At home with Mich


Me-Ann and I found time to visit friend Mich at the Nicolas home within the Northwestern University compound. It’s a beautiful home with lots of sunshine seeping through. The three of us most of the time talk about things such as growing kids and the simple pleasures in life like what else but new food.

A HomeFerdie and Mich

Mich is an editor of faith and inspirational books such as Living Water. She’s the wife of Northwestern University VP Ferdie Nicolas and mom to their bouncy little boy.

FoliageHome is where your story begins

The pillow says it so right — home is where your story begins

Mich's Homeli'l drummer
Photos by Ferdie and Blauearth
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Binakol fairytale swans and more at La Pomme

La Pomme for kids

screenshot via La Pomme for kids

I’m going gaga over this online shop for kiddie stuff. Too bad my four kids are all grown up and Alexa is starting to create things for herself as well. The shop is called La Pomme, created by Apol Lejano Massebieau. If her name rings a bell, it’s because she used to be editor of a popular magazine for housekeeping. She’s now married to a Frenchman and a mother of a cute girl named Lilou, and only recently the family moved from the south of France to live in Panglao, Bohol, according to the La Pomme blog. La Pomme was created in France and it’s been on Etsy (here) for a while now.

I am inspired by her efforts to promote indigenous fabrics, and actually handcraft them into unique soft toys. Since inabel, like the swan crafted with binakol fabric, is close to my heart, I can’t thank her enough. Also love her crumpled tote bags made of tree bark fabric, the throw pillows made from recycled plastic and basically everything that she does. Get updates on La Pomme’s pop-up shop every now and then at their Facebook page.

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Inside Out the Andres Abode

House Visit

It’s been awhile since the last time I featured a home. In truth, I’ve been keeping eagle eye on this home and had long asked permission from the owners, Robbie and Grace, who happen to be the family’s dentists, but I always get entangled in something else. Yesterday was just too perfect — the couple was out of town, but Roy, the brother, was more than gracious to show me around. In fact, he fed me Robbie’s cheese cupcake while we talked about the long and short of it — I learned, besides designing their home themselves, Robbie is excellent in the kitchen, while Grace loves decorating and enjoys tinkering about in the garden. I also got to meet Sander, the official green thumb.

Cute Welcome

The details are very Ilocano, though the form is sort of Mexican. It took them three years to put together all the salvaged wood, antiques and the odds and ends they’ve collected in a span of another three years.

Christmas is in the air

-Christmas is in the air.

Antique LampsHouse ColorsPerspective 2Plantsa

-Antique irons

A house within a houseJuvenileDinner MusicPatioGarden Bench

The home is beautifully-planned and reflects the owners sunny outlook and love for the open air. The outdoor sheltered spots are so restful. There’s that so-called connectivity, from the exterior space to the inside.

PerspectiveTri-HibiscusTerraceOutdoor SpaceAntique Calesa Bell

-An 1897 calesa bell

A breath of fresh airSalvaged WoodFoliageWalkwayDon't step on the grassLet the light in
Ilocano Home

The house has that light, warm lived-in feel. The greens just make all the Ilocano colors stand out. Thanks to Robbie and Grace for sharing their home to us.

Exterior Space

The last days of November… I’m starting to feel the air of the season.

Photographed by Roy, Sander and  Blauearth
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