Celebrity Homes

Celebrity Home: Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama’s Quezon City House

A complete renovation turns the Gutierrez family home into a modern contemporary haven

Original Article: Jocelyn Valle and Kap Maceda Aguila Photography: Rene Mejia Pictorial Direction: Gabriel Villegas Interior Designer: Jeizele delos Reyes-Go

In 1987, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Guttierez bought a family home on a 660sqm lot in the gated community of White Plains, Quezon City. Around two decades later, they updated the space with the help of interior designer Jeizele delos Reyes-Go. Jeizele explains that they changed everything except for the high ceiling and the foundations of the house for a simple, clean, and minimalist look.

Written by Jocelyn Valle and Kap Maceda Aguila. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Produced by Anna Pingol. Hair by Nante Alingasa. Makeup by Fennie Mirhan-Tan. Fashion Styling by Joel Ontong. Pictorial direction by Gabriel Villegas.

Read the original article in YES! June 2012 and Celebrity Homes Special 2013 issues. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at

Facade The central concept in the house design, interior designer Jeizele says, was to keep everything “simple, linear, very clean… minimalist… unobtrusive.”
Facade Annabelle made sure that all the staircases in the house, including this one, would conform to a traditional Filipino building belief derived from the Spanish concept of oro, plata, mata (gold, silver, death). When you go up, you count each step as oro, then plata, then mata, and the final step should be an oro, gold.
First Floor Living Room The white table is called Total Flightcase. It is a part of the collection created for the Moroso company by the designers of Diesel, an Italian brand of apparel and accessories. The table is one-of-a-kind and is priced at P384,000.
First Floor Living Room The Gutierrezes have two living rooms, one on the first floor and another on the second. This ground-level living room is the showcase for Annabelle’s collection of pricey Murano, Lladro, and Lalique figurines. Murano is the famous product of the island of Murano in Venice, Italy; Lladro is a Spanish company known for porcelain creations; and Lalique is a glassware brand established by the late French glass designer Rene Lalique.
First Floor Living Room Nothing spells contemporary better than an open-floor plan. Having bigger windows in your living space can help reflect the beauty of the outdoors inside the home.
Living Room Detail This part of the ground floor living room is where Annabelle's granddaughters Lorin and Venice watch their favorite cartoon shows. It has the nicest view of the pond and the artificial waterfalls outside.
First Floor Living Room The living room on the ground floor leans more toward the modern. Most of the furniture and furnishings here are made of glass, leather, and metal.
Dining Room The dining room is furnished with an eight-seater dining table.
Dining Room The modular cabinets were assembled by the Philippine company Nobilia, using German technology.
Dining Room One of the cabinets has an integrated sub-zero refrigerator and wine cooler.
Dining Room A unique chandelier, made of capiz and crystals, hangs above the tinted glass table.
Master Bedroom The master bedroom, the only bedroom on the first floor, holds Annabelle’s collection of shoes and bags, a collection that can rival the contents of a store. Some of the bags were gifts from Dr. Vicki Belo and from Ruffa’s ex-husband, Yilmaz Bektas. The shoes are neatly arranged in cubbyholes and can be hidden from view by a curtain.
Master Bedroom The shelves can be covered with curtains. The space is completed with a cowhide rug that Ruffa bought in Brazil.
Walk-in Closet Annabelle’s walk-in closet, which features her wardrobe and more bags, is lit by a Murano chandelier. Part of the original house design, this closet also features a door that leads to the garage.
Master bathroom The master bathroom is a clean, all-white affair. It has his-and-hers sinks, called inda progetto, or double bowl.
Bar A corner of the ground floor serves as the bar. The shelves hold bottles of wine and whiskey, along with wine buckets that look like shoulder bags. The space is furnished with a Tam Austria painting and a painting by National Artist Arturo Luz.
Staircase The staircase used to be separated by a door to maintain the privacy of the residents. However, interior designer Jeizele removed it to create an open and spacious area.
Staircase The narra steps of the staircase are complemented by clear glass.
Second Floor Living Room In the second floor living room, the bright, refreshing appeal of the white ceiling, walls and floors is complemented by dark-colored furniture.
Second Floor Living Room The pieces include a brown sectional sofa and a black reclining chair that came from son Richard’s condo unit at One McKinley Place at the Bonifacio Global City complex.
Second Floor Living Room A 72-inch flat-screen TV is flanked by a pair expensive décor – a Lladro porcelain horse and a Murano glass cobra.
Second Floor Living Room The second floor living room is also furnished with Kenneth Cobonpue rattan chairs.
Den Interior designer Jeizele used Veneciano Italian wallpaper to create a decorative accent wall.
Den The leather sofa and armchairs are from Natuzzi, arguably the largest Italian furniture company.
Richard's Bedroom Annabelle and Eddie's son Richard sleeps in this bedroom. The space is defined by warm earth tones and wooden furniture.
Richard's Bedroom A wall in the bedroom is lined with cabinets for Richard's clothes and personal items.
Richard's Bathroom The bathroom is furnished with high-end and top-of-the-line fixtures. The lavatory is the latest work of interior designer Patricia Urquiola for Hansgrohe.
Door Even the hardwood doors that lead to the bedrooms have special touches that make them unique.
Lorin and Venice's Bedroom This bedroom is shared by Ruffa's daughters Lorin and Venice. It was originally meant for Annabelle and Eddie's second child Rocky, but he now has his own place.
Lorin and Venice's Bedroom Ruffa purchased a trundle bed for Lorin and Venice. A trundle bed is a bed with another pull-out bed underneath.
Elvis's Bedroom Third child Elvis has the biggest bedroom in the house. It has a resort-like feel.
Common Bathroom This toilet and bath can be found in between the adjoining bedrooms of Lorin and Venice and Ritchie Paul.
Terrace Annabelle requested for a terrace inspired by the island atmosphere of Bali, Indonesia. The terrace has three areas: a coffee nook, a dining area, and a seating area.
Terrace The ceiling has steel framing with polycarbonate but a bamboo mat has been added for a tropical feel.
Swimming Pool The rectangular swimming pool, which was originally kidney-shaped, is 3.5 to 5.5 feet deep. It used to be deeper, but Annabelle and Eddie requested for a shallow pool to make it kid-friendly.
Swimming Pool The pool area is colorful by choice, with candy-colored O’nest chairs of molded plastic, manufactured by Moroso, an Italian company.
Cabana A cabana or cabin is found near the swimming pool.
Cabana The cabana is furnished with Kenneth Cobonpue pieces.

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