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A Renovated Old-fashioned Townhouse

Douglas and Marga Kwok give a modern makeover to an outdated space

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Ria Garcia-Malig

Updating a woefully outdated design is always a challenge. However, as couple Douglas and Marga found out, it could also be a bit of fun, especially when the results come out absolutely fantastic.

When the couple bought their townhouse, they were confronted with a string of design woes, from a winding staircase and wrought iron balusters to a fountain and a collection of bay windows. They ended up tearing everything down, adding room for a more spacious dining area, and painting the interiors in beige, brown, and cream.

Although they enlisted the help of architect Ria Garcia-Malig, the couple decided to work on the interior design themselves. The result is a house that’s spacious and simple, clutter-free and clean—qualities which reflect the couple’s organized life. Sliding glass doors and picture windows bring the light in, giving the house a cheerful vibe. Custom-made furniture by Allan Romera, including a cozy-looking sofa system and a resplendent dining set, ensure that each and every item stays faithful to the clean lines that the couple oh so loves. Because Marga and Douglas both work from home, they made sure that their house is both comfortable and functional.

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

Read the original article (“A Beautiful Balance”) in the April 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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