15 Most Memorable Real Living Moments
What was the most dramatic Real Makeover? Our smallest home, ever? Find out and celebrate our 15th Anniversary with us in this special feature of RL's milestones.
Ever since Real Living put out its first print issue in 2003, the title launched a lot of firsts in the local shelter industry: the first fully sponsored makeover (we still offer this!), the first furniture prize giveaway, the first budget-friendly home book, and more. We’ve had hundreds of memorable firsts over the years, but here are 15 groundbreaking ones:
1. The very first cover home
When Real Living launched its very first issue on July 2003, it featured a selection of unusual but cozy homes, and the one that landed on the cover was Mandala Spa’s Karen Reina, whose amazing tropical-Asian house in Boracay combined living spaces with her yoga studio. (It was also the first local magazine to put a person on the cover!)
2. Smallest home: 13sqm
We couldn’t believe our eyes, but yes, this condo unit homeowner was able to squeeze in living/dining/sleeping areas into just 13sqm of floor space with an ingenious layout and space-saving solutions!
3. Biggest home: 1,200sqm
Even decorator and former RL creative director Gwyn Guanzon admitted that the sprawling, 1200sqm Batangas weekend house he was working on was so big, even when he added more furniture, “hindi siya napupuno!”
We can’t help but mention this runner-up to the biggest home, which is interior designer Joy Ejercito’s 900-plus sqm family house. It took stylist Dagny Madamba two full days to shoot!
4. Cheapest makeover: under P5,000
Real Living was the first local home magazine to offer makeovers for free, but we all had to start somewhere, and the sponsored amount was a mere P5,000! What the homeowners got back in 2004 was a fresh coat of paint, brand new accessories, and an improved layout—not bad for less than P5K!
5. Most expensive makeover: under P400,000
Interior designer Van Acuña-Solana worked on this lucky lola’s makeover back in September 2016, and the sponsored total cost was P379,209.75 (designer’s fee not included). The family got totally revamped living and dining areas, bathroom, and bedroom in luxe finishes, plus brand new furniture from Blims.
6. Most-viewed makeover
Who could forget Kristine Neri-Magturo and Jean Paul dela Rosa’s total transformation of a 1980s Quezon City home that had seen better days? We still can’t believe the before-and-after photos!
7. Most dramatic makeover
Leave it RL Style Spotter and makeover maven Grace Moslares to work on the most dramatic and tear-jerking before-and-after. She made a complete home and interior makeover of the Jarabelo family, creating a comfortable living space for the patriarch, who was undergoing dialysis at that time.
8. Best loved shopping stories
Whether on print or on the web, it has always been a toss-up between Dapitan Arcade and Divisoria (above). For the past 15 years, RL readers have always loved bargains, and these budget-shopping spots (and how the Real Living staff have photographed these shopping adventures) have never failed them.
9. Longest running section: Get The Look
Since 2003, RL has always featured a roundup of products that would help you cop the look of the Real Homes. We still do that, only online.
10. The first RL book
Real Living was also the first in creating a home and decorating book that was attainable and easy to read, and launched our first Real Home Ideas book in 2006. Since then, RL has published 16 home books over 10 years.
11. Bestselling issue: June 2014
No surprise here, as this issue was chockfull of tiny Real Homes and small-space solutions (not to mention, the cover was so cool).
12. Biggest event: RL Space
When more than a dozen designers come together to actually renovate and redecorate several model units of a real estate, you know that it’s an event unto its own. We’ve since launched multiple events for advertisers since the first RL Space in 2013.
13. Most people at a shoot
Although the RL team usually consists of three to four people at regular home pictorials, whenever the staff shoots the portraits of the 25 Creatives special, the studio normally crawls with 30 to 40 designers, makeup artists, and various crewmembers. The same also applies to our recent Style Spotters shoot.
14. First time Real Living web went live
After waiting 11 years, realliving.com.ph finally went live on June 15, 2014, and we’ve been growing ever since.
15. Most viewed home
Even though we’ve posted homeowner Isagani Alcantara’s home online three years ago, readers still can’t get enough of this modern Bulacan home with a subtle, nostalgic, midcentury vibe.
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