Alma Concepcion is starting to make it big in the interior design industry.
The former beauty queen became a licensed interior designer in 2015.
On November 11, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chat with her through a phone call.
Alma recalled how she became interested in interior design, "When I was doing build-and-sell around 2005 or like ten years ago, I started realizing that I might as well study it.
"And since interior design, well for me, was lesser stress than architecture, in my point of view, so I chose interior design over architecture."
She added, "Parang mas pang-babae [interior design], kasi yung architecture medyo serious na."
So she took up the course in University of the Philippines Diliman as a regular student.
"I entered UP at the age [of] 33. May ugali kasi ako na I have to be busy, and I always keep myself busy."
At the same time, she also wanted to learn something new.
She finished B.S. Interior Design in 2014.
CLIENTELE. Ellen Adarna was Alma's first celebrity client.
According to Alma, it took her and her team about five to six months to put Ellen's dream home into reality.
Ellen initially wanted a shabby chic inspiration for her place.
"Because with all of my clients, I ask them to send me pictures of their inspiration before I draw.
"In other words, I cover the technical side and the construction side, and then yung mga few ingredients, from her..."
Alma posted on Facebook the transformed look of Ellen's condo unit.
Alma's team also did custom-made furniture pieces such as the cabinets and breakfast nook.
The all-white walk-in closet and shoe rack.
Alma said she gave Ellen "the freedom to choose like a certain wallpaper that she likes and then pictures of the furniture that she likes.
"Ayun, nag-meet naman kami, sa taste niya and sa taste ko."
The posh sofa was also done by Alma's team. It will take about a month to finish it.
To see more of her works, check out Alma Concepcion on Facebook or @alma.concepcion on Instagram.
Photos courtesy of Alma Concepcion on Facebook.