Welcome to my office space, Part 1
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I have office space, yes I do!
I’ve been dreaming of an office space for a while now, since the boys have grown up and are going to school full-time. I just felt the need to separate work from home. Working from one’s bedroom can get one very sleepy, especially when dressed in one’s sweat pants. I needed a place where I can go out and get dressed and not feel tempted to take a nap.

I have no formal training in Interior Design, but if I were in my 20s again, maybe I would’ve have studied Interior instead of Fashion Design.
My interest in Interior Design started when we moved into our own house 10 years ago.
The house as designed by Ed Calma, so I guess his taste rubbed off on me, especially when it comes to straight lines and bathrooms. Unlike Ed though, I don’t consider myself a minimalist.
Pinterest helped compile my taste into one convenient site, as well as design books from National Bookstore.

Here are some office pegs I like: storage space

Office peg

The long desk with the TV console

Office pegs

The long desk and bookshelves

Office pegs

The wooden shelves and much storage space

Office pegs

The bulletin board and long desk

Office pegs

God has been really good to me. Last year my dad suggested I see a therapist for my anxiety disorder. While waiting in her small office at St. Luke’s, I started to wish I had my own office space, even if tiny.

Doctor's office

I just wanted a blank space with shelves and cabinets where I could store all my papers and press kits that have taken over our bedroom. The doctor thought it was a good idea. Right there and then I asked my dad if he had a spare room in his building I could rent.
“If there is, the rent is free,” my dad replied.
I couldn’t believe it!
The following day I was shown a 20-square-meter space in my dad’s building that was being used as a storage room for paintings.

Office: before
Office: before

I couldn’t believe it was mine, and rent-free! The room comes with free aircon and electricity.
But first I had to get rid of the furniture.

Office: before

My friend Rem took me to LRI Design Plaza where I spotted this peacock chair by Luzon Rattan—SOLD!

Office before

Next I found this work table at Triboa Bay Living. The price was right!

Office before

I picked up a few things at home, such as the Philippe Starck special anniversary Lou Lou Ghost Chair (thank you Cedric) and the Comme des Garçons chair by Taro Okamoto (thank you Jappy).

Office before

The TV was donated by my dad 🙂

Office before

I had the space measured for wallpaper.

Office before

I also bought a Muji reclining sofa, which I later switched for a lighter shade


I’ve always wanted this sofa, and now I have it!

Muji reclining sofa

(To be continued)

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