RL Reader of the Week: Ariane Tambolero

Our Reader of the Week lets us into her 60sqm home and reveals what she loves best about Real Living

Photography: Ariane Mallari-Tambolero

Our RL Reader of the Week is Ariane Tambolero. Ariane lives in a 60sqm unit in Muntinlupa City. She has been reading the magazine since 2010. 

Real Living (RL):  What is your favorite Real Living section? Why?

Ariane: My favorite is the Decor Ideas section because it gives me endless possibilities of affordable styling. I love DIY decor! 

RL: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned from Real Living?

Ariane: We do not have to spend much to create a cozy and comfortable home. It's not how expensive the home is -- it's about going home to a place where you can feel relaxed at the end of the day.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a dark blue L-shaped sectional sofa. It is complemented with blue and orange pillows. The bright hues and interesting patterns liven up the plain seat. More colors and prints can also be se seen on the floor rug. In the center of the space is a dining table with legs cut off so that it can be used as a coffee table.

Dining Area

For a small area, it is always a great idea to create an accent wall. It will make the room more interesting without taking up any additional space. In Ariane's dining area, she chose an elegant silver pattern.

Dining Area

Ariane wanted to make the dining area feel like a chic restaurant. To do this, she adorned the space with a wall print and black frames. She plans on installing bricks on one wall for an even cozier ambiance.

Mini Bar

Next to the living and dining areas is the mini bar which also serves as the perfect breakfast nook. 

Mini Bar

Ariane shares that the mini bar's mood lighting and black granite allow her to take Instagram-worthy shots of food and drinks. 


The kitchen is still a work in progress. Ariane is still saving up to buy hooks, baskets, and shelves for more storage.

Kid's Room

The bedroom of Ariane's son Marquee has a bright yellow wall and soothing blue walls. Framed photos and quirky details adorn the walls.

Marquee's Study Area

According to Ariane, the bedroom has plenty of shelves and cabinets for Marquee's toys, books, and other school supplies.

Master Bedroom

Since Ariane and her husband love to travel, they drew inspiration from coastal houses. She says that the gray-and-white palette and wooden furniture pieces make them feel relaxed.

Ariane's Desk

Another way to make the most of a tiny corner is to choose a wall-mounted table. Since there are no legs, it takes up less space. 

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