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It’s not really unusual for parents to share a room with their kids. In the tobias family’s case, though, this arrangement is barely convenient. the bedroom, which is not even nine square meters big, has enough room for only a full-size bed and
a modest closet. “Minsan hirap nga kami matulog… nakalabas na yung paa namin. Sanay na yung paa
ko na naka-hang!” says Kristine, who shares the small bed with husband toby and their son Josh. “Parang ang function nung room kasi, for adults
lang talaga nung wala pa kaming kid,” adds toby. expanding the space, of course, is interior designer Vera Villarosa-orila’s main solution. together with architect Hector ligeralde, Vera’s team extended the couple’s bedroom by tearing down the dry wall that separates it from the adjacent room that was originally intended as Josh’s bedroom. (since the four-year-old does not want to sleep there alone, the space had been converted into a storage room.)
to maximize the bigger space, Vera bought a queen-size foam bed together with plush pillows and linen from robinsons Department store. this she placed against the door of the former master bedroom (Vera had the door sealed off, creating one big wall behind the bed). she customized a bed frame to accommodate built-in drawers for storage—one of the couple’s special requests. to cozy up the “new” bedroom, Vera installed floating bedside “tables” made of pretty wooden organizers and trays from robinsons Department store. these she propped up on brackets—an ingenious and space-saving trick that lends a charming touch to the area.
Vera also had a floor-to-ceiling closet made, and this she placed in one corner of the room. and since the space is still shared with Josh, the designer saw it fit to create a corner for him, which includes a small study desk and a handful of quirky décor.
tying together these brand-new pieces is a light, refreshing color scheme that the couple preferred: tiffany blue and white, thanks to nippon paints from Handyman. Vera also created more visual interest by using paint from nippon’s sparkle silver series to add subtle, faux woven texture on some walls.
With proper space planning coupled with charming accessories and organizers from robinsons Department store and Handyman, this small, constricted bedroom became a more spacious sanctuary. and if there’s any indication that the tobias family loves the renovation, it’s shy Josh’s excitement and beaming face.
The family of three can now sleep comfortably in this queen-size bed from Robinsons Department Store. Meanwhile, Nippon paint from Handyman was used to create a charming wall behind the headboard. Vera added a touch of whimsy by painting three speech bubbles to represent the Tobiases.