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Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

August 7, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Imedagoze

When Holly invited me to share some of my fave things on decor8, I was surprised and thrilled. I’ve been out of touch with my fellow bloggers for quite a while now, so it’s nice for Holly to remember me. Thanks, Holly! So! Hello everyone. I’m Imelda. I run Imedagoze, a design blog, and koultura ), a newly-launched art blog. My home is a four-bedroom apartment in Singapore, where I live with my husband and two young daughters, 4 and 6.5 yr olds. Nothing big, nothing fancy, only plenty of colors.

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

The entrance hall is one of my favorite sections of the house. It is where I feel welcomed by seeing things I adore once I get home. On the wall is a painting by Jose Tence Ruiz, a social-realist painter from Philippines. I waited for almost a year to finally find the right piece for me. I love his works, he’s one amazing artist. And on the right side of the hall is my husband’s recently-bought bicycle, which explains why it’s being kept there.

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

The lounge seat seen in this picture is part of our L-shaped sofa, placed just right next to the balcony. A nice spot for me to enjoy the city and greenery view, or to snuggle with my daughters.

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

This corner of the study room is where I run my blogs from. So obviously, this has to be my favorite spot too. The study room probably has the most clutters in the house, mainly because I keep some leftover stock and product samples from my past business here. And that’s a screenprint by Shepard Fairey on the wall, bought from a gallery in New York. Oh yes, I’m a fan.

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

Amongst the walls in our home, this is the happiest of all. My daughters love doing art, and both of them proudly paste their works all over the house. And this wall has the most artwork displayed. There are occasionally one or two in the other rooms, but I usually take them down after two weeks and keep them in the children’s drawer. This picture says everything about my daughters. They love playing pretend and dress up (see the shoes, sunglasses, and handbag). And yes, they looooove stickers (on their room door and everywhere else in the house), and colors (just like their mom). ;-)

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

Imedagoze: My Favorite Things

I have stacks of textile collection from a fancy tablecloth, handkerchiefs, tea towels to fabric scraps. Mostly are from Scandinavian countries. In the picture, you can see some of my most loved metered fabrics. I’m so fortunate to have a husband who could live with many(!) of my obsessions.

Other favorite things…Speaking of obsessions, I have to admit that everything started from blogland. Finding one exciting thing in blogland had led me to more exciting things, and made my fascination of art and design grow. I became more attentive to culture, stories, details and originality of every art/design object I see. Next, appreciation came along. And now, I can say that I love everything that is “rich” and well-presented. A photograph of beautiful unnecessary object(s) that has plenty of stories to tell. Movies/performances armed with good picture/screenplay, or great costumes, or great animation, or great humor. Trips to museums, galleries, and design stores. Courage and determination of admirable ordinary people that made them creators, innovators, and leaders in my own eyes. Or, just a simple hand-written/hand-drawn birthday greeting.

There has been some good advise that I’ve heard and read over the years, but the only advise that has made a significant change in my life would be the advise from my dad, given years ago during my baby blues period of being a new mother. When I shared some of my frustrations with him, he just blurted out a short message to me. He said, “It’s just part of life”.  Short it is, but I thought of it deeply. It somehow made me realize that happiness and hardships are merely the positive and negative “illusions”, created by human thoughts and senses. So when I lifted the negative illusion slightly toward the positive one, things didn’t feel as hard anymore. It became… just a part of life. Since then on, everything feels much lighter. And I value more the simple moments and things in life, whether they are good or bad. Anyway, a treasured life needs both, good and bad – right?

Well, I hope everyone enjoys my share of favorite things, as much as I enjoy reading other visiting bloggers’ favorite things here. Thank you all for reading, and thanks again to Holly for inviting me to visit decor8 while you are moving to Germany. Hope everything goes smoothly there and that you will be back blogging on decor8 soon, Holly! –Imelda

(images: imedagoze)


  • Reply BODIE and FOU August 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    What a lovely post…and your dad is so right…I had a similar breakthrough last Summer when the economic downturn hit the UK and the newspapers were only talking how bad things were and they were but hey…all you can do when it happens is do your best..
    Good luck with Koultoura!

  • Reply Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog August 7, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Wow, what a unique painting. I love how your home is so different and personalized from the very first step in!
    .-= Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog´s last blog ..Buying the House… the nerves! =-.

  • Reply Shannon August 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I love the collection of textiles. Such great color! Thanks for sharing this.
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..The Chair: Part 1 =-.

  • Reply Grace Hester Designs August 8, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Hello fellow Singaporean! Thanks for sharing your home and your fave things. I like that your home has good design but still looks lived-in, not pretentious at all.
    .-= Grace Hester Designs´s last blog ..The Power of Bright, Well-Lit Etsy Photos =-.

  • Reply nina renee designs August 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I love displaying my children’s artwork, too…awesome :-)
    .-= nina renee designs´s last blog ..Happy Friday! =-.

  • Reply melissa de la fuente August 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, so great! What an amazing painting! And such wonderful paintings by your litttle ones! It is fun to have a house filled with girls isn’t it? Thank you so much for sharing your home!
    .-= melissa de la fuente´s last blog ..The Bright Side Project =-.

  • Reply shalini August 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Such interesting artwork. Loved all the fabrics too.

  • Reply imedagoze August 11, 2009 at 4:28 am

    thank you all for the kind words. :)
    .-= imedagoze´s last blog ..Thank you =-.

  • Reply Penny Patten August 11, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I love childrens art on display, and I love color! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..Friendship and a Yellow Rose =-.

  • Reply Detrait Morgane August 12, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Hi, living in Luxembourg and really enjoyed the art and the work; I also went on Koultura and saw some fantastic art. What can I say? Thanks and great!

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