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7 Decorating Ideas from a 30sqm Apartment in Paranaque

Handy tips inspired by Artwine owner Beam Mariano's bachelorette pad

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Entrepreneur Beam Mariano's 30sqm apartment is one of the most popular homes on the Real Living website because it is filled with DIY projects, budget finds, and sweet Shabby Chic-inspired details.

If you have always dreamed of having a similar look in your own space, here are a few tips that you should definitely try:

Drop by Uniwide Warehouse Club

Beam shares that homeowners can find affordable pieces at Uniwide Warehouse Club. One of her favorite Uniwide pieces is this white bird key holder mounted on a wall near her front door.

Almost all of Beam's frames, plates, and mugs were also purchased at Uniwide for less than P100 each. At the time of the photoshoot, her most recent haul included these cute (but inexpensive!) mugs with gold dots.

Uniwide Warehouse Club is located along Sucat Road, Paranaque City.

Find secondhand treasures

Beam furnished her dining area with secondhand chairs and a secondhand dining table, all from Evangelista St., Bangkal, Makati. You can also visit thrift shops to find cheap but charming pieces for your home.





Use white spray paint

Since a fancy wrought iron bed was too expensive, Beam had to work on what she already had: a headboard from her parents' house.

Beam used white spray paint to cover the original dark varnish, dragon-and-phoenix carving, and tan-colored tufting.  

RL Tip: Would you like to paint your walls, too? Click here for a simple and easy tutorial. 

Paint drawer handles

Beam's white wicker side table looks even cuter because of its pink drawer pull. You can also reinvent your white cabinets by repainting or replacing the handles.

RL Tip: Not a fan of pink? You can also try buttercup yellow, mint green, or powder blue!

Decorate with felt flowers

You can spruce up your space with colorful felt flowers like these pink, yellow, and white handmade blooms. In this corner, the mini bouquet from Artwine is placed beside Beam’s bunny named William Butler Yeats.

RL Tip: If you love handmade pieces as much as we do, check out Artwine!


Tel. (02) 556-4655

Mobile 0917-429-2684

Email beam[at]


Display personal pieces

Since Beam loves arts and crafts, her space had to have  DIY projects and materials. Some of her favorite things in the 30sqm apartment include these Martha Stewart colored pencils with names like “starfish”, “eucalyptus," and “sea green”.

Set up an herb garden

Since Beam loves to cook, she had to have mint, basil, and other herbs. These plants are placed on another reasonably-priced find: a lacquered cabinet from a Japan surplus store. 

Click here to see more photos and view the full home tour.

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