A Three-Storey House defined by a Black and White Palette

Two friends share a unique and eclectic home with a dramatic vibe

Original Article: Mike Rivera Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Styling: Dagny Madamba

Choosing materials, furniture, and furnishings based on a certain color scheme is an easy way to decorate your home. For their three-storey space in the city, long-time friends Andoy Ranay and Peter Serrano decided on a black and white palette inspired by French interiors. Peter first stayed with Andoy at his old one-bedroom place after Typhoon Ondoy hit the country in 2009. The pair eventually agreed to share a new, spacious property that had enough room for them to be comfortable and creative.

Since Peter is a theater, film, and TV actor and Andoy is an actor and director, they both have a flair for drama – something that was put to good use in designing the space. Upon the suggestion of their friend and former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon, they followed a chic, bold French style that shines through the black and white palette with striking red touches. To fit the new theme, walls, floors and even the staircase were all painted. Some of their existing furniture pieces like the dining tables were also painted black for a cohesive look. 

Original article by Mike Rivera. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article (“Fab Home, Fab Friendship”) in the October 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


As Andoy and Peter both love to cook and entertain, they decided on a dining area instead of a living area. They felt that it would be a more relaxed and comfortable set-up that would encourage guests to bond over hearty, home-cooked meals. To add character to the space, a pair of chandeliers hangs from the ceiling and a wall was painted with black and white stripes. The accent wall is highlighted with a framed painting by Candice Arellano. The painting (as well as the long black table and two wooden benches in the space) is from Andoy's previous home.


Andoy convinced Peter to cover the black kitchen cabinet doors with wallpaper that has a line-drawn wine bottle pattern. The subtle but interesting print is a personalized touch in the compact but well-used kitchen. The space also serves as a breakfast nook complete with a four-seater dining set from Peter's old condo unit. The table and stools have been painted black to match the rest of the space.


The black and white kitchen cabinet doors are spruced up with knobs that have colorful floral prints.


The wall by the staircase that leads to the second floor is also painted with black and white stripes.


Above the lower staircase landing is a Jon Cuyson artwork entitled "Streets of Paris."


Andoy's lounge is furnished with a brown fully-upholstered loveseat and a 32-inch flat-screen TV on top of a lacquered wood and steel buffet table. The framed painting behind the couch is a piece by renowned actor Johnny Delgado called "Andoy's Pride." The late showbiz personality gave the artwork to Andoy only a few months before he succumbed to cancer.


To achieve a French look in his bedroom, Andoy covered the accent wall with wallpaper that has a classic damask print. Leaning against this accent wall is the black upholstered headboard.


On one wall of Andoy's bedroom is "Cityscapes", a 1957 painting by National Artist Vicente Manansala. Upon the suggestion of his friend, actress Cherie Gil, Andoy decided to have the piece appraised. While he bought the artwork for only P250,000, he was surprised to learn that it is now worth P1 million.


Peter turned the third floor attic into his own bedroom. He opened up one wall to create a picture window that would let in the light and make the space appear larger. To match the rest of the home and to make the space look like it has a higher ceiling, the walls were also painted with black and white stripes. Both sides of the bed are lined with strips of floor lights for a unique look. Swathed in red and white, the bed is a gift from Kapamilya actress Iza Calzado while the throw made from natural lambskin from Afghanistan is a gift from chef and restaurateur Waya Araos.


Although it has the same black and white color palette, Peter's home office stands out because of the red Panton chair. The Panton chair is an S-shaped plastic seat created by the Danish designer Verner Panton.


The corner of Peter's personal study area is spruced up with a rustic-looking table lamp, a nude sculpture, a small potted plant, and a vintage rotary phone


The corner of the walk-in closet has flamboyant details like a crystal chandelier and thick curtains with fringe details. A geometric Afghan rug on the floor adds color and pattern to the space. Andoy and Peter's footwear are kept in a shoe cabinet on one side.


Instead of a door, the shared walk-in closet has a rich, burgundy curtain that parts open to reveal black closets for Andoy on one side and white closets for Peter on the other side. For added charm, the black closets have white door knobs and vice-versa. In the middle of the area is a wall-mounted full-length mirror framed with lights.


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