A Fun Color Makeover For A Mom's Plain, Old Home

This mother of two quit her day job to take care of her son, who has a health condition. Her wish was to revamp her space, and make it cozy for her family.

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Hans Fausto (before) & Michael Angelo Chua (after) Styling: Dagny Madamba & Tala Singson

May Corpus, a mother of two, used to work for a telecommunications company, but had to quit her job and stay home in order to better take care of her youngest, Adriel, who has G6PD deficiency (G6PD is a condition that can result in hemolytic anemia.).

While most homes—especially condos and townhouses—lack space, the Corpuses’ home has too much of it. Too much, in fact, that their house looked very basic. “Gusto ko ma-revamp yung place ko para maging cozy and ma-accessorize,” says May, whose goal was to create a comfortable and stimulating home for her children.

Interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag, principal designer of Design1528, also noticed that the main problem of May’s home was that it was plain and bare; there were very few pieces of furniture, and too much space. “It’s okay that there’s space, but it’s too spacious. At the same time, there was a long wall. Kailangan i-define yung areas. There’s also a lack of color.”

While May gave Ayet free reign, the former was vocal about her wish to have a divider between their living and dining areas, which shared the same open space. Ayet made sure to also guide May in identifying what she wanted for her home. The designer and homeowner soon came up with a design peg—a refreshing palette of green and neutrals with pops of brights. Here are some of Ayet’s tips on how to achieve this colorful makeover. 

1. Revive and reupholster.

You don’t have to throw old furniture away—if the frame is still intact, simple reupholstering can do the trick. May’s old sofa set, which was in dire need of repair, was reupholstered in cream-colored faux leather from Maeng’s Upholstery in Marikina (tel. [02] 225-5646).

Designer’s Tip: Instead of just painting a wall in the living room green (as was the Ayet’s original peg), the designer used sage green wallpaper from Wilcon Depot to add more texture to the space. Ayet got most of the accessories and materials from Wilcon. 

2. Lighten up the window treatment.

As the living area is the first thing guests see from the main door, Ayet made it more inviting and replaced the heavy, red drapes with a lighter-colored window treatment and sheer curtains. The vibrantly colored Heim pillows from Wilcon add a youthful accent to the space.

Designer’s tip: Ayet advises to go for cool colors in the living area “para mas relaxing. That’s why we did neutrals and green, then accents lang, with touches of brights.”

3. Define a space without putting up an entire wall.

Ayet minimized the umaalog feel of the open-plan space by putting up a wooden wall divider to separate the living area from the dining area. But she used a slatted divider instead of a solid partition to maintain the airy feel, and allow natural light into the dining area.

Designer’s tip: Custom-built niches in the slatted divider give the room a retro feel, and serve as spots to display decorative accessories and plants. 

4. Use accessories to anchor a space.

While much of the makeover was focused on prettifying the living area, the dining also got its fair share of the redo with new seat pillows and a table runner to update the dining set, tabletop accessories, and a beveled mirror from Wilcon to anchor the space. Ayet changed the frosted pendant lamps to industrial-style wire lamps for an instant style update.

Designer’s tip: The designer decided not to extend the green accent wall to the dining area. “For the dining naman, we selected colors that are bit warm…we didn’t put another color on the wall para 'di masyadong boxed.”

“Wow, Mommy, nagmukhang bahay na!” exclaims Althea (above, far left, with brother Adriel and Mommy May), the Corpuses’s eldest daughter, upon seeing the result of this makeover. When asked what she thinks about her revamped home, May—without exagerration—gasped, and was momentarily at a loss for words. “Ang saya ko! Na-bless ako,” she finally managed to say.

Read the original article ("Fresh and Bright") in the June 2017  issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

How Much It Costs:

From Wilcon Depot
Furniture, accessories, construction materials - P 50,000
Labor, etc.
Labor, other construction materials (Designer's fee not included) - P 30,000
Grand Total:

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