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Real Living (Philippines) - - Notebook -

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.

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