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A Delightful Mix and Match in a Studio Unit

Smart shopping and keeping style within a budget lead to a harmonious and cozy home

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

Homeowner Jeanette describes her studio-type unit as full of pocket-friendly pieces and a “bric-a-brac from everywhere.” Being the self-proclaimed master of cheap decorating, she may have designed her place with a budget in mind, but she certainly didn't scrimp on style. One might notice that her place looks bigger than its actual floor area of 53sqm. Her simple trick is segregating each area with furniture instead of walls, giving it an open layout.

The walls are painted neutral beige with dark wood finish. Other pieces are in camel beige and chocolate, with furnishings in orange and lime green. The kitchen doubles as a dining area, complete with lime green barstools. Various finds from her travels abroad can be found on the living area, such as a distinctive 50s-style chair. Jeannette got it from her dad and had it reupholstered and re-chromed.

Jeannette made sure that her home embodied her personality. “This is eclectic, a mish-mash of everything, but it's really me—bright colors, the orange and green, and the stuff from my travels.”

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Cheap and Chic”) in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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