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A 1600sqm Modern Country Rest Home in Tagaytay

A lush garden, clean white space, neat lines, a gentle breeze, and a touch of country make this home an ideal place to relax in

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

Interior designer Chris Umali’s first project is this 1600sqm family rest home at the outskirts of Tagaytay. A former coffee farm, the soil is rich and perfect for planting—something the Umali family took advantage of to create a lush garden, full of flowers (that they use as decor inside the house), and fruits and vegetables. To get to the off-white house, you’ll have to pass through a lush garden and a curved driveway. From the outside, you’ll see generous windows and sliding doors let natural light shine through, illuminating the space, giving it a soft, ethereal feel. The windows let the fresh Tagaytay air in.

Inside, the home gives off a relaxed vibe, with its pristine white walls, wood furniture and lack of electronics. An inviting custom-made sofa from Danilyn’s takes up space in the living room, while the second floor den has a hint of a nautical-country feel with wicker chairs and striped upholstery. Plants abound in the space, from the living room, to the kitchen, to the second floor, giving the place a vibe that’s definitely fresh and alive.

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Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("The Simple Life") in the November 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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