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A Refreshing Living-Dining Makeover For A Family Home

With a few additional new pieces and smart space planning, decorator Grace Moslares makes this townhouse more organized and welcoming

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Original Article: Maita de Jesus Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (before) & Hans Fausto (after) Styling: Tala Singson Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

The Visqueras have lived in their current townhouse in the south for seven years. Homeowner Grace Visquera, a bookkeeper by profession, loves to decorate her house during her free time, and it shows in the décor and the calligraphy pieces scattered around her living area.

Throughout the ground floor of her family’s townhouse, you can see touches of Grace’s taste in décor, which veers toward the delicate and feminine. The mom of two thoughtfully mixed and matched different styles of chairs to create her dining set, and the living area contained a neutral-colored sofa paired with turquoise stools for a punch of color. “Mahilig talaga ako magbasa ng Real Living ever since, tapos tina-try ko yung ibang tips. Pero yung todong makeover, hindi ko siya ma-prioritize sa budget,” she says, adding that she needed guidance on how to create a home where the furnishings actually matched.

Decorator Grace Moslares of Magara Designs was brought in, and the two Graces immediately hit it off. What Moslares noticed in the home was that, in spite of the clutter, Visquera had a fine collection of decorative objects and accessories. “One of the first things I asked Grace [Visquera], besides to declutter, was to put all of the home accessories that she liked in one box. I noticed that she had a lot of geometric patterns, and items in blue-green or purple. So that’s what we went with,” shares Moslares.

Moslares also fixed up Visquera’s home office under the stairs (to see the office makeover, click here). After giving the living and dining areas a fresh wash of seafoam paint and making a few minor repairs, plus the introduction of new furniture pieces from Avino Fine Living, the Visquera home now sports a refreshing, airy look that makes the homeowner’s innate style shine through. 

Living area

Grace Moslares had the family’s sofa, which was formerly placed against the window, moved to a better spot that faces the entire living area. This wall was painted a soft seafoam green, turning it into an accent wall. Stylized floral paintings by Magara Designs’ Jason Bongat dress up the area.

“Grace [Visquera] had a lot of things that could be reused, and it was a matter of moving them to the right spot,” says Moslares. A small console from their dining area was transferred to the spot by the living room window, and now holds decorative items. An accent chair from Avino Fine Living completes the living room setup.


Grace Visquera’s two blue ottoman stools were stashed underneath this coffee table from Avino. She can bring them out any time she has guests. 

Entertainment center

Not much was done to the existing entertainment center, save for the removal of excess decorative pieces and clutter. The Magara Designs team stained the bottom entertainment console a darker color to hide its scratches. 

Dining area

Sitting right beside the home office under the stairs is the dining area, which Moslares made over by adding a purple settee and pendant light from Avino Fine Living. Moslares also had the old dining table repainted in a matte finish.

The existing kitchen cabinets—which are in seafoam green—serve as a color inspiration for the diagonal paint wall accent.

Read the original article ("Move, Mix, and Match") in the April 2017  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:

Avino Fine Living
Settee, desk, coffee table, accent chair, pendant lamp - P 50,000
Labor, etc.
Labor and assorted construction materials (designer's fee not included) - P 40,000
Grand Total:
90,000

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