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Reader Home: An Event Manager's Pad in Pasig

RL Reader of the Week Pau Guevarra shows us the space that she furnished and decorated on her own

Photography: Pau Guevarra

Our RL Reader of the Week is Pau Guevarra. Pau has been reading the magazine since 2008. She lives in a service residence in Kapitolyo, Pasig. 

Real Living (RL): What is your favorite Real Living section? Why?

Pau: The Real Living Makeover section! When I still lived with my dad (who is an architect), he used to purchase a new item for our living room and instantly change the entire space. However, I never realized that those changes meant practicing styling skills and taking a lot of measurements. I also never showed any interest in home design. 

But, when I started to live on my own, I learned that buying new stuff or styling old ones can be so challenging. Not everything that looks nice on its on will look good with all the beautiful stuff you already have. It's a trial and error process, especially for someone like me who doesn't have any design background. This makes me appreciate the Makeover section even more.  

RL: What do you love best about Real Living?

Pau: The DIY projects, the shops where I can purchase unique pieces with reasonable prices and the "expert tips" bubbles! Those tip bubbles prove that great things come in small packages. They help readers find more home improvement techniques.

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Living Area

The focal point of the living area is a gray tufted sofa topped with printed black, blue, and white pillows. She also paired it with a blue Moroccan rug.

Living Area

Pau explains that she actually won the bean bag by the window at a Christmas Party. She made it seem even more inviting with a striped blue-and-white throw.

Black and white photos

Framed black-and-white photos spruce up the plain wall behind the tufted gray sofa.

Work Area

Facing the tufted sofa is Pau's work area completed with a magnet board and a schedule board to keep the homeowner's to-do list organized.

Work Area

Pau personalized the work table with a blue birdcage decor used to display photos, mason jars filled with colorful pens, and a few of her favorite books.

Dining Area

Pau says that the tall chest of drawers in the dining area used to be placed in her bedroom. However, because the bedroom is too small, she decided to use it in this space instead. 


Since the kitchen is so small, Pau keeps most of her things inside the cabinets. This leaves enough empty space for preparing meals. She also got a cute trolley from Ikea to store more of her appliances. 

Pineapple cookie jar

The homeowner adds that she saw a pineapple cookie jar in the February issue of Real Living. She liked it so much that she actually bought one for her own kitchen. 


For a cool look in your bedroom, mix and match pieces from different sets! You can use a bed sheet, blanket, and pillow cases from different collections, just like what Pau did.

Remember: use the same colors for a streamlined feel!

Bedside Table

To organize her chargers, Pau placed a white box on the bedside table. 

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