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Origins & Inspiration

"Welcome! Velkommen! Bienvenue! Maligaying Pagdating! Naimbag nga idadanon!" to HomeUsable Designs.

HomeUsable Designs was inspired by my fondness for decorating our home with the nuances of expressions, languages, customs and traditions originating from our family’s Filipino-American-Danish background.  ​We love hosting and visiting friends near and far. We especially appreciate learning about the various customs when gathering in other people's homes - what they say or do. Whether it’s saying grace, a summoning gesture or declarations of “Let’s Eat!” EVERYONE has some earnest expression of invitation, enjoying nourishment and gratitude around a meal. The placemats featured here, were inspired by our family’s mealtime expressions or phrases in Tagalog, Ilocano (“Kain na tayo” & “Mangan tayon”) and Danish (“Tak for mad”& “Velbekomme”) simply because this is us and everyone is welcome to our table!​It is unquestionably the people that are present that make gatherings most heartfelt. However, the symphony of food, drinks, music and decorations certainly add to a memorable celebration! Ah yes, the seemingly minute detail of personalized decorations do make a statement! And while gifts are never expected by our gracious hosts, I've also noticed that the gifts most appreciated are the ones that are thoughtfully given. So the next time you are looking for a unique, personalized ‘certain something’ for your home, business or as a gift - let me create it for you. If you are looking for anything else that is not featured on my website, tell me the thought or story behind that personalized gift, and I will strive to customize it for you accordingly.Live and Decorate Inspired! 

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