Mini Makeovers: A New Look for an Apartment in Quezon City

Discover design ideas for small spaces from the students and alumni of the University of the Philippines

Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Dagny Madamba

With thirty-six years of service under her belt, University of the Philippines College of Home Economics senior administrative staff Cedith Eugenio was chosen to be the recipient of Renov-AID—a home makeover project of the University of the Philippines Interior Design Alumni Association (UPIDAA). The project aims to give back to the college and foster relationships between alumni and interior design students. 

  • HOMEOWNERS: Cedith & Juanito Eugenio, and their three children PJ, Joseph, and Joanna
  • DESIGN TEAM Alumni: Kazel Ferreras, Maezel Rafael, and Kimi Manuel
  • DESIGN TEAM Students: Roxela Cerda, Miguel Mariano, Hannah De Leon, Donnah Gonzales
  • Renov-AID would like to thank the following sponsors:
  • Boysen for paint; APO floors; CWC Industries for wallpaper; Federal Hardware and PATECO for construction materials; Roomscape, SOGO Home and Office Center, and Dwell for accessories; BLIMS Fine Furniture, EDIA and Las Palmas for furnishings; EGLO for the lamps; and BETA Equipment Sales Corp. and DATEM INC. 

Read the original article ("Nothing Short of Bliss”) in the March 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Pick a nesting table

Nesting tables are a delight for every small home. They provide extra table surface when needed, and tuck away effortlessly when they aren’t! The best part is that they come in varied styles for you to choose from.

Create a reading nook

A humble corner can become your favorite spot, too! Turn a drab, empty corner into a cozy reading nook with a comfortable armchair and a stylish lamp.

Opt for small wall decor

Create the illusion of generous wall space by scaling down the size of photo frames and other wall décor. This is great if you seem to find blank walls too bare.

Separate areas with a curtain

Divide the spaces in your home with curtains. More fabric can also lend softness to an area.

Define an area with lights

Lights suspended from the ceiling can illuminate and define a space well. For a dramatic appeal, opt for a trio of slim-figured fixtures. 

Build a customized wall unit

The design team provided more storage options for the Eugenio family with a customized cabinet. 

Choose louvered cabinet doors

A cabinet is also the perfect choice for shoes and bags. Install louvered cabinet doors to let these precious belongings breathe.


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