CELEBRITY HOME IN Q.C.
Iza Calzado’s New Abode Is Her Personal Sanctuary
TIn one corner wall, two Spanish carnivale posters hang proudly with Iza and her mom's names printed on them. These add a very personal touch to the home's simple décor. “My mom bought it in Spain during one of her trips. My brother has another one with bullfighters naman, in our family home,” Iza shares. This air of sentimentality adds charm to the practical and modern aesthetic of her home.
Iza admits that her home's design concept is still evolving. “It started out with a modern Filipino design but now here are many considerations when building a home. Some may consider the location a primary concern, others may prioritize a design concept. But for homeowner Iza Calzado, her main consideration in building her home was to create a respite from her busy schedule, a space that is not only conveniently located but also provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere that tells a story about her life.
Entering her home in Quezon City is like opening a story book on Iza. Her home's entryway introduces guests into her life with its many framed photographs that highlight her happy childhood with her parents, her passion for dancing and performing, her love for travel. it's more Asian-inspired,” she says. She and her interior designer Anna Leah Hernandez teamed up to create the look of her home. Their collaboration is a perfect example of how a homeowner and interior designer are in sync with each other's needs and tastes. She chose Anna to help her design her home because, “When we talked, parang it just fit. We just clicked and I really liked her work.” Iza pointed out how Anna's age was also a factor. “She's young. I wanted someone who was starting so we can grow together, more than me just hiring someone lang.”
Anna provided Iza with interior design magazines to give Iza ideas on what they could incorporate into her home. Iza and Anna recall one photograph of a chair that Iza liked so much that Anna had the chair copied and made to order. This particular chair slowly transformed the modern Filipino design into more Asian fusion. With Iza's busy schedule, Anna took the reins in choosing items which she knew Iza would like and which fit the look they were going after.
Iza admits that she didn't know much about how to design her home, but that the process taught her much. “You really have to thoroughly think things through. Hindi pwede madalian. Research is important,” she points out. “It's just good I have an interior designer who has similar tastes as I do so that made decisionmaking easier.” She also learned that being hands-on and present is important. “You have to be there, to know what's being done to your house. You have to have control,” she says. “It's a big responsibility owning your own home.”
Despite her admitted lack of knowledge in interior designing, Iza was particular about choosing the location of her home. She considered many areas within the city but she decided on her home's current location in Quezon City because of its accessibility. “It's in the middle (of everything). If I'm taping in GMA or Makati or even Pampanga or way down south, it's still in the middle. I also used to work out in Shangri-La and ULTRA so it's near also,” she says. She also liked the current location because she knows that her land has good value. But most importantly, “It's a safe neighborhood,” she says.
With the additions and changes she and Anna incorporate into her home every now and then, the beautiful actress looks forward to how her home will further evolve with her.