Spell Saab

A small space is no excuse for a messy room. I would say our 2-bedroom condo is perfect for a newlywed couple like us! But I admit, it does get challenging at times to find a place for everything. We both love clean, spacious surroundings and, very much like the characters on The Sims, our mood lowers when we come home to a messy room. Jim came home to a messy room the other day.

I got a call from reception that Mandaue Foam had arrived! I previously got a 3-seater lazy boy couch and a dining table from them. Now, our TV console and window seat have arrived! I set out to clear our makeshift TV console, an old shelf that was way too high and exposed too much stuff.

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Oops

So the mess I made was not for nothing hehe. Jim got excited too so we quickly emptied the shelf. It wasn’t easy with all those cables and wires and books.

It got messier, I tell ya

It got messier, I tell ya

The delivery men couldn't help but watch the playoffs on our TV while unpacking haha

The delivery men couldn’t help but watch the playoffs on our TV while unpacking haha

I had a TV console and window seat custom-made according to the size of the space, which is something you can do with Mandaue Foam. How considerate, I love it! I made sure the window seat, which doubles as a dining table bench, would also be able to house our vinyl records and some other items. I am a firm believer of functional furniture!

OMG so much storage!!

OMG so much storage!!

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I have always dreamed of having my own window seat, a perfect place to read my books! I can’t explain how thrilled I am to finally have one.

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The TV console was beautifully made and followed all my specifics to a T! I gave measurements to ensure our subwoofer would fit in the corner, our amp, record player and speakers would fit on top, and our modem, MyCloud, Digibox, and PS4 would all fit perfectly inside the cubby holes.

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Now I want to show you all the configurations of our living room! It’s so easy to change, it takes only a minute to make any changes. Not everybody knows it but one of my favorite things to do is move furniture around. When I lived alone I used to change the layout of my condo like every 2 weeks hahaha. I’m not kidding, I would carry the bed, couch and desk on my own. It was quite the workout! I see it like a puzzle and I LOVE solving puzzles.

CONFIG 1: THA YOOSH

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This is the usual set up at home. I have my little nook where I usually work on my laptop when I don’t feel like using the desktop in our home office (a.k.a. the second bedroom which totally also needs a makeover). Our couch was originally 3 lazy boys with 2 in-between cup holders and secret compartment (for remote controls, etc). We sent one lazy boy and one in-between thingy home to Jim’s house for storage because we don’t have space for a couch that big right now. So our usual set up consists of 2 lazy boy seats and an in-between cup holder. We’re movie lovers and this is our black hole right here. We can stay in these seats forever. It’s nice to have a little space between us but sometimes we crawl into each other’s seats and make siksik into each other’s kilikili. Hold up, did I just say make siksik? Yup, I’m in love and annoying.

CONFIG 2: SPACIOUS YOOSH

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Not much of a difference but it looks a lot more spacious when we take out the cup holders between the lazy boy seats and put it in either the home office or maid’s room. Don’t worry, we have no stay-in maid. We don’t cramp her space with unnecessary cup holders. In fact, our maid’s room has been our storage room a.k.a. tambakan for so long. Everything was just on the floor, it was such a downer. UNTIL WE MOVED OUR OLD MAKESHIFT TV CONSOLE (see: first picture in this blog post) INTO IT. Now we can actually walk on the floor. Yay!

CONFIG 3: SUPER SPACIOUS LIKE WHAT THE HECK DO YOU NEED ALL THAT SPACE FOR

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This one is so nice and gives me good vibes. Perfect for when we exercise in front of the TV. Been meaning to get a rug. I just got traumatized a bit because Joey used to keep peeing on my rug when she was younger. I don’t want to get an expensive rug just so our place can smell like pee. Hahaha. She also likes peeing on our bathroom rugs so it’s a rule in our home to always keep the bathroom doors shut. Don’t get me wrong, she’s perfectly trained to pee on her designated pee pad, she never pees on the floor. Rugs just literally piss her off. Lelz.

CONFIG 4: ENTERTAINING

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Joey approves

Joey approves

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This one’s for when we have people over. We keep the couch small, and open up the dining room into its full potential. Ugh. I know, right? I have an awesome dining table. It’s also got 3 drawers on each side. SO FUNCTIONAL – I LOVE!!!

I just need a rug (maybe), some stuff to hide the cables near the TV, a couple of cute throw pillows for my window seat and more art on the walls but overall I am so in love with our living room. My next project is a floor to ceiling book shelf and desk for our home office! SO EXCITED! I am loving this Mandaue Foam lifestyle hehe.

Visit mandauefoam.ph for more ideas! Better yet, check out their showrooms. My favorite one is their Cainta branch :)

♥,
Saab

Saab

76 Comments

  1. Reply

    agathajoy

    May 8, 2015

    nice set up and. i like your table n colored chairs Saab :) good day

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      Saab

      May 8, 2015

      Hi! Thank you!:)

  2. Reply

    Nikkie

    May 8, 2015

    Grabe lahat ng sinusulat mo interesting. Keep it up :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      May 8, 2015

      Yay glad you think so :)

  3. Reply

    cheekeegirl

    May 8, 2015

    Hi Saab! I am into functional furnitures too. where’d u get your dining table?

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      Saab

      May 8, 2015

      Dining table and chairs are also from MF :)

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    Romzs

    May 8, 2015

    Hello! I’ve been meaning to ask, what paint did you use for the wall color? Yung navy/black-ish? Ang ganda gandaaa! I want it for my room! :P

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Oh no I don’t remember na!! :(:( Sorry!!!

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    Sarah

    May 8, 2015

    Ang ganda ng pagaayos. Parang ang sarap tirahan pati yung ambience, okay. Hihi.

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    Mehri

    May 8, 2015

    Is it just me or is config 2 really missing? Aaand, love your dining table! Is it custom made by MF too?

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Omg it’s there, it’s just missing a header! Edited it na!! Thanks!

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    Kendra Marria

    May 8, 2015

    That table.. genius! Love your place Saab!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Yay thank you!!

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    kat dela cruz

    May 8, 2015

    I suuuper like your table. MF is the best. :) And i have an idea mas cool kung magkakaroon ka ng book, yung pwede mong ishare samin na mga ideas like sa home, friends, food, fashion, makeups,love, family. Because i love the way you are and maxx too. Loveyou both.

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Aww thanks Kat!!<3

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    Ann

    May 8, 2015

    i sooooo want you tableeeeeeeeeee!! <3 <3 <3

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Hihihi

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    Rose

    May 8, 2015

    Ang galing ng dining table mo. Super functional. Probably my favorite furniture of yours from the photo; next would be the window seat. :) Ma-visit nga ang Mandaue Foam one of these days.

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Enjoy!

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    Pearly

    May 8, 2015

    I see the Archie Comics! Hihi anw, nice living room! It’s not very spacious but you made use of it very well. And the window seat for reading, to die for~

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      IKR>!!!!?!!!>!>!>!?!?

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    Marian

    May 8, 2015

    Such a cozy set-up <3 I just love how you blog. It's so..personal :) I feel like I know you personally. Parang friend mo rin ako. HAHA loljk. Hope I bump in to you someday. :) \m/

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      BUT WE /ARE/ FRIENDS

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    Chan

    May 8, 2015

    Wow! that’s an amazing dining table you have Ate Saab! Love how functional it is. Pwede lagyan ng condiments ang mga drawers lelz haha
    This post makes me wanna get one from MF too!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Doooooo it! Hope they still have one in stock!

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    Grems

    May 8, 2015

    “It’s nice to have a little space between us but sometimes we crawl into each other’s seats and make siksik into each other’s kilikili.” I remembered the FRIENDS episode were Rachel and Joey did this!! So cute!! Haha. Your condo is soooooo cozy and also that dining table is so magical (Sorry OA ng term hahaha) na pa “Pano nangyari ‘yan???” ako for a second. Haha! EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL :) Including that photo of you in your window seat that Jim took heehee <3

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Hihihihi THANK YOU GREMS!!!

  15. Reply

    MeryllKK

    May 8, 2015

    I am inlove with your dining table!! <3

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      <3<3

  16. Reply

    gigi

    May 8, 2015

    Hi! saab nice living room :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Thank you!!

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    Cleo

    May 8, 2015

    Hi Saab!! Multifunctional furnitures are the way to go! What do you use to take pictures that you use for your blog? Nice condo :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      My handy dandy Sony NEX 5N pa rin :) Thanks!

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    Shayne

    May 9, 2015

    My gosh! I love how minimal your living room is. I wish I was in the Philippines to benefit from Mandaue Foam. I’d be in soooo much trouble with them!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Hahhahaha!

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    Cyan

    May 9, 2015

    Love the “convertible” table! :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Me too!

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    Jae

    May 9, 2015

    That table is the bomb dot com! Did you also have it customized by Mandaue Foam?

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Nope :) Ready-made!

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        Jae

        May 21, 2015

        Ay, alam mo ba, I saw the exact table you have in IKEA!!!

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          Saab

          May 21, 2015

          Yes I think they sell it there too! Saw one in True Value Shangrila as well. It’s imported eh :)

  21. Reply

    Tin Lim

    May 9, 2015

    OMG!!! i like your table. i want that too. :)

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    Cohn

    May 9, 2015

    Customized din ba your dining table?

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Nope!

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    Nyze

    May 9, 2015

    Throw pillows would be perfect for your window seat. Perhaps a pair. :)

    I live in a condo too and it’s also a small space so I really want to get a dining table like yours. I think that’s so cool! Thanks sa idea. :D

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Yes!:D Go get one!

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    Jamie

    May 9, 2015

    AAAHHH foldable dining table! I wish I have a place of my own so I can design it like I always do in Sims. Hihi. Sometimes I cheat the money and make a house and put it somewhere in the neighbourhood. Hahaha!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Hahahahha omg The Sims – the beginning of my Interior Decorator fantasy

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    Sunnie

    May 9, 2015

    I check your blog everyday!!! :) And it’s my first time to comment haha.

    I get an error message while clicking MF’s website though. The table’s so cute!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Really? Works for me naman! I wonder what’s wrong! Anyway just check out mandauefoam.ph :) Thanks for leaving a comment!

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    Maria

    May 10, 2015

    Hi Saab, I am a mother of three amazing boys and one of my “me” time is reading your blog and I love it. It is entertaining and informative. keep it up. By the way, where did you buy your foldable dinning table?

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Oh that’s so nice to hear! Belated happy mother’s day!!!<3 I got the table from Mandaue Foam as well :)

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    secretwalangclue

    May 11, 2015

    where’d you get the TinTin poster? i want one. need pala. :D

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Tintin Store in Singapore but there’s one now in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, they’ve got a HUGE collection!! Go!

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    Yshi

    May 11, 2015

    Been a while since I last posted a comment. But I’m back! Yay (or nah? haha) SUPER looove your dining table and window seat! Reminds me of multi-functional furniture that are commonly used in tiny house living. love that show. anyway, wanted to ask, what happened to your hair? did it fade or you dyed it with different color again?

    ps: joey’s getting bigger and bigger. so cute!!!

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Hi Yshi! I dyed it ash brown na :) Yay, welcome back!!

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    Dani

    May 12, 2015

    I’m in love with the dining table and sofa and the ps4 games and everything about that living room! :)))) It feels so comfy there ate Saab :)

    17-year-old
    Dani :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Thaaaaanks!!

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    Abby

    May 12, 2015

    I definitely need one!! Checking out Mandaue Foam today! :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Go!:)

  31. Reply

    Lei

    May 12, 2015

    I ♥ your functional dining table!! :)

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      Saab

      May 13, 2015

      Me too!

  32. Reply

    mrsV.

    May 15, 2015

    at dahil dito sa post mo, maglilinis ako ng bahay, now na. haha :)

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      Saab

      May 18, 2015

      Hahaha! Hve fun!!

  33. Reply

    Kate

    May 16, 2015

    SUPER NICE SPACE!! I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how much is your super awesome dinning table?(:

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      Saab

      May 20, 2015

      Hi! Sorry, it was a gift from Mandaue Foam so I don’t know how much it costs!

  34. Reply

    Laney

    May 17, 2015

    Hi Saab,

    I’m a fairly new subscriber, so forgive me if you’ve answered this inquiry or have gone over this topic in your previous posts. Do you and your husband have similar taste when it comes to home decorating? Or do you guys compromise who designs which room? My boyfriend and I have different tastes when it comes to furniture, but he’s been kind enough to let me call the shots, pero syempre, I want to be fair too. Just curious if you share the same experience.

    P.S that table is an amazing find ;)

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      Saab

      May 20, 2015

      Hi Laney! Yes we have similar tastes thank goodness :) Also, my husband thankfully trusts my taste and judgment COMPLETELY and just lets me do whatever I want. And all I want to do is impress him hehehe <3

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    Sean

    May 18, 2015

    Hi Saab, what camera do you use for your blog images?

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      Saab

      May 18, 2015

      Sony NEX5N

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    Analyn Ortega ♥ahna♥

    July 21, 2015

    hi.. nice blog Now I had an idea what household items modest and cute for our small room.. thanks… i’m Glad to see your blog it helps me some ideas.. i will always reading it.. nice saab ♥♥♥ ahna

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      Saab

      July 22, 2015

      :)

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    Andi

    November 8, 2015

    Please give us a picture tour of your whole unit! It’s so inspiring especially since I’ll be moving into a small space soon as well. I love the table and I’ll be sure to get it. Looks like it’s worth the price :)

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      Will do :)

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    Kristine

    September 19, 2016

    Hi Saab!!! I have been a follower of your blog since I was still in my undergrad. I’m 25 and moved to the US 2 years ago. I have been inspired by this post of yours and finally, I and my boyfriend decided to invest on a loveseat as well. Just like how you and Jim are, we are also home buddies and can totally relate on your relationship. We both love starwars and playing games together as well (we play LoL as your Dota counterpart). I hope that in the future we also get to follow your footsteps and settle down. I really admire your relationship with Jim and how you are together. Do you have any advice as to how to keep the relationship alive and the fire going? Thank you!!!

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      Saab

      September 26, 2016

      Thanks, Kristine! Thanks for your question, it actually prompted me to write about a nightly ritual Jim and I have, which I think helps a lot in keeping our relationship strong. Watch out for it tomorrow :)

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