Ultimate Makeover

RL Makeovers: A Complete Home Renovation in Quezon City

Kristine Neri-Magturo, principal designer of Urban Abode, collaborated with another designer to restore this family home to its former glory

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn Guanzon

In the 80s, homeowner Elisa Baldevarona and her family lived in the "model house" of their neighborhood. It wasn't particularly grand or luxurious, but it was filled with warmth. However, after an unforeseen domestic problem, the whole clan had to relocate to Tarlac and their beloved "model house" was rented out to five other families in the span of twenty years.

When Elisa and her family moved back to their old house to start a new life in Manila, all they found was a structure almost in ruins. Elisa explained that the home she loved became so ugly and neglected. The place depressed her so much that she dreaded coming home --after work, she would rather go straight to the mall.

To create a space that Elisa and the rest of her relatives would be happy to come home to, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo and another designer had to work their magic. For this two-week renovation, they chose a refreshing Tiffany blue and yellow palette, refurbished the family's antique pieces, and added important furniture and decor.

Read the original article ("Hope Floats") in the September 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Make DIY Decor

Kristine placed the sheets of gift-wrapping paper in identical frames from Robinsons Department Store to spruce up this wall.

Build a wall-mounted seat

To make the most of one of the walls in the living area, the designers built a white ledge. They topped it with pillows in different prints and sizes from Robinsons Department Store. 

Choose a distressed finish

The designers turned the old wooden armchairs into interesting accent chairs. The team removed the broken arms, sanded down the varnish, and chose a rustic and charming distressed finish.

Find pieces in your bodega

The design duo used old items in the family's bodega, including unused window grills. They used one of the grills to highlight the new chandelier from Handyman.

Kristine also saw a pile of trunks and twigs that were about to be picked up by a garbage truck. She cleaned them, trimmed the branches and used them as wall and tabletop decor.

Start with a clean slate

Before a big renovation, you must dispose of things that you no longer need. If they are still in good condition, consider donating them to charitable institutions near you. In this kitchen, the family had to remove their old possessions for a refreshing new look.

Install floating shelves

Kitchen shelves provide more room for storage. They can also be used to display your favorite items. 

Reuse old pieces

The wooden lattice dividers in the living room have been painted white. They are now used as headboards in the bedroom.

Add details to the walls

In the master bedroom, the main wall has been defined with classic white moldings. This is an inexpensive way of adding charm and character to a plain surface.

Use "junk" in a different way

Another window grill is used to highlight the simple bathroom mirror. The designers used a piece of wood from an old chair as a ledge.

How Much It Costs:

Handyman, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Appliances, Howards Storage World
Paint and construction materials, pillows, decor, wooden organizers, LCD TV, refrigerator, DVD player - P 180,000
Mandaue Foam Furniture
Mattresses, couch, dining set, curtains and curtain rods - P 50,000
Lighting - P 15,772
Labor - P 44,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo at 0917 500 0151.

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