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Decorating Q and A with interior designer Jie Pambid (Part 2)

Design expert Jie Pambid answers more reader questions sent through our Facebook page!


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For more decorating ideas for your home, read the first part of this interview here:

Window Shopping

Q: What is the best window treatment for a boxed-in or framed aluminum sliding window? My sala and dining areas are in one room only. On each end, there is one window. The ceiling is painted white with pinlights, alcove, and center lights. Thank you. - Rachel Meneses Ponce, via Facebook.

A: For your sliding windows, your best bet would be to opt for tab or grommet curtains. These curtains can easily be drawn to one side when you want to open or close your windows. Grommets or tab curtains are also easy to install and are available in most home stores. 

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Changing Walls

Q: You've already answered questions regarding chipping paint on the walls and we have the same problem. However, solving it seems to be so tedious and requires a lot of time. What if we decide to just layer the wall with cement again and/or put some decorative wall tiles instead? Thanks. - Cherisse Anne Palma-Rodriguez, via Facebook.

A: If you want to layer the wall with cement, you still have to prep the wall by stripping off the existing paint before you apply a coat of cement and install the tiles. If you think about it, this is also the same type of prep work that you need to do before you repaint the wall. This may be more costly and time-consuming. 

Maybe what you can do is to make the problem work to your advantage. You can try decorative paint techniques that could help hide the flaws. Marbling, parchment or even sponge techniques are easy enough to do by yourself and will even create a dramatic effect. 

Learn more about wall finishes here:

Architect or Designer?

Q: We just transferred to our new bigger home more than a year ago. It was an RFO house unit with 105 sqm floor area. We just built bedroom partitions and additional bathroom upstairs. We wanted to renovate the whole place but we're debating whether we should do it one time or per area. 

We consulted an architect who offered us free design if we hired him as our contractor. We also met an interior designer who will charge us a separate fee for the design. Hiring the architect would help us save on the design fee but I don't really like his design. 

On the other hand, I'd really like to work with the interior designer. I think her fee is quite reasonable, but I'm not sure if it's wise to spend on the design fee. - Salie Biaco Principe, via Facebook.

A: Hiring an interior designer is an investment. A licensed interior designer will offer you practical, functional, aesthetic solutions to your design problems. He or she can even give you advice on how to g maximize your budget. If you don’t like the architect’s design, don’t compromise! Remember, it is your home -- it might as well be a place that you really love, right? 

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