Homemade scented oils for the diffuser


And so, it finally happened. The scented oil that came with the diffuser that I received as a Christmas gift from a friend has evaporated. It's time to make my own scented oils. Why not just buy? Because most of the commercially-available scented oils are … [Read more...]

Scented oils and oil diffusers


Speedy and I like making the house smell good. Speedy even likes to keep his pick-up smelling good. He normally has one kind of air freshener or another in there although he has learned to choose ones with subtle scent. See, Sam and Alex hated scent when … [Read more...]

How to dim the light with style


We moved the furniture around again. What used to be the dining room which overlooks the garden is now the family room. Since it is adjacent to the kitchen, when the door of the room is ajar and the pendant lights over the kitchen island are on, the glare … [Read more...]

Capiz window panes for Asian houses


Say capiz and the first thing that comes to most people's mind is the aswang -- that winged monster that eats fetuses in Philippine folklore. According to stories, there are many in Capiz, a province in Western Visayas. Capiz was named for the Placuna … [Read more...]

Bulul: rice guardian


I like houses that reflect the personality of their owners. For me, houses like that have real character. I'm not the kind of person who decorate with religious objects but those who do, because those objects are part of what they are and what they … [Read more...]

A very sassy floor lamp


If, like me, you want every object in your house to be functional, then, you're probably not in the market for knick-knacks. But, earlier today, I saw a floor lamp that changed my attitude about home decorating. An object can be both functional and highly … [Read more...]

Hanging garden lamps and citronella candles


When I saw these lamps in Dapitan the other weekend, I was instantly smitten by the design. I liked the colors, the shape, the star-shaped vents... But because they're made of metal, buying a piece or more than one piece never really entered my mind. I am … [Read more...]