The White Room

YES! (Philippines) - - Kobe and Andre -

This lounge area, which is ad­ja­cent to the liv­ing room, is what the Paras fam­ily calls “the white room” be­cause of its pre­dom­i­nant color scheme.

Al­most ev­ery­thing here is white: the shag car­pet, the low-ly­ing dou­ble-layer cof­fee ta­ble, the couch, the tufted bench with a dec­o­ra­tive throw blan­ket, the roller ze­bra blinds, the ta­ble lamp, the tri­pod floor lamp, and the yet-to-be- mounted shelves (not shown in photo).

Lyxen plans to mount shelves on the wall as soon as the renovation work is done. “I’m sup­posed to put the dis­plays over there, but I just haven’t got­ten around to do­ing it,” she says. “The car­pen­ters have just been busy do­ing the ren­o­va­tions.”

The hang­ing chair with a deep-brown-col­ored stand serves as the “duyan” of Baby Ge­orja. “Na­putol na ’yan ac­tu­ally, pina-re­pair ko na lang,” Ben­jie points out. “Ngayon, ang silbi niyan is, diyan pina­p­at­u­log ’yong bata. So ’yan na ’yong nag­ing duyan.”

We ask Ben­jie: Is it dif­fi­cult to main­tain this room clean when there are kids in the house?

He gives us a smile and says: “As of now, makikita mo when you got here, it’s clean. On or­di­nary days, maram­ing kid stuff ta­laga dito. Toys, their books, pa­pers, draw­ing pa­pers, gano’n. Hindi mai­i­wasan, e.”

The tri­pod floor lamp, which gives more light to the room, was ac­tu­ally Lyxen’s idea. “My wife bought that lamp. Sabi niya, ‘Okey, lagi kang nai-in­ter­view sa ba­hay, so at least meron tay­ong sim­i­lar sa tra­baho mo.’”

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