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A Look Inside A Couple's Dream Retirement Home

Light, neutral hues make up this five-bedroom country home

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Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Styling: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Carlo Martin Mecate

Type of Home: 150sqm two-storey, five-bedroom home

Style of Home: Country

Interior Designer: Carlo Martin Mecate

Building a dream house is easy in such a way that you already know what you want, but hard in the sense that you want every little detail to be perfect. Such is the case of this retired couple’s home, which took a total of nine months to put up. For starters, the lady of the house already had a mental picture of what she wanted her retirement home to look like. “Country talaga ang dream ko. Noon pa, gustong-gusto ko na ng ganyan,” she says.

It’s a good thing that interior designer Carlo Martin Mecate was also into the same interior style. “Iniisip ko pa lang, alam na niya,” she adds. However, there were also a few setbacks that came with achieving the ideal home. But at the end of the day, it all came down to basing the decisions on what made the lady of the house happy. The result? A welcoming living room, a charming dining area, a bright and airy kitchen, and relaxing sleeping spaces—in short, a dream come true.

Read the original article ("Blissful Living") in the November 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

Decor Detail

May motto kami ni Carlo—basta happy ka,” shares the lady of the house about her agreement with interior designer Carlo Martin Mecate when it came to the design aesthetic. A bike in the house? It works perfectly as a plant and flower holder—adding to the distinct charm of the space.

Entryway

A homey vibe immediately greets guests upon entrance to the house. The wooden door sets the tone of the space that's dominated by calming, muted hues.

Living Area

The family’s living room is all about light, neutral hues—even the two-seater sofa from the family’s former house was reupholstered to match the room’s ambiance. 

Living Area

This beautifully curated area in the living room boasts of the lady of the house’s collection. Some of the paintings are from one of her trips to Paris while the others are from Mav Furniture. 

Kitchen

The bright and spacious kitchen doesn’t show a single hint on how challenging it was to complete. Interior designer Carlo Martin Mecate shared that he experienced difficulty in coordinating with the suppliers and a delay in the delivery of the materials.

Choosing a white-palette opened up the space and gave it an airy vibe.

Kitchen

Nakaka-withstand siya ng heat…any temperature, kaya mas advisable siya,” says Carlo of the teak wood-topped kitchen counter, which separates the kitchen (abundant with storage spaces and sleek appliances) from the other areas in the ground floor.

Kitchen

Adding femininity and light to the bar counter are two of this glass, petal-shaped droplights.

Dining Area

This six-seater dining table from Mav Furniture can be extended to accommodate two to four more people. Complementing it are white, Windsor-style chairs bought from one of the stores along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Meanwhile, the French doors that lead to the lanai make a charming background.  

Second Floor Hallway

The second floor hallway’s look is a combination of pale gray walls, white wainscoting panels, and wooden and woven elements. 

Second Floor Hallway

A wooden side table and some woven baskets complete the look of the second floor hallway.

Master Bedroom

The entire house is peppered with pieces from Mav Furniture, especially the master bedroom. “Kahit saan ako tumingin, nakikita ko si Eric,” shares the lady of the house of the master bedroom. Eric Po is one of the owners of Mav Furniture.

To maintain the cozy and relaxing feel in the room, shades of brown were mixed with touches of gray and white.

Master Bedroom

On one side of the master bedroom is a cozy corner for reading or chatting, featuring a couple of pieces (striped armchairs) from Mav Furniture.

Master Bedroom

This desk lamp (also from Mav Furniture) with a wooden arm matches the camel-toned walls of the master bedroom.

Guest Room

Soft blue (walls), white (furnishings), and natural light complete the calming feel of the guest bedroom.

Powder Room

In keeping with the theme of the rest of the house, the powder room is adorned with bricks, wood planks, and other wooden elements like the bar stool and the sink counter.

Powder Room

To give the bathroom a vintage touch, an old-style lantern serves as decor and extra lighting fixture.

Lanai

Ang sarap dito. Mahangin. At tsaka dito kami nag-co-coffee,” says the lady of the house about her favorite area in her home: the lanai. The wooden outdoor chairs in the banquette seating, which was a special request by the homeowner, are custom-made pieces from one of the stores along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. 

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