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A 150sqm Country Home with Filipino Heirloom Elements

It took the owners seven years to get their family home to a harmony of colorful cottage and Filipino heritage

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Original Article: Camyl Besinga Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: John Vigilia

With help from longtime friend and interior designer John Vigilia, owners Pong and Bonggay Villaroman renovated their two-year-old home in 2007. They replaced some of the sliding doors leading to the lanai and garden with walls and transformed the remaining metal framework into white, French sliding doors. The plain white cement walls, were improved with intricately carved crown molding and white wainscot paneling. The calming celadon green makes a cozy contrast with the red Vigan-tiled floor. Because of its relaxing and homey atmosphere, the living area is the couple's favorite area to lounge in.

Meanwhile, the Machuka tiles on the steps of the narrow staircase add vibrancy to the red tiles. In the couple’s bedroom, the walls are painted a deep, old rose, complementing the dark stain of the cornices and moldings. A dark wood queen-sized bed, a bureau, night tables, and a chest add to the earthy feel.

The owners reveal that the cottage is still a work in progress. But now, it is a hearth for the couple, their daughter Zita, and black Labrador Bacchi.

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Read the original article ("For Love of Country") in the April 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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