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Designer Q and A for November 7

Discover how to make the most of a 38sqm condo, what window treatment to use in a 51sqm space, and other home improvement ideas


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Slumber Fest

Q: My daughter wants to hold a slumber party at home. I am thinking of letting them stay in our guest room, so I want to spruce it up a bit for her party. Any suggestions? — Supportive Mommy

 A: Ambience is a huge factor in creating that one-of-a-kind slumber party experience, and you don’t have to spend that much. Work with what you have, but big, soft, beautiful pillows are essential! If you don’t have enough, I’ve seen plenty of affordable and pretty pillows at SM Homeworld. Curtains will also make the space cozier. Just soften up the space and make it as comfortable so your daughter and her friends will have a great time.

Divider Dilemma

Q: I’m renting a 38-sqm studio with my husband and sister. Can you suggest ways to divide the room so she can have her privacy without feeling cramped? Also, can you suggest a carpenter? I don’t like the ready-made cabinets that are too big for our small space, but I can’t have built-ins too, since we are just renting. — Jane

 A: I would normally suggest using a screen or hanging curtains as a divider, but your other question gave me an idea. Hit two birds with one stone by using cabinets to separate your area from your sister's. Contact Manuel Villarete at 09187110971 and he'll create your custom cabinets for you. Ask him to make them movable, low, narrow and simple! 

Elusive Tulip Chair

Q: I saw a Tulip Chair in your April 2009 issue but its product details are not included. We’ve been trying to purchase this chair, but the main supplier is from China and orders must not be below 50 pieces. My client needs two pieces only. Where can I find this chair locally? — Blanca

A: I love Saarinen's Tulip Chair! It will make your client's space look extra special. Since you're buying a classic, go for the real thing! For authentic Tulip Chairs, you can contact Citimex. They can order the chair for you. It would take a few months, though, before you get your chairs because this is an indent order. But owning a piece of design history will definitely be worth the wait. Go to Citimex's website at or call their showroom at (02) 817-0886.

Window Treat

Q: I’m preparing to move into my 51-sqm tropical Asian -themed condo unit next month and I want to know what window treatment to use. It should give me maximum privacy, provide option on the amount of light allowed in the room, and is easy to maintain. — Carm Reyes

A: You need minimal design with maximum privacy that will work well with your Tropical Asian theme. Cross out anything ruched or drape-y and you're good to go! I recommend going for blackout or bamboo/textured roman shades that fit your color motif. I really like Larry's Curtain and Upholstery's incredible amount of choices for fabric and hardware, and they also have good customer service. Ask them if you can place black out shades on top of semi-sheer ones so you have options on the amount of light you want coming in. Contact them for branches at (02) 833-8780.


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