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A Modern Japanese-Themed Home

By reading books and through careful experimentation, this lawyer couple successfully built a modern bungalow reminiscent of the Land of the Rising Sun

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

Jacqueline Swann, lawyer by profession, designed this beautiful Japanese-inspired modern home on her own. It seems unbelievable for this refined home to not have a professional touch, but Jacqueline read countless books on how to become an interior designer and this enabled her to realize her dream space. She learned it all – from choosing colors to tips on design and theory.

Anthony, her husband and fellow lawyer, has always liked Japanese interiors. Together, they were able to achieve a simple design with clean lines for their home which gives off a feeling of peace. One of the things he asked for was a Zen garden—which they were able to accomplish! Over two months, their traditional 1970s bungalow was streamlined but completing the home with the right furniture pieces took two years. Their take on the Japanese theme was modern, foregoing traditional tatami floors in favor of dark hardwood but still heavily inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, as seen in the elements such as the shoji (panels with translucent paper) and tea window. With the help of Lhot Cosme, a furniture maker based in Pampanga, the couple was able to finish their home, just the way they want it—with unique architectural details, sophisticated furniture, tastefully laid out accessories, complete with feng shui principles. This home is a classic example of how anyone can create a home they envision if they just put the time, commitment, and effort into it.

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Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Designer’s Instinct") in the November 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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