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A Living and Dining Transformed in Less than 1 Week

What do Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and this homeowner in Quezon City have in common?

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Ching Interior Designer: Michelle Dumlao Pastoral

Did you know that Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach joined the Bb. Pilipinas pageant three times before she finally won the crown? Much like Pia, homeowner Anna Africa joined the Real Living makeover contest three times before she finally won her own makeover.

To reward Anna for her passion, patience, and persistence, interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral completely changed her family's living, dining, and bodega — in only 7 days. Here are the 5 things that we can learn from this makeover:

Although Michelle initially planned to tear down the dining area walls, she eventually decided to just work with what they have! She installed wooden strips to separate the dining area from the rest of the space. 

Since the living area was bare and empty, Michelle picked out a vibrant shade for the walls and a wooden chest of drawers from Mandaue Foam.

Michelle also picked out a love seat, a bench, a coffee table, and a plain rug. She also hung up framed photos of the homeowner and her family.

Do you need more motivation to donate or recycle things that you no longer use? You should get rid of unused things so that you can have enough space for a lanai. You can also turn the room into a home office or an entertainment area.

To make the lanai feel calm and relaxing, Michelle created a hanging garden! She purchased flat stones, dapo, horsetail, and bromeliads to liven up the space.

Read the original article ("Finishing Touch") in the January-February 2008 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:

Mandaue Foam
Sofa, center table, chest of drawers, bench, carpet - P 40,900
Furnishings and accessories - P 18,779
Paint and paint materials - P 3,445
Construction materials - P 2,170
Flat stones, dapo, horsetail, bromeliads, fish - P 1,795
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Michelle Pastoral at [email protected] or [email protected] You may also reach her at 0932-878-6707 or at (02) 209-8730.

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