An Airy, French Country-Style Family Home

Accent pieces and dainty details complete this dream home

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Van Acuña Solaña

One wouldn't expect an airy space when looking at this property from the outside. “Parang magic nga daw sabi nung mga nakakapasok dito. From outside daw, parang ang liit, tapos pagpasok mo, ang laki pala,” shares interior designer Van Acuña Solaña, who came into the picture to help the family build the home of their dreams—which took more than a decade to become a reality.

Before they got married, the owners found a house in another area, but decided to find another property because of a bad neighbor. Three months before the couple tied the knot, they found this house and liked it. However, since they didn’t have the luxury of time, they could only afford to squeeze in minor renovations. Even so, they knew that a proper renovation should materialize in the future—and it did, 12 years later.

The house is awash in blue, yellow, beige, and white, tied wonderfully by carefully selected, French-inspired furniture and accessories. The home opens to a foyer with hints of greens from framed botanical prints and fresh eucalyptus from Pietro Collection. The living area is a study in simplicity with well-appointed accent chairs, tables, and huge windows that let the light in.

The couple also managed to have two kitchens—with the working one outside to avoid the smell of food from wafting inside the house. The bedrooms are also as personal as they can get—Van made sure to use the occupants’ preferred color palette and adorned them with the appropriate accessories. The interior designer also had to consider the kids’ needs—since they are homeschooled, a portion of the attic was converted into a schoolroom, which happens to be the most colorful room in the house.

Read the original article ("French Lessons") in the October 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

Initially, the light palette of the living area didn’t appeal to the woman of the house as much. But after a trip to Europe, she realized how white can make the space look timeless. A custom-made beige four-seater by Sticks and an upholstered coffee table by Lucina Home make up the major pieces of the area. A pair of tufted high-back chairs, also from Lucina Home, serves as additional seating options for the space.

Decor Detail

In the foyer, this bespoke stool from Sticks stands out.

Living Area

This hourglass décor from Pottery Barn makes for an interesting conversation piece in the home.

Dining Area

The eight-seater, rustic-shabby-chic-style dining set takes the spotlight. Van got the dining table and the two tufted, high-back chairs from Lucina Home, while the bespoke medallion chairs are from Sticks. The accessories on the sideboard were also from Lucina Home, while the rest were sourced from H&M Home, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn.


The house has two kitchens. This one is used for minor food preparation, while actual cooking is done at the working kitchen located at the back of the house. The customized cupboards came from Modular Plus, while the subway tiles are from La Europa.

Design Detail

These knobs installed on the custom-made buffet cabinet by Lucina Home show that even the smallest details in this home were well-thought-of.

Working Kitchen

The working kitchen used to be the laundry area, renovated with brick walls painted in white. Since the area is spacious enough, they also turned it into an extra seating space.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom veers away from the design scheme set for the other areas. This time, Van went for a neoclassical vibe that still goes well with the overall aesthetic of the house.

Vanity Area

In the master bedroom is a refurbished dresser table paired with a reupholstered chair in floral-printed, bright yellow fabric. These pieces are anchored by an area rug sourced from Pottery Barn. All these elements blend well in the dominantly neutral room.

Kiddie Room

Their daughter’s bedroom is all about the little girl’s favorites. Green and purple are her favorite shades, and she was a collector of Sylvanian Families, so they made sure that these preferences are reflected in her space for slumber. The headboard also makes for an interesting visual component—a bespoke piece from Sticks.

Study Area

The daughter’s study area is as cute as it gets, with the selection of lilac and pink furniture and accessories that fill the space.

Homeschool Room

Since their kids are home-schooled, the schoolroom is a priority. It’s the only colorful area in the house—Van had the space repainted and added some shelves as storage for the kids’ study materials. Interesting fact: The escritoire, repainted in a lively shade of blue, is actually a piece that the lady of the house used when she was a child.

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