RL Makeovers: A One-Week Transformation for a Studio Unit in Manila

Interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag improved the small home of a young mom

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Mike Chua and Dairy Darilag Styling: Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Ayet San Jose-Aniag

How can you improve a home in just one week? If you ask interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag, there is so much that can be done in a short amount of time. With only a week to spare, she was able to turn this plain studio unit into a warm and cozy haven for homeowner April Claire Jumayao.

Prior to this home makeover, the homeowner did not even have a proper bed! She only slept on a simple mattress on the vinyl-covered floor.

The interior designer created a more comfortable sleeping area by using a metal bed frame with wood details. The new bed is now topped with pillows and bed sheets from Robinsons Department Store. 

The homeowner used to keep her clothes on a rack. However, since this was placed in front of her bed, it was the last thing that she would see at night and the first thing that she would see in the morning.

To make her view more appealing, the interior designer created an entertainment wall. 

Ayet also spruced up the drab and dated kitchen by painting the cabinets, replacing the handles, and bringing in organizers. She also replaced the damaged flooring material.

Read the original article ("One-Room Wonder") in the April 2015 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:

Robinsons Department Store
Pillows, beddings, and accessories - P 40,000
Lights, fixtures, and other construction materials - P 30,000
Labor and assorted construction materials - P 30,000
Grand Total:

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