“WALANG LAMAN ANG BAHAY KO, HINDI COZY.”
TOO MUCH EMPTY SPACE IS ALSO A PROBLEM! SEE HOW OUR DESIGNER SPRUCED IT UP
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.