Real Peo­ple

This ocean-lov­ing artist lets us into her “Salty Stu­dio” and shares with us her fa­vorite home picks

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My 10 FA­VORITE THINGS: NIKKI VALEN­ZUELA. This artist lets us into her Salty Stu­dio and shares with us her fa­vorite things.

Fa­vorite Area in the House

“My el­e­vated bed. It’s where I can most clearly see the ocean or watch the sun­set.”

Fa­vorite Home Scent

“I wanted some­thing that smells like fresh co­conuts. I couldn’t find any­thing like it, but then I chanced upon ISLA by Si­moy ng Haraya at a home goods fair.” Check out www.simoyn­g­

Fa­vorite Home Ac­ces­sory “My bunny stash box that was carved by Tim­ber De­sign Stu­dio. The hand­i­work is just so beau­ti­ful, and it per­fectly fits into my stu­dio.” See @ tim­berde­sign­lab on Instagram.

Fa­vorite Travel Des­ti­na­tion “None in par­tic­u­lar. Any­where new that’s worth ex­plor­ing, wher­ever I can be cu­ri­ous, in­spired, or sur­rounded by na­ture.” Nikki con­sid­ers La Union as her cur­rent home.

Fa­vorite Ob­ject on the Night Ta­ble

“Warm light­ing paired with a good book. I love snug­gling into bed with a good book to put me to sleep. It’s al­ways nice to end the day with in­ter­est­ing thoughts and re­flec­tions.”

Fa­vorite Color Com­bi­na­tion “Warm, dusty metallics like Rose Gold and Cop­per paired with white­washed wood. White walls help me de-clut­ter my thoughts be­fore paint­ing, while warm metallics add a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to shabby, tex­tured spa­ces.” Try Tiger Stripe, Ko­ralle, and Al­mond Chip from Nip­pon Paint.

Fa­vorite Home Gad­get “My pock­eted can­vas cur­tains. They were cus­tom­made for my stu­dio by Tim­ber. They’ve given my tiny stu­dio so much more space, and the best part about them is I can eas­ily take them wher­ever I go.” Find Sim­i­lar at Make Room & More.

Fa­vorite Re­cy­cling Trick “Since it’s hard to get hold of nice, thick, craft pa­per, I find that pa­per bags from re­tail stores make for great wa­ter­color pa­per, col­lage ma­te­rial, and gift wrap­pers on oc­ca­sion.”

Fa­vorite Pick-me-up Treat “Sa­vory starters paired with sweet and cheap red wine. Wine is es­pe­cially re­lax­ing when I work late nights at the stu­dio.” Find this wine rack at Crate & Bar­rel, SM Aura.

Fa­vorite Home De­sign Book “I fre­quent www. my­mod­ern­ It fea­tures a lot of artists and cre­ative pieces that blur the lines be­tween fine art and de­sign. I love how they fea­ture func­tional pieces that come in whim­si­cal or sur­real forms.”

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