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Designer Q and A for October 25 (Part 2)

Interior designer Chat Fores helps Real Living readers solve their home decorating dilemmas


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Sofa rescue

Q: Is it possible to have a living room that's childproof and at the same time comfortable/cozy and not boring? What's the best type of sofa set and living room theme or design for a family with a two-year-old hyperactive boy? My husband wants a long couch he can stretch on while he watches TV but the supposedly Thai-inspired divan I have is a total disaster! It's frustrating to see my husband and toddler preferring to sit on the floor rather than on the sofa. Considering that I've already spent a considerable sum of money on the upholstery, would you recommend that I just look for someone who'll make a slipcover for my divan and just add pillows on it or should I just buy a new sofa set? I'm torn between a Zen theme and a country-style design. I personally like the former. The only consideration I have for the latter is that I'll be using rattan furniture, which is quite inexpensive and light (best for someone who likes to rearrange the house often). I hope you can also recommend some stores where I can get inexpensive sofa sets and center tables. I particularly like the rattan set you featured on p. 16 ("Now and Zen") of your January-February 2006 issue. Where did you get them?-Rhoda

A: If you like the modern look, I would suggest buying a sectional sofa for practicality.  Your son and your husband can comfortably lounge around this furniture piece while watching TV.  Get a darker color either in black or chocolate to camouflage future staining considering you have a two-year old.  Try getting a chenille fabric as upholstery because it's nice to the touch and pretty durable.  If you're still not convinced, leather is the best option because as it ages, it gets even better-looking.  Don't worry about the rattan furniture, it can go with anything as long as the lines are simple and the color is not white.  For nice sofas, I recommend Acts Interiors.  They custom make long-lasting sofas at very reasonable rates.  They can even make sectionals for three to nine people.  You can reach them through (02) 810-5876 and ask for Mrs. Nelly Ledesma.

Think Green

Q: I want to change the paint of my room from white to green or apple green. Right now, the color of my closet is light green and my headboard is mahogany brown. I bought the headboard 10 years ago, and I don't want to dispose of it. The sun rises into my small room. Can you suggest a color for my ceiling and closet to make my room look bigger? -Rhona Lojo

A: Apple green or chartreuse usually go very well with an "immaculate white" color combined with a dark wood finish, which is your headboard's wood stain.  I would suggest painting your closet door in an "immaculate white" color as well to make the room bigger and cleaner.  The ceiling is always best in white or light cream to give a suggestion of height and space.


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