Array
Houses

A Combination of Two Cultures in a Family Bungalow

Loud, bright colors and native wooden furnishings make for a cheerful home away from home for this Mexican family

Shares
Original Article: Amillah Rodil Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon and Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

With two young children and constant country moving, it’s no wonder that Rossana and Sergio want their home away from home to feel as much as their own country as possible. Originally from the Yucatan Peninsula, Southeastern Mexico, this family has lived in different countries over the years because of Sergio’s job. Now based in Manila, the family stays in a spacious one-level house in a quiet subdivision. The house is the perfect size for the Menendez brood, with a master bedroom, a kids’ bedroom, playroom, and study. The living and dining areas open out to a lanai facing a pool.

With the help of interior designer Vivian Gacad, the family made the clean, white walled house a home. Using bold colors reminiscent of Mexico, each room is painted with a different color (a common practice in Mexico), reflecting the mood for the space – the living and dining areas are painted bright yellow for happiness, the master bedroom a dark blue that’s easy on the eyes, the study and kids’ room in blue-green for focus and relaxation.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The couple wanted to fuse their Mexican-inspired home with Filipino elements and requested furnishings made from native trees and palms, like bamboo, narra, and rattan. The main furnishings of the house, including the custom-made beds, were 100% Filipino made.

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

Original article by Amillah Rodil. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon and Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article (“Mexicans in Manila”) in the May 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Read more stories about

Latest Stories

Colors You'll Want to Paint Your Living Room With

Make it cozy, inviting, and most importantly, restful.

See How This Homeowner Gave Her Small Kitchen a Makeover

Check out how she maximized her space!

6 Beginner-Friendly Houseplants You Can Give as Gifts This Christmas

You might even want to get an extra one for yourself!

Here's Where You Can Shop Ceramic Plates, Bowls, and More for as Low as P50

Look for this stall the next time you're in Dapitan Arcade!

This Is the Exact Month IKEA Is Set to Open in Manila

We know when the online store is opening, too!

Muji Just Released a New Prefab House, and It's a Minimalist's Dream

With a minimalist aesthetic, the interior features pale wood flooring and white walls.

Marjorie Barretto Shows Us How She Decorates Her Home for Christmas

You'll find fresh poinsettia in every corner of the house.

You'll Want to Visit these Pretty Starbucks Stores in South Korea

Add these to your travel bucket list in the future!

See How These Moms Transformed Their Kids' Bedrooms, Play Areas During Quarantine

Sometimes all it takes is a little decluttering to make your space feel and look brand new!

This Shop Has Kitchen Finds That Go for as Low as P25

Shop ceramics, glassware, pots, pans, and more!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!