RL Makeovers: A Living and Dining Transformation in Quezon City

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino and contractor Jorge Faustino improved another couple's home

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

Just like most homeowners, Aleli and Edward Tadiama dreamed of a beautiful home. However, instead of getting a complete renovation, a devious contractor shortchanged them and left their home in a sorry state. The home had unsightly beams and electrical pipes and the stairs did not even have handrails and balusters. 

After the couple's unfortunate experience, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino and her husband, contractor Jorge Faustino gave the property a much-needed makeover.

After Jorge remedied the structural defects and improved the bones of the house, Hannah personalized the space with key design elements: a soothing color palette and Shabby chic-style finishes.

Read the original article ("R&R at Home") in the August 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Add a handrail and balusters

The Tadiamas's staircase was a cause of alarm because it lacked a handrail and balusters. This made it dangerous for the homeowners' one-year-old son.

The designer didn't only make the staircase functional; she also made it good-looking by choosing a distressed finish that complements the overall look of the house.

Install bleached wooden slats

To create a sense of continuity, bleached wooden slats were placed underneath the stairs. She also installed floating or cantilevered wooden shelves adorned with finds from Robinsons Department Store and Dapitan Arcade.

Opt for cool shades

Prior to the makeover, the living and dining areas had intense red and orange hues for a color scheme, which made the house seem warmer than it already was.

Hannah's chosen colors (mint, beige, and cerise pink) did a great job of "cooling" the place. 

Build a customized seat with storage

To provide more seats, Hannah customized a window ledge that could also serve as a cabinet. 

Separate the spaces

One of Aleli's concerns was the lack of division between the living and dining/kitchen areas. Instead of adding an actual partition or a bulky panel, Hannah chose a light lattice divider-also in distressed finish-to segregate the spaces.  

Conceal awkward details

Hannah added a dropped ceiling to hide an orange PVC pipe, beam, and other unsightly details. She also placed mirrors to disguise awkward posts, like the post beside the dining set.

Choose decorative items

Hannah adorned the dining area with wall prints, a droplight, and a console table. These pieces add warmth to the space.

How Much It Costs:

Construction materials and accessories - P 44,500
Robinsons Department Store
Pillows and assorted decor - P 45,000
IDeal Interior Design Services
Carpentry and additional decor - P 9,105
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino at 0917-897-1363.

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