Kitchen & dining

A Mini Makeover for the Kitchen and Dining Areas

Removing one major piece made all the difference in this transformation

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Before) and Dairy Darilag (After) Styling: Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: John Vigilia

It’s true when they say that having a baby changes everything, and this welcome change is what encouraged Beverly Batan to write to Real Living for a makeover. Before baby Bridget entered their lives, Beverly and her husband Ben were perfectly content with the limited space in their living and dining areas, which was attributed to the bar counter in the kitchen. Taking into consideration their growing toddler’s needs, Beverly wanted a space where the entire family can comfortably dine and make wonderful memories together.

Interior designer John Vigilia, together with his design assistant Faith Peñaflor, came into the picture to make Beverly’s vision a reality. With their help, the dining and kitchen areas of the Batans now seem bigger and more child-friendly. It’s no wonder then that baby Bridget couldn’t contain her excitement the first time the family shared a meal in their newly transformed dining area!

Here are some tips we can learn from this transformation:

Sometimes, letting go is necessary. The bar counter, though functional, was removed to make way for the dining set. This major change meant two things: one, no more sharp corners that may cause accidents, and second, a bigger and less restrictive area. 

Getting rid of the bar counter meant having more space, which allowed them to add a water dispenser. 

Similar-looking kitchen organizers were also placed to avoid a cluttered look. Aside from maximizing cabinets and drawers, you can also consider installing shelves and crafting nooks where you can place your essentials. You can also hang rods and hooks for cups and utensils.

Read the original article ("Happy Meals") in the November 2015 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:

Labor and other materials - P 25,000
Handyman Do It Center
Dining table, seat cushions, and other kitchen organizers - P 30,000
Robinsons Department Store
Utensils, cookware, and other dining wares - P 30,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer John Vigilia at [email protected]

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