A Simple Makeover for Judy Ann Santos's Home

In 2005, decorator and former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon improved the actress's clean and comfy space with fresh coats of paint, a few styling tricks, and carefully selected furniture pieces

Original Article: Anna S. Pingol Photography: Bahaghari (Before) and Rene Mejia (After) Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

A little over a decade ago, YES! Magazine thought of doing a special feature that will delight its readers and fans. Aside from the regular celebrity home feature, they chose to make the September 2005 issue extra special by doing a celebrity home makeover! Choosing the subject was a no-brainer as well. As the magazine’s first cover girl, Judy Ann Santos was the perfect choice for the cover story. With the help of her mother, Mommy Carol, the YES! Team got the actress to agree to the makeover.

Decorator and former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon took charge of the transformation, even convincing Juday to allow a repainting job. After a quick and efficient process, the then seven-year-old house was given a fresh new look. Since Juday wanted to keep it simple, Gwyn chose sleek pieces and classy accessories that ensure comfort and ease. After all, the family loves to bond and spend time together.

Living Area

Before the makeover, the living area had two sets of loveseats, a wooden coffee table, a carton floor lamp, and a glass étagère (a piece of furniture with open shelves) where Juday keeps her collection of glass bottles. According to Mommy Carol, Juday loves the color blue and even if the actress spends most of her time in her bedroom to catch up on sleep, she still decides on the pieces for the house.

To proceed with the makeover, Gwyn got Juday to agree to a repainting job. The cornices were painted white to match the off-white ceiling. He also worked with grayish blue on some walls—keeping in mind the actress's favorite color.

Living Area

The improved living area exudes warmth. Gwyn anchored the area on a light area rug and replaced the loveseats with a three-seater ecru sofa. To match the new piece, he replaced the wooden coffee table with a dark brown square leatherette ottoman. Instead of keeping the ledge that used to hold a bunch of family photographs, he brought in a tea table where these mementos can be better appreciated. The table comes with matching tan chairs—allowing the owners to entertain as many guests as possible.

Find similar pieces at Our Home.

Sprucing up the ottoman is a glass jar filled with fresh calla lillies and Mommy Carol's blue china placed in a wooden tray. Juday's home-interior books also serve as extra accents.

A 2x6-foot mirror with a four-inch-thick hard wood frame now dominates the newly painted blue wall. Aside from creating an illusion of a bigger space, it doubles the effect of the dim light emanating from the table lamp, too. A second glass jar holds the curly twigs that add a tropical feel to the living area.

To make the living area extra refreshing and inviting, Gwyn added a pot of pink hibiscus (gumamela) in a corner. Wooden pieces with tribal carvings were also buried into the soil to serve as extra decor.

Dining Area

In this house, the dining area doubles as the family room where they watch TV, entertain guests, and eat. To make it even more comfortable, Gwyn transferred one of the old sofas from the living area to the dining space. It is paired with the four-piece beige cushioned seats that also surround the glass-topped table.

Behind Judy Ann is a charming blue gallery wall. "Kasi nga family area ito, diyan ko inilagay ang karamihan sa mga framed photos nila. Ang ganda ng original frames, silver pa ang kulay na bagay sa pagka-blue ng wall," explains Gwyn. The glass étagère was also placed in a corner of the dining area.

From this angle, one can see and appreciate the new living area. Given the color on the walls and chosen furniture pieces, the house now has a cohesive look.

Dining Area

Gwyn didn't purchase a new table for the dining area. He simply revealed the beautiful Scandinavian-inspired piece and showcased its form. "Kaya 'yan may cover at may foam sa ilalim dati, kasi ginagawang race track ng apo ko," Mommy Carol shares.

Behind the sofa is another pretty reveal. Whimsical etchings adorn the four-panel glass sliding doors that lead to the mini grotto and garden. Without the curtains, the space looks airy and spacious, with an abundance of natural light at daytime.


Only a few changes were done in the altar area. Found near the door, this is where Juday and Mommy Carol pray before leaving the house. Gwyn simply changed the white drapery with a silver fabric. The image of the Santo Nino lying in a manager that used to be displayed on the coffee table in the living area was transferred here as well.

Read the original article in the September 2005 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at

More on

Vice Ganda's Streamlined Three-Storey Home

Alden Richards's Two-Storey House in Laguna

John Lloyd Cruz’s Sprawling Family Home


Latest Stories

5 Plants That Can Repel Mosquitoes

Keep your home safe and these pesky pests away with these natural solutions

This One Home Appliance Can Cause A Fire

Hint: Did you straighten your hair this morning?

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist

We discovered the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner has some mad painting skills!

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now

Team Kramer Gives A Tour of Their New Home

The house will have an elevator, an infinity pool, and a classroom for the kids

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide

Once the go-to place for affordable fabric and tailoring, this Quezon City district is now a happening place and a treasure trove of hip vintage stores, cool furniture shops, and more
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!