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A 75sqm Loft Shared By Sisters

Secondhand furniture, Filipino items, and Asian pieces make up this comfy home for two

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Tala Singson and Dagny Madamba

The Kintanar sisters, Karmeli, a headhunter by profession, and her sister Kara, a producer for a TV and movie production company, moved from their old house to a 75sqm loft for two. "The unit was ready for occupancy, in a good location, has a high ceiling, and it’s only on the sixth floor,” says Karmeli.

Over the years, Karmeli and Kara have accumulated items, mostly secondhand, from popular homeowner haunts Barangay Bangkal in Makati, Dapitan Arcade in Manila, and Cubao X in Quezon City.

“The first things we put in place were the couch in the dining area, which I always wanted to put by the window, and the blue couch in the living room. The bed I share with Kara is the same one we had before. The rest, we fixed over time,” says Karmeli.

They upcycled a vintage sewing machine and it now functions as a console table between the living and dining areas. A large mirror is sits prominently in the living room, atop of a wrought iron bench. “Since I design clothes on the side, my clients sometimes do their fittings here kaya kailangan ko ng malaking mirror,” Karmeli says.

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The predominant colors in their home are pink and blue, while vintage items range from Filipino to other Asian pieces. The secondhand items and their mementos collected over the years give a cozy character to their shared loft.

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Read the original article ("Lofty Dreams") in the August 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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