Sunday, June 29, 2014

Laundry Area At Home

We're just done updating our laundry area.  Due to budget constraint, it was not done yet exactly how I wanted it but I'm already happy that at least, we are able to make some minor improvements. Aside from repainting the gates, grills and fence, we were able to add two sinks.  One is for washing clothes and one is for grooming our beloved pets. 



This is our pet grooming station


We had the fence repainted with a touch of yellow to complement with the two new sinks and I guess it's perfectly fine.



This is the dual sink.  One for washing clothes and the other one for grooming the pets.  We have installed floating shelves so we could place some laundry detergents, bars and soaps and for the grooming station, so we could place some dog shampoos and brushes.


I am still planning to install new gates and grills over the fence so we could make an enclosure during the rainy season.  maybe this will be our next move together with installing tiles on the entire laundry area.  This site is actually alongside our front pocket garden and I am also planning to save the front portion of the laundry area as an extension of our garden.  I think that would be a perfect idea to make every space functional.

Hopefully we could do this by next year. :) 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pet Grooming Station



Since we love our furry friends so much, we've decided that taking good care of their hygiene is a must!  Me and my son both agreed that they deserved to have their own grooming station where they could have their bath and also where they could have their hair trimmed and their nails cut.  They have now their very own space for grooming courtesy of hubby.  Well, thanks for that, your support is very much appreciated. :)

 To be honest, I also thought of having this pet grooming station for hygienic purposes as I don't want the kids to simply bath the dog and cut their hair everywhere around the house.  They should have their own place for this so as not to mess up with the other activities in the house.  Doing this in the laundry area or in the dirty kitchen is definitely not a good idea.

This is another great project that we've accomplished this last summer!  Cheers to that!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Vertical Garden



We took a shot of this vertical garden inside Camp John Hay in Baguio during our recent visit there.  I couldn't help but stop and have a look at this huge vertical garden.  I would admit, this has been my long time plan... to build my own vertical garden at home.  Why not? A vertical garden is a real space saver and you can grow a variety of plants in just a small portion of your yard.  Amazing, isn't it?  No wonder vertical garden is so "in" today especially on public parks and spaces.

I've actually seen the wall garden of Ms. Kris Aquino when she featured her new home at Kris TV and wow, hers is a collection of organic vegetables. She's right! Having one at home would ensure you of a steady supply of fresh greens for your salad anytime of the day! 

I wish I could start building my own vertical garden and wall garden soon! :)


Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Lights Installed In Our Dining Room and Kitchen




Hooray! Hubby bought new lights for our kitchen and dining and it surely made our kitchen and dining area properly illuminated during meal time and not only that, it gives our dining area a touch of class and elegance. I was blessed to have a supportive husband who shares the same passion with me...decorating!

Actually, we have few reasons why we've decided to upgrade our lights in the dining area.  Aside from transforming the look of the area, we also would like to conserve energy.  Previously, we are using a chandelier in our dining room equipped with several halogen bulbs which are not bright enough to illuminate the area but also add up to the high cost of our electric bills.  we wanted a brighter dining room and kitchen but we don't want to suffer from paying our electric bills, so we did look for some pretty alternatives.

Thanks o hubby for making this possible, we have now an elegant looking kitchen and dining which is bright enough to suit our needs. :)

  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Indoor Plants From Baguio

On our recent trip to Baguio, I've managed to buy some plants (I will never go home without one). Plants in Baguio are really cheap, it's more than double the price here in the Philippines.



This is what they call as "money plant", I bought one pot and I've managed to divide it into 5 pots.  One of the guys whom we met at the Wright Park told us that this money plant is actually so easy to propagate.  All you have to do is just to plant it's leaves and it will grow from there (amazing huh).  well, according to my research, this is a "lucky plant" and can be grown indoors. This has to be tied with red ribbons when it comes to a desired size if you wish to add it as a decoration in your homes.


 
This plant is quite pricey and is called Lemon Pine Tree.  The seller told me that this could be used to get rid of insects around the house or yard.  If planted in a big pot, this could grow taller, maybe around 5 ft in height. I wasn't able to transfer it into a pot yet coz I wanted a bigger pot.



I wasn't able to get the name of this plant.  The seller told me that it's a bonsai plant and I bought this already arranged.  This is now displayed at the center table in my living room.

My love for plants started when I owned our first house.  It has a yard and I, together with my Mom managed to surround it with plants.  It really helps a lot in beautifying our home, from then on, gardening has already been my hobby.

Will feature more of my collections in my future posts.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

One Pot Vegetable Garden



I have some huge pots which were actually part of the package when I hired a garden professional to landscape my garden few years back.  She actually planted these huge pots with trees ( I forgot the name) which resemble that of a coconut tree.  Unfortunately, these were not properly taken care of and now, these are still existing in my yard but look dull and dry.  I've thought of getting rid of the said trees which are not pleasant looking anyway and use those huge pots to plant vegetables instead. 

I saw this one pot vegetable garden from Sunset and it solves my problem. Now I know what will I do with those huge pots that I have at home.  I think it will be more worthy to covert these pots into mini vegetable gardens.  These will yield fresh vegetables which I can make use for my dishes and salads.  Now, all I have to do is to buy some seeds or seedlings to complete the garden. Anyway, I have already started with some now and I just have to transfer these greens into those huge pots.

Another entry in my bucket list for summer! :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Painted Wall Art


We've done a similar art work a couple of years ago in our dining area and it's actually a wall mural.  The art work on our wall is still alive until now and it really adds up to the beauty of our dining room.  Since, we do not possess the professional art skills, we just hired a professional artist to do the job for us.  The result was really awesome and it gathered compliments from all our home visitors and friends.

After seeing this design online, I just had this idea that a wall art similar to the one we've done before could also be used as an added design behind shelves and it really looks artistic and eye catching.

What do you think?



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