For a family on a budget, building a house should be about looking for cheap but interesting choices. For her own home, interior designer Jean Guerrero-Bautista had to be creative, imaginative and resourceful.
According to Jean, the first step was to start collecting discarded construction materials like excess plyboards and coral stones from contractor friends. She also used the pieces of a demolished 200-year-old house in the port of Iloilo. Even most of the furniture pieces and accessories are precious antique finds.
Original article by Katherine Lopez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.
Read the original article ("Cozy in the City") in the November 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.
Since the lot on which their house stands used to be an orchard, Jean decided to build a country-inspired house. The brick facade and creeping vines create a homey, cottage-like feel.
Jean's collection of colorful glass bottles welcomes guests into the home.
A wooden loveseat with solihiya detail leans against the brick wall. "Mardi Gras" pillows from Grassroots, the family's furniture and home decor store, are playful additions to the space.
This space leads to the bedrooms on the ground floor.
The brick wall, wooden details and wicker furniture lend warmth to the living room. Blue-and-white striped pillows add cool and fresh touch to the space. Pottery and handwoven bags atop cornices were sourced from handicrafts manufacturers from all over the Philippines.
Open shelves are built against the windows of the den. The spaces are filled with woven file organizers and storage boxes from Grassroots.
An old escritoire or secretary desk is paired with an antique chair in the multi-purpose room.
In the multi-purpose room, sliding glass doors let the sunlight in. Natural light opens up the space, making the area seem larger than it already is. An oversized chair serves as the focal point in the room.
In a country-inspired home, rich browns and bright blues are the best colors to use. The wooden elements in this kitchen are paired with resin countertops. Resin material is sturdy and waterproof.
A low-hanging pendant lamp illuminates the eight-seater dining table. The table is topped with a woven tray and cutlery holder to keep the tableware organized.
Wood and fabric fill the room of Jean's youngest daughter, Camille. The sheer white fabric of the four-poster bed and the mannequin lamp are feminine touches. The wooden furniture creates a cozy and comfortable feel.
The mannequin lamp is a dainty piece in the daughter's room.
The master bedroom also features brick walls and wooden floors for a warm and rustic feel.
A table near the bed is covered with a floral fabric. A tea set rests on a tray.
The cabana by the pool serves as another space for entertaining guests.
Blue and white tiles are used for the pool. A trellis covered with creeping vines provides shade for Jean and her family.