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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…

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…

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…

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…

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! 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! 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…

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…

What is industrial interior design and what paint color 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.  Some Elements of Industrial Interior Design Last year, I wrote an article Get That Industrial Look in Your Home. The photo gallery in that article will show you the different elements that make up this style. To summarize: mixture of wood and metal surfaces vintage-inspired furniture exposed pipes and ducts industrial lamps, rust is welcome brick walls neutral tones functional objects used as decor metal suspended lamps with Edison bulbs repurposing of pipes for use in furniture  The Paint Palette that Fits…

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…

Small spaces are not a preferred choice for most people. However, majority buy smaller condo units because rents or costs of properties are more affordable for smaller spaces.  If you’re single or a couple, it’s not such a problem. But if you have children, then the challenge to live in a such a small area is greater. The Ikea Way Ikea, this gigantic multinational that designs and sells low-priced, ready-to-assemble home furnishings, is able to show in the video below how you can design a 30 sqm living space to house a family of four. Here are more designs ideas from Ikea, in the layout of the space as well as the furnishings. Other Design Ideas for Small Spaces There have been a lot of noise in the news about Ikea coming to the Philippines. But if you’re in the middle of decorating your home right now, you don’t have…