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.

SM Home Turnover Fair Room Vignettes
Paint 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 the light grey of Stone to make striped patterns on a funky wall. A gleam of silver can be seen around the bedroom, in the mirror frame, the hanging lamps, even the cafetière on a wooden tray on the bed. With that you can already picture a much-deserved Sunday morning lolling around in bed, having a croissant while reading a book.

SM Home Turnover Fair Room Vignettes
Bedroom by Tom Castañeda

What made me drool though was the graphite sheets that felt so silky and smooth, must have been because of the high thread count. I went to the stall around the perimeter in the hall to check it out. I was so close to buying, except two friends said, “How many bed sheets do you actually need?” I could see in my mind’s eye the pile of bed linens in my cabinets (yes, plural), and I swear I could hear the voice of Marie Kondo saying, “Declutter, declutter!” You could see my hands caressing the sheets and me muttering, “But it does, it does give me that spark of joy!”

Anyway enough of my neurotic ways and watch what Tom did to his bedroom space.

The Bracing Aegean Sea for the Kitchen

If Tom’s bedroom was designed with restful woodlands and stone in mind, Tala chose the blue green of the Aegean Sea for that invigorating vibe, perfect for breakfast her favorite meal of the day. She focused on the grid and added wood tones for the organic feel, and the dull gleam of metal for a hint of the industrial style. Curated pieces for the decor were white dishes, silverware and wooden accessories.

SM Home Turnover Fair Room Vignettes
Kitchen Vignette styled by Tala Singson

I overheard another designer saying that she loved the repurposing of the console table to be the dining table for this breakfast nook. It is an inspired idea considering the small space that Tala  had to work with. But there was an opposing comment from a person who presumably loves to eat. She said, “Hmmm, there isn’t really much room for the food, is there?”

There’s a lesson right here. It would help to know yourself and what your needs are then decorate your own home accordingly.

Watch Tala talk about her kitchen vignette.

A Tranquil Dining Room

Dagny designed a tranquil dining room using the paints Woodlands and Fine Sand. She added a cool blue to complement the wall colors, and used different shades of light wood for the furniture, imparting a hint of the trendy Scandinavian look. Graphic organic prints captured the different colors found in this dining room area.

SM Home Turnover Fair Room Vignettes
Dining Room Vignette styled by Dagny Madamba

I like round tables, especially in this small space. It helps the energy flow around the area and creates a convivial atmosphere during meal times.

Dagny also opted for a partially closed cabinet and a bar cart as storage for the area.

Look at the video to see how Dagny put together the dining room vignette.

An Artsy Vibe for the Living Room Vignette

Paula had in mind a young, female, adventurous, creative spirit when she designed the living room vignette. Like Tom she chose Woodlands and Stone for her walls. Pink and purple graphic art looked good on the grey wall. Hints of fuschia and red on some of the artworks on the left green wall tied the look together.

SM Home Turnover Fair Room Vignettes
Living Room by Paula de Guzman

Although the living room was compact, there were two sofas offering ample seating. A side table doubled as a storage place. Two nesting tables in light wood could be moved around very easily if required.

Paula used print-on-print in the rugs, sofa and cushion covers.

Let Paula show you the living room she designed.

Mix and Match with Boysen

Boysen has thousands of colors to choose from. We’ve got the Color Trend palettes. However, if you are feeling bold enough to make your own palette, you can always go to the Mix & Match station in a home depot close to you and explore what colors appeal to you.





Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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