Decorating your condo for Christmas

Christmastime is here once again! Usually, we would enjoy going out of our homes around this time to feel the holiday vibe through the colorful decorations we see in malls and parks all over the city. But sadly, because of our current situation, we have to stay at home for the health and safety of our families.

That, however, does not mean we can’t revel in the beauty of Christmas decorations at home — especially if you live in a condominium.

Here are some ways you can make your condo feel more Christmas-y with decorating ideas that let you maximize precious space:

Set the mood with fairy lights

Twinkling lights and warm indoor lighting help give off that cozy Christmas Eve feel in your home. Even though we don’t get snowy Christmas evenings here in the Philippines, you can still get that vibe out of your home decor.

Yellow or white fairy lights are always a good investment because you can also use them to decorate your home all year round. Multi-colored Christmas lights are good, too, depending on the theme or look you’re going for with your decor.

Create a Christmas nook

The limited space inside a condo always poses a challenge for the holiday decor lover. The way to deal with this without making your condo look overcrowded and tacky is to designate a specific area to put in your Christmas baubles. It could be a table, shelf, a blank portion on your wall or a little corner in your condo that you can turn into a Christmas nook.

Start off by picking a theme that matches the overall aesthetic of your home. Then, get manageable-sized pieces of decor that go along with your theme. You can also go rustic and mix together old decorative pieces with new ones.

Put them all together and add some lighting to make it more festive.

Get a Christmas Tree in tiny

No space for a large Christmas tree in your condo? Don’t fret. Miniature Christmas trees look just as festive as life-size ones, if not even more chic.

Check out these cool modern Christmas tree ideas:

Use holiday-themed fabrics

If you’re not keen on adding more decor to your condo because perhaps it makes you feel like the place is cluttered, you can opt to switch up your furnishings and fittings instead.

Get holiday-themed pillows, curtains, blankets, rugs, and table runners to bring a bit of Christmas spirit into your home.

Invest in Christmas-themed dinnerware

Christmas, of course, is all about spending time with your loved ones and what better way to do it than bond over a good meal?

Make your Christmas dinners even more fun and festive with gorgeous tableware and an elegant setup.

With these easy tricks, you can feel the Christmas spirit right in your condo while overlooking breathtaking views of the city. 

Vista Residences, the condominium development arm of the country’s largest homebuilder Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc, has move-in ready units in Manila, Pasig, Quezon City, and Makati that are within close distance to malls and shops that sell fabulous holiday decor.

Symphony Towers in Quezon City, for example, is situated in the South Triangle area, where you can easily access top shopping hubs like Cubao and North EDSA, and is also less than a 30-minute drive to Dapitan Arcade, which is a top shopping destination for holiday decor.

For more information on Vista Residences properties, visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph, follow @VistaResidences Official on Facebook or call Vista Residences Marketing at 09089148457. 

Give your condo a chic Scandinavian look

The Scandinavian-style home interior has been a go-to aesthetic of many people for years now. Honestly, how can one not fall in love with its clean and cozy minimalistic look that never goes out of style?

Scandinavian interiors are defined by minimalism that uses a blend of textures and soft hues to make sleek, modern decor feel warm and inviting. It emphasizes clean lines, utility and simple furnishings that are functional, beautiful and cozy. 

This look is perfect for condo dwellers who can benefit a lot from its muted color palettes, cozy accents, and modern furniture design. Whether you’re a young family, student, or young professional giving condo living a try, the Scandinavian interior design is perfect for your little urban home.

Here are some tips to infuse your condo space with authentic Scandinavian flavor and achieve that look for your condo in the middle of the city. 

Play with natural light

Windows in Scandinavian homes are usually left uncovered or curtained with white or light-colored fabric to let natural light in. This makes your home interior bright during the day and airy at night, giving feelings of warmth and comfort. You can also add candles to create a relaxing and calming ambience.

De-clutter

One of the most interesting features of a Scandinavian-inspired condo is its clutter-free environment. It’s all about having tidy spaces that would also equate to less stress and anxiety despite being in the middle of the city. 

Blend neutral tones and pops of color

Warm wood tones and sepia hues are very popular in Scandinavian interior design. To ace that Scandinavian look, make sure that the surfaces in your condo are mostly in soft hues or in natural color and choose accent pieces in bright colors for that warm and sunny vibe. 

Go for functionality

Tying into the clutter-free nature of a Scandinavian home, storage spaces matter a lot in designing your condo’s interior. Given the limited space, dual-function furniture that can also serve as storage would be the perfect pieces for your home. Remember that condo living doesn’t mean living with less but living with better space and carefully chosen pieces to achieve that minimal, well-organized look without getting rid of all your belongings!

Get minimal decorative accents

Less is more when styling a Scandinavian-inspired condominium unit. Scandinavian interiors often feature a mix of periods and styles to create a more open, airy feeling that gives you a sense of peace. So make sure to keep your decorative accents to a minimum!

Bring the outside in with flowers and plants

Decorate your condo unit with pieces of nature for a very Scandinavian look and an instant mood boost! 

Add warm and organic textiles

Scandinavian homes are big on textured pieces, especially when it comes to fabric. Add nature-inspired elements into your condo to add to that warm and cozy vibe.

Brighten up space with light flooring and walls

Nothing can brighten up a space like all-white walls and light flooring. Choosing the right shade of white paint and mixing it with natural elements throughout the space can add warmth and texture and can also make the condo unit look bigger. 

Pine Crest in New Manila

With these simple tips, you can be able to turn your condo unit into a welcoming home in the city. 

Vista Residences, the condominium development arm of the country’s largest homebuilder Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc, has move-in ready units in Quezon City that are within close distance to premium universities and developed business districts.

These top-tier properties include Wil Tower and The Symphony Towers along Eugenio Lopez Drive in Diliman and Pine Crest in New Manila, Quezon City.

For more information on Vista Residences properties, visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph, follow @vistaresidencesofficial on Facebook or call Vista Residences Marketing at 09089148457. 

DIY furniture brand Yori now at SM Home and ShopSM.com

Throughout the ongoing quarantine period, many people have made use of their extra time at home to work on projects or hobbies that they’ve been put off for a long time because they’re always busy at work.

One of the things that people enjoyed doing are do-it-yourself or DIY projects — whether it’s art, crafts or creating something that would be useful at home like starting an herb garden or building a piece of furniture.

DIY furniture doesn’t have to be complicated especially for beginners. If anything, it should be rewarding experience that lets you pick up a new skill while seeing the fruit of your labor being put to good use.

Local furniture brand Yori is all about making the DIY furniture experience better. It focuses on building furniture that is smart, easy, yet rewarding to own.

Each Yori furniture is made with the first-time homeowner in mind. It is also perfect for young upstart professionals who value efficiency, practicality, and ultimately good design, as well as professionals doing work from home for a comfortable, home corner office setup.

Everything is made simple by putting all you need for a fulfilling DIY project in one flatpack box.

Here are some of the products currently in Yori’s roster:

Noji desk + shelf 

An all-in-one desk and shelf. Built for all kinds of places, great for small spaces. Perfect for the workhorse wanting all work in just one place.

Price: P2,795

Sagyo mini desk

A simple, minimal, movable desk. Built for all kinds of places, great for tiny spaces. A distraction-free zone for work or study or private conversations with your pet.

Price: P1,795

Okura shelf

A simple, minimal, all-around lightweight shelf. Built for all kinds of places, great for tiny spaces. Perfect for displaying your books and trophies and anything else you are proud of.

Price: P2,495

Jobu table

A small and minimal desk that fits anywhere. Built for anything you might need a workable table for. Perfect for everyday working and studying.

Price: P2,295

Sukui kitchen rack (Medium)

A small and lightweight utility rack. Fits workspaces and living spaces alike. Perfect for storing objects for quick use.

Price: P2,495

Tenji bookcase (Mega)

A lightweight low-rise showcase shelf. Built for small to medium-sized rooms. Perfect for organizing books and showcasing mementos.

Price: P4,295

Yori products are now available at the following SM Home branches:

Metro Manila:

  • SM Cubao
  • SM City North EDSA
  • SM City Marikina
  • SM City Novaliches
  • SM City Makati
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Southmall
  • SM City Fairview
  • SM Aura Premier
  • SM City Bicutan
  • SM City Sta. Mesa
  • SM Megamall
  • SM City BF Paranaque
  • SM City Manila

Outside Metro Manila:

  • SM City Bacoor
  • SM City Pampanga
  • SM City Lipa

You may also order for delivery by calling 0917-516-7539 or 0919-068-2645 from Mondays to Sundays, 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Or get it online through www.ShopSM.com.

Feel Christmas in the air with Pine-Sol

Holiday songs filling malls and shops, the twinkling of lights at every home, building, or lamp post, and the disctinct scent of puto bumbong and bibingka wafting in the air–these are some of the things that make up our Christmas experience.

In countries where actual pine trees are commonly used as a home decor, families get to enjoy that homey aroma that makes the holiday season come alive. If you don’t have access to a live tree, don’t fret. There’s a product you can use to make your home smell like Christmas even all-year-round.

Pine-Sol’s Multi-Surface Cleaner in Original Pine not only rids your home of dirt, dust, and germs, it also adds to the cheery ambiance to make your home smelling like Christmas. With all the extra work for homemakers in preparing for parties and gatherings, Pine-sol is the perfect cleaning partner for the season.

Cleaning with Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner is such a breeze as it cuts through grease, grime, and dirt, while leaving your surfaces germ-free, smelling fresh and fragrant. Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner can be used to clean hard nonporous surface of the house and workplace—from floor tiles, walls, stovetops, countertops, and glass.

Pine-Sol is available in leading supermarkets and retailers nationwide. It comes in longer-lasting scents such as Original Pine, Lavender Clean, Lemon Fresh and Spa.

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/PinesolPhilippines.

Holiday parties made easy with Urban Kitchen store and serve

Urban Kitchen

‘Tis the season for parties, gettogethers, and potlucks! With the merry holidays just around the corner, Urban Kitchen recently launched a new range of trendy and minimalist serveware and food containers.

The all-new Urban Kitchen Serveware and Food Keeper Collection is a perfect gift for homemakers and kitchen enthusiasts alike. With its clever and ergonomic design, the collection will surely make every wonder wo-mom’s life easier as it complements every Filipino home’s lifestyle while levelling up their dining experiences.

Urban Kitchen

The collection includes the 12-inch Rectangular Serveware (P129.75), 12-inch Oval Serveware (P129.75), Large Square Serveware with Spoon 10 x 5.5 inches (P149.75), 10-inch Square Storage Container (P149.75), and the 9-inch Rectangular Storage Container (P129.75). These affordable yet stylish products are available at SM Home stores nationwide.

“Food is a big part of Filipino culture and the dining area, in fact, remains to be the heart of each home. It’s where you can entertain guests, whip up the best dish that you know of, or just lounge with the family while sharing a good meal,” shares Chriselda Chua, COO.

Urban Kitchen

“Through our new campaign #StoreAndServe – Making Life Easy, it is our goal to come up with innovative, practical, and well-crafted serveware and food storage products that would adapt beautifully with any contemporary home. Affordable, stylish, and ergonomic, Urban Kitchen products are a must-have not just only this holiday season, but to be part of our everyday home solutions.”

Urban Kitchen

Urban Kitchen by Max.Ideas is known for its trendy, practical, genuine, and innovative product line that offers everyday home solutions in general. It is a sister company of CDC Manufacturing Corporation, the manufacturer of Melawares, the most trusted brand of tableware. For more updates about Urban Kitchen, follow its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UrbanKitchenPhilippines/.

Labeling just got better with Brother P-Touch Cube Labeler

I’ve always had a thing for stickers and labels ever since I was young. I was one of those girls who collected stickers and stationery, and enjoyed creating things whether it’s a scrapbook or a crocheted headband.

When I was old enough to have my own bedroom, I did my best to keep things organized by putting stuff into their own boxes. I loved buying those mini drawers to put trinkets and other abubut in place. I would’ve labeled every single thing so I could easily remember where I put them, but I wouldn’t want to ruin things with a permanent marker or a masking tape. Ugh!

I guess I kept that habit now that I’m a mom. I still hoard boxes and drawers so I can tuck in all the clutter in a neat compartment. I still label each one of them, not just so I can remember which is which, but also to help teach my boys the value of cleanliness and orderliness in the home.

Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect labeler that suits my needs and it’s not just for keeping the home organized. Whether I’m tagging boxes and containers, marking my belongings for travel, branding my homemade goods for sale, or giving my handicrafts an added personal touch, the new Brother P-Touch Cube and Cube+ Labelers come definitely handy.


They can print almost anything on a label. With the help of the P-Touch app available for iOS and Android, and the logo design software that’s available for PC, you can use different fonts for your texts, add emojis, and use design templates for your labels.

It also comes with different tape styles and designs. Other than the standard label tape that comes with the box of your P-Touch or Cube+, there’s also the basic laminated tape, matte silver tape, and special tapes (my favorite is the Hello Kitty print!) that you can purchase separately.


They’re also so easy to use. Easily connect a smartphone to the P-Touch Cube and Cube+ via Bluetooth, or a laptop to the P-Touch Cube+ via USB, design a label on your screen, and print it with a single tap! It’s that easy! You can take them anywhere with it’s very portable design.

What’s even better is the P-Touch Cube and Cube+ Labelers are affordable at P3,950 and P7,950 SRP, respectively, making it an inexpensive must-have for homes and workplaces. They’re available exclusively at the following Power Mac Center branches: SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, Greenbelt, and Rockwell.

To learn more about the P-Touch Cube and Cube+ Labelers and other Brother products, visit the Brother Philippines website at www.brother.com.ph, like its Facebook page (Facebook.com/BROTHERatyourside), and follow it on Twitter (@BROTHERPhils) and Instagram (@BrotherPhils).

Why Samsung’s Heatpump Dryer is a great investment for your home

Samsung Heatpump Dryer

We all have that one household chore we’d rather not do if we can avoid it. For me, it’s doing the laundry.

There are numerous reasons why I don’t like it and one of them is having to reach down to pick up one piece of clothing from the basket then reaching up to hang it on the good ol’ sampayan. I know it could be a great way to exercise my otherwise sedentary body, but I’d rather go on a diet than strain my back with such activity, thank you very much.

So the dream is to have my own heat-pump dryer at home. I used to only see this type of dryer at laundromats, but now Samsung has a great product that is definitely going to be very useful for someone like me.

The Samsung Heatpump Dryer saves you a lot of time and effort. With the ability to dry clothes at any time of the day under any weather conditions, this appliance makes laundry a simple task to guarantee more time for the family.

It’s also convenient for those who don’t have open spaces in their homes as they no longer need to sun-dry or air-dry their clothes. The heatpump dryer properly dries clothes so they can go straight for ironing.

The technology behind the Samsung DV90M5200QW Heatpump Dryer also cuts electricity consumption by half. The heatpump generates heat during the cycle instead of electricity, so it consumes only half of the electricity from the conventional clothes dryer. It also collects the condensed water from your clothing rather than releasing hot air into the home. Its easy view water tank will show if it needs emptying before another load. One can also connect the tube straight to the drainage to make it a seamless experience.

Another energy-saving feature is the OptimalDry function which is an intelligent drying system that provides the best possible drying result using three sensors. During a cycle, a moisture sensor
continuously monitors the humidity level in real-time and adjusts the drying time using less energy.

A temperature sensor also stops your clothes from getting too hot, so it protects them from being damaged. Caring for this appliance is also made easy with the 2-in-1 filter that captures dust and fibers to make sure it operates at its best. It has a filter alarm that notifies when the filter needs to be emptied.

This dryer also has a 9kg capacity, making it ideal for large households. Dry up to 1kg of clothes in 35 minutes with its QuickDry function. Its different programs give each garment the right care
it needs. It’s also easy to forget to clean filters on appliances, but this Heatpump dryer has two alarms that alert when the filter and heat exchanger needs cleaning. It’s equipped with an
advanced 2-in-1 mesh layer filter system that captures dust and fibers to maintain its optimum drying performance.

To know more details about the Samsung DV90M5200QW Heatpump dryer, like SamsungPH on Facebook or visit samsung.com/ph/washing-machines/all-washing-machines/.

Avoid ‘amoy kulob’ with these laundry hacks

The rainy season is always a challenge for moms especially when it comes to doing the laundry. Since hanging clothes outdoors is out of the question, bringing them indoors after washing becomes commonplace.

However, this doesn’t give the same result as drying under the sun and often leaves clothes with a distinct and unpleasant odor we call amoy kulob. Moreover, prolonged wetness can cause a build-up of bacteria making your clothes unsafe especially for infants.

To avoid this from happening, here are some simple tips to keep your clothes clean, fresh-smelling and safe to wear:

Use Fabric Conditioner

Soak clothes in fabric conditioner during the rinse cycle. Fabric softeners not only leave clothes soft, but it also leaves them smelling fresh even if hung out to dry indoors preventing that all-too-familiar and unpleasant kulob odor. There are also fabric conditioners that have anti-microbial properties that leave clothes not only fragrant but bacteria-free.

Fabric softeners not only leave clothes soft, but it also leaves them smelling fresh even if hung out to dry indoors preventing that all-too-familiar and unpleasant kulob odor. There are also fabric conditioners that have anti-microbial properties that leave clothes not only fragrant but bacteria-free.

Hang Clothes Properly

Choose the right spot to hang your clothes indoors. Look for an area where there is good ventilation so the clothes get as much air as possible. Never hang them in cramped and enclosed spaces. Heavy pieces, such as jeans, towels, and carpets should be placed near the windows where air flows through.

Heavy pieces, such as jeans, towels, and carpets should be placed near the windows where air flows through.

Give them a good wringing

Before hanging your clothes, make sure that you’ve given them a thorough wringing. Clothes that are still quite wet not only dry longer, they also tend to smell bad even when already dry.

Choose the right dryers

Lastly, invest in the right dryer. Choose a dryer that can eliminate bacteria that cause can be harmful to your family. What’s more, they also maintain the fresh smell of the fabric conditioners you use, so your clothes smell fragrant.

Beko’s new 10kg heat pump automatic dryer (DH10444RX0) features the latest technological innovation to help you keep your clothes fresh and your family safe from harmful pathogens while saving on energy.

The DH10444RX0 has AquaWave technology that generates a wave-like motion using a set of paddles to increase drying performance as it moves garments around.
It also optimizes the drying cycle with an OptiSense technology, a technological innovation that lets you choose between three smart sensors for drying clothes, with one sensor automatically stopping the machine when the right level of dryness has been achieved.

Beko’s DH10444RX0 also keeps your clothes crease-free with its Auto Anti-Creasing feature that spins clothes gently with a gentle drum action.
Lastly, it comes with a Child Lock feature to prevent young ones from changing the settings on the dryer.

Beko Philippines advocates for healthy living through the technologies installed in their appliances. The company’s refrigerators, washers, and ovens come equipped with advanced features that are designed to not only improve efficiency but also, optimize time, cost, and energy so that people can prioritize their health and wellbeing.

Check out Beko home appliances at your nearest SM Appliance Center and Robinsons Appliances store for the best seasonal offers and discounts.

To learn more about Beko and the technologies in their appliances, visit their website at beko.ph or follow them on their Facebook page @bekoph.

Organize your refrigerator with ease

Refrigerator Hacks

If you’ve ever caught yourself saying, “There’s no more space in the fridge,” you’re not alone.

Many of us usually find our refrigerators cramped and full, but it’s not entirely because there are so many food and so little space to store. A lot of times, it’s all a matter of organization. But how do you do it when food comes in different sizes and shapes of packaging?

Say goodbye to refrigerator storage woes with these amazing hacks:

Samsung Refrigerator

Use Clear Containers
Using clear containers can help you easily identify items in your fridge. Try containers that are sleek and stackable to utilize every inch of space.

If there’s a gathering at home and trays and large containers need to be stored, then one will need a fridge that can give a maximum storage capacity. The newest model of Samsung 3-Door Side by Side refrigerator with SPACEMAX technology has thinner walls compared to traditional refrigerators.

This innovation is equipped with special high-urethane insulation technology, providing plenty of room in the drawers and shelves to store your weekly grocery shopping and various sizes of food containers. It functions without affecting cooling performance and creates more space without increasing its external dimensions or compromising energy!

It also has various clear panels strategically placed for maximum storage and easier view to keep everything neatly and efficiently organized. Quickly find and take out the things you need whenever you need them.

Samsung Refrigerator

Plan the Zones
Refrigerators have optimal zones for different types of food items. Utilizing these helps food stay fresh and have a longer shelf life.

By compartmentalizing, there’s also no need to dig deep inside to find the item. Get a fridge like the Samsung French Door and 3- door Side by Side refrigerator that has more flexibility because of its FlexZone technology. It preserves the optimal freshness of different kinds of food in each zone.

With just a touch, the compartment can easily be converted from fridge to freezer using its four pre-set temperature settings: Fridge, Chill, Soft Freeze, and Frozen.

 

Samsung Refrigerator

Transfer Liquids
Having an assortment of water containers, milk cartons, and juice boxes can eat up a large amount of door space in your refrigerator. Transfer these liquids to uniform containers to free up some valuable space.

If that still eats up a chunk of the refrigerator space, it’s time to upgrade to the Samsung 2-Door Side by Side refrigerator that comes with a dispenser for both water and ice (cubed and crushed). This grants fast access to cold and iced beverages and makes it easy to prepare smoothies and ice-cold drinks that the family can enjoy.

Samsung Refrigerator

Avoid food waste with strategic placements
Always place leftovers and prepared snacks that are easy to consume in the top-shelf level of the fridge. This way, one can easily see which food item to consume first and avoid missing it out.

Samsung’s French Door refrigerator allows a more accessible way to get food items with its Food Showcase feature. This allows minimal door opening so the refrigerator stays cool all throughout.

Samsung Refrigerator

Label areas
Labeling the fridge compartments might seem like an extra and unnecessary step, but it gives the benefit of easily remembering where and when items are stored. This helps in keeping track of soon-to-be expired food, and if there’s a need to fill up on stocks.

Label an area with “Eat me first” where all the expiring food are placed together to avoid waste. Print them in a plastic sticker sheet to make sure it stays longer or have a handy file to switch up labels when needed.

 

Try these tips to address the usual storage issues brought about by a lack of storage space. The new Samsung Refrigerator models also address storage issues by providing more organized
spaces for the family’s food items. These are equipped with innovative technologies that not only solve storage woes but ensure that food items are kept on its best quality.