The winner of Real Living’s makeover didn’t really have the problem plaguing many makeover hopefuls: clutter. Her home was relatively neat, with none of the boxes and piles of junk commonly found in other candidates’ spaces. She also didn’t suffer from a lack of furniture—if anything, she had a bit too much cramping up her living area. “I just recycled my own things and did it on my own,” she says.

While her home was fairly attractive, she wasn’t very pleased with it. She likens it to eating one’s own cooking: “Pagkaluto mo, parang hindi masarap (When it’s your own cooking, it doesn’t taste good.). It’s the same with decorating.” She appreciates other people’s work; when she sees something particularly beautiful, she thinks, “This must be done by an artist.”

She longed to bring that same artistic touch to her home, so Real Living brought in designer Kat Villanueva. See how the makeover turned out in the gallery below!

Get more home makeover ideas from the September issue of Real Living Philippines, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine's digital edition.

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(First published as "A Sunny Start" in the "Real Makeover" section of Real Living Philippines' April 2009 issue. Words by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Coni Tejada. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno. Adapted for use in Female Network)

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