The banig (mat) served as my inspiration for my living room, that and the palette Tradition from Boysen Color Trend 2017, not the colors but more the spirit and feel of the palette.

After coming back to the Philippines, I wanted a Modern Rustic vibe for my home in Manila. The banigs came from Bukidnon, and were handwoven by girls. I kick myself for throwing out the tags that came with them because those carried the names of the girls and the patterns they used for the weaves.

I enjoy the colors very much, the cheerful mood they give the living room, and the way they bring the look together. Even the orange Milo Baughman chair (circa 1950s) with the chrome frame fits right in!

Please watch this video about banig makers in Leyte. From getting the sea grass or buri to the finished mat, it takes a weaver about six weeks! Our banigs in the Philippines are completely handcrafted, which is a long and tedious process. When I see a banig, I see not only the beauty of the mat but I also think about the hard labor that a weaver put into it. And we’re not just talking here about the skills needed to make them!

Go to a tiangge and get a couple of these instead of buying a rug.  You hit two birds with one stone: the first is you give your home a happy feel, and the second, you are helping our weavers! That helps to keep this tradition alive.

Here is a stall I found in the Sunday Legaspi Market in Makati. Dino’s place is called Etniko Pilipino. If you frequent bazaars and trade fairs, chances are you’ll see Etniko there.

Caveat: you can slide out from underfoot with the banig so be careful. If you’re the type to run around your home, you can put a rubber backing under the banigs to prevent accidents from happening. I haven’t done it so do tell me if it works!









You’re a proud owner of a cookie cutter, shoebox condo, but you’re a person of drama and passion and quirkiness and…you’re one of a kind, that’s all, and you’d want your condo to be as one-of-a-kind as you are. How hard can it be?

Get Big on Personality

Whether you own a studio or a one-bedroom unit, which usually ranges in size from 18 to 50 sqm, there are ways you can add personality to any space. The most basic way, and the easiest, is to veer away from the usual white, boxy look, and paint the space with colors that appeal to you even if they’re intense. Are you renting the place? No problem. If you want drama, you can very well afford to paint the walls in colors which are more to your taste, because paint is affordable, and also quick and easy.

Dark ≠ Small

There’s this designer tip that says that if you want to make a space look bigger, then use white, or light neutrals. That’s very good advice. But SM Home ventured to prove that even using dark colors doesn’t necessarily mean that you would get a cramped vibe. SM Home assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castaneda said that you can live comfortably without having to feel cooped up. He set himself and his designers up for a challenge by choosing colors from the palette Tradition of Boysen Color Trend 2017.

Inspiration for Condo Living

“Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like set-ups, as well as expert-led talks.”

“There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living,” shares Tom. “SM Home is filled with compact yet stylish and multifunctional pieces that are, what we call, condo perfect!”

The Living Room

The deep and warm but restrained reddish tone of African Herbsman as an accent wall in the living room complement the predominantly light wood tones.

Designer: Ivy Crisostomo

The Bedroom

The cool and earthy quality of Scout’s Honor green in the bedroom is very well complemented by the warm tones of the wood finishes.

Designer: James Razo

The Kitchen

The deep green accent color Scout’s Honor shows that there is no need to be afraid of using deep or bold colors even in small spaces.

Designer: Maya Franco

The Dining Room

Accent color Tribal Teal was used, with some natural colors throughout the interior. The colors, the teal of the dining room and the green of the kitchen, create a cohesion between the two adjacent spaces.

Designer: Erika Uichanco

Go and see the interior set-ups at the Concourse at the Ground Floor of SM Makati. The exhibit will run until September 17. Also, there will be talks this coming weekend from 1 to 6 pm, September 16 to 17, so do drop by.







From September 12 to 17, you will see the palette Tradition of Boysen Color Trend 2017 in the room sets in SM Home’s The Essentials of Condo Living at the Concourse, Ground Floor, SM Makati.

The Root of Palette Tradition

The palette Tradition hints at the works of weavers and artisans, here and around the world, whose craftsmanship has been handed down to them by their ancestors. Old art forms in fabrics and weaves, like in our banigs, tinalak, inabel, ikat, to name a very few, were the basis for this palette. However, globalization and technological advancements have influenced tastes, so we have given a modern twist to the ethnic palette to make it more relevant to the aesthetics of Filipinos today.

See Tradition in SM Home Makati

SM Home has four room vignettes that you can go visit now at the Concourse at the Ground Floor in SM Makati.

Kitchen and Dining Room Vignettes at SM Makati
Bedroom and Living Room Vignettes at SM Makati

There will be talks from 1 to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, where Boysen will give some painting tips and color inspirations.

There will be more opportunities for you to get style inspiration and design advice from other experts, including Design Workshops that you can join for free! So if you’re thinking about renovating your home, then do drop by and take advantage of this chance.

Let the colors of Tradition give your home a truly modern Filipino feel.






“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.

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 your kids to get off of their screens, then Boysen ColorPlay is it. Whether it’s carefully painting on their favorite cartoon characters or dipping the blocks straight into the paint, the activity is a great outlet for children’s creativity.

This isn’t to say that adults won’t have a little fun of their own. For serious artists, four blocks and a few cans of paint are more than enough to create an Instagram-worthy work of art. For the not-so-serious, it’s a simple avenue for self-expression, and makes for great family bonding time. (And great selfies too; you can take your own polaroids once you’re finished.)


Discover the Designer

More than just being a fun form of creative expression, Boysen ColorPlay provides insights into one’s inclination for design by taking a look at which palettes you are drawn to. Do you prefer the warm atmosphere that Tradition provides, or the chill vibe of Technology ? Do you identify with the understated Minimal, or does the loudness of Maximal speak to you? These are important questions for people putting together their own place, and Boysen ColorPlay activities and booklets can help with finding the answers.

Boysen ColorPlay also lends its Virtual Reality (VR) set for those looking for a more in-depth experience with the palettes. With the Boysen VR App, you’re transported into sample rooms created to represent each palette, with new virtual rooms released every month. It’s particularly useful for architects and interior designers who want to see how the color themes could be utilized in the real world.

A splash of color is never a bad thing; whether you’re looking for a way to bring out that inner child of yours, or are out to find the palette for the perfect interiors for you, Boysen’s ColorPlay is something you should definitely see for yourself.

You’ll find Boysen Color Play in Robinsons Metro East on June 16 to 18. Drop by with the family and have a lot of fun!

Many of the things that we have now and take for granted are a result of cultural exchange.  Food, religion, and design are being transformed because of influences from one part of the world to another. Culture is a fluid concept that constantly evolves; it is not something static that strictly comes from one source. People began sharing their culture and taking from others as early as the first civilizations in the Middle East.

The post-war era of the 50s and 60s saw a re-emergence of cross-cultural influences in the arts. In the world of fashion, this was heralded by the legendary French-Algerian designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent 2002 Haute Couture Retrospective

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Yves Saint Laurent left the fashion world in awe after his Spring/Summer collection of 1967. Influenced by the tribes of Sub-Saharan African, he incorporated wooden beads, raffia (a type of palm tree native to Central Africa), bangles, and traditional prints with shades of gold, green, and orange into his designs. The silhouettes were made more westernized, tight and form-fitting, yet  these blended perfectly with the traditional materials. This was the first time a fashion designer had incorporated elements of a foreign culture into his own work.

Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent

  • Eastern Europe

His Fall/Winter 1976-77 collection took inspiration from the opulence of Imperial Russia. It was a homage to Sergei Diaghilev’s Paris-based ballet company, the Ballets Russes, which introduced Western European audiences to Russian culture. Saint Laurent’s collection incorporated a lot of silks and Russian embroideries, and included the ushanka, otherwise known as the “Russian hat”. The prints and free-flowing silhouettes were taken from Eastern European Romanies. Earthy shades of brown, black, and red, and pastel shades of green, blue, and pink dominated the color palette.

Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent

This collection is displayed between 22:22-26:22.

  • China

This collection was shortly followed by the Fall/Winter 1977-78 Chinese collection. Cheongsam-like silhouettes, Mandarin collars, and boxy jackets from the Manchurian Qing Dynasty were notable elements used in the collection. The looks were also accessorized with the conical hat common throughout East Asia. Like the Russian collection, this one also focused on China’s imperial era and sought to capture the empire’s opulence through the use of silks and embroideries. The color palette of this collection revolved around rich shades of purple, gold, and red.

This collection is displayed between 27:00-30:00.

Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent

  • Spain

His last collection of the decade, Fall/Winter 1979-80, was inspired by Spanish culture. One of his most iconic looks in this show is the matador look. Saint Laurent used a skirt instead of trousers and used colorful pink and purple silks for the ensemble while still keeping the boxy jacket and embellishments from the traditional matador attire. Other looks of the collection included black Spanish dresses with veils, lace, and puff shoulders. The predominant shade of the collection was bluish-black (as seen in the last few pieces)  except for the matador look.

The collection is displayed between 31:15-32:26.

Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent
Image from vogue.com | Spring 2002 Couture Saint Laurent

Like Boysen’s palette Tradition in Color Trend 2017, the colors used in the collection play an important role in their respective cultures. The designer who takes inspiration from these cultures use these colors and reinterpret them in his own personal way. It may not be seen as “authentic” for some, but culture is never authentic. It evolves and changes over time thanks to various reinterpretations by people throughout history, and this is what makes the Tradition color palette so special. It is old yet contemporary at the same time, therefore you can never go wrong with it, thanks to its incredible versatility.

If you are Filipino and a Roman Catholic (which is about 85% of the population), Holy Week is an important time.

Holy Week in the Philippines is also known as Mahal na Araw or Semana Santa, and takes place from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, or from April 9 to 15 this year.

Tradition Holy Week

Traditions and rituals abound — in religious observance, behavior, practices, activities, even food. The life, suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ is told in various ways from north to south of the country.

We find it fitting to have one of the palettes of Color Trend 2017 called Tradition to represent Holy Week.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

Tradition Holy Week

Download the Boysen Color Trend 2017 brochure.


Boysen launched Color Trend 2017 last week in the Interior & Design Manila at the SMX Convention Center. You will see it again in Worldbex on March 15 to 19 at the World Trade Center.

For this week, we are focusing on Tradition, a palette of rich but muted colors of green, brown, blue and red. The inspiration comes from vernacular concepts of beauty which have been redefined through time and technological manufacturing advancements of materials.

For example, what may once have been a humble weave pattern by a tribe may now be incorporated into a distinctively modern design and used as a contemporary exclusive fabric for a sofa, a lampshade, or even a carpet. The design possibilities are many.
Using this palette is a bold statement, a celebration of roots, history and tradition, hence its name. You may be the type to fearlessly splash the colors all around your living space. Or you can also opt to be cautious, and use pops of color on a neutral background.

Whatever your choice, you can be sure that this palette will give your space a warm, creative and sophisticated ambience.

If you want to know where you can get the colors in the Tradition palette, please fill in this form.

There are four palettes in Color Trend 2017 – TraditionTechnology, Maximal and Minimal.

Click the link to find out more about Color Trend 2017, or download the brochure.