"Find your own style and live with what you love."
What determined your passion for design?
Design has always been a part of my life – from my early career as a fashion editor in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore to my life now as an author of Conversations: Up Close and Personal with Icons of Fashion, Interior Design and Art , decorator and founder and creative director of Blue Carreon Home.
What inpires you?
Nature and travel. There is so much beauty around us.
How can you refresh your linens for the New Year?
I am always on the look out for new linens. And since my country house has a predominantly blue and white chinoiserie theme, I am looking to add pieces from Frette’s Chine collection especially in the blue jacquard colorway. It reminds me of scenic Chinese paintings coupled with the glamour of Art Deco Shanghai.
Can you remember your first design project?
My very first apartment because not only it signaled my physical independence, it also heralded the beginning of my own design voice separate from the environs I grew up with.
What field of design are you most interested in?
I’m fascinated by every aspect of it – be it color and texture, spatial planning and industrial design.
What is the best decorating advice you can offer someone?
Find your own style and live with what you love. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of what’s trendy and hot, but a little difficult to have your own unique point of view.
What is your favorite book, magazine, or site on design?
I spend an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest and 1stdibs.
What are the most important elements when designing a bedroom/ room?
Lighting and wall colors. I like soft mood lighting and dark walls in a bedroom. I like my bedrooms to have a cocoon feeling especially if they are in the city.
What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette sheets or Frette bath?
It is like enveloping yourself in a cloud of luxury.
Do you prefer your sheets to be linen, sateen, percale, or poplin?
I love cotton percale sheets. Crisp ones especially.
What is on your bedside table?
Fresh flowers always and a Diptyque candle on a Blue Carreon Home Bijoux tray and a book I am currently reading.