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Luxury Interior Styling Workshop

I just finished eight sessions of luxury interior styling classes at SOFA Design Institute last month. The class was handled by Joy Ngo who studied Luxury Interior Design at Instituto Marangoni in Milan. (Oh how I wish I could study in Milan too!!)

For our final class project, we were at the Ethan Allen showroom of Focus Global Inc in BGC. We were paired up and I was paired with Aimee, an interior designer. We were randomly given 3 spaces to style — a bedroom, living room and dining room.

I liked the space assigned to us because it was one big open space with floor to ceiling windows and a gorgeous view of the city. (And I am such a big fan of open space living.)  The catch? It has yellow walls. But it wasn’t actually a big challenge. Honestly, the real challenge for me was working with the leftover accessories available at Ethan Allen because they just had a big sale and there were very few items left in the showroom. But I think we made it work!

The Theme: Sunny City Escape
An open space condo for an empty nester couple living in the city. It’s their getaway in the city to enjoy their time together and have intimate gatherings with their friends. The villa ambience reminds them of beachfront living that they revel in. The space feels light and airy with touches of metal pieces. A home that’s filled with warmth and cheer.

Here are some behind the styling story of each space that we styled:

>Thank god we found simple bedsheets and pillowcases that had trimmings that we loved!  I was actually worried that there would be no sheets and pillows that would match our room style.
>Another good find was the bench for the foot of the bed. Those throws are actually leather sample material (talk about creativity!)
>The vanity table can double as a writing table too.
>We added some wood and flower accessories on the bed (very Fifty Shades of Grey according to one of our classmates!)

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5 Styles from SM Home

It was a breath of fresh air to see home styling vignettes at the fifth floor of SM Makati during my recent visit at their home section.

Here are their five styling vignettes and what I love about each of them:

  1. A pop of yellow in the kitchen
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Designed by Dagny Madamba in collaboration with Chef Miko Aspiras

Photo credit: SM Home Facebook

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My favorite home accessories from MaArte at the Pen

I used to visit most (if not all) bazaars in Manila but now I only have a couple of bazaars that I look forward to every year and one of them is definitely MaArte Fair.

For this year, MaArte Fair is going to be at the Peninsula Manila on August 11-13, 2017.

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Home Design IG Accounts

I love following home design Instagram accounts.  If I want to see something beautiful, I go to these accounts and they’re instant pick me uppers and inspirations for not so great days!  There are so many design Instagram accounts out there but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Domino – one of my favorite design magazines!


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MaArte Bazaar Fave Finds

Last Friday I visited the MaArte Bazaar (for the first time!) at 8 Rockwell.  There were three home furniture and decor companies that I really loved.  I want their pieces to be part of my home!

1.E. Murio Manila : Fine furniture, cabinets and accessories showcasing beautiful Filipino craftsmanship (www.emurio.com)

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I’m such a big fan of bar carts and daybeds!  So when I saw their bar carts, I couldn’t get over them!  I first saw their booth at ArtifactPH in Alabang Town Center last July and I loved their daybed!

Bar Carts

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Obsessed with Fixer Upper

I am so obsessed with HGTV shows and especially hooked on Fixer Upper. I’ve only started watching Fixer Upper for their third season and I love the transformation of every single house featured. I’m definitely going to have catch up weekends for their Season 1 and 2.


I’m such a big fan now of designer Joanna Gaines. She just has exquisite taste and there’s no disappointing transformation for me! Oh and I even love her fashion style. Plus their husband and wife tandem is just too cute, her husband Chip is the contractor. I even want to go to Waco, Texas just to visit their Magnolia shop and bakery and stay at their Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast!

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