AMER­I­CAN IDOL

AN IN­TER­PLAY OF CLAS­SIC AMER­I­CAN STYLE AND EL­E­GANT DE­SIGN EL­E­MENTS MESH PER­FECTLY IN THIS DREAM HOME

Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Homes -

Some­times, there is a strik­ing dis­con­nect be­tween the façade of a house and its in­te­ri­ors, but this home is in per­fect har­mony with its sur­round­ings. In­te­rior de­signer Van Acuña So­laña shares that the home­own­ers wanted to go in the di­rec­tion of Amer­i­can de­sign from the be­gin­ning and “it just so hap­pened that the vil­lage also has an Amer­i­can sub­urb vibe.”

A flight of stairs leads up from the foyer to the liv­ing room, on one side of which is a shorter set of steps that take you to the din­ing area and the kitchen. The change in el­e­va­tion adds depth to the space, invit­ing you to in­ter­act with it area by area. The defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of the liv­ing room is its high ceil­ing, which is em­pha­sized by a cof­fered de­sign fin­ished in white. Van says, “The own­ers asked for an elab­o­rately de­signed ceil­ing for the liv­ing area, so I took in­spi­ra­tion from one of the photo pegs that they showed me.” White panel mold­ings against white walls add to the classical yet crisp de­sign el­e­ments found in walls and ceil­ings through­out the rest of the home.

The lady of the house shares that the space it­self posed a chal­lenge given all the de­tails that they wanted to put into it. “It’s a small space, and all the el­e­ments of the style we wanted fit bet­ter in a larger space,” she re­lates. Stick­ing to a pre­dom­i­nantly muted color pal­ette helped bal­ance out the heavy de­tail­ing and made it eas­ier for the siz­able fur­ni­ture pieces in each room to stand out.

Over­look­ing the liv­ing area is the din­ing area that is bathed in nat­u­ral light streaming in from a pair of slid­ing doors. These lead out onto a nar­row pa­tio. The lady of the house shares that their main source of in­spi­ra­tion was the Raf­fles Ho­tel in Makati, pick­ing up on its use of sub­dued de­tails that still man­age to catch the eye. “We metic­u­lously de­signed our home,” she says. “We love ev­ery­thing about it. It ex­udes a ho­tel feel and is pre­sentable to guests.”

Ad­ja­cent to the din­ing area is a kitchen that Martha Ste­wart would be proud of. With its clean coun­ters and am­ple stor­age space, noth­ing is out of place, leav­ing you with the im­pres­sion of be­ing inside a show kitchen rather than one that is, in fact, used ev­ery day.

An­other flight of stairs leads to the third level where the bed­rooms are lo­cated. Here, the use of wall panel mold­ings is car­ried over, but treated dif­fer­ently. “I wanted to put some­thing tex­tured on the wall but isn’t too loud,” ex­plains Van. “My idea was to in­stall a sea grass-like tex­ture, but I found this wall­pa­per from Wall­crown that’s so much bet­ter.” Orig­i­nally, the house had three bed­rooms, but the own­ers opted to re­move one and ex­pand the re­main­ing two in­stead—the mas­ter bed­room and a room shared by her two young boys. “My hus­band and I need our own space, and our kids need theirs. Hav­ing their own room will help them build their per­son­al­ity and in­de­pen­dence. As par­ents, we want our boys to be close to one an­other that is why they share their room,” she ex­plains.

The home­own­ers obviously ex­erted much ef­fort in or­der to cre­ate their per­sonal space. The en­tire house is as pleas­ant as each of its nooks and cran­nies. The lady of the house puts it sim­ply: “A home is a place to re­lax in, and we are just proud of—and happy with— the over­all de­sign.”

pho­tog­ra­phy DAIRY DARILAG styling DAGNY MADAMBA & KAMILA GAR­CIA words An­drea J. Por­tu­gal

A win­dow bench seat that looks out onto the street serves as a cozy lit­tle nook in the mas­ter bed­room and adds a hint of quaint charm to the room. Lay­er­ing win­dow treat­ments of vary­ing tex­tures that still play around the same neu­tral color pal­ette makes the nook even more invit­ing with­out feel­ing over­done.

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