REAL MAKEOVER: WARM WELCOME.
A few key pieces transform this drab living space into a homey and functional abode
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.