Array
Houses

An Artist Couple’s Townhouse With Vintage Touches

This exuberantly fun home is an extension of a couple’s quirky personalities and their shared passion for creativity

Shares
Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Joanne Bohol

Seeing this house makes it easy to tell what Bru Sim and Marcus Nada share: a love for the arts. Both are visual artists at the helm of the design studio called Electrolychee.

When Bru and Marcus aren’t occupied with their work, they’re busy with domestic duties and “parenting” obligations to their two cats. “Being a homeowner is a full-time job. We’re pretty lucky to have a shared garden that pulls us away from the computer. We also love having friends over, or meeting them at galleries, gigs, or markets, because real-life socializing is a lot more fun,” Bru relates. 

The creative couple collated pegs that helped them communicate their idea to their architect. “We showed him an inspiration folder we culled together,” she narrates. “It was a mix of tropical and modern. Likewise, we were inspired by Ray and Charles Eames’ house. But the interior design is solely Marcus and Bru. It freaked my dad out initially that we wanted a colorful house.”

Bru adds, “We really went around Manila (and outside) to source thrifted vintage items and gutted furnishings from old houses. We also looked into my ama’s warehouse and repurposed items from our old compound.” It took two years for Bru and Marcus to complete the look they wanted, and for the couple, working on their own nest has been a great experience that brought them closer. Bru adds, “We have to work together to maintain the house and coordinate its look and character. Volt-in kumbaga… the house is an ongoing project.” And from the looks of it, this creative cocoon can only look better through time.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

8 Design Hacks To Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Because your tiny loo can be big in style

LOOK: The Kamuning Footbridge Gets a Makeover

See how architect Paulo Alcazaren reimagines the problematic footbridge as an urban oasis

5 Items in Your Home That May Harm Your Pets

Ensure a safe home for your beloved furry friends

6 Details That Are Probably Making Your Home Look Ugly

Because the devil really is in the details

What to Give Your Friends This Christmas, According to Their Zodiac Sign

Turn to the stars for stellar gift advice and give your friends something they'd really like

These Modern-Pinoy Throw Pillows Are Made By a Babaylan

A shaman from the Manobo tribe hand-embroiders symbols and prayers into these pillows

Cooking For The Holidays Just Got Easier With These Kitchen Tools

Make holiday cooking even more exciting with these handy tools and gadgets

7 Steps to Prevent Mice in Your Home

Solve your rodent infestation issue at home once and for all

Find The Perfect Scent For You and Your Home at This IG-Worthy Store

Relish the sweet notes in the air and marvel at the bottles lining up the shelves at Scentsmith Perfumery

7 Cleaning Solutions You Can Make Yourself

No need to spend thousands on expensive cleaners

Industrial and Tropical Elements Complete This Airy, Three-Storey Home

Vintage furniture, art, and a unique mix of tropical and industrial styles merge together in this naturally ventilated house

10 Refrigerators You Can Buy for P20,000 Or Less

These budget-friendly picks do more than just keep your food fresh for longer
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!