Design TV: Renee's home on Wisteria Lane

I'm Elle Uy and I'm an addict. A TV series addict. I can go on for days watching episode after episode of any show that I started. I've watched Season 1-3 of Dexter in less than three days. I'm a fan of Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, How I Met Your Mother, True Blood,  Modern Family, etc etc. For past shows, I love love Sex and the City, and of course, Friends. I can go and on about Friends. I've watched that show from Season 1-10, 3 times, and still counting! I always say that I'll be old and spend my days watching Friends. Haha! And yes, I'm a sucker for cheesy local shows as well. 

Anyway, this supposedly design related post is now turning into weird fanatic blabber, so before it gets worse, I'll get to the point. One of the shows I'm following is Desperate Housewives. (too bad it's their last season already) When Renee Perry came into the picture, the first thing I noticed was her house. It's amazing. She's an interior decorator (in the show) so it better be. Wait, what am I talking about? I do that for a living too and our house, is well... no comment. Haha...

The other day, I was watching their latest episode and saw her house again. "I need to find photos of this house!" and search I did. Didn't see any photos but what I found is better -a video tour of the space. (sorry for the somewhat blurry photos, they are just screen shots from the vid)


The combination of all the bold colors are superb.

Deep plum wall and olive couch...

with rich turquoise draperies!

White accents everywhere that pops against the deep walls.

Turquoise and plum is yum. Haha

Charcoal stairs and the kitchen cabinetries has the same shade for a cohesive look.

Very lovely colors.

The yellow island top is really bold, which I love.

Injecting lots of whites balanced out the colorful space. 

You see, watching TV does not only entertain me but gives me major inspiration as well. Yup, I'm making excuses there. But you got to agree, we can learn a thing or two about colors in Renee's make-believe house. 

P.S. If you haven't seen the video tour, or you're not familiar with Desperate Housewives, that dude is not Renee. 

:D

Newlyweds' First Pad: The Big Reveal!

Yey to another completed project! There's something I feel I can't explain the moment I'm taking after photos of a project --something between the lines of happy, excited, relieved, contented. Happy 'coz the client is happy. Excited 'coz I'll have another final photos to show. Relieved that the project went well. Contented 'coz of all of the above.

The Newlyweds' First Pad is your typical studio unit here in Manila. (read: SMALL) It will just snuggly fit a double bed, a small sofa, and a small dining area. Yeah, lots of "small" in this paragraph, but I didn't exaggerated one bit. Here are where their at when I first saw the space...
green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space
green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space

Read more about the space, the plans, and the thoughts behind the project here

MOODBOARD
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green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space

AFTER

Foyer area with shoe storage underneath.
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Facing the main door
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View from the main door
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(with the shades down to hide the aircon)

green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space
(shades up)

The wall gallery
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I made the 1 8 11 "art" and the silhouettes to add to the mix. Adding other elements to a wall gallery gives it more personality, and admit it, it's more fun that way.


Living area 
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The colorful striped rug is actually 3 bath mats that are sewn together. Can't seem to find a nice fun normal rug for the space. Everything are gray, brown, old world floral, weird geometrics, shaggy. So when I saw these mats, I knew it would work.

The "bedroom"
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The closet acts as a divider to create a semi-enclosed feel for the bed, plus we added storage underneath the bed. 
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Dining bar
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The gray from the countertop, the couch, and 1 8 11 art relates to each other and makes the space cohesive. You might not notice but we also painted the highest part of the ceiling a shade of gray. (See photo of the kitchen)

TV - the only manly thing in this space.
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Their cousin even joked that it's just because their Newlyweds that the husband is tolerating the girliness. Haha..

Kitchen
green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space

green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space

Living / bedroom / dining / kitchen: All-in-one.
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Our very special guest: Anne Hathaway. See, even she is happy with the result!
green room, chic studio unit, green wall paper, green blue pink room, shabby chic space

I wish I had those wide-angle lens to capture this place in its entirety. But I will get those kind of photos soon. A professional photographer shot this space for a magazine feature. Another yey! If you follow me on twitter or facebook, then you already probably knew that, since I can't keep it mum when I'm excited.
WOOHOOOO! <---- very much like that.

So the 1 million dollar question is, if you're the husband, would you mind having a home like this? :) 

P.S. Kudos to you R, you made your wife really happy. hahaha

House of Femme: Chairs Before & After

I'll never get tired of doing over old furniture -especially chairs. I think I'd like to collect old chairs and makeover them all! I already had a start with these shield-back chairs. Think of all the color-fabric combinations I could do with those! If I had the time, I want to buy as much old chairs I can, do them over, and sell them! All houses should have at least one fun accent chair. Would you buy from me?? :)

Anyway, for the House of Femme, we re-did a lot of chairs. Their dad has a vast collection of beautiful old stuff that just needed some tlc.

BEFORE
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AFTER
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We have two of those that will sit at the end of the dining table.


BEFORE
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AFTER
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This will be the chair for her bedroom's work area.

BEFORE
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AFTER
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Four of these as dining chairs.

BEFORE (2 pcs)
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AFTER

One for the bedroom....

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and one for the living room...
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I love them all but my favorite would be the last one. I'm just always drawn to yellow-gray combo.

P.S. Just thought of a tagline in case I'll be selling chairs... "Prettifying the world, one chair at a time"

HAHA.

Real Makeover: A Makeover within a Makeover

Here's a mini makeover from this project -two of my favorite furniture revamp. The house is overflowing with stuff, but the one good thing about that is I got to reused a lot of their old furniture. Here are my faves:

The Old Antique Aparador (cabinet)


Painted it a bright green and replaced the broken mirrors. It's at the end of the room, yet it's the first thing you see when you go in, the bright color commands attention. And I love it! 



The Generic Chair


I so love the fabric we used here! It's a Dwell-ish vintage chic looking print that has the most amazing colors. Took the yellow from it and painted the frame that same shade. Fresh and unique.

From these photos, you can have a bit of a sneak peek of how the room turned out. Go check the after photo of the cabinet, look closely at the mirror and you'll see a view of the room. :)



But if you want the first peek of the entire space, watch Urbanzone later - like in less than an hour! haha..  They will have a short segment showing the transformation of the space with a short interview with the homeowners, the letter sender, and me! I sure hope I didn't screw up. I have an intense fear of being in front of (video) camera.  I was seriously replaying the shoot in my head out of paranoia. Haha... Watch it okay? And please don't make fun of me! :)

Real Makeover: Progress

This week is gonna be Real Makeover Overload! I've been itching to post this project for quite a while now, so here you go! You can see the story behind this makeover and before photos of this space just right before this post. (or click here)

The game plan is to get rid of all the unwanted clutter and free up the space. We fixed some part ceiling of the ceiling, patched up the wall to prep for the paint.
We built over their existing lower cabinets to add extra hidden storage.

That is an existing chandelier that will fit right in the renovated space.

Madness.

We removed the sink under the stairs and replaced it with a tv niche.

Here are the new storage unit sans the doors and the final coat of paint. Painted that wall a much deeper shade of gray to contrast the pale lemony color we'll put over the unit.

Painted wall and another madness shot. Those 2 wooden sofa chair will be reused as well.

Even with all the chaos going on here, you'll see how much more spacious the space feels compared to its original state. The power of de-cluttering. :) Stay tuned for the next installment of this whirlwind of a project.

Real Makeover: The Beginning

Real Makeover time! Haha... Okay. So I've mentioned before that I did the Real Makeover for the December issue of Real Living, but I can't blog about it yet since its too soon for their release. But since Dec is fast approaching, it's about time I share with you tidbits of the makeover.

It all started when I opened my email and saw this:



"Oh my Real Living emailed me!! and they wanted me to do a makeover!! Somebody pinch me!" -that is my reaction to their email. I didn't say it out loud but I was looking all crazy with a permanent smile all day.

I replied back with a big YES, OF COURSE. If I could just use a giant font and not be annoying I would do that to express my excitement. haha...

So I met with Kath and the home owners at their soon-to-be renovated home. Discussed the detailed and took some before pictures.

The bathroom: Need to fix this too.

Cramped living room. We're removing many unused stuff to have more floor space.

Sink area that I'm turning into a media unit

The other side of the divider. 

The plan is to make a mini-studio type place for Nanay and Tatay (the homeowners). A space where they can relax, entertain, dine, and sleep.

Here's a quick moodboard I whip up. Since this is not your typical client-decorator set up, I'm not required to present anything. But I did it anyway. Haha.. Though I didn't show it to the homeowners to have some element of surprise. 


We re-used many of their stuff, watch out for the chic yellow chair, and the green aparador. I feel truly blessed to have done this makeover. Progress story up next.
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