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Mini Makeovers: A Family Room with an Interesting Brick Wall

To pass her final school requirement, a design graduate transforms her living area

Photography: Dairy Darilag

When interior design student Annalyn Brioso learned that her practicum required her to renovate a space, she and her parents decided that it was best to work on a room within their rented two-storey townhouse.  “Kasi requirement din talaga siya, so we decided na yung apartment nalang para magamit namin siya, e yung living room ang pinaka-used area, especially din pag may visitors.”

Before Annalyn started the month-long renovation, the entertainment area was far from what she wanted for her family. “Plain siya, at magulo. There were package boxes everywhere.”  The walls were also dingy, and the entire room lacked a cohesive theme.

“I wanted to create a functional space [that has aesthetics],” Annalyn says. Aside from that, she also wanted the area to reflect the personality of her family. The young designer chose a contemporary-eclectic theme that focused on a clean layout, modern furnishings and lines, and urban touches by way of sleek furniture, shelves, and a hip, brick wall. After the renovation, Annalyn can now look forward to sitting back and relaxing with her family in their “new” living area. 


The Brioso’s entertainment-cum-living-area had dingy, yellow walls, old furniture, and no cohesive theme. 

Change one key piece

The black L-shaped leather sofa replaced the family’s old set of three- and two-seaters. Annalyn says that their old sofa was starting to fall apart, and it also took up too much space. The renovation project gave her the perfect excuse to give her family a more comfy seating experience. 

Choose customized pieces

Since budget was one of her main concerns while doing the project, Annalyn asked for her father’s help during the construction. Instead of buying ready-made furniture, Annalyn designed furniture pieces, like this nesting table, and her dad assembled them for her.  An area rug was thrown under the nesting table to soften up the room. 

Build character with bricks

A brick accent wall, which is Annalyn’s favorite design touch in this space, replaced the boring wall behind the sofa. “I wanted to give the room the contemporary-eclectic vibe by merging new pieces with old ones we already have.” The brick wall, which exudes a hip, urban feel, serves as a lovely backdrop for the framed portraits that the family has. 

Opt for accent pieces

Gusto ni mama ng red… so I had to make sure na may red accents sa living room.” Aside from the red brick wall, Annalyn chose an Oyster red accent chair to complete the reading nook. 

Display your collections

The television cabinet and the shelves, which were also custom-made, showcase books and her mom’s cassette tape collection. The contrast of the black wall backdrop of the shelving system and the brick accent wall gives the space more character.


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