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A Renovated Ancestral Home

Rich colors, abstract art and contemporary furniture bring this pre-war mansion into the present

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Original Article: Amillah Rodil Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Carlo Vergara

Without a doubt, a little renovation can do wonders. In the case of this 1926 ancestral home, interior designer and owner Ricky David breathed new life into the structure with the goal of showcasing subdued colors, abstract art, and contemporary furniture.

The result is a house that feels intimate and personal, a quality not usually present in large ancestral homes. The secret is making good use of the generous spaces of the house and fill it with color – leaving no dark and unused spaces or empty, cavernous hallways. A staircase from the foyer leads up to the main living room which has purple and olive walls and comfy lounge chairs. To further maximize the space, smaller rooms surround the living area – each of which has its own function. The dark orange dining area is situated near the living area while Ricky’s office is found at the end of the hallway. The cozy den, where he entertains a couple of friends – connects the kitchen and the master bedroom, making it easier to find some quiet time as he can simply shut the door of the den to produce a compact unit.

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Original article by Amillah S. Rodil. Pictorial Direction by Carlo Vergara. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article (“Designer’s Haunt”) in the November 2007 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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