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Who am I?

Hi! My name is Michelle and I’m a wife and mom to a 3-year old boy named Bryce. And now that he is already a toddler, I hope to exercise his imagination through arts and crafts.

The Transition

I am also a home-based graphic designer (NomadDesigner as I call myself) giving myself a chance to explore my own creativity through something I really love, a recent love actually — interior decorating and crafts. It’s not that I don’t love being a designer but you know how it is. Clients always make the rule. Lucky me if I would encounter a client who would give me total creative control over a project (happened to me only once).

So now, after 10 years of being a creative slave, I am now a free woman! My first major project is our house. Well, it’s not really ours because we’re just renting this or should I say, “borrowing” this from my in-laws while we’re still working on having our own. So what it is, is what we’re getting. I hate it to be honest mainly because of the lack of windows.

Our single, pathetic window. :)

The Forever Challenge

That was our living room at the height of ugliness. I know we’ll be stuck here for the next 3 years or so and perpetually hating it wouldn’t help at all. So I created this blog to document my love/hate relationship with our house. There’s so much to do, so much to improve and repair as it is old and quite crumbling already, but that’s what makes it fun. Lots of DIY and design challenges. You can read my house updates here. Like I said, I’m ready and loaded to prettify it one piece at a time (I would prefer to say one corner at a time but due to budget issues, I can only manage one piece at a time. heh heh)

If you have a house you hate too, you’re always welcome to shoot me an email and we’ll give each other a virtual hug then start on a mission to love the space we have.

The Goal: Promote DIY in the Philippines and the Cheaper Alternatives

I have always loved window shopping for furniture and home accessories but most of the time, my reaction when I see the price tag would be, “Ang mahal naman nyan, kayang kaya kong gawin yan eh! (That’s so ridiculously expensive, I can actually make it myself!)” And most of the things you see in the malls can really be made by you, with the right resources and proper direction.

Living in the Philippines has a lot of advantages for DIYers. First, the materials, if you know where to look (like Divisoria), are unbelievably cheap. Second, there might not be a lot of cheap second-hand furniture here that we can refinish unlike in the States (because even Japan’s surplus is expensive here), but we have an abundance of karpintero (carpenters). For as low as P350/day, you can have someone do all the sawing, nailing and painting for you.

So, let’s start those creative juices flowing and save bucks!

Oh, by the way, I am such a lazy crafter because who has that much time in their hands?! Expect that most of my projects are the quick and easy versions. :) I’m also in the process of learning new things like the ins and outs of blogging, photography, interior decorating, crafting, etc. A year from now, I’m going back to my initial posts and hopefully, this is what would go through my mind: “Was it really me who wrote/photograph that? Such an amateur, even a 10-year old could do that.”

xoxo Let’s keep on learning, creating, enjoying life!

22 Comments on Who am I?

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    July 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    hi! do you have any polo barong with designs? white color please call( 310-7267) or email me asap because we need it and sample if you do have.. ? thank you

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    December 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Same interest here on DIY and crafts. More power to you.

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    Gladys Serafines
    December 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle!

    I am enjoying your page so much!!! :) Sneaking almost everyday sa work to check your posts… We will be moving in soon sa pinaparent namin na apartment because we will be getting married na ni fiance. Excited nako mag decorate ng house pero mukhang need ko ng talent like yours. :) I need a lot of advices from you! Keep it up!

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    Cath Q
    February 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Fan of DIY and crafts as well!!! I’m doing some research on starting a blog and I love the ‘random passions’!! I would like to get in touch with you and ask a few tips! :) God bless!!! :)

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    March 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm (1 year ago)

    I really like your blog! I’m fascinated by interior design and crafts myself but “haven’t had time”(isn’t that always the excuse) to indulge myself in projects. I’m definitely trying out some of your craft projects while I’m on vacation. :)

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    June 20, 2015 at 11:18 am (11 months ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    May i ask how to contact you? I would like to ask for your interior design service. Thank you.

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    July 27, 2015 at 10:27 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Michelle! I like everything that you do! Keep on creating great things and inspiring others who want to do the same! Kudos!

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    July 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm (10 months ago)

    hi Michelle, learned about your site from my sister who is a fan of your blog and works. may I know how to contact you. we recently bought a very small condo unit. thanks.

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    August 21, 2015 at 11:35 pm (9 months ago)

    I have a 21.25 sqm house in Cavite that I want to be designed. Currently, nothing is in it. There is still no paint or flooring. Ceiling is still exposed. I would need help in the design and implementation. I hope you can contact me by email.

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    September 19, 2015 at 11:56 am (8 months ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    How can I contact you? I’m interested and would like to inquire in getting your Interior Design service. :)

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    September 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm (8 months ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    I just discovered your site and I love it! May i ask how to contact you? Our 2BR unit in Acacia Estates has just been recently turned-over. I’m interested and would like to inquire on your interior design service. I hope you can contact me by email.


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    Celeste Dela cruz
    October 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm (8 months ago)

    I would love you to fix my 2 condo. One in DMCI and SM. How can I contact you. Thank you michelle

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    January 30, 2016 at 12:30 am (4 months ago)

    Hi Michelle,
    I hope you get in touch with me. I am investing on a studio type condo (floor area only 25) of Celadon Park. Turn over is early next year. Could you help me with that please? Thank you. I hope I get a reply from you soon.☺☺☺

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    Sheila mendez
    January 31, 2016 at 6:39 pm (4 months ago)

    I have studio unit at pioneer woodlands. I would like to know how much you charge to create something similar to your studio project in qc that was featured on your page. I am on a limited budget though. Would appreciate a response. Thanks.

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    February 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    I have a 2 bedroom condo unit from DMCI. Can I know how much do you charge for interior designing?

    Thank you.


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    February 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm (3 months ago)

    hi michelle,
    I would like to know how much will it cost to fix a 22.40sqm.unit?

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    February 17, 2016 at 8:52 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Michelle, is there any alternative to kitchen tiles, can wallpaper be used instead as backsplash? Tnx

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    March 26, 2016 at 11:07 am (2 months ago)

    Hi Michelle
    I would like to inquire on how much you charge for interior designs. 27 sqm one bedroom.

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    March 29, 2016 at 9:12 am (2 months ago)

    Hi michelle, You have done a great job in a 23 sqm size unit, I liked it. Would you mind telling me where to get those furnitures you put in. I bought a 26.1 unit at shell residences waiting to turn over to me. Im looking forward to design my unit, any tips and suggestions if it is ok please. I have no idea. Appreciates your help thanks.

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    April 17, 2016 at 9:20 am (1 month ago)

    I have just purchased a condo in the Shell residence at MOA. I am writing to you to see if you could give me a quotation on design to use the small space efficiently. It is at the moment unfurnished but has the standard kitchen and bathroom. I would like to change the kitchen cabinets from timber cabinets to white cabinets and keep the black bench tops and include black splash back tiles up the wall. I also like the look of the breakfast nook that you made.I would like to use lots of white, beige and black colours throughout the condo. I will be in Manila from the 30th April and only there until the 11th May. Could you please contact me with either a quote and or if you are available to see the condo first.


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