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A Contemporary Asian Starter Home

Newlyweds transform a rundown house to a modern Asian home – all within a budget

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Chabby de la Rosa-Hortaleza

When this newlywed couple came across a rundown 1960s brick house by chance, they took it upon themselves to begin making it their dream home—even amidst wedding preparations! With a tight budget, the couple hired minimal help and got things done with some assistance from their family. They also shopped in Binondo and the Mariwasa factory frequently to make the old house their own.

With the help of the bride’s sister, interior designer Chabby de la Rosa-Hortaleza, the couple was able to complete the look of the house. The main living area highlights a white space that sparks a Zen vibe. The home also uses architectural details like simple casement windows with black frames, floating wood staircase, and huge windows to let light and air circulate. The areas are decorated with a distinctly Asian theme, all reasonably-priced or sent to them by relatives.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

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Read the original article ("Japinoy") in the October 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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