A Modern 1960s House Filled With Fun Colors And Vintage Finds

Each room is more interesting than the next in this midcentury home filled with psychedelic colors, cool art, and Scandinavian designer furniture

Original Article: Jaja Estoy Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn Guanzon

What you see is what you get in art gallery co-owner Madel Ramon’s family house. The adobe-clad façade of the 1960s structure would already clue you in on its interiors. The furnishings aren’t your expected contemporary-modern pieces, but rather, an eclectic mix of vintage finds, midcentury modern classics, and art—lots of art.

Upon entry, guests are greeted by a tableau of two iconic 1960s Saarinen Tulip chairs sandwiching an MM Yu painting. More retro furniture pieces are tastefully arranged in the living area. These pieces are made colorful by slipcovers and pillows in groovy, psychedelic hues, and made even more interesting by the mishmash of unexpected décor.

“Mom insisted on using oldstuff and ornate pieces,” says Madel, who took charge of renovating the house when the family acquired it. She also had to take into consideration her father’s fondness for happy colors and patterns. Armed with a background in architecture and interior design, Madel set out to create a house that caters to both her “clients’” (meaning: her parents’) wishes. She accomplished it easily, with room after room of cheery prints and the nostalgic furniture to prove it. 


A winding driveway leads to the porte-cochere (entrance with an overhanging canopy) of the 1960s house. Madel retained the sleek, International-style lines of the structure, but removed the windows’ wrought iron grilles. 

Pool and gazebo

On one side of the house is the curvy pool and gazebo, where the whole family loves to hang out in. Instead of the traditional round garden gazebo, the Ramons had a geometric gazebo made to go with the modern home. 

Entry foyer

Two Tulip chairs by iconic Finnish designer Eero Saarinen flank a painting by MM Yu. The Tulip chair is an award-winning design from 1956, and is considered a modern classic. 

Living room

Old and new pieces mix in the groovy living area. Surrounding the couch from SM Home are vintage finds like a red baul, a lime green onyx lamp from Kamuning, and midcentury armchairs. 

Madel admits that this home “is a compromise.” Her mother likes classic Filipino things like baul and banga, while her father is fond of retro patterns and colors. You can get molded plywood Eames tables like these at CWC Interiors. 


Says Madel of the lipstick red paint on the sofa in the dining vestibule: “Pinagawa namin sa auto shop para shiny.” The black-and-white upholstery is a budget find from Divisoria. 

Formal dining

The austere 10-seater dining set gets a tickle from the adjacent burnt orange feature wall with mounted Ibride trays that Madel found in Hong Kong (you can get similar trays like these at AC+632).


The patio right outside the formal dining room isn’t spared from the retro treatment: midcentury wrought iron garden sets and a sunburst fill the area. 

Family room

Madel instisted on using plain, beige carpet to offset the quirky paintings by Vitamins for Walls in the family room.

This isn’t wallpaper, but identical blue machuka tiles covering the TV wall in the family room. 


Madel made do with wall-mounted lamps in her simple blue-and-burgundy bedroom, because she didn’t want to destroy the authentic, 1960s patterned ceiling.

Read the original article ("Retro-active") in the July 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

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