Space hunter

Okay, it is no secret that I am in love with Scandinavian designers Alvhem.  Their designs that smartly maximizes space with an artsy flair never fail to tickle my fancy.  With so many changes coming in so fast (not that I’m complaining), I’ve been pretty much apartment hunting.

Or at least apartment style hunting.

Now, my default source is Freshome.  But lately, Goods Home Design has become quite an inspiration too.

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I found this floor plan on Pinterest and it is quite functional don’t you think?

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But all in all, Freshome will always be my Alvhem source.

What interested me in Goods Home Design was when they featured 3D floor plans by artists Dmitriy Schuka and Shako Gurgenidze.  Schuka puts more emphasis on recreation.  If I were to pursue yoga and him jiu jitsu more seriously, this design quite accommodating.

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I don’t really need a space to dry out skis, but a good place to disinfect gis and yoga mats are quite handy.

Personally though, I’m more of a Shako Gurgenidze fan.  The way he incorporated the great outdoors (or whatever would amount to an urban greenery) is much more compatible with how I envision our future to be.

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Adorable right?

I am yet to find the architect and designer of this final floor plan I’m showing you, but this has to be the most appropriate for us both.  The small room can either be a cool down room or an office for me and the dining spaces are perfect for small group hosting.

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Oh wow.  I just have apartments and housing in my head.  Haha.  The future holds a lot of promise, but if ever you decide to use any of these floor plans and designs for your remodeling, please do keep me posted.

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Goods Home Design
Freshome

Oh, be mine, apartment.

I believe Freshome gave it to me good again.

The Scandinavian design genius Alvhem Makleri & Interior has done it again, tastefully putting together chic functionality in this small apartment in Gothenburg. 

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You would think that the amount of white space in this apartment would render it cold and unbecoming, but there’s a certain hint of home to it.

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The overall look reminds me of a start up couple, two people finding the perfect balance in each other, as it throws the mix of urban chic and nostalgia.

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I love that it opens to a kitchen and a simple foyer.  I mean, you should see the kitchen.  I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN THE KITCHEN!?  Hahaha.  I’ve always wanted a big one, but this compact cube is just too adorable to pass up.

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The bedroom and the bathroom also speaks of functionality.  I am of course hesitant given the limited closet space.  I think I might need a storage closet somewhere just to stash my things.

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I certainly hope each apartment comes with a view because this is one cozy reading nook.

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Ever since I’ve moved out, I’ve been missing my personal space a lot.  So visiting Freshome for these design ideas keeps my heart warm at night.

Did you or did you just fall in love with this apartment too? :)

All photos from Freshome.

Monsoon survivor!

I have been meaning to blog about my emotional instability (chos) but the past days I’ve only been stuck in water.  Literally.

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It’s storm season again in the Philippines, and this has to be the worst flooding our home has ever experienced.  Actually, this is just knee deep.  Some time within the day, it even reached up to my thighs.

I wonder though if it was the rain or the width of my legs that made the water rise.  Eureka! Hahaha.

This is our first regular day for the week, the first day we’re actually experiencing power.  Since Monday till about 4 hours ago, we’ve been living in black and white, and I’ve had much to ponder, not to mention finished four books in a row.  I’m waiting for the jubilant feeling to die down a bit (LIGHT!  THERE’S LIGHT!) just so I can be in the right state of mind to share with you my insights.

Not that you’re eager to hear me moping, but you get what I mean.

The books that I finished in the 80 hour non-powered days were:

  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

It’s like I saved the best for last.

For now, please continue praying for the ones who are yet to regain power and are still flooded here in the Philippines.  I can tell this is the first of many, so vigilance is key.

But then again there’s nothing unusual here.  After all, the Filipino spirit is unsinkable.

Chos.

 

I love Freshome

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.  Recently, I’ve been looking at a lot of properties that I can invest in.  Some time last year, I started renting my own place and it wasn’t until my father passed away did I realize I’ve been throwing away my money.  I know. For people who thought I was that smart, think again.  Haha.

I’ve been browsing Freshome a lot, and it’s actually one of my favorite websites.  It’s filled with interior design ideas, modern architecture and bits of inspiration for those who was to DIY stylize their home.

Remember that egg bathtub I mentioned a while back?  Well, I still want it soooo bad.  Then I looked at Freshome again, and saw more things I want.

I seem to want too much.  But hey, a girl can dream right? :)

Take for example this small Swedish apartment featured in Alvhem.  Its fantastic design made 37.5 square meters matter so much.

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Everything is so white and quaint; perfect for a little lady like me.  I like the fact that it looks good enough for a couple to be in.  It does need a handful of manly touches but the way the space was utilized, it looks very easy to maintain.

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Did I tell you I love gray?  I just love gray tones.  They’re very relaxing and cozy.  The pops of color are just the right amount to make this small space very homey.

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Even the dining area is cute!  I’m now thinking of other seating alternatives to make dining more comfortable.  Steel legs may spell out sleek and minimalist, but they don’t really say “stay here and eat slowly.”  For those who know me well, eating for me is always a long activity.  That’s where conversations are at their best.

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I wonder if there will ever be smartly-utilized and chic stylized apartments in the Philippines like this one.  Like I said, a girl can dream right?

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For more design inspirations, head to Freshome.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

I found a pretty teapot

So yesterday, Marga and I were talking about Machiko Skye’s upcoming second birthday party.  She said, to be cute and girly about it, we should just host a tea party!  And I couldn’t agree with her more.

While walking around S&R, we were already taking mental notes which baked goods we’re planning to serve on that fateful day.  It actually got me soooo excited that I took out our trusty teapot!

Honestly, in all our years living in the south, I do not ever recall ever ever ever EVER taking out this pretty little thing for some tea.  It wasn’t until my father’s heart problems during the past couple of years did we start to explore the benefits of tea.


Isn’t she so pretty.  I bet Marga will go nuts about this teapot once she sees this.  And because I was in the mood, I cleaned up this lady and started brewing tea.

Yes, I convinced everyone to have tea today.  Hahahaha.  But it was a hot afternoon, so I took that into consideration as well.

And then when the tea was done, I poured them perfectly!

WHAT?!  How did that happen!?

Hahahahaha.  A good friend gave me his milk tea recipe in exchange for silence so this is me not talking about it.  I think this would match that tea party, don’t you?

Pretty little teapot. :)

P.S.:  We were all too lazy to retrieve the camera from the car so I took these photos using the phone.  Excuse the grain! :)