RL Makeovers: Cool Colors and Upcycled Furniture for a Mandaluyong City House

Misty Floro and Pai Edles of Morfosis Design turns a bodega-like area into a rustic-meets-modern space

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Morfosis Design

When a homeowner loses a loved one, he or she may be tempted to keep things the way that they have always been. However, a makeover can actually help a grieving homeowner on the road to healing and recovery. A renovation will provide you something meaningful to work on and leave you with a fresh new start — a beautiful place that can easily remind you of your loved one. 

After losing her mother to cancer, homeowner Arlene Samson knew that she wanted a home that would help her honor her mother's memory and celebrate her mother's life. In order to make this happen, she and husband Armand wrote to Real Living for help. With the help of Misty Floro and Pai Edles of Morfosis Design, their plain and dull spaces have been transformed into chic and stylish spots.

Read the original article ("Good Vibes") in the March 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Misty Floro and Pai Edles of Morfosis Design covered the boring white walls with light blue paint.

The wall by the staircase has also been defined with wood-textured panels in metallic silver from Sibu.

The new wall treatments are complemented with an area rug, vases, candle holders, and framed prints from Robinsons Department Store

Since Misty and Pai are currently in love with sharp lines and geometric patterns, they decided to incorporate these details in different ways. For example, the wall behind the sofa is adorned with triangle shelves.

Below the triangle shelves is an old sewing machine that once belonged to Arlene's mom. It is now used to display framed photos of Arlene's parents.

The design team also made a sharp diagonal line on the wall using blue and gray paint.

RL Tip: Different painted patterns can also spruce up any old wall in your home!

In order to save more money, the design team decided to work with the homeowners' pre-loved furniture.

For example, they chose to cut the side table legs in half. They also painted the legs white to match the new look of the old space

The design team also spotted a mid-century dining table and Victorian-style seats in the couple's bodega. The old seats were updated with new upholstery and fresh coats of paint courtesy of LCS Upholstery

An old balustrade (or staircase railing) was also painted white and used as a wall accent

Armand's guitars used to gather dust in a rack near the dining area. Now, they are mounted on the wall to reflect the couple's love for making and enjoying music.

As mentioned earlier, the bare white surface of the staircase has been covered with wood-textured panels in metallic silver from Sibu.

The awkward space underneath the staircase has now been turned into a reading nook. There is a wooden chest used as a seating and storage option. Beside the chest are customized triangular shelves built by Wilkonstruct

Don't just place the TV on a generic stand! Keep it on an attractive TV rack and surround it with useful canvas bins. This will allow you to create a focal point and organize your personal belongings. For example, you can keep remote controls and various gadgets in one basket.

How Much It Costs:

Paint, fixtures, and other construction materials - P 30,000
Robinsons Department Store
Pillows and accessories - P 30,000
Labor and assorted construction materials - P 30,000
Wall laminate - P 23,000
Repainting, installation, and general labor - P 12,800
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Morfosis Design through their website:

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