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The Boysen Color Trend 2017 has many blues – all bold, buoyant and beautiful. For this month’s SM Home’s Complete Your Home, Tom Castaneda, AVP Marketing, chose three: Rebel Yell Rebel Yell belongs to the palette Maximal. It has the bright, intense blue of lapis lazuli. Rebel Yell was used to paint the kitchen vignette, giving energy to the space, which is very fitting for a place where food is prepared, food being the fuel required by all of us to keep living full lives. Designer Denim Used in the living room vignette, Designer Denim is even deeper in color than Rebel Yell. It is a bold color, dark in hue but not sombre.  Paired with light warm greys and a muted orange, the living room becomes a place where you can relax and find your balance. Space Encounter Space Encounter, the lightest blue in the trio, has a tinge…

Our possessions mean a lot to us. We value them because we need them to survive. We take care of them because they’re sentimental. They’re important to us because we feel like we’ve earned them. I’d harp on the evils of materialism and our enslavement to the latest trends, but I doubt most of us are so intensely gullible as that. Still, many of us have way too much stuff, most of which we don’t actually need, and they restrict us in ways we wouldn’t immediately notice. I’ve always known minimalism as an art form or aesthetic, but never as a lifestyle. It’s a simple life tweak that can help us not only adopt better living habits, but also make our decisions more meaningful. Having Less Stuff Helps Us Focus on What Matters Most of us might not be living waist-deep in junk, but I’m sure we all have stuff…

Seeing Wynn Wynn Ong’s creations up close during a museum retrospective truly helps you appreciate her artistry to a greater extent. Jewelry is often associated with vanity, opulence, and materialism, and we often fail to acknowledge the creativity behind the process of designing and creating these things. But with her works, you can see the brilliant talent that went into the creative process. Wynn Wynn Ong is no doubt an outstanding jeweller. Born in Myanmar but raised in Austria and the Philippines, Ong’s work carries an aesthetic influenced by her travels throughout the world. Her designs stand out among most jewelry designers because she takes inspiration from things as commonplace as nature. Regardless of whether these are exotic tropical birds or common garden frogs, Ong turns these creatures into something extraordinary with the help of her team’s superb craftsmanship. Some pieces are also inspired by her heritage, carrying prints of…

SM Home collaborates with Boysen to bring you five room vignettes using the palette Technology from the Boysen Color Trend 2017.  Feast your eyes on how top talents in architecture and  interior design create a fantastic ambience in  five rooms that you could find in any home (it could even be yours)–a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and home office. The exhibit is at the bridgeway in the 5th floor of SM Home in Makati until the end of July. The brain child of SM Home’s AVP-Marketing Tom Castaneda called Complete Your Home, offers inspiration on how to combine furnitures, home accessories and colors to make a living space you’d be proud to call your own. It’s not only the Boysen’s palette Technology that is showcased by SM Home, but also the color Tinderbox from the Minimal palette. Read about the room vignettes by clicking on each one: Glow…

“Wait for us!” I helplessly called out to my younger cousins who were already lost in the maze of colorful blocks, which, up until then, they had only seen on iPad screens while playing Minecraft. Who could blame them for being so eager? Against the pale whites of the mall’s walls and floors, the vibrant fortress that was the Boysen Mix and Match Color Play set-up drew kids and grown-ups alike into a playground of blocks and paint, a free-of-charge opportunity to have some fun and to showcase creativity. A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on May 30, 2017 at 9:53pm PDT Awaken the Child Walking into the color maze, you’ll find large glass cubes filled with shapes of different colors; once you’ve chosen four, you’ll be lead into an open space with stations of paints and brushes at your disposal. If you’re looking for a way for…

One word: simplicity. For a style so deliberately and compellingly lacking, minimalism never seems to have had any trouble at all calling attention to itself, in a good way. Minimalism says more with less, doing away with unnecessary and distracting details while highlighting only the most essential elements. It can speak for itself without trying to be loud. The understated grace of a minimalist room can, arguably, show even more of a personality than a room overloaded with visual stimuli. We’re drawn to order, and minimalist spaces give us a sense of stability and comfort. They’re clean, timeless, and pretty difficult to get tired of, especially when all you need after the day’s noise and clutter is a quiet, calm haven. Whether starting from scratch or giving your room a revamp, here are a couple of things to keep in mind to achieve a minimalist space. Simplicity Think of a…

The palette Minimal has the most neutral hues in this year’s Color Trend. The dark and light greys complement each other to create a restful space that is restrained but not boring. Teal adds an element of surprise to the grey hues. The stresses of work or school, outings with the barkada, family fun and obligations, and social media are very much a part of our lives. It’s no wonder that  wellbeing and mindfulness have become the means to live a full life. How many of you are drawn to the practice of meditation and yoga? How many of you are wishing you had more time, healthier relationships, more privacy? JOMO, the Joy of Missing Out, is at the heart of this palette. Make this your special place for cocooning, where you can find your balance, equanimity and peace of mind. Even an extrovert needs alone time, when you can embrace solitude so you can get…