The Evolution of an RL Home: From Starter Nest to Halfway Home

See how the owners transformed their home according to their changing needs and lifestyles


Isn't it amazing how we can transform our home through the years? Aside from changing furniture and decor, we can also add rooms or turn empty spaces into functional corners. In this special feature, we take a look at the Magbanua home previously featured in Real Living to see how they transformed their 68sqm one-bedroom condo.

What was once a starter home for a young couple now serves as a halfway house for the wife's parents. Be inspired by the changes below.

Produced by Sunshine Selga Funa. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (2008) and Paolo Feliciano (2013).

2008: When Real Living first visited Patricia and Ian Magbanua, their home was filled with eclectic art and bold splashes of color. These were set against an industrial backdrop—metal beams, exposed pipes, and bare cement walls. 

2013: Now with two kids, Patricia and Ian decided to move out of their starter home in favor of a bigger place that can accommodate their growing family. This move heralded a new “phase” for their old place: it is now a halfway house for Patricia’s parents. 

The current streamlined sofa gets a touch of whimsy; thanks to the patchwork throw of old denim jeans scraps that Patricia's mom got from 10a Alabama in Quezon City. 

Greeting guests by the entrance is another locker that, surprisingly, does not appear out-of-placed at all in the unit. Standing guard beside this steel structure is an antique wooden statue.

2008: The kidney-shaped sofa in coral damask took the stage in the living area. It faced a cement wall on which a flat screen TV was mounted, and above which was an eye-catching metal-finish sculpture.

2013: Instead of wall-mounting the TV, it's placed on a vintage chest of drawers, which came from an old apothecary.

2008: In keeping with the eclectic flavor of the whole space, Patricia’s mom filled the modest dining area with more artwork by painters Jason Moss and Danny Dalena. A metal-and-resin sculpture/railing by Joel Ajero accents the space.

2013: Pat and Ian used this as a dining area, then as the baby’s corner when their first child was born. Now, it’s back to being a dining area and a reading nook, complete with a foldable dining table on one side and a comfy armchair on the other. Beside the armchair is a side table made of an old drum, which was bought from Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery in 10a Alabama.

See the complete transformation when you download a digital copy of the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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