Happy Holidays All!

Well folks, it’s that time of the year again! Today, I did a few last minute shopping with my daughter {who by the way is my favorite shopping buddy}. I woke up with a mission & a checklist on hand. I think we were pretty successful, didn’t even get distracted!  All the wrapping’s done & tomorrow we’re off to go to my in-laws a few hours away. I’m looking forward to a home-cooked hearty meal & our nephew’s adorable eyes of delight as he opens his gifts. In the Philippines, we do noche buena where we wait until midnight of the 24th to have our Christmas meal & open our gifts afterwards. Just imagine the anticipation! I miss that…. As I form new traditions here in the US, I bring with me memories of Christmas past but eternally grateful for the amazing family that surrounds me now.

I hope all of you have an amazing Christmas!

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5 Shops to Love at Blue Genie Art Bazaar

I am officially in chaos mode! For some or perhaps most of you, you may already have had your shop on, oh well since before Thanksgiving. Not me! So, I’ve been checking out all of the shopping events in and Around Austin. Come to find out the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is ongoing until December 24th…wee! If you’re like me, I avoid the too-busy and crazy roads that lead to the shopping malls. I also try to look for something unique. For some of you not familiar with the Bazaar; it features thousands of handmade artworks, jewelry, clothing and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. You are shopping and helping local artists and not only that, aside from a selection of juried artists, fun events happen throughout the show.

After stalking their exhibitors, here are my favorites so far:

1. South Austin Gallery: Pop style Art with the influence of Austin surroundings.

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2. Jennifer Hill Ceramics: tableware and sculptures with cue from the luscious flora of the sea.

3. The Plaid Pigeon : We’re not tired of succulents yet…why not plant them in these quirky neon creatures that ruled the Earth eons ago?

4. Old is the New: Oh because vintage camera nightlights is just oh-so-cool.

5. Fair Morning Blue: Your table service will be amazing with hand-stamped flour sack tea towels.

Here are the deets:

Where: Marchesa Hall

When: Nov. 29th to Dec 4th; 10 am to 10 pm

Parking: Free! Seriously!

You must,you just have to visit and check out all the swoon-worthy goodies!

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Help Rescue Yolanda Survivors


typhoon-5 An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province.


Residents seek refuge inside a Catholic church which was converted into an evacuation center after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city. As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones.

As we flip through the news and watch in horror as typhoon Yolanda ravishes through cities and provinces in the Philippines, killing over 10,000 residents and thousands more displaced, hungry with no food, no clean water, electricity or medical attention, we stand heartbroken. As some of you may know, I am Filipino and call Philippines my homeland and such tragic news hits close to home (literally). Filipinos are resilient, and to fathom the fact that survivors who’ve lost all their family but not hope may not live due to starvation or the lack of clean water is too much for me to take. I am grateful to see all the help pouring in from different nations, but I, along with many others know the importance of what each individual can give and the significance of something as small as $25 can amount to when we all lend a hand.

So I feel it from head down to the end of my tippy toes, how fortunate we are to be able to help, to have something to give and not only that, to encourage others to do the same. So I ask for you to consider giving or helping in the best way you know how. Many of us may not have the time to volunteer, or know who to donate to, so here are some organizations organized by the Huffington Post:

World Food Programme The UN’s hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here. Red Cross The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

AmeriCares The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.

World Vision The Christian humanitarian organization that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month’s earthquake in Bohol, which fortunately was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.

ShelterBox ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.

UNICEF Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.

Salvation Army The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organization is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Save The Children The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.

Operation USA The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee The humanitarian assistance organization, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Learn more here.

The Lutheran World Relief LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. Learn more here.

Catholic Relief Services CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.

Team Rubicon The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Learn more here.

International Medical Corps The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems. Learn more here.

Action Against Hunger The international poverty-fighting nonprofit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It’s also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases. Learn more here.

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Changing the Game

Happy Monday folks! I hope your weekend was swell. It has been a bit soggy where I am but I’m not complaining, we direly need the rain because of this lingering drought. Today, I want to talk about change. A few weeks ago while sitting at a hotel room by myself, I had an epiphany. I was overwhelmed, stressed out and unfocused. I have been juggling so many things and something has got to give. I was torn about being responsible about what I started and staying true to what I want. Well, I don’t want this to be too dramatic {I’m talking about the online shop by the way — The Inglenook Decor}. But a long time ago, I thought being a shop owner was what I wanted to do, at least it was at that time. I wanted a brick & mortar shop but with the economic downturn, I settled for just an online shop. It did ok and I’m grateful for all the customers that supported it, the press mentions it got {a few, both local & national} but I learned almost right away, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t give it my best shot and it’s just not me not to give it my best. I felt I’ve shortchanged the people that supported it but most of all, I shortchanged myself.

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I’m not totally reckless and adventurous but I know I do ok with change. Sometimes, it is so hard to say goodbye even though the “falling apart” has happened a long time ago {I’m partly talking about Liam & Miley as well here}. I just know that a change is inevitable. I may consider it a  failure {or not} but I’m willing to fail {hopefully not a lot} to get to that place where I have truly found out who I “need” to be. I don’t want to regret not trying. This season, I’m focusing more on my design work, get better, improve my craft, gain experience, learn and most of all connect with people {and hopefully make them happy}.

So, in the words of the great artist, Macklemore, yes I’m changing the game but inside, I’m still the same {a bit stubborn, a bit sweet but all the way driven}. I hope you’ll continue to be there with me!

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Low Platform Dreamin’

I recently moved into a new apartment and have finally decided to switch out my old bed frame for something new and exciting.  Yes, really, bed frame choices are exciting to me.  I’ve been thinking of a low platform bed as a welcome change from the wrought iron frame I’ve had since high school.  Something about low platforms just immediately says cozy to me.


A bed frame of pillows, now there’s an idea!


I don’t think I could keep something this modern clean enough to do it justice but isn’t it yummy?


Again, too minimalist of a style for me, but that butcher’s block frame is to die for.

So I’m still searching for the perfect frame to fit my eclectic style…but I think I’m heading in the right direction 🙂


Hello everybody! It is Wednesday! This actually means, I’m coming back home to Austin after being gone for almost two weeks. I’m very excited to get started on some projects….

>Decorating my house is still ongoing and there’s still some things left to do: putting up more frames, painting a mirror frame and a bar cart, decoupaging and creating a few more vignettes. The progress is on Instagram.

> I also do E-Design and I’m doing two at this time as well as a couple of Interior design projects in Austin.

> We are currently renovating a building for a Physical Therapy Clinic; the floors will be down & the walls will be up soon. Do you know what that means? Furnishing and decorating it is next!

> I am also creating a few DIY’s + interiors styling for HGTV.com. I am so excited for this opportunity and I can’t wait to show you the finished projects. This amazing & creative girl is helping me too. I am blessed!

> I’m reviewing my notes on Color Theory for upcoming classes for Treehouse. The picture above is Tonal. It’s neutral on neutral. Although it’s all muted colors, it works so well, don’t you think?

How is your week so far?


March Recap

Hello friends! Enjoying Spring yet? The weather is still not Spring perfect, we had hail & rain just last week. Here’s a little recap on what happened last month.

Decorating the old house is still ongoing: 1) The antique rococo mirror was a find by my SIL & MIL, it had an awful color before but just a fresh coat of white paint made it gorgeous, I think! 2) The tufted bench reupholstered by Urban Habitat 3) The bookcase is from World Market, I bought it for $179.99, painted it black & added the hardware in brass gold 3) I adore this Georgian chair from Restoration Hardware which my husband dubbed the phone booth, cherry blossoms gave the space a hint of Spring!

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I went to Chicago for a short trip and met with three of my college friends. This was one of the pics taken. We did what we love doing, eating at Asian Fusion restos…yum!


And me & my daughter went to New York for a little R & R, bonding and shopping for Spring Break. We stayed at The Paramount, swanky lobby, small rooms.

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That’s her on the left waiting for food at Yum Yum & me on the right enjoying a cupcake at Nolita. April looks like it’s going to be fun as well!

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The Right {Brained} Insight

My amazing friend, creative gal, Charmie shared this vid on her Facebook page a few weeks back & I have played it more than once. It’s a bit long but I assure you, it will enlighten and inspire you!

  Jill Taylor’s Talk on Ted.Com

So, in the past couple of weeks I’ve been taking on more design projects {which fuels me so much!}. There’s nothing like deadlines & logistics though that slowly numbs your creativity. So, even though, actual drawings are not a must with my design projects {because of softwares that are so easy to use!}, I make it a point to draw more. As creatures of the western world, I do think we rely so much on our left-brain that our lives are filled with anxiety and stress. Albeit, both hemispheres are so important, yet neglecting one will most definitely spell disaster.



I realized that I like going old school — like drawing floor plans. There should be a marriage of our right and left brains. Much like a relationship, one is more dominant than the other. Nurturing our creativity {everybody has it!} will definitely make us whole, expansive, and alive! So, I definitely concur, Jill Taylor!

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A Break for Spring

Happy Friday everybody! I am en route to Chicago for a little getaway to see college friends. Then, I’ll be on Spring break with my daughter in NYC. In the meantime, I leave you all with colorful spaces that’s all about Spring’s bright colors. Next week, I’m so happy for three wonderful friends for guest blogging for me; Elizabeth of Stone Textile, Michelle of Uncharted Style and Sam of The Peak of Tres Chic. Enjoy the weekend and Spring break week everyone!

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