inspiRED Well-chosen art and antiques abound in this couple’s neo-classical home
Well-chosen art and antiques abound in this couple’s neo-classical home
Having been raised in homes teeming with art and antiques (specifically from the Filipino colonial era), it was only natural for the man and woman of this house to fill their spaces with the kinds of pieces they have grown to appreciate. Sticklers for detail, the couple employs a technical approach to acquiring art and antiques; everything from an item’s age and region of origin to the type of wood used to construct the piece are carefully considered. As to what appeals to them aesthetically, an item’s unmistakable beauty and quality of craftsmanship are key.
Pieces with a story—and not just a history—also float this couple’s boat. A 19th-century aparador is highly treasured, not only because it’s an original from the northern region of Luzon and a well-preserved piece at that (note its use of different types of wood, circa 1800s), but because of its sentimental value. “It was handed down to my husband by my father-in-law, one of the major antique collectors of his time,” says the lady of the house with pride.
As such, it’s the people, and not the pieces in this art-and-antique-filled home, that matter to them the most. Asked to identify her favorite part of the house, the lady says, “the living room. This is where we entertain our friends and spend most of the time with our kids.”
A love for art and antiques doesn’t necessarily make a home stiff or stuffy. Natural light, plants, and contemporary furnishings give this area a warm welcoming vibe.