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A Rustic Weekend Home in Lipa City

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

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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.

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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 https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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