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A Home Office Makeover for an Events Planner

Interior designer Vivian Gacad successfully created a studio unit that's ideal for either rest or work

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Events planner Charlene Comiso had a vision for her studio unit. In the past, she attempted to decorate the space by herself, but she wasn’t satisfied with the result. Presented with an opportunity for a Real Living makeover, several ideas came to mind. Charlene wanted a sleek and modern feel to match her line of work, but the space still had to be cozy enough—after all, she would invite her friends over or accommodate her relatives from abroad when they are in town.

Interior designer Vivian Gacad made Charlene’s visions come true. She used a totally different color scheme, reupholstered some pieces, and ensured that the overall ambiance is in line with the event planner’s personal and professional needs.

Here are four decorating ideas that we can learn from this makeover:

Vivian selected two desks for Charlene—one of which is made of glass—to avoid the bulky look. She also added a DIY display panel and floating shelves near the work area to save up on space and for Charlene to have options where she could display photos.

Installing wall-mounted shelves can help you keep things organized without taking up floor space. Break the monotony of your things by injecting colorful decor or small potted plants.

The kitchen used to have drapes to hide the clutter. Vivian repainted the kitchen cabinets white, installed new cabinet pulls, and added shelves inside the cabinets to hide glassware, making the drapes unnecessary.

RL Tip: Keep the kitchen cabinets organized with the help of a few hacks so you can easily find what you need!

For this toilet and bath, the designer had the walls repainted in candy-colored stripes. It’s one of the easiest ways to change the look of a space with less effort.

If there's an unused corner in the room, you can turn it into a mini living area where you can take a break and relax. Invest in quality furnishings like a sofa, a small coffee table, or a pair of ottomans. A chic area rug can help complete and anchor the entire corner.

Read the original article ("Su-Su Studio!) in the August 2009 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:

Crossings Department Store
Glass computer table, side cabinet, chair, table lamp, coral décor, picture frames, vase, towels, shower curtain, pendant lamp, throw pillows and covers - P 27,843
Robinsons Appliances
Flat-screen TV, DVD player, speakers - P 27,500
True Value
Paint - P 5,000
Construction materials - P 4,003
Labor - P 8,438
Fabric and Upholstery - P 5,166
Additional accessories, furniture pieces, and materials - P 7,268
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact designer Vivian Gacad of Vivian Gacad Interior Designs at mobile 0917-532-8484.

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