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5 Ways to Decorate Weekend Homes

Strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality with these tips

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

Looking forward to the weekend? Where do you usually staying during breaks? Some of us have family homes in the province while there are those who have weekend retreats in Tagaytay, Laguna, and Cavite, to name a few. If you have a hidden sanctuary outside busy Manila, you can work on a few simple upgrades to keep it cozy and inviting.

Since these homes aren't occupied 24/7, it's best to keep it low-maintenance to avoid damage to furniture and different areas of the house. To make you feel like you're on a grand vacation during your stay, interior designer Evangeline Lim shares a couple of tips. You can even do some of these in your city home to make it more relaxing!

Work with a relaxing theme

Evangeline recommends choosing a design that's not seen in city homes—like a country or a beach theme. You should feel like you're in a different world each time you step into the home.

Create functional spaces and storage areas

“Since it’s a weekend home, you won’t be living here every day, so you don’t want to see clutter every time you come in the house. You have to have spaces where you can keep your stuff neatly,” Evangeline shares. Be mindful of what you put on your shelves as well. Don't just turn each corner into a storage spot—only add what you need.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Minimize work areas

“Lessen areas that put you to work. Put more pieces that help you relax, like beds and sofas, and less of desks and computer tables,” Evangeline suggests.

Opt for easy to clean furniture

Since you won't be using these pieces all the time, you will leave them inside the house with everything enclosed. To ensure less dust and less molds, you must keep the house moisture-free. You can do this with the help of dehumidifiers.

Cover your furniture

“If you’re going to leave your house for quite some time, I think it’s better for you to cover your furniture, especially those made of fabrics. There’s no air coming in and out of the house, and dust can accumulate in all parts of the house, so to prevent it, it’s better to cover upholstered pieces,” the designer suggests.

You can have cotton slipcovers made, the kind that can be easily thrown into the wash. Waterproof covers can also be used to protect furniture from dust, heat, and moisture.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

This snippet originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details

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