A Modern Home with an Oriental Charm

Pops of color and Asian accents liven up a family’s three-bedroom townhouse

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Carmen Lim

For a family of five, moving from a one-storey, two-bedroom apartment in Binondo to a spacious three-bedroom townhouse is a welcome change. All design decisions for their new space were left with the eldest, Marilyn, who in turn worked with interior designer Carmen Lim. Together, they came up with a modern oriental theme that suited the simple taste of Marilyn’s parents.  

When turned over, the unit was all-white so to make it more welcoming, Marilyn decided to add hints of color to the space. They decided to go with a peppermint shade for the walls as they want something that’s easy on the eyes. Most of the pieces in the living and dining areas were custom-made by Modern Design Furniture by Mity Mike, Inc. These are merged with the family’s existing wooden pieces such as the buffet table and the refurbished piano. Proud bearers of the family’s Chinese roots – oriental accents such as figures and framed prints were added as well.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article (“From China, with Love”) in the May 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area The peppermint walls nicely provide the background for mocha-and-brown furnishings. All pieces were by Modern Design Furniture by Mity Mike, Inc. while the window treatments were custom-made by Homeline Interior Crafts.
Living Area Detail Modern vases and accents give the unit a warm and charming vibe.
Dining Area The glass-topped dining table and upholstered leather chairs were custom-made. These pieces are mixed with an old buffet table – refurbished by Walch Furniture.
Kitchen Originally bare, the kitchen was given a more modern look with black cabinet doors and tiles on the walls.
Oriental Touch An oriental-inspired wooden console is the perfect blend of modern and traditional design.
Master Bedroom The king-sized bed would have been too masculine if not for the dainty green-and-white bed linen. Sheer white curtains diffuse the sunlight streaming in through the windows.
Son's Bedroom When son Chester came home from spending seven years in the US, he was delighted to find his room was ready for him, in various shades of blue.

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