Finally, the reveal. I promise I won’t say a lot and just let you take a look at my very amateur photos. I love the soft lighting but I don’t know how to work my camera around it. So pardon my poor quality photos. Any photographer friends who would be willing to help me?
The Reception Area
There will be magazines in that empty box
Hallway leading to the Treatment Room, Doctor’s Office and Pantry
Ornate mirror from Heim (Wilcon Depot)
Display Shelf for their Merchandise
(Whitening soap, toner, sunblock, etc) The Treatment Area
And of course, I had to take a haggard-looking selfie a day before they open. Hahaha!
So there! I was able to finish everything, from space planning/designing/materials and furniture shopping to creating all the marketing materials in three weeks! Now I’m going to spend a whole day thinking about nothing. HAH!
I earn my living through graphic design and spend my free time decorating interiors. But when the opportunity to do both comes knocking, I am more than willing to grab it because honestly, some of my projects are no longer that exciting. And “girly” projects like this rarely ever comes. So what is the project? A facial center!
The first thing I did after learning the name was to create a logo. It was rather simple, with lots of sexy curves because they are offering non-invasive slimming procedures like RF and Lipo Cavity. I also did the floor plan before proceeding with the mood board. Creating a floor plan used to be too intimidating for me but now, it is the part I enjoy most. Thanks to the Interior Decorating course I’m currently taking. Haha! Anyway, I won’t bore you with too much details on my thought process so here’s the mood board. (I would have hired a 3D artist for the perspective but they needed everything done by November 18.)
It was just timely that my current lesson that time was color psychology so I knew I had to use purple since it is the color that promotes anti-aging and reduces stress. The place also needs to be calming and at the same time, elegant. And since it is a skin and body care center, it should look clean, natural and sterile without looking like a hospital. So I kept the color scheme light and clean with touch of wood texture.
I fell in love with lavender while working on this project. I didn’t know purple can be such a soothing color. I think I want it in our home. Hmmm… Anyway, back to the design. I had to design a reception table and SketchUp helped. See, I could do this! Haha!
The unit had existing granite tiles which had damages. We also need to extend the elevated flooring the previous tenant had installed to add space for the treatment area. Re-tiling the space would take time and would cost more so I opted to use vinyl planks instead.
I personally love the purple side table! I found a picture online that I could use for the mood board. We had it customized and I wasn’t really expecting them to replicate it perfectly. Close enough was good for me as long as the color was right. But when I saw it, I wanted to take it home for myself. They nailed every single detail! Yay!I was invited to Nippon Paint Trends Beyond Colours workshop last September and I knew I had to use their newest paint line, Momento Special Effect Paint, for this project. Like I’ve said earlier, I want to keep the decors to a minimum but I want extra “oomph” for the walls. Momento Silver Sparkle in Luminous Lavender did the job.
We had a minor mishap, though, which was my fault. While I was demonstrating Momento’s application process to the painter, I accidentally added an extra layer of paint making the color too dark, so I asked him to cover the area with Momento Primer. It left an ugly uneven patch on the wall (see left most picture above.) It didn’t look too bad on the photo but it really did in actual. Even the clients hate it. To remedy this, I painted a huge lavender square to cover the unsightly patch. It was a good decision because the logo was able to pop out even more. Thanks to my mistake! Hehe!
Last time, I was only able to have a glimpse of Manila FAME since I was dragging a bored husband and a four-month old baby with me. This time, I went alone, taking the MRT from North all the way down to South. It was very worth it considering the time saved from EDSA traffic. I wish I could stay longer though.
So, a brief view about Manila FAME:
Since 1983, Manila FAME has nurtured and promoted Philippine manufacturers and producers in the global market, consistently featuring top-quality export products and unique Philippine craftsmanship in home and fashion.
I cannot help being proud to be a Filipino while I was at the exhibit. Did you know that we have a local manufacturer that supplies baskets and rattan crafts for Pottery Barn? I love native crafts and I love it even more that I can possibly get them for much, much cheaper. Anyway, let your eyes feast on these beautiful Filipino-made export quality products.I am in love with these colorful rattan furnitures designed by Luzon Rattan.A. Garcia Crafts adds extra oomph to your outdoor spaces with these vibrantly colored chairs and stools. I would love to use these on my next project. Any takers?
This pale blue gray chesterfield sofa from More Than A Chair is simply adorable. One of these days, I will visit their showroom, This Ilocos Norte booth is particularly interesting for me. I used too find Filipino antique furnitures a bit boring, probably because I was surround by lot while growing up and they just look too brown for me. I was inspired by this Ilocos Norte style infused with colors, patterns and textures. If only I had an ancestral house to decorate…
I’m looking forward to the next Manila FAME on March 13-16, 2015. For more information, visit Manila FAMES’ website.