RL Makeovers: New Lights and Patterns define this Quezon City Home

Design consultant Grace Moslares changes living, dining, and kitchen areas of this two-storey house

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Upon acquiring their two-storey property in 2001, Noel and Andrea delos Reyes had to use hand-me-down furniture from their relatives. A home makeover was at the top of their wish list, yet at the bottom of their priorities, because of their growing family's needs.

Aside from the worn-out furniture, the yellow lighting and overwhelming clutter made their home less than perfect. “We’ve always wanted to fix the house but we didn’t know where to start…we bought shelves, small things, until we had to acknowledge the fact we cannot do it [renovation] on our own,” explains Andrea.

Design consultant Grace Moslares helped the family by replacing the old lights, updating the existing furniture pieces, and bringing in more interesting prints. 

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“One of the first things I noticed was that malungkot yung space, mabigat yung feeling. Hindi siya buhay,” Grace observes. She replaced the the dim yellow lights with warm white lights, which instantly brightened up the areas.

In the living room, one can see an old wooden school desk chair which has been repainted pink. It now serves as chic accent chair.

Grace was drawn to a neglected painting gathering dust in a corner; it was apparently a 1920s work of art that Noel got from a flea market in Paris. “Grace used it as her take-off in decorating, na-touch naman siya [Noel],” says Andrea.

From this piece—and taking into consideration the couple’s inclination to soft colors—the designer decided on a “romantic theme” enhanced with a palette of avocado green, peach, and white. “Gusto ko lang mabuhay yung area, so I added splashes of colors,” Grace shares. 

Grace recognized the house’s primary problem: clutter.  “Kailangan talagang mag-declutter kasi sayang sa space. Super sikip tignan ng space before kasi maraming gamit na hindi naman kailangan pero andoon pa rin,” the designer says, giving credit to her colleague, Andy Zamora, for overseeing the Clean House-style organizing part of the makeover.

One of the first things that had to go was an old computer under the stairs, a bulky piece that nobody no longer uses! “Ngayon nakakahiya nang magkalat. Even the maids are excited to clean the space!” says Andrea with a laugh.   

Grace made use of the existing furniture pieces, which thrilled the Delos Reyes couple to no end. “Natuwa talaga kami kasi yung akala namin na wala ng use, nagawan pa niya ng paraan, napaganda niya,” shares Andrea.The palo china dining chairs were given a distressed finish for a Shabby Chic effect.

“What we like about Grace is her addition of personal touches,” says Andrea. Such touches include inspiring scribbles (Dream, Love, Princess) in the pocket garden that allude to Andrea’s work as freelance writer. “She also used my daughter’s rock project as accent in the pocket garden,” Andrea adds. 

How Much It Costs:

Robinsons Department Store and Handyman
Pillows, kitchen items, assorted accessories - P 12,695
Additional Furniture and Lights
- P 24,485
Labor and Materials (partially sponsored by Magara Designs)
Carpentry, painting, furniture, and cabinet repairs, etc. - P 85,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Grace Moslares at 0908 891 3626 or 0927 715 1393, or email her at [email protected]

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