The homeowner was used to living in a well-organized place, but when she transferred to her own tiny unit to live with her two cousins and their friend, she also joined them in cramming clutter in a pod. "Kulang sa space, and we're four, so kulang din sa storage (We lack space, and we're four, so we didn't have enough space for storage)," says one of the cousins.
It was this frustration that prompted the homeowner, a teacher temporarily based in Seoul to write to Real Living for a makeover. "Gusto kong ma-organize na siya, kasi once na pumasok ka, puro cabinet (I want it to be organized, because once you enter, it's all cabinets)," she says of their space before.
Interior designer Wilmer Lopez of W. Lopez Designs says the main problem of the unit was storage. "Yung space kasi, studio siya, so ang ideal na occupant dalawa. But there are four, so consideration 'yung lifestyle nila. They would need a comfortable bed, tapos' yung storage where they will put their clothes, shoes, and personal things (The space itself is a studio, so it's ideal for two occupants. But there are four, so their lifestyle is something to consider. They would need a comfortable bed, and storage where they will put their clothes, shoes, and personal things)," he explains.
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(First published as "Girl Power" in the "Real Makeover" section of Real Living Philippines' May 2011 issue. Photos by Jun Pinzon. Words by Katherine Lopez. Photography by Jun Pinzon. Adapted for use in Female Network.)
What used to be a gloomy space now screams fun and girly with the framed prints, pink area rug, and checkered accent chair. The sofa that converts into a bed, a smart space saver, is from Crossings Department Store.
"Wala silang dining before (They didn't have a dining area before)," says Wilmer. "Parang daanan lang siya. Ngayon may distinct use na 'yung space (It was just like a hallway. Now, the space has a distinct use.)." The girls can now drink and dine together in their hip bar setup, and even entertain their guests here.
The space where a massive cabinet used to be was converted into a multi-purpose area, where the girls can write notes or read. The small pink-and-green shelf with drawers from Space Encounters can store their letters and keys. The streamlined work table and gold ottoman with storage are from Crossings Department Store.
"We tried to make it fun and not the usual all-white," says Wilmer. The walls were painted yellow and green, while hooks were mounted on the wall for the girls to hang their towels on.
To help the girls in organizing, Wilmer gave each one plastic storage boxes labeled with their names. Other storage boxes were also labeled with what is to be stored in them, like shoes.
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