Linggo, Nobyembre 24, 2013

Dwelling Daydreams-A Home for Three

I am in a 'nesting' mood, and as I've been slaving away making floor plans and detailed drawings for built-in storage (and a kitchen!)...I can't help but smile and feel utterly psyched for our exodus from studio-living to an adequately spacious one-bedroom flat. What makes it more exciting is having the baby girl in mind. Somehow everything is falling into place right on time for her arrival. 

I can imagine her giggling and making saliva bubbles in her crib, crawling then walking everywhere... and what my safety-paranoid self is preparing for: her climbing/running/exploring phase. I'm also pretty excited for the messy art stuff. It makes it somewhat challenging but more fulfilling for me to layout the space -we'll be staying in the new place for a while (until we've saved up enough for a house) we're designing this home specifically for her to grow up in.

Of course, I'm making sure the husband gets his very reasonable requests in. hehe.

I'm loving warm grey and how it can go with anything. The color scheme I'm thinking of using is based on the existing furniture, accessories and beddings we have now. 

Here are just some of the images that have inspired me:

Color Scheme

Living Room Concept

Small Kitchen Layout Idea

Lovely grey cabinets

A sliding door for the laundry room

Cute Felt Mobile

Baby's Corner

Baby Stuff Corner

Chest of Drawers


Martes, Nobyembre 5, 2013

Recent Works and Portfolio Layouts

This post (super-delayed post) is both ironic and bittersweet. I have no idea how my blog reached 6,000 views without me posting anything for months, but thank you, whoever you are.

 Now that I'm expecting a JC-Ninna mutant/offspring, I can only reserve strength for one last project before a several-month (or more) maternity leave. A potential client asked to see my work, so I decided to try some new layouts. Brings back good and stressful memories to compile photos of projects, but everything's worth it in the end. Sometimes I cringe when I remember how immaturely I handled some situations, and I still feel like there's so much to learn and much room to grow when it comes to this craft...but feeling this baby squirm and kick inside me gives me a whole new sense of excitement. I love Interior Design, but family should always come first. 

Just a side note: my former boss Sir Manny (the stupendous Architect-Interior Designer Manny Samson)  asked me to help him out with his speech for the upcoming Interior Design oath-taking ceremony. Writing about passion for our field of work gives me warm and fuzzy feelings...with some self-inflicted guilt, because I wish I had expended myself more and perceived design the way my boss does. He sees it as both an artform AND a science, and he loves it with every fiber of his being. Guess that's it for now...maybe I'll have more blogging time once I've settled into being a stay-at home Mom. <3

Lunes, Nobyembre 12, 2012

Another first for me.

I've been trained to present designs in a certain way, but recently my client taught me that sometimes I need to be as clear as I can possibly be especially when there are adjustments (and there always will be!). Being realistic, I can't afford to have 3d drawings updated whenever we decide to go with something better -so I was asked to make this furniture layout plan with all the stuff in 3 areas 'summarized' in it sans accessories lest it be too crowded to understand. (It still needs a lot of work). My weakness is making thorough presentations -I love selecting colors, furniture and materials, but yeah, I need to be thorough. I had a tough time compiling everything bec. some of the items were saved elsewhere! Ah the life of a struggling ID. It's a struggle because Interior Design requires you to be excellent, a bit on the O-C side and highly sensitive to the (sometimes unspoken) needs of your clients. I'm not even HALFWAY there. T.T


Here's to very kind and patient clients who do more than just pay me and appreciate my work -but educate me as well.

Biyernes, Oktubre 19, 2012

Instagram is my new design friend

I've decided to use instagram as a way to hone my design skillz and post photos of furniture, lighting and other design-related stuff -not the usual food photos (though I am guilty of doing that a lot, too). I never intended to make collages of items I like (when I'm shopping around for clients), but now I've become so addicted to it. It's also a fun and stress-free way to update this poorly maintained blog about what I've been up to. Here's a bunch of insta-collages I've posted since last month:

From top left: Borders, Domus, Euroasia, Our Home

Lamp from Simple Joys the rest from KISH

From top left: KISH lamp, the rest from Roomscape

From top left: Prizmic and Brille, Bleached Catastrophe, 
Country and Western Antiques

Can you believe these are all from Landmark 
Makati's shiney new home section?

Fabrics from Larry's, Custom printed tiles designed by yours truly :)
manufactured by Studio58

From top left: Our Home, Interiors, Home Bound

Grabe free advertisement! Nyerk. But I love it that I've stumbled upon a lot of nice items locally. I also love the fact that some of the stuff I posted will be lovingly placed in the two homes I'm designing -will see them both finished by the end of October. Yay! 

The best part about being hired as a professional is having clients that really trust you and your design taste. It's more than's empowering. :)  

Miyerkules, Setyembre 5, 2012

Church Design!

In 2005 I prayed to God that if I will be pursuing interior design, I want to eventually design  spaces where people can find sanctuary and family in Him. 7 years later, here it is. I got an important phone call last night telling me that I need to get to the drawing board for what will be our 'home church' for the next 5 years. The first thing I did was look for unique architectural and interior elements I can execute without going overboard (or over-budget). Here are some lovely inspirations from the contemporist.


Miyerkules, Agosto 29, 2012

Warehouse Design Trend

Wow, it's been a while. I'm surprised I still have readers! Thank you, the four of you. Whoever you are.

I'm currently working on a commercial project and we're mixing modern with the 'warehouse' look. Since my clients are more into the clean feel than rustic it turned out 70% modern with 30% touch of warehouse rawness. The best part of starting a project is research. I stumbled upon a couple of pretty cool interiors and I want to share them with you guys! Not to mention one of my favorite sites yatzer is the biggest contributor. Check out the site! They currently featured an artist who does big installations that are just adorable. Like a big rubber ducky on a harbor, and a huge yellow bunny!

Sorry, I got sidetracked.

Martes, Hulyo 17, 2012


Does anyone know where I can buy old/unused cable spools and cargo boxes? I need to know. Badly. My client agreed that we should definitely go against the flow of the current design trends and do something crazy. I need warehouse-type items.

In lieu of this dilemma here are a few "highly inspirational" sites I stumbled upon:

(Photos from the great indoors)