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A Refurbished Family Home in Cavite

A homeowner proves that living in the countryside can be just as luxurious as city living

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Bing Reyes

In 1998, designer Bing Reyes made major adjustments to the Salonas home. Aside from changing the wall colors, she also installed a Balinese-themed spa just below the ground-floor bedroom. At the center of the spa is a massage bed covered with batik fabric. Additionally, she tied up the theme of the house to their extension at the rear of the house—known as the "library"—by putting up Balinese-theme woodcarvings.

To upgrade the guesthouse-cum-lanai, Bing, who loves old bricks, used the material she sourced from a pugon in Pampanga. She also used wood pieces from Indonesia for all the furnishings in the guesthouse. The narra dining table, however, is bought from Quezon. The windows and doors were custom-made by Narding Lagman, a carver. The loft houses a bar area with a hand-painted counter. Jars, paintings by Jun Alfon and Carlo Magno, and other accents permeate the space. The bamboo ceiling and machuka floor tiles add to the casual, homey feel.

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

Read the original article (“Country Living”) in the May 2006 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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