Building & Renovating

Choose A Style: Modern Filipino or Cozy Vintage Industrial?

Take your pick from these styles featured in a TV producer's old bachelorette pad and her new family home

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela | Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

The kind of home you want when you’re single is often totally different from the kind of home you need when you start a family. This much Nessa Valdellon, mom of one, found to be true when she moved out of her 70sqm bachelorette pad to a more spacious 90sqm condo unit in the same building.

“My old house was a white box. When you have a three-year-old, you can’t have a white box,” Nessa says. So a few floors up her previous condo unit in the same building, Nessa found a worn-down unit and transformed it into a cozy yet practical home for her family. In this tour of both homes, you’ll see many differences, but what is apparent in both is Nessa’s flair for curating furniture, décor, and art pieces that blend perfectly well with her space.

Living Area


In photo: Nessa's living area in her old bachelorette pad.

Nessa’s living room exudes a luxe feel, with its acacia hardwood floor and brick wall accent. While in her bacholerette pad, Nessa had to change the slipcover of her couch to create a different look, there is no longer a need to do that now as the chesterfield sofa is a classic and versatile piece. 

Check out her current living area below. We can't help but fall in love with the cozy and inviting vibe.


Notice, too, how she chose to do away with curtains and placed a string of battery-operated lights instead so they can enjoy the view, especially at night.


As opposed to an almost all-white kitchen, the vintage industrial kitchen Nessa has today is more conducive to family time.


In photo: The old kitchen is compact yet functional, with enough storage to keep clutter at bay.


The quartz countertop is easy to clean, no matter how messy her son Gavin’s painting and school projects get. This kid-friendly bar counter is also where Gavin likes making coffee for his parents.



By their sheer size, these cabinets show how Nessa’s need for storage space has changed.

A small wooden cabinet used to be enough to store her personal belongings, but when she got married, she discovered they needed more than that.


Nessa designed an entryway cabinet to fit her husband Gil’s helmets, motorcycle jackets, and riding boots. There’s even a bench for him to sit on while he pulls on his boots. The cabinet was made by Sason Shop in Bacolod.


Creative Nooks

For both homes, Nessa thought bare walls are best left not-so-bare.


A painted screen set against the wall of her old condo added a whimsical touch, while in her family home today, Nessa goes for a chair by Benji Reyes and a cityscape acrylic by Ferdie Montemayor.


The plants are also a new addition. “[Our home] has a lot more plants now. Maybe it’s part of growing older. I love plants so much! They used to die on me. Now they look malago naman. Maybe you come to a stage in your life where you want things to grow, nurture, want to make things beautiful,” adds Nessa.

Work Corner

Although Nessa’s original plan was to move all of her furniture from the bachelorette pad into her new home, she knew it wouldn’t be possible.


What she couldn’t part with is a vintage escritorio, which still serves the same purpose today, albeit in a different background: a brick wall instead of a plain white wall.



Dining Area

A capiz lighting fixture and an all-wood dining table and chairs made for a modern Filipino setting in Nessa’s bachelorette pad.



Her love for wood remains visible in the dining area of her family home today, with the addition of industrial touches. Restoration in Shangri-La customized this one-piece narra top dining table with a metal base.

Click here to see more photos of Nessa's current home. To revisit her old bachelorette pad, click here.

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