If you’re like me, I despise having a messy desk. I can’t work with so much clutter unless I’m deeply concentrating on work and that clutter was part of my project. Here’s a great solution to that messy problem. This will work well for a work desk that’s a bit on the narrow side. You know the best part about this storage solution? You can configure any way you like. Everything is also kept in side so you get to see where everything goes. The price is a bit on the expensive side though.
Are you a cat person? Way back when I still had pet cats, I remember loving having them around the house with a cat snuggled beside me while I read a book. They sleep everywhere, even on top of the refrigerator. If you’re the type who doesn’t mind doting on your pet cat, you might consider buying it this fancy cat home/bed. Just look how cozy it is.
If you ever find yourself in need of doing a quick makeover for your house but lack the big budget for it, then this might be a quick solution. It just needs a bit of muscle and a lot of patience. You can even turn it into a decorating party if you gather your friends over to help. The only problem with this tool that I can see is properly aligning the design so that the pattern comes out perfectly. It’s like having wallpaper on your walls even if it’s just the magic of paint and this nifty tool.
For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself doing errands in the home section of a department store and I’ve lost more than a few minutes browsing through the wonderful dinnerware on display there. However, I saw none like these. I think these would be perfect for a bachelorette’s pad. These ultra-chic plates will be more than fitting. That and my found weakness with anything suggestive of vintage culture.
Check out the product page for these burlesque decorative plates on Fancy. $70 USD [product page]
As of now, the most popular character in Pretty Little Liars is probably Ashley Benzo who is fresh from the recent release of her movie Spring Breakers. She plays the role of Hannah, the fearless Liar who always fights for what is right. I love Hannah’s fashion because it’s glamorous while at the same time funky. She’s not afraid to wear bold colors and prints.
Hannah’s room is much like her personality, feisty but also delicately feminine. Take a look.
One of the events that most construction professionals look forward to is the Worldbex Exhibition at the World Trade Center every year in March. Back in college, I used to attend yearly, then when I had started to work, sometimes my schedule doesn’t permit me to go. After almost seven years, I’m happy that I got to see what’s new at the Worldbex.
photo courtesy of worldbex.com
Before you venture out to see the exhibition next year, here are some tips:
Print out as many calling cards as you can.
Bring cash just in case you see something that you like or if you want to purchase the supplier’s directory which is about Php500.
Wear smart casual clothes.
Wear comfortable shoes. Flats preferably, don’t wear high heels.
Bring an extra bag for the brochures and samples you’ll get.
Friday, March 15th saw me up and early at the Philippine Trade Training Center for the second day of the Worldbex Seminars. This was a 3-day series of seminars but I chose to attend only the second day because it was the most relevant in my career field. The seminar was held in one of the rooms inside PTTC.
We had these topics to look forward to.
I’ll be writing more in depth in the coming days about what I learned from each topic. Please watch out for that.
When I graduated from the university with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, I gained for myself the necessary skills that I needed to be able to keep up with the design world. Admittedly, I knew that these were theoretical skills, I’ve yet to acquire important lessons from practical application. Since then, it has been a continuing education for me. Each client, each project and each design requirement that I’ve encountered and handled gave me valuable lessons in the field of Interior Design. After several years of practice though, there are still some aspects in this career that I need to improve on. These are my designer flaws and I have to work on them.
All about electrical stuff and know-hows
For some reason, my brain begins to shut down as soon as I try to learn anything about wirings, devices and electrical plans. I don’t usually make the electrical plans in a project, that’s why we have electrical engineers for that but sometimes; there are questions from the workers that I can barely answer because they’re too technical for me. I need to work on this because I want to efficiently design a good lighting plan and know the characteristics, electrical load (if possible) and compute for the luminance of a light fixture. I know I’m aiming too much here but still, despite the learning inability for this area, it still fascinates me.
When a client requests for a backlit mirror in their bathroom, usually what a designer does is to put some backlighting to a vanity mirror and you’re all set. I really admire what Elia Felices Interior Design came up with for this design requirement. Their innovation in terms of backlit mirrors are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
One of the shows that I currently love is Cougar Town and it stars Courtney Cox. Her character Jules remind me so much of Monica, the eccentric and obsessive compulsive F.R.I.E.N.D. I’ve been loving the show because of the quirky characters and the light plot. For several weeks now, it’s been my comedy fix and my de-stresser during those Lazy Sundays. Oh it helps that she has a nice house and a nice wardrobe too. Oh and what I wouldn’t give to have a body like hers.
Jules’ house has a very nice homey feel to it that I would love to see in a house I would want to have someday.
The focal point in this living room is the coral sofa. I loved how the blue jar at the bottom of the stairs perfectly accentuated it.
Most of my friends know how much of an avid dog lover I am and I currently have some beagles, a husky and some native breed dogs at home. Here’s one of my dogs, her name is Kahlua.
Beagles are naturally playful dogs and they’re incessantly curious. Don’t be fooled by her sleepy demeanor here, she can be quite a handful sometimes. I love her so much. We let her in the house because she’s behaved enough not to chew on our shoes or break some valuable glassware. However, I think beagles have this natural instinct to run and be free. Kahlua does that sometimes when she accidentally gets out of the house. This is why there should be ID tags for dogs in case they get lost.
One of my childhood fantasies was to be surrounded by chocolates. The 100% Chocolate Café is like the embodiment of this fantasy. The most outstanding feature of this restaurant is the ceiling which is like a tablet of chocolate, enough to make you water.
The color scheme is kept neutral and has given the café an elegant feel. Going inside the café is like a feast for the senses. There’s an open kitchen where customers can see chocolate being freshly-made and there’s a display of sweets that customers can browse and buy.
Each time I pass through the Barbie section at the toy store, I have to resist the urge to start a collection. There’s a variety of wonderful Barbie designs out there and it would be pretty to have them all lined up in a lit display case. Good news for Barbie enthusiasts, there’s now a Barbie Café in Taiwan and guess what? They’ve adapted a deliciously pink color palette for the interiors.
The Barbie Café is actually licensed by Mattel in collaboration with the Taiwan restaurant company Sinlaku. All throughout the café are illustrations of Barbie in various outfits.
I love that the chairs are reminiscent of a corset and a tutu and even the legs have the appearance of legs on tiptoe.
Here’s something that I would love to see accenting the counter at the neighborhood bakery or cake shop. The idea has such quirk and novelty that it’s all the more endearing to me. As soon as I saw this light design, I was immediately charmed.
Would you believe that this lamp was actually made in prison? Yep the manufacture of the Bake me a Cake light is controlled by the inmates in the Bergen Prison in Norway. It’s great that there’s such creative minds there. The light fixture is made of oak and smoked tinted glass. The whole crafting project at the Bergen Prison was originally conceptualized to challenge the creative thoughts of the inmates in prison. Glad to see that it’s successful.