Living room

A Bright and Clutter-free Family Room Makeover

The homeowners now enjoy a bigger space developed to its maximum potential

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Homeowners Nestor and Emy Gonzalvo, together with their two kids, used to live in a smaller apartment. Their new dwelling came with a basement that originally had three rooms—two of which were merged to create a family room where they could spend time and relax together. Consequently, this family room also turned into a spot where their kids can leave their toys alongside old pieces of furniture and other belongings from the old apartment.

Emy tried to improve the room’s overall appearance through accessorizing and went as far as repainting some of the furniture, but to no avail. When interior designer Vivian Gacad inspected the space, she discovered the clutter, the room’s gloomy vibe, and the worn-out furniture, among others. Thankfully, these factors can easily be solved with a few adjustments.

Get ideas for your own family room with these tips:

While it’s practical to bring in existing furniture to your new abode, there are times wherein doing so is not a good idea. In this case, the bigger space of the Gonzalvo home made the old pieces seem too small. Replacing the smaller furniture brought in from the family’s old apartment with proportional pieces did the trick.

Since the family room did not offer a view of the outdoors, Vivian decided to bring it in by painting the walls green—a calming color that would soothe the senses of the couple when they come home from work. The designer also added red accents to introduce bright colors to the space that the kids also frequent.

Read the original article ("Family Ties") in the June 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:

Cotton Touch
Upholstery for seat cushions - P 170
Handyman Do It Center
Tall cabinet, working table, adjustable shelves (3 pieces), area rugs, paint and material - P 22,706
Market! Market!
Coffee table - P 4,300
National Book Store
Corkboard - P 437
SM Homeworld
Vases, bowls - P 9,060
The Landmark
Pillow cases, curtains, lantern with stand - P 3,066
Lighting - P 1,482
Labor - P 2,350
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Vivian Gacad at mobile 0917-532-8484.

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