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Check Out Paula Peralejo's Relaxing Garden

It's a relaxing space filled with low-maintenance plants, quirky decor, and recycling tricks

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez (portrait) & Dairy Darilag (garden)

We’ve featured full-time traveler, travel blogger, and part-time travel agency owner Paula Peralejo-Fernandez’s contemporary-Filipiniana home in the past, but we couldn’t help but give you a peek at her beautiful garden.

Right next to the 450sqm, two-story home she shares with husband Charlie (and recently, her cute son Pablo) is a simple but very relaxing garden filled with her signature quirky finds and vintage furniture pieces. Here’s what you could find in her haven—you might even pick up some gardening ideas for your own home!

A cozy patio.



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The brick-lined house has an airy patio that faces the garden—definitely a cozy spot to lounge in. Here, we spot potted roses, cosmos flowers, crown of thorns plants, and various creeping vines.

White (but charmingly mismatched) garden sets.



Paula and Charlie’s home is filled with vintage furniture pieces and they have no qualms about mixing new pieces with old furniture and DIY creations. The patio is no exception, as it is decorated with a retro wrought iron gardening set, a rocking chair, and a folding lounger, all in white.

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A vertical garden.



If you have limited backyard space, a vertical hanging garden makes for a nifty spot for your greens. You can get similar vertical garden sets at Avino Fine Living. 

Travel souvenirs.



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As avid travelers, Paula and Charlie collect travel souvenirs from all over the world. These colorful beach signs all hint at their favorite destinations.

Recycled bottles as pots.



On one wall, sprigs of rosemary grow in recycled plastic PET softdrink bottles. “Be creative in using something. Don’t limit yourself to using it solely for its original use,” advises Paula. “You can use old shoes or bags as planters, milk bottles as vases, vegetable oil containers as water sprinklers, bedsheets as table covers.”

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Colorful beach loungers.



Professing a love for the beachside theme, Paula just couldn’t help creating this spot in the garden using brightly hued plastic beach loungers. You can get monobloc beach chairs at MC Home Depot.

Plus a hammock!


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Paula’s favorite area in the house is the indoor dining room, but she also likes “…the patio, especially when I hang my hammock because I really feel relaxed.” To achieve the same relaxing feel, you can get a portable hammock you can hang anywhere from Kayumanggear.

Read the original article ("Local Flavor") in the December 2015-January 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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