Array
Makeovers

A Bright and Clutter-free Family Room Makeover

The homeowners now enjoy a bigger space developed to its maximum potential

Shares
Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Homeowners Nestor and Emy Gonzalvo, together with their two kids, used to live in a smaller apartment. Their new dwelling came with a basement that originally had three rooms—two of which were merged to create a family room where they could spend time and relax together. Consequently, this family room also turned into a spot where their kids can leave their toys alongside old pieces of furniture and other belongings from the old apartment.

Emy tried to improve the room’s overall appearance through accessorizing and went as far as repainting some of the furniture, but to no avail. When interior designer Vivian Gacad inspected the space, she discovered the clutter, the room’s gloomy vibe, and the worn-out furniture, among others. Thankfully, these factors can easily be solved with a few adjustments.

Get ideas for your own family room with these tips:

While it’s practical to bring in existing furniture to your new abode, there are times wherein doing so is not a good idea. In this case, the bigger space of the Gonzalvo home made the old pieces seem too small. Replacing the smaller furniture brought in from the family’s old apartment with proportional pieces did the trick.

Since the family room did not offer a view of the outdoors, Vivian decided to bring it in by painting the walls green—a calming color that would soothe the senses of the couple when they come home from work. The designer also added red accents to introduce bright colors to the space that the kids also frequent.

Read the original article ("Family Ties") in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

How Much It Costs:

Cotton Touch
Upholstery for seat cushions - P 170
Handyman Do It Center
Tall cabinet, working table, adjustable shelves (3 pieces), area rugs, paint and material - P 22,706
Market! Market!
Coffee table - P 4,300
National Book Store
Corkboard - P 437
SM Homeworld
Vases, bowls - P 9,060
The Landmark
Pillow cases, curtains, lantern with stand - P 3,066
Lighting - P 1,482
Labor - P 2,350
Grand Total:
43,571
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Vivian Gacad at mobile 0917-532-8484.

More on Realliving.com.ph

A Streamlined Transformation for the Living and Dining Areas

Order is Key in this Bedroom Transformation

A Home Office Makeover for an Events Planner

Shares

Latest Stories

21 Awesome Budget Home Finds In Quiapo

We swear, the P50 dinnerware and P10 cleaning products are worth the trip!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Plant Lovers and Green Thumbs

A list of lovely plants and accessories from below P100, P500, and up!

5 Creative and Affordable Wrapping Ideas For Christmas

Are you excited for the holiday season, too?

6 Fantastic Small Space Makeovers

How can you deal with cramped cooking corners and tiny bedrooms? Let these transformations teach you a trick or two.

A Filipino Designed This Space-Savvy Modern House in Singapore

It even has its own lap pool!

Would You Try "Death Cleaning?"

We've got everything you need to know about this new Swedish decluttering trend

5 Secrets Of A Functional Kitchen

Are you dreaming of having the most efficient scullery? These tips might just do the trick.

11 Peg-Worthy Celebrity Christmas Trees

From showcasing dainty blooms to using quirky ornaments, these personalities have taken the decorating game to the next level

This Quiapo Day Tour Will Make You Love Old Manila Again

Go on a DIY Quiapo adventure and look beyond the vendors. Say a prayer, have your fortune told, take a peek at a mysterious pagoda, and visit beautiful ancestral houses from a more genteel past.

10 Ways To Make Your Shoes Last Forever

Show your favorite pairs some tender loving care with these tips

A One-Bedroom Unit Transformed into a Two-Bedroom Home

The designers of this 45sqm condo in Manila created a functional space with an urban contemporary appeal that’s perfect for its young occupants

Here's Why You Should Skip Bringing Your Phone To The Bathroom

Trust us, liking that photo on Instagram can wait for a few minutes
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!