Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Chic


Engaging in some last minute shopping for Halloween?

Go for chic! :)


Themed interiors are always really pretty as they light up any normal place. With Halloween parties sprouting in all directions at this time of the year and kids running about asking for candies while in costumes, what better than pretty spooky-themed furniture pieces and wall art in your home and amongst your regular items for an interesting twist?

Make use of black frames, fabric and black paper for a monochromatic halloween look that will surely be accentuated by any white wall.

With plates and utensils coming out in a multitude of designs, decorating an area using halloween-themed plates would definitely be as inexpensive as it is original.

The simple yet eye-popping effect of  plates mounted on your wall will wake up even the most boring and plain of all nooks. 

Skull Chair anyone?

Pumpkins need not always be left as orange. Check these black and white-painted pumkin's out. So chic!

May your table settings be as happy as if you were celebrating Christmas and not otherwise with contrasting black and white tones like the pumkin's above: 

For a fun and cheerleader-like route, fill your dining area with pompom-like floating decorations!

With white as your main color and black looking as secondary as ever, your sweets and arrangement will look as child-friendly as it is professional and adult-looking.

Opting for the real scary thing? Twist the focus on black and shimmery materials instead as shown in the photo below:

Hope these ideas have helped. :)
Happy Halloween Everyone! Run out and be merry! :)



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Sunday, October 30, 2011

9 to 5

Been working at an interior design firm in Makati for a few weeks now and it has been so funny how I get to juggle the things I need to accomplish before and after my office work. One morning while collating some receipts and filling in some letters before heading to the office, my Dad said that I remind him of Dolly Parton's song "9 to 5". 

And if you're not familiar with the song I am talking about (didn't either so have no fear), attached is one of many "9to 5" videos I found posted in youtube:

Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
And yawn and stretch and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the street the traffic starts jumpin'
The folks like me on the job from nine to five.

Read more:
LetsSingIt - Your favorite Music Community 

Thanks to youtube for the video and for the lyrics :) 


Cathy Malvar

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Condo Living Workshop at Jak en Poy

Interested in learning more about interior design while checking out the exhibit of this year's graduating batch of P.S.I.D.? 

If yes, here's the event for you:

The second leg of two design talks, this like their first will be a sure fire hit. Here are some photos from the event they previously had:

Thanks to Kris of Mega Publishing Group for inviting me to their event and for sending me these pictures. :)


Cathy Malvar

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Swim: Anemone, Toms & Fetish

Got nothing to wear on your trip out of town this long weekend?

Here's your cue!


Cathy Malvar

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Was asked to research on modern armoire's at work yesterday, which we can use as concept photos for a piece that we lacked for a project in Makati. I found so many pretty looking one's but could not save or see them because the internet in the office was not exactly cooperating with me.

Having brought the itch to find interesting armoire's out of work, I decided to continue my search as soon as I got home. :)


Boca do Lobo Guggenheim Armoire 


Patchwork cupboards turn into beauties.

Made of recycled materials, the designers of these cupboards should receive an award for ingenuity! At a time when the state of our environment is on everyone's mind, more of these should be constructed. :)


A Ralph Pucci free standing cabinet by Patrick Naggar Evolutions

Doesn't it remind you of a pumpkin?



Colorful cabinets by A2Designers which come in several candy hues!

in blue..

in pink... yellow

and in white!


The Rosette Armoire by Egg Designs

Made of steel and copper plated roses, this armoire is sure to be a hit with flower-loving (not me!) spectators.


Inspired by Dung beetles, the "Bug Armoire", another creation of Egg Designs is as hip as the brand it belongs to.

The scarab details were cut through laser printing and covered in powder coating while its legs are made of solid timber. Drawn on the legs are hand-carved bugs to complete its bug-themed look.


Though armoire's were said to have originally been used to store weapons, they have also served a purpose in the lives of women in the past. Serving as a storage for jewelry, armoire's like the one above are said to be a good place to keep one's jewelry at home. With the large amount of space inside, women no longer had to hide their jewelries in banks or in tiny compartments. Wish women these days had more of these to go around!



Cathy Malvar

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spell S-t-o-r-a-g-e

There are so many ways to hide all the clutter lying around one's room. 

From storage spaces that come with legs, no legs, that hang or are exposed, coming up with reasons as to why your space is still a mess is a no-go! :) 


One can never go wrong with a vintage piece


Cerulean Display Case



White! White! White!


Such a colorful built-in!


When drawers take a new look..





There's always something interesting about having floating shelves around




Great for a foyer or as a console by the living area


Malagana Design






Happy organizing!



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Currently pledged myself to a sabbatical away from certain things, work none the less but that aspect will have to  experience some delay....