ODD HOUSE IN
The Real Living team has seen hundreds of homes, and dozens of them are impeccably beautiful in an under- the-bell-jar sort of way. But the homes that really stood out were the ones that were off-kilter. Like the Davao home of a baker that didn’t have a living room, but a huge kitchen and dining room instead (it was elegant, nonetheless— see it in the Beautiful Homes 1 book). And the family home that had surrealist sculptures crawling about the rooms, even under the stairs ( May 2007). And no one could forget the Boracay beach house whose walls opened like petals to reveal a 360- degree view of the island (April 2006).
All the homes in this issue have a bit of quirk in them— not as extreme, but amusing just the same. Take, for instance, the art- director- couple’s backyard that could double as a music video set (it has, at one point), and the high-rise condo that carries a Little House On the Prairie vibe, and even the glamorous home that, in spite of its classical lines, uses saturated 1960s colors as accents. And we also have a studio apartment that, despite its size, is chockfull of Filipino treasures ( learn how to personalize a rented space in www. realliving.com.ph).
Unexpected touches all make these homes unforgettable, and you could actually do it without spending much— because you could have the oddoddball home, and still be the star.