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Montebello Villa Hotel: A Relaxing Escape from the Modern World

What is it that enthralls us to escapades? Is it the tug of adventure waiting at the end? Or is it the well-deserved rest we get coming from a long working week? It may come as a surprise to many that one can get both just right in the middle of Cebu’s commercial and residential zones giving guests the highest degree of satisfaction.

What is it that enthralls us to escapades? Is it the tug of adventure waiting at the end? Or is it the well-deserved rest we get coming from a long working week? It may come as a surprise to many that one can get both just right in the middle of Cebu’s commercial and residential zones giving guests the highest degree of satisfaction.

Nestled quietly in Banilad, Cebu City, a second home for Cebuanos for almost five decades, demonstrates how a little bit of history can go a long way. With its nostalgic charm and emphasis on heritage it’s nice to see a “home” that its history shows how the classics can really stand the test of time. Even its newest and freshest rooms feature the grandeur of its distinct Old-world charm that immediately envelopes you once you enter it. The clay tile floors, dark-washed wooden furniture grounding the space with Earth tones, and the details of the ceiling tend to incite nostalgia and immediate relaxation. One of the highlights of the rooms is it’s far more spacious than many of the hotel rooms you’ve gotten used to. Truly bringing together classic design elements and modern luxury for an experience that epitomizes what Montebello Villa Hotel has to offer. The new rooms feature modern amenities and international-standard facilities designed to meet the needs of the meticulous travelers in leisure and business. Some rooms feature a balcony with a view of Montebello’s sprawling lush tropical gardens perfect for complete relaxation.

Most of the rooms have been refurbished within the last five years, 25 of which have been refurbished, and will be made available this year. Tucked into the fourth wing of the Hotel, they’re called the Deluxe with Balcony rooms, and they have the best view of the colorful Bougainvillea garden and the lush green foliage that casts its warm glow in the afternoon as the sun sets which is why Montebello is figured often in guests’ Instagram posts.

Truly, time seemed suspended in Montebello Villa Hotel. In an institution that pays homage to its rich history. It is only natural to go back to the simple, slow-paced life away from the hustle of work days and the din of technology when the world gets too overwhelming. One can always take a trip through history with a little getaway not far from where you are.

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Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 4

by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.

Part 4:  Upgrade your Choices

A.  Create different moods with lighting. The use of warm colored indirect lighting such as lamps, colored LED back lights, or even string lights can create a cozy and relaxing vibe after a day’s work.

 

Beautiful lighting can transform a small modern apartment.

 

B.)  Convert to smart home systems. From door locks, CCTV cameras, you’ll also be able to control and turn on lights, appliances even if you’re away from home. All you need is a wifi connection and the applications on your mobile phone.

Smart phone apps can also control lights and home appliances.

C.) Hire a professional interior designer. We always get an impression that hiring a professional would be expensive, but they actually help you make the best choices and save you from making bad purchases.

Go over design options and your color palette with a professional interior designer to get better results and save more.

 

IDr. Christa M. Cañizares, piid
Founding Member, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – Cebu Chapter
Principal Designer, CMC Interior Design
Specializes in residential and commercial design.
A homebody and renovation aficionado.

 

 

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Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 3

Trendy Home & Condo Renovation Tips. Part 3

by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.

Part 3: Maximize Impact of Small Spaces

A.)  Storage spaces. You can go with concealed storage systems such as built-in cabinets on walls, under the bed or seating. Keep the items that you use often more reachable than the occasional ones. Choose what works best for your space and for your convenience.

There are many affordable storage options to de-clutter your room.

B.)  Showcase your collection of interesting conversation pieces, like items you acquire from past travels, an artwork, an heirloom, coffee table books or a collector’s item. Make sure to save a special place for them in your home.

Your personal collections can be nice decorative pieces.

C.)  Move things around to attract renewed energy into your space. May it be moving a sofa to the adjacent wall, creating a dining nook near a window, shuffling your accessories on to a different shelf? Little efforts go a long way.

Update your living/family areas with bright color accents that complement the dining area.

 

IDr. Christa M. Cañizares, piid
Founding Member, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – Cebu Chapter
Principal Designer, CMC Interior Design
Specializes in residential and commercial design.
A homebody and renovation aficionado.

 

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Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 2

by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.

Part 2:  Create Visual Interest

A.)  Update your space with a fresh coat of paint. Some would love the white / minimalist theme, but one must also not be afraid to make a bold statement and have an accent wall, or even a wall mural.

A new coat of paint can add that bold accent to your kitchen or room.

B.)  Mix materials and textures to create depth and contrast. Wallpaper is an amazing decorative material that you can use for an instant upgrade. Another inexpensive approach is to use patterns and texture on soft furnishings such as curtains, pillows and sheets.

A right mix of fabrics and textures gives an earthy color palette that sophisticated feel.

C.)  Setting up a coffee station, bar carts, vinyl corner, or workstation seems to be a trend to the young professionals nowadays.  Add functional pieces that serve as décor at the same time.

Your personal work space can show off your favorite items and will be your inspiration to be productive.

 

IDr. Christa M. Cañizares, piid
Founding Member, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – Cebu Chapter
Principal Designer, CMC Interior Design
Specializes in residential and commercial design.
A homebody and renovation aficionado.

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