A Two-Storey Modern Tropical Home in Quezon City

An airy, open, and spacious house for a couple and their two children

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

Shortly after retiring from his 40-year job at a pharmaceutical company, homeowner Jay took on another project: the construction of the house he now shares with wife Noemi and their children. Just as the couple always wanted, the home has an open layout with connected living, dining, and kitchen areas. Jay adds that since they would someday find it difficult to climb the stairs, he also requested for the master bedroom to be built on the ground floor. 

To find the perfect furniture and accessories for the space, the family turned to interior designers and Real Living staff members Paula de Guzman and Dagny Madamba. With their expert advice and interesting suggestions, the design duo helped bring out the beauty of the family home. 

Read the original article ("A Place For Us") in the September 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Living Area

Interior designers Paula De Guzman and Dagny Madamba suggested an L-shaped sofa from Casa Ligna for the living room. “We had to fill the space without putting too much furniture,” says Paula.

The high ceiling and full-length glass windows open up the space and draw attention to the double-volume ceiling. The flamboyant area rug is from DecoLiving.

Casa Ligna is located at 235 N. Garcia St., Makati City. For inquiries, call (02) 553-8973.

Living Area

Two tall shelves can be found in the corner of the living area. They are filled with book and decor of different shapes and sizes. When it comes to styling your own shelves, you should always use pieces of varying heights. Remember: it shouldn't be too matchy-matchy!

Bamboo coffee table

This coffee table made of laminated reeds is another find from Casa Ligna. 

Dining Area

A glass-topped, eight-seater dining table sets the stage for intimate family meals for the Salazars. The modern lighting fixtures, which Jay considered to be an unusual pick at first, complements the pieces in the living, dining, and kitchen areas.

Dining Area

The dining table is surrounded by eight chairs with slatted backs. The dining set creates a casual and relaxing vibe.

Breakfast bar corner

Instead of leaving the wall near the breakfast bar and kitchen bare, it is completed with wall-mounted shelves and a wine rack.

Breakfast bar

A breakfast bar is the perfect spot for a morning meal or a quick snack. The space is completed with three stools from Space Encounters and yellow pendant lights from Azcor.  

Space Encounters is located at Mezzanine, Padilla Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr., Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

Yellow lamps

A closer look at the salakab (fishtrap)-inspired, metal-framed lamps above the breakfast bar.

Azcor is located at 4/L Bldg. B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Pendant lamps

Pendant lamps from Triboa Bay Living adorn the high ceiling of the Salazar home. 

Triboa Bay Living is located at LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St., Makati City.

Family area

The family area is located on the second floor of the 450sqm house. Sunlight coming in from the wide glass sliding doors makes the space seem cozy and relaxing.

Family area

Since the family preferred not to have a TV in the living room, they placed it in the family area instead. The space is furnished with a gray couch and a wooden coffee table from Urban Abode. The lighting fixture was purchased at Locsin International. Homeowners can find a similar rug at Decoliving.

Urban Abode is located at CW Home Depot, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City. Locsin International is located at 4/L Bldg., SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. For more information on Decoliving, visit their website

Daughter's bedroom

The daughter's bedroom is defined by varying shades of purple. The colors were inspired by those seen on the quirky headboard from their old house. 


The headboard is made of different fabrics with interesting colors and patterns.

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