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5 Must-Read Value-for-Money Design Ideas

Discover more budget-friendly hacks in RL’s May 2017 issue

Photography: Dairy Darilag and Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

Whether you’re busy preparing for Mother’s Day, working on last-minute home improvement projects for the summer, or getting ready for another school year—a copy of Real Living is the best companion during your downtime. You can browse through pages of the Real Homes section as you unwind or download a digital version on your mobile phone so you can check it as you shop for your space. Don’t have yours yet? Here are just some of the tips you’ll find inside:

1. When it comes to buying home essentials, it pays to invest in high-quality pieces and timeless must-haves.

In photo: Tiptoe Sofa by Rafa Garcia, price available upon request, Sancal (available at MOs Design Building, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.)

This month’s Shopping section is brimming with finds for the dining area, living room, bathroom, and bedroom. You don’t need to spend all your savings for just one piece—know your priorities and be on the lookout for an item that can last for years. Take into consideration a store’s after-sales service, too.

2. Achieve the Scandinavian aesthetic with Home Folk’s pocket-friendly pieces.

Contrary to popular belief, the Scandinavian style is attainable without overspending. Home Folk, a new store that’s located at the 3rd Level of Uptown Place Mall, offers solid wood or white marble pieces for around P6,000, beds for P18,000 and even sofas for P30,000 to P40,000. The May issue is also the Shop of the Month Special—get to know more about SMEG, O+S, and Republic of Fritz Hansen.

3. Create a hotel-like feel in your space by letting in natural light and experimenting with wall finishes.

Even the smallest of condo units can be transformed into a hotel-like haven. In this condo home, architect Angelo Siochi worked with an open layout, customized pieces, and a neutral color palette. If you’re not a fan of bare walls, take your cue from this project—install a lovely wallpaper or see how you can incorporate textured wall finishes.

4. You can never go wrong with multipurpose furniture.

Furnishing a small home can be challenging—more so if you can’t find pieces that can fit in the available space. Let this month’s featured makeover by interior designer Van Acuna Solana inspire you. To make the most of the area and to help the owners live comfortably, the designer incorporated a dining counter that also conceals the washing machine.

5. When looking for a new home, opt for an area that brings you closer to commercial establishments while still letting you enjoy a quiet time.

How familiar are you with North ESA, Quezon City? While some shy away from visiting this northern hotspot, it has secrets that are worth uncovering! Aside from its home shopping haunts and recreational hubs, North EDSA also has its own fair share of interesting restos and properties that may just suit your lifestyle.

Learn more tips and discover more ideas when you grab a copy or download a digital version of Real Living's May 2017 issue.

Real Living is available in all leading supermarkets and bookstores nationwide. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details.

PHOTOS (in order): Sancal | Michael Angelo Chua | Toto Labrador | Hans Fausto | Dairy Darilag

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