RL Makeovers: Antique Pieces for a Family's Lanai

Treasured furniture, a fresh coat of paint, and a smart new layout transform this airy, multifunctional veranda

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Lisa Salvador

Homeowner Tina Mossesgeld's veranda functioned as an additional living, dining, entertaining, and work area for her family. However, the space lacked order and style -- the furniture pieces seemed randomly thrown together. Moreover, the room was already filled with a haphazard mix of the family's belongings. 

Interior designer Lisa Salvador stepped in to create a more stylish and streamlined lanai. Before anything else, Lisa stressed the importance of proper space planning. She explained that each area should have its own function. In order to do this, she moved the home's existing furniture around to segregate the space and maximize the potential of the room. 

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Create a focal point

Prior to the makeover, the lanai served as a living, dining, entertaining, and work area, but there wasn't enough order in the space. To make everything more organized, Lisa turned the formal dining area into the focal point. She used the existing dining table and its eight chairs, and framed it with an accent wall.

Opt for an accent wall

Lisa painted one section of the wall with warm, terracotta-orange paint from Handyman. The rest of the long wall was painted white to replace the old pale blue paint.

Move the furniture pieces

To further enhance the formal dining area, Lisa placed the antique sideboard against the wall behind the dining table. She retained the two mirrors, but added a framed print on each side. The china cabinet was also repositioned.

Change the layout

Lisa removed the bulky cushioned chairs from the former seating area, and moved the dining table and its six chairs. 

Add window shades

In order to keep the space cool, the designer added window shades to block out the afternoon sun.

Make it efficient

The old desk was replaced with a customized desk. This desk, made using materials from Handyman, has plenty of drawers to hide clutter. 

Opt for privacy

Since a lot of people need to use this space, Lisa wanted to keep the home office private by replacing the two bulky chairs and tucking the desk into a corner.

Check for termites and other pests

While they were working on the space, the design team found termites inside the entertainment cabinet. The entertainment cabinet was promptly replaced with a new one. "Once you see wood with termite infestation, it is better to remove the wood. Prevention is key!" insists Lisa. 

Work on your room's layout

The long gallinera (a traditional Filipino bench) was moved to make it easier for the family to watch TV.

Pick a new piece

Lisa added a quirky rocking chair with a backrest made of different types of wood. The casual piece fits right into the area. 

How Much It Costs:

Paint, construction materials and accessories - P 40,238
Doors, rocking chair, pillows, and other accessories - P 16,669
Labor - P 10,000
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Lisa Salvador of Studio 10.48 Interiors. Email her at [email protected] You can also get in touch with contractor Paolo Sayo of JJoyas Finishing Construction at 0915-445-6005.

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