“PARANG HOTEL NA ANG BAHAY KO!”
INTERESTING DETAILS AND SOFT COLORS TRANSFORM THIS FAMILY’S LIVING AREA INTO A CHIC SPACE
HOMEOWNER CHERIELOU PAGDILAO cannot contain her excitement about her home’s redo. “Parang hotel na yung bahay ko!” she exclaims. As a working mom with two kids, Cherielou admits that she and her husband Nathan have no spare time to fix their space. But thanks to interior designer Katharine Manuel, the living area of the Pagdilaos now looks inviting.
The relatively spacious living area was populated with a sofa set flushed to the wall on one end of the room, while the television set was on the far end. The space looked organized enough, but the layout proved to be quite impractical and very basic. “Wala pang effort to make it comfortable. It was all just functional… awkward that the television was right across the room. It wasn’t in the ideal spot.
Daanan pa siya,” recalls Katharine when she first saw the space.
To address this problem, Katharine divided the living area into two sections according to the family’s activities. “It’s logical that you conduct your main activity in the bigger area,” says the designer. She defined the area by bringing in a new sectional sofa and slim side tables from Blims Fine Furniture. A wooden coffee table and a Scandinavianstyle rocking chair with footstool from Handyman complete the cozy setup. The designer had the white walls repainted in a soft dove gray (with Nippon paints from Handyman) to keep the space from looking staid.
Katharine chose dove gray for the walls to balance out the feminine details of the living area, like the tiles that feature a dainty print. Furniture pieces from Blims complement each other, creating a cozy ambiance that’s perfect for relatives who come over on weekends. SINCE THE FINISH OF THIS WALL IS NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR SEAMLESS WALLPAPER INSTALLATION, INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHARINE MANUEL USED PATTERNED CERAMIC TILES INSTEAD. THIS TREATMENT CREATES A VERY INTERESTING AND UNIQUE FOCAL POINT. CUSTOMIZED SHELVES WERE INSTALLED IN AN ASYMMETRICAL PATTERN TO OFFSET THE LINEAR DETAILS IN THE LIVING AREA. THESE HOUSE VARIOUS DECORATIVE KNICKKNACKS FROM DAISO.
“Everything is concrete, hard surfaces, but you have all these natural elements outside. Plants really transform a space,” explains Katharine when asked why she peppered the space with greens. She bought planters from Handyman and Daiso to house these lively accents.