Martine Cajucom not only has an eye for fashion; she also has an innate talent when it comes to interior decorating. If you need proof, just take a look at every Sunnies Cafe branch's Insta-worthy space, which Martine spearheaded in putting together.
Now, she's working on a new design project: her very own bachelorette pad. Martine tells Preview that she wanted to have a "fun and playful" space before getting married. For her, that meant drawing inspiration from "'80s Italian Memphis vibes with lots of acrylic, colors, and suggestive nudes offset with an all-white minimal space."
According to Martine, she came to this decision after a few trips to Milan and Sunnies factory visits. During those trips, Martine instantly "fell in love with the design scene." And like a true artist at work, she painted her new space in white. "It would be a blank canvas that I could play around with easily," she explains.
Apart from commissioning custom pieces, here are six useful decorating tips from Martine that you can employ if you're also interested in sprucing up your personal space.
1. Moodboarding is key.
Martine put in the work to collate pegs for her dream apartment. She pulled a lot of inspo from design museums.
2. Brave the flea markets—that's where you might find interesting pieces.
3. Refurbish vintage pieces.
"Most recently, I found a vintage furniture store in Barcelona called El Recibidor and bought some really cool acrylic lamps."
4. Don't be afraid to splurge on at least one investment piece.
"I had one big splurge piece—the pink mags soft sectional couch from Hay coming any day now. "
5. Choose pieces that bring you happiness daily.
Even if it's "a phallic-shaped pink vase from Ettore Sottsass from Italy that I think scandalized a few."
It can even be art pieces made by family to make your house feel more like a home. "I have two paintings by my aunt and they’re so special," Martine notes.
6. Avoid buying all pieces from one designer or store because your space will end up looking like a showroom.
"[I have been] slowly sourcing and bringing back pieces from my travels everywhere. From LA, I brought home ceramics and a few George Nelson lamps; from Australia, bar stools from Dowel Jones," Martine shares.