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