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This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

Did you know that there are wood plank brands that are warp-free, that applying wallpaper is sometimes more cost-effective than painting a wall, and that ceiling insulation can be sprayed on directly from a can?

If you’ve ever been in the thick of renovating, building, or decorating your home, we are sure there was probably a product choice or question that left you stumped. The surefire way to solve your problem would be ask a design professional.

But short of hiring a pro, we decided to bring the pros to you in this year’s RL Awards, our roundup of the best building materials, décor, home care items, and home appliances as chosen by industry experts and Real Living contributors. Our experts spent the last month and a half testing these products in-store and at home, or using them in their projects. Let’s get to know them here:

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Building and Finishing Materials



Angelo Siochi is principal architect of AGSiochi Architecture and Design, and specializes in residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces. His designs have a modern but very refined and elegant air about them.

READ: An 86sqm Condo That Looks Like A Hotel

Paula de Guzman is an interior designer a former Real Living magazine stylist. She is currently a project manager and point person at the firm Design Coordinates.

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READ: A Two-Storey Modern Tropical Home In Quezon City

Nikki Audine is an interior designer, production designer, and regular contributor of Real Living. She is also works for her family-owned contractor business.

READ: This 31sqm Condo Is a Pastel Dream

Furniture and Décor

 Dagny Madamba is an interior designer, visual merchandiser, stylist, and contributing editor to Real Living magazine. Vera Villarosa-Orila is an interior designer and our resident design expert and Real Living columnist.

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READ: A Charming Weekend Hideaway In Tagaytay

Appliances and Home Care Products



Amber Smith Folkman is a California-born, Manila-residing mother-of-three and self-confessed DIY maven. Her blog amommabroad.com recounts her adventures in child rearing, housekeeping, and decorating as an expat in the Philippines.

READ: A Colorful House Filled With DIY Projects and Kid-Friendly Décor

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Jing Lejano was the editor in chief of Good Housekeeping Philippines; she is the content head of parenting and lifestyle community Mommy Mundo, and she is a contributing writer to various publications and websites.

To get a preview of what you can expect from the RL Awards in the next few weeks, watch this video:

 

Check out the first batch of RL Awards winners on our website tomorrow.

 

PORTRAIT PHOTOS: Shaira Luna (Dagny, Angelo), Cyrus Panganiban (Paula), Nicole Alfonso (Nikki), other photos, courtesy of the experts

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