RL Makeovers: A Clean, Modern Look for a Nursery

A light-colored bedroom for a young couple and their first child

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag (after) and Kurt Alvarez (before) Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Styling: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Ayet San Jose of Design 1528

To prepare for the birth of their firstborn, homeowners Babet and Gerald decided to turn their master bedroom into an area fit for them and their child. Although it was already clean and spacious, the room was too bare and simple. “We want to dedicate a space in our room for the baby,” says Babet.

Since Babet and Gerald are both engineers, interior designer Ayet San Jose and her Design1528 team used geometric patterns and modern elements like shiny metallic finishes. Ayet also chose eco-friendly and non-toxic materials like Dunn-Edwards paints which are low in VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) – which can be harmful to one’s health.

Read the original article (“Baby's Day Out”) in the November 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Ayet advises homeowners to decide on the major items such as the bed and the crib first. She explains that once you have the bed and the crib, you will be able to determine the appropriate sizes of the other furniture pieces. Blinds from La Vida Verde and curtains from Metro Gaisano were also installed to make the room cozy.
In order to maximize the space, Ayet placed a crib on the left side of the bed and a multi-purpose dresser on the right. The dresser can also serve as a worktable and a changing table.
To make breastfeeding in bed more comfortable for Babet, the bed now has a headboard upholstered with fabric from Shell Canvas. To make the new bed extra special, drawers are found underneath.

The closet by the entrance was also improved by adding storage cabinets on top and replacing the doors with new laminated doors from Multi-Rich Home Decors. For more space for the baby’s toiletries and other essentials, the flat screen TV is placed in an open shelf cabinet.

How Much It Costs:

Metro Gaisano
Furniture, linen, décor items, and curtains - P 50,000
Labor and Other Materials
*Designer's fee not included - P 25,000
Safety Construction Corporation and Design 1528
Assorted materials for customized furniture - P 40,000
Multi-Rich Home Decors
Laminates and adhesives - P 24,000
La Vida Verde
Window blinds - P 14,000
DecoPro, Inc.
Dunn-Edwards paint - P 5,000
Dezign My Wall
Wall decals - P 5,000
Shell Canvas
Fabric - P 2,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Ayet San Jose of Design1528 at 0917-822 1528 or (02) 622-9340, or email her at [email protected]

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