Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ottoman search is over!

We've finally decided on the ottoman that works best for our home!
Thank you so very much for all your input on this matter, truly appreciate it.

Actually the very last minute we were torn since Liz from Infuse with Liz suggested us another great option from WISTERIA!

But in the end, this  Wicker Storage Ottoman from WAYFAIR won the search.

Here it is!

Bigger surface area up top for sure

Lots of storage inside for sure, even more than what our old coffee table provided!

I think the proportion is pretty good as well

I initially doubted anything Square among my choices, but the scale of this square was just perfect!

The problem with the rectangular ones were the height as well. They were too short and just a hazard for climbing for our little one.

Now we're all happy, including little Sophia... we hope!

Have a Great Week!


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

El Nido, Palawan Philippines

You know I spent almost a month back in the Philippines in June, and aside from my Sister' wedding we attended, we also toured a bit in our beautiful home country!

And today, I just wanted to share with you one the breath-taking place we visited with my family
 - El Nido
On our way to our first Island stop

Just breath-taking up close

The beach going to a secret Lagoon
We visited 7 islands total on this Island Hopping expedition, and each one, as breath-taking as the the next.

Under water was also wonderful...

Hi Nemo!

Snorkeling photos from Shimizu Island

I even got to see a sea turtle, but alas, was too fast for me in the water! LOL!

Where we had our lunch - Talulah Island

I just had to share these beautiful islands with you since I was just blown away by all the natural beauty that surrounded me here.
I will definitely be back someday to visit and see the other islands ( there are total of 42, we visited only 7 according to our guide).

Sunset from our room

Next time, I'll share with you an interesting home we visited up North - a home of a former dictator/President!

I'll be very busy this weekend, 2 high school friends and their family are spending the weekend with us. It'll be very fun for sure, but also a bit 'chaotic' in our household!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

From Tween to Teen - A Boy's Room Re-do

A kid growing up is a natural transition that WE are all faced with.
Be it YOU, yourself growing up, or be it your own child, it's a change both anticipated and "dreaded" (to some degree) by EVERYONE.

And with that change, comes some change too in their rooms.
Well, this one stemmed from a bit of "BED-SWITCHEROO" really.

First, with the new NURSERY, the queen-sized bed in the former guest room got moved to my younger son's room - then his bed, was moved to my older son's room which made his bed back into a bunk bed! Got it?!

And with this one change, the whole room just got to be re-done since it's one move after another, I know, you know what I mean. ;-)
I thought it perfect timing too, since my formerly tween son is now a teen and going to boarding school this fall  (sniff...sniff). His room will be an alternative guest room once he is gone since we still have the BASEMENT GUEST ROOM for such purpose.

Anyway, just a brief reminder of how this room looked before when we finished it for 
my first ORC (One Room Challenge ) back in 2013...

Our Tween Boy bedroom then

And here is what it looks like now...

See what I mean...
Having the tall bunk bed back made us move it to it's current location since whoever's gonna be sleeping above will get dinged from the close ceiling fan.

Got my bedding from TJ Maxx & Ross respectively, it's by Tommy Hillfiger
Seating/extra bed too!
This was where the former Study area was...

This is what used to be there

I also moved the repainted mid-century dresser that used to be beside the bed, across the current bed.

Proud momma hung his current Academic achievements above

I moved one of the book case that flanked the TV beside the dresser
Displayed too some of his medals here
Bookcase surprisingly remained organized
The Book Case I moved
Current Study area
I didn't want to move the wall art I made for above the bed (This is a FREE printable I made HERE),
so it stayed put where it was, but now above the study area.
Not much change in our Reading Nook

Overall, my son says he likes  the current set-up as well and still looks forward to using his room a lot when he comes home on weekends (he'll be studying in St. Louis).

As for me, I'm glad that the bed-switching worked out in the end for this room. 
But what about this room...

Yup, my younger one has outgrown Dr. Seuss (or so he says)
So I'm gearing up for decorating for another BOY TWEEN ROOM soon!

Wish me luck!

Have a Great Week!


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