HO of the day: Pretty/Messy

This is the prettiest most real home office I've seen in the interweb. How do you make a space so chic with all that stuff lying around? This office is so raw and unpretentious and I like it a lot. 

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Guess what's on the cover of Real Living?

I am not dreaming. This is for real. Food Stylist's Office is on the cover of Real Living October issue! How can I be so blessed? A few months into this decorating gig and I have my work featured in a magazine, and on the cover no less!

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And using my two current favorite colors -turquoise and pink - as their cover accents? Hello? So meant to be. Hahaha. Pardon my weird enthusiasm, it's just that I've known for a month but I have to keep mum so this excitement is just overwhelming. It's so surreal, one minute I'm meeting with a potential client assessing the space, the next minute its gracing a magazine. Fine, I'll shut up and stop my giddily blabber.

Just go grab a copy of Real Living's October issue, I know I will!

Thank you so much to the Real Living team and my client for making this possible. :)

P.S. Dear international readers, this is for Real Living Philippines. But I'll be scanning them, watch out for it. 

Newlyweds' First Pad: The Plan

It's really exciting to finally have your first home, one of my dreams is to have my own home that I can design and decorate to my heart's content, and my pocket's downfall. Haha.. But really,  I daydream of my future house a lot, like crazy person A LOT. I'm just blessed that I could share some of my decorating energy to my clients' spaces. I'd go nuts if I don't have any outlet, or our current family home would probably be a schizo who'll change personality every so often.

So I'm thrilled when I got this chance to design this newlyweds' first pad. It's a starter home with 25 sqm space. Not a lot, but just enough to have all the basics plus a little more.

Here's the space...

That's about it. A simple studio space that lacks any sort of personality, color, and most importantly, storage. Client's request: Fun colors, but soothing / green walls, with colorful accessories. And here's the plan...


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A double bed with underneath drawers will be placed at the corner niche (see first pic). It will be accented with wallpapers in all three walls. A huge closet beside the bed to separate the living and sleeping area. Pale green walls through out. We'll be adding blue, pink, and grey accessories. A swing lamp will be installed on both sides of the closet for bed / sofa lighting.

The other side

The same wallpaper for the wall behind the TV wall (see second pic.) Huge mirror to the right of the TV. A lucite coffee table to lessen visual weight but still serves its function.

Colorful doen't really equal soothing, but I think by using paler color with just some bright accents is a great compromise to achieve both requests.

The construction of this space is in full swing. The space is taking shape by the minute and I can't be happier. It's a huge plus that my client is so nice. Well.. all of them are. I'm so lucky. (knock on wood)

:)

On Design*Sponge

This day is off to a good start. Design*Sponge featured one of my project- the Food Stylist's Office. This is the very first time I've seen these professionally taken photos, and here's my favorite...

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Those magazine covers up on the wall describe this shot real well... yummy yummy yummy I've got love in my tummy! Haha...

I think the new photos are for another feature that will be coming out very soon, and I'll share it with you once it's out. I'm so excited, and I can't hide it! Okay that's too much lyrics reference in one short post.

Check out the feature on Design*Sponge here.

This post has an insane amount of "Pink"

You'll see how lame of a blogger I am by this post. Last Aug 29, Beepinkaholic (from twitter) had a very simple request..

"can you please please feature a room that has pink as the main color? but not a nursery?"

Of course I said yes. I'm a sucker for pink.

About a month later, here I am doing the post. ONE WHOLE MONTH. What have I been doing? And only 5 post up by this time of the month is so pathetic. So here I'm doubling this Pink room post as sort of a pinky promise to all that I'll get this blog moving. Okay? okay.

Lets get to pink. I love pink. I had a pink room, twice. So how do we carry our love of pink to some level of maturity in terms of decorating? Here's how...

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Using pink doesn't necessarily mean you'll make the room look juvenile. Like all colors, it has different shades and tones that would look lovely in an adult's space. Just avoid bubblegummish or baby pinkish pinks, add tons of grown-up furniture and accessories, and you're good to go.

To all pink lovers out there, pink room doesn't end at 13! It actually ends when you get hooked up. Unless your man is man enough to handle the color that depicts the essence girliness. Good luck with that!

:)

SWITCHEROOmates: Jar and company

Say hello to Jar, his wife, and their new baby Diego -the proud owner of this Santorini inspired home. They're not photographed for this post, but their home is! 

I saw clips of their home via twitter and I asked him if he could send me some photos to share in the blog. I'm so glad he said yes. I really want to feature homes of fellow Filipinos, and hopefully, this is the first of many.

Welcome to their abode....
I love the clean white, with a punch of blue. Their choice of furniture is so streamlined and fresh.

They got this condominium unit really bare.  They configured this space and renovated it to suit the needs of a their budding family.

"Our inspiration was Santorini - white, Greek flag blue, and ocean artifacts. We've never been there, but that's exactly the drawing point. We wanted our home to feel like an escape from the outside world. It was a place to feel safe, inspired, and cozy." -Jar
And I really do think it's inspiring! This is a perfect example of designing a room around an artwork. The feel of this space, the colors, and the elements are taken from the painting. It really is the starting point for all that beachy vibe.




The awesomely professionally shot photos courtesy of none other than the unit owner himself. Check out his blog here. Yep, he's a pro photographer. I really hope I can have some of my work shot like this one! And I know awesomely is not a word, I just want to rhyme. I'm unpoetic like that, and I mean that in the most literal kind of way.

*Hey, are you from the Phil too? I want to feature your space. Email me photos at switcheroom (at) gmail (dot) com

HO of the day: Casual Sleek

I'd feel like I'm working in a gorgeous modern library if I'm lucky to have a space like this. If you have a gazillion books, this is the way to do it. It sets the tone of the whole space and makes it so conducive to learning/working. Go vertical and make the shelves full ceiling height. That chrome ladder is not only useful but also brings some industrial vibe to this room.

If only I have that much books.... or the extra space... haha

Family's New Home (Den): The Plan

Whenever I'm dreaming of my future home, it always includes a third floor space/ attic that has an open floor plan. Something to use as a lounge and office space. It will have a big table to spread out and work, lots of storage, and a couch in front of a big tv. But of course, as aways, I'm way over my head since that is so far in the future, and I'm pretty sure it will not be big as I imagined. I'm not even sure if I'll have a third floor. Ha! But as they say, dream big.

Well, this family's new home got their third floor. This is the other space I'll be doing for their home. If you haven't seen the plan for the ground floor, check it out here. The main use of the space is a hang-out area for the family, and a guest bedroom.

This is where they're at when I first visited.

Stairs leading to this floor

A loft area above / full bath below

The doorway leading to their  rooftop. Say hello to my clients...   :)


MOODBOARD

To be cohesive, a lot of elements from the ground floor will continue on this space -wall panelling, black elements, wood tones, taupe. But since this a more of a hang-out area for the family, I'd like it to have a more casual vibe.

The plan for this side. 
We'll use bold stripe pattern to reupholster their existing chairs. The panelling will be installed on this wall, and big storage area will be added on the right side. You might be wondering why there's a tv on the stair landing. Well, that's the only logical choice. Believe me, I have stared at this space for a long time thinking for an alternative. No such luck. Thank goodness the stairs are very wide so no blocking of any kind will be going on. 

The other side.
To maximize the corner, we'll use a sectional. That's the area in front of the tv. The client like to have stripe walls, so we'll use it in this area to camouflage that lofted walls a bit and make it a little more seamless. Instead of using railings for the loft, we just extended the height of the walls to provide more privacy upstairs, and to not break up the accent stripe wall.

What a fun project! There's already a huge progress which I'll show you all soon. I'm really excited for them to finally move in.

Drool-worthy Shoe Closet (a mini project)

The "drool-worthy" pretty much applies to the shoes rather than the closet itself. You'll see below. (please scroll back up to see this thing I'm typing now, since I'm quite sure you'll all want to see the shoes first! haha)

Anyway, this room is really pretty as it is. The only problem is the lack of storage, especially for a girl who has a lot of stuff. And by stuff, I mean shoes, magazine, accessories -all those sort of unnecessary things that we ladies want to collect. Haha

Here's the wall where the shoe closet was installed. 
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The yellow cabinet, and the vanity will be moved to the other wall which has ceiling-height curtains. So there's no way I can hang or lean the mirror against the wall.

So a custom mirror was made to affixed to the vanity table to make it look like one unit, with matching hollywood-ish mirror bulbs! Repainted the whole thing a soft taupy gray color.
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On to the shoe closet, the star of this post. Here's a close-up of the wallpaper we installed on the back of the shelves, which you can not see on the closet pictures below 'coz of the lighting. But I think it took this closet a notch higher in the glamour scale.
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Here's the closet with the back lights turned off.
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And here it is with the lights on! 
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laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

laureen uy, shoe closet, shoes, cabinet, beautiful shoe closet

Do I have to remind you at this point that you are not reading a fashion blog?

:)


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