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6 Filipino Homes That Can Be Your Style Peg

Be inspired to work with natural resources and take some cues from our rich culture

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

Touring a Filipino home can be likened to an engaging History class where we learn more—not just about our culture, but about what makes a Pinoy home stand out, too. From having wooden details to showcasing a few precious antiques—these spaces inspire us to work with ornate details and rustic accessories.

If you’re thinking about working with this style, you might be wondering how you can make it work while still achieving a contemporary vibe. The secret? Pairing it with other styles and updating your décor pieces! To inspire you to get started, here are six homes that shout Filipino and proud:

A Weekend Home with Rustic Touches

Surrounded by coconut trees and lush fields, this weekend home features rustic details, wooden furniture pieces, and elements that will remind you of a glorious past. Designed by interior designer Francesca de Guzman, the house is a contemporary take on Spanish colonial residences.

Aside from the wall accents and the colored glass seen on the doors, architectural details and vintage finds make it a must-see, too. Wood beams support the ceiling while various vintage pieces like the lighting fixture and wall decor add to the rustic feel of the space.

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A Cottage-Style Home

In this inviting home found on a six-hectare land, the Filipino items are paired with bright colors and plants to make the look relaxing and comfortable. Most of the furniture are in wood—complemented by soft furnishings, colorful decor, and country-inspired elements.

The living area is the best spot in the house for relaxing and taking a break. With the abundance of natural light, the owners can entertain guests in the area as well as read a book.

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A Modern Filipiniana House

What can you expect when you set foot in a home owned by travelers and lovers of the Philippines? It's safe to assume that guests will be greeted by a collection of souvenirs, quirky finds, and antiques. Charlie and Paula Fernandez's two-storey home will not disappoint. The house reflects their interests—a wall is adorned with masks, the living area is furnished with a baul and banig, and in the bedroom, Paula has a vintage dresser and a solihiya chair with brocade cushion.

To keep the house from being boring, the couple injected colors into the aesthetic. In the dining area, colorful mismatched chairs were paired with the dining table. The overall feel is still Pinoy—made more fun and quirky.

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A Pinoy-Style Apartment

A space the showcases everything that's Filipino—from works of art and travel finds, to furniture and unique pieces—this apartment is filled not just with the owners treasured discoveries, but his unforgettable memories, too. 

The batibot table and chairs give the apartment a distinct local flavor. To keep the look from being too stiff, the owner paired it with books and softer details.

The owner considers the living area his favorite spot as it is where he can relax, read a book, and admire the things he worked hard for. 

RL Tip: To update a space, you can always count on indoor plants! These require minimal maintenance and can add to your home's calming ambiance.

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A Modern Tropical Condo Unit

Those who are ready to invest in designer pieces can still achieve a Filipino style home by opting for acclaimed masterpieces by noted designers like Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma—just like how the owners of this condo unit furnished their space.

The designer pieces in the unit double as decor, too! In the living area, Kenneth Cobonpue's Chiquita stools are subtle additions that pack a punch. To add warmth to the space, a wall accent from Triboa Bay Living livens up the wall. Completing the stunning living area is Vito Selma's Dragnet coffee table.

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A Tropical-inspired Sanctuary

Furniture designer Debbie Palao's Cebu haven is like a gallery of beautiful pieces—from the furniture down to the tiniest decor. All over the home are the designer's own work—in the living area are pieces from her Havana collection—making the property extra special. 

This nook that opens up to the hillside is Debbie's favorite spot at home. It features more of her creations—the Cloud lounge chair stands out. It seems to invite you to sit down, breathe, and admire the lovely surroundings.

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