RL Picks: Minimalist and Tropical Style Guides

Learn to decorate your tropical or minimalist-inspired home with these two books


The New Year is the perfect time for you to style your home into the dream space you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re considering a minimalist or tropical style, these two books will surely motivate you to create a stylish and cozy home that reflects your unique and warm personality. 

Picks by Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, and Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("45 Must-Read Books”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

For a minimalist style

Northern Delights: Scandinavian Homes, Interiors and Design By Gestalten

In this book, see how Scandinavian design marries minimalism with functionality. Flip through the pages and explore the timeless beauty of clean interiors and practical products to further define your classic home. Interior designer Emma Fexeusalso filled the book with striking photos of designer homes and working spaces to inspire every reader.

P2,394, Fully Booked

For a tropical design

Sculpting Spaces In The Tropics: 13 Houses In AamerTaher’s Design Journey

Be inspired to dress up your modern home with this book’s collection of 13 contemporary tropical spaces, complete with floor plans and elevations.  In this must-read, Singaporean architect Aamer Taher narrates his journey of discovering his artistic soul by designing houses that exude a natural flow of air and energy. He likewise gives ideal design solutions to make your space perfect for its location and the area’s climate.

P1,914, Fully Booked

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