Ultimate Makeover

RL Makeovers: A Living, Dining, and Bathroom Makeover in Quezon City

Interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral gives a grieving homeowner a brand new start

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral

Homeowner Vynette Villadolid-dela Cruz lost her husband Richard three years ago. Since then, she has been living on her own in a two-storey apartment in a compound shared with her parents-in-law. She wrote to Real Living to improve her space, in the hopes that a home makeover would help her heal after her heartbreaking loss.

In order to help Vynette on her road to recovery, interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral of HMP Design Solutions, Inc. took on the project. Michelle repainted the blue walls, replaced the bulky furniture, and completely changed the bathroom.

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In order to make a small space seem bigger than it really is, Michelle advises homeowners to choose an open layout. Avoid walls, divisions, and partitions for an airy and breezy look.
In the dining area, Michelle repainted the walls so that the space would look bright and spacious. She also filled the space with wall art, mason jars, and tableware from Robinsons Department Store.

Since Michelle chose white walls for a clean and spotless look, she had to complement them with vibrant pops of color. In the living area, she hung wall art and topped the old gallinera with printed throw pillows. She chose decor in blue and green because these are Vynette and Richard's favorite colors.

Instead of replacing all of the old white tiles, Michelle decided to change the floor tiles and some parts of the wall. This helped her save on money and create an interesting pattern. 

Since the bathroom used to only have a faucet and a toilet that did not even have a flush feature, Michelle chose a sink, mirror, showerhead set, and a toilet from Handyman.

How Much It Costs:

Robinsons Department Store and Handyman
Décor, soft furnishings, paint, and other construction materials - P 70,000
Labor and Other Materials
- P 38,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Michelle Pastoral at [email protected] or [email protected] You may also reach her at 0932-878-6707 or at (02) 209-8730.

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