A few key pieces trans­form this drab liv­ing space into a homey and func­tional abode

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A few changes here and there re­vamp this cramped stu­dio home into a bet­ter and invit­ing abode.

MICHE­LIN RAMIREZ’s LIv­ING ROOM wAs barely func­tional, let alone wel­com­ing. There was no couch or any seat­ing piece, nor was there any fur­ni­ture that could, at least, make it a lit­tle homey.

The limited space was also cramped with a din­ing ta­ble that didn’t serve its pur­pose (it was only used for stor­age; Miche­lin and her five-year-old son eat in the bed­room) and a wash­ing ma­chine that ham­pered move­ment in the kitchen.

“Lagi kam­ing nasa labas for work and

school. Pag uuwi ako, mas nakaka-stress kasi so­brang wala ta­la­gang ayos yung ba­hay,” the mother laments. Her pri­or­ity, of course, is her son’s ed­u­ca­tion, so fix­ing their home took a back­seat.

with all these ob­vi­ous prob­lems, in­te­rior de­signer van Acuña so­laña read­ily iden­ti­fied what needed to be done to spruce up this home. “Naisip ko agad, stor­age. Madaming

pa­tong-pa­tong na boxes, so kailan­gan ng stor­age para ma-hide yung clut­ter.”

Blims Fine Fur­ni­ture pro­vided the nec­es­sary pieces to help keep the clut­ter out of sight and give this home a cozy am­biance. A Blims three-seater sofa now oc­cu­pies one end of the liv­ing area, and be­side it is a chest of draw­ers that has enough room for stor­age. These are

set against a re­fresh­ing, leaf-pat­terned wall­pa­per cour­tesy of stu­dio eleven. Throw pil­lows add a few pops of color that break the gen­er­ally neutral scheme and min­i­mal­ist feel of the space (as per Miche­lin’s re­quest—“Gusto ko lang mag­ing homey and calm…min­i­mal­ist. since mag­isa lang ako, konti lang yung lilin­isin.”).

set flush against a wall by the door is a glass-topped side­board from Blims that show­cases a few per­sonal knick­knacks. And to ad­dress the al­most non-ex­is­tent din­ing area due to the unit’s limited floor space, Van had a kitchen counter made. Two stools from Blims make it a

com­pact din­ing ta­ble. van also made sure to build enough draw­ers to store kitchen es­sen­tials. she also threw in a bonus: the counter also serves as a nifty way to hide the wash­ing ma­chine!

while the kitchen served its ba­sic pur­pose, it also clearly lacked enough stor­age. The lone cab­i­net was an eye­sore, while the wash­ing ma­chine made the small area look and feel more cramped than it al­ready is. To make this area more ef­fi­cient, van had a classy back­splash in­stalled, with dark sub­way tiles from Felport, plus grout, wa­ter proof­ing, and adhesives pro­vided by ABC. A cus­tom-built cup­board re­placed the lone over­heard cab­i­net, and now holds more pantry es­sen­tials while keep­ing them out of sight.

Miche­lin, who ad­mits to not be­ing keen on invit­ing guests pre-makeover, is now ex­cited to wel­come vis­i­tors. In fact, her friends al­ready dropped by for a quick visit. “su­per ex­cited Miche­lin ex­claims.

in­te­ri­ors VAN ACUÑA SO­LAÑA pho­tog­ra­phy HANS FAUSTO (af­ter) MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA (be­fore) styling TALA SING­SON words SUN­SHINE SELGA FUNA

The sofa, chest of draw­ers, and side­board from Blims pro­vide the ba­sic fur­ni­ture this unit badly needs. Mean­while, a long mir­ror adds more depth by the en­trance. Van de­cided to re­tain the fridge in this cor­ner as it’s the most suit­able area given the small space.




To make this kitchen more hard-work­ing, Van had cup­boards made. She also added a back­splash, with sub­way tiles from Felport and grout and tile adhesives from ABC. The de­signer also had a bigger kitchen counter made to re­place the ex­ist­ing one. This new counter serves as a din­ing space for the fam­ily; it also hides the wash­ing ma­chine from sight. Two modern bar stools from Blims com­plete the modern setup.


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