A day in Intramuros

A day in Intramuros

By: Beatrice Yusay beatrice.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com




I decided to take a bike tour around Intramuros since I was all alone and did not really know the place
much. We went to a few familiar places such as the plaza, Casa real gardens and Casa manila patio.

The tour took about 2 hours and for me it was the best way to wander around Intramuros. It’s good to
go back to our roots and know about our cultural heritage from time to time. Our Architectural heritage
tells us a lot about our past and our ancestors.

The intricacy and design of old buildings show us the passion and creativity of our
fellow Filipino artists and colonizers.

There are lots of museums around the city but unfortunately all of them were
closed (they open on Tuesdays).

Despite many establishments being closed, I was still able to see a lot of historical
masterpieces such as the churches (Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church) along the
bike tour. We also got to see some artillery grounds and bomb shelters which were
quite interesting as well thinking that these had existed during the Spanish period.

The streets are filled with so much history and culture and I loved how it felt like I
was being transported back to the old days.
I can say that I definitely enjoyed my short but nostalgic tour around Intramuros.

12 MUST-See Museums That Will Bring Inspiration To Your Designs

Written By: CMV Stylist and Interns

Rica Aloma, Monia Villones, Rachel Angeles —Interior Design Students from CSB


If authors experience having writers-block, artists and designers also experience the same thing in which they don’t feel like doing their tasks due to lack of inspiration.

Looking for some design inspiration? Here are some museums around the Metro that you can visit to get inspirations and also to get to know more about our own culture, art and tradition.

                When I hear about the word “museum”, the first thing that comes to my mind is the National Museum of the Philippines. Not many of us know that the National Museum has 3 buildings mainly the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and the newly opened National Museum of Natural History and all of them are located in the City of Manila.


National Museum of Fine Arts

Located right across the Rizal Park is the National Museum of Fine Arts. From far away, the majestic Corinthian colonnades of the building will surely catch your attention and make you want to visit the museum.

(photo: Fine Arts Museum building exterior and interior showcasing neoclassical design)

As you enter the premises of the Museum you can see that the neoclassical theme of the building continues on the interiors making me remember that a good design should be consistent and continuous.

The museum houses a collection of paintings and sculptures by classical Filipino artists such as Juan Luna, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, etc.  Seeing the masterpieces made by various artists made me curious on how and where they get design inspiration from.

(photo: free-hand sketches of National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo)

Each gallery on the museum is designated for a certain artist which includes his/ her best works, biography, awards and recognitions that’ll make you get to know more about the person making you feel inspired on how perform their design processes before coming up with their final out


(photo: Gallery XIV –Pillars of Philippine Modernism)

Roaming around the museum won’t get you feel bored because every angle of the building is Instagram worthy and every room is filled with aesthetics that’ll surely attract the museum goers.

(photo: Spiral staircase and chandelier made from wrought iron)

(photo: Instagrammable angles where Museum goers could take their photos)

ADDRESS: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: nationalmuseumbac@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
OPERATING HOURS: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00am – 5:00pm



National Museum of Anthropology

Just a 3-5 minute walk from the National Museum of Fine Arts is the National Museum of Anthropology. Just like the other buildings of the national museum, it also follows the neoclassical style of Architecture.

(photo: National Museum of Anthropology entry and exit gates)

The Anthropology building mainly focuses on the cultural history of the Philippines starting from the earliest civilizations to the discovery of the Spaniards and on the modernization.

(photo: Gallery I featuring pre-colonial Philippines)

One of the galleries also showcases on how the accessories used in Filipino homes varies due to the colonization of Spaniards, Japanese, American and also the barter and exchange of goods within Chinese and on how it was used in Filipino interiors.

(photo: Gallery showing the difference of Filipino household accessories during pre and post colonialism)

(photo: shows how an old Filipino table setting looks like)

(photo: museum tours aren’t complete without photos)

ADDRESS: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: nationalmuseumbac@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
OPERATING HOURS: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00am – 5:00pm


National Museum of Natural History

Located in front of the National Museum of Anthropology is the newly opened National Museum of Natural History followed the neoclassical style of the other national museum buildings. Ever since it was opened to the public, there is always a queue of people waiting to enter the building.

(photo: National Museum of Natural History facade)

The National Museum of Natural History is not just for people who are interested in history and science but also for design and architecture enthusiasts. For design students, the building itself and the details found on the interiors are already worth the visit.

ADDRESS: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: nationalmuseumbac@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
OPERATING HOURS: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00am – 5:00pm


Casa Manila Museum

A few minutes away from the National Museum is the Casa Manila Museum in Intramuros, Manila. As an interior design student, this has been my favorite museum found along metro manila for it really helps me analyze and visualize the things being taught at us in school about Philippine interior design history.

(photo: security guard dressed as a guardya sibil standing outside Casa Manila)

The museum was a replica of a traditional Spanish-Filipino house during the 19th century. Inside the museum is where you can find different furniture pieces from the said century.


(Casa Manila can be also rented to be a photo-shoot venue)

As you go inside you will see different areas about the different room divisions during the spanish colonization includding the despacho (tanggapan), entresuelo (silid), ante-sala, sala, oratorio (silid-dasalan), cuarto principal, comedor (silid-kainan), cocina (kusina), bano, etc.

(photo: antesala)

One good thing about the Casa Manila Museum is that they allow visitors to take pictures as long and as many as they want. The museum staffs dressed as guardiya sibil are also friendly and are very much willing to explain the different items found within the museum.

ADDRESS: laza San Luis Complex, Cor. Real & Gen. Luna Sts. Intramuros, Manila
LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: 02-527-4084/02-527-4088
ENTRANCE FEE: Adults Php 75 ; Students/Teachers/Senior Citizens Php 50
OPERATING HOURS: 9 am – 6 pm Closed on Mondays
LANDMARK: San Agustin Church


Quezon City Interactive, Social History Museum

Located near the Quezon Memorial Circle, resident or not, the QCX Museum would surely make you love the City and get to know Quezon City’s contribution to our modern history.

(Non-resident students are asked to pay 50 pesos as entrance fee)

The museum is composed of 16 galleries and each one having your own museum tour guide. One tip is that you should go early in order to enjoy each gallery. You can take as many pictures as you want but videos aren’t allowed.

(museum gallery showcasing different architectural sites found in the city)

(the museum also shows the reproduction of the interiors of old famous establishments that have been demolished)

Since I have really enjoyed my interactive experience in the Quezon City Museum, the only photo that I have of myself is the photo above.

The QCX Museum also houses different art installations which focus on the problems faced by the city and also the country. These art pieces can be used as inspiration in creating a design that would awaken people’s mind.

WEBSITE: quezoncity.gov.ph
Students with ID – P50
Quezon City resident – P100 (must present valid ID with address)
Non-Quezon City resident – P150
Free admission for children 6 years and below
OPERATING HOURS:Open everyday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, except Mondays
LANDMARK: Quezon City Memorial Circle


Ayala Museum

Located within the Ayala shopping district is the Ayala Museum with a contemporary style of Architecture and Interior Design. The museum mainly focuses of Philippine history and on how it correlates to the modern Filipino times.

When going to Ayala Museum, you should expect that they won’t be allowing guests to take pictures in some galleries due to security reasons of the artifacts most especially on the Gold of Ancestors gallery which contains artifacts from Filipino ancestors including weapons, accessories, and housewares that are made from pure gold. There is also a gallery showcasing different textile designs from different ethnic group in our country which can be taken inspirations to.

The only gallery in which you can take photos is the Philippine diorama experience which has 60 dioramas depicting Philippine history.

Museum goers can also play interactive games and watch historical videos through their Virtual Reality set which showcases the life of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The gallery and dioramas are arranged in a chronological manner and was made to look like a television to emphasize that it is for “viewing”.

The museum tour was fun for you can take photos with standees comparing heights of people from different nationalities.

ADDRESS: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City 1224 Philippines
LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: (632) 759 8288 / hello@ayalamuseum.org
WEBSITE: http://www.ayalamuseum.org/
ENTRANCE FEE: Regular Adult (Non-Residential) P 425
Regular Student, Senior, PWD P300
Discounted Resident Adult P225
Local Student, Senior PWD P125
Tour Guides or Teachers FREE
Local teachers get free admission year-round upon presentation of their faculty IDs.
Local museum employees, registered tour guides, and Ayala Group employees get free admission all year round upon presentation of their valid employee ID.
Press/media must contact the marketing team for access and permits to shoot, otherwise, applicable fees and regular photography conditions are applied.
Tuesdays-Sundays | 9am to 6pm
LANDMARK: right across The Link, The Landmark; adjacent to the PLDT building and Greenbelt.


MCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)

Part of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde’s SDA building is the only international contemporary art museum and gallery space in Manila and the Philippines. It is designed by local architect Ed Calma.

(Photo: The Vexed Contemporary Exhibition, taken in September of 2015)

MCAD provides the experience and exposure to contemporary art works, usually only found outside the country. Its contemporary art exhibitions, projects, as well as other cultural and art-inspired undertakings showcase the possibilities of technology and new media through its internationally-designed programme of contemporary art exhibitions enhanced by an ever-widening educational platform.

As you enter the museum, you are greeted by high ceilings that are meant to display large hanging artworks/artifacts. The space showcases a minimalist design to better emphasize the artworks being displayed. Exhibitions are not permanent, they are changed multiple times a year, each having a time frame of about 3-4 months. e.g. “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness” (18 February – 14 May 2017), “MCAD Commons: The Library of Unread Books” (26 June – 26 August 2017), “Re-enactments” (13 July – September 2017). The museum seeks to expand experiences and understanding of art in different forms. MCAD has featured interactive exhibitions that engage visitors in the stories of the artworks being featured.

(Photo: As of August 16, 2018, MCAD is under renovation preparing for a new exhibition to be opened later in the year. Keep updated on what exciting content MCAD will have to offer!)


ADDRESS: Ground Floor, Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga, Malate, Maynila, 1004 Kalakhang Maynila

LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: (02) 230 5100 / mcad@benilde.edu.ph

WEBSITE: http://mcadmanila.org.ph



Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 6pm; Sundays, 10am to 2pm; Closed on Mondays and declared holidays



The Mind Museum

Next in the list is The Mind Museum. This museum already catches the attention and appeals to visitors because of its modern-futuristic architecture. Its exterior showcases geometrical patterns, playing with lines and circles that gives an aesthetically beautiful first impression. Located at BGC, this museum is easily accessible to those living in the city, and is even near shopping malls!


This Museum provides an extraordinary educational experience focused towards the understanding of science. So if you’re one of those science enthusiasts, this is the perfect museum for you! People with a passion for science will surely enjoy the galleries inside. The museum showcases over 250 hands-on, minds-on interactive exhibits and even has a hall that features Filipino scientists, and scientists around the world and their passion for science! This can greatly impact your designs for their exhibits widely play along shapes and lighting (huge atoms/a light bridge and etc.) that can be relevant to creating science-themed interiors. The deal is: you get a deeper understanding of science, enjoy the interactive engagement in their exhibits, and for bonus: you can get ideas for your designs!

ADDRESS: JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, Philippines 1634

LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: inquiry@themindmuseum.org / +632 909-6463

WEBSITE: https://www.themindmuseum.org/


-Three-hour Visit Time Slots:

Access to over 250 interactive exhibits and science demonstrations. No access to special or travelling exhibitions.

Adults – P625

Child or private school student (up to college) – P475

*Philippine public school student (up to college) – P190

**Teacher – P190

-All Day Pass Visit: No Time Slot Restrictions

Access to over 250 interactive exhibits and science demonstrations. No access to special or travelling exhibitions.

Adult or Child – P750

-The Mind Museum and Space Adventure Exhibition:

Three-hour museum visit plus a 90-minute out-of-this-world adventure.

Adult – P775

Child or private school student (up to college) –  P650

*Philippine public school student (up to college)/teacher  – P340

-Space Adventure Exhibition Only

No access to the museum’s galleries. Blas off on an out-of-this-world adventure.

-90-minute visit:

Adult or child – P250

-All Day Pass

Adult or child – P400


Tuesdays – Sundays

Closed on Mondays

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.



LANDMARK: St. Luke’s Hospital, BGC


UP Vargas Museum

Located near UP Diliman, stands the Museum that houses a collection of different artifacts, memorabilia and personal papers of Jorge B. Vargas. Different paintings of Juan Luna, Felix Ressureccion, Hidalgo, Victorio Edades and Fernando Amorsolo can also be found inside.

(Photo: Taken in September of 2015, a class activity for FSARTH which was to visit the UP Vargas Museum)

ADDRESS: Roxas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila


Direct Line: (+632) 928 1927

UP Trunkline: (+632) 981 8500 local 4024

Mobile No. (+63929) 856 7909

Fax: (+632) 928 1925

Email: vargasmuseum@gmail.com

WEBSITE: vargasmuseum.wordpress.com


Php 20.00 for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees

PhP 30.00 for general public

-Entrance is FREE every Wednesday for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees.


Viewing days: TUESDAYS to SATURDAYS, closed on most holidays.

Viewing hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Office hours: 9:00 AM  – 6:00 PM

LANDMARK: UP College of Arts and Letters


Museo Pambata

Located at Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila is a children’s museum that features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play. For designers, this can greatly impact proposed designs for children’s rooms/classrooms/daycares/and play areas. You may get ideas on proposing spaces for children that are fun and at the same time educational appropriate.

(Photo: Façade of Museo Pambata taken on August 17, 2018)


ADDRESS: Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila



WEBSITE: http://www.museopambata.org


Php 250/head (for children above 2 yrs old and adults)

Museum workers and teachers (with valid ID) – FREE

Manila residents (with valid ID) – FREE on Tuesdays and 50% discount on other days (not applicable for group tours)


Tuesdays-Saturdays (9am-5pm)

Sunday (1pm-5pm)


CCP Museum

CCP Museum gathers together the works of Filipino traditional artists and preserves Filipino artistic traditions. The museum aims to provide a deeper understanding of Filipino national culture evolving with and for the people; and strengthen the people’s awareness of the integral, dynamic role of creativity and artistic expression in national life and culture.

This is a great go-to museum for designers that want to get their Filipino Design Inspirations. Experiencing and gathering a deeper understanding of Filipino Art through the exhibitions in CCP Museum can greatly influence the designer’s ability to create Filipino themed spaces. Want to get Filipino design inspirations? Start here!

(Photo: Interior of CCP theater taken on August 17, 2018)

ADDRESS: Cultural Center Of The Philippines Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: contact_us@culturalcenter.gov.ph

Booking Office: 832-1125 loc. 1404

Cultural Exchange: 832-3674

Library & Archives: 832-1125 loc. 1513

WEBSITE: culturalcenter.gov.ph.

ENTRANCE FEE: Regular rate is P30 and Student Rate is P20.

OPERATING HOURS: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday, not including holidays


Metropolitan Museum

Located within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Complex along Roxas Boulevard in the Malate district of Manila stands The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (nicknamed the Met). It is one of the major museums in the city. This museum houses galleries that showcase collections of artworks, paintings and artifacts of pre historic era, colonial Hispanic art, and growing modern and contemporary art collections. Designers can get their inspiration from these artworks as they feature elements that can be incorporated in their designs. Stories of these artworks can also directly influence their designs.

LANDLINE/ CONTACT INFO/ EMAIL: (02) 708 7828 / info@metmuseum.ph

WEBSITE: https://metmuseum.ph/


Php 100 – Adults and students

Php 90 – Adults and students (minimum of 50 persons)

Php 80 – Senior citizens and persons with disabilities

Guided tours:(optional)

Php 500 – Groups with less than 50 persons

Free Saturday Tours at 2pm


Monday to Saturday

10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Closed on Sundays and Holidays

The Gold and Pottery Exhibits are open only on weekdays until 4:30 PM.

LANDMARK: across the Manila Yacht Club and diagonal to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).


Thanks for reading and we hope to see you and visit our national treasures soon!


CMV Interior Designs 2019

Started as one-woman-freelance gig that became bigger and now turning 5 years old as a company. I am very thankful to our 68 clients who trusted me and my design team as their interior designer since 2014 😊😊😊

I am mostly overwhelmed when a new client approaches me to work on a project. My initial thought is to give them the best design services that we can provide and with the hope to inspire their lifestyle upgrade that they truly deserve.

After each finished project, big or small, I always review and find better ideas and think of ways on how can I improve it for our next project. I’ve got a long… long way to go and I will always finds ways to better myself and my craft.

I can always have bigger and sophisticated plans but God have better plans than what I have for myself and His plans will always prevail.

Say YES to bigger and better goals 2019! Let GO and Let GOD! 🙏🙏🙏

Walking through the Doors of Architect Pablo Antonio’s Home

Walking through the Doors of Architect Pablo Antonio’s Home

Design Blog by Pat Teano

Email: pat.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

I was fortunate enough to be stumble upon a restaurant that carried more back story that I
could ever imagine.

In Zamora street of Pasay, there is a home surrounded by a tall cement wall. I came there
with the intention to interview Ms. Malu Veloso, daughter of Pablo Antonio and a fashion
designer, about the heritage building. With her generous smile and accommodating nature, she
gave me a tour that contains numerous stories in each room.

According to Mrs. Malu Veloso, the house was originally called My Mother’s Garden in
respect of her mother however due to complications in registry in the city hall, the home is only
known by mouth as My Mother’s Garden but recognized by Architectural Legacy of the
Philippine National Artists as Heritage home of Architect Antonio Pablo who was declared as a
national artist in 1976.

The Filipino stylized tropical home was built in 1948 and it is currently being maintained
by her family and the money she gets from the food she serves. The design of the house consists
of massive adobe white walls with hardwood beams and columns that hold the well planned
ceiling that is designed to help the circulation of air in the building. The house was also built
with full screened windows that compliment the greenery outside the home in response of Pablo
Antonio’s design concept to climate and local sensibility.

It also has a working pond inside.

This area leads to different rooms.
One room leads to a private dining area with air-conditioning.

In another room, is her collection of jewelleries made by women in a different province
to help them earn a living as well as exercise their creativity.

She continues to preserve the home to carry on her father’s legacy as well as educate
inspiring architects and designers to support green living which can be seen inside and outside of
their home. The design of the home itself has a character that speaks for appreciation in nature
and correlation of space, environment and the user.

I personally never thought much about preservation but after hearing the story of Pablo
Antonio’s home and the advocacy his family continues to follow, encouraged me to further learn
and understand the importance of conservation of heritage buildings because it involves not only
the entity of the structure but also the core values within it.

10 Must Watch Interior Designers on Youtube


Designer:                    Karin Bohn

Country of origin:        Vancouver Canada

Topic:                          “How To Pick a Hardwood Flooring”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckJfV_YAzes

Designer:                    Rebecca Robeson

Country of origin:        San Diego, USA

Topic:                          “10 Clever Home Hacks”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdWc3XcJ_2A

Designer:                    Mr. Kate

Country of origin:        United States

Topic:                          “Bedroom On A Budget / Under $300 Bedroom Makeover”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHzktkbjDOE

Designer:                    Sharrah Stevens

Country of origin:        San Diego, USA

Topic:                          “Bathroom Organization and Decorating Hacks”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B7sGrDYu6I

Designer:                    Ash Jackson

Country of origin:        Brisbane, Australia

Topic:                          “Pantry Organization Ideas / Pantry Makeover on a Budget”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX-73OMBX0w

Designer:                    Rachel Aust

Country of origin:        Queensland, Australia

Topic:                          “Quick tips for keeping your kitchen neat and organized”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0_LZ3OZ7cI

Designer:                    Shawna Paterson

Country of origin:        Toronto, Canada

Topic:                          “DIY Dorm Decoration Ideas”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9XarBW4uT4

Designer:                    Cheryl Eisen

Country of origin:        New York

Topic:                          “Adding Designer Touches Without Breaking the Bank”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuVf8nkbct4

Designer:                    Kimberley Seldon

Country of origin:        Canada

Topic:                          “7 ways to fake high-end décor on a budget”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRrV6L2LYCI

Designer:                    Nate Berkus

Country of origin:        Chicago

Topic:                          “How to Make Your Windows Look Bigger + Choose the Perfect Paint Color”

Link:                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzTy2Yqo8M4

Robins Design Center Event: Accessorizing Your Home With Tess Alindogan & Joby Belmonte

I was privilege to be able to attend Ms. Tessa Alindogan and Mr. Joby Belmonte’s styling sessions & accessorizing your home in Robins Design Center Styling, Pasig.

But before the event started, I waited in my seat in the same row with a lady who nicely asked me if I was alone. After a brief random conversation, I was able to ask her name; lo and behold she was Jinky Sembrano!

She told me that she likes attending sessions like this because of her interest in styling which she does for her clients while she works as a lawyer. However after 3 years from opening her very own furniture shop, she realized how much she adores styling and accessorizing that she intends to make it her full time career. She generously shared how she started from buying

an old home and repurposing old furniture’s which she displays or sells then proceeded to give me advice that it is never about how passion just finds you. It took her 22 years just to start living her passion so to her, age doesn’t really matter when it comes to passion bit rather how you utilize your time and continuous hard work.

After our conversation, immediately Ms. Tessa Alindogan and Mr. Joby Belmonte enter the show room to talk about styling.

The room was full and everyone was eagerly listening to the advice about the do’s and don’ts for styling.

There they taught us about the importance of styling your home. They defined it as giving character to your home. It is similar to dressing up. You don’t simply wear clothes and go out if you want to express yourself. You add accessories along with your clothes to show what type of person you are.

According to Ms. Tessa and Mr. Joby, accessories can be change but when picking furniture, make sure it is something you’ll want to keep for a long time.

They also gave tips about how to accessorize. #1 Going with what you love

For example, If you like tropical houses have color themes of red, green, yellow and orange. Use those in picking curtains, throw covers and the green can come from plants.

Dining tables can have a huge singe leaf with a candle in the middle. It does not necessarily have to follow tropical color scheme. You may use gold, silver, wood as long as the tropical theme stays.

#2 Colors

Add color to your accessories but don’t be afraid to admit if you love black and white combo. Maybe add beige in pillows but know that any color works with naturals.

In the end, the design should follow your taste and not your stylist’s. Have compromise with your stylist to achieve the look you desire.

#3 Stay close to your Interior Designers

Work closely with them. They will guide you in what you should have and what works for you.

#5 Sticking to a Theme

This speaks the same with #1, to keep consistency in your home, Stick to one theme and work your colors, furniture and accessories around it.

They had a client who wishes to celebrate her 60th birthday. She wanted it to be unique so Mr. Joby decided to have a theme about birds. They bought bird cages and placed them in the middle of the dining table with flowers around the bird further away from the food. Every cage had a single bird while they gave away small cages with a small bird for each visitor.

#6 Layering

The art of layering works best in odd numbers but it also works for even number of accessories. You have to play with the sizes especially when doing even number of items.

#7 Symmetrical

Symmetry adds balance to the design. Use the triangle method to achieve this. The way to use the triangle is placing the tallest in the middle and work your way down with smaller accessories. Always keep your eye on the tip of the triangle.

#8 Asymmetrical

Odd number displays can work the triangle method too by using isosceles triangle or even obtuse triangles.

#9 How to hang paintings or art works

The general rule for hanging painting must be eye level. Make sure the middle of the painting is at your eye level. If you need to adjust the position of your painting, consider adjusting the wire of your frame before drilling a hole on you wall.

If you have small art works, tryptic (three frames) works by putting maximum 3 inches apart for each frame.

No need for spot light for art works. Simply get the double movable down light and move one light to the artwork while the other faces down to the pathway.

#10 Carpets

Put a portion of the sofa over the area rug. It makes it look as if it’s under the sofa and it saves money.

#11 Pillow cases

Pattern on pattern is okay and layer each pillows on the sofa. Never display pillows diagonally! Simply because the pillow will fall and it wasn’t designed that way.

#12 Arranging frames

A lot of Filipino homes have displays of picture frames inch apart from each other in a consistent line. Do not be afraid to overlap each frame because your visitors are meant to pick it up and look at it closely. Also do not fear inconsistent frames. It adds character to the picture or your space.

#13 Ceiling

Dark colors does not necessarily make you space look smaller. In fact it even makes your ceiling infinite especially at night because the same color from the outside seemingly extends inside when you have a dark ceiling.

Wallpaper is also adds unique perspective on your ceiling. #14 Candles and Diffusers

Styling does not fall to your eyes only. Use all your senses. Candles and diffusers give mood to your space when you enter a room.

#15 Bookshelves

It doesn’t have to be all books. Actually it bookshelves makes a wonderful space for art works. Also your books don’t have to be consistent in vertical arrangement.

#16 Add depths by Lighting

Lighting creates depth and interest of space. It gives an illusion of more space when you play your lights properly.

For example put lights under your bed to trick the eye of thinking it is floating.

#17 Warm white lights

This light is your mood light. Use it in bed rooms, bathrooms and everywhere else except areas you need to focus like study room or kitchen.

#18 Hide personal stuff

Don’t expose your personal stuff like slippers or other things. Have specific space for them. Always imagine having visitors.

And because Christmas was near, they also gave us short tips about styling homes in holidays.

#1 Bringing out Christmas decors

Do not bring them all out! You will not need to use all of them especially when they don’t match your theme.

2 Never use Christmas message

Your visitors probably know its Christmas so no need to put it on your pillow covers. Instead design your home with a theme that speaks Christmas.

#3 Don’t leave Christmas Lights on at Night Use LED, they don’t burn.

#4 Keep in a Box

After Christmas, be sure to keep them nicely packed in a box and never forget to label them.

Overall I learned a lot about accessorizing and what to consider before buying any items to style my home. I also was fortunate to meet Ms. Jinky personally because we were able to talk about design and she also gave me meaningful advice.

Thank you Ms. Christine for the opportunity! Not only did I learn about styling but also was able to meet and learn from new inspiring people in the design community.

Design Blog by Patricia Teano, Visual Stylist and Intern, CSB Interior Design Student 2017


vMEME Contemporary Art Gallery Feat. Ernie Patricio

Ernie Patricio has always been expressing himself through his works from a very young age according to Mr. Oliver who is an artist and a tutor in Young Artists’ Studio.

vMEME opens their exhibition last September 30 in Alabang Commerce Centre for Ernie Patricio’s 72nd year mark of his works. His paintings and sketches are deeply rooted from his experiences and point of view in life: freedom, poverty, nostalgia and even climate change. These works of art are shown in the best mediums he can use to express them.

 Kay Lupit Mo Yolanda

His most recently recognized work “Kay Lupit Mo Yolanda” in water color was his representation of the devastating storm that came over the lands of the Philippines. It speaks about the tragedy in that time and the beauty in struggle of all affected families and communities that cared for them after the incident. All of his art were a clear expression of yearning brought by the years of him being an OFW and battling cancer, perception of socio-political policies and the simple day to day phenomena.


With his skill, he is able to show his art through different forms of medium such as heavy inking in his comic art world, rough strokes with splash of color in his simple illustrations, watercolour bursts in his scenery works, acrylics for expressive intention in movement and other medium that he can freely manipulate.

 Tiange sa Luneta Park

Tawiran sa Tres II



“Each of Mr. Patricio’s works is a vessel: he transports us to different locales and contexts he himself have experienced, and which are also part our collective memory and community. His sojourns, as much as ours, are not separate, rather are located on the same thread, same breadth of life,” shares guest curator, Frani Madrid.

Wall covered with his comics

He also spoke about abuse of human rights, injustice, life lessons and a dream for a humane community through his comics of historical figures such as Princess Urduja Macario Sakay, numerous DC comics, Liwayway and other type of publications.

“Sobrang nakaka-inspire yan si Sir Ernie. Yung comics niya ay one of a kind. It is so unique na alam mo gawa niya. Lalo na ngayon kasi yung style niya sa comics ay sadyang style talaga ng Filipino. Yung bawat stroke may expression of movement and sa heavy ink dun lumalabas ang play of lighting and expression. Sa galing niya mag line work, pag ni-render na niya, kahit simple wash lang ng water color maganda parin.” expressed by Sir Oliver from Young Artists’ Studio.

In every stroke and ink he makes, he yearns the public to take a moment and acknowledge the heart-rending beauty of our country today.

He is not only an inspiration for his work of arts but his humility and understanding of our country’s concern towards a better community and a healthy environment.

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a photo with Sir Ernie Patricio posing with his signature thinking habit with him.


Rather than talking about his works, Sir Ernie was more enthusiastic to talk about what is currently happening with his friends which some of them were the heads of Art Association of the Philippines.

When everyone was resting after the show, Sir Oliver and I were talking about his paintings however since we were both interested on how the paintings were made, he explained to me the properties of art, drawing style, use of different mediums and even his experiences from his Art school while we were looking around the gallery. He then told me that he was also preparing for an art gallery of his work this coming October 13-15 in SM Aura and even invited me to attend the showing.

When I had the time to talk to Sir Ernie Patricio himself, he was more interested to know about my interest in comics. I told him that I was a fan of Carlo Vergara with his work Zsazsa Zaturnnah and he explained how different the style before compared to the current.

He explained that Filipino comics today are heavily influenced by western style. Ironically he worked in in DC comics at his time was a building community of comic artist. Meaning the style could have come from them because there were many Filipino artists there. It was unfortunate that the comic industry in his time was not doing well in the country which led him and people like him to work in a different country.

After the conversation, I was able to ask a picture with him in front of his current well know art “Kay Lupit mo Yolanda”.

Design Blog by Patricia Teano pat.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com


Bringing Luxury to Your Own Bathroom

By Celina Cruz celine.cmvinteriordesigns@gmail.com

Ever felt like your bathroom needed a makeover? Did you know that you can make it look like you’re in a hotel? Fret no more! We’ve got the perfect tips on how you can achieve a bathroom as luxurious as those of first-class hotels.

But first, what makes a hotel bathroom? How is it different from regular bathrooms?

Hotel bathrooms follow a certain standard that fits the overall image of a hotel. They use certain materials and accessories to give their guests first-class comfort.

Yes, you can recreate a luxurious hotel bathroom in your own home! With the right accessories, toiletries, and materials, you won’t have to book a hotel room to experience the same feeling.


These are very important in making your bathroom more personal yet elegant. Small decorative plants can make your bathroom feel fresh and unique without having to worry about maintenance.

Decorative plants – Php 149.75 & Php 199.75 from SM Home


Adding fragrances to your bathroom can also help create a better ambience. You can purchase scented candles and diffusers with subtle yet pleasing scents that will keep your bathroom smell fresh. Choose from fresh scents like Clean Cotton, and Vanilla, or opt for unique scents like Watermelon & Tropical Blossom.

Bright Ideas Manila – Vanilla. Php 259.75 from SM Home

At Home – Watermelon + Tropical Blossom and Elderflower + Grapefruit. Php 199.75 for 120g & Php 399.75 for 230g from SM Home


Toiletries are very important in keeping the bathroom balanced and uniformed. Organizing your toiletries will not only look aesthetically pleasing, but can also be more convenient for you while you have all of them on a tray to keep them together. Choosing toiletries that have similar elements can also help keep your bathroom look unified.

J&S Home – 4-piece engraved bathroom set. Php 979.75 from SM Home

Black & Off-white stone toiletries. Price ranges from Php 300 – Php 500 from SM Home

White + Wood lotion dispenser and round tissue box. Php 249.75 each from SM Home

Home World wooden tray. Php 249.75 from SM Home

Bath towels. Prices range from Php 99.75 and above from SM Home

Racks and Rings

Towel racks and rings are usually available at hardware stores. Adding these will help keep your towels and by hanging them, wet and used towels can be easily dried. Keeping them hung on racks and rings also avoids any towels from falling and making them dirty.

Various towel racks. Ranges from Php 800 and above from Ace Hardware

Towel rings in matte and glossy metal finish. Ranges from Php 689.75 and above from Ace Hardware

Bonus tip! Add a robe hook at the back of your door for more convenience.

Other than the basics, here are 3 important tips that can help make your bathroom feel more like a luxurious hotel bathroom.

3 Important things to add to your bathroom:

  1. A huge vanity mirror

Bathroom Mirrors. Php 1,744.75 & Php 1,599.75 from Ace Hardware

2. LED bulb color

Other than the fragrance of your bathroom, changing your light bulb color from Daylight to Warm White can also give your bathroom a cozier ambience

3. Shower curtain or glass enclosure

Choosing the right enclosures can help not just for privacy but with the overall look of your bathroom. Solid-colored shower curtains of the right materials that don’t look too cheap or shabby can give a subtle elegance to your shower area. You can also opt for glass enclosures that will surely keep your shower area closed.


Robert Green Houseware shower rods. Php 369.75 from Ace Hardware

Robert Green solid color shower curtains available in White, Cream, Choco, and Burgundy. Php 569.75 from Ace Hardware

Cremona glass shower enclosure. Price for quotation from Ace Hardware


It might look a bit difficult but these items can be easily purchased at your local department and hardware stores! Just remember to keep a unifying element with your bathroom accessories while following these tips and you can achieve a luxurious and elegant hotel bathroom in no time.

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

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