Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lia Ahryn's 6th Month

And just like that, Lia is now 6 months old!

She can now carry her body on all fours and mastering the art of creeping, which simply means crawling with her belly flat on the mat inching her way closer to where she wants to go.

She loves peekaboos especially the ones with different wacky voices. She also loves eating and can finish her meal in a jiffy.

At this point, we noticed that she is now deciding whether she wants you to carry her when she's with one parent. She would either turn away or throw herself closer to your open arms. So depending on her mood, it's either she missed me the whole day or she didn't know me as I am away the whole day. Well, you know what I mean.

But man, what a milestone! She's now half-a-year-old! Thank God and her Mom for all her hard work the past (not just months but) year.

Looking forward to next month and her First Birthday.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Interior Design Services

One of our closest friends and his family are moving to a new three-bedroom unit in Yishun and they asked me to help them in their interiors. Of course, I concurred!

By far this is the second time someone asked for my design services for their homes. The first was for our property agent’s condominium unit which I did using manual drafting and rendering. This time, I did SketchUp for their Living and Dining Areas, the Master Bedroom, the Kids’ Room and the Study.

Take a look at the photos, BEFORE their move in:

My concept is to create a space to serve a family with 3 young boys. So the theme was a little bit of industrial, contemporary with splashes of bold colors. I tried to have a good mix of masculine and feminine elements so that it will not look like a bachelor's pad or worse, a frat house.

And here are my design plans:


THE LIVING AREA. The house has a lot of small walls creating small corners and I used this to zone the spaces. So although the areas are not completely closed, there are visible enclosures to each.

When one enters to the flat, he will be greeted directly by this handsome console table, colored vases, a metal globe and a huge rustic clock. It also set the mood and gives you a synopsis of the design for the rest of the house. Seating is fairly straightforward with an L-shaped sofa, a glass coffee table, a stunning arm chair, a cool floor lamp and a vibrant rug to anchor them all together.

THE DINING AREA. There is a niche on the dining area which is perfect for a console or a buffet. On top, I placed colorful glass vases. There is a textured wall on one side which can also be seen from the front door and living room. I chose a wooden table paired with all-white leather chairs. All this is to be accented with a pendant light (not in the drawing) hanging over the dining table.

THE KIDS' ROOM.Here, I wanted to create a space that the kids can lounge, put their feet up, play with their iPads and even “vandalize” the walls.  The idea is like a player’s locker room. The bedroom is to be equipped with metal lockers, a bunk bed with a pull-out bed below for the third brother, a chalkboard wall, a metal bench, some comfy bean bags, and a huge poster of their choice. No dartboard behind the door please!

THE STUDY. The home office is a place of calm and order as opposed to the Kids' Room. There is a study table where the boys can study or where mom can pay the bills. There is a tall étagère where they can put all their books or display their crafts and a storage cabinet to keep all their other stuff.

THE MASTER BEDROOM. Lastly, the homeowner's little haven. I kept the bedroom simple with contemporary bedding, a gorgeous  mirror wall and a stylish armchair. I suggest pendant lights above this seat to be both admired as one enter and from the outside.

In other news, a living room makeover is coming your way as a friend commissioned me to reinvent their living space. So watch out for that! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas at the Casa 2014

Christmas is coming soon and it's time to decorate for the holidays!

For Christmas 2014, our second in Woodlands, we went for a "Black, White and Gold theme" as previously mentioned on my Christmas Banner DIY post. We changed the sofa slipcovers to black (or on a closer look is actually dark charcoal gray) and shuffled our furniture pieces and the wall art.

I have always wanted a fireplace. I told my wife that my dream home would definitely have one. Be it in our home country or abroad. So for our living room we wanted to create the cozy feel and look of a family gathering together by the hearth on Christmas eve.

To pull this off, we placed the bureau where the sofa used to be and anchored everything with regards to it. We used its top as a mantel for books, candle holders and ornaments. We also put my original artwork back in the living room.

Arranging the rest of the furniture flowed smoothly once we had the focal point figured out. We also positioned the armchairs at an inclined angle for a more conducive seating area. And finally, we layered the look using accessories for the coffee table and throw pillows for the sofa.

What can look better than a pile of presents underneath the Christmas tree? Well, a stack of beautifully-wrapped, color or theme-coordinated presents. So for now we have started buying presents and I have already wrapped a few in a black, white and gold wrapper, tied with a black string and labelled with a gold gift tag. 

Here's the casa "almost ready" for the Christmas:

Busy but exciting days are surely coming, and we can't wait!

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