MID­DLE GROUND.

This large, scandi-chic home play­fully mixes clean lines wiTh in­Ter­esT­ing Tex­Tures and muTed col­ors

Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Living - pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA styling DAGNY MADAMBA words TISHA AL­VAREZ

A har­mo­nious blend of clean lines and ex­cit­ing tex­tures fea­ture in this new­ly­wed’s nest.

n these times when small-space liv­ing seems to be the norm, hav­ing a large home presents its own set of prob­lems. The main con­cern: How do you fill such a big space with stuff? The new­ly­wed home­own­ers of this 470-square-me­ter home had the ad­di­tional chal­lenge of merg­ing their design pref­er­ence with the ex­ist­ing struc­ture. While the lady of the house has Scan­di­na­vian lean­ings, the space sported a de­cid­edly mod­ern­meets-tra­di­tional look.

This is when the help of pros comes in handy. De­signer Iriss Man­gio, whom the owner dis­cov­ered on In­sta­gram, was tasked with mak­ing the owner’s cozy white-and-gray pegs come to life—with­out touch­ing the ex­ist­ing floor­ing, ceil­ing, doors, and beige walls.

“Ang una niyang pinakita sa akin is Scan­di­na­vian. She wanted clean col­ors, mar­ble, a touch of pink, and then black and white,” says Iriss of the pic­tures her client showed her. “Nung unang tin­ing­nan ko yung pic­ture with the house, sabi ko im­pos­si­ble kasi hindi puwede i-re­paint. But I tried my best to find fur­ni­ture pieces

na baba­gay sa theme niya na at the same time, hindi magca-clash dun sa house. Kailan­gan ko sila ma­pag­tagpo.” To bring to­gether the two seem­ingly dis­parate styles, Iriss chose clean-lined pieces in the client’s color pal­ette, adding just a few touches of color like blush. She threw in a mix of met­als—gold, sil­ver, and black for con­trast—and invit­ing tex­tures by way of fuzzy throws. In­door plants (with the owner’s cur­rent fa­vorite, cacti) are scat­tered through­out the house, in­ject­ing fresh­ness.

This Scan­di­na­vian chic aes­thetic per­me­ates through­out most of the house—from the liv­ing room to the din­ing ar­eas to the be­d­rooms. But on the sec­ond floor, the en­closed fam­ily room veers slightly away from the softer, more fem­i­nine hues and sports a

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more col­or­ful, re­laxed look, with its blue sofa, mul­ti­col­ored ot­toman stools and throw pil­lows, and rus­tic wooden fur­ni­ture pieces. “It’s a place where you can hang out and be messy,” says Iriss, ex­plain­ing that this is where the own­ers’ neph­ews and nieces typ­i­cally con­verge.

While it’s ideal to get the help of an ex­pert when try­ing to com­bine different styles, Iriss says it’s still pos­si­ble, though dif­fi­cult, to pro­duce an eclec­tic space that works. The two most im­por­tant things are know­ing ex­actly what style you want, and learn­ing how to com­pro­mise.

There’s a fine line, how­ever, be­tween eclec­tic and “chop­suey.” The key is to stick to just a cou­ple of styles, says Iriss. “Mas okay kung dalawa lang. Mas mag­mu­mukhang ‘chop­suey’ kung marami. And then stick to it when buy­ing ac­ces­sories,” she ad­vises. The de­signer be­lieves there re­ally aren’t any rules that you have to strictly ad­here to—in this home, for ex­am­ple, she mixed different met­als. You just have to be con­sis­tent and de­lib­er­ate when putting pieces to­gether.

And the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber? You have to love your space. Iriss nar­rates how the home­own­ers were thrilled to come home ev­ery day once their liv­ing area was fi­nally done. “If you’re happy with your own space and ev­ery piece makes you happy, I think that’s very, very im­por­tant,” she says.

The sec­tional sofa and arm­chairs, both from EDIA, have the same up­hol­stery but aren’t ac­tu­ally a set. “These were supposed to be two L-shaped so­fas, but they didn’t have an­other one in stock,” says in­te­rior de­signer Iriss Man­gio. The de­signer de­cided to put two hefty arm­chairs to keep the space from looking empty. The side ta­ble is like­wise from EDIA.

The mar­ble-topped cen­ter ta­bles were cus­tom­ized by Danex while the gold con­sole ta­bles are from West Elm. It was a chal­lenge looking for a non­tra­di­tional rug that was big enough for this liv­ing area, but Iriss found this graphic one at Fur­ni­ture Source Philip­pines.

The first thing that im­me­di­ately grabs your at­ten­tion in the din­ing room is the mas­sive mar­ble­topped din­ing ta­ble cus­tom­ized by Danex. The drop­lights, as well as the match­ing black floor lamps, are from Me­tal­ite at 516 Cubao. “There used to be two sim­ple pin lights there,” says Iriss, re­fer­ring to the ceil­ing over the din­ing ta­ble. “Nagka­roon

ng edge yung place nung nagka­roon ng drop­lights.” The buf­fet ta­ble is from SM Home.

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