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Karina is a twenty three year old Interior Designer from Manila, Philippines. She loves anything artsy-fartsy, candy-colors, rustic vintage or shabby chic interiors. One of her favorite things are drinking tea, a movie junkie, and loves taking pictures when the sun is up.
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ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY: 122812

 Favorite random Instagram pictures through the year:

I. Caramoan/Bicol

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II. Batangas

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III. Baguio

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ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE: 122812

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One thing that I am excited about 2013 is another year of opportunities and experiences related to work and personal life. I haven’t got any idea what 2013 will bring me but I am very hopeful that it will be better. Another thing that I am excited about is for 2013 color of the year - Emerald which also happens to be my birth stone.

I love the color green since it reminds me so much of nature and the calmness it brings in every room. I have always thought of green as a very powerful color and whatever pattern, design, color etc. it is linked to, it has its freshness with it. I love green especially if it is paired with white, navy, black or gold. 

TIP:

I. You can never go wrong when having green in your house. Whether paint, wallpaper, fabrics or plant, green is always a safe bet that can be mixed with various colors. 

II. Don’t be afraid to use different textures/shades of green. Too much green isn’t a bad thing. It gives variety and character inside a room and you don’t want to reuse too much of one thing.

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III. In larger areas, for example in a bedroom or in a living room, paint one wall with your desired shade of green. Use an accent piece or color to keep the vibe of the room together. White helps keep the room looking clean and sophisticated. If you wish to create a more sophisticated look, add in some gold or black as accent whether a black chair or sofa against the wall. 

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ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT: 122612

Word of the day: Pinspiration.

With the months passing by vividly, I have noticed that I no longer have that one signature design concept that I would have used for prospective clients in the future. I’ve become more open about various designs that I’m slowly drifting away from my comfort zone.

Recently, I have viewed and somehow had this curiosity towards rustic interiors. I kept on seeing these kinds of design through Pinterest and wondered if my future home would also turn out like these. 

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Basically, it can be on the Shabby Chic type of interior minus the floral pattern/powder shades of pink, blue yellow, and purple and less feminine. I have always wanted anything neutral and yes it can be a bit boring but adding a few statement pieces should help in livening up any space. I personally want to have anything “knitted” in my future home and a huge white couch with driftwood tabletop for my living room.

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To achieve this look, prepare yourself for a lot of neutrals (beige, gray, browns, white) and stay away from too much color. Use accent colors to give it a little pop but do not over do it. Otherwise, it will look really cluttered. Keep in mind that when you accessorise, it should not overshadow the larger pieces in your house. It should blend in with everything that would somehow create a story to every room. 

homeandinteriors:

Blue and Yellow Swedish Interior | Miss Design on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/20530015

homeandinteriors:

Blue and Yellow Swedish Interior | Miss Design on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/20530015

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psycholust:

1. Let go of the assumption that the world is against you, or that you were born with a gray cloud over your head.
It is an assumption that has no basis in reason or science. Sometimes we pick up a flair for pessimism from a parent who made negative assumptions about the world somewhere along the line. Either way, the sooner you can attribute your pessimism to a unique set of circumstances rather than the state of the world itself, the easier it’ll be to change your perspective.
2. Understand that the past does not equal the future. 
Just because you’ve experienced pain or disappointment in the past does not guarantee that what starts badly will end badly. Do not make a bad start turn into a self fulfilling prophecy for a bad ending.
3. See yourself as a cause, not an effect. 
You don’t have to be a product or a victim of your circumstances. Stop thinking about what is happening to you and start thinking about what you can make happen. If you’re not happy with the way your life is now, set goals and move on. Use your past negative experiences to build character and make better decisions. 
4. Use positive affirmations.
Write down short statements that remind you of what you’re trying to change about the way you see the world. Some affirmations to start with are:
“Anything is possible.”
“My circumstances do not create me, I create my circumstances.”
“The only thing I can control is my attitude towards life.”
“I always have a choice.”
“I choose to live my positive side of life.”
5. Remember that life is short.
When you feel pessimism clouding your judgment or you start to feel down about the future, remind yourself that every minute counts, and any time spent brooding guarantees nothing but less time to enjoy whatever life might have to offer. At its core, pessimism is impractical because it causes you to spend time dwelling on things that haven’t happened yet and aren’t guaranteed to happen, and it prevents you from getting things done.
6. Be a balanced optimist.
Be a rational optimist who takes the good with the bad, in hopes of the good ultimately outweighing the bad, and with the understanding that being pessimistic about everything accomplishes nothing. 

psycholust:

1. Let go of the assumption that the world is against you, or that you were born with a gray cloud over your head.

It is an assumption that has no basis in reason or science. Sometimes we pick up a flair for pessimism from a parent who made negative assumptions about the world somewhere along the line. Either way, the sooner you can attribute your pessimism to a unique set of circumstances rather than the state of the world itself, the easier it’ll be to change your perspective.

2. Understand that the past does not equal the future. 

Just because you’ve experienced pain or disappointment in the past does not guarantee that what starts badly will end badly. Do not make a bad start turn into a self fulfilling prophecy for a bad ending.

3. See yourself as a cause, not an effect. 

You don’t have to be a product or a victim of your circumstances. Stop thinking about what is happening to you and start thinking about what you can make happen. If you’re not happy with the way your life is now, set goals and move on. Use your past negative experiences to build character and make better decisions. 

4. Use positive affirmations.

Write down short statements that remind you of what you’re trying to change about the way you see the world. Some affirmations to start with are:

  • “Anything is possible.”
  • “My circumstances do not create me, I create my circumstances.”
  • “The only thing I can control is my attitude towards life.”
  • “I always have a choice.”
  • “I choose to live my positive side of life.”

5. Remember that life is short.

When you feel pessimism clouding your judgment or you start to feel down about the future, remind yourself that every minute counts, and any time spent brooding guarantees nothing but less time to enjoy whatever life might have to offer. At its core, pessimism is impractical because it causes you to spend time dwelling on things that haven’t happened yet and aren’t guaranteed to happen, and it prevents you from getting things done.

6. Be a balanced optimist.

Be a rational optimist who takes the good with the bad, in hopes of the good ultimately outweighing the bad, and with the understanding that being pessimistic about everything accomplishes nothing. 

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ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE: 040712 (Part 2)

    

     

Random shots outside the church.

  

   

Dinner at Sonya’s Garden

It is usually a tradition amongst Catholic families to do a Visitia Iglesia, where you visit 7 different churches and offer a prayer or say a novena. We aren’t really much on that tradition though but we visit at least 2-3 churches in Tagaytay. Our most common church to visit is the Our lady of Lourdes Parish. There weren’t much of a crowd when we got there unlike if you go there on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

It was a very pleasant weather in Tagaytay, unlike here in Manila. We had a dinner reservation at Sonya’s Garden after we finished our visit and it was the perfect place to cap of the night. It was very serene as usual and the cold air is what we just needed to combat the heat that we have been experiencing for the past few days. 

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April has officially began with a lot of noteworthy happenings going on for this month starting with the 5-day vacation in celebration of the Holy Week. The month of March was literally so fast paced and jam-packed that it was so hard to keep track of and I don’t even know where to begin. I was under pressure that I only felt during those days of cramming all of my design plates back in college and it was happening all over again. De javu is the closest, most appropriate word that could fit and would sum up the March. 

But, but, but.

April is here, so there is another month to make decisions, plans, and other conquests despite the undeniably scorching heat here in the city. I am excited for a few things this month and absolutely feeling all the positive energy that I felt at the start of the year. 

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