Sometimes, words are not enough to tell how you feel. Words can't clearly show the beauty of something that can only be perceived by the eyes. That's why we have Kodachromes to keep it. Here's my collection.

Four months–the longest summer I had. What I had in mind were sand, beach, the smell of salt water, lots of sun on my skin, and a laid back life. What I actually had were internships, interior design projects, CAD drawings and lots of learning regarding my future profession. While most of my friends are spending the long summer going from one vacation spot to another, I was spending my internship at three different firms from April to May, then staying at home most of the time doing the working drawings on June, and going from one place to another to look for furniture and other construction materials on July. My father didn’t want me to go back home during those four months because he wants me to stay here, earn my own money, learn as much as I can, and be prepared for the life that awaits me after graduation. And I think, the sacrifice pays off. I am better prepared for the special project and thesis.

My first project was the first floor of a 60.8sq. m. model house in Sonoma, Brgy. Sta. Clara, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. My boss, IDr. Suzanne Sy already did the space planning. I was assigned to design the living room, kitchen and dining area of the said house. She decided to have the country/farmhouse-industrial mash-up for the style of the house. I was asked to make designs from the following design inspiration photos:

I came up with these designs first for the living room:

Living Room Mood Board

Living Room Mood Board

Behind the chairs on the right is supposed to be a window that I forgot to put (my bad). The white space on the right is the path going to the kitchen, while the one on the left is where the door going to the comfort room is located. Apparently, we have to change the Wainscot paneling on the walls because we have a very limited budget. I was asked to think of another design that’s cheaper. I came up with this:

Living Room Mood Board 2

Living Room Mood Board 2

…except that we took the wood moldings on the wall behind the sofa, and the other walls other than the aforementioned, are painted white. We wanted the wall behind the sofa to be standout and be an accent wall. It’s the first thing that you would actually lay your eyes on when you enter the house. We add another accent wall on the right–a wooden lap siding wall which we painted with a shade of blue lighter than the main accent wall. The sofa is already provided by Mandaue Foam. I designed the two table lamps beside the sofa, the center table and the media console (not seen from this angle). Instead of using a bamboo area rug as what is suggested on the photo above, IDr. Sy suggested to use one of her stock area rugs that she bought somewhere. We were not able to make a coffee table that looks like the one above because I don’t know where to buy a wheel like that. We resorted to a simpler design that will complement the two side table of which I based my design on.

Design inspiration for table lamp

Design inspiration for table lamp

Instead of having the table lamp in blue paint-washed finished, we painted it white and make it look distressed to achieve the farmhouse feel.

(I don’t feel like typing anymore. I’ll just share the photos with you, guys! Enjoy! :D)

I placed a watermark of my boss’ name because these photos are from her. I do not own any of these photos.

A view of the kitchen overhead and base cabinets

A view of the kitchen overhead and base cabinets

Media console design by yours truly. Television set is also provided by Sonoma

Media console design by yours truly. Television set is also provided by Sonoma

Wooden lap siding accent wall

Wooden lap siding accent wall

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Yes, you can write on the door panels with chalk!

Yes, you can write on the door panels with chalk!

Table setting by yours truly

Table setting by yours truly

The birdcage lamp is one of IDr. Sy's stocked accessories

The birdcage lamp is one of IDr. Sy’s stock accessories

I bought that dining table at CW Home Depot Ortigas for only Php 9.500.00!

I bought that dining table at CW Home Depot Ortigas for only Php 9.500.00!

Wooden accessories selection (on top of table lamp), and frames by IDr. Suzanne Sy

Wooden accessories selection (on top of table lamp), and frames by IDr. Suzanne Sy

Sofa by Mandaue Foam; I bought the Mushroom lamp at Mandaue Foam as well. Table lamp and coffee table design by yours truly (white-washed and distressed).

Sofa by Mandaue Foam; I bought the Mushroom lamp at Mandaue Foam as well. Table lamp and coffee table design by yours truly (white-washed and distressed).

The view of the living room from the front door

The view of the living room from the front door

Design and accessories selection by yours truly. Refrigerator and cooktop already provided by Sonoma

Design and accessories selection by yours truly. Refrigerator and cooktop already provided by Sonoma

Here are the photos from my phone:

Glassware selection by IDr. Suzanne Sy

Glassware selection by IDr. Suzanne Sy

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Impromptu flower arrangement

Impromptu flower arrangement

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One of the bedrooms in the second floor of the house

One of the bedrooms in the second floor of the house

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Another impromptu flower arrangement on this white-washed tin can with a faucet

Another impromptu flower arrangement on this white-washed tin can with a faucet

Yes, you can write on it. :)

Yes, you can write on it. :)

Blue vase set for 450, and stag horn for 380

Blue vase set for 450, and stag horn for 380

Media console designed by yours truly

Media console designed by yours truly

One of the built-in cabinets in the second floor; accessorized by IDr. Suzanne Sy

One of the built-in cabinets in the second floor; accessorized by IDr. Suzanne Sy

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That's my boss, over there!

That’s my boss, over there!

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2nd floor

2nd floor

lap siding accent wall

lap siding accent wall

overhead shelf in the kitchen

overhead shelf in the kitchen

IMG_20140823_105326 IMG_20140823_161343Achievement unlocked!

Sonoma Model House Four months—the longest summer I had. What I had in mind were sand, beach, the smell of salt water, lots of sun on my skin, and a laid back life.