In designer Anne Marie Saguil’s abode, the most unexpected design ideas make for lively bedfellows
Walking into Anne Marie Saguil’s home, one would be greeted by a wall covered with paintings and an eclectic collection of furniture. Many of the furnishings in her house are not normally presented together in home design stores, yet here in her personal space, they blend beautifully. Saguil and her interior decorator Jonathan Matti have styled the home quite thoughtfully.
Having moved to the Philippines after living in the US for so many years, the designer tries to blend the two countries’ cultures together in her home design. Combining some pieces she brought with her from America with local finds, she describes the style of her home as tropical colonial: ’60s Mod velvet chairs, clay pots, rattan tables. “I like pattern on pattern as well,” Saguil adds.
A red cabinet pushed flush against a wall immediately catches the eye in the living room. “I love that cabinet. I think that it is such a stunning piece,” Saguil says. An item she found with Matti’s help, the red cabinet is the focal piece that anchors the design of the space, complemented by Filipiñana items that are mostly made from rattan: a table, a sofa in the lanai, and the 12 chairs she got from her mother, which have been placed in different rooms in the house. “When I moved to the Philippines, I really wanted to find more Filipino pieces to go with the furniture that I already had. The rattan gives the house that tropical kind of look.”
In the dining room, what stands out are the pink patterned walls—a recent feature that Saguil had made to make the room feel new. “The pattern makes the space feel fresh without having to change anything else in the room.” At the den are her favorite pieces, two wooden chairs that were designed by Matti, while placed all throughout the house are smaller décor items such as antique clay pots, shells, and a silver tea set, which she got from her mother-in-law. As unexpected as the combination of design ideas are, the mix of colors and textures make Saguil’s home feel alive, as if a collection of stories lie in wait in every corner, ready to be discovered. •
Rattan creates an interesting contrast against the more staid texture of wood and the plushness of velvet. Opposite page: The typically utilitarian dining area feels fresh and festive with Saguil’s choice of wallpaper.