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Ultimate Project of the Year Part 2

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

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There will be magazines in that empty box 🙂

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Hallway leading to the Treatment Room, Doctor’s Office and Pantry reception area3

Ornate mirror from Heim (Wilcon Depot)


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Display Shelf for their Merchandise

(Whitening soap, toner, sunblock, etc)product-shelf signage signage2The Treatment Area

treatment-areatreatment-area2 treatment-area3 service-menu service-menu3 packaging marketing-materialsAnd of course, I had to take a haggard-looking selfie a day before they open. Hahaha!

selfieSo 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!

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Ultimate Project of the Year Part 1

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!

processThe 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.)

moodboardIt 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.

skinI 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!

reception desk planThe 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.

progress2I 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!progressI 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!

See the rest of the photos here! 🙂

Second Condo Project Is Finally Done! – Part 2

Tadaaaa!!! The final pictures are here! This post is loaded with photos just because I love this unit. I wish it were mine though. I was almost tempted to hang our family picture on the wall and add some personal artsy stuff on the shelves. Haha!

Welcome to Jan and Hazel Oriel’s home! Let’s start with my favorite area, the kitchen.


So basically, the bar counter was built for 1.) extra storage (cabinet at the back) 2.) to increase seating capacity (up to four more including the pullout table extension at the back) and 3.) to limit the little explorers’ access to kitchen where the stove is of course!

To hide the breaker door at the left, I hung an 18″x24″ frame and downloaded the free vintage Led Zeppelin poster here, Jan’s choice).

I wish I have a flash though (not the built-in one) so I could take better and brighter interior photos. 🙁 You can barely see the lovely blue-green color of the bar counter. It is actually the same color as the inside of the cabinet doors and the living area wall.


This is the back of the bar counter where you can extend the table. (It was already past 6pm and my tummy was rumbling already. This giant Skippy was good enough. I prefer wheat bread with my PB sandwich though. Haha! Thanks for the snack, Joy!)IMG_3222

As I’ve mentioned in my earlier post, the owners didn’t have the budget and time to have all the cabinets replaced so I opted to have the back of the glass painted instead!

TIP:  If you’re not exactly an OC kind of person and you have frosted glass kitchen cabinets, you may want to paint the back of the glass with pretty color (not white and definitely not black or brown) to hide the clutter. Because even if it is frosted, whatever you have there still shows through it!IMG_3274

Originally, I wanted subway tiles for the kitchen backsplash, but I found this white 30x30cm ceramic tiles at Floor Center for just P23/pc and I fell in love with it. It sure does look nice with the glossy, back granite tiles!


Yes, there is no coffee table in the living room so Gavin, their 20-month old son, can move around the space freely. And since there are no other furniture in the living area, I thought they deserve a long sofa (it’s actually a sofa bed.) The rest can seat on the plush rug. Haha!


Instead of bringing in a buffet table, why not maximize the storage space by building a floor to ceiling pantry? Again, extra storage, hah! and my signature paneled mirror wall. 🙂 I forgot to take a photo of the built-in dining seat which also has storage under the cushion.IMG_3454

Oh, the dining table is custom built too. Love the solid wood top!

And here are a few shots from the kids bedroom! I got that fire engine red lamp during Mandaue Foam’s sale last April.
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My new 50mm prime lens is not exactly good for taking interior photos. But for detail shots like these, love! Nyahar!IMG_3124

This room is really, really tiny so here’s panoramic shot from my husband’s Galaxy Tab so you can have an idea on how the room generally looks.

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Lastly, the master bedroom!IMG_3036

Those humongous ceiling beams are design culprits so instead of fighting and trying to conceal them, I decided to just incorporate them in the design. Don’t they look kinda like puzzles? Hehe!


For this bedroom, I tried having a theme which is travel but I don’t want to go overboard by having a mural map on the wall or a collection of Eiffel towers on the shelf. I think this is a subtle way to do it–using double purpose decors with travel theme like this box from SM Department Store, a single throw pillow and the chest that serves as side table as well.


TIP: Hide your little stuff that creates clutter in the shelves by placing them in decorative boxes. Trust me, you can never have too many of these boxes in your house. The wide mouth vases can hide your clutter as well. 🙂 IMG_3074

This is my favorite shot and my favorite item, chest from HEIM (Wilcon Depot)! The lamp is from Mandaue Foam too. IMG_3051

No side table? Use a stool instead!


I only have one panoramic shot of this side and it’s not even that good. But at least you have an idea on how the entire room looks. Ooops, clutter by the balcony! I had to take the stand fan and the air cooler out because they were so not photogenic at all!
20140630_165210Clean and simple master bedroom. And yep, I had to move some of the decors around for styling purposes in case you’re wondering why the pictures don’t look consistent. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of the pictures!

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