Ever since the homeowners got married three years ago, their weekends were usually spent at home, entertaining family and friends. However, despite the couple's warm nature, their space didn't look inviting. There wasn't enough furniture for lounging, and the house seemed anonymous as it lacked personal touches.

"We felt that the place [had] a lot of potential but we made use of furniture we aready [had] and we weren't confident to buy new ones because we weren't sure if [they] would look good," admits the wife. "I long wanted to hang pictures of us but I was afraid that I might regret drilling through the walls if it didn't turn out the way I envisioned it to be," she added.

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turned to interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo for help. "The lifestyle of the couple played a huge inspiration to the design of the interior. Both were laid-back individuals, that's why I came up with the design that is very inviting, relaxing, and comfy for everybody to enjoy," Kristine shares. In a nutshell, she describes the style as "New York loft look."

See how the makeover turned out by clicking "next."

Get more fabulous home makeover ideas in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Philippines, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine's digital edition.

Also in this issue:
Cut Down Your Air-Con Usage
RL's Must-Have Guide to Surface Finishes
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(First published as "Mod Makeover" in the "Real Makeover" section of Real Living Philippines' March 2012 issue. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno. Words by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Adapted for use in Female Network.)




From the low maintenance color scheme, DIY touches, down to the framed photos mounted asymmetrically, the pad is equal parts cool and cozy.


The couple's memorable photos--mostly ones from their childhood--enhance the moody vibe of the pad.


The Tulip-inspired accent chair has just the right flirty curves to soften up the clean-lined furniture pieces.


A textured faux brick wall defines the entertainment corner. Floating shelves provide a neater storage option for this room. The flat screen TV also shares shelf space.


The couple wanted "something simple, stylish, and functional. Nothing fancy." The preferred color palette--black, white, gray, and silver--echoes the homeowners' sensibilities.

Opt for a no-nonsense, rectangular dining table that can seat more guests.

(First published as "Mod Makeover" in the "Real Makeover" section of Real Living Philippines' March 2012 issue. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno. Words by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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