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

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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.

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