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.

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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 

 

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Dagny and Paula adding some finishing touches. 

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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. 
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My stack of RL with our home on top. 
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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? 🙂

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    1. amber says:

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

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  2. Celine Arenillo says:

    I would love to see your happy home one day 🙂

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  3. Pauline says:

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

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    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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