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