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RL Makeovers: A Colorful Home for a Preschool Teacher's Family

Interior designer Van Acuna-Solana filled a house with bright hues, modern patterns, and practical storage solutions

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Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Van Acuna-Solana

Although many homeowners would like a simple house with neutral shades and basic pieces, preschool teacher Myril Ann Alamo wanted to have a more unique space. She wanted to live in a fun home that her three-year-old son Miguel would be happy in. She preferred happy colors, cheerful patterns, and quirky details.

In order to create a playhouse-inspired home, interior designer Van Acuna-Solana transformed the family home with vibrant paint and printed wallpaper for the walls. She even chose furniture and decor in neon hues and mismatched patterns. Since Van also noticed that the space underneath the staircase was crammed with a laminated bookshelf, a small TV stand, and stacked plastic bins, she removed the clutter and brought in a brand new white shelf.

Read the original article ("Color Splash!") in the December 2014 - January 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

In the living area, the plain white wall has been covered with green wallpaper and framed wall art from Robinsons Department Store. The old daybed was also reupholstered with gray fabric and topped with mismatched pillows. The existing red ottoman was also refurbished with bohemian patchwork fabric.

In the dining area, the old brown dining chairs have been painted bright yellow. The space is completed with a pair of coffee-colored droplights from Handyman. 

As Myril requested, Van used green, blue, yellow, and pink. She also used a combination of geometric and floral patterns for an unexpected look.

The family's belongings used to be stored underneath the stairs and in various places around their home. Since there were too many containers, the space appeared too messy and disorganized.

Van made the living and dining areas look so much better by replacing the multiple containers with one entertainment wall. The white shelving unit is used to store and display the TV, books, and various decorative pieces.

How Much It Costs:

Labor and Other Materials
- P 30,000
Robinsons Department Store and Handyman
Decor, soft furnishings, paint, and other construction materials - P 70,000
Grand Total:
100,000
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Van Acuna-Solana at 0917-508-0402 or (02) 211-6255, or email her at [email protected]

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