I 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.
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.
Hello, bright colors! Hello, sunshine in our dining area! (That’s our handyman, Jojo :)) And 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.
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!) So, 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.
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! 😀
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.
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! Again, 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.