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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:

Bedroom 
>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 Home Decor Stores: Negros Trade Fair 2017

I can still remember going to the Negros Trade Fair as a kid with my mom. My mom would buy me those smocked dresses but I was actually looking forward to the Bacolod delicacies. My dad by the way grew up in Bacolod.
Now, aside from the Bacolod delicacies I also look forward to check out the home decor stores as I am into interior styling.  I saw a few home decor stores that caught my attention at this year’s Negros Trade Fair held at the Glorietta Activity Center last September 27- October 1. I have to confess though that my first two stops were Felicia’s ensaymadas and Virgie’s napoleones!
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ArteFino High

It’s been a week since the ArteFino fair, a showcase of Filipino artisans.  I was once again excited to discover new Filipino brands and artisans for home decor and furniture and also seeing my favourite brands still present at fairs like this.

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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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Restaurant and Cafe Interior Styling

Lovin’ Balay Dako’s Style

Antonio’s Balay Dako restaurant in Tagaytay is definitely on the top of my favorite restaurant interiors in the country.  I always have this feeling of being at home (or visiting my lola‘s home) and having that light feeling every time I visit.  But I always forget to take photos of the interiors and so finally during my recent visit, I took photos of the things that I love about their interior style.  But of course, nothing beats the view of the Taal Volcano from their dining room.

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Glamping Design

5 Things I Loved About Our Glamp Site

I’m lucky to have found friends who wanted to try glamping with me.  It’s been on my list of things to experience for quite some time now.  I found the perfect glamp site in Nayomi Sanctuary Resort in Balete, Batangas.  It was an easy breezy trip that took less than an hour to reach the resort (thanks to the SLEX and Star Tollway connection).

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Our glamp site in Batangas

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Restaurant and Cafe Interior Styling

Lovejoy’s Tea Room

I am obsessed with tea rooms.  As I wrote in my previous post about The English Rose Tea Room, I dream of one day opening my own tea room in Manila.

Another tea room that I went to with my sister is Lovejoy’s Tea Room in San Francisco.  It was another delightful experience at a tea room (and again a full house!).  Look at the sign that welcomed us.

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