A home replete with wild (and Wilde) imagination
How does a jeweler’s home look if she reads Oscar Wilde?
It is understated luxury. Exquisite, but not at all flashy. “Simple, with a bit of rock and roll,” the jeweler calls it. This pad has been the home of her family for ten years, but before that, she spent some four years in Thailand — where she studied gemology — and this experience is evident in her aesthetic. Aside from the Thai curios and furniture she has brought back home, she is fond of pieces from Ito Kish, Nix Alañon and W17. Her curation of her home is very personal. “It’s eclectic and quirky,” the jeweler shares. She gravitates towards clean lines and geometric linear shapes, perhaps an ode to the nature of her work. “I find them very intriguing. But no, I did not like geometry in school.”
Welcoming you are canvases lined on the walls and on console tables — artworks of her children. The living space enjoys natural lighting, provided for by wall-to-ceiling glass windows. Perched on the higher ground of a towering condominium in the heart of Makati, the inhabitants enjoy a 180-degree view of the cityscape. Books are everywhere. We ask, “You like to read?” She answers with a smile, “Very much. Peter Mayle, David Sedaris and definitely Oscar Wilde.” A woman who reads just thinks differently. She possesses a fictional vocabulary; she understands syntax and the importance of the plot, to which she translates her perspective of the innate beauty of things. The homeowner, expectedly, gets a kick out of unexpected details, much like her favorite author. Oscar Wilde was a proponent of the art movement Aestheticism, characterized by gilded wood, Far Eastern styles, blue and white (paying homage to porcelain and fine china) and the prominent use of nature, such as flowers, birds and feathers. In her living room are terrariums, lamps under glass domes and paper cut-out love birds inside a wrought iron cage. In her bedroom is a painted gold feather, like a quill, by her redwood console table. “I wanted it all over the walls, but my husband stopped me,” she laughs. “I guess he thought it looked too feminine, so I yielded.”
She changes things around in her home frequently — every three months. “I am a firm believer in change,” she asserts. “A space needs to breathe. There has to be some flow.” She admits her need to slow down when purchasing big pieces, however. “Otherwise I would have to move into a house!” She also chooses not to read home and design magazines because they tempt her to buy things she doesn't really need. Through this practice of temperance, her decorative choices are purely hers and her husband’s.
Her favorite area of the home is her children’s bedroom, where the whole family bonds.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A painting of the family portrait by Gerecho Iniel Cruz hangs on the living room, complemented by a geometric table by Vito Selma. The portrait of the Vietnamese lady is from Thailand, and the small sketch of the homeowner is by...