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RL Tips: Home Maintenance Basics

The RL team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photos used in this feature by Paolo Feliciano (living room) and Miguel Nacianceno (bar/kitchen).

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Hidden Agenda

Q. When I installed the speakers and wires of my home theater system, they looked too messy on the walls. How can I hide them without spending much? —Jonathan Pontejos, Fairview

A. The easiest way to hide the wires without punching holes would be to use PVC molding, available at any hardware store. Attach them to wall corners so they are easier to hide. Paint them over with the same color as your walls. —Maica Rivera, interior designer

Show the Love

Q. How much love should we give a rented space? My husband and I are renting a small apartment. While the place is pleasant enough, I want to repaint the walls, remodel the kitchen, change the bathroom fixtures. I am just not sure how much I should be investing in a place that isn’t ours to begin with. —Ricci, Pasig City

A. Regardless of it being rented or not, a home is where you build memories. I suggest that you invest on pieces that you could take with you when you decide to move out, such as furniture and accessories. As for repainting, that would not cost much so go ahead! Kitchen and bath remodeling could be pricey, so I suggest in just cleaning and accessorizing these areas. —Hannah Acab Faustino, interior designer


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