Black Hints

Small amount and details can be applied through the use of furniture wire frames like in this photo. With the right hint and pinch of black it can match with almost any neutral colored room.

“We want to keep the BLACK+WHITE theme very interesting. So, our client and design team decided to use textured vinyl wallpapers as accent wall, geometric metal framed side table and curvy black lamp. We want to introduce more shapes, patterns and textures to keep it interesting.”

Black and White kitchen will always be our favorite theme for contemporary kitchens. It exudes elegance even on a small space. White top and black at the bottom for practical reasons. Since the bottom cabinet will always be prone to dirt and spills, it is advisable to keep the bottom dark and light color top.

Wood Trims & Details

For this ceiling accent, we specified tanguile wood (also known as Philippine Mahogany). It provides the reddish and vibrant brown that we are aiming for. We paired the tanguile ceiling accent with rose gold chandelier to create that warmth amiance.

Wood can also be used to frame the wall that will also serve as accent wall. For this dining room, we specified darker shade of varnish to accentuate and highlight the wood grains.

A nice ribbon grain plywood can turn your boring bookshelf into accent piece. Thin layer of wood wax can be applied to highlight the beauty of its wood grain.

“Wood has been my favorite material for construction for so many years. It provides warmth, comfort and elegance. There are so many ways to successfully add wood element to my designs. We usually use reconstituted wood, recycled wood, owner’s existing wood collection or even wood veneers that were produced in a eco-conscious environment” Christine says.

Awanggan: PUP CAFA Lecture Series March 3, 2020

“I will always treasure my design journey from CAFA student days with my college friends to serious corporate young lady at Makati City to Principal Designer/ Mompreneur at CMV Interior Designs. I found my sweet spot in honing skills and training new generation of interior designers through our internship program. I want our interns to be well rounded, empowered and confident to face the competitive world of business. I’ve got a long… long way to go and to learn and up to this day, I will always consider myself as a student craving for lessons to learn. Work Hard and Stay Humble” –Christine Manalo-Villamora

CMV’s passion is to become a professor of interior design one day. As of today, she is focused on honing her skills in the business side of interior design and creating more experiences so she can train her future students even better. Thru CMV’s internship program, students will gain more knowledge about the EVER-Evolving business of interior design thru the following activities: client meetings, site supervision and coordination, design solution and furniture sourcing.

Our main goal is to prepare the new generation of interior designers to be confident, empowered and well rounded young professionals. We want to train our interns to be hire-able, approachable and result oriented after this program. On this lecture series, I focused my slides and presentation on the key elements that we want our audience to learn.

First, I reviewed important key points in drafting and creating their portfolio and resume for work. Being in the creative industry for almost 14 years now, I realized that our program should include proper training in the professional work and basic corporate etiquette. I also conduct meetings with our College Department in Polytechnic University of the Philippines to give my insights and how can we include some business subjects into our curriculum like business management, accounting and marketing. These key ingredients will help our students to boost their chances in landing a good opportunity at work.

Personal appearance, branding and impression is not all about aesthetic. Having a personal style is like communicating your intentions thru fashion without saying a word. I want our interns to value and invest time and effort in presenting their self to our suppliers, contractors and clients. At this early stage and before bridging from fresh grad to finding a job, I want them to learn the value of overall presentation including physical appearance and acceptable corporate attire.

Past & Present Interns

Reaction paper and blog by our current design intern Ms. Katherine Querubin from Philippine Women University. Email:

Nature of Report 
The interview is to gain knowledge from a past intern from the tasks / experience he or she had during her internship days in Christine Manalo Villamora Interior Designs. There are 5 questions for the chosen person for them to answer that is related to the internship in CMV Interior Designs. 

Respondent’s Background
Frankie Masallo, an interior design student in De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Taft Manila. She is currently enrolled and on the verge of finishing her thesis. She is interested in Interior Designs Publications / Magazines, where her forte is on writing articles that are related to design. She had her internship in CMV Interior Designs in the year 2018.

Goals for the Interview
-To be able to get to know the respondent and to acquire knowledge he or she will be sharing based on the experience that he or she had in the internship in CMV Interior Designs.
-To be able to relate to the interior design field with the help of the shared experience of the respondent. 
-To be able to learn about the important values that we as students of interior design, should adopt in the future while working in the field.

Narrative of the Interview
I was given 5 questions for the interview. Meeting with Ms. Frankie (respondent) was the most effective way to learn in the interview. We decided to meet where we can be the most comfortable to talk and share her experiences in her internship days in CMV Interior Designs. 
In the interview I started to ask some small details about her, where she is currently studying / working, and etc for us to be comfortable with the interview. One thing she said to me was she was so honored to have this interview and to share some things with me about her internship in CMV Interior Designs. 

Interview Questions and Answers
These are the following interview questions and important parts of the answers she gave me:

How was your internship experience in our company? 
Going out of her comfort zone, since she is a shy type of person. Specially when it comes to sourcing tasks, she was able to go to places and to talk to the people in charge. The supervisors were willing to teach you with regards to the field.

What learnings were you able to gain during your internship? 
“Meeting new people, at the same time know where to find your sources, respect your peers whether they are your bosses or colleagues”. She mention that through the respect with your colleagues and others that you will be able to interact will be your connection that may be inside the company as well as when you are working on a different setting. 

What challenged you the most during your internship in CMV Interior Designs? 
What challenged her the most is that one time she was assigned to come with a client meeting. She was pressured to say what things to say when a client asks a question. With this she is truly amazed with her supervisors to their responses that they have an answer to every client’s question. 
Can you tell us your most memorable experience as an intern in our team? 
Her most memorable experience as an intern in the team was the simple conversations she had with the supervisors during deliveries, and with the workers they learn some things during the time they assist them. In this way she knows what can possibly happen in her future projects and site visits. 

What advice can you give to other inspiring Interior Designs Students? 
“First of all you have to learn about it, since nandun yung part na hardwork. Hindi lang tayo puro ideas, kailangan natin dito yung applications. Siguro nandito rin yung trust kay God, kahit na yung sa planning stage hindi ninyo alam ang mangyayari, tatandaan ninyo and feeling, ibang feeling na worth it kapag nakarating kayo sa finished product, na alam nyo na pinaghirapan ko to. And mag thank you ka sa mga tumulong sayo, dahil nga iba din ang feeling pag nakita mo na yung end ng project nyo”.

Impression on the Interview
My impression of the interview was positive. The interview went well and the goals that I set for myself were attained. I didn’t just learn from the interview but enjoyed the company of ms. Frankie. At first i wasn’t sure that the interview might end well but it did, I also got some extra advice from her for my internship but also for the future work that i will be having. 

Overall, I think the interview was successful. I learned more about what interior designer’s work would like to be in the future. It is also important for me to gain high self esteem not just to share things with my colleagues, but also when it comes to client interviews and communicating with the workers involved in the project. Respect is very important when it comes to the people around or involved with you this just not creates connections, but also the trust when working with them. 

Glam Yellow

Decorative nailhead trim adds interest and character to our mustard yellow dining chairs. “We wanted to achieve a little bit of fun and playful atmosphere for this formal dining room so we decided to select this velvet fabric that goes well with our gold framed mirror and crystal chandelier,” Christine says. This gorgeous dining set is from Simply Asian Furniture Store located at LRI Design Plaza Makati City you may also visit their showroom for more glam pieces.

Freshly squeezed lemon, bright sunny day and beautiful sunflower… these are the most common words, scene or description associated with yellow. It can easily brighten up any space that needs to freshen up. This living room has no accessible window and it requires bright colors to liven up the room so we used small hints of yellow on the accent pieces like pillows and home ornaments.

Yellow Glam can be achieved by combining yellow, gold and crisp of beige. “By bringing a hint of blue through the use of this water color artwork from Crate and Barrel, we can keep this vignette from looking monotonous or dull,” Christine says. Yellow must be used in small amounts like in accent pieces so that it wont overwhelm the whole design composition.

Bulthaup Kitchens and LEMA Wardrobe Showroom Visit


CMV Showroom visit at Living Innovations focusing on the international brands that they carry like the German brand Bulthaup (kitchen and living space systems) and Italian brand LEMA (wardrobe system and dressers). “To be a better technical professional and design adviser to my clients, it’s important for me and for my design team to personally visit, check and feel the quality of materials before the visualization, detailing and actual checking of the deliverable.” — Christine Villamora … They also carry international brands like BANG & OFULSEN, DEDON, GAGGENAU, Minotti, SLIDE, louis poulsen, lapalma, Galloti & Radice, Casamilano, Barovier &Teso, GLAS Italia and Knoll.

Kitchen showroom tour and styling with German brand Bulthaup. With more than 10 years of presence in Philippine design market, their living space systems continuously provide high quality finishes for luxury home and commercial spaces. On this showroom visit, we have learned and explored other options for thin counter top with 10MM up to 13MM panels. Very sleek, stylish and sturdy.


In LEMA wardrobe system, we have discovered about their revolutionary air cleaning system that provides sanitization by reducing the bacteria count and harmful particles inside your closet. Perfect solution and design application for our client’s designer bag display. It will prevent molds and lessen the corrosion of metal parts in leather goods.

Bulthaup showroom tour with IDr. Keisha Mateo (from Living Innovations Corp.) with IDr. Christine Villamora (principal designer) Pauline Crizaldo (project and planning director) together with our hardworking stylist and design interns from Philippine Women University — Johanna Faigones, Gerimae Cementina and Katherine Querubin.


This is not a paid or sponsored content. The purpose of this post is to share information to our readers, inspire their interior design projects, share the latest trends and where to get it. We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of the items or products from this post will be uninterrupted, timely, secure and error-free. The contact number, address and details from this post might change without prior notice so please check their official social media accounts and website for more details.

We hope that you will find this post helpful and Cheers!

Best Regards,

CMV Design Team

Pop Of Blue

Pop Of Blue: The color of sea and sky. It can create an atmosphere of relaxation and meditation. Ideal color scheme for bedroom, lounge and living room. For this project, we have worked with our client’s preferred supplier and we have selected this high quality fabric for window treatment and accent pillows. This deep blue fabric works well with our All-White-Wall and oak wood trims for bed frame.

Pop Of Blue: With the right amount of color blue in your bedroom, it can cool down a room with much sun and heat. For this bedroom, we have selected cobalt blue for the bedding to add a pop of color to our All-White-Wall and light ash wood floor.

Interior Styling project for rental purposes at Azure Urban Resort. For styling inquiries and AIRBNB-ready condo unit you may reach our design team by sending us Message thru VIBER/Whatsapp 09275705357 or email cmv.clientservices@gmailcom

Pop Of Blue: Sand beige and light shade of blue will surely create an admirable color combination and feeling of freshness. For this master bedroom design, we want to keep the space as neutral as possible with optional color accent and occasional updates thru bedding, window treatment and home ornaments.

All White and Bright Kitchens

Written by: Christine Manalo-Villamora

Instagram: @cmvinteriordesigns

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it looks spacious and clean

Finished project at Azure Urban Resort Residences Paranaque City

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it looks crisp, fine and everything nice!

Finished project at Acqua Private Residences Mandaluyong City

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it’s like a blank canvas to play with. You can go for neutral-all-the-way or add a splash of color to your kitchen accessories or splashback tiles.

Finished project at Acqua Private Residences Mandaluyong City

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it’s a perfect pair with light ash wood to achieve the Scandinavian Style

Finished project at Azure Urban Resort Residences Bicutan Paranaque

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it complements the steel and white kitchen appliances that we have

Finished project at Betterliving Subdivision Paranaque City

All White and Bright Kitchen because… it’s easier to unify the cabinets and counter top plus it provides soothing effect especially when there is natural light available

Finished project at The Knightsbridge Residences Makati City

Rimadesio Manila Showroom Tour

Rimadesio is an Italian brand of sideboards, tables, drawer units and suspended wall compositions. Their BGC showroom was established in 2015 and since then, they have delivered numerous projects for luxury interiors around the Metro. All modules, partitions and drawer units have sleek and contemporary design that serves as technical solution for wall partition, entertainment system, closet and all of their high quality items were produced in Italy.

On this showroom tour, we learned about different options to use for a sturdy, slim yet stylish sliding doors from this Italian brand Rimadesio. Maximum height with no cut is at 2.90 meters height 1 long panel and choices of materials, colors and finishes will surely complement your modern luxury home.

Bright idea! This slim aluminum shelves with LED back light can be a perfect touch to highlight your textured wall. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing, this NO-VISIBLE-BRACKET shelf can hold books, pots and other household ornaments.

Sail double sided slim sliding door as closet door, room partition and high technical panel with strong and expressive design. What we tried and learned that this system is very light in weight, easy to slide and patented rail system

Showroom tour at Rimadesio Manila with Luca Diciolla AVP for Sales and Marketing from Bespoke Doors and Furniture Inc. with Christine Villamora and Rose Ann Resoles from CMV Interior Designs


This is not a paid or sponsored content. The purpose of this post is to share information to our readers, inspire their interior design projects, share the latest trends and where to get it. We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of the items or products from this post will be uninterrupted, timely, secure and error-free. The contact number, address and details from this post might change without prior notice so please check their official social media accounts and website for more details.

We hope that you will find this post helpful and Cheers!

Best Regards,

CMV Design Team

Grey for Interiors

Article by: Christine Manalo-Villamora

Instagram: @cmvinteriordesigns

Calming color grey on fabric tones down the strength of bright and natural light coming from this floor to ceiling window. Grey and light yellow is a perfect combination! Uplifting yellow gives a personality and strength on it’s own.

Finished interior design project at Azure Urban Resorts Residences developed by Century Properties

A pop of rusty red color can also be a great combination for grey sofa or chair. They are both classic and sophisticated colors. Red / Orange / Yellow adds interest to your sophisticated grey tones.

Finished interior design project at Azure Urban Resort Residences

Grey with a hint of Teal. This color combination is perfect for bedrooms to create that “tone-down, relaxing, start fresh” kinda vibe plus pair it with ultra white walls. It is ideal to use light and muted colors for small spaces to create illusion of space.

Grey on Grey can be interesting if you will add layers of textures and patterns through the use of accent pillows, window treatment and artworks.

Finished townhouse project at Kamias Rd. Quezon City

Grey, black and steel… a perfect color and material combination to achieve contemporary style that exudes strong and expressive aesthetic value.

Finished residential villa project at Betterliving Subdivision Paranaque City