Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Notes -

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

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