Living room

RL Makeovers: Bright Colors for a 50-year-old Living Room

Built-in shelves and a playful color scheme transform a family’s old home

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Catherine Cena

Since homeowner Ena raised her daughters Helene and Bianca on her own, her children felt that she deserved to have a relaxing and comfortable space. However, the living room of their 50-year-old house was too dark and dirty – in fact, it served as the home of their family dog. Instead of staying in the living area and entertaining their guests there, they would bond in the kitchen.

Interior designer Catherine Cena repainted the existing brick wall and decorated it with a wall mirror. She furnished the space with a sofa bed, ottoman stools, and a center table, all from Metro Gaisano.

Read the original article ("The Bright Side") in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Since the predominantly brown living room seemed drab and dark, Catherine painted the walls white and opted for refreshing blue and orange accents. While the area still has brown hues, the rich colors make the space seem airy and bright.
Catherine furnished the space with a fully-upholstered sofa bed, a reproduction Eames chair, and a pair of ottoman stools.

How Much It Costs:

Labor, Materials, and Furniture
Assorted construction materials for customized furniture - P 40,000
Metro Gaisano
Pillows, furniture, framed artwork, and other decor items - P 50,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Catherine Cena at 0917-861-6011 or email her at [email protected]

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