Domestic Bliss

For months since we moved in to our unit, the guest room had been the storage area of our place. Come February this year, it was time to transform it to its real designation, a Guest Room.

We did a lot of work on the Guest Room (as compared to the work done on the Master’s Bedroom) as we didn’t avail of any bedroom packages. We bought a bed and painted it to have a more earthy-color. Bought two matching bedside tables that didn’t match the color of the bed (because we painted it) as we wanted a break from unified colors this time.

So this is how it looks now…not matching and yet there is harmony of colors.

Since in this room, we had a lighter shade of neutral colors, I decided to make the bedsheets red.

And since this is the guest room, we wanted our little furry friends from Australia to welcome our guests….

Our photographs in this room’s theme is Travel, which shows the places we’ve been to. In this photo, you’ll see (from top to bottom) Bohol (Chocolate Hills, Cebu (Magellan’s Cross), Dubai (Burj Al Arab), Hongkong (IFC Building), Singapore (The Merlion), Melbourne (Yarra River) and Canberra (Parliament).

The Guest Room doesn’t have a built-in closet but we didn’t have to buy a cabinet for clothes. It so happened that the Husband’s office moved to a new building so the company decided to give away some furnitures. So the Husband took home his big filing cabinet (which I transformed into a clothes cabinet) and mobile cabinet (which I transformed into a mini-bookshelf. Voila, instant home furnitures!

Since the cabinets are made of steel and gray in color, I bought some wooden placemats and used it as cover for the cabinets, to somehow in-synch them with the bed and bedside tables. I also used a Black vase and Brown-striped tealight candles as accents for the room.

I placed two more travel photos on top of the mini-bookshelf, this time, it’s a photo of us in La Perouse (one of our favorite places in Sydney) and a sunset photo of Boracay taken during our honeymoon in 2007.

Transforming the Guest Room took six weeks to complete–we just finished last Sunday. It’s all ready now.

When we moved in to our 2-bedroom unit, we didn’t have much of a bed…we only had a mattress. For nearly two months, we technically slept on the floor.

We have the simplest Master’s Bedroom there is. My idea of a bedroom is just a room with a bed, bedside tables and lampshades because the only thing I want to do inside our bedroom (other than dress up) is to read and sleep. I simply wanted a room where I can relax and lie down and think of nothing.

As simple as our room may be, it took us months to complete whatever is inside the room because it took us ages to find the perfect bedside lampshades (read: the lampshades that suited the room AND my preference). We actually bought a bedroom package because I particularly wanted unison. The last thing I want for our bedroom is the “sabog” look.

The idea/theme for the bedroom is Zen-inspired and a fusion of Leather and Wood. Our bed is made out of Leather. Since we’re surrounded by dark, hard wood, I wanted to soften things a bit, plus it makes a good cushion for my back when reading (I made sure that the headboard was cushioned). Our bed and furnitures are all in shades of chocolate brown. Since everything is in dark color, our bedsheets are of a lighter shade of brown which is Beige, to lighten up the room.

The only other furniture we have inside our bedroom (other than what you see on the photo above) is a Tallboy that comes with the bedside tables and that’s where we put additional clothes in. I don’t even have a small boudoir (a.k.a. make-up area or in the Phils, it is this Tokador where we put all our make-up, lotion, etc.) to do my girly stuff. We have a built-in closet with doors made of mirrors so that’s where I have a place for my girly stuff and I do all my getting-all-dolled-up standing up infront of the closet.

As of now, we don’t have any other electronic devices inside our room, except for the Alarm Clock with Radio features (which I never really turn on for listening music) on my side of the bed. I know the Husband would want that we someday have a TV inside the room but I’m prolonging the time not having it, providing lots and lots of reasons on why we don’t need it—I really don’t like a TV inside our room.

So there, a peek of our simple Zen-inspired bedroom.

Busy day at home but never too busy to prepare meryenda today.

Husband loves Sweet Corn so I boiled some for him.

He loves tacos too so I prepared a couple for us to share.

Husband and I love Mexican food and we haven’t found a resto here in Sydney that we like. So I cook and prepare Tacos at home. On some nights, we have Taco nights…yes, just Tacos for dinner.

After our yummy afternoon tea, I took a bubble bath. I know it’s going to take a while before I indulge myself in a bubble bath again so I took a good half an hour of Me time inside the bathroom.

A Lavender bubble bath and Vanilla scented candle—perfect to end a hectic weekend.

We’ve always dreamed of owning funky furnitures when we have our own home, but we never thought we’d own an Ottoman furniture this soon…

…but due to some surprise blessing, we did!!!!

We never really planned to put any furniture in our balcony, but because of some happy surprise, the Husband brought home two Dice Ottoman sofa about two weeks ago. Went back to Ikea (for the second time in just three weeks) last Saturday and found this dark chocolate side table that we converted into a coffee table. Voila! We now have a mini-lounge in our balcony.

On Sunday morning, Husband and I had our very first morning coffee date in our balcony.

Heaven on 3rd floor.