I’ve been reviewing AutoCAD tutorials online (in case I get a job soon)
—my makeshift office has been a motivation.
All the lilies have bloomed. ♡
And here’s me showing off our young and growing philodenron selloum compacta:
This morning, we saw rain in Perth for the very first time this year. It’s been very hot and muggy lately, so it’s a luxury to get some cold. And since BZ was so kind to wash the balcony yesterday, we had breakfast out there this morning, enjoying the cooler breeze.
Since I got back from Norway, I’ve been working out almost every day. I didn’t gain as much as I thought I would, so it was much easier to get back into the shape I worked hard for while I was in Manila. BZ had a fit band waiting for me when I got back from Manila, and it has helped me tremendously!
Wearing the Fitbit flex has motivated me to reach 10,000 steps daily, more so to beat my Fitbit mates—BZ and his mom. It truly works for motivation! And motivation is all you need, really. It also tracks your sleep structure, and it shows you how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day. And when you add a meal plan (based on your current weight + goal weight + weeks to reach your goal weight), it shows how many calories you have left to consume. And the good thing is that the harder you work out, the more calories you can take in!
Not much new has happened. As of job-hunting, I have applied to many design places, and I’ve only gotten response from three out of eighteen companies—two of which weren’t looking. So we’ll see how this goes. ♥
Our alstroemeria flowers were all withered yesterday, so I replaced them with lilies, gerberas and carnations. I’m impressed with myself for knowing flower names—never thought I’d be this much into flowers. I’ve always loved plants, but flowers bring a different touch of life into a home, don’t you agree? None of the lilies had bloomed yesterday, so I was very surprised this morning to see that two of them had bloomed overnight. ♥
• a glimpse of my improvised office •
• Alstroemeria flowers in small jars dress up our kitchen window •
• our handsome Zanzibar Gem sits on our coffee table •
I’ve cleared our dining table and made it into my very own office. Thanks to that, the past couple of days have been very productive for me, you guys! Well, productive enough for me at least. Have yours been productive as well?
I’ve been editing and adding a few pages here on my website. My last post for example, on my interior design taste and values, is one. Its main purpose is for prospective employers who visit my about page to simply get to know my design taste—outlined.
I’ve worked on a new online portfolio page as well, where I have listed my few but lesson-filled experiences. I just finished working on a new résumé, and am waiting for someone’s feedback on it. Once that’s final, I only have cover letters left to work on, then I’m finally going to apply!
See those beautiful Alstroemeria flowers in the photos above? I got them a few days ago to give our plant-empty apartment some pop of life and color. Those jars they’re in, I got from my oldest sister in Bergen. I brought less than half (of what she gave) with me, and now I regret it.
Our outdoor plants are now being tended by BZ’s mom, and sadly, our indoor plants have passed away. RIP. On a lighter note, I went to a flower shop yesterday and brought that handsome Zanzibar Gem plant home with me. After I bought it, I learned another term for it: “The can’t-kill-me houseplant.” Let’s see how that goes!
BZ and I have started working out again as well. We tried out a boxing class at a boxing gym last Monday, and it left us sore the next day. And it left me with stinky hands, as we had to borrow training gloves at the gym. Even after I scrubbed them once, washed them thoroughly twice, and showered, they still stunk! But that won’t stop us. We might go back on Friday, if not, Monday.
We were surprised by a letterbox invitation to an event that we’re shortly going to. It’s an event in a Domayne store in West Perth, and it’ll be an evening of discounts! Let’s see if we’ll be bringing some goodies back home. ♥
Have a wonderful Wednesday night!
MY DESIGN TASTE
1. A Clean & Minimal Backdrop
What I love the most about a clean and minimal backdrop in terms of color scheme is that it’s like a blank canvas where furnishings are tools to paint. Furnishings are materials, colors, textures and forms. They are tools to incorporate design elements and principles.
An empty space is how every space usually starts out, of course. But to keep the backdrop’s design clean and minimal, as the foundation of a fully designed space, is to make it adaptable and nimble.
I tolerate purely minimal shells, which I believe give the opportunity to make the furnishings the focal point of the space. However, I do love architectural details such as classic baseboards and cornices. And a ceiling dressed with architectural details adds interest to any space, when done professionally of course.
Anything classic is classic, after all: It stands the test of time.
2. The Use of Natural Materials
It’s a must to use natural materials in fixtures when the budget allows it. Not only are natural materials sustainable, but they also scream quality and durability. They may be the expensive option, but they outperform. And investing in natural materials as opposed to faux materials, more often than not, saves money in the long run.
Natural stone floors are beautiful in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, and natural wooden floorboards bring a dose of coziness to bedrooms and living areas. I’m all for repurposing natural materials as well, and I absolutely love seeing antique wooden doors installed in newly built homes.
3. Accessorizing with Plants
I like homes that are an extension of nature. Other than using natural materials, what does this better than accessorizing with plants? I find that plants finish any space like nothing else. And they come with health benefits, too!
MY DESIGN VALUES & STANDARDS
4. Classiness & Timelessness
Coco Chanel said it well: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Trends come and go. Good taste endures. Trends should serve as inspiration and seen as a tool to evolve and improve one’s design style—not to be imitated.
5. Good Lighting
“The best-lit rooms have layers of light that blend well together,” says architect and designer David Rockwell*, and I couldn’t agree more. Interior design is mostly visual, and the quality of lighting determines how one perceives it. Great design always incorporates good lighting.
6. My Design Priorities:
- Quality over quantity
- Function and flow over form
- Comfort over style