Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

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.

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