RL Tips: Working with Collections

The Real Living team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Keeping Your Collections

Q. My husband is a hoarder—he collects things that he refuses to get rid of. We can’t store them in our existing cabinets because they are all full, so he started putting them on the floor, and now I can’t walk around comfortably. Help! —MP, Quezon City 

A. Invest in storage units. Use file boxes for smaller items; these boxes can be stacked on top of each other. Stackable plastic storage bins also come in different sizes and colors. Store items vertically rather than spreading them on the floor—stacking increases floor space. And please purge! —Maica Rivera, interior designer

Bonus Tip: You may also choose to have storage solutions like these which can fit under tables and cabinets.

Displaying Photos

Q. I want to display my photos in my small bachelor pad. These are mainly black-and-white panoramic shots. How should I frame them? —Rommel Pentinio

A. Emphasize your shots with thick black frames and matting, or play with the shape of your frames, depending on the photos’ orientation.  Arrange the frames in a manner that will tell a story. Whether it is linear or random, what is important is the message behind each photograph. — Pauline La’O, interior designer


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