DINING ROOM: Brighter and Lighter

Finally sharing our dining area after we (i.e. Mang Ariel and I) made some tweaks – I shared the new curtain rod we got, and here’s how it looks with the rest of the space:


Like I mentioned in this post, all we basically did was to change up the window treatment, and paint that beam by the ceiling, baseboards, and window frames white.  (That thing on the right corner is the china cabinet above the Family Command Center – which I’ve updated as well!  Will be sharing that soon).  The curtain rods really made a big difference.  I replaced the chunkier old wooden rod with a slimmer black iron one, and I raised it higher.  It’s wider too.  Here’s the before and after:


In the “after” photo you’ll see my new-old low white shelves.  They’re from the shelves we used for the kids’ toys in the lanai right now (you can see them here in our old house) – I had new toy cabinets built for the boys, and Mang Ariel chopped up the old shelves for me.  I made good use of the old wood too – aside from the shelves above, I had a laundry bin made, an under bed storage crate thingy (for toys), and shelves for Laz (for his dioramas, he said).

Continue reading


LIVING ROOM: A Couch and a Coffee Table


Loveseat from SM Our Home; throw pillow covers and inserts all from H&M Home

Funny little story about my couch – it was delivered the day I gave birth to Bo.  The guys from Our Home brought it the morning of October 06, and there I was, grunting and groaning, apparently already in labor when I was supervising the delivery guys.

The couch is a gift from my parents – it’s a loveseat, clearly, and I’m happy about the mid-century design, and that it’s grey, and compact!  I returned the 3-seater couch my mother gave me – it was fine but it dominated my tiny living room.  I read that smaller furniture won’t necessarily make a small room bigger, but I prefer it because I want that area to look more open and airy somewhat.

(I’m a little embarrassed about the curtains.  They’re hand me downs from my mother and sheer, with sea shells attached at the bottom.  They went well with the eclectic Bohemian vibe my mother got going but look out of place with the Scandi look I’ve been trying to chase.  They’re also cream-colored and look dirty in photos because of the color and, fine, because they are dirty, eeek).


Handcrafted coffee table from Dekko (with our witches’ broom parking decor for Halloween in the background)

Dekko delivered my coffee table about a week after I gave birth.  I LOVE it.  As with my dining table, it is perfect and the workmanship is neat and top notch, as usual.  I am unabashedly a big fan of Dekko!  The table is sitting on another hand me down – the old rug is from my mother and I need to replace it too because I don’t like the orange trim.  One step at a time!

The black strips by the door are the non-slip adhesives my dad put in; I’m keeping them, but I obviously need a door mat, hehe.   I told Nath from Dekko I’d be getting a 2-seater, so he measured and I actually ordered the coffee table before I even found a couch I liked.


Here they are together, with my Halloween pillows from last week

I have a confession about that coffee table though – and Dekko’s going to kill me – but I had Mang Ariel cover the top with white formica.  I saw Alo playing there a couple of times and noted a chip on the table top.  Since I have three (count ’em, THREE) little boys, I don’t want to have to worry about my furniture – and I refuse to be the kind of mom constantly admonishing her kids to be careful – so I had my carpenter put formica to protect my handcrafted table.  It’s easy to peel off and remove, and Mang Ariel can just repaint the table white when the little boys are older.

Continue reading

Halloween Ideas

Since I gave birth quite unexpectedly (a whole month early!), I didn’t get to finish some of the Halloween projects I had lined up – and didn’t even get to figure out how or where to hang some of the decors I already have.  I guess I’m a convert – from a self-proclaimed Halloween “hater”, I am now enthusiastically planning our Halloween decorations – for next year! Hahaha!  Here are some of my favorite DIY project pegs:


(Sources after the break!)

Continue reading