Words by Marga Buenaventura / Photos by Ina Jacobe
Stay-at-home mom and blogger Martine de Luna has always been an advocate of making one’s home comfortable, practical, and expressive of those who live in it.
These are the principles she imparts during her intimate workshop at the Rockwell Primaries Pop Up event, where folks had a taste of living at 53 Benitez, Rockwell Primaries’ latest development. Held last October 4 at SM Megamall, Martine regaled her audience with tips on making home more meaningful, especially in spaces as intimate as 53 Benitez’ free-flowing residential units.
“When you go home, you’ll want to stay at home,” says Martine. She explains that this can be done by choosing furniture that’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but also serves a purpose. She also emphasizes that good home furnishings need not be expensive.
She points out, for example, that her living room wall is festooned with photo frames of her and her family. “I change the pictures every six months, because your family changes and grows too,” says Martine. She also makes use of throw pillows with the initials of hers and her family’s names as a small gesture to make everyone’s presence felt in their space.
When The Start last chatted with Martine, she shared a few ideas on maximizing her apartment to accommodate her home office as well as her family’s ever-changing interests. Back then, she talked about using decor and tchotchkes like washi tapes and tin planters that help keep her home office functional and pretty.
Applying the same ideas to the rest of her home, Martine discussed the importance of having a plan for each room in the house. This is especially important in smaller homes where rooms tend to share spaces. “Avoid mingling purposes in your home,” explains Martine. She shares that she intentionally did not install a television in her bedroom as a way to foster a closer relationship with her loved ones.
Attendees also asked Martine questions about her talk, where the home life maven further asserts that living comfortably is possible with a practical lifestyle. Martine once again shows that it doesn’t take a lot to turn one’s abode into a sanctuary. All it takes is a little know-how and a lot of love.