A Must-See Bedroom Transformation for a Family of Four

One self-confessed “contest freak” makes it into Real Living’s winners' circle

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar

Homeowner Joy Bahia is no stranger to contests. This Kumon center teacher admits that joining contests is a part of her daily routine! Her persistence and diligence in finding these promos has led her to enjoy a variety of prizes, cash, and opportunities to travel. As a seasoned “contest freak,” it comes as no surprise that Joy would eventually stumble upon Real Living’s makeover promo and win a bedroom transformation for her family.

“Laurence and I have been getting backaches—me, from sleeping horizontally on the bed, in between the boys, and Laurence from sleeping on the floor!” Joy wrote in her contest entry. One of RL's trusted designers, interior designer Lisa Salvador stepped in to improve the space. Apart from the bed issue, she was also tasked to come up with display solutions for Laurence’s and the kids’ knickknacks. The overall result is a well-organized and comfortable bedroom for a family of four.

Here are three things that we can learn from this transformation:

Lisa added a custom-made bed for Laurence. This addition came with storage compartments underneath for extra storage. 

Choosing custom-made pieces assures you that the piece can fit perfectly in the available space. You can also ask the furniture maker to add extra solutions such as hidden storage and drawers.

Joy has this habit of keeping all sorts of trinkets, so the first order of business was to clear the room of items that the family no longer needed.  Lisa also added shelves, bag hooks, and organizers to store their belongings in a visually appealing manner.

The use of base colors (red, black, and gray in this case), makes it easier to mix and match. The shared bedroom’s palette was a combination of Joy’s favorite color, red, and “car colors,” taking after the cars on display. 

Read the original article ("The Lucky Ones") in the January-February 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

How Much It Costs:

5 Corners
Drawer, chair, storage boxes, boxes with lid, display boxes, waste basket, mirrors, wall/clamp spotlight, door hangers, black boxes, vase, shoe rack, rug - P 20,630
Carpentry and paint materials - P 10,000
Beddings and accessories - P 5,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact designer Lisa Salvador through mobile 0916-765-1567.

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