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An Improved Apartment for Five Housemates

See how designer Vivian Gacad improved the living, dining, and kitchen areas of this shared home

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Every once in a while, we stumble upon articles discussing shared spaces, harmonious co-living, and how to make decisions with roommates. These seem interesting—after all, it’s important to live in a space where you can relax, have a say on the décor and look, and develop friendships. Lucky for the occupants of this apartment in Pasig, getting used to each other’s quirks and personalities didn’t pose a problem. They all get along and have transformed the space into a unique home filled with their favorite things.

However, after years of living in the space, the apartment started to show signs of wear and tear. Clutter took over the kitchen, the living room looked less inviting, and the house simply needed an overall boost. To help the owners achieve an improved space, designer Vivian Gacad worked on the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Patterns and refreshing colors were used on the walls, new pieces breathed life into tired nooks, and clever solutions opened up the areas and made the first floor more spacious.

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How Much It Costs:

Mandaue Foam
Ceiling light, floor lamp, dining set, TV cabinet, Black chair (2 pieces), Console table, Dimple 3-Seater sofa - P 33,995
Robinsons Department Store
Throw pillows, candles, area rug, decorative accessories, kitchen utensils, wine rack, serving dishes, artwork, frames - P 30,165
Other items: ceiling fan (from Handyman), shelves (from Handyman), electrical materials (flatcords, switches, pinlights), carpentry materials (vinyl tiles, plywood, nails, shelves), paint materials (paint, brushes, rollers) - P 20,032
Labor for carpentry, painting, and electrical - P 5,000
Grand Total:
89,192

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