Friday, April 28, 2017

20 Inspiring Quotes From Home Designers


For some reasons, there will always be a profound feeling whenever we decorate our home. Perhaps, it is because of the positive vibe it gives whenever we get to improve the things at home. Always keep in mind that your home is a reflection of what and who you are. That means, if you do a minimalist design in your home, then you are most probably a simple person. Whether you are living in a condo BGC or any real estate property in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to decorate your home.

Just as much as we love decorating, there are a lot of homeowners who do know what and what not to do with their home. Perhaps, they might be confused on what kind of design should they do that suit their style or theme of their home. So, to give you an idea, we list down some inspiring quotes from the home designers itself that can help you think or create your style of home decorations.

1. "A house is much more than a mere shelter – it should lift us emotionally and spiritually." - John Saladino

2."Have nothing in your home that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris

3. "One should never be the oldest thin in one's house." - Patsy Stone

4. "Have no fear of perfection – you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

5. "Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. there's more to life than decorating." - Albert Hadley

6. "All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer." - William Morris

7. "If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own." - Stacy Risenmay

8. "Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting that it really is." - Charles M. Schulz

9. "Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style." - Billy Baldwin

10." Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle. One's real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well-being." - Albert Hadley

11. "Decorating golden rule: Live with what you love." - Unknown

12. ‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

13. "Home is the nicest word there is." - Laura Ingalls Wider

14. "Form follows function." - Louis Sullivan

15. "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution isn't beautiful, I know it is wrong." - Richard Buckminster Fuller

16. "All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space." - Philip Johnson

17."Simplicity is te ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo Da Vinci

18. "Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design." - Charles Eames

19. "The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames

20. "Minimalism is designing to allow the art, the books, the view, the people – whatever matters most to the inhabitant – to be the soul of the space – Deborah Berke




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Decluttering 101: What Do Experts Say About Decluttering at Home


There will always be a profound feeling when we have our home cleaned. Who would not want to clean their home, right? Even if we are so busy with our work or in school, we always find time to do all the household chores. Nobody wants to live a dirty and messy home. That is why we clean and we make sure that the environment is healthy enough for us to live. Whether you live at Sedona Parc or any real estate property in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to declutter your home.

If you are wondering about what experts would say about decluttering, then we list down some quotes from them. Perhaps, it is in this way where you will be able to inspire and motivate yourself to declutter more.

1. "The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't." - Joshua Becker

2. "Owning less is better than organizing more." - Joshua Becker

3. "Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination." - Christina Scalise

4. "Clear your stuff. Clear your mind." - Eric M. Riddle

5. "If someone doesn't life with you, neither should their stuff." - Monika Kristofferson

6. "Thre is an easy way of finding the job to be done today, just look around your environment; take note of the place that needs cleaning and the places that need decoration; do one at a time!" - Israelmore Ayivor

7. "Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire." - Wendel Berry

8. "By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past. If you just stow these things away in a draw or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now." - Marie Kondo

9. "Think twice before you buy. Decide before you purchase anything where you are going to keep it and what you are going to use it for. If your answers to either of these questions are vague, then you are about to purchase clutter. Desist from buying." - Karen Kingston

10. "When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life." - Karen Kingston

11. "The more things you own, the more they own you." - Unknown

12. "Clutter is anything that doesn't belong in a space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn't belong in your home any longer." - Chrissy Halton

13. Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future." - Wayne L. Misner

14. "'Later' is the best friend of clutter." - Peter Walsh

15. "Clear clutter – make space for you." - Magdelena Vandenberg

16. "Get rid of clutter, and you may just find it was blocking the door you've been looking for." - Katrina Mayer

17. "In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination." - Jeff Campbell

18. ‘Clutter is not just physical stuff; it's old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits." - Eleanor Brown

19. "You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk." - Louise Smith

20. "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Horace Lorimer

21. "The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are." - Mother Teresa

22. "Letting go becomes easier when you see not what you lose, but all that you gain, in creating space for something new." - Renate Vullings

23. "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." - Hans Hoffman

24. ‘You're the boss of clutter, not the other way around." - Monika Kristofferson


25. ‘Clutter is evidence of excess." - Cristin Frank



Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Hacks To Brighten Up Your Space At Home

"Often what's wrong with some modernist houses – they're kept vacuum-sealed all the way through. And then people wonder why they haven't any atmosphere." – John Stefanidis

There's nothing more frustrating than having a dull and lifeless home. Agree? If you think that you are not living in a satisfying lifestyle, then you better start to brighten up your space at home. Whether you're living in a condo Manilaor any properties in the Philippines, there is no reason for you not to achieve the right design for your home. And mind you, you will definitely have good vibes when you do.
However, considering the busy schedules that we have from work or school, we tend to forget how to brighten up our space. Sometimes, we even tolerate things that are cluttered in our rooms since we don't have enough time to clean up. Right? And if you are one of those people struggling on what and what not to do when it comes to decorating your space, then you might want to refer these tips below.
  1. Pick up fresh flowers

Whether you realize it or not, having flowers inside your home can brighten up the mood. If you feel like you need something that is fresh, then flowers are advisable for you to have. It doesn't just add beauty to your apartment, but it also has health benefits you can get when you have fresh flowers in your apartment. Moreover, if you want it to be more stylish, then you may choose flowers that are also appealing to the eyes. Perhaps, you can have a bouquet of flowers and put them in a stylish vase.
  1. Plant succulents

Aside from the flowers that you can have at home, you can also have succulents. It doesn't just look good on your apartments pace, but it is also beneficial to your health. Moreover, you definitely would want to have one in your home since it is pretty cheap, fun to put together, and it is also an adorable way to get some low-maintenance green outdoors.
  1. Find local produce

If you think that the things in your apartment are the only things that need a fresher look, then you better think again. This is also the time for you to go for cleaner and healthier lifestyle by buying and eating healthy foods. You can definitely check out your local farmers market or even groceries for a great deal of lovely and fresh food. Don't compromise your health with junk foods. Remember, the healthier you are, the brighter your lifestyle will be.
  1. Buy lamps or open the blinds

If you feel like your space is dark enough, then you have to purchase a lamp or open the blinds. Of course, you definitely don't want to live in a space where everything is dark, right? A good lighting is also important for you to consider to make sure that you can see clearly on the things around you. Moreover, this is also one way to protect your eyes from the dim light that you have in your apartment.
  1. Rotate your apartment's colors

One thing that can add life to your space is the choice of your color. If you have a darker shade of color at home, then you will most probably have a darker themed home design. However, if you are one of those people who wanted to brighten up their space, then you also have to make sure that you choose colors that are light. Well, you can also choose pastel color to have some accent on each of the design in your room.

Home Improvement 101: How to Shop the Right Furniture Online

One of the reasons I became a designer in the first place was because I love collecting and then putting it all together. But when you're designing your own house, one of the hardest things to do is finish it. Because you're always finding and adding your next favorite thing." - Suzanne Kasler
Although there are hundreds to thousands of online shops, that doesn't guarantee that you can get the right furniture for you. You can find furniture with a cheap and affordable price. Who would not be tempted to buy such, right? And if you are not careful on what you are buying, then this may lead to regretting your decisions later on. Whether you are renting a place in a condo for rent in Makati or any condominiums, you definitely don't want to fall into that kind of scheme, right?
For you to avoid such unwanted situations, below are some ideas you can get on how to shop home furniture online successfully for a beautiful interior design.

How do I know it will fit?

You will not know what size of your furniture you need to purchase when you don't even know the measurements of your home. If you are planning to put your furniture in your living room, then you have to determine the measurements of the space provided before you will know how big or small should you purchase. Knowing the measurements ahead is easier and faster when deciding what furniture you need to buy in your living room.

Affordable prices

This is one of the many things most homeowners tend to consider first. Yes, cheap and affordable prices may be a temptation especially when your money is budgeted. But don't be fooled by the price, some of them may have a little damaged that is why they sell it to you at a lower price. Moreover, there is also furniture that is too expensive, yet they are not worth the purchase. That simply means, before you jump to any decisions, you have to double check and make sure that the furniture that you choose is durable enough for a long term use. And if not, then you have to find other furniture that would match your lifestyle.

How will it look close-up

When choosing furniture, there will always be a risk when you don't know what it looks like up close. Who knows? Pictures can also be deceiving. Moreover, photographers also know who to do the angling of the photo to make it look good online. And if you want to make sure that you will be a buying the furniture that you want, then you have to find or ask another photo for you to know how it will look like when it's close-up.

Is assembly required?

Before you decide to purchase a particular furniture online, you have to know if that particular furniture needs to be assembled. If so, then you should also make sure if they offer personnel that would help when it comes to the installation of the furniture. Additionally, you should also be keen when it comes to the parts of the furniture. If there are small pieces that are lost, then you might not get the desired outcome when the assembled furniture is complete.
Choosing the right furniture for your home online is not that hard as you think it is. Yes, you may find a lot of furniture online. But before you decide to purchase one, then you have to make up your mind and ensure that you will not regret the decisions you make later on. Again, online shopping may be a convenient way to shop, but you also have to make sure not to be deceived by any prices or looks of it.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 3 Relationship Goals Realtors Should Have with Clients



If there is one ingredient for a relationship to work out, that is when both parties understand each other.  Well, if you don't want to disappoint with one another, you both have to work out the things that make the relationship last. It is no different with the relationship between the realtors and the clients. Especially when a client wants to invest in a condo in Manila, there must be a good rapport to make the investment success.

If you want to have a good outcome of the investments, then you should possess the right attitude. It is just a matter of how you approach and handle the situations. Well, if you have the right character, then there would be room for a relationship to work out. Below are some of the relationship goals, you might want to try to achieve with your clients.

1. Maintain clear and constant communication


If you are serious about making the investment success, then you all have the right to have a clear and constant communication with your client. Of course, who would not want to take it seriously if you are serious about making it work?! However, having and maintaining a clear and constant communication with the client can also be demanding and daunting. There are times that your schedules would not match with each other. That is why it is important for you to make some adjustments.

As a realtor, you have to adjust in a way that both of you can make room for discussions about the things that you want to achieve. It is important for you to know and understand the concerns of your clients to have a clear and smooth process of investing. Also, you have to respect the client's way of communicating. If your client wants and prefers to discuss the real estate transaction in personal, for example, then as much as possible, don't discuss the things through the phone. When you do, you might disappoint your client, and you don't want that to happen. Right?

2. Anticipating clients' wants and needs


If you want to make your clients be impressed with your service, then try to anticipate their wants and needs. Of course, it is not an easy task to do, especially when you have a client who is not certain about what things he/she wants to have. However, if you successfully anticipate their wants and needs, then it is easier for you to have a good understanding with each other.

As a client, I would be amazed how a realtor easily grasps the things that I want to have. Knowing what interest your clients' the most would definitely be an advantage for you to know what are the things that they might also like and want to have. Anticipating your clients' want and needs is not just about impressing them, it is also one way to make the deal done with no complications in the process of investments.


3. Deliver appropriate services and tools


Have you ever be confused on what kind of services are you going to offer to your clients? Have you ever tried giving them the things that don't even fit with their needs? Well, you will experience that kind of situation when you don't have the right and appropriate services and tools that are intended for them and fit their needs.

Strategically, when you have the right tools and services for your clients, it will help you make your work easier and convenient since you know what kind of services that would match with the needs of your clients. You need not panic when it comes to presenting and offering them the things that interest them since you know that what you offer would be to their advantage, and that leads them to engage and pursue with their investments with you.

Also, it doesn't just be to your advantage, but it will also be to the advantage of your client since they will get what they want and need. Giving them the right services and tools would be much easier for them to choose their ideal place to live.


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