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A 200sqm Home with Asian Style Designer Pieces and Kids' Handiwork

A young couple’s starter home finds its rightful spot within a family compound

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

Polly and Rina Avecilla, owners of Café Xocolate, and their daughters, disprove the myth that a family must set up their home away from in-laws. Rina’s in laws were only too happy to have the young couple do as they pleased with the family compound where they built their family’s starter home.

The 200-sqm home washed in neutral but cozy beige has an airy living room with a double-volume ceiling, an open kitchen and dining area, a den, and two bedrooms, filled with Asian-style furniture inspired by her time living in Singapore and Indonesia. Furnishings are an eclectic but lovely mix of investment pieces from The Tomlinson Collection as well as bargain finds from bazaars and store sales. But most importantly, the family’s love for art is well displayed around the house, primarily with the spattering of art pieces made by the children, along with arts and crafts materials, toys, and a craft space taking a prominent place within the home.

Read the original article (“Fresh Start”) in the August 2006 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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