WHO NEEDS A MAKEOVER?
When I get up at 5:30 in the morning and my hair resembles a bird’s nest while my face shows the wear and tear from my four decades of life, I think: God, I need a makeover.
Now, translate my situation to a house. A homeowner wakes up in the morning. Her room resembles a bird’s nest, while the rest of the house shows the wear and tear from four decades of use and a bevy of rambunctious children. That home definitely needs a makeover!
This month, Real Living celebrates its 13th year of monthly makeovers. I can’t even say it’s 143 makeovers in all, because I didn’t count the dozens of other mini-makeovers, furniture makeovers, and “spotmakeovers” the RL staff (past and present, online and print) have all done. These were all done in houses of strangers—people we don’t know from Adam—and they have entrusted our designer friends with their personal spaces. That’s how much the need is.
Even in this day and age when a makeover can magically be completed in fifteen minutes on TV in between commercial breaks, we will still work on our Real Makeovers. Because nothing beats the look on a homeowner’s face when the big “after” result is revealed.
The amazing thing is that many of the owners actually maintain the look of their homes even years after the makeover. Some of them get inspired enough to improve the rest of their house, constructing additions, repainting, slowly investing in new furniture pieces. This, I believe, is proof that the makeover is effective—and proof that a life has definitely been changed.
I’m sitting in the bedroom of Bien Po’s home, our cover feature. This guy knows makeovers like anything! Check out his ideas and DIY creations on p. 50 and on www.realliving.com.ph