A Country Home on a 200sqm Lot in Antipolo

With the help of interior designer Gigi del Rosario-Go, homeowners Marilu and Caloy Gutierrez built a cozy and charming abode

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Issa Villar, Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: Gigi del Rosario-Go

For as long as she could remember, homeowner Marilu Gutierrez has always dreamed of owning a country-style home. Fortunately, she and her husband Caloy eventually owned an Antipolo lot that was clearly the perfect spot for an old-fashioned cottage.

Inspired by the cool breeze and the lush landscape, the couple was finally able to make Marilu's long-cherished dream come true. The inviting space is now furnished with custom-made sofas and dining tables by a local furniture maker. The rooms are also filled with finds from Pottery Barn, Restoration, and Crate & Barrel.

Read the original article ("Country in the City") in the November 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

The Barn

In 2012, Marilu and Caloy were able to buy an adjacent lot where they could build a guesthouse. The "barn" serves as a place for family and friends to stay in. It is also a play area for the children during reunions.


The garden is the ideal space for parties and gatherings. Guests can enjoy the cool breeze, the flourishing plants, and the picturesque view of the surroundings. 

Living Area

The brick panels in the living area add to the warm, rustic, and homey feel of the space. The room is furnished with a comfortable gray armchair and a custom-made white sofa.

Living Area

The blue-and-white gingham curtains and classic window seat add to the authentic country feel to the main living area. The space is completed with a custom-made chandelier based on the homeowners' own design.

Living Area Corner

The floor-to-ceiling French windows are perfectly complemented by the blue-and-white color scheme and wooden furniture pieces that are often seen in many country homes.

Dining Area

The same blue and white hues are seen in the dining area. The space is furnished with a wooden table surrounded by six wooden chairs.


Marilu admits that she started collecting kitchen items long before she even moved into the country-inspired house. Since country kitchens often have blues, whites, wooden pieces and brass fixtures, Marilu chose the same elements for this space. 

White Bookcase

This tall white bookcase used for storing belongings is also a secret door that opens to reveal a hidden room. 

White Bookcase

The room on the other side was built to make the most of the small attic space. 


The custom-made dollhouse is filled with recreations of the rooms in the actual home. If you look closely, you can see near-replicas of the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Attic Bed

The secret room is also furnished with a bed placed in a tight space. This clever use of space proves that it is always possible to make use of awkward niches and irregular corners. In front of the bed is a vintage mini-refrigerator and a storage chest.


Unlike the other kitchen, this one is defined by the colors of the weathered bricks, the bleached wood, and the clean white cabinets. The space is completed with a bar perfect for preparing food and enjoying breakfast. 

Kitchen Corner

A wall in the kitchen is adorned with shuttered panels in red, green, cream, and white.


Although red is an unusual color for the bedroom, it actually works for this space! Since the wall is already a strong statement, the furniture and accessories are kept simple. There are plain white furniture pieces and colorful pillows and quilts. 

Work Corner

This work corner features a pulley floor lamp with rustic iron finish, a copper watering pot on the desk, and wrought-iron drawer handles.

Attic Bedroom

Since the master bedroom is currently being renovated, Marilu and Caloy stay in the bedroom above the loft. Although the ceiling is low, the space still looks airy and breezy because of the consistent use of white, wood, and green.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is decorated with a Charlie Chaplin doll, vintage cameras, and antique microphones. The glamorous space is completed with a Bisazza mosaic portrait of Audrey Hepburn in a promotional photo for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.

For your own customized mosaics, you may visit the Bisazza Showroom at G/L One McKinley Place, 26th Ave., Bonifacio Global City.


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