LANAI-PLAYROOM: Costs for Blinds and Deciding on Curtains (Plus More Purging) 

We measured our lanai doors today and ran to Showcase Carpet to get a quote on roller blinds.  I measured the doorways for inside mount, with 2 panels per doorway.  For inside mount, both doorways measure 98″ width, 8.25″ length.  Each panel is thus 49″ width.  I was confident about an inside mount because my walls are 3.5″ thick. 

Grace from Showcase gave me quotations for 2 kinds of shades: 

  1. Block out: Php 6,700.00 for 2 panels, or 1 doorway. 
  2. Dim out: Php 5,500.00 for 2 panels, or 1 doorway. 

Since there are 2 doorways in the lanai, I need to get 4 blinds, for a total of 11k or 13,400.

I would have preferred just sunscreens out instead of block out shades, since it’s going to be for the lanai, not a bedroom – it’s basically a sun porch, hello.  But they weren’t offering white “dim out” (Showcase’s term) blinds, just this beige-y cream color that looked too office-y for me. I wanted them white so they’d blend with the walls.

I was this close to paying the downpayment for the block out shades.  Showcase seems to work fast, too; if I pay a downpayment before Saturday, they can install the blinds next Thursday. 

But I rushed over to Wilcon as well to check prices. I was hoping I could get something ready made. But the ready made selections are vastly limited in terns of size. For our measurements, we really had to go custom.  I got a quotation for three (3) different brands available in Wilcon.  The cheapest is Php 4,700 per panel. 

Clearly, Showcase is the better option, since for 5k ++ or 6k ++ I’ll be getting 2 sets of roller blinds, instead of 1.  But Showcase closes at 5pm, so I headed home.  I liked Showcase’s pricing and customer service so far, but I wasn’t feeling great about a complete black out in there and I wasn’t excited about the beige shades too.

I went home and finished cleaning and sorting the kids’ toys in the lanai.  I had taken advantage of their being at their grandparents’ house visiting (labor strike, no school again).  Otherwise, Alo will just end up unpacking all the toys I put in our donation boxes (like he did here). 

Well, I was so happy with how clean the lanai turned out that I felt inspired.  The hand-me-down curtains from my mother were dirty and didn’t suit the room at all.  So, on a whim, I measured and noticed that the lanai ceiling was lower than the adjacent dining area.  (The lanai was an add on).  So maybe I didn’t need to get the 96″ curtains I used for the dining room – this has been the reason why I first decided on blinds over curtains.  The cost! Getting curtains (proper long ones!) and the curtain rods combined would leave me spending at least 7k per doorway.

But since the lanai was apparentlty not as high ceiling as the dining room, I realized I may be able to get away with shorter, or regular length, curtains. I pulled out my too-short-for-the-dining room curtains and tried them out in the lanai:

Now try to imagine this room with matching white curtains all across the doorways, no bookcase in the corner, and a darker (reupholstered) loveseat, and an area rug, hehe

I LOVED it.  I was shocked.  Haha.  I need 4 panels per doorway (testing out how it looks with just 2 panels in that photo).  If I can get those same curtains for those doors, then it will come out cheaper than blinds.  Those curtains are from this brand, Pauline’s, available in Uratex, and they sell them per pair for around 300 or 400 something.  As opposed to my Arq Living curtains – sold per panel, ack, for more than double, even triple the price, depending on the design.

I am now so on board with doing curtains.  BUT! (There’s always a but).  I still intend to replace the chunky curtain rods with the same slim black rod I used in the dining room, and I want the new rods in the lanai to be placed higher too.   This means longer curtains – the ones in this photo are only around 87″ length.  Elbe and I measure above the current rods, and I figured I’ll survive with 91-93″ length for curtains.  And I somehow recall being at Uratex and having one of the sales clerks tell me their other set of those Pauline’s curtains measure 95″ length.

Except I’m not entirely sure if that was in Uratex because I’ve been canvassing a lot recently.  Argh.  Well, I am going to skedaddle there tomorrow.  If they have the length I need, then done and DONE.  Curtains it is.  (The H prefers curtains actually, and wasn’t really sold on blinds for the playroom).   

Good things come to those who clean

P.S.  That’s the fan I had repaired.   The 2nd repair person put the blades on backwards like the 1st repair person from West.  Inis!  Back to the shop.  I am so not getting Asahi anything anymore.  Anyhoo, it was supposed to go in the living room, but it works better for the lanai, because the kids like to play on the floor, so the bottom barrel is really useful.  It’s still a big improvement from this electric fan, isn’t it? #lifeinthetropics hay.  (I wonder if the white folk have to worry this much about electric fans in their homes?)

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Alo’s Shelf at 33 weeks

I’ve been slowly and carefully trying to integrate some Montessori-inspired learning principles at home. Nothing hard-core, but I figured Diko needs the extra help.  I won’t be posting about it in detail here because I’m leaving the in-depth Montessori posts in the boys’ blog.  But I’m sharing bits and pieces in this site because Montessori is becoming part of our home decor!

These shelves (for my 3 year old/33 month old), for instance, are standing right outside our bedroom door right now: 

We are focusing on sorting and matching, and cutting this week.  More about Alo’s shelf here. 

LANAI-PLAYROOM: The simplest dvd storage

The mess on top of our toy/tv cabinet has always been the pile of dvds. I’ve tried using sleeves, binders, etc. for organizing the kids’ videos – but yaya and the kids have never followed whatever system I tried to put into place. So, I just decided to keep it simple: get a BOX

Grey metal perforated box from H&M Home

I’m going to try to do something about the wires – I hate exposed wires and cables. The Walloh Design print is there temporarily – I’m going to use it for the shared boys’ room but wanted to see how this space would look with a print to balance off the Typo lightbox on the other side: 

Doesn’t the print look a tad small though? I’m also reconsidering painting that wall dark – maybe a gallery wall would work better both for the size of this room and for taking the focus off the tv? 

Here it is without the print this time.

I like how clean it looks actually (but please excuse the old hand-me-down fan). The good thing about the box is that they just basically toss in the pile of videos that used to sit beside the tv. It’s obviously not sorted, but at least it’s all contained in that box – easily accessible, in plain sight, but still hidden. Next, I’m going to sort the dvds and get rid of the ones the kids don’t watch. And notice, the Fisher Price chair is gone? Gave it to Luli this morning. In my list, I mentioned bins for the shelves in that unit, so it won’t look cluttered. I know there’s something about leaving pretty toys out on display, but I am going to set up Montessori shelves already. This unit is for toys – play toys not educational ones, so I’m keeping them out of sight (hence, the cabinets). 

LANAI-PLAYROOM: Skipping ahead for a bit of decorating

I know decorating should be the last item in my home renovation list, but I just couldn’t resist; I also needed a break from saving up and buying nothing but essentials! (Curtains! Chair! Mattresses!). And you know how slowly and tentatively I decorate – so when I find something I love, I just go for it. Like with these two: 

T-rex planter from Jurassic Pot; A4 lightbox from Typo

I’ve always wanted a lightbox. I want lightboxes all over our house, hahaha. I found sources in IG, but Typo had them in store sooooo… This isn’t LED I think, I have to check the box, so I haven’t plugged it in. (The boxes from Typo also do not come with an adaptor, I had to buy it separately from Ace Hardware). 

The dino-pots, on the other hand, are LOVE. Jurassic Pot is awesome, period. We got a triceratops and a bunch of little glass dino jars too. 

LANAI-PLAYROOM: Plans for this wall

Our playroom, being the lanai, is all folding glass and metal doors,  with just one wall where we could keep a toy cabinet and the television set. It’s actually not so great having all windows there because it gets HOT. And we don’t have screens by the doors, so we hardly open them for fear of lamok. Life in the tropics! 

So we have this 1 wall, and though not all my plans for this wall are part of my bare essentials list, I still want to share what I want to do with it: 

#1 – Replace the old floor fan the Lulipops lent us. 

#2 – Paint the cabinet doors white, and attach handles or knobs.

#3 – Paint the insides of the shelves white, and get containers for each kid’s shelf

#4 – Ask my dad if I can remove these cables for the speakers they installed before. Otherwise, extend the electrical casing or cover these corners with a tall plant or narrow trolley.

#5 – Give the Fisher Price chair to Luli. We got a Bumbo floor chair for Bo and haven’t gotten much use from the Fisher Price rocker.

#6 – Get a nice box to store the dvds. Something with an open top just so they can dump the piles of dvds there, for easy access but at least the pile will still be hidden. Transfer the CD player somewhere else. 

#7 – Organize the cables (with cable ties) and secure the tv. 

#8 – Paint the wall. I’m thinking dark, so the tv will blend in somewhat. There’s a lot of light in that room so I’m not too scared of putting a dark accent wall. If we don’t go dark, maybe wall decals or a gallery wall so the tv isn’t the focal point.

The curtains, etc. are all essentials, so they aren’t part of this list. Oh and notice our pretty dino-pot and lightbox? Will be sharing those in another post.