Iza Calzado’s New Abode Is Her Per­sonal Sanc­tu­ary

Northern Living - - Front Page - BY CEIA YLA­GAN

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.

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