staring at the screen of your laptop, tablet or mobile phone (note to self). But for most of us who…

Florals are springing up in interior spaces in 2018, from the chintz fabrics and wallpapers of our lolas to the bold, colorful prints of overblown blooms. Very KUKUR (kukurtinahin in other words). Chintz is making a big comeback. Using the same floral fabric on the walls, window treatments, and furnishings—think English country but updated. Lots of florals and colors that pop, like turquoise, apple green, and shocking pink. —Kathryn M. Ireland I have no problems with kukur. I’ve loved that since….well, since….ever….forever. Florals are not only back in interior design but in fashion itself. Yes! Florals have this joie de vivre, an ebullient excitement for “sugar and spice and all things nice!” Can you imagine having the color of flowers in your living space? It would make the room welcoming, fun, charming. Actually these kind of colors and decor are so reminiscent of summer when everything is alive and in full…

Tucked in a hidden corner in Greenbelt 3 is a gem of a shop called Guava Sketches. It’s a well-curated design store with originals from European designers. This shop was founded by sisters Jennifer and Joan, and shows their love for good design and functionality. In their website, Jennifer and Joan had this to say, “This passion started with an appreciation for well-made items whose beauty is complemented by utility. Our shop reflects the same ethos – it is informed by a love for nature and a great appreciation and respect for craftsmanship. Our offering ranges from small items such as collectibles and jewelry, to kitchenware, everyday homeware, and furniture pieces.  These pieces are made by artisans with distinct taste. Though from diverse eras – some having a history of more than a hundred years, while others are young brands at the forefront of a generation redefining “new”, these makers are…

SM Home has this assistant vice president for Marketing and I call him Turbo Tom (Castañeda). He’s the whirlwind behind the many major activities of SM Home since he joined more than a year ago. I just finished writing about the April and May room vignettes, but while we were not looking Tom had changed the five room vignettes in the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Makati. SM Home’s June Vignettes They are now looking like these: Tom opted for accent walls with geometrics or lines, except for the living room wall which was a plain dark blue. Here are the colors that Tom used for the walls and frames. Checking Out the Room Vignettes While I was there, I found many customers stopping by. They felt the smoothness of table surfaces, turned over a chair to see if it looked durable from underneath, ran their hands on…

I’ve said it before and I say it again. Wall paint really changes the look and feel of a space. And all for such little effort and for less money, relatively speaking. And the best thing of all is there’s hardly any down time compared to structural changes like knocking down a wall to make the space look bigger. You can use light neutrals to open a space, or a dark color to provide depth. Wall paint can also be used to liven up a space or to give it a relaxed vibe. If you don’t like your first choice, then change it. You don’t have to overthink it unless you’re the overthinking type. Are you the type to have a flavor-of-the-month kind of style? Paint. Or do you want to try different personalities like you would with fashion? Paint. Of course, you’d have to make sure that your furniture…

Last April 27 to 29 during the SM Home Turnover Fair in SM Aura, assistant vice president Tom Castañeda together with three other designers made room vignettes using colors mixed by Boysen exclusively for SM Home. But Tom and his team were restrained by choosing the light neutrals and greens to paint the walls. leaving out the warm orange Summer Solstice and intense yellow Flaxen. This makes a lot of sense when you are choosing colors for a small condo. You wouldn’t want to overpower a small space, especially if it is a studio, with so many colors. It’s better to have a home that soothes you with cool colors rather than fire you up. Imagine coming home to that after a long, hard day at work? Nah, right! The Cool Woodlands for a Restful Bedroom For the bedroom vignette, Tom chose the rich green color of Woodlands combined with…

Before you make any expensive upgrades in your homes, see what the interior design trends are for 2018. Read on advice from interior design experts about metallics, textures, dark woods, earthy neutrals or primary colors. When you’re at the point of making a decision as to what to do with your interiors, remember that how you want it to look like should be what you should aim for. Taste is so personal, and your home should reflect what you find beautiful. Check out other infographics regarding home styling here. This is a guest blog post from Helen O’Keeffe, who works on content for home interiors store EZ Living Interiors. They operate stores all over Ireland and have two stores in Northern Ireland offering a wide selection of high quality interior and furniture products.

SM Home just recently concluded the first-ever SM Home Turnover Fair, which offered assistance to new homeowners in the interior design of their new homes. The event was also helpful to homeowners who wanted to renovate their homes, or those who were just shopping around for ideas. The SM Home Turnover Fair, which ran from April 27 to 29 at SMX Aura, was a brilliant idea from assistant vice president Tom Castañeda. Bursting with ideas, tips and advice from architects and interior designers, the place became a hive of activity soon after its opening. Customers could even do their shopping right there since many suppliers of furniture, home accessories and small appliances, were in stalls located around the perimeter of the exhibition area. Interior designers were on hand to do one-on-one consultations with customers in a breakout area at the back. The area also doubled up as a place where customers…

We don’t have Target in the Philippines but I wish they had an outlet here because I love their newest in-house decor brand called Opalhouse. The Boho Chic vibe of the latest home decor collection is perfect for sultry summer days and nights with their bold colors, the use of cane or wood for furniture, tassels reminiscent of Moroccan poufs, macramé, velvet upholstery, weaves, and the glint of metal. For the slide show above, we’ve included recommendations for wall paint colors. For some, we’ve provided neutral colors. But if you want to really go for a Boho Chic look, dark, intense or vivid colors are your friends. What is Boho Chic? Boho Chic is a style which draws on bohemian and hippie influences. It’s mixing old and new items from different cultural origins. It’s mixing styles too. Even textures are plentiful and varied, like using velvet, silk, wood, metal, weaves,…

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. 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…