Can Men and Pink Coexist? TOTALLY.

To all the gals out there....

Lets face it, we ladies love pink. Some might deny it trying to avoid being too mainstream or for whatever reason it may be, but deep inside our souls, we are attracted to it.

I had my own love-hate relationship with pink. When I was a kid, I painted my entire room pink. From the walls, to the closets, even the venetian (nakakasugat) blinds I had was pink. Yes, those kinds of blinds was rampant during those days. You can actually still see it today in houses that haven't had any makeover since the 90's. Uyyy.. guilty?! haha... Anyway, as a teenager I had an "I-hate-pink" phase. Feeling cool and all, I repainted everything blue. That was me being cool. Poor child. Now that I am a little older than I wanted to be, I won't deny it, I won't hide it, and I'm proud to say that.. "I LOVE PINK!!"

Unfortunately many men doesn't share our passion for that color. Some might rock bright pink shirts, but only a few of them would tolerate it in interior. 

Once we share a home with the man in our life, how can we incorporate our beloved color without driving your man out?


Here are some compromise that we can do to have pink in a guy-friendly home.


1. LIMIT PINK TO ACCESSORIES

A few toss pillows and small artwork, together with black streamlined furniture and decor would create a space his and hers would enjoy. 
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

One huge simple abstract artwork with pink hues would do the trick.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

This has a bit too many pinks but just change the lamps to a wooden shade (like the one below) and this would be a great "compromise" inspiration. Blue sofa with clean lines, chrome center table, another great neutral artwork  and both of you will live a happy life.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink




2. PALE PINK WALLS + MASCULINE FURNISHINGS

If you can't help yourself and wanted pink walls, go pale. Coral even. Nothing too glaring or overbearing. Then furnish your home with stuff he will love.

I can imagine a happy couple having this bedroom. Complete balance of femme and testosterone.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

One accent wall and neutral everything. Modern furniture with black accents
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

This is way too feminine, but I really love how they incorporate the graphic industrial wall lamp. Imagine this with a vintage brown leather sofa (see below) and your guy would fit right in. 
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink
elle decor

This will totally man up any room.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink



3. ACCENT PINK FURNITURE

He wouldn't mind some lady accent pieces as long as he's "in" the rest of the space.

Totally warm neutral space having the main piece pink. Not at all man-repellant.   
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

I could see a young hip couple enjoying this loft. All the furnishings have manly shape, even the sofas have clean lines making the girly color not too feminine.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

Again, a masculine space with a hint of bright pink. 
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

See, you can go bold as long as everything else is to his liking.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

Total opposite of the one above. Bright white room with pink thrown here and there. Balancing those hues with black and simple lines.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink


4. GO WILD IN YOUR PERSONAL SPACE

If he can't really live with it, then just go all out in your personal space. An office perhaps? Or even your closet. Paint the entire interior of your closet any color you love and once the door is shut, he's a happy man.
pink rooms, pink masculine room, men and pink

You see, the key to infusing feminine hues to your home is BALANCE. Combine feminine and masculine elements until you find something both of you will love. 


P.S.
To all the guys out there....
Just let her be! Happy wife = happy life. Haha

Project Big Reveal: Kreamy Island

Welcome to my very first commercial project. Though this isn't official since this is for people close to me. Meaning, I just butted in and helped out 'coz I can't not. Ha.

It was previously a yogurt shop and they decided to changed direction. So this new look entails reusing as much stuff as we can to save up on additional cost. 

ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Here it is now!

Soft teal with bright yellow, blues, and oranges.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

To save on construction, we didn't removed the backsplash at the counter, and reuse the mirror to the right and just added some decorative molding.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Being true to its name, I chose colors that makes the space looks very creamy. ;)
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

One side has a very high upholstered back rest. We used (very) affordable drop lights, around 550Php each. It is intended for the outdoors, but it's charming and fits right into the design. 
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Collage of printed clip arts and photos.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Had the drop lights in different height to have a headroom in between tables.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

It's not very obvious in the photos because of the lighting, but we painted accent stripe on the walls and ceilings. Its in soft teal color which adds to the playfulness and charm of this shop.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Adding to my ever growing collection of gallery walls. 
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island, frame gallery, gallery wall

Another repurposed mirror over a bar table. Reused their existing bar chairs, which is fine 'coz it picks the orange in the counter area. Balance is key.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Finally, one of my favorite yet the simplest element of this decorating, the chairs. We just reupholstered them in fun patterned fabrics... and viola! Generic to custom.
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island, frame gallery, gallery wall
The round white tables were again reused. 

And the winning shot of the century.....
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island
Manong guard casually walked in while I was taking photos. Haha... Love it!

Also did their logo and menu design, so I feel like this shop was my baby. 
ice cream shop interior, teal and yellow shop, kreamy island

Aside from the very charming interiors (HAHA), they serve good food. I had like a million of their Angus Burger and I'm not stopping. Bagnet, yum. Seafood Pasta, yum. Ice cream creations, YUM! Lets just say that I've tried most of their food while doing and finishing the space and I gained a few extra pounds. I can't help it. Haha....

I'll be dieting tomorrow --my favorite mantra.

KREAMY ISLAND
84 Maria Clara St. corner Banawe
Quezon City (In front of Jollibee)

Like them on facebook, too.

Have a Kreamy Day! :)

HO of the Day: Morning Sun

After the very gloomy previous post, here's me bringing back sunshine to this blog--a very lovely down-to-earth work space with tons of natural light. Calm, serene, yet creative in its own way. Totally warms my aching flooded heart. haha...

Here we go again A.K.A. Habagat sucks

I've been out of commission lately and this time, I have a valid reason. Our house was once again affected by this massive flooding! I thought the 2009 Ondoy incident was once in a lifetime thing, and would not happen again. Three years later, Habagat proved me wrong.

Oh and this time, it's not even a typhoon (meaning: no name) so we didn't have the privilege to curse it by its name. F U-------?!

AUG 7, 12am
We were all on our toes since the water level is only a few inches before reaching inside. But it subsided big time and we all thought it was over.

5am
 It was up again and this time it's not stopping. Good thing most of us sleep at wee hours so we're all up and alert.  PANIC MODE ON, especially since one light source almost caught fire so we turned off our electricity.
We're all hauling stuff upstairs. Electronics, clothes, mattresses, pillows, my brother's studio equipments, water, can goods, and whatever we can fit into the two bedrooms above sea level. Oh kudos to yaya letty for having the time to cook rice before the house went under. Good thing the BF were with us that time so we had help keeping things moving. Thank you!

My brothers even managed to took snapshots of our house during this time.
habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha

habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha

7:30am
Hauling is over and we were all upstairs. All 11 of us. We had breakfast (thanks to the newly cooked rice and canned goods) and found nook and crannies amidst all the stuff to settle in and rest. We slept, ate, talk, and waited... waited.... 12 hours later, that flood has not subsided one bit. It would rise a little, go down a little, but it was still there. Our supplies are winding down and we're hoping and praying for the flood to subside. 

Aug 8, 5:30am
Most of us are awake and we're waiting for sunrise to really see what's going on. By the time the sun was up, the water level was down two feet and rescue team came to get us out of house since street flood level was still high. My first time to ride a rubber boat. My dad's waiting for us with lots of food. He didn't make it home the other night due to high flood. Safety finally!

10:00am
We return home to see what this habagat did to our house. 
habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha
Furniture all jumbled up.

habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha
Mud was everywhere and was on everything in sight.

habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha
Didn't even know where to start.

habagat rain, habagat flood, house baha

It's been a week and it's still not back to normal. TOO much cleaning to do. It's in a better state but that stinky water smell is still there. But everyone's on high spirits and taking it on stride. I'm just hoping that no ondoy nor enormous habagat rain would ever do this again. But unless someone do anything about it, drainage system, proper garbage disposal, etc etc, then one could only hope. 

So my dear clients, please bear with me. I'll be fully yours again shortly. :)

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