Candy-Colored Palette for a 12-Year Old’s House

This home showcases the young homeowner’s eye for style and design

Original Article: Ruby Ang Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Carmen Lim-Regala

While most twelve-year-olds only have their own rooms to worry about, this youngster is different. She has her own house to maintain and decorate, a birthday gift from her forward-thinking parents. With help from interior designer Carmen Lim-Regala of CRL Designs, she decided to decorate the house to reflect happiness and peace, choosing a contemporary look that is fun, spacious, and colorful.

With furniture customized by Modern Design, the furniture label of MityMike Inc., each room is designed with different concepts in mind—the attic a room to relax and hang out in, the den a mod-inspired entertainment room, the living room a welcoming sunny affair, and so on. All ideas were first made into storyboards and presented to the owner and her mother for approval. The family, together with Carmen, would shop for decor, fixtures, and accents for the home. Constant communication between designer and owner paved the way for a home perfect for the twelve-year old, and one that can easily be updated as her interests change through the years.

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Living Area

With a warm palette of gold, yellow, and orange, the living room is sunny and inviting. A cream-colored sectional sofa made of linen suede is flanked by side and center tables of solid narra. 

Living Area Detail

Generous windows bring the sunlight in the soft-colored living area. An antique chest sits at the corner, mixing modern elements with that of a natural classic.

Living Area Detail

Flowers and stones serve as decorative elements. These pieces add life to the space.

Dining Area

High-backed seats from a 10-piece dining set are in the same yellow color scheme as the living area, illuminated by a glass chandelier. The Loveseat and dining chairs are from Modern Design while the Solid Da-o table is from Isabela.

Staircase Detail

To maximize space, a pocket garden was added under the stairs. The spot was easily transformed into a cozy, relaxing nook with the addition of a soft, curvy accent chair.

Second Floor Hallway

The second-floor hallway leads to a seating area on the balcony.


A pink glass mounting on the wall serves as Mica's idea board and a gigantic guestbook for friends who sleep over. Her walk-in-closet, with teddy bear-shaped handles from Ace Hardware, contains rows upon rows of stuffed animals and handbags. 

Bedroom Detail

The whole room is decorated in shades of pink, from the wallpaper to the bed canopy, curtain, tables, and the accent stool, as well as the glow of two bedside lamps. Even a flower strip wallpaper, used to accent the bare pink walls, is pink. 

Brother's Room

The room highlights a grayish palette. It reflects the boy's love for cars as seen in the customized race car-shaped ceiling lamp.


Instead of using the topmost room as a storage space, Mica’s attic is the place to hang-out and relax. Lavender, mint green and pink makes for a soft candy colored palette. Reminiscent of candy pills, an oversized lavender ottoman and a customized bean bag with backrest were made by Modern Design. Adding an extra kick to the room are wall-to-wall carpeting in hot pink stripes.


Unlike the rest of the house, the den is neutral with only red and black accents for a mod retro feel. The linen suede couch and shag rug are off-white, providing the back drop for a funky metal table. 

Den Detail

A black Samsung plasma TV sits at a wooden nook, while solid black leatherette ottomans were added for extra seating.

Patio Dining Area

Interior designer Carmen designed the tulip-inspired chairs in white and maroon. A sunny yellow bar is found off to the side, with hanging shelves behind it. The patio dining area is connected to the main dining room.


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