Kitchen & dining

A Living and Dining Makeover for Mom-and-Daughter

Bright colors and well-chosen pieces make up this transformed space

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Meigan Tan

A makeover is often called for when certain things no longer suit your preferences or when some pieces badly need an update. In the case of account specialist Lallaine Villaflor, she used to like their yellow walls, but as time went by, this became an issue for her and her daughter. The once vibrant walls have peeled and faded, and had a drowsy effect on the pair as a result. Aside from that, some of the furniture and accessories already needed replacements. It was time for something bright and better for both mom and daughter.

To make their unit as comfortable as possible, interior designer Meigan Tan stepped in to transform Lallaine’s living and dining areas. She chose a vibrant hue for the walls, added polished accessories, and reduced clutter with smart storage solutions.

Here are four things that we can learn from this makeover:

As Lallaine requested, the walls were changed into something more vibrant. With this, Meigan came up with a fuchsia and white combination for the walls. Everything else was in neutrals—from the furniture down to the accessories. 

The new TV rack from Blims and the tall, custom-made shelf by contractor Junjun Ganaden can hold plenty of Lallaine and Kari’s items in an organized manner. The clutter was significantly reduced because both pieces had ample space for their belongings.

The designer installed a pendant light to improve the lighting conditions in the dining area.  

Meigan shares this tip for those who want to redecorate their spaces: “Think of [the space] as a picture. Make it look composed. Kunyari, if the area’s too wide, what can you do to lengthen it?” Lallaine’s dining area post-makeover exuded just that.

Read the original article ("Fuchsia Fantasy") in the August 2006 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:

TV rack - P 1,948
Handyman Do It Center
oman shades (2 panels), shoe shelves, mirrors, frames, paint and paint materials - P 13,622
Our Home
Sofa and lamp - P 13,590
National Book Store
Corkboard - P 273
SM Homeworld
Area rug and tablecloth - P 1,905
Materials—including bench, shelves, and console table - P 2,537
Labor and Other Costs - P 4,295
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact designer Meigan Tan at 0927-417-8258.

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