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A Filipino-Inspired Duplex with Antiques and Wooden Pieces

A family’s love for wood furniture and décor finds a perfect backdrop in a nature-inspired, breezy home

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Francesca de Guzman

Miguel and Ria Vecin used to rent a house for seven years until they decided to build their own home. The Vecin’s family home was a collaboration between the couple and Ria’s sister Francesca de Guzman, an interior designer, and Ria’s mom who used to build-and-sell houses. The homeowners wanted a rustic and outdoorsy home that would be child-friendly, and yet be able to hold all the antique and wooden furniture that the family collected over the years.

The result is an airy home that is cozy and inviting, and ideal for entertaining family and friends. The dining and living areas are breezy, as it opens up to the garden, while a large picture window allows natural light to stream in. The home’s earthy palette is the perfect canvas for the wooden furniture and décor, complemented by wicker, solihiya, and rattan pieces. Finally, touches of art and Spanish influences can be seen throughout the house, as Miguel’s stepmother is Nettie Laya Vecin who is based in Barcelona. Paintings and lithographs by Gus Albor, HR Ocampo, Vincent Ramos, Marcel Antonio, Charlie Co, Ben Cab, Hermes Alegre, Estrella Campon, and Sanso are displayed throughout the home, while the rest of the furniture were from Urban Effects, Jo Liza, and Maxi Abad.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article ("Tropical Punch") in the June 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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