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I love Home, the idea and reality of it, the intangibility and materiality of it. I love that it can be a person, place or thing, even a dream or a memory, or a smell, a touch, a look, a sound, and a taste. It can come to us anywhere, while we’re in the middle of traffic, walking in a mall, or sitting in a park. Home could embrace us when we are with people we love and who love us. But it could also be there even when we’re with strangers or alone in some foreign place. Home is where yearnings are answered. Lucky are we if we carry Home inside us because that gives us that sense of belonging wherever we are in the world. That is the elixir that gives us the power to make the mundane magical, and make life beautiful. Home as a Place We all…

I’ve said it before and I say it again. Wall paint really changes the look and feel of a space. And all for such little effort and for less money, relatively speaking. And the best thing of all is there’s hardly any down time compared to structural changes like knocking down a wall to make the space look bigger. You can use light neutrals to open a space, or a dark color to provide depth. Wall paint can also be used to liven up a space or to give it a relaxed vibe. If you don’t like your first choice, then change it. You don’t have to overthink it unless you’re the overthinking type. Are you the type to have a flavor-of-the-month kind of style? Paint. Or do you want to try different personalities like you would with fashion? Paint. Of course, you’d have to make sure that your furniture…

Last April 27 to 29 during the SM Home Turnover Fair in SM Aura, assistant vice president Tom Castañeda together with three other designers made room vignettes using colors mixed by Boysen exclusively for SM Home. But Tom and his team were restrained by choosing the light neutrals and greens to paint the walls. leaving out the warm orange Summer Solstice and intense yellow Flaxen. This makes a lot of sense when you are choosing colors for a small condo. You wouldn’t want to overpower a small space, especially if it is a studio, with so many colors. It’s better to have a home that soothes you with cool colors rather than fire you up. Imagine coming home to that after a long, hard day at work? Nah, right! The Cool Woodlands for a Restful Bedroom For the bedroom vignette, Tom chose the rich green color of Woodlands combined with…

Are you open to more inspiration on color and living spaces? We’ve put together our top 10 Instagram posts since we started. A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 10, 2018 at 3:02am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 22, 2018 at 3:43am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:31am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 29, 2018 at 3:05am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 27, 2018 at 3:15am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 24, 2018 at 4:05am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 26, 2018 at 5:11am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on Apr 18, 2018 at 3:10am PDT A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines)…

Before you make any expensive upgrades in your homes, see what the interior design trends are for 2018. Read on advice from interior design experts about metallics, textures, dark woods, earthy neutrals or primary colors. When you’re at the point of making a decision as to what to do with your interiors, remember that how you want it to look like should be what you should aim for. Taste is so personal, and your home should reflect what you find beautiful. Check out other infographics regarding home styling here. This is a guest blog post from Helen O’Keeffe, who works on content for home interiors store EZ Living Interiors. They operate stores all over Ireland and have two stores in Northern Ireland offering a wide selection of high quality interior and furniture products.

If you’ve seen the first seven videos of Carlo Comes Home, you would have seen several DIY tips, from painting a geometric wall to distressing metal bar stools. This is the final video that will show the cost for all the DIYs done by Carlo for his Mama’s Fruit Shake Bar. If you’ve not seen the previous episodes, do follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story – Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall) Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters) Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign) Episode 6 (How to distress metal bar stools) Episode 7 (The new look of Mama’s fruit shake bar) Episode 8 (Summary and costing) Other Let it B Webisodes For other DIY webisodes, please go to: DIY Diva Move on Max I <3 Me There are also other DIY craft videos that you can watch. Just…

SM Home just recently concluded the first-ever SM Home Turnover Fair, which offered assistance to new homeowners in the interior design of their new homes. The event was also helpful to homeowners who wanted to renovate their homes, or those who were just shopping around for ideas. The SM Home Turnover Fair, which ran from April 27 to 29 at SMX Aura, was a brilliant idea from assistant vice president Tom Castañeda. Bursting with ideas, tips and advice from architects and interior designers, the place became a hive of activity soon after its opening. Customers could even do their shopping right there since many suppliers of furniture, home accessories and small appliances, were in stalls located around the perimeter of the exhibition area. Interior designers were on hand to do one-on-one consultations with customers in a breakout area at the back. The area also doubled up as a place where customers…

We don’t have Target in the Philippines but I wish they had an outlet here because I love their newest in-house decor brand called Opalhouse. The Boho Chic vibe of the latest home decor collection is perfect for sultry summer days and nights with their bold colors, the use of cane or wood for furniture, tassels reminiscent of Moroccan poufs, macramé, velvet upholstery, weaves, and the glint of metal. For the slide show above, we’ve included recommendations for wall paint colors. For some, we’ve provided neutral colors. But if you want to really go for a Boho Chic look, dark, intense or vivid colors are your friends. What is Boho Chic? Boho Chic is a style which draws on bohemian and hippie influences. It’s mixing old and new items from different cultural origins. It’s mixing styles too. Even textures are plentiful and varied, like using velvet, silk, wood, metal, weaves,…

OFW Carlo spent his vacation with Mama doing a makeover of her neighborhood Fruit Shake Bar. Both felt accomplished to open the place to sukis who appreciated the new look. Hands down, it’s Mama’s fruit shakes that draw people in. But it also helps to have a colorful and cheerful place for them to enjoy those thirst-quenching and healthy drinks. Besides the DIY activities brought mother and son closer. Having a loved one who is an OFW is bittersweet when they have to say their goodbyes. And the time to do so was fast approaching. Still, Carlo felt good that he was able to give Mama the gift of his presence and his efforts to make her place of work bright and chipper. Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story – Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall) Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters) Episode 5 (How…

Nestled in the hills overlooking Metro Manila, a bachelor’s home celebrates concrete. It’s done in a Modern Concrete style, but the look is far from austere. Architect Edwin Uy said, “Most or all of the houses I’ve made take reference from the modernist period (50s) where elements were at their purest forms. The same is true for this house. The pattern outside is taken from a geometric graphic design from the 50s. The exposed steel columns, cantilevering, open planning are all from modernist principles of the mid-century.” There’s a hint of the minimal industrial chic in the walls, floors and ceilings. But for the color scheme, he opted to use warm hues for the furniture which are upholstered in textured fabrics. The gleam of metal of the pendant lamps, dining table legs, kitchen exhaust hood and fittings, as well as the glass found all over the home, add a touch…