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Design Project: A Relaxing Studio Unit in Quezon City

Finally, after almost three months, I have a blog entry!!!! Not gonna make excuses. I just took a “vacation.” :)

Anyway, this is another project where the design was left entirely on me. Honestly, the hardest challenge is when the client says, “Bahala ka na kung ano maganda.” Sometimes, I don’t understand why some people have no idea what exactly they want in their own homes. They just want something nice and I have no idea what was nice for them. So, I based the idea on the basic facts I know about the client and crossed my fingers that she would like the result.

The client is in her 50s, single and working a 9-5 job. She loves nature and her idea of relaxation or break from her busy work is coming home to her hometown in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Her condominium is located along the busy street of Tandang Sora Avenue. Given those very few facts, I thought it would be nice if I could transform the small unit into something fresh, airy, relaxing with a reminiscent of nature. I also thought making the unit look youthful would help her feel invigorated after office hours and long commutes.

Here are the ‘before’ photos…

The unit is just 28 sq.m. and may not look much at all, but the first thing I noticed was the ceiling-to-floor windows/door that occupies more than half of the wall, flooding the unit with natural light.before1The sink was a big NO for me and I really insisted that we take it down and build a new one despite the very limited budget. The cabinets were made of MDF which easily gets ruined when exposed to water; the faucet was chrome-plated plastic and the counter top was showing early signs of rusting. If were to use this, we would only be able to initially save at least P10,000, but the expenses and hassle would be a lot, lot more when this thing finally breaks down.before2The kitchen was a bit of a splurge because I used mosaic tiles. But since the unit is small, I think it deserves a little jewel corner. Isn’t it nice?:)kitchenBecause cool colors visually help expand a space, I decided to use light green (Clear View- Dunn Edwards) for wall color, yellow green and turquoise for accent colors. Again, nature colors but a bit vibrant.

living-area1The framed black and white photos were from my vintage Vogue circa 1969. I just thought she would love that. :)living-area4The bedroom is kept simple. I tried to keep an open floor layout without sacrificing the client’s privacy so half of the “bedroom” is walled and the other half is covered with waist high cabinet. There are cubby-holes at the upper back where she can place her books and other nighttime knickknacks. It also has casters so it can easily be moved in case she needs extra storage under the bed.

bedroomThe client requested for a huge shelf where she could put her books. Right now, it looks a bit empty but eventually, I know she will be able to fill it up with more books, memoirs and display items.

shelfAlong with her request for a bookshelf was a study table. Since the space is limited, I always see to it that all furniture work hard, meaning all items must have two or more function.

dining2She can use this table for eating and working, but when she has some friends over, the table can be expanded. The blue stools are originally part of this custom designed dining set, but I also used them as coffee table. Hehe! The native poufs are handy for extra seating too. dining-kitchenThe bathroom is really tiny and this is the only picture I can take decently. I used a light cool blue, Air of Mint from Dunn Edwards.

bathroomHere’s the panoramic shot of the place. The wall partition didn’t block the natural light so it didn’t contribute to making the space smaller. I think it actually helped make the place roomier and I was able to maximize the vertical space for extra storage.panoramic-viewThe floor plan…

floor-plan



Modus Operandi Alert This Holiday Season: Hypnotism

As the Christmas season is already in full swing, so are the people out there who would do anything to make extra money even if it meant harming others. I don’t usually post articles like this, but I am just too bothered not to share what happened to my best friend’s sister about a week ago. I, too, have a sister and friends who are still in school and may be potential victims of this gang. It is bad enough for your phone to be taken without your knowledge, but it is way worse to be hypnotized, taken to another city with all your belongings gone upon coming back to your senses. The worst part, you have no memory of how it happened. That’s what happened to my friend’s sister. Please read the account below and I hope it would help you stay cautious and safe this holiday season.

Get a Chance to Bring your Family to The Mind Museum for FREE!

IMG_9215I was so excited when I have first heard of The Mind Museum.  Science is not exactly my most favorite subject but I love going to museums, any museums, that is.

Here’s a short overview of the museum, taken from their website:

The Mind Museum concept is uniquely Filipino. Our exhibition takes off from a narrative that presents science in over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories. The exhibition spans nature in scale, from the smallest thing in nature to the largest and everything in between: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology.

Almost all the exhibits in The Mind Museum are originally designed by Filipino artists and fabricators who worked closely with scientists here and abroad to execute science principles or facts clearly and beautifully.  

There are also two outdoor areas to continue discovery: Science-in-the-Park and the JY Campos Park.

mindmuseum1Bryce was only four when we visited but despite his young age, he was able to enjoy the museum especially the part where he got to play “archaeologist.”mindmuseum2 mindmuseum3This coming December, since the vacation will be quite long, why not keep your kids’ minds stimulated by visiting The Mind Museum in Taguig? I’m giving away four passes worth P2100:

  • 2 Child/Student* Pass worth P450 each
  • 2 Adult Pass Worth P600 each
  • Passes are for 3-hour museum visit
  • * Private school students up to college. School ID must be presented along with this gift certificate.

Cheers!

Update: Thank you all for joining my first raffle. There will be more to come. :) …And here’s the lucky winner.

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Thanks, Janice! I hope your family had a wonderful time at The Mind Museum. :)

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