Budget Finds and DIY Pieces Come Together in a Family Condo

A TV host mom shows us that a stylish and functional home need not be expensive

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Styling: Issa Villar

Decorating your own home always feels daunting. But for this TV host mom, she used the opportunity as a way to challenge her imagination and creativity. Not only did she have to design a functional home with an area of 200sqm, but she thought it would be fun to fill the house with bargain finds and DIY pieces. The result is a stylish three-storey condo befitting a cool and carefree family.  

The homeowner credits a few simple rules to achieve her beautiful abode. Sticking with a strong, consistent color palette, using classic silhouettes, and keeping everything low-key, she was able to decorate a well-put-together home despite the space and budget limitation. Even if small spaces pose as challenges to most, it was beneficial for this family—allowing them to prioritize only what is needed and keep everything casual.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Family Friendly") in the October 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The homeowners painted their front door in the same color scheme to give guests a hint of what to expect inside. Along the hallway that leads to the living area, the homeowners put together a vignette made from unexpected finds. Furnished with gnarled wood style French chairs that she got from her parents, a console filled with family photos, and a hammered metal mirror, the space immediately catches the eye.

Living Area

The bold color scheme is most present in the home’s living area. The furniture pieces in solid colors work well with the print details of the zebra rug --- giving the area depth and a touch of whimsy.

Living Area Detail

The large die is actually a wooden coin bank from the homeowner's parents. She repainted it to look like a die and now serves as a side table.

Living Area Detail

One of the homeowner’s rules is to stick to classic pieces to make the space feel rich. This wooden shelf, bought for a bargain at an estate sale in Alabang, is filled with knickknacks and adds a cultured vibe to the area.

Décor Detail

Even the small details around the home follow the color scheme as seen in the table accents and framed prints.

Sitting Area

A smaller sitting area echoes the color scheme of the home. Here, prints and patterns break the predominantly black and white space.

Dining Area

Accessories and a coat or two of fresh paint made this simple and affordable dining area much more elegant. A wooden table in black, solihiya dining chairs from Home and Beyond repainted to white, and black candleholders --- stay true to the home’s colors. Add to that the P5,000 chandelier from Blims Fine Furniture and a gilt full-length mirror and you have a chic dining area for the family.

Master Bedroom

The lady of the house experimented with a mix of patterns for the bedroom. Following the same color scheme, it all goes great together. This is where she and her kids like to spend time together—cuddling up while waiting for Dad to come home from work.

Master Bedroom Detail

The couple’s bedside tables provide a space for personal belongings and knickknacks. This table holds one piece of a his-and-hers bookend from Dimensione.

Daughter's Bedroom

The daughter's bedroom takes on a sweet, country-like theme with its soft color palette of salmon, lavender, and blue-green, and the gingham quilt on top of a customized daybed from Substance Home Furniture. Raggedy-Ann dolls, a cubbyhole dollhouse, and a canopy from IKEA complete the room's vibe.


The bathroom, although predominantly white, is made interesting with the addition of checkered tiles.

Powder Room

Red tiles in the powder room give the space a seductive appeal while the mirror gives the illusion of more space.


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