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Real Living Partners With Avida to Style A Model Unit

Last Thursday, July 23, I got a chance to see the 1-bedroom unit in Avida Showroom, Vertis North, designed by up-and-coming designers. I already saw the winning designs in July issue of Real Living Magazine and so I was excited to see the actual unit and meet the designers in person. I really wish I took up Interior Design instead of majoring in Advertising Design. Haha!

In June, Real Living paired three interior designers fairly new in the industry — Gino Eraña, Jane Karla Samson and Joevie Andrew Tuquib — with seasoned professionals — Kristine Neri-Magturo, Hannah Acab-Faustino and John Vigilia — who served as their official mentors throughout the design process. Each designer was assigned a section in the Avida Towers Vita at Vertis North showroom and given a P100,000 budget, as well as access to the large selection of coating solutions from Nippon Paint Philippines and appliances from Electrolux.

A panel of judges from Real Living and Avida evaluated each designer’s work based on their originality, resourcefulness, as well as overall “wow” factor of their space. The winning designer, Gino Eraña, was named to the magazine’s Real Living Next Gen: 25 Creatives to Watch” list which appears in Real Living’s July 2015 issue.

BEDROOM by Kristine Neri-Magturo (Mentor) & Gino Eraña

Kristine and Gino drew inspiration from the young newlywed couple’s fun and active lifestyle as seen in its modern, chic and fresh, Scandinavian theme inspired interior. The furniture pieces exudes elegant simplicity and practicality and color palette offers relaxing and airy tones, making the bedroom the most ideal place to rest after a long day’s work.

Gallery-A Gallery-GLIVING ROOM by John Vigilia (Mentor) & Joevie Andrew Tuquib

John and Joevie opted for element that are modern and functional, without sacrificing style. They found the right balance between straight and curvy lines, with a healthy mix of the old and the new. By combining wood with various fabrics and textures, the living area gives off a cozy vibe, with masculine and feminine touches to suit the homeowners’ personality. Practicality is still the key component of the space, with every furniture serving a purpose.

Gallery-EKITCHEN/DINING ROOM by Hannah Acab-Faustino (Mentor) & Jane Karla Samson

Drawing inspiration from the Northen Lights phenomena in Scandinavia, Hannah and Jane selected design elements that are reminiscent of awe-inspiring dancing lights as well as the region’s lush natural environment. Soothing hues of indigo, jade, plum, and emerald encourage peaceful thinking, while the rhythm and the playful use of materials and colors help inspire creative ideas.Gallery-FI’m sure you love the design as well as all the furniture and decor pieces in the model unit. You can have a chance to own all of these by simply scheduling a visit, any day until the end of September, to Real Living Open House to join the raffle. Just go to Avida Open House microsite to pick a schedule and register.

Design Project: Light and Airy 23 SQM Condo Unit in Makati

Studio or converted 1-bedroom units are now becoming my favorite project. They are quick to design and I love the challenge of space planning in such very limited area.

A young soon-to-be married couple asked me if I could design their newly turned-over unit in Makati. Of course, I was interested because not a while ago, I told my husband that I wanted to try designing a unit from SMDC. I was used to designing from scratch so when they told me they have bought most of the furniture (sofa, dining table and chairs, shoe rack, a foldable wall mounted table and bed), I didn’t know if it was a good or a bad thing. It turned out that it was a good thing since I love everything that they chose.

Because the space is really limited, I wanted it to be light with punches of cool colors. The window, although not that huge, surprisingly was good enough to light the entire unit despite the partition. I always love a good source of natural light because it definitely helps give an illusion of larger space.

So anyway, here’s the quick moodboard that I created. The design and construction process was finished in less than a month. I love quicky projects! Haha!
moodboard1I used seafoam green for the ceiling for that cool punch of color and used white all over. To make the black granite kitchen countertop relatable to the rest of the unit, black accents were used. I painted the other side of the kitchen wall with black chalk paint. I’ve always wanted to do this so I was so glad that the clients were also up for it. Yay!!! And of course, I couldn’t help writing a little message for the couple. Haha!

Decorating Tip: If you’re decorating such tiny space, choose one dominant color except for white, then pick a secondary one that can be carried on small furniture or accessories/decors. Consider the 60-30-10 rule in creating a color scheme. In this case, I chose the seafoam green as the main color (60%), black as the secondary one (30%) and yellow as the accent color (10%). So far, only the throw pillow is yellow but it can also be used for vases, art prints, small baskets, anything small. livingarea2Photographing a small space is sooo hard for a non-photographer like me. I used my phone to take this panoramic shot. Hehe!

livingareaAnd the other side… Love the rugs from H&M and the light that they sourced from Soler St.! I’m not sure what the original color of that light was, but they spray painted it black to follow the moodboard. Love these clients! Haha!

light-ceilingThe kitchen… Again, sorry for the photo quality. By the way, the ceiling color is similar to the wall colors in our living room but I realized, this color looks better on ceiling and in a room that gets a lot of natural light.

kitchenAnd the bedroom. I did that tie up curtain again. Hehe! The headboard was supposed to be on the other side as I was still planning to install a foldable ledge which they can use as laptop table but there had been a problem with the bed supplier. Oh well… The wall on the bed side still needs to be worked on, another DIY project for the couple. :)

bedroomThe bathroom… Black, white and blue are still carried in this area. Still needs accessorizing though. bathroom

I can’t wait for them to add their own touches in the unit. I hope to take pictures again in the future. furniture-plan

Have You Joined Pinterest Already?

Hi guys! I’ve been out of the blog radar again for quite a while. What’s new? Haha! Anyway, I’m sure most of you have heard and are already using Pinterest. If not, it is basically a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. Since I’m part of their community of content curators in the Philippines, I’m gonna talk about why I love Pinterest and why you should love it too. :)

Gone are the days when I used to bookmark the pages where I found reference pictures for my projects. The lists were endless and because there were no pictures, going back to those pages was quite a challenge. And so whenI discovered Pinterest, I got really interested! Being a bit OC, I love the idea of being able to create “boards” or categories. The first I did was “DIY Line Up” to collect ideas for my DIY projects that I can post on my blog. I can now easily browse through my “PINS” since there are pictures that link to the site it came from.

Follow Michelle Rinosa-Sy’s board DIY Line-up on Pinterest.

I’m also using Pinterest’s  “secret board” to gather interior design ideas for my interior decorating projects. I also encourage my clients to use Pinterest as well since you can invite people to join the board so they can add pins too. Isn’t that fun?

So, if you’re looking for DIY ideas and interior design inspirations, why don’t you follow me over there? If you don’t have an account yet, the first 10 people can sign up using this invite link.



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