Real Living (Philippines) - - Front Page - in­te­ri­ors MA­GARA DE­SIGNS pho­tog­ra­phy KURT AL­VAREZ styling PAULA DE GUZ­MAN words BUB­BLES SALVADOR

AS A teenager, makeover win­ner kather­ine Castillo was al­ready in­volved in their fam­ily’s ice cream busi­ness. She would of­ten be ab­sent at fam­ily gath­er­ings in the prov­ince so she could at­tend to the in­greso or daily sub­mis­sion of re­mit­tances from their sor­beteros (ice cream ven­dors). “Ito na yung bu­muhay sa amin,” she says. the Castil­los have lived in this four- story home for over 40 years, with the ground floor serv­ing as their ice cream fac­tory, and the third and fourth floors hous­ing their work­ers un­til 2006. the se­cond floor is the cen­ter of their home.

For years, kather­ine’s mother emma had been promis­ing the fam­ily that if they saved enough money, they would have their home ren­o­vated. “Nabubuhay kami na tama na yung maayos, mali­nis. Palagi sinasabi ko pag­dat­ing ng araw, ipa­paayos natin ito…hang­gang tu­manda ako, hindi nang­yari,” says emma. When kather­ine wrote to Real Liv­ing, she had hoped that the in­ter­est­ing his­tory of their home would bag them a free makeover. And it did, just in time for kather­ine’s birth­day last year. “Yung money na da­pat ilalaan sa pag-re­pair sa house, palag­ing na­gagamit sa iba. Nag­ing re­al­ity yung tinit­ing­nan-tingnan ko lang dati sa mag­a­zines,” kather­ine shares. grace Moslares of Ma­gara De­signs was as­signed to the pro­ject, as­sisted by her able team of de­sign­ers, painters, car­pen­ters, and artists. First on her list of things to do was to open up the space. “Al­though gamit na gamit yung area, parang ang sikip ng space,” grace says of her ini­tial im­pres­sion of the home.

An­other chal­lenge to her team was the leaky roof. “Nan­dito na kami. ex­cited ako sa con­cept ng ice cream fac­tory, es­pe­cially the Filipino el­e­ment. Ayoko na­mang pa­gan­dahin ta­pos tulo lang nang tulo yung bubong. Use­less lang, so buong kisame nire­place and in­ayos ta­laga,” she adds. emma showed grace a paint­ing of a sor­betero, a trea­sured gift from a friend. Moved by this, grace set out to

work on the makeover, adding color and life us­ing el­e­ments from the fam­ily’s ice cream busi­ness.

in par­tic­u­lar, kather­ine ea­gerly waited to see what would be­come of their old ice cream cart or karo, now turned into a quirky bar counter. grace de­scribes, “Dito nang­gal­ing la­hat ng ku­lay ko. the cen­ter ta­ble in the liv­ing room is also mul­ti­func­tional, de­signed by my fore­man Ar­nel Lozano.”

Pops of color— in­spired by the tra­di­tional choco­late, straw­berry, and cheese ice cream fla­vors— are now seen around the house. grace moved a cab­i­net that sep­a­rated the Parts of a decades-old karo was used to ac­cent the coffee ta­ble (which also dou­bles as a stor­age bin) in the liv­ing area. “Sin­abi­han kami na kukunin ang isang item para gamitin as one of the fix­tures. Will­ing na­man kami, kahit yung bago o lumang karo—mas pinili nila yung luma,” Kather­ine nar­rates. The paint­ing is by Ja­son Bon­gat. The throw pil­lows are made with dainty fab­ric from Townes. kitchen and turned it into an en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter at the liv­ing area. the fam­ily’s ex­ist­ing sofa set was re­in­forced and re­sized to be pro­por­tion­ate to the space. the wood floor­ing, char­ac­ter­is­tic of old Filipino homes, was re­tained.

the Castil­los look for­ward to re­viv­ing their busi­ness this year. RL’s makeover of their home is a great en­cour­age­ment for the fam­ily to start dream­ing again. “Noong una, naisip ko mahi­rap nang ayusin ito, pero un­tiunti, ha­bang gi­na­gawa, parang gu­ma­ganda. Nag­ing posi­ble na. Wala akong maisip na iga­ganda pa,” says emma.

Hindi ko in­ex­pect na puwede pala ipangdis­play sa ba­hay yung takip ng karo. Pag may du­mat­ing na bisita, alam nila na ang hanap­buhay namin

ay ice cream,” home­owner Emma Castillo says. Fore­man Ar­nel Lozano used pakong

bakya as de­tail for the unique coffee ta­ble. Stor­age bins and rubber mats (used as an area rug) from Handy­man add an in­dus­trial-style vibe.


Open­ing up the kitchen by re­mov­ing the cab­i­net di­vider and re­plac­ing it with an ice cream cart “bar” was a bril­liant idea. Left­over tiles were used for the kitchen coun­ter­top. Ceil­ing ma­te­ri­als and rus­tic-style win­dow shut­ters are from Handy­man.




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