The White Room
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.’”