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A twobed­room, wood-toned Ta­gay­tay resthouse is in­spired by clas­sic Filip­ini­ana style with a mod­ern twist.

AFilipinos love head­ing up to Ta­gay­tay, com­ing for the view, and stay­ing for the cool, fresh air and its re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. It was for those rea­sons that Ib­sen and Karen Bor­lon­gan de­cided to not just visit Ta­gay­tay as tourists, but also to have a place there to call their own.

When they pur­chased a two-bed­room unit in this city two years ago, they knew in­stantly that this wouldn’t just be any or­di­nary rest house for the small fam­ily of three, but it would be open for the en­tire Bor­lon­gan clan. Built in what used to be a forested area, the low-rise con­do­mini­ums are still seem­ingly nes­tled within the woods. Grace Moslares, who dec­o­rated the home, states that it was the view that in­spired the in­te­ri­ors of the house. “When I saw the place, I thought that it looked like a mini re­sort. It’s what I saw out­side that be­came my in­spi­ra­tion for the inside. It felt Filipino mod­ern.”

The home­own­ers gave Grace free hand to do what she wished with the space, and she set about dress­ing up the unit in a Filip­ini­ana style, but with a mod­ern touch. “Since the view was our start­ing point, I brought a lot of wood tones into the space—from the pieces of fur­ni­ture to the dé­cor.” It is, in­deed, one of the first things that one would no­tice when en­ter­ing the space—there’s a lot of mixed wood, with splashes of color to brighten up the nat­u­ral pal­ette.

The liv­ing area is the first thing you no­tice, with a sofa made out of metal and rat­tan dom­i­nat­ing the space; it's one of the few pieces in the home that’s not made of wood. Grace ex­plains, “One of my con­cerns when I was de­sign­ing the place was how to co­or­di­nate ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially the liv­ing area and the kitchen, be­cause there weren’t any walls to sep­a­rate the ar­eas. The place­ment of the sofa, in par­tic­u­lar, was prob­lem­atic be­cause it couldn’t be near the kitchen cabi­net, but I didn’t want it in­ter­fer­ing with the view from the bal­cony. The see-through de­sign of the sofa made it pos­si­ble to not ob­scure the view.” A pair of light­ing fix­tures made of capiz and de­signed by Grace hangs above the area.

Be­side the liv­ing area is the kitchen, which is pre­dom­i­nantly black due to the ap­pli­ances, the back­splash, and the built-in kitchen counter. The mod­ern feel of sleek, black cab­i­netry was mixed in with the wood cladding of the kitchen counter, giv­ing it a Pi­noy vibe. Grace used dif­fer­ent types of lo­cal wood, like yakal, molave, and ka­m­agong, for spe­cific types of fur­ni­ture. The kitchen counter also dou­bles as an in­for­mal din­ing area, with cus­tom-made chairs tucked into it. It’s a great space saver, and also gives the fam­ily more sit­ting ar­eas. “The only re­quests of the Bor­lon­gans were to put in as much sit­ting ar­eas for their whole fam­ily, and to max­i­mize and uti­lize the sizes of the beds,” Grace re­calls.

The two bed­rooms share the same mod­ern Filipino aes­thetic, but with splashes of blue and yel­low to break the wood tones. The beds—made of gmelina and molave—also have pull-out trun­dles to ac­com­mo­date more guests. Sweet

additions, like lit­tle poufs that serve as ex­tra stor­age and dec­o­ra­tion, as well as col­or­ful floor rugs, add a touch of the oc­cu­pants’ per­son­al­i­ties. To max­i­mize the space, Grace went for slid­ing doors, which can be con­ve­niently pushed in and out of view to give the il­lu­sion of a big­ger room.

The view, of course, is quite breath­tak­ing. The fam­ily’s cor­ner unit af­fords them a slightly roomier bal­cony, di­rectly above the pool area, giv­ing them more space to soak in the green­ery and the clear blue skies. It’s no sur­prise that the cou­ple wanted their din­ing area here—noth­ing beats shar­ing meals al

fresco, with the grand scenery as a back­drop. A cus­tom­made gmelina din­ing set, which can with­stand harsh weather, com­pletes this sim­ple lux­ury. Grace says, “I love this space, but this din­ing area in the bal­cony might be my fa­vorite. It’s the per­fect way to en­joy ev­ery­thing that’s spe­cial about this home. You get to re­lax and be one with na­ture.”

A re­cur­ring mo­tif of pieced-to­gether bits of wood can be seen through­out the home, as seen in the cus­tombuilt break­fast nook and frames. Grace went for all-black cab­i­netry and a black-and-gray mo­saic tile back­splash to con­trast with the warm wooden tones. Get sim­i­lar mo­saic tiles like th­ese at Wil­con De­pot.


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