Elegant But Affordable Designer Home Ideas

Get loads of ideas from these cool vignettes styled by interior designers using budget-friendly home pieces


When we decorate our homes, we immediately look for interior projects on the web or in magazines as inspiration before going out to shop for furniture. At this ongoing exhibit, you can shop for furniture and get design inspiration at the same time. 

The Philippine Institute of Interior Design (PIID) recently partnered with AllHome to hold a designer competition called “Collab: Amazing Partners & Pieces Vignette Styling Contest," wherein interior designers styled specific areas in the home. And as an added bonus, everything they used in the vignettes are all available in the store—so no need to go sourcing the whole day. Here are four setups that we can take inspiration from:

Casual Coastal Bedroom and Living

A living and bedroom set up designed by Angeli Antonio and Rica Tai is the winning entry of the contest. The vignette takes inspiration from a cool and calm day at the beach, and features neutral colors with accents of vivid hues such as inviting blues, striking oranges, and fresh greens. The use of natural materials as seen in the baskets above the bed add texture to the space.

  1. Make use of the bare walls and install hanging shelves. Place baskets to get even more organized.
  2. It’s okay to have clashing patterns as long as they are in the same color palette. Zig-zags, checkered prints, and diagonal lines give the room a more fun and quirky vibe.

  1. Position your furniture in an angled layout for a dynamic look. Place accordion dividers to remove the awkward vertical line created by the meeting of two walls.
  2. If the color of your space is neutral or browns in majority, play with colored accents like the color of throw pillows or vases. This simple way will help in achieving to add a pop of color in the room.

Mix-and-Match Living and Dining

A living and digning area designed by Lubuguin, Verra Anne Depani, Camille I. Hirata, and Ken Jojie, is envisioned for a couple who dreams of having a rustic-modern home in the city. The setup shows how to have two spaces have a cohesive and consistent style, but still have their own individuality—much like in a healthy relationship. 

  1. To achieve a rustic style, the designers left the brick wall bare and used the wooden open shelving.  Warm colors with touches of celery green add to the rustic vibe. 
  2. The designers mixed in modern elements, such as furniture with clean lines and soft velvet upholstery. Metallic pieces were added to contrast against the brick and wood. 

Cool DIY Nook

This area designed by Aaron Paglicawan, Bernadine Tan, and Nicka Ventura, features a workspace for either a balcony or  home office. This adorable vignette makes the perfect nook for homeowners to make their DIY terrarium gardens. 

  1. To bring the outdoors in, install wall-to-wall artificial turf—or even just an area rug will suffice. This material not only mimics grass, but also gives the perfect green texture to your indoor garden/workspace.
  2. Incorporate plants that are not high in maintenance such as succulents. Having these types will help you relax as well as lessen the things that you have to worry about.

Summer-inspired Outdoor Area

An outdoor space designed by Phoebe Teodoro and Hilary “Shrimp” Yu is a beautiful retreat for the family. Playful citrus hues of orange, yellow, and green, with touches blue will remind you of happy summer days.

  1. Dress up your Lanai with outdoor indoor furniture  to create a second entertaining area. Having this will also give you an “al fresco” option when dining in your home.
  2. Create a layout keeping in mind the activities that you want to host in the space and the number of people in it. 

Check out these interior designers' vignettes (and more) at the AllHome Vista Place, Eugenio Lopez Drive, Quezon City. Visit for a list of branches.

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