Look Back: Executive Office

11/15/2017

Looking back at my first project during my college years. A Modern Greek-inspired office, in a year that I could no longer remember.  Almost everything was recycled base on the available materials and items in their warehouse as a start-up company who has a limited budget for office Interiors. 

The use of whites and accent of blue can be found in all areas. Clean and sleek its what the owner wanted to have a little gold accent.






Who would have forgotten their first project? It was a heartwarming and humbling experience, to begin with. Back then I have less knowledge of the things I know of, in design and in construction. I dived into that shallow waters the soonest I got some offer. Not a wise decision but a smart move to lead me to my path. My design standards and aesthetics have grown as I have gained more experiences over the years.

Taking a New Leap

11/13/2017



The last few months have been quite loaded, every single angle has pre-occupied me with my work from corporate until setting up my own, plus personal stories that had circled me in. It was crazy, sad and fun.

A lot of people knew me from the corporate world working for a family-owned business and I had worked myself in different position until the day I have left. For Almost Five (5) long years I have worked for them; A typical employee will experience crazy and fun moments with lots of drama going on in between. I am not spared with it, not even rumors and competency. I cried a hundred times on those things and even the scolding of my own boss and questioning myself with thousands of reasons to quit. 

How many times I quit? A thousand times; during my earlier years, a small reprimand would make me cry from my boss or even subordinates. I was a newbie then, managers have the upper hand. I wanted to quit, every time I'd face such difficulties, It crossed my mind and at the end of every situation I find myself in the mirror saying "I'm not a quitter.". Even during the later years, It still crossed my mind and find myself again not bidding goodbye.

I work and work those experiences have taught me to fight my own battles within the company from dealing with my boss(es), subordinates and even those people whom I have to work with, the result was the motivating point. A competition to every employee for the purpose of achieving the overall goal. Each employee has a role and task to make it. Every department has a responsibility that will affect the others. A Management who seek for results as they look at the bigger picture.

Where does this leave me? During my tenure, I have played many roles, all those roles had its purpose and along the way, I learn and stumble. I lost and gain. Despite those many trials, The experience contributed to the factors of becoming who I am, who will I become and what will I become now that I took a leap towards my dream. 

My former colleagues asked me, Do I have regrets leaving? My answer, I am happy with where I am now. Happy that I was able to be in connection with them, not just a colleague but also as my friends. Taking a leap is never scary, just the thought of taking a leap and not knowing what will happen next.






Singapore: DC Superheroes Cafe

9/08/2017
Visiting Marina Bay Sands for the first time as part of the plan. However, I was captivated upon my entrance that I got to see and visit the DC Superhero Cafe. Excited and thrilled to see a DC Cafe. I can't stop but gaze and walk back and forth the see the place and took photos in each angle as many as I can. Literally, I was in a FAN mode. 

If you are a DC Comics Fan or Simply love one of its Characters, Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman. and Oh! The Flash and Supergirl? Then this is the place you want to visit.


Green Lantern

Entrance Area

Dinner Seat

In the Entrance Area, You'll see a number of collectibles and Statues of DC Character and to its slightest detail in the entrance area from its menu up to the wall decors; It's obviously DC.


Counter
Counter


Counter

What interests me the most is their details including their counter, a similar Instagram layout of photos curated coming from the comics and some maybe coming from fans all over the world (who knows). The Two half-body statue of the two protagonists well-loved character is perfect. Dazzling its own way. 


Dining Area

Dining Area

And this wall, it's my favorite among the other walls. Why? Simple. It's Superman. Bias but I love that they made a 3D flying statue that characterized him in most of his fight scenes or action packed figures. The Guitars just added some imaginary music when he breaks the wall. 


PBX Area

This area is the least noticed by any of the design, the PBX and Trash Area, Despite the least area to look at they managed to make it alive and still eye catching to those who may pass by. No walls area bare and No walls are boring to look at. 

The place is great, a fun place to be with kids, young at heart or even a date to yourself. A perfect haven to reminiscence your childhood superheroes.







Singapore: The Cathedral Cafe

8/25/2017
Travelling can be both satisfying and a resonating fear. What both these two strong words can lead to finding ourselves in a lost world and a fear of the future, especially when you know no-one but yourself. I recently travelled for a SOLO Trip and Gosh! No amount of words could describe what went on to those days I had me, myself and I moments. 

And as you know, I can't get off on my eyes on the things that interest me, Interior Design, for a moment I thought I'd be exploring other stuff but my eyes just went "IN" to the place, while I was strolling at City Hall area looking for the National Gallery.

It was raining and I left my umbrella at the hotel that led me to St. Andrews Church, fascinated with its architecture and spacious garden park. I went to check and found myself in their cafe, The Cathedral Cafe. 





The Cathedral Cafe is run by the priests, who also runs St. Andrews Church. Their reason for having the cafe is to attract people closer to God and also to the tourist and locals who would be spending their time in the vicinity. They serve them with mouth -watering desserts and variety of Refreshments from Chocolate to Coffee and Tea.





 The Cathedral Cafe as a modern-industrial concept with pop of colors, which you can see in their logo, the colors used are taken from there. The Cheerful Yellow has caught my eye while it naturally blends with the neutral color scheme paired with Yellow and thus, What made me impressed with this place is their value of space and privacy towards the dwellers. 


They have an area wherein friends and families can casually talk and share their stories about God and related to it. The bookshelf places those items for reference. 


A nook area for thought who wish to be alone or simply wants to look St. Andrews Church and Garden. You'll never feel lonely despite being alone in the area as the serenity can be felt.


A long table with the right amount of blend to dine in groups or meet in groups while other tables are in a group of four.







With a place like this nearby, no wonder that it's one of the to-go places by the locals and tourist, alike. Imagine, If this kind of concept will be brought to the Philippines; This would be fantastic. 

Capiz Shell Furniture: A Portal To Timeless Creations

8/14/2017
Remember those old Capiz windows your house in the province has? And how it evokes an enchanting feeling as it emits a warm glow whenever the sun comes into contact with it? Or do you also miss that Capiz furniture your grandparents owned that always creates a nostalgic memory of those times that you were with them? Well, Capiz just has a way to connect us back to our loved ones and childhood memories. And you can totally treasure those memories and feelings with the help of Capiz Shell Furniture. Read on and let me take you back in time.



I am a firm believer of culture and heritage, which our country, the Philippines, constantly feeds off my fascination with. Being a Classic Contemporary girl, antiques, vintage, traditional and classical things always have a strong hold on me though living a modern life. And my old soul couldn’t be happier to come across a company that has the same design ideals and classic heart as I am. Which I’m pretty sure all of us have if we just let ourselves appreciate our magnificent roots. Capiz Shell Furniture is a true paragon of exquisite Filipino skill in furniture making and are the true epitome of being connoisseurs of ingenuity and innovation. They are a gem that has been passed down from generation to generation, and they aim to further introduce the value of Capiz Shells in furniture starting with our very own country.



Capiz Shell Furniture’s main hub is located in Argao, Cebu. Where better to get inspirations for their impeccable designs than to be in a place where nature is within grasp. And they have already been exporting their products all throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. That just shows that clients have seen the true value of their fine workmanship as they don’t mind the location and delivery. Quality will always be unparalleled, right? Capiz Shell Furniture has that to offer, and so much more. They are currently focusing on Capiz windows, panel dividers, lamps and other furniture. And this is merely the start of them creating an impact in the furniture business, as they have been quite undiscovered despite already producing quality products for so long.  In addition, we will see more excellent products from them, that I can assure you.



More than just a material for furniture, Capiz has an immeasurable worth that hasn’t been given much value over the years. This local material is just one of the many natural resources that we, as Filipinos, can be truly proud of. Not just here, but all over the world.

And here’s a thought, with all the trends and fads out there, wouldn’t you prefer to stand out and be one of the promoters of Filipino culture and local artisanal work? I personally would. Having said that, infuse brilliance and engrave Filipino identity to your modern lives by having Capiz furniture as distinct features in your home. Most importantly, nothing can make a home timeless and notable by gracing it with traditional materials perfected to suit our modern and contemporary lifestyle. And together with Capiz Shell Furniture, let us be a part of making the Capiz legacy live on.

Goodbye Lounge! Hello District!

7/28/2017
A year of Journey! In a few days time, This site will be a year older. It was a wonderful journey that I have learnt from different bloggers and people whom I've met along the way through my colleagues, friends, clients and even bloggers whom I never met. Having this site is one big dream which I did overcome but wasn't able to maintain as much as I would want to. 

I lost my sense of time and focus, placing something that I found being "forced" just for the sake of writing. Thanks to goodness, It made me realize the things I wanted to share in this blog to the point I decided to change my blog name from "The Lounge Avenue" to "Design District". 


Design District will still have the concept of Interior Design and Lifestyle and more curated blog. (I'm keeping my old post by the way, Just to remind me of my previous works and write-ups!


What will you be expecting from this time on?

A Weekly Post about the following

Interior Design:



  • Design Projects
  • Get the Look
  • Top 10 Picks
  • How To / Decorating Tips
  • Design Series
Lifestyle:
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Business
  • People
  • Events / Features / Sponsorship
Community:
  • Collaboration
Right now, I cant tackle everything but I am getting there! Will keep you posted starting today! See you every Fridays! Fingers-Crossed! 


Till next time!


Emari


Get the Look! Sang'gre Pirena

3/08/2017



After a continuous read about Pirena and observation on her lifestyle, I have created a moodboard using Polyvore App that would reflect her lifestyle.

Pirena's Lifestyle is luxurious, prominent in her upbringing.Her overbearing ego and confidence would reflect in her choice of dresses and her conceited appearance. She is vain towards herself and enjoys drinking wine and social gatherings. Her taste involves love of art and herself as an artist; in which she doesn't mind being on the other end of the world. Her naturally extroverted and optimistic persona reflects in her choice of materials and accessories.


The Fire Sang'gre



Pirena's choice of materials is Simple and Elegant with a touch of Boldness. A Multi-purpose bed with a Detailed Headboard; clean and elegant look matched with Dark Red Pillows and Bed Runner; accented with white and gold throw pillows whose color will shine the most even when paired with a quarter-foil designed comforter. The White Sheep-Skin is placed under her bed and almost not to be seen with its white marble floors; the rug signifies that sense of touch is important as next to be noticed. 

On the bedside, each using 2 different materials; one is made of wood; a chest box to keep her significant stuff (watch the episode where she got kicked out by Hagorn and went back to her bedroom to get important stuff from her wooden chest) paired with a floor lamp. While the other side is a Nest table made of metal; matched with a vase of roses and hanging geometrical lamp made of gold finish.

The gold finish extends towards its painting; placed above the headboard; a Victorian woman who enjoys the characteristics of Red. Extending to the other side of the corner where her personal nook is located.

White and Gold combination of wallpaper placed on this specific area. Accented with Red Winged Accent Chair and Black 3 chest drawer with a portrait of herself in dark and bold portrait that completes the nook. The bedroom wouldn't be complete without the black chandelier. The source of light that one can't resist.


Planning to get the items above? Check our next post as I reveal to you where to get them.

Blue Personality

3/06/2017


March the beginning of summer, the season loved by many, as for march its the season of graduation and summers in the Philippines. The Season where people love going to the beach. The Color Blue has a calm personality compared to those who belongs to the Red Personality.

Blue Personality are known to be conservative, reliable and trustworthy since they have this characteristic they wanted to given the same trust and reliability that they give. They feel the need to reflect and give them peace and harmony they seek for themselves, showing their calm and level headed personality. Having this genuine personality they can be quite emotional and sensitive to others needs and moods that makes them a caring person.


Does this color trait reflects a part of your personality? Then its time to celebrate the color of Blue.


Pirena, Keeper of the Fire Gem

3/01/2017



Sang'gre Pirena, The eldest Daughter of Queen Mine-a of Lireo and King Hagorn of Hathoria. She is Half-Fairy and Half-Hathor, known to be miners and blacksmiths.  She is the Keeper of the Gem of Fire, that gives her the full control of fire and heat. 

She was raised by her mother together with her half-siblings, Amihan, Alena and Danaya, whom she thought to be rivals for the Lirean throne; her ambition to succeed her mother of becoming the next Hara (Queen) of Lireo and Encantadia. She is the only daughter among the four siblings to have a personal nanny, Gurna, who helped raise and manipulate the young royal blood against its own family.

Pirena known to many was the most knowledgeable, sharp-minded and skillful. Pirena's intelligence is often shown to manipulate deceive and thorough planning before launching itself to her next quest; making sure her plans will succeed without fail. Pirena is truly kindhearted and only seeks for love and recognitions especially from her mother; which she easily covers by showing her proud, arrogant and downgrading exterior to anyone she encounters.


Pirena's characater is prominent for those who love's RED; and is reflected in the Red Personality; having RED as her dominant color that reflects right portrayal. Now, We have just profile who Pirena is in the world of Encantadia, brace yourself was her character will give a new light in the real of human world.

Encantadia: A tale of Design Inspiration

2/27/2017



Year's have passed my  fascination about Encantadia has never ceased. I knew they were having a remake and I wasn't fascinated about it because they have left a mark like 10 years ago. Not until, I arrived home early and saw one of its episodes around late August or Early September; I'd say the scheme of Pirena had started and I got hooked by the portrayal of the New Sang'gre Pirena played by Glaiza de Castro. Few nights later, I couldn't get to sleep thinking about the show.

To solve my problem; I did watched from the beginning until it's current episode (I definitely got hooked) via online or TV. While watching the show, found myself looking more on their costumes and production set; Amazed and Mesmerized about how they pull off such production and decor. So, I thought, What if the Sang'gre siblings we're real people; How would I interpret their bedroom?

Interpreting them wasn't hard to figure out, when you are an Encantadik (a fan of Encantadia TV Show) as each Sang'gre will be using their dominant color; Red for Pirena played by Glaiza de Castro, Blue for Amihan played by Kylie Padilla, Green for Alena, played by Gabbi Garcia and Brown for Danaya, played by Sanya Lopez . Each Sang'gre Represents Warm Color, Cool Colors and Neutral Color Respectively. 

Check my next post to know more of the details.




The Red Personality

2/24/2017


The month of February is the month of falling in love, the time we show our special or loveones how much we care for them. This is the month where we spend our days talking about the season of love. But how do you know about the season of loves' color? 
In my previous post, I mentioned about Red in a Psychological aspect and how it affects us. This time, We are talking about Red Color Personality type.

Red Personalities are said to be extroverted, optimistic, courageous and confident. They find it easy to be with people and find themselves in a situation that can be challenging to them. They are action oriented and physically active; for them time is gold and tends to work what the duty calls for. They enjoy to be the center of attention and believes that being on top means a lot to them; in which reflects them being achievement oriented people the downside is they have an over active ego that its hard for them to have themselves back on track.  




Their energy is spontaneous; which can be seen in their actions in determination to achieve their dreams that reflects to themselves as ambitious and competitive and knows-it-all personality can be disliked. They are hard worker that complements their aggressive nature to pursue their dreams and goals. They don't give time of being fearful and intolerant even towards themselves; which they are good to hide. They can be rebellious and impulsive and when they are being overly dominant their over active ego and quick tempered personality shows up despite is surprising personality its because of they don't allow themselves to loose the passion and and enthusiasm they have in life. 

Is red your personal favorite? I'm sure that most of the words mentioned in this post would best describe you, as it had describe me almost perfect. Catch my next color of the month.

Are Interior Designers for the Wealthy People?

2/22/2017




An Interior Designer can work with a different client but client chooses the designer whom they want to work with and this gives an opportunity to the designer to explore and expand its wings towards a certain range in design range, their experience and trust are given to them. Interior Designers are like celebrities, You start from the button when you get better and better you go up; you'll be in the industry for long.

In my opinion, Interior Designers are categorized into three; High End, Middle-Class and Budget Designers, Why?


1. High-End Designers

These Interior Designers associated themselves with high-end clients and high-end projects; They have tapped this Niche through connections, experience, and projects undertaken with them and have developed a high-end taste that attracted to this type of clientele. Mostly these designers were able to create a name in the industry. They have a specific niche that is comparable to high fashion in the fashion industry. 



2. Middle-Class or Middle High Designers
These Designers target middle class or a middle-high clientele, it doesn't mean they don't have a connection in High-End Clients; but has made a specific target market on who they wish to serve yet they still cater to a variety of client. Normally work within a specific budget without having so much designer item on the list or depending on the client. They know what kind of value the client wants to see. 


3. Budget Designers
These are designers who worked with clients who are always on a budget, they targeted this type on clients who as much possible wouldn't spend a dime on their project but there are cases who sees the value of the designer.  This type of designer usually attracts clients who are opposite to high-end. They are newbies in the interior design field, and I have been in this stage when I was starting out but still caters to this category depending on the services that my clients would apply.



Going back to my topic, Are Interior Designer for the Wealthy People? In general, I would say No! because the client sets the budget on how much we will work on the project; Designers can adjust to the requirements and time-frame given by the client; a design project takes two groups to make it work; the client and the designer. 

If you are a client who is on a budget; work on with your top priority project list and any designer would be happy to help you out with it. Read my post How do I know If I Need an Interior Designer? I mentioned consulting an Interior Designer before proceeding in hiring him or her team to know their services offered. Check our own offering: 




Red Color Schemes for your Home

2/17/2017
In my last few post dedicated to valentines day, I talked about Red Color on how it can sweep someone's feet over and over whatever stages of the relationship you are in and where to use color red in your home. If you ar planning to make a red as part of your color schemes; There are 5 color schemes you may want to look at.


Color Option One


Color Option Two

 Color Option Three


 Color Option Four



                                                           Color Option Five



Photos credit to the owners


Having 5 options to choose from; what color scheme has caught your eye?

2017 Nursery Room Inspiration

2/15/2017


For First time parents, designing the nursery room is one of their TOP TO-DO-LIST. Seems they gave much effort on this than planning their wedding; Even the godmothers can't wait to see the little Jurassic. In my previous post,  I talked about the colors affecting the baby and this year's Pantone color of the year; to combine this two aspects I curated 5 Nursery Rooms that will give a new light to their design themes especially to first-time parents. Read along with the 5 Nursery Room Inspiration for 2017.



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Neutral Themed Nursery Room in a Monochromatic Color Scheme (The use of Gray in a different shade from light to dark) Accented with other Neutral Color Pallette using colors White, Browns, and Black. When using this color scheme; there's no need to renovate it with another concept; all you have to do is change the furniture and add little accessories appropriate for his or her age. 


Photo Credit to Pottery Barns Kids
Warm Color + Neutral Color. The use of baby pink signifies the baby is a girl and the gray made the pink stand out in a feminine yet luxurious feel. Grey color goes a long way when changing themes to match. In this, I wouldn't advise that the chandelier to be placed above the crib, just a little bit away would be great. The Pink Curtains gives a statement from the ceiling towards the floor as you could see it transition towards the single seater sofa, crib, and a white rug.
Photo credit to DizHome
 Greenery. This Nature Themed Nursery Room attracts the kid's attention; as it is spruced up using cartoon figures of animals found in the forest. This is paired with Blue that symbolizes as the sky and Neutral Colored Palette such as browns that signifies the earth, trunk, and soil. I find this having a modern retro vibe in terms of its color and design.


Photo Credit to DizHome

Analogous Color Scheme. The use of Blue, Green and Yellow is obvious and gave a story to this room to a baby boy's nursery room by using dark, medium and light tones to come up with this color palette. Blue is the dominant color applied in Light Paint through walls and Dark Blues in its accessories, While Green signifies the good nature that it gives and added a color of Sunshine Yellow to brighten up the cool colored nursery room.




Black and White Classic. Definitely, I would enjoy this room; this can be used by either a baby girl or boy. This room has applied 85% on White making use of the remaining 15% Black as its Accent. Dad loves this rooms as it has their masculine color on it and wouldn't mind if they have to stay all night in this Black and White Nursery Themed Room.



What's your Design Inspiration? Let us Know by Commenting on this page.

5 Ways to use Red in your Home

2/13/2017


Red is the color of love, passion, seduction and adventure. The color of heat, fire, blood and energy; it also signifies anger, danger and violence. Red has a lot of definition according to beliefs, culture, science and history.


Red used in Interiors creates drama when used as an accent color. It also creates warmth to create intimacy in a room. When using this color, one must know the use of of the area to determine the how the red will be used.


1. Front Door



Red used in Front Door can determine the look of your architecture and interior themes. It gives a strong impression of the user of the house. 

Having this color on your entry door can be practical as this can be a land mark within your subdivision.


















2. Living Room

Image result for Living room redLiving Room the focal point of the entire home; where visitors come and visit. Using color for the sofa makes it stand out especially when its the only bold color makes a statement. It gives a sensual impact the users. For a Cheaper option; use Red Paint in one corner while keeping neutral palette on your furniture.

Having Red in this area stimulates conversation and excitement to share stories among your friends and family.
















3. Dining Room

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Red when used in Dining Rooms makes us crave more of the food we eat. It gives us an appetite to enjoy what was brought in the table. Using different shade of Red can be fun. For this Room, a Burgundy Paint compliments the luxury themed dining room.

This area stimulates conversation while having a strong appetite that draws people together. Having more time to enjoy food and people.











4. Kitchen

Image result for kitchen redModern and Sleek Kitchen with a punch of Red on its door closets. 

Another way to spruce up your Kitchen is to use a Red backslash for a minimal cost.

Red when used in Kitchen has the same effect when used in the dining room, in this area, it increases ones blood pressure because of its excitement.








5. Bedroom


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Having a Red bedroom would be my ultimate goal. It gives an energy and warmth. Red when used in bedroom should be done in minimal application to promote more sleeping time to the user. 











Red is a motivating color that energies and motivates ones emotion. it gives a strong and powerful impact to people who uses or loves this color. It's warm qualities gives a will power to take action on its determination. Choosing Red as your main color determines ones personality and reflection of its culture.




***All Photos Credits to the Owner***