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Six Sisters, Six Different Home Styles

See how these Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer sisters' home styles look like

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez & Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photos)

Sisters can share looks, fashion, and sometimes, even personal style. But can they share the same home style?

We take a look at three sets of sisters from three widely different generations, and discover that even if they have their own specific decorative tastes, they all still share a defining aesthetic that makes you think that blood really is thicker than water.

1. MILLENNIAL SISTERS: MODERN & CAREFREE

When you are young and in your twenties and are finally living on your own, you are free to experiment with various styles and discover what is best for you. The Enerio sisters discovered their own styles through their travels and experiences, but they also kept within a fuss-free, modern-minimalist aesthetic.

Tata: Modern-minimalist


Younger sister Tata prefers everything clean and sleek. The time her family stayed in Japan influenced her taste for minimalist, Muji-style interiors. She also says it stems from her memories of staying in a family home with all-white walls.

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Nana: Modern boho


Older sister Nana’s condo unit is clean-lined, but filled with colorful, boho finds from her travels. Nana, who teaches German, credits her love of the bohemian style to her years spent in Germany. “The people I met, both here and in Germany, they’re free spirits…it’s all about comfort, it’s all about practicality,” she shares.

2. GEN X SISTERS: FAMILY-ORIENTED & EARTHY

When you’ve established roots and have a growing brood, style often takes a backstage to practicality and function. But the Sanchez sisters were able to merge personal style with family-friendly spaces by using bold colors, happy artwork, and flexible furniture pieces.

Arlene: Casual and cozy


Architect Arlene Maslog’s former home in Quezon City has been featured at least 10 times in Real Living, but they have since packed up and moved to a smaller townhouse to be closer to her parents. In spite of the smaller footprint, Arlene retained the same soothing, neutral color palette of her former home, and peppered the space with colorful artwork. “This was the perfect opportunity to purge and downsize,” Arlene admits.

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Ava: Bold colors and fun spaces


Arlene’s sister Dr. Ava Ramirez lives in a three-bedroom condo, but she made sure that the spaces were dynamic and visually exciting. She had her dining area painting in a warm red hue, and hung colorful paintings everywhere. The doctor also carved out a padded play area for her son Manu, and wherever you turn is a DIY or thrifting project.  “I never want to throw anything out,” she says.

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3. BABY BOOMER SISTERS: SOPHISTICATED & ELEGANT

When you're in your later years, your overall taste becomes refined, you collect better furniture and art, and the activities of young children no longer limit you. Dancer-sisters National Artist Alice Reyes and Denisa Reyes share the same sophisticated tastes, but in different iterations.

Alice: Weathered antiques and family memories


National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes lives part of the year in this all-white house that’s filled with comfortable furniture, weathered pieces, and precious antiques. “Most of the pieces are either from our old Galleon Shop antique stores—furniture pieces which graced former homes in Ermita and Pasay—or from trips abroad…a few are chosen favorites from the Chrysara lines,” says Reyes. Chrysara Nest is her home and décor store.

READ: Antiques and Tropical Touches In a National Artist’s Home

Denisa: Relaxed tropical style in a midcentury home


Alice’s sister Denisa, who is also a dancer and former artistic director of Ballet Philippines, resides in a wooden, mid-century home in Manila. Like Alice’s, it is full of artwork, personal items, and vintage wooden furniture, but it has a more relaxed, streamlined, and tropical-airy vibe. “This is exactly like the house we all grew up in as children [in Sampaloc, Manila], with trees, large windows, and calado,” she shares.

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