Frederick Peralta, noted fashion designer, has lived and worked in Malate’s bohemian environment. It was an ideal location, particularly since the area is accessible for most of his clientele. However, a friend of his spotted a quaint apartment along one of Tomas Morato’s quiet streets. The move proved to be a blessing not only for his Quezon City clients, but also for the designer who discovered a relaxing respite in his new apartment.
With his keen eye for details and yen for antiques pieces, Frederick was able to renovate his new apartment within a few months. Starting off with bright white walls as his blank canvas, he filled his home with his beloved antique collection sourced from Old Manila and a myriad of places as far as Mount Pinatubo. He then added his favorite art pieces made by friends---complemented by his own touches of design brilliance around the apartment. The result is an inspired dwelling befitting a creative individual who believes that “Beautiful things inspire you to create more.”
Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Rene Mejia.
Read the original article (“Fashion Statement”) in the August 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.
Even at the gate, one can see Frederick’s personal style and design aesthetics. He added gold leaves to soften the harsh lines of the wrought iron gate and placed two carved wooden pillars on both sides of the gate. The façade sets the theme for the rest of the apartment of Frederick who is inspired by the craftsmanship of antiques.
A large mirror with carved dark wood frame in Spanish-Filipino colonial design dominates Frederick’s living area. The antique frame was the entrance to a kitchen in an old house destroyed by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption which he bought prior to the apartment’s renovation. He based the proportions of the rest of his home (ceiling heigh, floors, etc.) on this.
Not all antique pieces are large furniture. These assorted mini wooden mannequins in various hues of brown are novel additions that reflect Frederick’s fashion design background in a kitschy way.
This bright red painting by Doltz Pilar on the living area wall adds vibrancy and dynamism to the area’s stark white walls, black sofas, and antique pieces.
Living Area Detail
Take the time to find reasonably priced pieces in local home furnishing stores such as Our Home and SM Homoeworld. The sofas were purchased from Our Home for only Php 17,000 and used to be in canvas, which he had reupholstered in black leatherette.
Antique pieces are not only decorative investment pieces but are also additional storage spaces for homeware, office supplies, and other décor or furnishing that are yet to be found their own spot in the home.
Frederick holds intimate dinners for friends in this small, stark white dining area. Update old dining chairs by covering them with sleek and fitted seat covers such as these, while the round table double duties as storage with its built-in drawers. The wooden stool adds extra seating without taking up too much space, while the simple white shutters keep the look streamlined and clean.
Frederick’s work station is his private sanctuary. Here, he showcases his favorite antique pieces – an eclectic mix comprising of a large gilded mirror, a Sto. Nino statue, and a narra desk.
Don’t leave the staircase bare. A large gray and mustard painting in Frederick’s staircase is not only a way to display precious art pieces, but is also a conversation piece for guests.
Frederick specifically said he wanted a “hotel feel” for his bedroom. This was easily achieved by dressing up his antique bed in clean, crisp white bed sheets and pillowcases. Choose patterned and textured sheets to add volume and a dash of elegance.
Another antique piece that is multipurpose. This bedroom console can hold precious personal items or even be used as storage for bedsheets, towels, and linens.
Frederick’s eye for details leaves no space untouched in his Quezon City apartment. The bathroom’s open layout makes the room more spacious, yet little details such as a pair of tall and short wooden candleholders, a lie plant, and a blue vase make the countertop interesting. Spheres in various shapes and materials in an antique tray under the sink distract the eye from obtrusive plumbing.
True to its theme, antiques are also highlighted in the bathroom. Select pieces add character to this private space.
Like the rest of the apartment, the second floor hallway gets a lot of sunlight, making it an ideal spot for reading. A simple antique wooden chair and a votive stand with fine filigree create a comfortable nook for reading and cigarette breaks.