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:
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:
…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.
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.
Here are the photos from my phone: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.