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WHILE MOST HOMES—ES­PE­CIALLY con­dos and town­houses—lack space, the Cor­pus fam­ily has too much of it. Too much, in fact, that their house looked very ba­sic. “Gusto ko ma-re­vamp yung place ko

para mag­ing cozy and ma-ac­ces­sorize,” says home­owner May, a mother of two.

May used to work in a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany, but had to quit her job and stay home in or­der to bet­ter take care of her youngest, Adriel, who has G6PD de­fi­ciency (G6PD is a con­di­tion that can re­sult in hemolytic ane­mia. Aside from tak­ing main­te­nance medicines, Adriel also has to avoid cer­tain food types and med­i­ca­tion.).

In­te­rior de­signer Ayet San Jose-Aniag, prin­ci­pal de­signer of De­sign1528, also thought the house needed some shakeup. “It’s okay that there’s space, but it’s too spa­cious. At the same time, there was a long wall. Kailan­gan i-de­fine yung ar­eas. There’s also lack of color.”

While home­owner May gave Ayet free reign, the for­mer was vo­cal about her wish to have a di­vider be­tween their liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas. Ayet made sure to also guide May in iden­ti­fy­ing what she wanted for her home. The de­signer and home­owner soon came up with a de­sign peg—an airy space bathed in re­fresh­ing neu­trals with a touch of red and green.

To achieve this, Ayet, with the help of con­trac­tor Jonathan Qui­jano, im­me­di­ately de­cided to de­fine the ar­eas in this home. In­stead of just paint­ing a wall in the liv­ing area sage green (as was their peg), the de­signer went for wall­pa­per from Wil­con De­pot to add more tex­ture to the space. Ayet also made sure to have a di­vider cus­tom-made to fi­nally sep­a­rate the liv­ing area from the din­ing, as per May’s re­quest. Wood from Wil­con helped in cre­at­ing an open-shelf di­vider.

As the liv­ing area is the first thing guests see from the main door, Ayet made it look more invit­ing. The sofa set, which was in dire need of re­pair, was re­uphol­stered

in faux leather by Maeng’s Up­hol­stery in Marik­ina City. Fur­nish­ings and accessories (all from Wil­con), like an area rug, throw pil­lows, col­or­ful wall art, and faux pot­ted plants, add more char­ac­ter. Dress­ing up the win­dows are cur­tains also sourced from Wil­con. A green ac­cent chair, also from the same de­pot, serves as an ad­di­tional seat.

For a seam­less look, Ayet took off from el­e­ments in the spruced up liv­ing area, like the black glass cof­fee ta­ble and black frames, and in­cor­po­rated them in the din­ing area. Hence, black wire lamps from Wil­con re­placed the dated light­ing piece above the din­ing ta­ble. Mean­while, the print on the ta­ble run­ner re­flects the col­ors of the art­work in the liv­ing area: splashes of reds, yel­lows, and or­anges that pop out against a gen­er­ally neu­tral scheme. And to dress up the ex­panse of wall, Ayet got a mir­ror from Wil­con and in­stalled it here to add more di­men­sion.

When asked what she thinks about her re­vamped home, May—without ex­ag­ger­a­tion—gasped, and was mo­men­tar­ily at a loss for words. “Ang saya ko! Na-bless

ako!” she fi­nally man­aged to en­thuse.


“Wow, Mommy, nag­mukhang ba­hay na!” says Althea, the Cor­puses’ el­dest daugh­ter, upon see­ing the re­sult of the makeover. While this space looked squeaky clean, it clearly lacked char­ac­ter prior to the re­vamp. To make this more invit­ing, Ayet had the sofa re­uphol­stered, and she went to Wil­con to source most (if not all) of the fur­nish­ings and accessories that now liven up the area. Ayet also picked an ac­cent chair from Wil­con in al­most the same shade as the wall­pa­per. AF­TER


While much of the makeover was fo­cused on pret­ti­fy­ing the liv­ing area, the din­ing also got its fair share of the redo. Sep­a­rated from the liv­ing space by a cus­tom-made, built-in par­ti­tion, Ayet tied in the look by in­cor­po­rat­ing a few of the col­ors from the liv­ing area into this space. The de­signer also up­dated this part of the home by go­ing for more mod­ern-look­ing lamps and a bev­elled mir­ror from Wil­con.

Ini­tially, Ayet and May de­cided on in­clud­ing a floor lamp to add height to the liv­ing area. In the end, Ayet went for this pot­ted faux philo­den­dron from Wil­con. The mul­ti­col­ored pil­low­cases are from the Heim col­lec­tion of Wil­con.


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