RL Makeovers: A Refined Look for a 15sqm Bedroom

After 14 years, an old room is transformed into a clean and relaxing haven

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Architect: Juan Esposo Interior Designer: Vera Villarosa

For over 14 years, homeowner Maje has lived in the smallest bedroom of their family home. While she is happy to have a private space for herself, she has grown tired of the bright green walls. She also needed more storage solutions.

For the makeover, interior designer Vera Villarosa opted for soft, gray-blue for the walls and beige, white, and mocha for the furniture pieces and accessories. "I chose neutral colors so that the room will look spacious, maaliwalas, and dainty," says the designer. With the help of Formo Homes's contractor Nikki Bustos and architect Juan Esposo, Vera has created a chic and comforting space.

Read the original article (“A Fresh Start”) in the January-February 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Though most of the room's old features were edited, Vera decided to retain the arched windows. She says, "I took from the architectural features of the room, so I emphasized the [windows'] design." She did this by leaving the top part of the windows exposed. To cover parts of the windows, Vera created Roman shades using a king size bed sheet from Crossings Department Store
Maje's old room featured a bed that lay perpendicular to the windows. This didn't leave enough space for movement. To address this problem, Vera placed a new custom-made bed against the wall with windows.

For a neat bedroom, Vera chose native woven baskets neatly tucked under the custom-made bed. The designer also brought in decorative, red storage boxes from Crossings Department Store for other belongings.
The old bulky desk was replaced with a small fitted closet, complete with enough shelves for Maje's books.
While the bed sheet with a delicate floral print turned into Roman shades, tree-shaped alarm clock, floral paintings, and woven baskets reflect Maje’s love for nature; the color scheme, birdcage lamp, and pillow prints remind her of traveling. The room is also decorated with the homeowner’s travel books and photos.

How Much It Costs:

Crossings Department Store
Dresser, lamps, bedsheet used as Roman shades, beddings, decorative storage boxes, various accessories - P 43,000
Labor and Materials
Construction materials, paint works, customized bed, and customized Roman shades - P 40,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Vera Villarosa at 0927-259-8087 or email her at [email protected]

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