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Designer Q and A for November 6

Ready to improve your bedroom and bathroom? Here are a few tips from design expert Lilli Beth Gelvezon


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Watch Your Back

Q: I'm planning to change my mattress and pillows. I want my new ones to be as
comfy as possible, especially because I have a mild scoliosis. Any advice on
how I can pick a back-friendly mattress and comfy pillows? - Cathy, Manila

A: I know very little about scoliosis but I have a few friends who have it. They recommend getting Tempur, pressure-relieving mattresses and pillows, to help you sleep better. I’ve tried lying on one of their mattresses and it really is a heavenly experience. It can be a bit pricey, though, but it’s worth it. You can start with one pillow if you don’t have the budget for the whole set. They have a showroom at the 5th level of Shangri-a Plaza Mall.

Duco Revival

Q: My headboard was painted white "duco finish." After a few years, it turned yellowish. Is there something I can wipe it with or do I need a professional to repaint it? Thanks! - Jinky Garcia

A: I think it’s time to repaint your headboard. You can even choose a new color for it! Choose something that would be easier to maintain. Maybe you should also consider choosing a different type of headboard, like a divider with wooden slats. This will make your bedroom even more interesting.

Getting Sticky with It

Q: I just want to inquire where can I get stickers I can put in my son’s room?
I’m planning to have an under-the-sea theme. Those in hardware stores are quite small, and will be barely noticeable. I read in one of your previous issues
about supplier of stickers but I couldn’t find my magazine anymore. – Kim C.

A: It’s no wonder wall stickers are really popular these days. They’re quick and easy to install. And they can add life to any room! When purchasing stickers, though, you have to remember to pick designs that fit your home’s style. I like your “under the sea” idea. You could have a lot of fun with that! Visit BlingDing on the 4th floor of SM Megamall or visit

A Worm’s Work

Q: Why are there worms in my bathroom? It seems like they just appear on the
grout, but just in one area of the floor. Sometimes, I see a worm inside the
water closet. Sometimes, it just emerges from the hole that supplies water
to the bowl. My bath is clean although it's quite old. What's going on? - Anya Kim

A: It’s no wonder that worms can be found in bathrooms—they’re attracted to damp environments. This is a mystery that we’ve experienced in our home a few years ago and they just went away on their own. We just had to get rid of the worms as they popped up in the nooks and crannies of our bath. One solution is to reduce moisture—fix leaking plumbing. Another is to clean dirt and grime that have collected in the plumbing. If they pop again, time to consult an expert—maybe, they can find the source.


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