Decadent Riot

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.

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