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When I saw photos of this condo, I knew I wanted to share this living space here in the blog because, dear readers, you have to see how the magic of Morfosis Design transformed this 40 sqm one bedroom condo from the usual box-like structure of current condo developments to a space of zen-like serenity. Morfosis Design is a multi-disciplinary design firm led by Misty Floro and Pai Edles. They designed a living room vignette, part of our many collaborations with SM Home, which showcased the zingy yellow of Color Trend 2017 called Glow with the Flow. While last year’s living room was modern, edgy and cheeky, this condo is an oasis of calm, something the homeowners must be so happy to have in such a buzzing area as España. This is home to a brother and sister, both medical students studying in a nearby university. All images by Marty Floro Photography…

Being the heart of the home, the kitchen plays an important role in bringing families closer together and making guests feel comfortable and at home. Like all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is also a reflection of yourself—your personality, style and taste. The ideal kitchen should then not only be fully functional and organized but should also exude a welcoming atmosphere matching the owner’s own warmth and character.  A touch of color can instantly liven up your kitchen and achieve any look you like. For instance, nature-based colors easily create a calming and tranquil space, while more vibrant hues results in a cheerier and more exciting mood. Check out these kitchen paint ideas you may want to adopt to spice up the heart of your home. Looking for fresh kitchen paint ideas to liven up your home? Take a look at Let it B’s color inspirations and DIY…

Imagine how lucky you must be if you are a freshman in college and this pretty pink condo is your home. Not for you the trials and tribulations of going to a dorm and sharing a room, bathroom and toilet with strangers, while trying to navigate the new everything in your life – classes, teachers, classmates, school policies and procedures, lifestyle, the lay of the land… This 28-sqm pink condo was designed by Gila Salvador, owner of Madhouse Design Studio and designer/contractor for one of the condos we wrote about in one of the popular posts in this blog. There was a lot of interest for it because of the amazing job she did in transforming a 22-sqm condo to fit a family of 5! The proud resident of this pink studio is an 18-year old girl who goes to college in Manila. Her indulgent parents had this cozy haven made…

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…

The first post we wrote about the work of interior designer Gila Salvador of Madhouse Design Studio, was about a renovation she did of a small space, a 22 sqm condo to fit a family of 5. This  second one is about another renovation of a 29 sqm condo, again for a family of 5. It is not only space that was the challenge but also the dated look of the condo because it is in a 25-year old building. Ways to Maximize Small Spaces What I admire about Gila is that she makes something seemingly impossible possible. You can see from both projects that she really listens very closely to what the homeowners have to say. Here are the main elements that make her projects successful: She uses both vertical and horizontal spaces in her design. Clutter makes any space look smaller so she provides as much storage as she…

Whether you have a big lawn or a pocket garden, landscaping produces a huge impact in beautifying your home. And choosing the right plants is the key to effectively utilizing your space. Factors like clients’ vision and lifestyle, as well as terrain should be defined in determining your plant selection. Filling in a Big Yard The client: Bachelor with no children, with household help The terrain: Big front Yard Plants used: Mothers tongue (espada), Eugenia, Yellow pandan, picara, Spider lily, licuala and Peanut plant. Project duration: 1 week Rationale for plant selection: Since there are no children to use the space for recreation and given its sloping terrain, the idea is to turn it into a small field of plants to fill blank space and accent house design. Designing big spaces is a landscaper’s dream come true. The idea is to turn it into a vast garden. To achieve this,…

There is an empty wall left in my shoebox condo, and I want a mural for my home….maybe. Or should I go for a painting instead? There’s always this ambivalence because I feel that murals are too permanent. Nothing wrong with that if you like permanence. However, I’d think, “What if it’s no longer in style? What if I get bored with it? What if I have to move out? It would be such a waste that I’d have to leave it behind!…” And so on and so forth, you know that kind of busy thinking that goes nowhere and wastes time. On a trip to Puerto Princesa a year ago, I stayed in a hotel called Canvas Boutique Hotel whose interiors were designed by Edwin D. Uy.  There were murals everywhere, also in each room. It gave such a personal and unique touch to the place, something I like…

Minimalism is a trend that has yet to influence living spaces. Space is a resource that is sometimes overlooked in sustainable architecture. Life quality decreases as population density increases since pollution levels rise, population goes out of hand, and resources become more expensive. Many of us in the Philippines are experiencing these effects firsthand. Manila is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the capital region had a population of 12.9 million people in 2015, inhabiting an area of 620 square kilometers – that’s around 21,000 people per square kilometer. In the same year, New York had a population of 8.5 million people living in a 784 square kilometer area, or about 11,000 people per square kilometer.  This means that Manila is nearly twice as densely populated as New York City, the most crowded city in the United States. Other cities…

The young designer and entrepreneur Gila Salvador transformed a 22-sqm condo to fit a family of 5. For this turnkey project, the team did concept, construction, furniture and accessories, and finished the project in 45 days. Gila said, “We always use Boysen paints in our projects. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming project wherein we used Boysen paints as well.” This video has become viral with nearly 3.5 M views. Because of the exposure, the company announced a couple of months ago that they were fully booked for July and August. According to a post in their facebook page, “Due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries and oculars conducted in the past 2 weeks. We are now officially fully booked for July-August projects. We can only take in a maximum of 12 construction projects every 30-45 days. But rest assured we are expanding our team to cater to more clients.” Gila…

What are personalized walls exactly? These are walls that you can call your own, where you can put your mark on, paint on it with whatever it is that you want to create, using colors that appeal to you and never mind the rest of the family (if you don’t live alone, but ask permission at least). It is a space of individuality, YOURS. It could be a journal of dreams, YOURS. Or a manifestation of who YOU are. Where you live, you can have as many personalized walls as there are walls, as many as your time allows, and as magnificent as your imagination is. Skill comes to play too but hey, if you’re the experimental type, no problem. If you’re more straitlaced, now is the time to take off the fetters that you put on yourself, and just let it rip. It’s paint. You can always change it…