RL Makeovers: A Dainty Bedroom for a Retired Government Employee

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino turned a drab area into a delightful space

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (before) and Dairy Darilag (after) Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Hannah Acab-Faustino

Since homeowner Gloria Arce moved into her family's compound nearly 50 years ago, her house has only undergone basic repair and repainting. In fact, her bedroom walls have been painted green and brown for as long as she can remember. 

As a former government employee who used to work Mondays to Fridays, her home once simply served as a place to sleep in. “'Pag nagwo-work ako, uuwi ako sa gabi, tapos aalis na naman ako sa umaga,” Gloria recalls.

However, now that she has retired, Gloria has been spending more time in this space. Although she has always wanted to have it renovated, she knew it could be expensive to hire an interior designer. Thankfully, she won a free Real Living bedroom makeover from interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino. 

To transform the plain and dull space, Hannah paired soft pastel shades and bright accent colors with a charming combination of patterns. The new color palette, exciting mix of prints, and updated furniture pieces have truly made this bedroom a soothing space for Gloria.

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Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino didn't have to buy a new bedshe simply made customized fabric covers for the headboard and footboard. She also added a bed skirt (not seen in photo) to make the piece look completely different.

Instead of using just one kind of wallpaper, Hannah opted for yellow stripes on the top and a purple damask print for the rest of the wall.

Hannah believes that the striped wallpaper keeps the bedroom from being too feminine.

To make the most of a limited budget, you can also reinvent an old piece. In this bedroom, Hannah repainted an existing shelf white.

Inspired by the pleats that she saw on dresses, Hannah opted for see-through fabric. The new window treatment provides shade and privacy while letting the sunlight in.

To complete the space, Hannah added a brand new vanity table. She paired the dresser with an old garden chair that has been repurposed with green paint.

How Much It Costs:

Robinsons Department Store and Handyman
Decor, soft furnishings, paint, linens, and construction materials - P 70,000
Labor and construction materials - P 30,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Hannah Acab-Faustino at 0917 897 1363 or email her at [email protected]

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