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3 Designer Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture

Spend your money wisely with the help of these reminders from interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Michael Chua (Main Photo)

When it comes to furnishing the home, you must invest your money in sturdy pieces that are made to last. It isn't enough that you buy a piece that's cute or pretty. You should consider the materials used to build it and its features. Buying furniture can be a daunting task but if you are armed with the right tips and tricks, it can be a breeze!

Complete your home with quality essential pieces with the help of these practical reminders from interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag:


A sturdy sofa is a must-have in the living area so you can welcome and entertain guests. It's also important to have a piece where you can relax and enjoy quality time with the family.

Choose the sofa with a simple silhouette and in a neutral color so that you can still use it even if you redecorate. Add throw pillows and an area rug—depending on the look that you want to achieve. If you have kids at home, it's best to avoid a white sofa and opt for a piece made from durable materials.

Three-seater Sofa, price available upon request, Calligaris.

READ: The 5 Fs of Choosing the Right Sofa

Dining Table

Opt for a wooden or wood-topped table as this is durable and can make your dining area warm and inviting.


A piece that offers comfort and extra storage is a must in every bedroom! Pick a bed frame with storage underneath. You can use these hidden compartments when storing extra pillows and linen. Pair this with a quality mattress to ensure a relaxing slumber. Liven up the bedroom with different pillows as well.

This snippet originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Log on to for more details.

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