Magazine Feature In Real Living, I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

I don’t have any specialized talents except in teaching and a few certifications here and there. I am not musical. I am not an artist. I am not a dancer. However, I am great at enjoying music, appreciate some art, and was once a certified Zumba instructor. Not having all the proper training has never stopped me from creating. I believe we were all meant to create in some form or another and our nest is where I let it flow. I am not an interior designer but being a mom has given me the opportunity to create a home.

When Shine of Real Living mentioned some months ago that our house might be up for a feature I was over the moon. Real Living was THE only publication I bought regularly for the last couple of years. (Yummy and Good Housekeeping are also winners! I actually have a short recipe in Yummy’s July issue and an article in Good Housekeepings’ August issue.) Summit Media produces such quality material. It took a few months and some more nesting on my end but eventually it worked out. To be honest, I was proud of myself that I had created a home out of love, creativity and frugality and that a magazine, one I respected, thought our home was up to par. It felt like my motherhood was being recognized. We all mother differently and a great hope I have is that friends and family alike feel comfortable in our home. I want my kids to remember their childhood fondly. I want our home to be a happy home. It was endearing to see those words as the title of the article. I don’t even remember if I mentioned those words or thoughts during the interview but the words of the article spilled out so many values I hold close.

*The full 12 page feature can be found in this months (July2016) Real Living.

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As mentioned before, I am a novice to this whole situation and I wanted to document what the experience is like for someone who has no idea what they are doing.

A lovely team of editors, photographers and a writer will show up to your house to make miracles happen. Cecile, the writer, was of course calm and very friendly. She used her phone to record our interview and I am sure there are many incriminating words of mine.
Dairy Darilag, the photographer, works along with the stylists Dagny Madamba and Paula De Guzman to find secret details I never even noticed in my own home. Together, they find what pops and sticks out that will catch the readers attention. 
It was super laid back. I thought there might be more moving of furniture or overhauling of styling but there was almost none. It was actually quite different than I thought but in a really good way. They explained that the homeowners are the ones who create the atmosphere and ‘the look’ and they are just there to capture it. 
I see my home everyday but seeing it through a different lens was captivating. It so interesting what sticks out to others that I seem to just overlook. The lighting was so opposite in this area I couldn’t imagine what shot could come of it, look below to see. 

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I may have copied the photographers shot and snapped a few on my iPhone. Ha! Tricks of the trade. 
I love living here and do try and incorporate as much of the local finds as I can. One of the greatest compliments I have received was from the feature, “With so many D.I.Y. projects, repurposed decor and bargain pieces The Folkmans might as well be Filipino.” I about died and went to heaven. Thank you for that gift Cecile and the RL team. 
The camera equipment was quite impressive. Again, a total novice so I have not seen the equipment that feeds the image directly to the computer from the camera. Woah! So legit. 


Dagny and Paula adding some finishing touches. 


Thanks always to the super friendly Real Living team. This city life is sure new and exciting. I am grateful to be doing it here in this culture full of warm people. 
My stack of RL with our home on top. 
Just being extra nerdy holding RL in front of the magazine stand. 

*You can still grab a copy of the July issue on the shelves.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Frances says:

    Can my boys and I come over and see this amazing beautiful wonderful light-filled home? Please? 🙂


    1. amber says:

      Ahh, you’re too kind. Of course. We will have a play date. It’s on.


  2. Celine Arenillo says:

    I would love to see your happy home one day 🙂


  3. Pauline says:

    Oh I saw this feature on RL! I love your home! Glad you found home here in the Philippines.:)


    1. amber says:

      Hi Pauline, wow thank you so much! And yes I love it. Where are you from here in The Philippines?


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