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These Subtle Changes Transformed This Eclectic Den into a Relaxing Nook

With new furniture and a more cohesive color scheme, Maggie Wilson gave the space a cooler, calmer feel.

Photography: Courtesy of Maggie Wilson

As satisfying it is to see dramatic transformations, you don't always need one to give your space a new look. Sometimes, subtle changes prove to be the better choice, and this den makeover is proof.

"This den's construction was completed around March, right before the quarantine," homeowner China Jocson tells Real Living. "The previous interiors were very ecclectic. Spending more time in it during this lockdown made me realize that a muted, cooler, calmer space is more ideal. Something easier on the eyes."

For the makeover, she sought the help of Maggie Wilson, who transformed the space into a relaxing nook without doing any major renovations.

Here's a look at the den before the redesign:


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China's biggest concern with the den was the wallpaper. "When I saw the swatch at Studio 11, it was not as overwhelming. However, on a huge wall, it became quite poignant," she shares. She wanted it be more subdued, and the rest of the pieces in the room ought to follow suit.

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Take a look at the transformed den below:


The most obvious change you'll notice is the lightened wallpaper that instantly altered the vibe of the room. Maggie also changed the color scheme of the space, choosing pieces in neutral colors like white and navy to complement instead of clash with the bold print on the walls. The old couch, for example, was covered in ecru, while the printed pillow cases were replaced with plain ones. To replace the printed rug, they acquired a white piece from Acasa Manila.

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Switching to a cooler-toned light fixture from Kenneth Cobonpue helped mute the colors even more, compared to the previous one which was too warm.


Because this den is mostly used to entertain, they added several fuzzy ottoman chairs in place of the old metal stools. We spotted a familiar white electric fan with wooden accents by the TV as well, and it just gave the den a distinctively homey feel.

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Remember the almost bare console table above with the Bencab artwork? Maggie rearranged the vases, filled them with dried plants, and added more glass pieces and art in complementary colors. The previously empty area under the table is now home to two woven baskets.


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When asked what she likes most about the new look of her den, China says, "I like that it marries both style and function. The added pieces from Acasa [Manila] are very easy and friendly while still being pretty. The space is not stiff, it is very comfortable."


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As satisfying it is to see dramatic transformations, you don't always need one to give your space a new look. Sometimes, subtle changes prove to be the better choice, and this den makeover is proof.

"This den's construction was completed around March, right before the quarantine," homeowner China Jocson tells Real Living. "The previous interiors were very ecclectic. Spending more time in it during this lockdown made me realize that a muted, cooler, calmer space is more ideal. Something easier on the eyes."

For the makeover, she sought the help of Maggie Wilson, who transformed the space into a relaxing nook without doing any major renovations.

Here's a look at the den before the redesign:


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China's biggest concern with the den was the wallpaper. "When I saw the swatch at Studio 11, it was not as overwhelming. However, on a huge wall, it became quite poignant," she shares. She wanted it be more subdued, and the rest of the pieces in the room ought to follow suit.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Take a look at the transformed den below:


The most obvious change you'll notice is the lightened wallpaper that instantly altered the vibe of the room. Maggie also changed the color scheme of the space, choosing pieces in neutral colors like white and navy to complement instead of clash with the bold print on the walls. The old couch, for example, was covered in ecru, while the printed pillow cases were replaced with plain ones. To replace the printed rug, they acquired a white piece from Solenn Heussaff's collaboration with Studio Soliven.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Switching to a cooler-toned light fixture from Kenneth Cobonpue helped mute the colors even more, compared to the previous one which was too warm.


Because this den is mostly used to entertain, they added several fuzzy ottoman chairs in place of the old metal stools. We spotted a familiar white electric fan with wooden accents by the TV as well, and it just gave the den a distinctively homey feel.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


Remember the almost bare console table above with the Bencab artwork? Maggie rearranged the vases, filled them with dried plants, and added more glass pieces and art in complementary colors. The previously empty area under the table is now home to two woven baskets.


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When asked what she likes most about the new look of her den, China says, "I like that it marries both style and function. The added pieces from Acasa [Manila] are very easy and friendly while still being pretty. The space is not stiff, it is very comfortable."


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