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RL Tips: Design Advice from Michelle Pastoral

Start the year right with handy hints from our esteemed designers


Michelle Pastoral is more than an interior designer. Aside from being the creative mind responsible for the design of Ganso-Shabuway restaurants, Fiamma Bar and Restaurant and Plains and Prints store in Trinoma (with Cai Lim-Regala), she is also a contractor and project manager.

To help you work on your home next year, Michelle gives the following tips.

Compiled by Cielo Anne Calzado. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela and Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Design Advice for 2015:

Invest in good quality furniture pieces like three-seater armchairs in neutral colors. You may also use trend pieces like throw pillows, lamps, decorative jars, and other accessories. By doing so, you get the trendy, updated style without spending too much. For example, you may go for a three-seater sofa in white and pair it with beige armchairs. You may accent your space with throw pillows with royal blue prints (a color trend for 2015) and white paired with throw pillows in lime or moss green.

Don't forget to use interesting materials like glass, chrome, wood, and marble. Go for textures when it comes to choosing accessories to add more character to the room and make it more interesting.

Distressed Plank Armchair, price unavailable, Jo Liza Arts and Antiques

A must-have piece for 2015:

I had this quote framed and displayed in our house. It is a reminder that what's important in a house are the people who live and love together.

For 2015, I'd [like to encourage] everyone to add personal reminders, sayings, and quotes in their home that will make you strive for what you want in life and what you want to improve in your life. It can serve as your inspiration or New Year's resolution.

Get in touch with Michelle and see more of her projects here.


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