A Lovely Resort-Like Home in the City

This family home in the South combines a bit of the old and the new, with tropical-inspired elements and a refreshing feel of the outdoors completing the timeless aesthetic

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

Designing a family home involves taking into consideration the needs of each occupant, how every inch of space can be put to good use, and achieving a welcoming ambiance that the owners would love to come home to. In finalizing the look of their house in Las Pinas, the owners wanted to create a feel of a resort—with open spaces, a relaxing vibe, natural colors, and minimalist furnishings. After opting to build a U-shaped property, they also decided to complete the look of the home with a mix of modern and traditional influences. To achieve this, they worked with interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo. Since the owners and the designer are friends, finalizing pieces and materials to be used became easier. Taking into the account the need to have a modern feel and the wife’s request for Asian touches, Kristine thought of working on a modern tropical feel while incorporating the couple’s preferences and love for traveling.

“My clients were very hands-on and personally supervised the entire construction from day one until turnover. Decisions with sourcing and designs came from a personal level as I know the owners well. I know their lifestyle and in a way, it was easy for me to incorporate details which I know will work for them,” shares Kristine. Meanwhile, the owners wanted to maintain the bright and airy look without wasting any inch of space. “Our top priority is to make sure we don’t have a dead spot. There are a lot of old houses wherein you have too many rooms and you end up using only half of the house,” says the man of the house. The ground floor was kept open and airy, with the areas seamlessly connected to each other and natural light streaming in from the glass sliding doors.


To say that the home's facade is captivating would be an understatement. The clean lines look impressive, with the huge windows and sliding doors adding to the modern appeal. "The architecture is very modern and clean while the interior spaces also showcase a clean and seamless feel but very much warm and cozy," says Kristine. 

This side of the home shows how open and airy it is, with open spaces directly connected to each other. While the owners enjoy the perks of having a lanai near the dining area, this part of the property is also perfect for outdor parties and quick breaks. Seating pieces reminiscent of beachside homes, plants, and a faux grass detail in the middle complete the look.

Open and Airy Layout

The living, dining, and entertainment areas can be accessed from the outside, thanks to the glass sliding doors. Opting for this design allowed them to relish the feel of the outdoors and maintain an inviting, spacious feel. The chic dining area can be seen from the outside, with the capiz lighting pieces as accents.


Once you enter the house, a captivating mirror will catch your attention. The mirror on display in the foyer highlights a unique form that will remind you of the towering trees outside. Pairing it with a plant in a jar follows the home's tropical feel.

Living Area

To complement the open feel of the home, the owners wanted to incorporate minimalist furnishings into the final look. Every piece added to the space serves a function. In the living area, there are enough seating pieces, a shelf for photos and souvenirs, and accessories that add to the cozy vibe.

Living Area

"The colors are predominantly gray and white with solid wood accents to add warmth to the space," says Kristine. In the living area, the white sofa and bench pair well with the gray wall while the yellow accent chair adds a pop of color. Kristine injected warm touches through the rug and center table.

Find similar pieces at Urban Abode, Unit E - Prime 08-B, CW Home Depot-Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City.

Living Area

An Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman liven up this corner that can function as a reading nook. A side table was added to hold books and decor pieces.

Find similar pieces at CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 30th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Dining Area

Bathed in natural light, the dining area is directly connected to the lanai. This is ideal whenever the owners are hosting get-togethers with friends and relatives. The dining set can accommodate around 10 people or more as the matching chairs are paired with a wooden bench. Most of the pieces added to the house were customized by Urban Abode and The Workshop Co. The chosen capiz lighting pieces perfectly complement the modern tropical theme of the house.

Find similar pieces at Crate & Barrel. Shop for capiz lighting fixtures at Azcor.

Dining Area

Aside from travel souvenirs and well-though-out accessories, works of art also spruce some of the areas in the home. This painting in the living area is an interesting addition amidst the dominance of warm, earthy tones.


Since the owners opted to minimize walls as partitions, clever solutions were incorporated to define each area. A storage piece separates the dining area from the kitchen and it isn't just an ordinary shelf. Aside from allowing the owners to display books, accessories, plants and a few bottles, both sides have compartments underneath meant for storing bottles of wine. Behind the shelf is a sliding door that leads to the kitchen.

From this angle, one can admire the beauty of neutrals in the kitchen. Dominated by gray cabinets, minimal decor, and an island that can double as a breakfast nook, the area is spacious and ideal for different tasks.

IDO Contracts worked on the modular kitchen and closets found in the home. Visit them at #79 Dona Hemady Street, New Manila, Quezon City. Click here to learn more.


To keep the cooking area looking organized, only the essentials are on display. Complementing the color palette are subway tiles installed in a herringbone pattern as backsplash.

Find similar tiles at Wilcon Depot.

Dining Area

The owners and their guests can relish the breeze and the feel of the outdoors while enjoying meals as the dining area flows freely to the lanai. They can simply open the sliding doors to let some air in and complete the resort-like vibe. This layout is also ideal when hosting parties and get-togethers as the outdoor area can function as an extension of the dining area.

Entertainment Room

Similar to what's seen in the living area, the entertainment room highlights touches of gray and a pop of yellow as accent. Pillows and throws spruce up the sofa to ensure comfort. The owners made sure that natural light is maximized as huge windows provide a view of the lush outdoors. On days when they are having marathons, they can simply draw the thick curtains to create the feel of a movie house.

Find similar pieces at Mandaue Foam, #489 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.

Entertainment Room

Instead of a huge TV, the owners have a projection screen that covers an entire wall. Paired with topnotch speakers, the screen completes the cinematic experience. The built-in storage piece under is in gray for a cohesive look.

Second Floor Hallway

Keeping the furnishings to a minimum highlights the expansive space and airy feel. In this hallway, two upholstered seating pieces and a coffee table face the huge windows. It's the perfect spot for some quiet time with a cup of coffee or a good book.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is spacious and inviting, with a light gray wall tying the look together. It has warmer tones as seen on the chosen curtains, a mocha recliner on one side, and the wooden base of the bed. To create an illusion of bigger space, the cushioned headboard covers the entire width of the wall. 

While the recliner is perfect for reading before calling it a day, the sofa at the foot of the bed can be used when watching TV.

Master Bedroom

The floor lamp in one corner complements the headboard and the rest of the pieces in the space. Meanwhile, the additional droplights can function as nighlights.


This dainty bedroom is made even more relaxing with the touches of white and chic details. Framed pieces spruce up the wall and personalize the space. While the bed is compact, a cushioned headboard with nailhead trim sets it apart. For a cohesive look, matching side tables were added to the space while the light-colored curtains work well with the cream-colored headboard.

Find a similar bed at SM Home.


Since the occupant loves to paint, darker tones that work well with the paintings were chosen for the space. Instead of hanging the paintings on the wall, the headboard was used as support for the works of art, with the accent wall serving as a canvas. 


The third bedroom is meant for the youngest member of the family. Sweet tones and light colors make it flexible and easy to update when the occupant grows up. A sofa bed was added to make it extra functional, too. In this room, we especially love the matching accent chair and ottoman in a light shade of blue. It adds color to the space without being too overwhelming.

Find similar pieces at Our Home.


Raised on a platform, the lanai is ideal for slow weekend afternoons, hearty snacks, and even quick naps. Furnished with outdoor furniture in dark brown, white cushions, and a hammock, the space will remind anyone of cozy resorts.

Find similar pieces at Origins Home Furniture, LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City.


From this angle, one can appreciate the openness of the space and how each area flows freely to the next. While the man of the house considers the entertainment room as his favorite area, he equally loves the whole ground floor. "I consider the whole space as one room," he shares. 

Ready to work on your own home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo through email at kristine[at]

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