Clean and Streamlined Look for Pauleen Luna’s Quezon City Home
Modern contemporary style defines the three-storey, four-bedroom house of the Eat Bulaga! co-host
Pauleen Luna shares her three-storey, four-bedroom Quezon City home with her dad Eugenio, mom Chat, brother Miguel, and two dogs, Simon and Rusty. In this 680sqm modern minimalist property, the 26-year-old Kapuso actress can spend as much time as she wants with her family.
Original article by Gabby Reyes Libarios. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Shoot production by Anna Pingol. Art direction by Gabriel Villegas. Makeup by Gerald Menorias. Hair by Tutchie Samson. Fashion styling by Telay Robles and Deborah Bernales.
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The façade tends to give Pauleen Luna’s new home a look that seems cold and intimidating at daytime, especially if compared with the more traditional-looking houses nearby.
The clean lines and wooden details of the gate reflects the look of the rest of the family home.
A few steps from the front gate is a staircase with glass railings.
The stairs lead to the main entrance of the house.
Shrubs in planters decorate the area at the foot of the staircase near the entrance.
The Lunas own a white BMW sedan, a white Honda CRV, a black Mitsubishi Pajero, and a black-and-white Mini Cooper. Pauleen explains that she drives the Mini Cooper to work everyday. The only time she asks the family driver to drive for her is when she has out-of-town commitments or tapings that would last more than 24 hours.
Upon entering the house, you immediately notice the black upholstered egg chair from Metro Source and Concepts Specialist, which follows the form and design of the famous Egg Chair of Danish architect and designer Arne Emil Jacobsen.
Earth tones and monochromatic hues dominate the living space—from the tiled floor to the off-white walls, from the gray sala set to the black wooden furniture pieces. A few chrome home accents here and there add a modern touch. Pauleen’s mom, Chat, who is a retired interior designer, chose to have cove lighting and recessed ceiling lights for the living room. A crystal chandelier or any hanging lighting fixture, Chat says, would have gone against the house’s continuous, open-space design plan: “Gusto ko kasi maluwag tingnan, dire-diretso lang ang tingin mo kahit nasaan ka sa bahay.”
Using low-lying furniture will put more emphasis on your home’s architecture. Rooms with this kind of furniture will appear bigger and more spacious.
To get the “maaliwalas” or bright and clear look for the interiors, glass panels and sliding glass doors were used to separate the living and dining areas.
The 10-seater glass-top dining table with chrome legs, from Metro Source and Concepts Specialist, is surrounded by gray upholstered seats with low backrests.
Suspended above the dining table is a set of cone lights from the lighting store Illuminati.
Black, known for its classic and timeless appeal, is the color scheme of the kitchen.
The high-gloss cabinets and the black island countertop complement the stainless appliances, cooktop, sink, and other kitchen fixtures. A wall-mounted TV set provides entertainment for anyone preparing food or just simply sitting on one of the upholstered bar stools.
A kitchen island must have a good clearance around it for continuous traffic flow, outlets for gadgets and appliances, storage for dinnerware and cookware, and enough leg room for more comfy seating.
The entryway on the left leads to the powder room and the kitchen, while the door on the right leads to the theater room.
The theater room has a 65-inch wall-mounted TV set and a home entertainment system, perfect for the Lunas’ favorite pastime: watching movies together.
The only source of light in this dark room are the recessed ceiling lights and the blue cove lighting, which set a relaxing atmosphere.
The powder room has high-end Roca bathroom fixtures.
Lighting the staircase are suspended transparent cube lights from Illuminati.
If you have a small veranda or patio, putting in the right accents is the way to go. Place a potted plant on a side table, for instance, to make the tight space look more inviting.
The open space is decorated with potted plants.
The 54-square-meter master bedroom, the biggest in the house, is located on the third floor. And it belongs to the “princess” of the family, Pauleen. Mommy Chat let her artista daughter have the master bedroom because Pauleen owns the most stuff in the family.
The floating queen-size bed with padded frame and headboard is a gift from the owners of a local skincare brand endorsed by Pauleen. The long framed mirror on one wall reflects the light coming through the sliding glass doors of the veranda and makes the space look brighter.
The wall facing the bed is completed with a flat-screen TV and light-colored shelves.
Pauleen's framed baby photo is in one of the shelves.
Another compartment is filled with her favorite books, including the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.
Pauleen also keeps a photo of her with Vic Sotto and other members of her Eat Bulaga! family taken at the Universal Studios in the US.
Pauleen’s 50-square-meter walk-in closet houses her enviable shoe and bag collection.
The actress asked her parents to give her this much space because she wanted to free her bedroom from clutter.
Pauleen's keeps her shoe collection in a three-column, eight-tiered open cabinet.
A space in the walk-in closet is used as a dresser or vanity area for Pauleen.
Pauleen's bag collection includes several pieces from Hermes, Prada, and Chanel. She shares that she prefers to use a Tory Burch bag everyday.
Pauleen's perfume collection includes Envy Me by Gucci, Jessica McClintock, Acca Kappa, Let's Love by United Colors of Benetton, and Escada. The Kapuso actress says that she likes "clean scents, like you just got out of the shower."
Pauleen's private bathroom is accessible through the walk-in closet.
In keeping with the straight and streamlined theme of the house, the master bathroom, which can be accessed through Pauleen’s walk-in closet, is fitted with only the bare essentials.
Perhaps the only fancy bathroom fixtures in here, if one can call them that, are the corner whirlpool tub and the glass enclosure for the shower.
The portrait of Pauleen near her bedroom was taken by photographer Edward dela Costa.
The Lunas are devout Catholics. In the third-floor hallway, they have a crucifix on the wall and an image of the Virgin Mary on the console table.
The bedroom of Mommy Chat and Daddy Eugenio is filled with earth colors.
The yellow cove lighting on the ceiling and the narra wood flooring add warmth to the space.
This is the bedroom of Pauleen's 22-year-old brother Miguel.
The space in front of the bed is used as a work and study area for Miguel.
The guest bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed, bedside table and table lamp.
A flat-screen TV completes the space.
The game room has a black couch and Daddy Eugenio's mountain bike.
Daddy Eugenio's toy car collection is carefully kept in a tall glass cabinet.
The swimming pool is 10 meters long and 3.5 meters wide, with the deepest point at only 6 feet.
The swimming pool is on the same level as the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It is technically located on the second floor of the property.
The swimming pool looks especially enchanting at night.
To make the outdoor areas inviting, the spaces are kept well-lit.
The three-storey house has a striking minimalist appeal.
Wooden details add character to the imposing facade of the Luna family home.