Resort feel interior design
Resort feel interior design – THE RESIDENCE SEEMS almost an irony, really.
It’s majestic at best the parkway facing west shows a landscaped garden featuring a golden-aged mango tree. The giant door made of narra opens into the house, which is designed with lots of tiles, wood, and plants, plus a lanai and a pool.
This house in Mandaluyong City is a resort home, situated between two long boulevards and the MRT track on one side, which create noise and air pollution. The home’s design, though, refutes all the trappings of urban living.
We are chatting with the lady of the house, wife to a lawyer-husband and mother to four children. She says, “I love it that even if I’m in the city, I hear the sound of the birds, but I also hear the sound of the MRT.” It is precisely this contrast that makes her admire the house more. It’s a place where she can relax, bond with her family, and be at ease in a seemingly uneasy world outside.
Priceless historical link
“You could say it’s my dream house,” the lady of the house begins. As a kid, she lived on the same street in this exclusive village. When she got married, she eventually moved out to Quezon City and then to Alabang. In 2010 she and her husband decided to build their new home on the same street where she spent her youth.
They sought the expertise of respected architect Ed Ledesma, who brought in sisters Sheila and Mara Asuncion of Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects, to help in the interior design. The couple was “very involved,” as it was their first time to conceptualize a house from scratch. It took 18 months before they moved into their new home in 2011.
The property was previously owned by President Ramon Magsaysay’s family. This was where they resided when they moved out of Malacañang Palace after the president’s untimely death in 1957. The property therefore has a priceless link to history, though in practical terms, the land orientation is unconventional, being narrow and long rather than wide and horizontal. The old trees on the lot also added to the challenge of design and construction.
The couple and the design team agreed on working with the contour and verdant nature of the lot. Pining for the wide open spaces and fresh air reminiscent of their former residence in Alabang, they eventually decided on building a modern, Asian-inspired resort home.
“I didn’t want anything formal, I wanted to feel like I’m in a vacation (home), where I would always feel at home,” the lady of the house explains.
Bringing the outdoors in
Every detail of the house was directed towards the tropical theme, stressing the modern and minimalist, while completely embracing the natural elements that were already there.
“My architect said, ‘Less is more. Not everything should look too cluttered,’” the lady of the house says. “So we said, ‘Let’s try to keep it simple, and bring the outdoors in.’”
The tall front door, made of narra with a kamagong handle, for example, is structured between glass walls, giving it a “floating” effect. It leads into a foyer featuring a wall, which eventually reveals the large space comprising both the dining room and the living room beyond.
The living area has sofas and pillows in a sandy white palette imported from Italy, a custom-made green-white patterned carpet from Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design in Oklahoma;, and artworks of Arturo Luz, H.R. Ocampo and Gus Albor, among others, plus a painting portraying the lady-owner done by Tess Mendoza, a close friend. In the dining area is a long table made of glass and eight white leather seats.
With the glass walls that shoot up to the ceiling, almost the entire area has a full view of the landscaped garden, the lap pool, and the lanai. Assured that it would never be cut down, the elderly mango tree extends to the second floor, which has white stone floors, adding to the calming resort feelof the place.
The lanai is another soothing sanctuary, with the family’s old dining table transported from their old residence and refurbished as the centerpiece plus old daybeds and sofas, and newly fashioned wooden chairs and tables by Nicole Arellano. It faces the four-foot deep lap pool and the green scene that extends to the creek outside. Adjacent to the lanai is the kitchen, kept bright with a high ceiling and tabletops and counters of granite in aluminum finish.
The entertainment area in the foyer is aligned with the theme, with wood and ceramics plus another Barrington carpet masterpiece for the furniture. An oil painting by Francesca Enriquez an auctioned piece that had been won at a family bid hangs on the side.
The way to the second floor is at the right of the foyer. It welcomes one to the warm but, at the same time, cool atmosphere, with the wooden flooring and white walls. The second floor houses the four children’s individual rooms, a family lounge, a gym, and, located east and at the far end from the stairs, the master’s bedroom.
The master’s bedroom is in itself a resort hotel suite, complete with sandy white and wooden furniture, a high ceiling, finished in wood, with a fan, and wooden blinds that let slip in a view of the tamarind tree, the pool, and the morning sun.
Entirely a family affair
The tropical theme also speaks of the couple’s love for the outdoors, as they are avid runners who have joined marathons here and abroad.
“I love the outdoors. My husband and I run three to four times a week. We bike. We swim. Everything here is incorporated into our lifestyle,” the lady of the house says.
“A lot of people say that couples fight when they’re building a house, but, kami, no. Everything from the budget to the choice of furniture was a conscious decision. It was made together. It was good. We enjoyed the process,” she says.
She joined the Asuncion sisters in purchasing furniture, and, as attested by the two designers, was practical but just as meticulous with quality. She sourced most of the items locally, going to W17, Designs Ligna, and aforementioned brands for the best.
Having gone through the process of house-building together, the couple have become truly concerned about making their house a homey place even with the generous amount of space. But even that was a no-brainer, after all, as they are warm, friendly, and close-knit.
One can say that family rooms abound in this house. Consider these: The lanai is where both sides of the family (“huge families,” describes the lady of the house) come together on special occasions. The kitchen, the lady-owner’s favorite spot in the house (she loves that it’s naturally airy and illuminated) is where she can cook a simple dinner for the family or a huge group. The entertainment area is where the members of the extended family and friends gather to watch the international bouts of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao. The designated family room has a TV set and a couch to compensate for the intentional absence of televisions in the individual rooms. Why, even the old mango tree is a family haven for various species of birds who fly in from the nearby golf course.
Indeed, all creatures great and small in this family sanctuary have learned to appreciate life more amidst the quietude “far from the madding crowd” that is the gift of nature.
Originally posted 2015-02-23 09:36:55.