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Designer Q and A for December 12

Discover where to find design inspiration for your own home and how to protect your mattresses before you move houses!


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Design Pegs

Q: I’m starting to decorate my small house. It has a square layout, and I’m planning to put two adjacent bedrooms and a living room, kitchen, and dining area. I’m gunning for a simple design since I only have a limited budget. Do you have tips on how I can design it, or can you give me some pegs or inspiration on which I can base my design?—Clarenxa Tena via Facebook

A: For inspiration, you may explore the Real Living website! Of course, there's always Real Living magazine–I can't tell you how many homeowners have told us that they've found inspiration from the houses we've featured!

See more photos and view the full home here:

Cover Up

Q: Do you know where I can buy a disposable mattress cover for when we move houses? There are available mattress covers for moving in the US, but I’m not sure where I can buy one here in the Philippines.—Grace Saria Madrid via Facebook

A: Unfortunately, I have not seen any stores selling disposable mattress covers locally. I would suggest using an inexpensive plastic drop cloth instead. What you get is a big piece of plastic that can wrap around your mattress, and all you’ll need is some tape (it’ll be like wrapping a really big gift!). It’s available in most hardware stores. 


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