RL Makeovers: A Two-Week Home Makeover for Ondoy Survivors

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino changed the living and dining areas of this family home

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Coni Tejada

Homeowner Elnid Corpus’s story echoes that of many a Typhoon Ondoy victim’s struggle during the storm and the weeks that followed. After the flood subsided in the family home, there was still a calf-high layer of mud that took a month to clean. More than losing many of their belongings, Elnid and her relatives had to live in their severely flood-damaged house.

To give the Corpus family a brand new start and a chance at an even happier life, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino gave their property a makeover. She highlighted the existing high ceiling, spiral staircase, and other 1970s architectural elements with new paint, lighting, furniture, and décor.

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In spite of the family’s efforts to dry their sofa after the flood, it was still damp. Hannah replaced it with a brand new three-seater sofa bed from Crossings Department Store.

Since wet soft furnishings like curtains, sofas, beddings, and pillows could be filled with potentially dangerous flood-borne bacteria and germs, they must be removed immediately.

To bring new life into the space after the storm and flood, Hannah chose lively shades for the living room. For the main wall color, she chose a vibrant chartreuse (yellow green) from Handyman.

Since the existing wall print was dull, dark, and bore visible signs of water damage, Hannah replaced it with paneled mirrors. These are surrounded by oatmeal-colored tiles from Felport.

To make the house seem warm, cozy and inviting, Hannah chose a rattan coffee table, a side table, a purple area rug, and a reproduction Arco floor lamp from Crossings Department Store.

On the opposite side of the mirrored wall, Hannah mounted a printed wall mural. This is a colorful and interesting way to spruce up the space. The mural was printed by A.C. Prints Large Format Printing Services.

The old pendant lamp was not enough to brighten up the dining area. Hannah illuminated the space with pinlights for a clean and refreshing look.

The lights and other electrical materials are from Handyman.

Hannah refurbished the existing Oriental chairs and placed them on opposite ends of the dining table. She chose a bench with a backrest and upholstered seats on one side, and two upholstered benches from Crossings Department Store on the other side. The benches make it easier for the homeowners to watch TV. 

Since the display shelves were designed by Elnid’s late grandfather, Hannah also decided to keep them. For an updated look, the designer chose wheat beige paint for the back of the shelves, removed the carvings on top, and added colored glass from Sprayworks. The blue glass was inspired by the colors of the existing glass on the kitchen door. 

Hannah had a media table built for the family’s big TV. She also added an oversized desk to hold the computer and serve as a study area. To add color and protect the varnished wood, she customized the tables with fire-engine red colored glass tops. These were also supplied by Sprayworks.

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