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RL Tips: Create a Serene Sanctuary

Prep your space for a relaxing stay-cation


Your small home may lack an outdoor space but you can still enjoy the cool breeze and catch the warmth of the sun with these tips.

Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag.

Read the original article in the April 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Transform a quiet corner into a lovely resort-style haven. Here’s how:

De-clutter your living area.

Clean up your space as clutter and everyday mess tend to create visual noise – thus ruining your sanctuary.

Push your sofa towards the biggest windows.

This will allow you to take hold of as much daylight as you can.

Create an all-neutral palette.

Do this by choosing textured pillows in natural fibers, natural-colored banig, and a gray pouf or ottoman.

Place bits of home accessories.

Choose pieces that remind you of the coastlines – shell décor, sand in clear bottles, and light linens.

Add potted plants in few quantities.

A few plants is modest enough to bring the outside in without bringing back the visual clutter.


Bonus Tip: If you don’t have a neutral-colored sofa, cloak your cushions in a white blanket and tuck the corners in.


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