Real Living
’s 10th Anniversary Issue is finally out in the newsstands
. As we pore over the pages of this shelter magazine, let us look back on how it was 10 years ago. “When I started working for Real Living way back in 2004, former creative director Gwyn Guanzon and I used to crack a joke that we were actually borrowing furniture from only four stores, which in a way was true!” says editor in chief Rachelle Medina. “The real estate boom wasn’t in full swing yet, and buying a condo unit was a unique concept at that time. Hence, because of the lack of demand, there were but a handful of home stores, and the furnishings came in limited styles as well.”

Now, home stores have sprouted in malls, business districts, and even quiet neighborhoods, and there are pieces that cater to almost every style and taste. This has definitely been documented on the pages of Real Living. “Real Living has undergone so many design and logo changes since 2003, but the main thing that has changed in the magazine is the variety and quantity of home stores and products featured,” says Rachelle. “Now, there are thousands of home stores to choose from, and they run the budget gamut from secondhand and bargain basement shops to high-end designer showrooms. So there’s no excuse not to buy great home finds anymore!

Leafing through Real Living’s sections would definitely be more exciting now that more product pages have been added. This certainly is another reason for you to look forward to a new issue every month. As we celebrate Real Living’s 10th year, let us also take time to recognize its readers, and what made them love the magazine. Here are some of their comments:

Frances Meris Mangrobang says, “I was able to make our house a home because of RL. I wanted my low-cost house to stand out from the others without spendig too much. Best way to describe our house: It's so RL!”

“I fell in love with Real Living the first time I saw it in a magazine stand seven years ago,” says Ynah Castillo-Gregorio. “Since then, I always buy it. And now, we own a house, and some of the design tips we applied are from the book Real Home Ideas 2. You can get so much useful tips in styling, decorating, room layouts, and storage.”

Want more? Check out the gallery to read what Real Living fans have to say about the magazine.

(Photos courtesy of Real Living)

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