10 Daily Essential Tools for Interior Designers

8/16/2019




The moment I started having my own design firm and has become very hands-on, I have to keep things organized and afloat as my daily task and schedules vary as the day had come despite planning ahead as emergencies, urgent matters and quick site check are inevitable. Especially when things are just nearby the locations and how it can be done.

My everyday essential tools are the things that help me be on track regardless of whatever work would land on my hand. It sounds traditional as I don't exactly rely everything on my online apps just in case things might not go as planned.

  1. Watch
  2. Mobile Phone and Charger
  3. Daily Planner
  4. Sketch pad
  5. Pens
  6. Steel Tape
  7. Laser Distance Detector
  8. Face Mask (Dust Mask)
  9. Wallet
  10. Make - up Kit

These 10 Things are my essentials it's not something I can't live without but these things are my lifesaver. How am I gonna live with it if I can't work around it?



  • Watch 
My analog watch which I wore almost every day helps me keep on track from one meeting to the other and helps me avoid checking on my phone when unnecessary, saving my battery life. It keeps my meeting go on smoothly as I check the time between meetings and personal activities during and after working hours. 

  • Mobile Phone and Charger
Mobile Phone and Charger, My phone is like my entire life among the 10 essential tools this is where I communicate all the people I have to communicate within the day and it's mostly business than my personal matters. From small details to the biggest detail that needed to be discussed especially working along with my fellow professionals and people in charge of the project. Often than not, I felt like a call-center agent in a day, receiving and calling for feedback. Another thing is that I use this for photo documentation allowing me to see things visually from the last visit and an update from my staff and people I'm working with.

  • Daily Planner
I have been using a daily planner since I started working like almost 10 years ago in kitchen cabinetry. I was a sales designer and because of that I have to handle multiple clients at a time and having a schedule was really a must for me to keep on track and be on schedule. Even to this day I am using a Daily Planner from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, with the perks I have along with it I really enjoyed using it and all the changes of plans, are written and the to-do list of the day, week or month.

  • Sketch Pad
My sketch pad or pad of scratch paper is another essentials when I wanted to point out some details on site. Giving them a rough sketch on how things can be executed and how I wanted it to be. In this way, we discuss this over in a corner and sketch what we had in mind to get to the point and waste no time during the construction. Sometimes the sketch pad is used for making drawings and dimensions on site. 

  • Pens
I have a set of pens from colored pens and Pentel pens, both have different uses of each time. The pens and colored pens are used for drawings on papers while the Pentel pens are used to sketch on the walls on-site as sometimes even I have drawn things on paper, I needed them to understand a little bit more with words expressed when drawn, making our conversation and work lighter and avoiding surprises on site the next visit. 

  • Steel Tape
I used to sweat a lot in getting dimensions by using the steep tape but now, I'm using it to get exact measurements that the laser can't do for me and discussion during meetings and sourcing helped me get to what I really wanted out of a particular store or meeting. 

  • Laser Distance Detector
Gone are those days I have to sweat a lot in getting dimensions for a longer period of hours on those areas that are wide, tall and narrow. It helps me stressed out in getting into a sweat as I talk with my clients during on-site and for taking it longer than possible. This really worked well for me while like I have said that the steep tape is now used to get measurements that need smaller dimensions that the laser cant. 

  • Face Mask or Dust Mask
It's not the face mask that we put on our face during self-care Sundays' or pampering day. It's a mask to protect our selves from the construction environment of the heavy dust during the construction period. Health will always be a priority for me and for everyone involved.

  • Wallet
My wallet has all the membership cards for work and personal needs, and other things that needed my identification, a place where I kept most of my important things. My membership helps me track my whereabouts and purchases just in case I'm trying to trace every single place I went to as much as I can. Though this is a necessity for me, I consider this a tool to work around get things smoothly as possible.

  • Make-up kit
My make-up kit in a small pouch has my essentials in case I have to make a retouch or quick meeting. I don't want to look haggard or sweaty on the next place I went to even if it's a construction site. Feeling fresh all the time does a lot of good things. I don't think anyone would like to see an interior designer who's in a hot mess, right?

Well, those are my 10 Essential Tools on my daily grind. It's very practical and keeping things afloat. My work is done in my (home) office and presentations are another discussion on where, how and what to bring as for me, it is a case to case basis. Though Laptop is a very essential tool on how i do my work, I don't bring it all the time with me and I make sure I can make those things done in my (home) office and brought it with me whenever I'm on a business trip or vacation.



Every single day has I encounter new things, people and everything in between and I enjoy doing this job and I think there is a not to learn and improve as each day passes. For you, did I miss anything that can make my life easier? Are there any tools should I consider using? 

5 Appliances for your Air BnB Unit

8/09/2019


In any interior design projects I have encountered, my clients would often discuss with me the appliances they wanted and what things I would recommend inside their unit and time and time I have memorized the things I would often choose for a rental unit as and allowing them to deicde which ones they would go for.  Below are the basic appliances I often use for a rental property and it makes a lot of sense how these things make wonder for both me and my client.

  1. LG 43 Inches 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV This 43" Smart LED TV has a built-in Alexa. Its smart functions makes it easier to control whenever you feel a little lazy when checking things manually as your guest is about and has left the premises. Its Smart features do no longer require you to have a cable line instead apply for an online streaming app.
  2. Noxton Built-In Cooktop 2Burner Electric Hob. A Built-in Cooktop is the best way to utilize a small space, especially for short term vacation rentals wherein everything is easy to use and safe for every user. 
  3. 3. Bruan Nu-Tone Stainless Steel Rangehood. This product helps t filter unwanted air inside your vacation rental, it eliminates odors that may cause disturbance to your neighbor and also the smoke circulating in the unit which we avoid to alert the smoke detector when cooking and a shower from the sprinklers.
    4. 2 Door Danby Refridgerator.  This small size refrigerator can accommodate the guests' needs especially when they have brought foods with them or guest who enjoys preparing food for themselves this way their lifestyle isn't as far as it seems to leave their home. No need for water dispensers for cold drinks which they can surely accommodate their need.
    5. Toshiba Microwave. Quick Meals and reheating food can be as easy as using a microwave. It's hassle-free and easy to use. If you're the type doesn't enjoy cooking this quick and easy oven will be the favorite among the guest. 
    In every country there would be a preferred product by the client or even a personal choice, however despite there is a lot of brands around the appliance section which we can purchase online or even on a physical visit to a store there is no doubt that the listed items above are the basic things you need for your personal use and even for vacation rental properties.  

The project that got approved with a Moodboard for Mr. W

8/02/2019



Mr. W agreed to have a clean, fine-looking condominium apartment, where there is similarity in his house in Australia. Since the design phase was longer than usual due to some reasons, we both agreed to a Modern interior design concept where all requirements and factors in his decision making was considered.

As a person who loves white paint and textures for interiors, it was a bigger challenge for me agree of an all white concept to have 85% of the entire space in white as I felt it would be overly done because its just too white. However, as the design progresses we end up having three colors. Yes, Three colors which I love the most red, white and black which I'm convinced to have this concept for there would be colors in it.

Interior Design Project for Mr. W

The project was already completed for over a month now, and I took sometime to clean up the presentation that has the key elements why we came up that way despite the actual didn't come up the same as it should be, there were things added and taken out as we progressed during the construction phase.

The colors were indeed we worked with when the design finished, colors and materials were selected and these were all came from the inspiration boards that we discussed during our meetings. A white and clean kitchen and boards all over the space with lots of multi-functional storage organizers of every space requirement. The space was very tight and they do have a lot of stuff to store properly.

The design was to utilized every corner into a storage space which we achieved by having a custom built cabinetry for their tall pantry to the working space, a kitchen pantry work space with a waterfalls design of solid surface granite similar to the main kitchen which was also extended covering the wardrobe closet area.

The media area also serves as a dining area and a working space in white. These people has to move and the baby crawls and walks around which they needed to have enough space to enjoy their simple joy. They have an entire glass window and a door which led going to the balcony wherein the family can rest and relax as the beautiful sunset its doors to the moonlight. open whose view during the morning is the ocean view and its harbor.