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30-Day Design Challenge Overview

If  you could remember my first post about finally having the ideal color scheme for the house, well, I’m glad to announce that it’s a work in progress. The 30-day challenge includes:

1. Making the first floor (Living room/work area, dining room, kitchen and the unknown area next to the dining room) bright, clean-looking and organized.

2. Budget: P15,000 (or less, maybe 10?)

Basically, I want the house to have this kind of feel, light and airy like a beach cottage. 

But the problem lies with the light. The whole ground floor has only one pathetic-looking window. So just imagine where I could get the “light” as well as the “airy”. But that’s the challenge, right? I’m so sick of this living room looking absolutely sad (I’d like to use the word forlorn because it sounds sadder and old just like the living room!)

Here’s one side of the living room. (Pardon the full length mirror. That’s a desperate attempt to create light through reflection.)

And here’s where my husband and I work. (Since I got a new laptop few months ago, he “inherited” the iMac and I work in the bedroom because we have a huge window up there.*Sunlight!*)

(I didn’t bother tidying up the place for the picture. It wouldn’t make the room more inviting anyway.)

The 30-day challenge has started last Thursday but like I said before, I have to gather enough guts to post these before pictures. But this is a DIY blog so the before pics should matter, right?

Now, here’s my plan:

1. No more dark furniture. Since I am under a budget, buying new ones is out of the question. The solution: PAINT! That shoe rack was the first one to go through a paint bath. The TV stand is still being painted outside. (By the way, we have a proper tv stand, not the poor Ikea table. I just took this picture while writing this entry.)

2. The ugly computer chairs need upgrade too. The first one has been done already.

3. The roller blinds need a new look too. (in progress)

4. The sofas…(my biggest mistake) slip cover it is! Do you think I should paint the black frame too?

5. Lack table from Ikea needs a face lift too.

6. Large mirror/mirrors should definitely be on one wall (or two?)

7. The rest of the plan is not even born yet… 🙁

Here are my 2 MAJOR problems;

1. The window: How do I make it look larger? (Notice that it is oddly shaped? What is this, a mosque?!)

Maybe similar to these ones would do. It might work on the opposite side of the workpalce too (where the full length mirror is right now).

2. The odd space where the full length mirror is. There’s about a foot wide protrusion on the wall which gets narrower on one side. I have been looking for inspirations for that space but nothing has struck me yet. A built-shelf? A gallery wall? Suggestions please.

Can you now imagine how much work needs to be done? That’s the fun part and I need suggestions, lots of it! Please! 🙂

7 Comments on 30-Day Design Challenge Overview

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    June 12, 2012 at 9:00 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Michi! I’m so loving your site. And when I read your “About” page, I felt the same way. Changing career paths is risky for our age, but if it means happiness and the benefit of our health, why not right?

    I’ve read this post and I will honestly say I have no education or expertise in interior design. But if I may, I’ll suggest something based on what I saw before. Hehe.

    Regarding “2. The odd space where the full length mirror is. “… I think that mirror should go. It could be replaced with some shelves with a few trinkets. Minimalist look. And maybe, just maybe, the top length of that wall a sides could have a light / bright curtain? Yes, there is no window on that wall but it may “soften up” that wall a bit. 🙂

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      June 12, 2012 at 10:19 am (4 years ago)

      Hello Chedie! Yes, changing career is risky but I’m not planning to totally drop doing design for clients. I still love it but I want more creative challenge that includes getting my nails dirty. Hehe!
      Anyways, thanks for the suggestion. The curtain seems like a good idea. I’m planning to put that window-like mirror on that part, covering almost the entire wall. I wish the protrusion is way lower though so I can covert it to a “window(less) seat”. I really want one in the house. 🙂

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    June 12, 2012 at 11:52 am (4 years ago)

    Ate Michelle, I really like how you keep yourself busy at home! I once dreamt to be an interior designer, but old folks always say … you need to have “A NAME” else that profession will not bring you food at the table.

    Sad to say, I was forced to take a detour but till now im still holding up to that dream.

    And since you already got this marvelous page and without doubt help a lot of dreamers like me. Im just leaving you this message because im awed with your works.

    And also would like to leave my two cents on your sofas.

    Painting the black frame works but doing what you did on your boring computer chair is near perfection. Its not just the frame ( i dont know – not that sure 🙂 – since black can go with any color) but the choice of fabric can be enhanced too.

    Keep up the good work te mich! 🙂

    • avatar
      June 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Da!

      You’re right, a little black won’t hurt. Maybe the white slip cover would be enough. 🙂

  3. avatar
    November 9, 2013 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

    Ughhh every diy and designing you make po is kewl from scratch po super ganda po


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