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Col­ors, tex­tures, and ma­te­ri­als are cel­e­brated in the liv­ing room. Sym­me­try is prom­i­nent as well on ei­ther sides of the niche. There are side ta­bles, lamps, a bright ab­stract, lounge chairs, and small glass win­dows. The mas­sive cof­fee ta­ble, so­fas, and arm­chairs were cus­tomized by Asian Trop­i­cal Life­style. Get sim­i­lar jars from L'In­do­chine in SM Aura.

This house is so con­ducive for lounging that dec­o­ra­tor Gwyn Guan­zon can’t help but plop him­self on a chair (of his own design) in the lanai fac­ing the swim­ming pool.

The ap­prox­i­mately 1,200-sqm week­end house for a fam­ily of five is Gwyn’s most spa­cious project to date. Yet in spite of its am­ple pro­por­tions, the prop­erty is de­cid­edly more invit­ing and less im­pos­ing, thanks to the abundance of open spa­ces and Gwyn’s play­ful dec­o­rat­ing flair.

Three pav­il­ions sur­round the out­door area. The first one houses the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas blessed with a dou­ble height ceil­ing. There is ac­tu­ally a se­cond level ded­i­cated to the dra­matic foyer, and this is ac­ces­si­ble via the beveled stairs of al­ter­nat­ing wood and stone bars—the home’s orig­i­nal pièce de ré­sis­tance.

Ev­ery­thing comes to­gether in the show-stop­ping liv­ing area, which fea­tures an in­ter­play of tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als as well as pops of jewel tones. A niche be­comes a fo­cal point with its gran­ite-print wall­pa­per serv­ing as back­drop to the vi­gnette of up­hol­stered chairs and hour­glass side ta­bles. The afore­men­tioned high ceil­ing serves as a back­drop to the cus­tom “spi­der” drop­lights.

The client’s re­quest for a stream­lined, mod­ern home was ful­filled, with pleas­ant sur­prises and quirks added for good mea­sure. The quirks are some­times quite lit­eral. Take, for in­stance, the chunky mar­ble-topped cen­ter ta­ble in the liv­ing room, which has a styl­ized cor­ner re­cess that makes it mod­ern and off­beat at the same time. This is an­other piece de­signed by Gwyn for this project.

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Take your pick and cozy up in the sev­eral out­door seats—and it is not un­likely that more will even­tu­ally be added to ac­com­mo­date guests for when the fam­ily hosts par­ties. The 12-seater out­door din­ing set, as with most of the pieces in the house, is a be­spoke piece de­signed by Gwyn and pro­duced by Asian Trop­i­cal Life­style, a fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­turer in Pampanga

op­po­site left The lone sculp­tural Lo­lah lounge chair on the deck is by Ken­neth Cobon­pue.

this PAGE The home­own­ers only had a few spe­cific re­quests, one of which was to have a pat­terned fab­ric for the din­ing room up­hol­stery. Gwyn de­cided on a tac­tile flo­ral mo­tif in neu­tral for the din­ing chairs. The sleek kitchen with match­ing is­land and stainless steel ac­cou­trements is by The Cana­dian Kitchen Com­pany, tel. (02) 671-4495.

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