Repurposed pieces complete Bianca King's shabby chic townhouse
Antique and thrift store furniture change the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home of this young actress
After five years of saving practically everything that she earned, Bianca King finally had enough to get her own space. While she initially planned on buying a condo unit, her friend (and real estate scion) Victor Consunji convinced her to purchase a townhouse instead.
In decorating the two-bedroom, two-bathroom property, Bianca followed the shabby chic design concept popularized by British interior designer Rachel Ashwell. In line with this style, she paired her parents' well-loved furniture with pieces found at thrift stores and garage sales.
Original article by Joseph Dayrit. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez. Shoot production by Candice Lim-Venturanza. Makeup by Claire Diokno. Hair by Ricky Diokno. Fashion styling by Edlene Cabral.
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The concrete and glass façade of Bianca King's home conceals the feminine and cozy appeal inside. Although the townhouse occupies a small land area, it has four floors, including a roof deck which offers a beautiful view of the city.
The living room has a clean, minimalist feel with its dove blue walls. The space is furnished with a baul used as a coffee table which Bianca inherited from her lola, Nancy Ancheta and a white console table made by actor-turned-interior designer Robin da Roza. There is also a custom-made, powder-blue, L-shaped sofa.
The dining room is furnished with a dining table found at a junk shop. The Victorian couch resting against the wall is also second-hand piece.
The wicker chair near the windows was previously owned by her mother, Suzanne Ancheta-King. The bench with the low backrest is Bianca’s own design and made by her furniture designer, Jeremy Guiab.
Modern and vintage can work well together, as seen in the kitchen. The appliances are in neutral colors so they won’t clash with the overall look of the townhouse’s interiors.
The ground floor stairs lead to a landing that Bianca turned into her office. The white desk is custom-made by her friend, Robin da Roza. The black Caprice chair is a gift from ex-boyfriend Champ Lui Pio. The white open cabinet displays her books and knick-knacks while keeping them organized.
While most of her furniture pieces were given to her, Bianca’s bed is a different story—it’s from the IKEA catalogue and purchased at the Mobler furniture store in Makati.The bedside lamp with the white lampshade is from Bianca’s Lola Nancy. The light source rests on a table from the personal collection of Mommy Suzanne.
Bianca's grandmother gave her the bedside lamp with white lampshade, which rests on a table from her mom's personal collection. The orange-red lampshade (not seen in photo) was bought for P500 at a Kamuning vintage store.
The Papasan chair—a large bowl-shaped chair—near Bianca's bed is from their Batangas family home, where she spent most of her childhood. Accents like the butterfly-shaped pillow and scented candle complement the room's lavender walls.
In the bathroom, turquoise knobs on the shelves and cabinets add a subtle pop of color to this otherwise monochromatic area.Valerie de Guzman, Bianca's friend and interior designer, designed the countertops for this second floor bathroom.
In the guest room on the third floor is a bed with a bit of personal history. The frame is made from the bed Bianca slept in when she was in high school. The walls are painted lavender to stay true to the soft color scheme of the living room and master bedroom.
The focal point of the guest room’s walk-in bathroom is a mirror with a wooden frame ornately decorated with carved scrolling details. This item is another Robin da Roza creation made just for Bianca.