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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
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.