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6 Decorating Resolutions for 2017

Resolve to keep a cleaner, more organized, and beautiful home next year!

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba & Paula de Guzman

We tend to list down our New Year’s resolutions every first week of January, and we always resolve to lose weight, save money, and exercise more often, but do we actually do it?

Make resolutions for your home instead—you’ll end up with a home that is prettier, brighter, lighter, and more efficient. Here are some New Year’s decorating resolutions that are so much easier than going on a diet!

“I resolve to take care of my plants.”

Many claim not to have a green thumb, but caring for plants are the same as caring for any living thing—you have to feed it, sun it, and keep it comfortable. If you’ve received a potted plant as a gift, be respectful of it and tend to it—there are many gardening how-to sites on the Net. Or click here.

"I resolve to take care of my home."

New homeowners sometimes forget that part and parcel of owning a home is maintaining it. After a few years, paint peels and fades, roofing gets damaged, sinks get clogged, and cabinet hinges fall off, and it’s up to you (yes, you!) to make sure these get repaired. Simple repairs can be done on your own, and are not too expensive. Or read this story. 

“I resolve to support the handmade movement.”

Most mass-produced items leave a terribly large carbon footprint and toxic production waste. Buying handmade pieces from small, grassroots sellers assures you of quality items that are made with less waste. This also supports their industry, and sometimes, you help an entire community involved in its production. Go to the Hub and other off-the-beaten-track stores, or attend the many handmade bazaars in Metro Manila. If you’re in the South, check out eco-friendly Holicow in Banilad, and its occasional pop-ups in Cebu City.

"I resolve to buy local."

Purchasing local furniture pieces and décor assures that the Philippine design and manufacturing industry stays robust and alive. There are many local Filipino furniture designers you can discover by attending local trade shows like Manila FAME, or by visiting LRI Design Plaza and the other stores along N. Garcia in Makati City, which sell Filipino designs and products. And if you’re on a budget, you can hit affordable retail shops like Kultura and Tesoro’s, which sell stylish, all-Filipino-made products.

“I resolve to bring home only the things I need.”

This is a better, more efficient way of Kon Mari-ing your home—buy only the furniture, décor, and appliances you absolutely need. Don’t go out and buy an extra juicer if you don’t have a food business and if you already have a juicer at home. Your home will be filled only with the things you love, and your wallet will thank you, as well.

"I resolve to reuse, reduce, and recycle."

Purge your home of excess furniture, clothing, and other “stuff.” Donate clothes to charity, repair broken appliances, repaint or up-cycle dated décor to make them new again, or hit the many online reselling groups if you want to get rid of your old furniture—other people may need it.

PHOTOS Michael Angelo Chua (main photo, handmade, local), Dairy Darilag (kitchen), Ocs Alvarez (Laureen Uy living room), Miguel Nacianceno (Kon-mari), (plants) INTERIORS Wilan Dayrit (main photo)

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