Modern Filipino design for a Two-Storey House

A young couple’s home filled with well-made furniture and interesting accent pieces

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Issa Villar

The defining factor that turns a house into a home is a reflection of the homeowner’s personality in the interiors. This can come in the form of quirky accessories that show the owner’s playful character or a fascinating display of personal collections. However, for couple Paolo and Issa Feliciano, who practically designed their own home, their sense of style can be seen in each piece of furniture and design element.

The resulting design is a startlingly distinctive home with a Modern Filipino vibe. Well-made furniture pieces from Pampanga and exporter Calfurn coexist with striking graphic elements. Filipino touches can be seen in solihiya furniture details and rattan textures. Each element in the home is interesting in its own right, but thanks to the couple’s solid design direction for their home, these pieces also work beautifully together.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("Spontaneous Style") in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Foyer The foyer provides the perfect introduction for the rest of the home. A wooden console table is implemented with woven baskets custom-made to fit the shelves, while interesting decorative pieces from Chrysara, Regalong Pambahay and The Nathouse grace the tabletop surface.
Table Accessories A bright blue lamp with striped shade is paired with a clear glass container filled with colorful rattan balls.
Foyer Detail Carved frames and ceramic owl figurines make for charming additions in the foyer.
Living Area In the living area, a well-made L-shaped sofa from furniture exporter Calfurn provides the main seating, while rattan nesting tables and a woven ottoman impart a Pinoy feel.
Living Area A niche in the living area holds a display shelf filled with one-of-a-kind items that evoke a Filipino vibe. To the side, a high back rattan chair in golden yellow offers a fancy perch.
Living Area Detail The living area is anchored by a massive black-and-white triptych painting of zebras. Spanning most of one wall's surface area, the painting adds an edgy and graphic element in the space.
Living Area Detail On one corner of the living area, a unique display of wooden blocks adorned by verdant plants and an antique doll can make for a good conversation piece.
Dining Area Modern elements and distinctly Filipino touches decorate the dining area. The eight-seater square dining table is contemporary in design, but the dining chairs feature a solihiya pattern on the backrests. True to the couple's hands-on design process, Issa designed the unique lighting fixture herself.
Dining Area Detail A tall shelf is filled with both decorative pieces and dining essentials.
Wall Art The plain white wall is spruced up with a striking sculptural piece.
Antique Dolls Antique dolls add to the charm of the two-storey house with a Modern Filipino style.
Kitchen Resolute in the design direction for their home, Issa designed the kitchen cabinets herself. The kitchen was also intentionally designed to look different from most of the home design. Subway tiles were used for the kitchen backsplash, thus evoking a lived-in atmosphere.
Detail A wooden console is topped with a white table lamp and a framed picture.
Reading nook Instead of a formal library with bookshelves, they opted for a more casual and cozy setup with books piled on the floor.
Home office In the home office, built-in shelves, basket storage and ample desk space make the area functional. The stylish swivel chair, graphic vertical stripes on the wall and intricate rug still evoke the trademark Modern Filipino charm of the home.

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