Just like scenes in a movie, the stun­ning vi­gnettes in this two-bed­room abode are per­fectly framed, flow­ing seam­lessly into each other

Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Living - pho­tog­ra­phy MICHAEL AN­GELO CHUA styling DAGNY MADAMBA & TALA SINGSON words BUB­BLES SAL­VADOR

This movie and TV direc­tor’s home show­cases his eclec­tic taste in art and in­te­ri­ors.

op­po­site page “Ev­ery­thing in this house has a fo­cal point. You can look at this from any van­tage point, and there’s al­ways a story on each side,” dec­o­ra­tor Gwyn Guan­zon says. This can be any­thing—from the Grass­roots wingchair by the win­dow, or the couch set against a back­drop of art pieces paired with a glass-top cof­fee ta­ble, both de­signed by Gwyn. The Candice Arel­lano paint­ing be­hind the cus­tom­made couch could be seen in ev­ery home An­doy Ranay has moved into, and was even fea­tured in Real Liv­ing in Oc­to­ber, 2011. this page In all the time that An­doy stayed here, Gwyn in­sisted that noth­ing be placed on the din­ing area's wall. A Chicago-based artist, Ce­sar Conde, came to stay with An­doy one time and sug­gested to make it dark. “It’s meant to be an ac­cent wall,” says the home­owner. The cus­tom­ized din­ing ta­ble gives off a rus­tic vibe, while the mis­matched chairs keep things cozy and ca­sual. Mean­while, crys­tal chan­de­liers make a state­ment when seen from the op­po­site side of the unit.

as movie and TV direc­tor An­doy Ranay wel­comes the Real Liv­ing team into his new­est home, he im­me­di­ately ad­mits that it has gone through many changes. “Marami ng ver­sions na pinag­daanan itong ba­hay na ito,” he says. In the four years since An­doy moved in, only the brick wall sep­a­rat­ing the bed­room from the liv­ing area has re­mained the same.

An­doy was in search of a con­do­minium unit in the area when a friend liv­ing in the same com­pound rec­om­mended this place. “If I wanted to stay in a condo, gusto ko mas malaki ang space,

kasi usu­ally ang condo maliliit,” he adds. The rent for this twobed­room unit was more af­ford­able than the one-bed­room unit he was also con­sid­er­ing, so he went for the more prac­ti­cal op­tion.

“Ti­nang­gal namin ang un­nec­es­sary…yung pan­git!” An­doy says can­didly, adding that it was his good friend, Gwyn Guan­zon, for­mer Real Liv­ing cre­ative direc­tor, who helped him with the ren­o­va­tion. Here’s the back­story ac­cord­ing to An­doy: “The brick walls, yan yung kasama sa pina-ren­o­vate namin. The kitchen was open be­fore, may arch dyan. May arch din sa en­try­way. Ti­nang­gal namin yung hindi ayon sa taste namin.”

Gwyn says that up un­til now, An­doy’s home is un­der­go­ing a “con­tin­u­ous trans­for­ma­tion.” Through it all, only the brick wall has re­mained. The two friends, mean­while, have done ev­ery­thing—from adding wall­pa­per to chang­ing the fur­ni­ture so that most of what we see now is brand new. An­doy agrees that the look has in­deed evolved. “At first,

gusto ko lang ng konti. Pero sabi ko, huh? Bakit konti lang? My per­son­al­ity is not min­i­mal­ist. Gusto ko maram­ing nangya­yari.”

Af­ter a hec­tic project, An­doy re­wards him­self by vis­it­ing his fa­vorite home stores. “I have this thing with fur­ni­ture shops—

kahit saan—usu­ally sa West Elm, Pot­tery Barn, Crate and Bar­rel. Tuwing Sun­day o kung kailan man, pupunta ako at

titin­gin-tin­gin. Pi-pic­ture-an ko then ise-send ko kay Gwyn. Kung ano lang yung pareho nam­ing gusto tapos af­ford­able lang, ’saka ko lang bibil­hin,” An­doy re­lates. This is how he has been able to fill his home with great finds. Their col­lab­o­ra­tion has al­ways been, in An­doy’s words,

“pa­tok [a hit—Ed.].” An­doy cred­its this to the fact that Gwyn knows An­doy’s aes­thetic pref­er­ences like the back of his hand. On a whim, the two friends would just say to each other,

“Mag-ren­o­vate tayo!” like it was as nor­mal as grab­bing cof­fee. To­gether, they scored a good mix of fur­ni­ture pieces and ac­ces­sories from Ka­muning and Di­men­sione, along with au­then­tic de­signer pieces by Hans Weg­ner, Charles and Ray Eames, Ken­neth Cobon­pue, among many oth­ers. “Iba-iba

ta­laga. Hindi siya yung sig­na­ture brands lang or gal­ing sa flea mar­ket lang. Basta bagay sa ba­hay,” Gwyn adds.

When asked if their pro­fes­sions have some­thing to do with the abil­ity to play things by ear, which they have de­vel­oped when it comes to designing this home, they both an­swer in cho­rus, “Prob­a­bly!” An­doy adds, “It’s easy for us to de­cide if it’s a no or a go.” The fact that their tan­dem has cre­ated a home that is equal parts homey, cozy, and artsy makes it the per­fect set­ting for An­doy to en­ter­tain his friends. “Hindi ako mahilig lum­abas. I al­ways in­vite friends over. I love cook­ing for them. I cook any­thing...ang pinak­a­grabe kong ni­luto yung New Year’s din­ner namin, Span­ish la­hat― paella, cal­los―all from scratch,” An­doy elab­o­rates. Guests eas­ily find their own spot any­where from the din­ing area to the liv­ing room. “Dito kami nagmi-meet­ing. Marami ng pe­likula at ideas na nabuo dito sa ta­ble na ito… mga re­lasy­ong nasira,” teases An­doy. Although his home has al­ready cre­ated its own story (or sto­ries), An­doy does not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity that it will have more to tell in the coming years. It is ex­actly this dy­namism that he wants re­flected in his home. “My friends would say when­ever they’re here, parang wala daw sila sa Pilip­inas. Yun ang nagig­ing vibe, and yun din na­man ang gusto kong ma-achieve. I travel a lot, and yung in­flu­ences ng mga nakikita ko sa places I go to, yun na­man din ang nadadala ko,” An­doy ends.

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