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Industrial + Glam + Barcelona For A Young Couple (Turn-over Photos)

I haven’t been able to post anything for the past three months due to three simultaneous interior design projects plus a whole lot of graphic design works. It’s not that I’m complaining but I’d really like to have some extra time for blogging and DIY projects. Maybe someday…

Anyway, I realized that I haven’t posted pictures of the units I have done prior to owners moving in. So now I am sharing the first of the three projects in its turnover state. 😀

Just a quick background on the couple’s requirements:

  1. Since they were just married early last year, they needed a lot of storage for all the kitchen appliances they received as wedding gifts.
  2. A bar counter where they can regularly eat. The dining area will only be used when there are guests.
  3. Lots of storage in the bedroom especially for the clothes that need to be hanged.
  4. Brick wall
  5. A blue sofa and touches of blue all over the place.

floor-planSince this is also a unit in Kamala Building, Royal Palm Residences in Acacia Estates, I did something similar to the other Kamala unit that I designed for my friend but with a lot more storage room. I simple love sneaking in extra storages everywhere. Haha! I’ll explain the storages when you see the actual pictures. :)

The client really wanted this specific blue fabric for their sofa so she patiently browsed through Larry’s swatches and settled for Merino Niagara, a water-repellant fabric (P675/yard). We had the sofa custom-made since the sofa needed to be 70″ in length to perfectly fit the space. The accent colors were inspired by Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain, which was part of their honeymoon tour.

As usual, I don’t like being too strict in design. As much as possible, when I finished an interior, the client can still inject their own personal touches without having to rely too much on my design decision. The end result is like having a home which they DIY/designed themselves. So for this unit, I had  the walls painted white and added touches of black, a color that would pull all those reds, blues and greens together.

moodboard

Here is the moodboard that I did. 😀 The client originally wanted that patchwork Eames chair to go with the blue sofa. The one from SM didn’t feel comfortable enough so I suggested the cube pouf instead. We still have to wait for a new stock or better yet just have one customized since it would be a lot cheaper.

tileWith the blue sofa and patchwork chair, I knew these clients would go for something bold. So instead of having subway tiles for the backsplash, I suggested this bold black and white 20×20 tile which I rearranged to come up with the pattern in the kitchen moodboard. Our carpenter/mason probably hate me for messing up his mind and sight. Haha!

moodboard1The idea is for the unit to be minimalistic in terms of number of furniture and accessories but not minimal in design that it ends up looking bare. It has to be very low maintenance too because both have full-time jobs and would love to spend their weekends just relaxing instead of doing major cleaning work. Also, they are now expecting their bundle of joy so the unit really needs a lot of space for dumping random baby clutter (i.e. stroller, toys, etc.) The solution: every item should be chosen carefully so that they are both decorative and functional.

living-dining1Still missing the TV, photos in the frames and the patchwork pouf. :)
diningI originally wanted a sputnik chandelier (see moodboard) for the dining area but I can’t find anything that is less than P30,000. This one from Mandaue Foam is pretty and unique enough to be a decor itself.

The initial proposal for the dining chairs was the white and black Eames chair. But then I found these chairs from Mandaue Foam and we saved almost P7,000! Yay!dining-livingThat framed turf on the right is another DIY that serves two purpose: 1) To cover the electrical panel box and 2) A place for the couple to hang their souvenir plates and photos from their travel. I can’t wait for them to fill it up.dining-kitchenThe view from the corner of the living room. I am so in love with my new wide angle lens! Hahaha! Although I know I have yet to improve my photo qualities. Where’s the tripod?!

Instead of having a built-in seat with a rectangular dining table, I opted for a floor to ceiling mirrored storage. I don’t have a photo of the inside but there are no shelves there yet so they can store large items in there. Having a round table with skinny base made the unit seem more roomy.

barcounterInstead of having a long bar counter that seats two side by side, I used half of the space to build a floor-to-ceiling pantry for their kitchen appliances.kitchen-insideIt has cubby holes on the side for the coffee maker and other breakfast paraphernalia. The pantry is basically divided into half. The front half has adjustable shelves while the back is the storage for their water dispenser with a hole carved in front of the cabinet door so they can still get water without having to open the door. I personally hate seeing water dispensers because it screams office pantry for me.

kitchenMy favorite is the kitchen! Love, love, love how the backsplash turned out and the mismatched cabinet doors. By the way, we replaced the doors of the overhead cabinet and just repainted the ones at the bottom. I also love their fridge because it goes so well with the theme! Love these clients! 😀 I wish that little vertical garden on the left has actual herbs. Hehe!

bedroom1Like the other Kamala unit, the master bedroom has an annoyingly huge beam over where the headboard is. (See before photos here) To make it “disappear”, I had cabinets built on both sides of the bed with cubby holes as their “side table.” Again, extra storage space + less maintance and clutter. The bed is quite high, about 30″ including the mattress. That allowed us to have two levels of drawers on each side.bedroom2The other side is the back-lit wall for the TV. Oh, I also love the custom-made curtains. 😀

bathroomFor the bathroom, we removed the existing lavatory with hideous granite countertop and replaced it with a basin-type one. We added storage underneath too for the cleaning materials. The mirror is actually a 3-door cabinet for their toiletries. There is also LED lights running along the top and bottom of the cabinet for added ambience. I’ll take a photo next time. :)



Going Crazy Over Patterned Tiles: A Glimpse of How Baldoza Tiles Are Made

I have known these Spanish-looking patterned tiles ever since I was young because my grand aunt used to have them in her house where I was a constant dweller. I really didn’t have much appreciation for old-fashioned materials until I became interested in decorating. So when my client showed me a photo of a kitchen with colorful patterned backsplash, I told her that it was Machuca tiles that she wanted. I was hesitant at first, but immediately searched online, found their website and inquired about the tiles. It turned out that these tiles are made-to-order and I need at least 100 pcs to get a good price. (I only needed about 84 pcs but I planned to frame the others for the bathroom.) The price was waaaay beyond our budget but the client really wanted to push for it and so I ordered. Unfortunately, it will take 21 working days to fabricate the tiles or 14 days for rush job. We’re already done with our first week in construction and even if I had them rushed, we would be almost done with the construction. I asked another company but the best they could do was 10 days.

We were ready to find another alternative when she learned somewhere online that Machuca Tiles sells overrun/rejected pieces for P60 each (almost 75% off the design she wanted). Pretty good deal, right? The catch? You have to go through this lot to find the ones you can use. Good thing I had my anti-histamine the night before. Hehe!machuca-tiles8Since I was already in their factory, I decided to just take a mini educational field trip for myself and for everyone interested in how these tiles are made. I found out that Machuca is actually the surname of the owner who pioneered in making these tiles here in the Philippines. The correct term is baldoza tiles.

These hand-made tiles are made from compressed cement that is about 3/4″ thick. There are steel plates and molds to begin with as seen the pictures below.machuca-tiles3First, special pigments are poured into the steel mold followed by the cement.machuca-tiles4The tile is then pressed by the huge rotating machine and the tiles are left to cure for 9-15 days.machuca-tiles5For more information, you can visit Machuca Tiles FAQ page.

machuca-tiles7What I love about these tiles is that the colors don’t fade easily since they pigment is about a quarter of an inch thick. The can be polished like regular cement flooring too using wax and your good old polisher.

Here are some ideas where you can use assorted Machuca tiles in your home.louisville-tile-Eclectic-Bathroom-Designs-London-660x600 a60926c0f6b5ddcc85b8c2d7ac34f665

What do you think? Are patterned tiles old fashioned or modern quirky?

For more ideas, you can visit my Pinterest board. :)



Design Project: Light and Airy 23 SQM Condo Unit in Makati

Studio or converted 1-bedroom units are now becoming my favorite project. They are quick to design and I love the challenge of space planning in such very limited area.

A young soon-to-be married couple asked me if I could design their newly turned-over unit in Makati. Of course, I was interested because not a while ago, I told my husband that I wanted to try designing a unit from SMDC. I was used to designing from scratch so when they told me they have bought most of the furniture (sofa, dining table and chairs, shoe rack, a foldable wall mounted table and bed), I didn’t know if it was a good or a bad thing. It turned out that it was a good thing since I love everything that they chose.

Because the space is really limited, I wanted it to be light with punches of cool colors. The window, although not that huge, surprisingly was good enough to light the entire unit despite the partition. I always love a good source of natural light because it definitely helps give an illusion of larger space.

So anyway, here’s the quick moodboard that I created. The design and construction process was finished in less than a month. I love quicky projects! Haha!
moodboard1I used seafoam green for the ceiling for that cool punch of color and used white all over. To make the black granite kitchen countertop relatable to the rest of the unit, black accents were used. I painted the other side of the kitchen wall with black chalk paint. I’ve always wanted to do this so I was so glad that the clients were also up for it. Yay!!! And of course, I couldn’t help writing a little message for the couple. Haha!

Decorating Tip: If you’re decorating such tiny space, choose one dominant color except for white, then pick a secondary one that can be carried on small furniture or accessories/decors. Consider the 60-30-10 rule in creating a color scheme. In this case, I chose the seafoam green as the main color (60%), black as the secondary one (30%) and yellow as the accent color (10%). So far, only the throw pillow is yellow but it can also be used for vases, art prints, small baskets, anything small. livingarea2Photographing a small space is sooo hard for a non-photographer like me. I used my phone to take this panoramic shot. Hehe!

livingareaAnd the other side… Love the rugs from H&M and the light that they sourced from Soler St.! I’m not sure what the original color of that light was, but they spray painted it black to follow the moodboard. Love these clients! Haha!

light-ceilingThe kitchen… Again, sorry for the photo quality. By the way, the ceiling color is similar to the wall colors in our living room but I realized, this color looks better on ceiling and in a room that gets a lot of natural light.

kitchenAnd the bedroom. I did that tie up curtain again. Hehe! The headboard was supposed to be on the other side as I was still planning to install a foldable ledge which they can use as laptop table but there had been a problem with the bed supplier. Oh well… The wall on the bed side still needs to be worked on, another DIY project for the couple. :)

bedroomThe bathroom… Black, white and blue are still carried in this area. Still needs accessorizing though. bathroom

I can’t wait for them to add their own touches in the unit. I hope to take pictures again in the future. furniture-plan



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