a cool color pal­ette and el­e­gant ac­cents give this decades­old home a gor­geous up­date

Real Living (Philippines) - - Front Page - in­te­ri­ors VERA VIL­LAROSA ORILA pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA styling PAULA DE GUZ­MAN words SUN­SHINE SELGA FUNA

The Calu­ags’ home sTands proud amid tall, com­mer­cial build­ings. The struc­ture, which was built in the 1960s, fea­tures a pretty bay win­dow and fur­ni­ture pieces that are ob­vi­ously hand-me-downs. But while the home ap­peals to nos­tal­gia, it does need a lit­tle up­date. In­te­rior de­signer Vera Vil­larosa orila im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied what needed to be fixed: the paint and the floor.

For the new color pal­ette, Vera took in­spi­ra­tion from the style of the ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture pieces, par­tic­u­larly those by the bay win­dow. “my first thought kasi was to re­paint the chairs,” nar­rates Vera. “given na white sila, prob­a­bly dis­tressed. The best color that goes with that is mint green or duck egg blue. From there, I got the color scheme.”

hence, the once plain, cream walls in this nook now look lively in mint green, thanks to paint from handy­man. “When she sent me the pegs, I like them be­cause the col­ors are my fa­vorite col­ors!

Nagkataon lang. Sakto siya,” ex­claims home­owner dincee. The ad­di­tion of cur­tains, also from handy­man, co­zies up the area and makes it con­ducive for loung­ing. a small, graphic area rug in the same color pal­ette pulls the en­tire look to­gether.

Vera also had the wall across the TV done in faux brick de­sign, in­stantly perk­ing up the space. a dainty framed print of a blos­som­ing tree serves as a fo­cal point, while the new sec­tional sofa that con­verts into a bed (also from handy­man) com­pletes the setup. The seat­ing piece is big enough to ac­com­mo­date the fam­ily of six as they watch their fa­vorite TV pro­grams. pil­low cov­ers in mixed print and cool col­ors keep the liv­ing area from look­ing plain.

The floor also got a do-over. “It used to be tiled with mar­bled ef­fect.

Yung worst part, yung sa bay win­dow, white yung tiles dun,” the de­signer re­counts. With vinyl lam­i­nates from handy­man, Vera was able to con­vince the fam­ily to change the en­tire floor­ing.

By re­fur­bish­ing the ex­ist­ing pieces and re­paint­ing the walls and ceil­ing, Vera was able to up­date the Calu­ags’ decades-old abode with­out sac­ri­fic­ing its no­table ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. “This house, since it was our

lolo’s and lola’s, pag may birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, fam­ily gath­er­ings, we all go here,” dincee says.

With this new, cot­tage-in­spired look, this home will surely see more of the fam­ily’s re­u­nions for more decades to come.

“The house hasn’t been up­dated for more than a decade,” laments home­owner Dincee Caluag. This abode’s age showed in the dated floor tiles and wenge slid­ing door. In­te­rior de­signer Vera Vil­larosa Orila had the floor­ing re­placed with vinyl lam­i­nates from Handy­man, while the door was re­painted in white and now fea­tures mold­ing de­tails as ac­cents. The dainTy mold­ing on The ceil­ing was barely no­Tice­able be­cause of The pre­vi­ous whiTe-gray pal­eTTe. To make This de­Tail pop ouT, vera had iT re­painTed in duck­egg-blue.

in­sTead of The usual prinTs or pho­Tos, vera made use of fab­ric scraps from pil­low cov­ers To come up wiTh This framed piece. These framed faux grass add a fem­i­nine Touch To The sTair land­ing. The frames orig­i­nally came wiTh mir­rors, which vera re­moved.

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