Adding New Rooms transforms this Family Home

Modern contemporary style and antiques from Bacolod are combined for an interesting house extension

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

As the years go by, a family can grow and their needs can change. To accommodate new members and evolving lifestyles, some houses – such as this one owned by a brood from Bacolod – must be expanded. With the help of interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo, a new wing connected to the original home was built.

The extension of the home, which includes a lanai and two bedrooms, has a contemporary design complemented by solid wood antique furniture from the family’s collection. Aside from using vintage Filipino pieces in a modern setting, Kristine used old doors from the family’s farmhouse in Sagay City alongside door frames and floors made from recycled wood.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

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Façade The modern feel of the clean, sharp lines, clear glass windows and doors, and white walls is complemented with wood details. Touches of wood always add warmth to any contemporary design.
Lanai The spacious horizontal lanai connects the main part of the home with the new bedrooms. Minimalist white walls and floors are matched with wooden furniture pieces that exude a warm and inviting vibe. For a modern tropical touch, the furniture set from Bacolod was reupholstered with a sunny yellow fabric.
Escritoire A corner of the lanai is marked by a wooden escritoire or writing desk that belonged to the family matriarch’s great-great-grandfather, the first governor of Negros.
Buffet Table Every space of the new wing is highlighted with wooden pieces and colorful pieces. One corner is marked with an old Chinoiserie-inspired buffet table. A vibrant-hued painting by Bacolod-based artist Nuni Alvarado hangs on the wall.
Asian Figures A set of Asian figures is used to decorate one of the side tables.
Wooden Table In this corner, the wooden table is decorated with a small board filled with colorful magnets from Chelsea’s trips to Croatia, Italy, and Greece. The board leans against a beautiful 1970s lamp from Chelsea’s maternal grandmother. The shade has now been replaced with a plain white shade for a clean and streamlined style.
Swivel Chair Another nook is adorned with a wooden swivel chair that has a solihiya seat. It is topped with a set of books and a woven hat.
TV Room Since the lady of the house supports local Negrense talent, they chose three Nuni Alvarado paintings to adorn one wall of the TV room. These pieces also add more color in the modern contemporary home awash in neutrals.
Chelsea’s Bedroom Receiving Area The mini-receiving area is separated from the sleeping area by a sliding door with a frame made of old, recycled wood. The space is furnished with refurbished vintage pieces like a pair of Louis XV chairs and a gray couch. A blue oversized tufted ottoman is used as a coffee table
Receiving Area Detail A corner of the receiving area is made interesting with a mix of home accessories.
Home Decor Colorful pieces brighten up the corner of the receiving area.
Chelsea’s Chairs In Chelsea’s bedroom, a pair of antique Louis XV chairs were repainted and reupholstered for a modern look.
Chelsea’s Bedroom Kristine chose chandeliers and wall sconces, an oversized tufted headboard, mirrored bedside tables, and
The design of daughter Chelsea’s bedroom is different from the other rooms because the owner wanted a posh, elegant and glamorous space inspired by the now-defunct TV show, “Gossip Girl”. A a plush purple reading chair and ottoman completes the space.
Guest Bedroom The guest bedroom has even more reused pieces, including a classic pair of antique Puyat Furniture beds with carved, upholstered headboards, an aparador or cabinet with a mirrored door, and recycled wood used for the bedroom floor.
Chelsea’s Bathroom The most appealing feature of Chelsea’s posh and luxurious bathroom is the panel of lemon and gray mosaic tiles on the wall near the vanity area. Beside the panel is a floor-length vanity mirror propped up against the wall.
Bathroom Detail Tiles with graphic prints like a silhouette of a crown and the Queen are mounted next to a crystal wall sconce.

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