Our Favorite Styling Tool: Tutorial

What is Polyvore?

Polyvore is a large website for people to express their style and set trends around the world. Its virtual mood board function permits the users to add items in the shared product index, and utilize them to produce image collages that are also known as “sets”. Members can as well browse for inspiration, share with friends and interact with other members by leaving a comment and liking their sets. After becoming an amazing fashion community, Polyvore expanded through adding home into its categories. Polyvore could finally discover and create preferred interior styles.

Either you are looking for some trending outfit or home styles, or matching the items together, Polyvore can grant those desires. Unique talents of an individual are showcased.

(home styling)                                                      (fashion styling)

Review in Using Polyvore (polyvore.com) as a Decor Tool

Being included in the field of design, Polyvore is a convenient décor tool. Even as a beginner, I was encouraged to do more designs daily. In a brief moment, the handy tool helped me to express my style in design, especially in interior design. Using Polyvore is a fun learning experience. I get to try a faster and easier way to design by making a collage of the items. I find Polyvore an amazing website due to its convenient features and the fact that it helps users to develop impressive outputs. There is a feeling of fulfillment, as it seems I am creating similar to those in magazines. It is not just a working station, but also a community. Polyvore encourages interaction among the members. It is nice how I get to be in a community that loves design. There are groups, holding different kinds of contests that could spark interest for members to join. The website is truly worth taking a time to use as users could gain and plan new ideas. Just drag it up, organize, then voila! You have a masterpiece.

Polyvore brings out the unique talent in an individual. The passion for fashion and interior design inspires other members and influences trends.

How to Use Polyvore:

Making Polyvore sets may be confusing for beginner users of the website. The goal of this tutorial is to form the procedure as easy and clear as possible to grasp.

  1. Getting Started
  2. Go to Polyvore (polyvore.com).

2. Make an account. This step is optional. You could create sets even without an account. However, having an account allows you to save drafts, your creations, utilize the forum, and so forth. In order to make an account, you have to select “sign up” located on the upper right corner of the page.

 

Type in the information asked from you. You may also connect through your Facebook account, instead entering information.

Start designing! Follow the step by step guide below to create your own set.

Step by Step Guide in Creating Design or Mood Board

Point on to “create” on the home page.

Click “set” below “create”. It shall lead you into the editing space. The Polyvore editor allows you to form sets using various products.

Fill in your search. Type in your preferred item for your collage in the search box, or you can also browse by category. You may as well open new tabs if you’d like which are seen on the top of the search. Regarding the price, you may select a range on the upper right of the search. You can also use the color palette that contains 70 colors to redefine your search. If you want to browse for more of the items, go to the next page by clicking the arrow on the right.

Select and drag the items. If you found your preferred item, select and drag it on the black space with the label “create a collage”. If you want to view the specifications of an item, click on it.

Removing the Background

You can remove the background of your item through the following steps of two options.

First option

After adding your item to the editing space, click it. The item may consist of a colored or white background. In the upper corner of the create section, there are three vertical squares. To get rid of the background, the first step would be simply clicking the “hide image background” which is on the topmost part.

Some of the items from Polyvore are readily cropped. If not, you have to manually cut the item. You can use either the rectangle cropper if the goal is to cut it into four sides, or the polygon cropper if the intention is cutting it into an irregular form.

Adding Texts

To add a text into a set, click on the text icon as you are creating the set.

 

Publishing your Set

  1. When you have finished your creation, click “publish”. If you have an account, you may publish it for the entire Polyvore community to see. If you are not yet done with your set and if you intend to work on it later on, select “save draft” instead.

Tips and Tricks

  • The more active you are on Polyvore, the more recognition you will receive.
  • Keep the older sets that you did because this will let you to see your improvement and growth in the art of creating sets.
  • In order to have your collection featured on the home page or blog of Polyvore, send it to trends@polyvore.com. Make sure to include a useful title and description.
  • Create visually pleasing sets in order to help promote your group contests. Make frequent contents with the use of current trends to keep people active. Polyvore members are fond of trophy icons that’s why keep going until you acquire 50 members in each contest.
  • Don’t clutter your sets with multiple items, but don’t leave too many gaps as well. It makes your sets look organized and neat.
  • Invite Polyvore members to join your group by sending the member a message with the link of your group. Remember that some members might not want to join, therefore you should be respectful of this and not flood them with messages.
  • The more you comment and like the other sets, the more comments and likes you will tend to get. Polyvore is a great place to form friendships, so be nice when leaving a comment on their sets.
  • Unleash your creativity and have fun!
  • There are numerous templates in the template gallery. Point “create” and select “template” in order to make a template. In the editing space, click the “placeholder” button, then click “publish”.
  • It is important when you size and layer your items. Try keeping smaller items in the outside, while the bigger items in the center. This tip will make your eyes roam around all through the set.

 

Written by: Peaches Manlangit peaches.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

For questions, feel free to contact us and fill up the form below

Advertisements

Client Meeting & Creating Connections

By  Celina Cruz celine.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

As an Interior Design student, design problems and client profiles are usually given by the professors. Design layouts are then made and approved by them; and then we create the plans and other documents needed for the space. For the past years, it has always been a cycle of that.

Being an intern for CMV Interior Designs gave me the opportunity to meet one of their clients and have an actual experience first-hand. Having an actual client who expresses their wants and needs for their space is more helpful than having a fictional client like the ones we used to get for our school projects. Meeting with a client makes the task of designing seem like a joint project with you, the designer, and with the client for both of your inputs make up the space. You, as the designer, translates the needs and wants of your client through your design.

Through this experience, I was able to take note of some important things ones must remember during a meeting with their client.

5 things every designer must ask:

  1. What is the space for and who will be using this space?
  2. What will they be doing on the space?
  3. Does the user have any special needs or allergies that should be accommodated?
  4. What do they like to have on their space? What do they not like to have on the space?
  5. What is their budget and when do they want the space finished?

3 details you need to remember during a client meeting:

  1. Be well-prepared and observant. Outline your meeting and prepare the questions you’ll be asking your client. Familiarize yourself with your client. Get to know your client more as a person – ask them about their interests, their lifestyle, and try to create a connection with them to create a positive synergy with each other. If you can, compile possible designs you can present to give your client an idea or some inspiration.
  2. Be professional. Always remember that you are catering to the needs and wants of your client. That means being able to design a space that will ensure a better lifestyle for them while fitting their preferences. If there is something they want that might not fit the space, suggest possible alternatives that they might also like. Settle with a design where everything is well-balanced.
  3. Documentation is very important. Always take down notes and document everything in every meeting. Being able to keep every single detail in mind can also show how professional you are to your client and how much you value their input to the design. Compiled documents can be a huge help to recap previous meetings that can be used in future meetings. Provide a copy of your documentations to your client which can also keep them updated with the project.

These are a few things I picked up from my very first client meeting which can be of help to others too!

Design Ideas: How To Store or Display Your Sneaker Collection

Design blog by: Peaches Manlangit peaches.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

IDEAS ON HOW TO DISPLAY OR STORE YOUR SNEAKER COLLECTION

Got a new pair of sneakers that you can add to your collection? Wondering about how to store them in a visually appealing way, without destroying their good quality long term? No worries! Here are ways to help you organize your collection of sneakers, despite the size of your home. Scroll down for awesome ideas.

ON SHELVES

Why hide your cool sneakers in the closets when you can brag by displaying them on shelves around the room. When placing your sneakers on shelves, remember to keep the styles consistent on each shelf and put an even space between them so they won’t look cluttered.

 

(photo by Commonwealth Manila)                            (photo by Urban Athletics @ Conrad Hotel)

 

INSIDE THE BOX

Keeping your sneakers inside the boxes will result in a more organized closet and ensure your footwear remains in pristine condition. To identify which sneaker to use, take a photograph of the pair of shoes and take it to the front of its box.

  

(photo by HGTV)                              (photo by Leonie Lowenherz Mode & Lifestyle Blog)

 

OUTSIDE THE BOX

It is time to bring out the creativity and the resourcefulness in you. If you find an extra plywood or any recyclable materials strong enough to hold a pair of shoes, you can turn it into an open box shelf. This is excellent for people who loves doing “DIY products”. Anyone can do this by themselves. In order to add interest and to achieve a dimensional effect, use different-sized boxes, painted with preferred colors.

(photo from Thea Manila)

 

ON AN ISLAND

Wide space has to be maximized. One solution is the usage of a center island. Placing your sneaker collection in the middle of the room makes them stand out. Sneakers to be placed on the center island are easy to reach and these may include your everyday footwear.

(photo from The Social Foot)

 

TRANSPARENCY

In order to attain a high-class boutique for your closet, keep your amazing sneaker collection behind a glass material. Each and every favorite sneaker will stay visible. This will create a high-end appeal through the glass barrier.

(photo from Adidas)

(photo from DIY Build)

 

SPOTLIGHT PLEASE

Adding lighting to your sneaker collection shelves will showcase the beautiful works of art in them. You can either use warm white for a luxurious ambiance, or bright white for simplicity. You can use lighting on all of your sneakers or only on the unique ones you have.

(photo from Urban Athletics @ Conrad Hotel)

CONCEPTUAL

Another kind of storage that unleashes one’s creativity is by creating an abstract idea and translating it into a design. The examples in the picture include usage of shoes and stairs because we take a step using our foot (left), and angled shelves giving an impression of falling apart (right). You can think and do anything when conceptualizing, while taking note of certain considerations so it will not be overwhelming or off-style.

(photo from Adidas)

(photo from a residence using IKEA Product)

 

CLIMB ON

Not only that it has visual appeal, but it also looks more organized than just having your sneakers laying around everywhere. It has a multipurpose function, as it can also stand next to the front door where guests could put their shoes on. When you decide to use this type of storage, look for a wooden ladder at the flea market.

(photo from A pair and A spare website)

 

CIRCLES

The shoe hive helps you organize a family’s shoe collection. Placing your sneakers in these holes, built from lightweight PVC pipes, will keep them in shape and easy to locate.

(photo from Decorating your wall space website)

 

Cheers!


For questions, kindly fill up the form below:

Cool & Stylish Aircon Units For Your Home

Cool & Stylist Aircons for Your Home

By Celina Cruz celine.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

Air conditioning units, also known as aircons is one of the must-have appliances for every home – especially when you’re in a tropical country such as the Philippines. Most aircons may not be exactly as aesthetically pleasing as one’s interior, since its function is usually the priority instead of its physical attributes. That doesn’t stop us from searching for air conditioners that can actually enhance your space – wouldn’t that be cool?


Window type 

  1.  Panasonic Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

Window type air conditioners are usually in colors like White or Eggshell White. Though this particular unit is in White, the addition of the color Black helps create a much sleeker look that makes it stand out.

  1. Hitachi Rapid Cooling Air Conditioner

The matte silver finish at the bottom helps complete a subtle, more stylish look with the Pearl White body.

  1. Hitachi Window type with DC Inverter

The matte silver finish makes this air conditioner different from the usual neutral-colored cooling units. Unlike the previous air conditioner, the silver element takes up majority of the body.

 

Split Type

  1. Panasonic Sky Series

Other than its unique design, this air conditioner features Radiant Cooling. This cooling unit also embodies the elegance and pursuit of perfection inherent in Japanese design philosophy. It is sleek and makes it a luxurious complement to designer interior.

  1. Panasonic Aero Series

The Aero Series features a slim profile that is complimented with a metal finish. The photo doesn’t give justice to its classy tone with a soft, pearly glow from its lustrous pearl finish in real life.

  1. LG Split Air Conditioner

This particular air conditioner caught my attention for the Red accent which gives it a subtle, bold image that can complement one’s space.

(actual photo not available)

 

Free-standing Type

  1. Samsung Free-standing Air conditioner

This ACU is simple yet its not as boxy and rigid as the usual aircon. Somehow its texture, proportions, and its simplicity achieves a very stylish look that isn’t boring.

  1. Carrier Designer Series

With its matte black finish, this aircon will definitely catch your attention. The black body is complimented with a silver chrome finish.

  1. Samsung Turbo cooling free-standing AC

This is not your usual air conditioner and by far my favorite out of the bunch. The shape isn’t as boxy, and I find it interesting how it uses three spiral airflows which cools the entire house more quickly and efficiently. It also includes an amazing air purifying technology, ‘Virus Doctor’, which neutralizes all harmful contaminants in the air, including bacteria that resist physical filtration, and turns them into harmless water vapor.

 

 

Although the physical attributes of air conditioning units are usually overlooked in homes, searching beyond the usual ACU forms can really help enhance one’s space. Aircons can be cool & stylish too!

Got questions? Message us and fill up the form below

 

10 Tips on How to Make Your Home a Pet-Friendly Space

By our Visual Stylist: Pamela Mongcal pam.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

Any pet you have, we always treat them as our own children or part of the family. As a pet owner, we give them the love and safety so they could be with us for a long time.

 

We don’t know what comes to their mind so we should be cautious on what we put on our home. We will help you create the pet-friendly space, so our pets will feel safe and comfortable because it’s important for their overall wellbeing and so as the pet owner.

  • Secure the Garbage

Garbage gives different varieties of smell because we throw different items in there. The different smell it gives attracts our pets to come because they are curious and of course we have to prevent that. It is full of materials that are toxic or even lethal to your pets, so you don’t want them getting into it. Be sure your garbage is secured and can’t be accessed by a pet.

  • Décor? Is it safe?

Home without décor won’t always be complete but, it’s dangerous for our companions if they are fragile. Especially if they are tall or just loves to run around your home it’s dangerous if they accidentally hit the décor expensive or not. It’s better if we put limited decors. Decors who are heavy and don’t easily break are the safest choice. We limit the fragile ones like items that are made of glass or porcelains.

  • Space

Space is very important to our pets because they love to play around and stay one place to another. It’s safer if there’s a bigger space for them to walk, run or wriggle. Animal-friendly spaces are free of places where pets might become lost or stuck without access to food and water.

  • Cover it up!

If you can’t resist letting your pets on your furniture, go for materials that won’t be dramatically affected by wear and will be easy to clean. Materials like leather and ultra-suede will be perfect options for your furry friends. Covers sewn from washable fabrics are the wisest, most affordable choice.

 

  • Play Time!

Store pet toys throughout the house or incorporate pet play stations into the décor. Attach trendy shelves for cats to climb above their scratching post. Designate a toy box in the playroom for doggos’ toys and teach him to fetch those instead of the kids’ toys. Making pet playtime easy keeps them from chewing your shoes and other things that he thinks that’s a toy. Check this DIY pet toy box.

 

  • Sweet dreams

Most of the pets love to stay next to their hoomans. Incorporating beds into the décor of several rooms avoids extra chores and keeps pets feeling safe. Have their beds (and litter boxes) located in comfortable places that aren’t too isolated, if pets don’t feel comfortable with a space, they are unlikely to use it.

 

  • Indoor plants

Many common household plants are toxic to animals and we should be aware of it. If you have cats, lilies can cause kidney failure for them. Other toxic plants to pets are: amaryllis, poinsettia and aloe vera. You may search on line those plants that are toxic for your pets.

 

  • Sunshine

We usually have our pets inside our home but they definitely have to get some sunshine. Build a seat by the window so cats can curl up in the sun, give birds a good view of the birds in the yard, and make sure doggos has lots of light while your clients are at work. Give our pets a bright, happy place to spend their day while also keeping them safe.

 

 

  • Safety is the best policy.

Make sure to keep breakables out of the reach of wagging tails. Always try seeing things from a “pet point of view”, and keep anything that could choke, electrocute or suffocate an animal. Keep electrical cords hidden or covered by having the TV stand against the wall or feeding cords into a box that animals can’t open. Look out for similar risks and account for those as well. It’s also important to keep human foods and medications out of reach as well we wouldn’t want them to get harmed or get sick.

  • Fooooood!

Food is the most important thing we should give to our pets. Humans aren’t the only one who should enjoy their food but also, our little companions. We should let them eat comfortably consider bowls that are raised off the ground on stands to keep the food more contained and discourage bugs or rodents searching for crumbs. If you don’t like them eating messy try adding a plastic placemat under their food bowls it is easier to clean than the floor. Check out this DIY Place mat for pets or check out this comical mat you can order online.

Woodsville Viverde Mansions

Collaboration of ideas with our client and design team. As much as possible, we want to transform the space with much better air flow and to maximize the natural light. We want to have bigger and better master bedroom and ample space for all the clothes, luggage, and diving gears of our client. The living room, with sliding glass partition serves as guest room with functional sofa bed.

We are really happy with the layout and the outcome. Enriching the lifestyle of our client is our number ONE goal.

for more info about our work, please visit our website
http://www.christinemanalovillamora.com

or follow our social media accounts for more updates

Instagram: @cmvinteriordesigns
Twitter: @cmvinteriors
Pinterest: @cmvinteriordesigns
Facebook: Christine Manalo Villamora Interior Designs

Before:

During our preliminary meeting, our client defines which item to maintain and to let go. She even mentioned to us her existing acacia wood planks at her guest bedroom. We decided to highlight the wood by placing it on common area like dining room so that even their visitors and friends can admire the stunning wood grain features of this acacia wood.

During that time, her 60 square meters condo unit have 3 small bedrooms. Even for the master bedroom, it was too small and there is no enough space to lounge and enjoy. So, me and my team decided to open up the space by creating movable dividers like sliding glass door and knock down dry walls that previously enclose each room. Since we are removing some walls, we are required to replace the floor finish because of the existing marks of the partitions. I know in my heart that our client have immediate need for storage space and creating a simple nice flow from her bedroom+to walk in closet+to bathroom would be such as great help and relieve.

After the renovation

10 Mobile Apps Every Interior Designer Must Have

10 APPS EVERY INTERIOR DESIGNER MUST HAVE

by our guest blogger: Katherine Ronidel kath.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

1. HOUZZ

Houzz is a free app which gives you lots of design ideas that can provide inspiration for renovation or redecoration. The app lets users look into a vast collection of photos that can be browsed by different categories. You can also save your favorite photos and share it with your friends.

2. PINTEREST

 

 

The pinterest app is super fun and easy to use. They basically have a collection of the most amazing crafts ON EARTH. You can search different products and you can easily bookmark it to your own mood board.

3. COLORSNAP BY SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

With this tool, you can find the perfect colors for your walls. It allows you to try new colors and you can virtually paint your home, or experiment with one of the built-in rooms provided by the app. Give the virtual painter from Sherwin Williams a try

4. HOME DESIGN 3D GOLD

This app is a new interior and exterior design plan and is easy to create by means of dragging and dropping. This architectural app lets you import floor plans and change the space itself, then add in the furniture and other amenities of your choice.

5. HOMESTYLER INTERIOR DESIGN

Homestyler Interior Design is a nice tool for creative minds, bringing a whole package of home furnishings and possibilities to your smartphone. At the beginning you can choose if you want you look in the photo gallery or set up a space yourself.

6. DESIGN HOME

Design Home is the perfect game for those who want to design their perfect home. Your main agenda is to design beautiful rooms as possible, all through buying new pieces of furniture and placing them accordingly. You can even discover and vote on new looks and styles created by other players and win exclusive in-game prizes for the designs that you have created.

7. MAGIC PLAN

MagicPlan creates floor plans. It measures your rooms and draws floor plans just by taking pictures. Simply add objects, annotations, and attributes to create the complete plan of a property. MagicPlan is not another floor plan drawing application: no need to measure, no need to draw, no need to move furniture and no need for expertise.

8. PHOTO MEASURES

 

If you’re talking about measurements, this app will let you measure the dimensions of your living space almost instantly. Instead of using a measuring tape, all you have to do is click a photo and mark the lengths: Photo Measure will do the rest. It’s not just the corners that you can measure with this app. You can measure dimensions of your furniture, of the shelves and other items in your room.

9. PANTONE STUDIO

 

 

This app consists of a vast library of more than 10,000 standardized hues. You can create your own color palettes with up to five captivating colors. You can also take a photo, or use an existing one and the studio app allows you to capture the colors in that image and convert them to a Pantone palette.

10. MORPHOLIO BOARD

This app has the ability to let designers, architects, photographers, artists, and other creatives lay out mood boards, design ideas, and collages. It’s a mobile app that lets you get all of your creative ideas down into one, easy, and super fast place by way of mood boards.

 

Hope you liked this post! Cheers!

 

10 Best Indoor Plants For Home Or Office

10 Best Indoor Plants For Home or Office

By our guest blogger: Kaye Ellson kaye.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

SHOP NAME:  GREEN POT AND SHOVEL GARDEN

LOCATED AT: CONRINTHIAN HILLS, PASIG CITY (NEAR VALLE VERDE7)

This shop sells indoor and outdoor plants and offers good services to the customers.

The place is like a whole package because they also sell koi fish and herbs are available too.

“This charming garden in near Corinthian hills were so big it will take your breath away but the plants are well chosen, the staff extremely helpful, and the collection of gifts and gardeners’ accessories were delightful. This shop sells a new trend preserved roses from beauty and the beast for only 2000, to 3,000 pesos. I asked the owner of the shop to help me choose the best indoor plants for home and one of the list are;

  • Aloe vera

The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: It grows best with lots of sun so you don’t have to sprinkle more water.

  • Bacularis

The plants are very drought tolerant and are watered about every other week during the growing season. During the winter months they are watered once a month. Water sparingly and not at all as temperatures dip in winter but can tolerate going months between watering.

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

  • Spider plant

One of the most common house plants, spider plants are decorative, easy to grow, and also make the NASA list of the best air-purifying plants. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. Which is good for indoor.

 

  • Cactus

It can be a tricky process caring for plants indoors. You may find that your plants do not get enough sunlight or you could simply forget to keep them sufficiently watered. This is where succulents and cacti become useful. Both varieties of plants are known for being hardy and easy to care for. They do not require as much water as most common plant varieties and can survive in difficult environments. You do not need a green thumb to care for succulents and cacti.

Fyi:it’s not safe for kids and avoid touching it and cactus must stay in one place because they tend to die fast.

  • Fern punk plant

This one is also a family of bacularis plant. will die if temperatures drop below 7°C with wet soil. However, it can survive near freezing temperatures if the soil is dry – but it is best to avoid freezing temperatures. If growing outdoors in frost free areas keep in a covered patio or under an area where plants do not receive winter rainfall.

 

  • Snake Plant

 

Snake plants don’t need much light or water to survive, so they’re an easy choice for any corner of your home. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do so during the day), so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost.

  • Golden pothos

The golden pothos makes the NASA list for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Try adding it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures will low levels of sunlight.

  • Stargazer

Potted lilies prefer a constant daytime and nighttime temperature of 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, although they will grow in daytime temperatures of up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Placing their pots near heating or cooling vents may quicken or slow growth, resulting in stretched or stunted plants. The amount and intensity of light that a “Stargazer” lily receives will also affect its growth rate and habit. Indirect, bright sunlight for at least 6 hours per day will produce healthy, regular growth. This plant gives a good scent which is good for home as well.

 

  • Philodendron

heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Like the English ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing xylene. They can also last for many years when properly cared for. Grow with moderate water and some sunlight and they’ll be fine.

  • Boston fern

 

Boston ferns need a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. When you care for Boston fern plants indoors, it’s a good idea to provide additional humidity for them, especially in the winter. Most homes are rather dry, even more when heaters are running. For extra humidity care for Boston fern, try setting your fern’s pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water. You can also try lightly misting your fern once or twice a week to help it get the humidity it needs.

  • Warneck dracaena

This shrub, also known as Dracaena reflexa, can grow to be very tall. It’s another plant that can provide separation of different office areas. And it also combats pollutants commonly found in varnishes and oils. If your office space has hardwood floors, this shooting plant would be ideal.

 

From The Masters: Interior Design Mistakes To Learn From

FROM THE MASTERS: INTERIOR DESIGN MISTAKES TO LEARN FROM
By our guest blogger:  Aia Atienza (aia.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com)

The art and science of interior design requires a great deal of creativity, patience, flexibility, and attention to detail. Whoever said being an interior designer was simple clearly still has a lot to learn. Undeniably, even professionals who’ve been at it for years can overlook a few things from time to time. So don’t stress yourself out when you end up making a mistake.

To try to help fresh graduates, and maybe even wannabe interior designers, steer away from common design mistakes, I have asked a few licensed interior designers (that I look up to) about their slip ups and the lessons they learned from the mentioned experience.

IDR. POJIE PAMBID

Top 1 Interior Design board exam passer of 1994

Licensed since: 1994

Dean and professor at the Philippine School of Interior Design

One of the partners of J.P. Lake and associates

 

Mistake/s:

“I’ve committed a lot of mistakes in practice. The first one that I’ve ever committed was I relied on the measurement of the supplier instead of verifying the measurements of the project by myself. It was a room, it was an office that I was supposed to floor with carpet tiles tapos of course I referred it to the supplier and then the supplier said na based on the measurement of the room, this number of carpet tiles ang kailangan. But I didn’t verify. So ang nangyari when the tiles came, kulang siya. So there was like a big spot on the floor that lacked carpet tiles and then of course to add insult to injury, ininstall yung carpet tiles one day before the blessing of the office. So ibig sabihin it was very, very tight na parang feeling ko hindi ako aabot to supply the missing carpet tiles. So solution, instead of like a solid pattern, I created nalang a combination of different carpet tiles based on what was available during that time in store. But siyempre diba I still had to panic. Yun yon eh yung nakakapanic parin siya, but buti nalang din, parang I dunno, siguro the creative instincts set in diba so parang inisip ko sige gagawa nalang ako ng pattern. So instead of like solid gray I made it gray with the accent color of the company’s color which is maroon. So parang gumawa nalang ako ng random pattern on the floor kasi yung maroon available na siya on stock. So that was again, oh I dunno, parang I feel that it was a mistake that I committed diba on my own kasi nga hindi ako nag verify, but at the same time I was able to provide also a solution na nagustohan naman nung client. Initially, of course, hindi naman yun yung inapprove niya but under the circumstances parang when it was already done parang blessing in disguise diba that the client liked it.”

 

I also made a mistake in relying on the color swatch of what was available in the hardware store. Even if kunyari I already applied the color on the wall and it was the same color, hindi ko tinake into consideration that lighting would of course affect the overall color of the wall. So it was a costly mistake because we had to repaint because yung may lighting na, hindi nagustohan nung client yung color. So parang moral of the story, every time that you deal with color you also have to of course take into account the lighting, whether white light or yellow light. Kasi it’s bound to affect the overall finished color look.”

 

Lesson:

I have to be more obsessive compulsive. Not just you know parang just rely on what they say but I have to like double check. And ever since naman that incident, I always make it a point to double check.”

 

IDR. CARMEN LIM

Licensed since: 2003

Principal Designer of CRL Interior Designs

General Manager of Mity Mike Inc.

Board member of the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) – VP for design

Professor at the Philippine School of Interior Design

 

Mistake/s:

“This is a common mistake of designers and I personally committed this mistake before. Yun nga diba we customize furniture and of course yung client wants customized furniture and we made this bed tapos I realized medyo late na na teka muna parang hindi papasok yan sa elevator. Good thing that we produced the furniture that’s why when I realized that it won’t fit, I had to make that knock-down diba, eh gawa na so diba we had to alter it and at least hindi pa nadeliver sa site diba. What will you do if nandun na sa site yung furniture and it won’t fit the door? And if ikaw yung designer and nagpagawa ka sa manufacturer, you will be charged extra. Ikaw siyempre nagbigay ng design eh. They will charge you. Malay ba nila, you just asked them to make that.”

 

Lesson:

Number one you have to check the elevator, if it’s a condo ha. You have to check the elevator, the entrance, the hallway and make sure that whatever you customized, whatever design furniture you have, will fit the elevator of the condo. Well you can use the stairs but what if it’s like 30th floor or 50th floor diba, the suppliers will not bring everything up. So if you have to make the furniture knock-down then you have to.”

 

IDR. ARCHIE NACPIL

Licensed since: 2005

Country manager – Eggersmann and La Cornue

Professor at the Philippine School of Interior Design

 

Mistake/s:

“Recently, I customized a queen size bed box with pull-out for storage. 2 pull-outs on each sides. I asked the maker to do me a unit for a standard queen size. Then we went on site just to verify and measure. I asked the guy to measure the bed. I didn’t pay attention, so he ended up measuring the mattress together with the beddings and the comforter, ayun yung cutomized bed box was 5″ longer and 5″ wider. Toink!”

 

Lesson:

Attention to detail is important.

 

So there you go. These are just some of the lessons these professionals have learned over the course of their careers. I hope that their insights and experiences would be of help to you. Don’t let your mistakes serve as a deterrent to your ambitions.

 

Our Top 5 Most Stylish Facial Clinics Around The Metro

By our Guest Blogger: CJ Lanting

  1. Belo Medical Group

 Pioneering the latest surgical and non-surgical beauty breakthroughs and endorsed by a lot of celebrities, Belo Medical Group is certainly one of the leading brands when it comes to dermatological clinics.

(photo credit to the owner)

Belo Clinics’ interiors differ from place to place but the one located at the ground floor of Greenbelt residences in Makati will surely draw you in out of curiosity. From the mainstream white colors of clinics to chic champagne and gold, this Belo Clinic surely showcases the look and feel of luxury. To cope up with Greenbelt’s high-end stores, its particular colors and elements are inspired by Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The elegantly classic look of the interior was enhanced with the use of faux leather for the paneled and tufted walls and textured floor tiles with gold accents. Furniture pieces in shiny chrome and velvet upholstery further amplified the look of luxury. The wall mosaic tiles in gray and ivory with gold inlay used as accent definitely suits the style.

This Belo Clinic truly translated in its design their position as a leading destination for medical tourism.

Contact info:

Location

The Residences at Greenbelt, San Lorenzo Tower, Esperanza St., Greenbelt Complex, Makati City

Telephone : 817 7178 / 817 9283

Mobile : 0917 839 8182 / 0999 885 7741

 

(photo credit to the owner)

  1. The Aivee Clinic

A new branch located in Commerce Center, Alabang, Aivee Clinic is surely one of the luxurious-looking clinics you will ever visit. With its modern French style interior combined with a concept of less is more, it aims to exude glamour and maximize function. The modern classic look of the clinic gives the ambiance of a hotel but its use of neutral colors and dominance of white helped it achieve the clean and pure look of clinics. Unlike its other branches in the Fort and Megamall, this new clinic took advantage of the great scenery of greenery Alabang is known for with the use of full height windows and glass panels. It made the interior and expansion of the outside. One thing that defines the Aivee clinics is the use of chandeliers, glass-lined double-doors, sliding partitions, and huge, framed mirrors. If you are looking for a place where not only you can be taken care of physically but will also feed you visually, this clinic is definitely a go-to. Every corner is indeed “selfie”- worthy.

Contact info:

Location

2nd Floor, Commercenter, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Corporate City Alabang Muntinlupa City, Philippines

Schedule
Regular Clinic hours
Mondays to Sundays
10am–8pm

Dr. Aivee Teo’s Schedule
Fridays
3pm-7pm
 

(photo credit to the owner)

  1. SkinStation

 Veering away from luxury and sticking to clean white look of clinics, Skin Station is one of the clinics to go to. Recently opened in Stopover Pavillion, Bonifacio Global City, its innovative science laboratory look definitely sticks to its motto “Your best skin created by science”.

A mix of white accented with purple color, this clinic will surely draw the customers wondering of the technological advancements it exudes. The space is further highlighted with the use of purple lights and good lighting which makes it eye-catching to the passerby.

The customers get to enjoy services such as the latest in skin care innovations through treatment procedures, from slimming to anti-aging, whitening and firming, to their highly popular diode laser hair removal treatment.

Contact info:

Location

3rd floor, Bonifacio Stopover Pavillion, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Mobile: 09959775304/09325515826

Website: http://www.skinstation.ph

(photo credit to CJ Lanting)

  1. Skin 101 Dermatological Clinic

 Specializing in the fields of cosmetic surgery and dermatology, the Skin 101 dermatological clinic aims to improve and enhance the patient’s self-esteem with their wide array of cosmetic surgery and dermatology procedures performed by well-trained physicians.

Located at the 4th floor of Market Market, the Skin 101 Clinic with a huge signage in orange surely pops out. The interior’s color palette of white with orange and yellow green accents makes the space look warm and inviting. The chic modern classic style of the space was shown through the use of chandeliers, glossy wall panels and grayish tiles.

This Skin 101 Clinic’s competitiveness is certainly hard to go unnoticed. Aside from its affordable prices, it also provides a space that is clean and conducive to relaxation.

Contact info:

Location

Market! Market!
4th Level, Market Market, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Store hours

10am to 9pm daily

Telephone
844 3763

(photo credit to CJ Lanting)

  1. Let’s Face It Salon

 Placed in major commercial establishments such as malls and town centers, this extra convenience reaffirms the company’s mission of letting individuals of every shape and color be reached. Let’s Face It Salon offers facial treatments, body massage, and dermatology and cosmetic surgery services.

Like all the Let’s Face It Salons which have similar looks, the one located in Market Market is a mix of traditional and contemporary Filipino style interior. Its color palette of dark brown with accent colors of orange and green and the use of dim lighting make the space appear warm yet relaxing. The carved dark woods and capiz accent lighting and sliding doors further enhance its traditional look.

Exposed to the masses, this salon makes everyone entitled to feel better about themselves within a price range that marries quality with affordability.

Contact info.

Location:

4th Floor Market Market, 32nd Street, Metro Manila, Taguig, 1634

Phone(02) 856 0981

Store hours

10 am – 9 pm