RL Makeovers: A Tailoring Shop turned into a Master Bedroom

Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo transformed an area once used as a commercial space

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

When the tailoring shop owned by Roy’s parents closed down in 1999, he and his wife, Lara,  decided to use it as their own nest. However, they found the space a bit too plain and gloomy to be called home.

Since it was once used as a patahian and not meant to be a living space, the house did not have windows. There were also too many corners and columns. The bleak reality is most evident in the master bedroom.

In only two weeks, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo managed to breathe life and light to the bedroom. She came up with clever solutions for the problem area without tearing down any walls or creating actual windows.

Read the original article ("Let the Light In") in the June 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.

Choose more light fixtures

Since Roy and Lara’s bedroom is too dark, Kristine bought industrial-style drop lights and track lights from Handyman. 

Replace the flooring and beddings

The dirty old linoleum was replaced with wooden flooring from Handyman. For the bed, Kristine opted for an understated white-and-green Margaret Muir linen from Robinsons Department Store. 

Customize the headboard

Kristine removed the bed's old headboard and built a new one made from wooden slats. The new headboard conceals the aircon and serves as a wall accent.

Frame your children's artworks

Kristine asked Ryan, the couple's son, to draw a few pieces that she could hang above the side table. The child's artworks—which cost nothing!—beat any expensive artwork because it’s personal. 

Use semi-flat paint

Since it would be too costly and time-consuming to tear down the firewalls, Kristine improved the existing walls by coating them with semi-flat paint. Semi-flat paint can help conceal the imperfections of the surface.

Assign one space for storage

Apart from the lack of windows, Kristine noticed the bedroom’s clutter. Her solution? Designate a space for storage alone. She ditched the couple’s smaller cabinets and created an extra built-in cabinet for clothes.

Use a catchall for knickknacks

Kristine added woven baskets from Robinsons Department Store to corral the couple’s reading materials. 

How Much It Costs:

Paint and paint materials, carpentry and electrical materials, lights, screws and hooks - P 49,630
Robinsons Department Store
Beddings, lamps and accessories - P 27,000
Robinsons Appliances
Appliances, brackets and mags - P 27,075
Additional Carpentry Materials
- P 11,190
Additional Accessories
- P 3,291
- P 15,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Kristine Neri at 0917 500 0151 or email her at [email protected]

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