What started out as a quick birthday/catch up/ get together with our fave SM Home’s Tom Castañeda, turned into a full on styling challenge that resulted in two very different living room vignettes. We’re sorry we made you work before lunch Tom, but in our defense, you invited us to meet at SM Makati’s Home Decor Department aka our happy place/playground. You didn’t really expect us to walk out of there without touching anything did you?!
Ok, back to the challenge. We spotted this great sectional and wanted to show how versatile it was style wise so we gave each other 30 minutes to “shop” SM Home’s wide selection of furnishings and home accessories and come up with our own versions of the perfect living room.
First up, Tom.
Name: Tom Castañeda
Company: SM Home
Describe your Living Room style.
I went with what I like to call a “geo-masc” design for our too-much-fun-to-call-it-work design challenge, as in geometric and masculine.
Name: C & L
Company: The Inspiration Seekers
Describe your living room style?
Contemporary Feminine Chic. We incorporated both our favourite colors in this living room. L absolutely loves mustard and C has been gravitating to all things blush for the past few years.
What was the inspiration behind it?
We knew we wanted to work with this marble coffee table ( C has The Masonry after all!) and found pieces that would complement it. We also drew inspiration from the gorgeous embroidered John Lewis throw pillow that had all our favorite colors, blush, mustard and blue.
Which 3 items should every living room have?
- Couch or Daybed that can easily be converted just in case you need an extra bed for houseguests.
- Pillow, pillows and more pillows – They are the easiest and most affordable trick to update your living room. Look for embroidered and textured pieces that exude a luxurious feel. SM Home has a great selection to choose from.
- Decorate with things that you love, pieces that remind you of people or places you have traveled to. We all love a good story. Our homes should tell that story. Let your home show your personality.
Okay, wait can we write down four?
4. Plants! Plants instantly add life to any room. Black thumb you say? Well we have one too! Here’s a great tip/trend we’ve been seeing a lot on some of our favorite bloggers’ homes, they use faux plants! Not everyone has access to direct sunlight nor has the time to constantly water their plants. If you can’t take care of a real one, try getting artificial ones. SM Home has a great selection that you can check out. They add warmth, life and color to your space without dying on you. Ever.
We really believe that high style doesn’t have to come with a high price tag and SM Home perfectly epitomizes that! We’ve gotten lots of great pieces from there and mixed it with family heirlooms and favorite finds from our travels.
Thank you Tom and SM home for letting us “shop and style” your store! We can’t wait for the next design challenge!