Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres's Two-Storey Modern Home
Found in an exclusive village, this family home boasts of bright and open spaces that even guests would love
In 2003, celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez were hoping to invest in a condo unit in Makati. However, plans didn’t push through and they were brought by fate to a stunning property in a well-known village instead. Given the hefty price tag of the house, Richard was a bit hesitant to close the deal at first. With careful planning, Richard and Lucy were able to make the purchase and it proved to be a wise decision. Aside from being accessible to different places, the two-storey haven is now worth more than what they initially paid for. Since it’s meant to be an investment, it took a while for the family to officially move in.
With the expertise of architect Jay de Ramos and contractor Anolito Guina, the house was renovated for a year to be able to achieve the look the owners have in mind. The result is not just a spacious house with airy nooks and a streamlined appeal, it’s a home filled with stories and pieces that Richard, Lucy, and their daughter Juliana hold close to heart.
The home's facade is kept white with a sleek black outline that adds an elegant appeal to the property. It is surrounded by trees and greenery—a perfect escape within the city.
The main door of the house came from the family's old Greenhills home. Above it is a Norma Belleza painting; while an ornate mirror from Sumac, a furniture shop in Cebu, completes the look.
The house features an open layout—something that Richard and Lucy prefer. Aside from being bathed in natural light, the living and dining areas also open up to the other parts of the home—adding to the bright and spacious feel.
A painting of orchids by Isabel Diaz adds a lively touch to the space. Meanwhile, the buffet table under it is a customized piece using wood that Lucy personally bought.
There used to be two sliding doors on both sides of this wall where another painting by Isabel Diaz is placed. Now that one area flows freely to the next, Richard and Lucy can easily entertain guests and friends. According to Lucy, most of the pieces around the home have a story to tell. "I like that we're surrounded by things that mean something to us," she says.
Admittedly, one wouldn't have a hard time looking for a cozy nook in this home. This sitting area showcases the coastal feel of the space with the powder blue couches from Dimensione and a glass-topped coffee table. Richard and Lucy are also into collecting different works of art. Aside from the captivating paintings on the walls, they've also invested in remarkable pieces of furniture—such as the two Chiquita stools by Kenneth Cobonpue in this corner.
If you will look closely, you might be able to spot a Michael Cacnio brass sculpture, too!
Without a doubt, this family home is perfect for entertaining guests. This dining set from Dimensione can seat 10 people comfortably. A long buffet table on the side can be used to hold dinnerware and food during get-togethers and parties.
The painting showcased in the area, Green Revolution, is by Hernando R. Ocampo, National Artist for Visual Arts—Painting.
A few steps from the main dining area is a smaller round dining table surrounded by chairs from Dimensione. Double-glazed windows let in plenty of natural light, as well as give the owners and their guests a view of the outdoors.
A compact yet charming powder room is located at the far end of the dining area. Even though it's small, you can still see the effort put into its aesthetic. Another work of art spruces up the wall, while a low wooden table holds a pot of orchids, scent diffusers, and a few toiletries.
Aside from being a good actor, an athlete, and a committed public servant, Richard is also a good cook! The kitchen is perfect for days when he simply wants to whip up dishes. Given the space, it also serves as the place where Juliana hangs out with friends.
The kitchen was renovated to have a bigger floor space. According to the owners, the original size used to be just half of what it is now. They opted for an all-white theme to make it easier to spot dirt. Aside from the appliances and spacious countertops, the cabinets and drawers are also kept organized. Three cabinets also hold Lucy's collection of colorful tea cups.
To make the most of the space, a spot was allotted for small appliances, cookbooks, and a cabinet for dinnerware.
These wooden chairs add warmth to the modern cooking space. Richard shares that he also eats here, where he can enjoy a calming view of the pool.
Much like the rest of the house, white dominates the couple's sleeping space. Adding warmth and color are a few carpets and a Geraldine Javier painting above the bed. Fresh blooms on top of the side tables add a refreshing touch.
Getting ready for work would surely be a breeze in this spacious bathroom. The toilet and shower areas are separated, but there's only one sink. It is kept neat and orderly with the abundance of storage spots—from concealed wall niches, under the sink storage, and cabinets.
This hallway with envy-worthy shelves leads to Juliana's bedroom. The shelves hold small pieces of artwork, books, and Richard's acting awards. On the opposite wall, more works of art take center stage such as pieces made by Kiko Escora, Clairelynn Uy, and Ronald Caringal.
Aside from following the home's color palette, Juliana's personal space also has a compact study nook complete with wall-mounted shelves for school must-haves and even a corkboard for reminders. On the other side of the room is a bookshelf filled with books and numerous sports awards. Adding color to the space is a comfy green couch.
For a family who loves to entertain guests, it's important to have an outdoor nook that can easily be transformed into an extension of the dining area. The wooden dining table and benches were bought from an old restaurant—these pieces add to the tropical and Filipino feel of the property.
A china cabinet keeps Lucy's tea cup collection in place. Above the storage piece is a painting by David Medalla, a Filipino artist based in London.
The original swimming pool was extended by contractor Anolito Guina as requested by the homeowners. Whether it's a cozy get-together with friends or a huge party with relatives, this outdoor area makes for a perfect venue.
Read the original article in the December 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine. Richard and Lucy's home is also included in the 2016 YES! Celebrity Homes Special—out now in bookstores and newsstands nationwide. You can also get a digital copy here.
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