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Ultimate Makeover

A Plain and Cluttered Home Gets a Real Living Makeover

Designer Vivian Gacad worked with space-saving solutions and replaced the plastic furniture to turn the space into a cozy, welcoming haven

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Original Article: Framelia V. Anonas Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Ok lang ba if my place is like a bodega?” Framelia Anonas said this when she won a Real Living Makeover in 2006. Given her job as a science journalist, the home she shares with her family is filled with books, notebooks, projects, personal belongings, and a ton of newspapers. Aside from the Monoblock chairs that complete the living room, the family has an improvised seating piece—a covered stack of newspapers. “Well, if you can’t get rid of junk, you can at least sit on it,” the owner shares.

With the expertise of designer Vivian Gacad, the family was able to achieve a welcoming and functional home. “Real Living gave me a chance to have a taste of a real home when I was finally selected for the December makeover,” says Framelia. After the brief yet productive makeover period, the once cramped home became a space where the family can bond and even have friends over. Gone are the plastic chairs and eyesores, as the designer created a comfy living area, a bright dining room, and an organized kitchen completed with sturdy and contemporary furniture pieces. The bonus? There are enough storage nooks for the family’s possessions.

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