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Week 14-12: Ground Floor Sneak Peek

15weeks-orgI can’t believe how time flies so quickly! I’m on my 26th week now, officially the last week of second trimester. Next week will be the start of third and that means I’m nearing my deadline for home organization. And just because I wasn’t able to post anything for three whole weeks, doesn’t mean I’m just sitting around doing nothing. The last three weeks had been the busiest week of all. On top of having our ground floor fixed, I still had some work related projects going on and of course household chores to be done. We still don’t have househelp (and I still refuse to get one), I’m getting heavier and my tummy’s growing bigger, so doing all the cleaning and organizing is no longer as easy as before (not to mention occasional allergy attack.) Ok, am I whining?

Anyway, so here’s a sneak peek to what happened for the past three weeks. Chaos galore! But now, I’m much, much happier and satisfied.

I love crisp white walls just like the rooms you usually see in interior design magazines, blogs and Pinterest but after painting our house white, somehow it just didn’t feel right. That’s because we only have a tiny window as natural light source. White, in order to be seen, needs lots of natural light. No wonder our house still looked gloomy. Gray shadows are everywhere and white failed to make our house appear cleaner and brighter. :( moodboard

I’m still going for a beach-themed living room so here’s the moodboard I did. Our house feels like a cave with very little sunshine so I planned to bring the outdoors by using natural materials like wood, burlap, jute, abaca and of course, plants! And since white isn’t working for the walls, those 3 colors (yelow, tiffany blue and warm white) are brought in for the walls.

The swatches are from Dunn-Edwards but since a gallon costs about P1,500, I matched the swatch with Davies’ custom mixed colors. I will give the paint details on another post.

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Hello, bright colors! Hello, sunshine in our dining area! (That’s our handyman, Jojo :)) progress3And that’s our handygirl, Me! (Please excuse my lousy house clothes. They just comfy!) I re-did the stripes on that wall. Before, the stripes were darker in color and 12″ thick. I changed it to 8″ and using the same wall color for the beams and two of the walls in the dining area.

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This house has a lot of awkward spaces (awkward alcoves?) Remember our living room has the same “feature”? I had it covered with plyboard in the middle leaving two alcoves on either side which I planned to transform into shelves but didn’t push through. (You’ll see later what I’ve done instead.) Our dining area has the same thing which also gets narrower on the other end. If you would look closely, the wall is slanted. (Fact: Not a single wall in this house is close to perfect L. The builder followed the land cut which is really annoying for me! Such a design problem!) dining-nookSo, with a few hollow blocks and a bit of cement, that awkward space is turned into a built in seat since I’ve always wanted a breakfast nook. This is the closest I can get. Haha! I also had that half post added to cover the other half of this awkward space. I just have to stuff this area with more cushions and pillows for comfy seating and to make up for the uneven width.

And here’s how the other spaces look like right now.

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The laundry and storage area is almost done. A shelf was built for the paint cans and supplies so I can easily find them. They all used to be under the stairs with no order at all. My scrap woods are now in order too. The stone wall on the right is painted semi-gloss white and I used the same color from the living area for the wall under the stairs. I swear, I’m gonna make this area look chic. Gotta make doing the laundry fun! :D kitchen-update2013

Sorry for the poor photo quality. This is just a sneak peek anyway. Hehe! I had this kitchen painted apple green 3 years ago when we trasferred to this house. Back then, apple green was my favorite (see dining chairs!) and I thought painting the walls with it was quite daring and artistic. Not anymore… I prefer neutrals now, with pops of bright colors and a rustic touch. I wish I knew this before so I would have picked wood-like ceramic tiles for the kitchen instead of this yellow green herringbone tiles.

Of course the kitchen has another uneven wall that I had to cover. (This is the same wall where the awkward space in the dining area is.) I had it cover with second hand palo china planks which I will talk about in my next post. living-area-before living-area-after

I have finally gotten rid of my two sofa beds. No matter what I do, they just don’t work with the space. Those three seats are my unfinished DIY sofa. And the two supposed-to-be alcove shelves were now covered with mirrors. It really opened up the room. Love them!!!

What do you think of the wall colors? Are they happy enough? I can’t wait to finish decorating the house!dining-before dining-afterAgain, I was in a hurry taking the after pictures so forgive the bad quality. The dining area is far from finished and I hope to replace our dining table and chairs with wooden one and add an area rug. I’m planning to hang a mirror too.

Ok, so that’s what kept me busy the entire three weeks. I know I haven’t shown you the left side of the dining area because it’s really undone, but I swear, I will soon.


Sneak Peek: My First Condo Unit Project

Okaaay, after months of struggling with my first ever take on interior decorating, here is the glimpse of what has been done so far. The pictures are not in their best quality because I had to take photos really quickly. It’s almost 9pm and most of the afternoon was spent organizing the clutter (the owners moved in weeks before I finalized everything and just dumped all their stuff in every nook and crannies they could find.)

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There’s still a lot to do here but it’s more on just accessorizing and personalizing it. Here is the living room showing almost no personality of the owners (should I say it’s more like mine since they left the decision on me. Haha!) I still need to add boxes on the top shelf, a huge decorative bowl on the right of the TV to hold the remote, chargers, etc. The TV needs to be hung and the DVD player to be hidden in the shelf.

Since my idea for this condo unit is a “blank canvas to add art to”, I made the walls white and the furniture plain and in neutral colors  so different color palettes can be used. Check out the mood board I did for this although the result isn’t kind of exact. Framed artworks need to be added too so it can pull the look together. All the colors will come from accessories so those are essential to the design and should be chosen carefully or else it’ll end up cluttered.

By the way, that’s my DIY upholstered sofa!

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My absolute favorite is the dining area. And my all-time favorite feature is the mirrored wall. The table was a design collaboration by me and my husband!

Below is how the kitchen looked like during the turn over. I am so not digging the medium brown faux wood formica and the salt and pepper granite so I had the cabinets painted.

kitchen-beforeAlthough it’s still far from what I have envisioned, the new cabinets now seem to match the look I’m going after: young, bright, “blank canvas.” If only the granite were plain black or white, I would have opted for a bright colored painted glass for the backsplash, or maybe mosaic tiles. But since salt and pepper is already a busy design, I just chose mirror for added depth.

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There still has lots to do here. The left side of the kitchen where the stove is supposed to be is still empty. And don’t dare look inside those cabinets because it is where I put the “skeletons.” Haha!

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This is what you see when you enter the master bedroom and that’s just it! There is nothing else behind that door except the wall. That’s how small this room is. The other one is even smaller. FYI, I didn’t choose the curtains nor the beddings. My mother in-law placed them temporarily (I hope!) while we’re still waiting for the black out curtains to be finished.

Since the walls are painted medium gray, the curtains that I wanted for this room is white with a strip or two of accent color. The beddings should be pure 300 or above thread count luxurious linen for a hotel feel. The silver leafy curtains should be ok if paired with plain white linen. The black and white beddings should also be alright if the curtains and pillow covers are plain too. This current look is too department store-ish… Ick! So not luxurious at all.

bedroom1-semiafterI love the pearly leatherette headboard which we DIY’ed too (husband and wife tandem) but something is still missing. I’ll be back next week though to finish it. Again, the bedroom looks like a hotel room with no trace of the owners’ personality. No wall art yet and other personal paraphernalia.

Oh, and total expense? Roughly p150,000 ( $3,750) for everything from carpentry/painting labor to the smallest piece. Well, what do you think?

Design Thought: All-white interior, practical or not?

Like I mentioned before, we only have one tiny, pathetic looking window for our whole ground floor. Our house sits about 2 feet lower than the garage and my in-laws’ house. The garage’s roof blocks most of the sunlight so the only time I could literally see sunlight in our living area is when the sun is shining too brightly you have to wear sunglasses even if you’re under the roof. Most of the days, it is cloudy so the room looks gloomy and cave-like.

Few months ago, I finally got rid of the brown painted “baseboard” by painting the area all white. I had the dark brown TV stand painted white too and covered those red sofas with white bed sheets. Sorry, I still can’t get myself to take pictures of our living area because it just looks too far from being finished. Soon though, soon… Anyway, this made the room much, much brighter. Those red sofas which I thought were so cool turned out to be one of the major culprits for sucking the light out of the room!

So I thought, white is probably the best color for spaces deprived of natural light like condos and small townhouses. But since we’re living the Philippines where white doesn’t stay white for more than a day because of the pollution, is it practical?

Personally, I think it depends on the choice of material.

The white painted wooden floors, if sealed properly, is quite easy to clean. Choose furniture that are low maintenance like those thrifted chairs and coffee table, painted in pastel then distressed. Just make sure the couch covers are changeable so you can wash it from time to time.

To protect your precious sofas, have at least a couple of slipcover made so you can cover the sofas immediately after taking off the dirty one.

High gloss lacquer finish furniture look elegant and easy to maintain as you can quickly wipe off any dirt on it.

What do you think? Is white practical or not?