Sophie's Mom owner Tonette Rosal renovates her family home

A home makeover is completed with recycled furniture and sweet DIY touches

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

When a storm hits, it leaves chaos, destruction, and a chance to start again. After a typhoon caused their roof to leak and damaged their family home, Tonette Rosal took it as a sign to give the split-level house with 1950s-style architecture a makeover.

First, Tonette opened up the ceiling and put up new doors and windows to let the sunlight in. To complement the now airy and spacious feel of the space, the original dark wood paneling was replaced with clean, whitewashed walls. The result of the total home renovation becomes even better with “new” furniture pieces that are actually vintage items revamped to fit the style of the house. The busy mother, Sophie’s Mom owner, and DIY enthusiast repurposed some of the chairs and accessories herself.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("A Mother's Touch") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


French-style sliding doors open to reveal the living area furnished with a refreshing combination of mismatched pieces, including a Laura Ashley wing chair from Switzerland and a comfortable sofa dressed in a plain white slip cover. To decorate the space, Tonette created her own wall art. She simply cut out pictures from a book of botanical prints and put them up in picture frames. She also replaced the white matting or border of the frames with store-bought gift wrappers.


Behind the sofa covered with a plain white cloth is a whitewashed cabinet that holds decorative plates, teapots, and a tea set with a charming vegetable pattern.


Another table is topped with a table lamp and a rotary phone. A blue ceramic piece is used to hold loose change.


On one corner, the old charm of the vintage table is retained by keeping the original paint. The look becomes refreshing through a Paris wall print and a set of nature-inspired home accessories.


In the dining area, Tonette chose a Welsh drop-leaf dining table from Switzerland that can be converted into a console. The table is covered with a white table sheet and surrounded by antique narra chairs from her parents-in-law's house. To complement the room's design, Tonette retained the solihiya backrests but painted the chairs white. Another reinvented item in the space was a rectangular mirror bought from a sidewalk vendor that now has a distressed finish for a shabby chic feel.


In another dining area, the dining table is surrounded by stools, a wooden sofa with solihiya details and fan-back Windsor chairs. A glass cabinet standing in one corner is filled with plain white dinnerware.


Tonette's home office is awash in a calming shade of bluish gray. To give the space a bright and playful vibe, the whitewashed shelves are filled with pink, green, and blue catch-alls that are labeled according to their contents.


The master bathroom is an example of how small spaces can be made interesting with well-chosen pieces. In this area, a classic claw foot bath tub is a luxurious and sophisticated addition.


Tonette's daughter Sophie opted for a sweet robin's egg blue for her own bedroom walls. This pastel shade is complemented by customized furniture pieces like a headboard upholstered with fabric from Tonette's collection and a vintage-looking study desk that Tonette designed herself. The chair by the desk is an old piece that was repainted white.

Sophie's Mom

Tonette's design style can be seen in the interiors of Sophie's Mom. This branch is located on the ground floor of 8760 Residences along Santol St., Makati.

Sophie's Mom

Freshly-baked pastries rest on a table with a sweet floral print.

Sophie's Mom Interiors

The charming look of the space is completed with gingham and floral prints.


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