A Rustic Weekend Home in Lipa City

Different influences come together in this modern Filipino cottage outside the metro

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Francesca de Guzman

A modern take on the Spanish colonial residences of yore, the De Guzman family’s weekend hideaway stands in the midst of cornfields and coconut trees. Though the cottage can aptly be described as quaint, it gives the illusion of spaciousness with its whitewashed walls, sliding doors, and vertical windows. That these have been rendered with a distinct Filipino touch—note the colored glass panels on the doors and the intricate callados on the balcony—only adds to the rusticity of this weekend respite.

This bucolic vibe reverberates in the interiors, which is chock-full of wooden furniture and vintage finds. A wall is filled with black and white photographs snagged from antique stores. If the days seem longer here, it would not be surprising. A cozy divan invites guests to a hearty siesta. A lounge chair seems perfect to catch up on some reading. And outside, a walkway covered with clinging vines make for picturesque jaunts. This is just the beginning for this weekend getaway. The family plans to add a spa, a lap pool, and maybe even a badminton court in the future.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno

Read the original article ("Little House on the Prairie") in the May 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

High Ceiling

A high ceiling makes the living area seem larger; glass doors and windows help too! Most of the furniture are made from wood, snapped up from secondhand shops and antique stores, and given a quick polish.

Wood Beams

Wood beams support the ceiling which adds to the home's rustic feel. A vintage lighting fixture hangs from above. Adding such fixture will distribute light to a bigger area.


The vintage sofa is framed by two vertical walls. A topiary and a lamp shade shaped like an umbrella add a sense of playfulness to this space.

A Place for Guests

Since the weekend home is meant for relaxing and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the metro, the place has many living areas that can accommodate guests. To keep up with the classic and vintage theme, wooden chairs are used in this space coupled with a sturdy cabinet.

A Splash of Red

Parquet wood flooring lend some drama to this space, along with the deep red divan. One side of the door has a built-in mirror.

Vintage Decor

One wall has been peppered with framed black and white photographs, giving the space a sense of nostalgia. The side table is filled with antique finds, including a vintage lamp.

Dining Area

A big wooden table is perfect for long, lazy lunches. By using benches, there’s always room for one more guest.


The kitchen boasts of sturdy wooden shelves that are hanging from the walls. These are left open --- displaying cups and other dining essentials.

Outdoor Lounge Area

Those who want to enjoy some fresh air can stay in this mini living area outside the house. Vintage-looking chairs and an accompanying table spell perfect for good conversations over cups of coffee.


Dark wood is seen in the window, door, cabinet, and even the mirror -- making the place look cohesive and consistent with the overall theme.

View from the Outside

The house looks inviting and relaxing even from outside. The materials seem to blend with its surroundings.

Green Walkway

Make a grand entrance in this walkway covered with clinging vines. This gives the house a charming and welcoming touch.

The View

Who wouldn’t to look out the window with this view? A clear sky, a friendly mountain, and fields marked by coconut trees.


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