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In January, SM Home assistant vice president Tom Castaneda opened five room vignettes at the SM Home bridgeway in Makati featuring light and bright interiors to welcome the new year. This month, he changed everything and turned up the heat by painting the walls with three colors from the palette Maximal of Color Trend 2017. These are the intense hues of yellow and blue called Tuscan Sun and Designer Denim, respectively, and a cool greyish-green named High Society.

Palette Maximal, Color Trend 2017

Tom worked together with stylist Leona Laviña-Panutat to create what he called the “Looks of Love.” You won’t see any reds but the intensity is there! Here are the two friends taking a short rest in the middle of all the flurry.

Boysen x SM Home: Featuring Colors Tuscan Sun, Designer Denim and High Society
Leona Laviña-Panutat and Tom Castañeda
Boysen x SM Home: Featuring Colors Tuscan Sun, Designer Denim and High Society
Tom Castañeda and Leona Laviña-Panutat

Kitchen, Dining Room and Home Office

Tom designed the kitchen, dining room and home office spaces, and used vivid wall colors. He painted the kitchen and dining room walls with the fierce yellow of Tuscan Sun. For the home office, he combined Tuscan Sun with the deep, dark blue of Designer Denim to create an accent wall.

Like a dervish, he styled these three vignettes in just a few hours. See how the wall colors are subtly repeated in the furniture and accessories.

Bedroom and Living Room

Leona picked up the blue color and painted the bedroom wall with Designer Denim. This color works for a bedroom because it makes the space look dark and cozy, perfect for cocooning and deep slumber.

For the living room, Leona deviated from the blue and yellow theme, and painted a greyish-green hue called High Society. This color provides the living room with a more relaxed ambience. However, she does tie it in with the other room vignettes by choosing throw pillows with blues and yellows.

Bright Colors are Trending

Using bright colors for walls is trending around the world and in the Philippines as well. Millennials especially are not timid about using more intense hues. More and more people are comfortable with expressing their individuality, and colors are one way of doing that.

Styling tip: Balance your walls’ saturated hues with light neutrals in your furniture and home accessories. Look at the photos above and see the choices for rugs, fabrics, furniture, blonde wood, kitchen china, and cabinetry.

Visit the SM Home bridgeway in Makati to see the room sets. Get inspired. Don’t wait too long though because the Boysen x SM Home collaboration is on a roll, and we’ve got many other things lined up for you this year!

The DIY activities in Alex’s household continue as she moves on to make a ticket memory box to put in train, plane, and bus tickets of her travels. By the way, if she travels a lot like she does, I would make something bigger than this 🙂

Seriously though, you could use something like a ticket memory box as a wall decor instead of having a painting or even a poster like this one. It’s like having a piggy bank for memories!

Watch how she goes about it with a ready-made box frame, Boysen Flatwall Enamel and the color of your choice using Boysen Quick Drying Enamel.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box

 

 

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The palette for this week is based on the color pairing of green and yellow, to celebrate the Boysen colors because this week extra special week. We celebrated Let it B’s first year anniversary on February 14. But even more important for the company is Boysen’s 65th anniversary on February 13.

Color Pairing: Green and Yellow To Celebrate the Boysen Colors
The Boysen colors green and yellow

If you’re Filipino, chances are you would recognize the Boysen can with just one glance. Even if the logo is not facing you, the Boysen colors are a giveaway. You’ll see them in hardware stores and home depots nationwide, in construction sites, on sides of roads as pedestrian lanes and sidewalks are being repainted. You’ll even see them in gardens since used cans are repurposed as planters, in bangkas as fishermen use them to store the day’s catch, in schools as garbage cans, or even in home laundry areas where water is stored…

Boysen Celebrates 65 Years

Last February 13, Boysen celebrated its 65th anniversary. We are proud and thankful to still be here actively serving the Filipinos.

We are proud because it is no mean feat for a company to live this long.

According to a BBC news article (2012), “The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 index of leading US companies has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today.”  This for American companies where they exist in relatively less turbulent political and economic situations compared to companies in the Philippines.

Color Pairing: Green and Yellow To Celebrate the Boysen Colors
The Palette Renew from Color Trend 2016

Innovation is Key

We are also thankful because the Filipinos have embraced Boysen through the years, allowing it to enter their homes, offices, churches, banks, malls, hotels, airports, and other commercial spaces. You may not even be aware of it but Boysen could probably be part of your surroundings as you go about your day

Color Pairing: Green and Yellow To Celebrate the Boysen Colors

This is the reason why Boysen continues to innovate, because the only way to repay this trust and loyalty is to constantly listen to what the customer needs, to be abreast of technological developments here and abroad and bring in these learnings in the manufacture of products, to keep a finger on the pulse of public concerns on health and environmental sustainability.

“In Japan, there are more than 20,000 companies that are more than 100 years old, with a handful that are more than 1,000 years old, according to credit rating agency Tokyo Shoko Research…There is even a specific word for long-lived companies in Japanese: shinise.” (Kim Gittleson)

When asked what the key to their longevity is, “Professor Makoto Kanda, who has studied shinise for decades, says that Japanese companies can survive for so long because they are small, mostly family-run, and because they focus on a central belief or credo that is not tied solely to making a profit.”

For this homie Boysen, it is truly an honor to have been serving the Filipinos for 65 years.

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For a wandering free spirit like Alex who has so many photos of the places she has visited, what better way to remind her of her travels than to make her own photo string board on which she can clip favorite pictures on a rotating basis? It keeps memories alive and keeps her appreciative of the many blessings she has at home too.

Tip: Use Boysen Flatwall Enamel as primer, and Boysen Quick Drying Enamel to color your frame.

Enjoy the Chinese New Year Holiday

Today is a holiday to celebrate Chinese New Year. Anyone out there who has always thought of putting order to photos, souvenirs, and other memorabilia from your trips? Now is the time to do it this long weekend, unless you’ve got another trip lined up 🙂 Then of course, the task will have to stay on your ever-growing to-do list. Who’s got one of those, raise your hand!

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI, everyone! Here’s the blissful Year of the Dog and The Power of Red to help you celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box

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LET IT B IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!

I remember meeting up with graphic designer Mirz at my place last February 7, 2017 to set up the blog. In a few hours, we decided on the logo, blog theme and design, layout, categories, color schemes, widgets, etc., all because I was hellbent to go live on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for following me down the rabbit hole, Mirz!

In the days leading up to February 14, words just strung themselves together as I wrote articles. I chose photos for each post, and she designed the images to fit the posts. At the same time, both of us grappled with the software. We knew how we wanted things to look like, but sometimes we didn’t know how to manipulate the software. With bullish tenacity, we did manage after much gritting of teeth and chats that ran until all hours of the day and night. We did everything on the fly, and worked until the dead of night throughout the weekend. Fueled by an almost manic madness to give it a face, we made the deadline and Let it B was born on February 14, 2017.

Happy First, Let it B!

Our first post was Gorgeous Green, as homage to the Boysen green as well as a nod to Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017.

Here’s our one year old baby today!

Aside from this blog, we have a YouTube channel which contains all the videos we’ve made for Let it B.

Thank you!

Thanks to all our contributing writers, creative, technical, IT and social media partners, and collaborators, who have contributed to making the blog what it is today!

And thanks too to you our readers for following and subscribing.  Help us make Let it B grow. Please email us at info@myboysen.com to give us feedback about the things you’d  like to read and see here. We will do our best to accommodate your suggestions.

For this love month, Let it B presents a new webisode entitled I ❤ Me with Alex as our heroine.

The country these days is entering a frenzy in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. People in love relationships have bought gifts, made reservations for dates, cleared their calendars…all in readiness for the red-letter day. For some, it’s a sincere effort to show the beloved how much they care. For others, it’s more of a duty; there is that pressure to follow the norm. Other people celebrate it because they want to have fun. For many commercial establishments, the love month is considered an opportunity to improve the bottom line.

I ❤️ Me, Episode 1: The Joy of Self-Love

Let it B ❤

Here in Let it B, it’s a time to chill, and just be yourself and be by yourself, doing things you’d love to do in the comfort of your lovely nest if that’s what you want.

Feeling love can mean so many things to different people. In Alex’s case, it is tidying up her home, putting order to memories, decorating her nest with things that she’d like to have on show instead of having them stuffed in a box under the couch.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box

 

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The all time favorite paint colors for home exteriors in the Philippines are white and variations thereof. Choosing white to paint your exterior walls has an advantage called albedo, which is a “fraction of solar energy reflected from the Earth back into space” (Earth and Space Research). White reflects light, and therefore heat, so the lighter your exterior paint colors, the cooler it would be inside your homes.

White Paint for Home Exteriors

All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors to Help You Choose

It’s not only us Filipinos who practice painting our homes with light colors. A study conducted by Nacarat, a global color expert that Boysen worked with, showed a study that the general colors of facades from 2006-2016 were neutral shades.

All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors

Colorful Neighborhoods

In some countries, bold colors are the norm, and it looks great with that color explosion. If someone asks you where you live, you can say, “I live on 35 Colorful Street. It’s the pink house between the green and blue.”

All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
Tenerife, Canary Islands
All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
Cape Town, South Africa
All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
Menton, France

Other Favorite Colors for Home Exteriors

All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors to Help You Choose

 

In our country, there are also those who prefer colors other than white for their home exteriors, and favor light greys, yellows, pinks, or reds.

All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
Bacolod City
All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors
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All Time Favorite Paint Colors for Home Exteriors

Suggestions for Exterior Paints

Those of you who are planning on repainting your home exteriors, read on to see what paint best fits your needs.

Pollution is not a stranger to our major cities. This means that choosing light colors would make your home get dirtier and more grimy faster because of vehicular exhaust. But don’t worry, Boysen has Permacoat Latex Paint, which is a 100% acrylic latex paint with excellent hiding, durability and dirt pick-up resistance.

There is also Wallguard Dirt Resisting Latex, which is a new breed of latex paints that has a very high resistance to dirt, dust, smog and mildew. It can be painted even in a rigorous environment where there is a very high concentration of airborne pollutants.

If you are more concerned with water seepage, it would be best to use Acrytex, noted for its excellent adhesion and long-term durability. It is an acrylic solvent-based coating that forms a seamless, non-porous, watertight film that repels water and prevents seepage. Acrytex creates a very tight film, serving as a moisture sealant for concrete and as a stain inhibitor for wood.

Another product that addresses waterproofing concerns is Elasti-Kote. It is a 100% acrylic water based elastomeric wall paint that is especially formulated to bridge micro/hairline cracks and crevices thus providing good waterproofing and protection from rain, carbon dioxide or other acidic gases (acid rain).

For me though, the pièce de résistance is KNOxOUT, the first air cleaning paint in the world with CristalActiv photocatalytic technology. It uses light energy to break down noxious air pollutants and convert them into harmless substances. Any surface coated with KNOxOUT becomes an active air-purifying surface that helps protect people from harmful gases. Photocatalysis also provides KNOxOUT with self-cleaning, anti-bacterial and deodorizing properties. What this means is that you don’t only a home that looks great, but also one that helps clean the environment. Cool, right?

When to Paint Home Exteriors

Paint your home exteriors during the dry season. In our experience, the best months would be December to May. If you live in Baguio or Tagaytay, don’t paint when it’s too cold (temperatures below 18 degrees Celsius).

You can visit various hardware stores and home depots nationwide to buy the paints. If you have any questions, send an email to ask@myboysen.com. We would be happy to help.

 

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It’s such a treat to go to high-end shops like Kuysen and wander around to see the luxury furniture brands they carry, like Zanotta, to name one. The magnificence of the designs, the materials used, and the melding of both to create furniture which is both functional and beautiful, make you want to bring them home. If you can afford it, good for you. If you can’t, don’t sweat it, just breathe in that luxury and dream on.

In the video, you will see tables, chairs, armchairs and sofas designed by Carlo Mollino, Federica Capitani, Ora Ito, Damian Williamson, and Frank Rettenbacher.

Perfect Walls for Luxury Furniture

If you do get to bring home these high-end furniture, you would need your home to be ready to receive these masterpieces. For your walls, there is Virtuoso, Boysen’s luxury line that has a silky, matte finish which is the perfect backdrop because it allows the light to shine on your furniture. For the Zanotta furniture that you see in the video, these were the paint colors chosen for the walls.

Luxury Furniture Brand Zanotta

“Aurelio Zanotta used to say: «we need to get to the heart of the object, to extrapolate it and to make it clean and logical: in doing so, its true characteristics are emphasized and if the model is right, it consolidates over time»”. Duilio Gregorini

“With pieces displayed in over 40 museums around the world, no other furniture brand is as iconic as Zanotta. Among the leaders in industrial Italian design, it is as renowned for the range of its manufacturing technologies as it is for the precision of its handmade workmanship. Because timeless designs have found their place in the annals of style, owning a Zanotta is as good as owning a work of art, a piece of history.

“It’s global acclaim is recorded by the numerous awards it has received. Having collaborated with over 120 designers all over the world, Zanotta’s furniture with its materials is a perfect symmetry of wood, plastic, leather, steel and glass. One can only consider the uniqueness of a work by Zanotta the way one considers the uniqueness of any work of art by the masters.” (Source: Kuysen)

Another Kuysen Collection

Read about the Duravit Luv Series for bathrooms.

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The Year of the Dog is almost upon us as Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16 this year, so what better time to celebrate our canine family members than now. Many of us love our dogs. Look at how Max and Cody love each other.

Dogs in Your Life and Home

We made this post for our doggie friends and their humans. There’s this segment in the book by John Grogan about his dog Marley where he talks about the precious companionship of a dog,

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Palette of the Blissful Year of the Dog
Watch video to see the paint color names of those paws.

The famous American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz who made the comic strip Peanuts and creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, had this to say,

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”
― Charles M. Schulz

How to Canine-Proof Your Home

Not everyone in your family may be totally gaga about dogs. To keep the peace with your family members, make sure you keep your home clean, fur-free and good-smelling. Let the home diva Martha Stewart help you with that, click on the Clean-House Tips for Pet Owners.

For your wall paint, you can best use Healthy Home and Virtuoso paints since they are antibacterial and easy to clean.

Do send us photos of your beloved doggies in your homes to info@myboysen.com. We promise to post them here.

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DIY is a panacea for heartbreak and for our hero Max, it definitely worked. Move on na move on na si Max! And Cody is relieved that things are looking up at home, with the apartment and with his Dad. They also met DIY Diva Danica while out on a run.

This last episode will give you an estimate of the DIY costs. If you want to make some of the things that Max made, don’t wait for a heartbreak.

Creative expression is a way to channel depression or anxiety but it is also the way to an inspired life. Here’s a quote from a spiritual teacher Osho:

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)