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5 Ideas to Steal from a Young Photographer's Townhouse

Did you know that you can paint your floors?

Photography: Dairy Darilag

Many of us still live in the same area where our parents raised us. In fact, more often than not, we only consider moving to a different place once we get married. However, in the case of photographer Gabby Cantero, she decided to transfer out of her old Quezon City home when she found this nice residential community in the south. 

Whether you want to make the most of an old home or decorate a new dwelling, you can still learn something from Gabby's 300sqm townhouse! Here are 5 tips inspired by the abode designed by interior designer Ruby Besira:

Keep the good furniture pieces

The first step is to remember that you don't have to replace all of your furniture pieces! For example, Gabby and her mom used their old dining table and dining chairs with solihiya detail. Although they initially planned on painting the table and chairs white, they eventually decided to retain the original finish.

Paint your floors

Gabby had the standard flooring material in the kitchen removed because she wanted to have rustic machuka tiles! However, she soon opted to go in a different route when she learned that the tiles would take four months to make. 

Instead of machuka tiles, Gabby went with Ruby's suggestion of a hand-painted black and white design. We think that the details on floor look unique and charming. The tiles also helped separate the kitchen from the living and dining areas.

Turn a bare wall into a home office

If you don't have enough room for a home office, you may want to make the most of an empty wall. Consider putting up wall-mounted desk and shelves or simply place an antique table against your wall. 

RL Tip: You can also turn a plain surface into a hanging garden! You only need to install shelves and fill them with different potted plants.

Stick to concrete walls and floors

To achieve an industrial look, you may want to retain your concrete walls and floors. For a clean and streamlined look, you can pair the bare surfaces with wooden furniture and white furnishings.

Display black-and-white prints

If you want to decorate an old or new home on a budget, you can place black-and-white photographs in minimalist picture frames. 

Click here to see more photos of this young photographer's four-storey townhouse!

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