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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 wall in this blog with our collaboration with SM Home. Here’s our latest one with the Color Trend 2018 colors.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

Carlo watches his Mama closely as she goes about her day in her little neighborhood fruit & shake bar. In Carlo’s opinion, the shack’s glory days have come and gone a long time ago. How will he make it easier for his Mom? How will he attract more customers to drop by and buy his Mom’s oh-so-delicious fruity concoctions? Keeping in mind that his vacation was only for a month, he wanted to do a makeover that would not take up too much time but would create a big impact.

Makeover Mood Board for the Fruit & Shake Bar

Ideas came pouring in from things he experienced abroad, which were further gelled by images he saw on the Internet. He made his Mama a mood board so that she could easily visualize how he wanted to breathe new life into her fruit & shake bar.

Choosing bright, fresh colors to match the delicious fruit juices she was serving was Carlo’s winning theme. Mama was easily won over.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

 

Carlo Comes Home is a story of an OFW who comes back to visit his mom. He spends time with her and watches how she goes about her day.

Follow the story of Carlo and his mama here. In the following weeks, watch how he goes about helping his mother with her small business. What kind of activities do they do to bring them closer?

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

 

 

When you introduce 24 colors for the year, four palettes with six colors each, you can’t help but almost always be in a creative mode. One of the ways we got creative was to make a papercraft video using Color Trend 2018: BE BOYSEN colors.

Be BoldPapercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: The colors may not exactly match the actual paint.

Be Seen

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018 Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: The colors may not exactly match the actual paint.

Be Here

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018 Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: The colors may not exactly match the actual paint.

Be You

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Papercrafting using Boysen Color Trend 2018

Disclaimer: The colors may not exactly match the actual paint

We replicated the eight interior styles in the papercraft video, two styles for each palette, as follows:

BE BOLD: Geometric Chic and Retro Vogue
BE SEEN: Pop Culture and Out There
BE HERE: Country Farmhouse and Modern Organic
BE YOU: French Contemporary and Timeless Minimalist

Papercraft Video

Behind the Scenes

It took three days to shoot instead of the allotted one day. It was more complicated than expected. The team worked long hours to get the paper rooms just right and to shoot. The artists were cutting for more than 12 hours. In the end, they couldn’t even open coffee sachets. My question is why didn’t they use their scissors? 😬

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Despite the difficulties and the tight deadline, the team had fun doing it and even had a contest between teams on who could make the most creative room set. In the end, everyone won.

Launch of Boysen Color Trend 2018 in SM Home Makati

We launched this year’s Color Trend in SM Home last March 1. Visit the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Makati to see five room setups to get more inspiration on how to combine the Boysen Color Trend 2018 with the furniture and accessories available at SM Home. These vignettes will be up until the end of March.

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After a creative binge, relax and have a healthy breakfast. Enjoy your home while savoring the pride of achievement. There is me time and there is time with friends. What better way to enjoy the fruits of your labor even more by inviting friends over. If you have people in your lives similar to Alex’s friends, there’s no need to invite them over. They just come bearing gifts. Oh to have that kind of tribe ❤

The I ❤ Me Episodes

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
Episode 4, Make Your Own Crate Shelf
Episode 5, Make Your Own Photo Breakfast Tray
Episode 6, Make Your Own Chalkboard Calendar
Episode 7: Enjoy Your Creative Fruits

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Why would Alex need a crate shelf anyway? Remember that classic British red telephone kiosk souvenir that Alex found at the bottom of a box under the sofa in a previous episode? She fished it out coz she decided it needed to take its rightful place in her living room. But where?

By the way, if you ever find yourself in London, take some selfies beside this iconic telephone box. They’re found all over the city. Then once you’re home, you can clip one picture of that on your photo string board to remind you of that cold, foggy morning as you walked out of the underground to Covent Garden.

Crate Shelf

Go to your neighborhood fruit stand and get yourself some wooden crates. Choose good ones meaning that the wood is dry and the crate is sturdy because you need to stack them. Get clean ones, sand them and clean them some more.

Materials used for surface preparation and painting:
Plasolux Glazing Putty to even out surfaces
Flatwall Enamel for priming
Quick Drying Enamel for color

For her shelf, Alex chose the colors Nile Green and Emerald Green. These are great colors to use as backdrop for her red telephone box souvenir which takes pride of place.

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
Episode 4, Make Your Own Crate Shelf
Episode 5, Make Your Own Photo Breakfast Tray
Episode 6, Make Your Own Chalkboard Calendar
Episode 7, Enjoy Your Creative Fruits

 

 

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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
Episode 4, Make Your Own Crate Shelf
Episode 5, Make Your Own Photo Breakfast Tray
Episode 6, Make Your Own Chalkboard Calendar
Episode 7, Enjoy Your Creative Fruits

 

 

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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
Episode 4, Make Your Own Crate Shelf
Episode 5, Make Your Own Photo Breakfast Tray
Episode 6, Make Your Own Chalkboard Calendar
Episode 7, Enjoy Your Creative Fruits

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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.