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A Colorful Marriage of Old and New in a Two-Storey Home

A mix of colors and a selection of antiques come together in this modern Filipino-inspired house

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba

Before Jonah and Alma Aldip started constructing their home, they decided to have their own sacred spaces: for him, the den, for her, the walk-in closet. Their entire two-storey home became a reflection of the fun-loving couple and their two sons, Storm and Dash.

The front door is only a first peek into the homeowners’ vibrant personalities. Inside, is a mix of color and generations. The foyer highlights a honeydew wall with colorful artwork by gifted child painter Hamzah Marbella. Another piece, a brass ballerina sculpture by Ferdinand Cacnio, stands on the antique console table among other curios.

Only open living and dining areas can accommodate the Aldips penchant for entertaining. During the Christmas season, the lanai accommodates even more friends and family. Jonah designed the flooring using plain cement and driftwood, with colorful Machuka tiles as accent.

The same theme extends to the second floor, inasmuch as the adult space of the master bedroom is concerned, at least. Their sons’ bedrooms reflect their playful personalities as well: Storm’s room has a basketball theme, Dash’s, airplanes and rocket ships.

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Interior designer Nina Santamaria served to reign in the variety. “It wasn’t hard to put personality in their home because it already showed. There are bright colors, a taste for anything Filipino, Spanish, and Balinese designs. If you combine these styles, they use a lot of wood and warm tones perfect against colorful walls. It was just a matter of striking the right balance,” says Nina.

Read the original article ("Anything But Ordinary") in the July 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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