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SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues:
1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical.
Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Pretty Whimsical.

Bring into your homes the Pretty Whimsical wonderland with these quirky pastel ornaments from SM Home in baby hues of blue, pink, yellow and green. They’ve got sugar-coated dessert ornaments like gingerbread, doughnuts, ice cream cones, candies and popsicles.

What Boysen wall colors would go well with Pretty Whimsical’s Baby Blue, Creamsicle, Cotton Candy and Chartreuse? Watch the video below and choose from the four paint colors we’ve selected for you.

If you have children at home, then enchant them with delightful decors in the shape of a polar bear or a reindeer which can also serve as a night light for the younger ones. Spark their imagination to comfortably and willingly go into dreamland.

Tip: If you’ve got colorful ornaments, then it would be best to mute the background and choose light neutrals so the details of your decor will come out.

All decors are available at SM Home

Click the links below to read about the other holiday hues –
Classic Charm
Contemporary Luxe
Modern Opulence

Don’t you just love getting gifts, or giving them for that matter? What about those gifts that come wrapped oh-so-prettily in a unique way, that you know with just a glance that the giver took such great care in preparing something special for you? Nowadays when a busy life seems to be the norm, the art of giftwrapping is delegated to shopping mall clerks, family members or personal assistants who are good at this sort of thing.

But here’s my challenge to you: why not do it yourself? With all the ideas and inspiration floating around in the Internet, I’m sure you’ll find something which you would find beautiful and congruent to your wrapping skill level.

Have a Giftwrapping Party with your BFFs

Watch the video. Invite your BFFs over for a giftwrapping party. A negative point would be you will have to wrap their gifts when they are not around. Get your wrapping station at home ready. Turn on the Christmas lights, light some candles and have some Christmas music on. Prepare some mocktails and some finger food.

Just like slow cooking, wrapping gifts is an art best done in a mindful, enjoyable way. Treat it like a ritual which can be quite therapeutic. For more Christmas gift wrapping ideas, visit the Martha Stewart site.

More Boysen Christmas Videos:
Homey Hugs for the Holidays
Make a Merry Mocktail

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Brown – a color that spans a whole spectrum of emotion from bland to epicurean; such is the protean characteristic of this hue. In the hands of a skilled designer, a space painted with this color could change the room’s ambience depending on the shade chosen.

A personal favorite is that of hot, dark chocolate lazily flowing down in thick folds. Luxurious, voluptuous, earthy, hedonistic, tempting, decadent – just a few words that come to mind. It’s a color that invites, embraces and caresses. It gives a feeling of belonging. Maybe this isn’t so surprising since brown is the color of the earth and the color of skin.

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Masculine and Feminine

There’s also something old world about brown. It speaks of Establishment, solidity, wealth and power. From gentlemen’s private clubs, to posh hotel suites with their plush piles of virgin-wool carpets, to trendy smoky speakeasies with jazz playing in the background, to cozy bedrooms with bed linens made of 100% pure Egyptian cotton with a thread count of 1000, brown is the preferred color. The warmth of the hue and its deep tones give an air of privacy, intimacy, grounding.

Brown, although considered a masculine color, is co-opted by more and more women nowadays. Taupe and blush really work well together.

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The Browns from Boysen

Brown is a composite color that combines yellow, red and black (or blue). Boysen has different shades of this hue, here’s a sample palette.

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Kitchens are going to be overused and abused this Christmas, I’m sure. We Filipinos love to eat, but more so during the holiday season. Many of us are going to do a lot of entertaining so the kitchen is going to be very busy.

I don’t know if your homes still have that separation of “clean” kitchen and “dirty” kitchen. Do the millennials even know this? With the changing lifestyles, most of us don’t have those two separate spaces in our homes anymore. Most kitchens in condos, for example, are usually open ones. It is great for entertaining, that is if you still have the energy after work, school, commute, and chores.

Personally, I am all for the word that starts with a “c”….as in catering, at least for some dishes. All you need to do is cook or bake those dishes (two max) that have made you famous (haha), and the rest can be delivered. Limited budget? Then get some pizzas, lechon manok, or some take-out Chinese dumplings.

But the best is to host a potluck. So easy! Just assign a dish to each guest so you’ll have all food groups covered. Then as the host, you can make the mocktails. You can zap it with alcohol if you like, but do have an innocuous potion for the designated drivers!

Image by Joanna Kosinska

Get into the spirit and watch Homey Hugs for the Holidays and Glam Up Your Gifts while having a merry little mocktail.

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SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues:
1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical.
Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Modern Opulence.

Sapphire, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline: If you want your home to scintillate with the colors of precious gems this Christmas, then choose Modern Opulence.

The colors of blue, magenta, purple and yellow make for a modern edgy palette that befits the pomp that Christmas represents. This palette is a leap outside tradition, outside comfort zones. Still, you can never go wrong because the Boysen-SM Home collaboration provides you this color guide.

When you’ve got jewel tones for your Christmas decor, the best colors for your walls would be neutrals to balance that intensity. Here are some colors that could be the perfect backdrop for the iridescent blue, magenta, purple and yellow of the Modern Opulence holiday hue of SM Home.

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All decors are available at SM Home

Click the links below to read about the other holiday hues –
Classic Charm
Contemporary Luxe

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There are some things that belong together, like ham and egg, needle and thread, song and dance, hugs and kisses.
I’m sure you get my drift. The same is true with colors. There are just those two that belong together, and
we’d like to expound about those color pairings one by one (or is it two by two
🙂).

Black and white, you can’t get more basic than that. Perhaps because the combination is primal, it is very powerful and dramatic.

If you want a timeless and elegant color combination, go for black and white. Stark and pure, these would look apropos of a minimalist style. This combination can be very graphic. When you want to showcase shapes and lines, the color pairing of black and white acts like a backdrop that allows for vividness in detail.

Taken to an extreme, it can look harsh and grim, even desolate.  And we’d never want to have that for our homes. So here are five ways that you can soften the dichotomy.

Create a cheerful ambience by adding other colors. Restraint is necessary so as not to overpower the space.
Make the space vibrant with indoor plants.
Use a natural material like wood for the furnishings.
Use black only in the trims, like moldings.
Soft textured fabrics as well as the use of grey can alleviate the severity of the color combination.

The Many Faces of Black and White

Scientists have a lot to say about black and white. They question whether these are colors at all, whether these are found in a rainbow or not, whether light is absent in black or whether white is the sum of all colors. Chemists would argue that these are colors because black and white paint are the result of pigments and molecular coloring agents.

Not only scientists have something to say about black and white. Even philosophers, religious figures, or sorcerers attach meanings to these colors. Cultures also have their beliefs about it. In China and other Asian countries, white is for mourning and used in funerals, but in some Western cultures, white means purity and used for weddings.

Ted Grant, father of Canadian photojournalism who has had 65 years of recording notable people and world history, has this to say about black and white,

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes.
But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!

Vantablack: The Blackest Black Material on Earth

I just saw this incredible innovation on CNN:

“Touted as the darkest man-made substance in the world, Vantablack is so uncomfortably black the human eye can’t quite decipher what it is seeing.

It is thought to be the closest thing to a black hole we will ever experience.

That’s because Vantablack is not a color, it’s the almost complete absence of color.

…Part of the appeal of Vantablack is that it absorbs 99.96% of the light that hits its surface.” 

Vantablack is made up of carbon nanotubes, one billion for one square meter, that are spaced perfectly apart. Creatives around the world are going gaga over this material, with architects at the top of the list.

For another color pairing, read about orange and blue.

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SM Home started with their Christmas preparations early, and came up with four holiday hues:
1) Classic Charm, 2) Contemporary Luxe, 3) Modern Opulence, and 4) Pretty Whimsical.
Here are some living room paint ideas from Boysen based on the holiday hue Contemporary Luxe.

Gold and silver —  their gleam add such a luxe vibe to any Christmas tableau. Who wouldn’t want that gorgeous glitter to help make your holiday season shine like no other? Very fitting for festivities with family and friends at home.

‘From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold’ to ‘silver bells’, those are the sparkles we’d like. No frost, no snow or ice to glisten in this country, but who cares? We can always bring some of that into our homes with all the bells, balls, baubles and tinsel available. Add fairy lights for more sparkle, and you’ve got that Christmas ambience going full blast.

It may be fake or faux (para sosyal pakinggan) but honestly, as long as it makes us happy, we should go for it. If you want as much gold as the Yamashita treasure in your home, go! Or as that slogan says, “Shimmer and Shine, let Silver be mine!”

Read about the other SM Home x Boysen Christmas color guide,
Classic Charm
Modern Opulence

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In a past life while living in Europe, DIY condo painting was something I did for a previous home. It was a challenge because I had never done it before and because the condo was about 100 sqm, with a height of 3 meters (or almost 10 feet), and had seven huge windows.

DIY Condo Painting

You’d think that having windows would cut down the square meter area of the surface which you need to paint. That’s right, of course. But preparing the surface becomes harder. You need to paint with a brush around the windows so that painting the walls with a roller would be “easier” to do after. Having such a high ceiling was great, but to me painting that kind of space while being half the height of the ceiling was a handicap. Climbing up and down a 2-meter ladder almost did me in.

DIY Condo Painting

After the first day, I could hardly get out of bed. It seemed my legs muscles were locked in a permanent flex, and my toes were curled in. Maybe looking down to the street through the windows from that ladder while painting around the head and side jambs scared me so my toes kind of clung to the topmost rung, like bird feet wrapped around a branch for stability.

My DIY condo painting was hard work, but I felt deep satisfaction and great pride in the results.

DIY Condo Painting

Would I do it again? Maybe, if I were still living abroad. But here in the Philippines, I’d rather outsource it because I prefer to be spoiled. Which is why when the need to paint my home here in Manila presented itself, I called the professionals. All I did was choose the colors. I came back after less than a week and everything, including the ceiling, had been painted exactly how I wanted it. I was lucky enough to hire painters who are regularly undergoing training with Boysen. Also helpful is that Boysen carries odor-less paints like Virtuoso (my favorite) and Healthy Home, so there were no paint smells at all in the condo.

DIY Condo Painting

If you’re up for the physical challenge, you have time, and you’re willing to experiment and learn, DIY condo painting is something you should do, at least once in your life. In this Internet age, there are so many instructional videos and literature that can help you do a good job, just like in this blog. Here are some of them:
What To Know Before You Start DIY Painting
5 Ingeniously Simple Painting Hacks Every Home Decorator Should Know
Painting 101
The DIY Diva Series

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What could be a bedroom design idea to prepare for some homey hugs during the coming Christmas holidays?

Usually most of us focus only on one area of the house, the living room, when we think about decorating our homes for Christmas. But why not start with the bedroom, your very own private space? Put up something cozy and heartwarming where you can snuggle up with your loved ones, or where you can have wonderful hygge moments alone.

How To Dress Up Your Wall With String Lights

As you can see in the video, you don’t have to have those traditional Christmas ornaments, not even glittery ones, to bring in that Christmas cheer. In fact, you can keep it very simple by dressing up a wall with Christmas lights. Use warm yellow ones that go well with a white wall. Lights like these are not only meant for trimming trees. You can also pin photos of your loved ones, those family and friends you hold dear, to the string lights. It is a wonderful way to reminisce about the many beautiful moments you’ve had in a year which is almost over. Those photos are reminders of the experiences you’ve shared and time spent with them, which you feel thankful for.

Tip: Don’t limit this design idea to the bedroom because it can fit in any part of the house.

Homey Hugs to Welcome Family Home

Are you expecting loved ones living or working abroad to come home for the holidays? Why don’t you put up this kind of decor to welcome them back into the fold? Go to a shop (or use your printer) and have photos developed of the many family moments they have missed while they were abroad.  Pin up those photos but leave empty spaces for the photos you will be making with them this Christmas time.

You know those moments I mean – to celebrate bienvenida, misa de gallo, eating lechon, queso de bola and kakanin during noche buena,  visiting old family members, getting to know new ones, spending time at the beach, drinking and talking sessions with the barkada, etc.

More Christmas Decorating Tips

Read Classic Charm, a Christmas color guide that can help you choose your holiday ornaments and what colors you can paint your walls with.

For other Christmas videos:
Make a Merry Mocktail
Glam Up Your Gifts

 

 

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Need a bedroom paint idea? If you’re a girly girl who loves pink, go for a subtle one with blush.

Blush – the color of baby skin after a warm bath, or the tips of a pink flamingo’s feather. It’s not dark like the cotton candy that you find in fair grounds or those French macaroons that are piled high on gleaming bone china.

Blush is a very tender color with a mix of the tints found in apricot, grapefruit or even the palest pink salmon. This is Boysen’s take on blush pink.

Iced Peach is such a luscious color for the bedroom, and its warmth would give the room a very inviting air. It is a tranquil and peaceful color, perfect for a room where rest is the main function. It is delicate, soft, romantic and ultra-feminine. This color is so versatile that you could pair it with any metallic sheen like gold, silver, bronze, copper, and pewter.

Possible Palettes for a Girly Girl Bedroom

Girly Girl
If you want your bedroom to look light and romantic, then combine Iced Peach with light neutrals like smoke or white.
Girly Girl
For a sophisticated look, you can combine Iced Peach with soft yellow and warm grey.
Girly Girl
If drama is your thing, then combine Iced Peach with cool grey or charcoal.

For other shades of pink, read about Palette Realm or Barenaked.

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