Real Living (Philippines) - - Front Page - in­te­ri­ors GRACE MOSLARES OF MAGARA IN­TE­RI­ORS pho­tog­ra­phy KURT AL­VAREZ (af­ter) & MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA (be­fore) styling PAULA DE GUZ­MAN words SUN­SHINE SELGA FUNA

IT’S PRETTY OB­VI­OUS WHAT THE MAIN prob­lem of the Yams’ small bed­room is: it was too clut­tered, and was in dire need of stor­age space. Plus, there was lit­tle room for move­ment, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that the space is shared by hus­band and wife Che and Ald­win with their twins David and Gwyneth. “Yung mga kids, they’re sleep­ing with us…queen-size kasi yung bed, pero pag usual way ka natulog,

masikip,” says Che. The four of them, there­fore, sleep with their heads against the wall (in­stead of the head­board) in or­der for all of them to fit. Still, laments Che, it’s not that com­fort­able.

So how do you fix this cramped bed­room shared by four? Dec­o­ra­tor Grace Moslares and her team at Magara In­te­ri­ors im­me­di­ately set out to pro­vide the Yams with am­ple stor­age space. “The real prob­lem is space kasi apat sila. Very lim­ited yung space. With a standard bed,

wala ka nang pwe­deng maila­gay. Closet space din—wala silang stor­age,” Grace says. Hence, the team cus­tom­ized a cabi­net by the door com­plete with ad­justable shelves. Grace also had a tall, slim open shelf be­side the bed—a per­fect spot for books and small dec­o­ra­tive items. Handy­man gen­er­ously pro­vided the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Che and Ald­win, who are tak­ing up their master’s de­gree, were par­tic­u­lar about hav­ing their own nook where they can work on their post-grad­u­ate re­quire­ments. “Usu­ally, yung gi­nagamit namin yung kabayo pang plantsa [iron­ing board—Ed.] kasi wala nga kam­ing area,” re­calls Che. Grace, then, had a ledge built be­low their mounted TV to serve as the cou­ple’s study/work desk.

A cramped bed­room shared by a young fam­ily of four gets a re­fresh­ing redo

Dec­o­ra­tor Grace Moslares and her team made sure to get fur­ni­ture pieces that are space-sav­ing, like this sofa bed from Avino Fine Liv­ing. “Yung ibang sofa bed, pag ni­latag mo,

hang­gang dou­ble size lang. At least da­pat king or queen. Ito, semi-queen, konti na lang, king na,” Grace says of the bed she chose. When not in use, the bed eas­ily con­verts into a com­fort­able couch, al­low­ing more room for kids David and Gwyneth to play in. Aqua­ma­rine serves as a fresh ac­cent color against the all-white space. (Paints are from Handy­man.)

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