What Do The Makeover Winners' Homes Look Like Now?

We knocked on the doors of the homes of our previous Ultimate Makeover winners to see how they maintained the spaces

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

The Real Makeover, hands down, is the Real Living readers’ favorite section, and we have been doing this since 2004. And as much as we take delight in every finished makeover, we always wonder how the spaces would look like after a year or two (or more). So we’ve stopped wondering and paid three Ultimate Makeover winners a visit to find out how they were doing, and to offer suggestions for further improvement.

SEPTEMBER 2010: The Baldevaronas

This Quezon City makeover was by far the most extensive and heart-warming makeover we have done, with the help of designers Kristine Neri-Magturo and Jean Paul dela Rosa. The designers turned the decades-old house into a Shabby Chic-inspired home anchored by distressed-finish furniture and DIY accessories. 

Living area now:

The patterned couch was taken out of the dining area and now occupies the spot previously held by the gallinera chairs. A lamp was borrowed from the master bedroom and a few curios from Josephine Baldevaronas’ collection were added to the niches. 

Dining area now:

Josephine said they decided to move the couch to the living room to avoid messing it up with potential spills. The six-seater dining set and chandelier are still as good as new.

RL verdict: We loved that the family was able to maintain the style of the home, and how they moved the furniture around to suit their lifestyle. The makeover has inspired Josephine to create her own DIY projects. 

READ: A Complete Home Renovation In Quezon City

SEPTEMBER 2008: The Barcoses

The Barcos townhouse lacked organization pre-makeover, and it lacked proper furniture and safe spots for children. Designer Hannah Acab-Faustino pulled out all the stops in providing the family with a fresh, tidy, and child-friendly space in just two weeks. 

Living area now:

The daybed and accent chair are still in place, but the ottoman stools were moved underneath the console to provide more play space for the kids. The family also removed the rug to preserve its color. 

Dining area now:

To add softness to the dining chairs, Rhea Barcos added seat cushions to match the overall color scheme.

RL Verdict: Some of the furniture pieces showed signs of wear and tear from everyday use, but overall, the design was maintained. We recommended putting back the rug, and a adding few fluorescents in the kitchen to make it brighter. 

READ: A Warm And Inviting Feel For A Family Home

SEPTEMBER 2006: The Elaurzas

Public school teacher Amelda Elaurza was lucky enough to get a redo of her home’s entire first floor by designer Vivian Gacad. She reveals it was a bit difficult maintaining the space and keeping clutter at bay. It’s clear, though, that her efforts have paid off—the space still looks pristine. 

Dining area now:

 A CD rack was added to the space. The dining table is normally pushed against the wall. "'Pag walang okasyon, tinatabi namin kasi kami-kami lang," she says. Amelda added a green table runner, and relocated the bamboo ladder to the dining to act as a placemat holder. The picture frames (not seen here) have fallen off the wall.

RL Verdict: We're pleased that their home remains clean and uncluttered. Amelda can replace the makeshift picture frames with new inexpensive ones from department stores, and also use the bamboo ladder as a magazine rack. 

PHOTOS Ocs Alvarez, Vincent Coscolluela, Miguel Nacianceno, and Jun Pinzon

Read the original article ("The Return Of The Ultimates") in the September 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

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