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SM Home dishes out on the Art of Tasteful Condo Living

Almost a year ago, I finally embarked on the biggest decision my perpetually-broke heart can make – I invested in my own condo unit, a place that I would eventually call my own after three decades of living with my parents.

For someone who considers homeownership as the ultimate barometer of success, I consider this decision as the best I have made. Since I bought on pre-selling terms, my unit wouldn’t be ready in two years. But this early, I have already collected pictures and pictures of design pegs, and have already expertly curated the looks I want via my Pinterest page.

Before, if you wanted a tastefully decorated unit, you had to get the services of an interior designer. However, the changing times and the availability of resources online has led to a change in perspective among Pinoy homeowners in decorating their homes.

SM Home is changing the way Filipinos approach interior design, starting with the launch of their “Essentials in Condo Living” design series. The program puts the spotlight on very small living spaces optimized and styled up by up and coming professional designers, highlighting how is it possible to turn even a small living space into a perfect home.

“In recent years, we’ve seen condo sixes shrink. And as they do, homeowners have to learn how to maximize spaces, to live comfortably without feeling cooped up,” notes SM Home assistant Vice President for Marketing Tom Castaneda during the media presentation of new condo set ups at the ground concourse of SM Makati.

He adds, “Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like setups, as well as expert talks. There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living. SM Home is filled with compact yet stylish and multifunctional pieces that are condo perfect!”

Here are the tastefully and brilliantly designed setups as unveiled during the launch:

Tapped to lend their design prowess to the project are for up and coming designers who showcased their personal taste using many of the pieces from SM Home.

SM HOME’s Tom Castaneda with designers Ivy Crisostomo, James Razo, Erika Uichanco and Maya Franco

The living room, which takes inspiration from travel buffs is courtesy of Ivy Crisostomo. As a travel buff, I immediately fell in love with the design aesthetic and the brilliant use of elements. I am not too sold on the wall color (“African Herbsman from Boysen) but I see myself copying the design and applying it on my home.

Complementing the living room is the bedroom, a masterpiece created by James Razo, the managing director of his design firm The Gold Team Design Hub.

Cozy and inviting, the bedroom uses clever play on mixed-use pieces, while also making sure that the personality of the home owner shines through the pieces displayed in the room.

In charge of the charming dining room set up is Erika Uichanco, who was named on Real Living magazine’s “Creatives to Watch 2015.”

What I loved most abot Erika’s work is that she was able to make a small space very charming and functional at the same time. Admittedly, there were too many accessories and pieces crammed in such a small space — yet surprisingly, it works. I actually see myself living and using the dining area she designed!

Lastly, the kitchen was the brainchild of Maya Franco. Like the dining room, the kitchen contained a lot of elements and pieces that somehow blended well together, making for a very charming space.

Staying far too long in Pinterest has cultivated my love for quaint kitchen islands that do double duty and I saw that with Maya’s designs.

All design setups were heavily influenced by the popular Scandi-chic style with touches of rustic-luxe.

Personally, I am in awe of the brilliant use of pieces, color and inspiration in spite the limited space. I can’t wait to try them soon!

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PSID marks start of 50th Year with “Saturday SoirĂŠe”

Flowers has always been the easiest and cheapest way to liven up any room. Its pop of color can brighten up and bring joy any space. While you can always order flowers from the shop, there’s a certain joy and pride when you did the design yourself. 

My creation

I had a very pleasant weekend courtesy of a flower workshop offered by the Philippine School for Interior Design (PSID). As the premium design school in the Philippines, PSID has been producing some of the best interior designers of the country. Since 1968, the school has been the noteworthy name when it comes to interior design education. 

To mark the school’s 50th year, bloggers were given the opportunity to take a peek on the the usual day at PSID is like through “Saturday Soiree,” a delightful afternoon tea mixed with lessons in flower arrangement. Helming the class is well-respected and sought-after interior designer, Prof. Leo Almeria. Prof. Almeria is also an alumnus and a faculty at the PSID, who is also affiliated with Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Asia Pacific Space Designer Association (APSDA) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). He is also a principal of his own design firm (Leo Almeria Design Studio) and also a contributing writer and a published author. Prof. Almeria is sought after for his advises related to furniture/product design, visual merchandising, special settings and styling. 


In spite these notable achievements, Prof. Almeria remained humble and approachable, as manifested by the fun class we had with him. He encouraged everyone to approach flower design and arrangement with courage, highlighting that everyone has the talent and the skills to come out with a note-worthy design. True enough, soon – we were all snipping away branches and leaves and shaping through our own arrangements. 

A very classic, very Game-of-Thronish arrangement and my personal favorite out of all the demo projects shown by Prof. Almeria


The best classmate ever 🙂

Being able to experience first hand how it was like to be a student at PSID rekindled my dreams of studying at the school when I was younger. After my years as part of the press corps, I dreamed of studying interior design at PSID, but since I knew I couldn’t afford to study at that time, I decided to move to corporate and the rest is history. While I am happy with my career in PR, seeing how dynamic and how informative classes are at PSID made me remember one of my childhood dreams. 

As it celebrates its golden years, PSID had indeed come a long way as a small design school located in Makati. It is now the home and the proud source of some of the best interior designers in the Philippines. 

Lighten up your home with creative modular lamps

One of the most cost-efficient and creative way to decorate your home is to pick a good lamp that compliments your interiors. A carefully thought-of lamp, placed on the most strategic places is guaranteed to be a conversation piece and will definitely add much-needed light and vigor to your home.

When decorating with lamps, make sure you have a style or a peg in mind on how your home would look like — where do you plan to put it? Are you using just one or many? What’s the general design theme of your home? This is important because your home accessories and design should be according to the over all theme of your home (if any).

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Credit to Owner

For those looking for a different kind of lamps, Light’emUp Creative Lamps offer its modular lamps. The lamp uses polycarbonate which is durable, heat resistant, color-stable, and 100% recyclable. The best thing about having modular lamps is that you will never run out of ways to redesign and re-shape your lamp. It’s like having something new all the time since shapes can be changed into 22 different configurations.

These lamps would look so good lighted in your patio or front porch
These lamps would look so good lighted in your patio or front porch

For those who are not sure on how to reshape the lamp, LightemUp can reshape it for free. Lamps also come with instructions so those who love to DIY can easily do it.

The lamps are weather and water-proof so they can be used indoors and outdoors–it actually looks good as accents to the garden or lanai, or even accents to your children’s rooms.

To clean, knockdown the shade, and wash with soap and water, or withey can spray the lamp with water, no need to dismantle. We use led bulbs for artisan lamps, and energy saving bulbs for the lantern type.

And now that Christmas is fast-approaching, the lamps serve as a good decoration for the home, the office or even accent pieces during Christmas parties.

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The distinctive geometric multi-petaled design comes in range of pop colors that will add a glow to their interiors or exteriors. The lamps costs from PHP650 to PHP1,500 depending on the size and design of the lamp. Light’emUp can customize and play with the colors depending on your preference. 
Light’emUp also offers lamps for rent for weddings, events and corporate parties.
Decorating your home – especially during the Holidays doesn’t have to be expensive.  Try using lamps to highlight a space for a fun, cozy, relaxing vibe. Incorporate your personality on how you want your space to look like.
Light’emUp Creative Lamps can be purchased online. To order, go to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lightemupco. Light’emUp is also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/lightemupco

All lamp photos courtesy of Light’emUp Creative Lamps