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A Peek Inside Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro’s Family Home

Ikoniq Design Studio worked on the family home's common areas �" transforming it into more welcoming and child-friendly spaces

Photography: Saab Magalona-Bacarro Architect: Ikoniq Design Studio

It’s no secret that homes change with the arrival of children. Aside from making sure their rooms are safe and have enough storage, it’s also important that other areas around the house are childproof—especially when they start learning how to crawl and walk. This is the same reason why Saab Magalona-Bacarro decided to give the common areas of their family home a makeover—to make sure her kids, Pancho and Vito, have better and safer areas to play in.

To make it happen, Saab worked with Ikoniq Design Studio, the design arm of Ikoniq Construction which is a company that specializes in design, construction, fit-out, and development. For the Bacarro family home, Ikoniq Design Studio worked on the foyer, living area, and kitchen. “The kitchen had the biggest makeover because they wanted it to be a space where Jim can cook and navigate easily, while Pancho and Vito hang out around the kitchen island,” shared architect Jilli Gomez and design partner Lauren Lachica.


After a five-month design and build period, the common areas are now more ideal for playtime and family bonding. With Saab being collaborative and detail-oriented, it was easy for Ikoniq to get the job done. “The whole design process was really fun. Saab always made sure that the design was safe for Pancho and Vito. It was a family affair,” said the design duo.

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For Saab, the makeover goes beyond achieving a more beautiful space. “What I love best about the makeover is that I’m more relaxed when my kids are playing and exploring—I don’t have to be so worried now like I was before when we had slippery, cold, and hard tile floors. The new furniture was also selected based on my request of ‘no sharp edges or corners, please,’’ she mused.

Check out the revamped areas below:

Foyer and Living Area


For the design inspiration, Saab mentioned she wanted a mix of mid-century modern, industrial, and Filipino touches in their home. The Ikoniq team came up with a design that revolved around these three styles and injected it through furniture pieces and finishes.

In the foyer, living, and dining areas, the original flooring was replaced with bamboo charcoal flooring in a classic wood finish. The walls and ceiling were also repainted with an off-white color to give it a fresher look. “We stuck to an off-white color for the first floor so that the natural daylight can easily bounce off the ceilings and keep the space bright throughout the day,” shares the design team.


An orange velvet sofa adds a pop of color in the living room. The striking yet comfy piece also doubles as an accent piece in the space.

Notice the wall after the curtains? The Ikoniq team installed a beige brick wall that gives off a Brooklyn vibe to create visual interest. It also helps define the custom beverage/breakfast bar. “This gives the space a mid-century modern feel, but instead of the usual red brick, we went with beige to keep the ambiance of the space light,” they explain.

Beverage and Breakfast Bar


The lovely beverage and breakfast bar features solihiya details that add a distinct Pinoy touch to the home. Ikoniq opted for a darker stain to add contrast against the beige brick wall. “We positioned it in between the living and dining area for easy access during breakfast or whenever they’re entertaining family and guests,” say Jilli and Lauren.

Look closer and you’ll see the industrial-inspired dining chairs. Opting for these pieces meets Saab’s requirements of wanting industrial touches in the home.



If you follow Saab on Instagram, this cooking area will look familiar as she shoots some vids with Jim and the kids here. To transform the kitchen, the design team chose an all-white color palette. Bamboo charcoal flooring was also used to make the areas cohesive and expansive. According to Jilli and Lauren, the said material has multiple characteristics that make it a durable choice as kitchen flooring.


While the kitchen has an all-white look, the design team was able to connect the area to the rest of the home by adding black bar stools with a solihiya backrest. These seating pieces go well with the beverage and breakfast bar.

Form and function shine through in this cooking area. “The overall design of the kitchen is comprised of cabinets painted in white, matched with white quartz countertops, a textured tile backsplash, and sleek black linear hardware,” shares the team.


The kitchen island not only serves as a place for quick meals and bonding sessions, it’s also a storage center completed with drawers for storing cooking essentials.

The sliding barn door with a wood-framed mirror leads to the pantry.

Ready to work on your own home makeover? Get in touch with Ikoniq Design Studio when you log on to You can also see more of their work on Instagram: @ikoniqdesignstudio.


Special thanks to Saab Magalona-Bacarro.

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Have you recently spruced up your room or renovated your home? We'd definitely love to see the result! Send clear photos (with your full name, city address, and accompanying kuwento) to [email protected] with the subject "DIY Makeover" and we may just feature your DIY project!

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