A Calm and Peaceful Home Amidst a Busy, Bustling City

Tropical inspiration, natural elements, and a Zen-like atmosphere create a serene sanctuary out of this Quezon City home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba Architect: Roland Andres

Having 400sqm at their disposal, it was only obvious for these Quezon City residents to want a home that had free-flowing spaces. They commissioned architect Roland Andres to design a home that was not only spacious but allowed many natural elements like light and greenery to flow through. The result is an open and airy sanctuary that the couple can find refuge in after long days in the city.

Beautiful greenery, like foxtail ferns and lotus, surrounds the property of this urban tropical paradise. Zen stepping stones mark the path towards the wooden double doors –opening up to the serene escape inside. Large windows flood the living area with calming natural light, immediately alleviating negativity. Finally, a neutral color scheme creates an inviting and cozy atmosphere anyone would want to come home to. Despite it being in a busy city, there is no need to step out the door to find a peaceful place for relaxation and serenity.  

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Pictorial Direction by Nat M. Clave. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ Acme Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("Open Up") in the November 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details. 

Facade / Entrance

Despite the narrow shape of the entire property, Roland maximized the space to allow a bountiful front yard.


Asian and tropical elements adorn the foyer—creating a vignette that perfectly depicts the simplicity and feel of the entire home. A painting by Emie Sta. Ana anchors the entire space while a wooden stool creates an interesting focal point.

Living Area

High ceilings and large windows act together to create a completely breathable space. Though simple, the neutral and wood furniture work well together to make a serene yet elegant space.

Living Area Detail

The living area brings nature indoors with the mix of wood, greenery, neutrals, and specks of blue (representing water).

Dining Area

An intricate buffet table from Orientique sets the mood in the dining area. On one wall hangs authentic Malang paintings depicting different market scenes.


A sleek and simple kitchen suited the couple well as it requires minimal cleanup. A kitchen island used as a prep area also doubles as a breakfast nook with the addition of steel barstools from Dimensione.

Master Bedroom

Beautiful wooden furniture, calming-colored walls, and bamboo shades transform the master bedroom into a tropical resort where the couple can enjoy a relaxing slumber.


A wrought-iron daybed, rattan cushions, and the surrounding landscape all add to create a place of escape for the couple. The lanai was a necessity for them—being that they enjoy having their breakfast in an open air space.


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