hello world!

I’m Lorraine Gapuz Edralin , an interior designer, blogger, art enthusiast and the founder editor of Insanely Divine. Launched in October 2013, the Insanely Divine blog covers my experiences and lessons in life, family journal, spirituality, my passion in design with a focus on my favorite interests: architecture, fine art, interiors, black & white, photography, food, fitness, simple living and philanthropy. The site is updated every other day (if i have time) :). If the mood strikes you, you can find me on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest .

I started my Facebook page in 2008 just to know what’s happening with everyone. I soon found myself sharing just about everything – my experiences, my drama, my family and zest for life. So I started blogging to journal them!

Since this is about me page, I will share things about me! :) I was born and raised in the Philippines. I took up Fine Arts and majored in interior design. I worked with international design firms and I was on top of my game until a trauma from my childhood suddenly resurfaced and I found myself coping with alcohol. My life and my soul were going down the drain- and I almost gave up living! I guess God must have heard my plea and sent an ‘angel’ to wake me up from the trance of being insignificant. I was introduced to studying the scriptures and learning more about Christ. In a short period of time, I was baptized and embraced my new found faith. I slowly recovered from alcohol addiction. I was zealous being a disciple of Jesus so I decided to leave my career and went to being full time in the ministry.

In 1999, I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. What! Oh yes, it was a shock of my life and yet relieved that there is actually a name for the emotions that plague me through the years. I battled with it head on with the guide of the scriptures and medication to help me maintain the ups and downs. I had my share of drama every now and then. Who knows why God blessed me with another angel, a spiritual man who swept my heart away! His love was too much too resist so I said Yes!-and married him. When my son was born, I went through postpartum depression. It was a very scary experience for me and again, I had to fight it and overcome the overwhelming, confusing thoughts and emotions. After my son’s first birthday, we moved to America and began another chapter of my life. I soon learned how to be an ‘american’ and with my new found confidence, I launched a design studio with a partner. It was exhilarating! Later on, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Before her second birthday, she was diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. It is a complex disorder of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Another chapter of my life began.There was not a single moment where I asked God why. I embraced everything about her and I became her advocate. My spunky, smart, animated and wonderful son has been one of her greatest support.

Her needs were my priority so I chose to leave my partnership with the studio and stayed home to care for her. It has been a crazy and yet fulfilling journey with her and our family. I still have my own share of drama having to deal with my own disorder. I am blessed with a spiritual man who has stood by me, supported, and loved me through all my craziness. He embraced my ‘beautiful mind’! With my family and devoted friends, I am able to enjoy the beautiful things in life.

I had to search for new avenues to help me deal with my roller coaster behavior and calm the monkey inside my head! This led me to eating plant base food, practicing yoga and meditation. I also developed a love of running and fitness. While in the middle of all the craziness in my life, I continued to practice designing at home. God’s gift of being creative is keeping me sane! :)

All people are welcome on this page regardless of their background or beliefs. If you can relate to me, welcome to my world! The mission of my blog is to share my colorful journey and try to laugh and appreciate about the unpleasant things of life. So, this is a place to tell it like it is, not to sugar coat things…

Remember, that this is my page and on it I’m sharing my story, my life with my family, my walk with God, my passion for arts and design, my interests and humanity. Through this blog my goal is to inspire and believe that no matter what you go through in life, there is healing, hope and peace. There is beauty around  us! -Yeah, sometimes life does not cooperate but still – LIFE IS INSANELY DIVINE! :)

Bio

Lorraine Edralin is the principal and inspiration behind Lorraine Edralin Designs. She provides her clients 20 years of professional design and project management experience in residential, hospitality and event design.  She have enjoyed working on a variety of unique and challenging projects in Asia during a 10 year tenure with multinational design firms such as Asia Pacific Designer’s Atelier and Sydney base design firm Davenport Campbell . Throughout those years she have gained valuable working knowledge in design, specification, production, management and installation of projects while developing a network of relationships on all sides of construction.

Her success rests upon complementary design innovations expressed through simple elegant interiors reflecting each clients’ unique qualities. With a contemporary approach employing traditional staples, her style reflects the comfort and elegance of the past in modern creations. She applies her flair for color, coordination and knowledge of style with equal success to residential and commercial design. With a revolutionary vision, she approaches Design and Function in an innovative way.

Lorraine Edralin is a degreed graduate in Interior Design from the prestigious University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines.

International Interior Designers Association ( IIDA )                                                 American Society of Interior Designers ( ASID,Allied Member )

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