RL Makeovers: A Basement turned Bedroom in Pasay City

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino transformed a plain and messy space into a sophisticated bedroom

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

Homeowner Kemp Pe has slept in the same drab and disorganized basement bedroom for over thirteen years. Although she wanted to decorate the space, she simply didn't know where to start—she only knew that her space has to be organized and fit for a woman. 

Luckily, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino is particularly fond of designing girly-girl rooms. Hannah started by asking Kemp to dispose or donate the clothes, books, magazines, and other things that she no longer needs. After the area was finally clean and clutter-free, Hannah decorated the bedroom and the bathroom, too!

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Rearrange the furniture

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino moved the home office to another area of the bedroom. She transformed this corner into a stylish nook that would set the tone for the rest of the space.

Kemp can also leave her shoes and other belongings here to reduce the amount of clutter in her main area. 

Add more lights

A dainty lamp looks pretty and also instantly brightens up the bedroom.

Personalize the space

The shoe cabinet is adorned with framed photos and a vase. Hannah also customized the Roman shades with a cute polka dot trim. 

Replace the furniture

Since there is more space in another area, Hannah moved the work area there. She also had to replace the unstable plastic computer table with a sturdy X-legged table. For a retro touch, she paired the table with a reproduction Eames chair. 

Add more customized details

In this corner, Hannah spruced up the plain Roman shades with black ribbons. She also added a table lamp to illuminate the homeowner's space.

Create an entertainment corner

Hannah mounted the flat-screen Samsung TV from Robinsons Appliances on a decorative panel on the wall. The speakers, DVD player, and the remaining magazines were placed inside an open cabinet. 

Make a fabulous headboard

Since the bedroom is in the basement, there are no windows. To open up the space, Hannah placed a mirror above the headboard. She made it special with frames that spell out the homeowner's name.

Pick another daybed

Since the old daybed was plain and partly damaged by Typhoon Ondoy, Hannah chose a tufted headboard and daybed for a more luxurious look. She made it more inviting with silky sheets and fluffy pillows.

Spruce up old pieces

While Hannah replaced most of the existing furniture, she kept the old cabinets. For a new look, she painted them, put up a full-length mirror, and organized the contents with storage solutions from Howards Storage World.

Freshen up the bathroom

Don't forget the other areas of your space! Hannah replaced a few tiles, put up a glass ledge and a towel rack, and added a new curtain and area rugs.

How Much It Costs:

Robinsons Department Store and Howards Storage World
Frames, curtains, storage items, and other furnishings - P 50,000
Assorted carpentry materials - P 42,500
Robinsons Appliances
TV and DVD player - P 34,000
Mirrors, plywood, reproduction Eames chair, hydrangea sprays - P 15,673
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino at 0917-897-1363.

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