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Designer Q and A for November 1 (Part 2)

Our design expert explains how to create a chic white bedroom and how to make the living-room fit for a baby

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All About Accessories

Q: I love collecting dangling earrings and headbands. What is the best way to keep them organized? I wouldn't want to hang my earrings on a small screen because the screen accumulates dust. Can you also suggest ways on how I can use my earrings and headbands to prettify my dresser? — Em, Quezon City

A: Organizing a dresser is hard; prettifying it is trickier. The solution is decorative storage. Beautiful jewelry trees or stands are great for hanging dangling earrings. Decorative boxes from Regalong Pambahay are also great for keeping jewelry. Have you been to the Beadlady Craft Café? I like the way they creatively display their merchandise, which include headbands, earrings and necklaces. Check out their store at Cubao X for inspiration. Warning! You might be tempted to add an item or two to your already growing collection while you’re there.


White Room Tips

Q: I want my bedroom to be a place where I can escape from anything stressful, but I don't know how to achieve this look. The walls are bland (they're painted white) but I cannot have them repainted because of budget constraints (I'm still a student). Aside from my bed and closet, what I have in my room are my computer, my favorite books, encyclopedia, and photo albums. Can you help me? — Mae, Novaliches

A: The trick is to keep it simple but personal. First, remove any unnecessary clutter. Then separate work and play by hiding anything that makes you think about school inside cabinets and drawers. Since you don’t have the budget to repaint, make the most of your white walls like hanging artwork and framed photos of your loved ones.

Another tip: fill the room with soft furnishings like pillows, drapery and rugs to make your bedroom cozier. Lastly, display things that inspire you like your favorite books and mementos. For other stylish but practical ideas, check out 

Plate Perfect

Q: I like the idea of hanging graphic plates on a wall, especially the Thomas Paul ones. I’ve read on the Internet that you hang them using a spring-like hook device called a plate hanger. However, I can't seem to find one here in Manila. Do you know where it can be bought or if are there other ways of hanging the plates? — Joseph Valderrama

A: I love those Thomas Paul graphic plates! They’re delicate pieces of art, so hang them on your walls with care. If you’re not that handy with a wire cutter, you’re in luck — True Value at Shangri-la Plaza Mall has the plate hangers you’re looking for.

Baby Blues

Q: I recently gave birth to my first baby. We don't have a nursery, and it gets pretty hot in the bedroom during the day, so the crib and other baby things are in our living room. How can I make our living room still look like one even with the baby things there? Thanks! — New Mommy

A: I know what you mean. We also have a baby in the house. On some days, our living room is a mess and becomes a playground filled with toys and dirty diapers. Luckily, a chic divider or screen can always hide the things you don’t want your guests to see. Make sure though that you keep all the baby stuff in one area of your living room so you can conceal them effectively. You can find some great-looking screens at Our Home in Megamall and at the home section of Crossings department store at Shangri-la Plaza. Good luck on your shopping quest and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

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