An Artist's Work Finds Its Place in an Asian Eclectic Home

A love of art and music converge in an airy and inspiring setting

Original Article: Marina A. Fernandez Photography: Ocs Alvarez

Creativity is best nurtured within living spaces that are inspiring and personal. This can’t be proven any stronger than by Denise Celdran’s home which is littered with her mosaic pieces, travel mementos, and personal collections. The mosaic artist and percussionist has created a dwelling place for herself that allows her to merge both work and play within the same space.

She claims her home to be a work in progress, yet as it is, her house already has its own distinct artsy flair that makes it inviting. The motif is a simple neutral palette, making it ideal as a blank canvas to showcase her colorful and delicate mosaic lamps, vases, and pots.

Natural light streams into the house in abundance, allowing a perfect workshop for Denise to work in. Despite the simplicity of her furnishings and the home’s overall architecture, Denise’ home is interesting, vibrant, and dynamic, as each piece of art has its own unique story to tell.

Original article by Marina A. Fernandez. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article (“Piece by Piece”) in the Jan-Feb 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area Denise Celdran’s home followed a neutral palette which sets off her exotic travel mementos and art pieces beautifully. The Indian ceiling lamps remind her of her trip to India for her sister Anna’s wedding. The quilt above the sofa – a unique alternative to a painting as a room’s focal point – is from a family trip to India in 1996.
Living Area Detail An avid percussionist, Denise collects various percussion instruments from around the world. Here, colorful pieces from her collection take center stage.
Living Area Detail Again, Denise uses a printed fabric from a Mexico trip as a framed wall décor, while maracas gourds, and temple bells from China adorn the console table. The terracotta bust was by her mom Backie Celdran who made it years ago as a student in Michigan. A reed divider hides the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen.
Mosaic Studio Since Denise works from home, she needed to find space for her workshop where natural light is most abundant. The open shelves are accessible storage spots for her tiles and hold the glass vases and jars for her mosaic pieces.
Décor Detail Denise started working on mosaics in 2000 but she has always been into arts and crafts even before then. Her mom Backie Celdran was one of the first ceramics manufacturers in the 1970s with Sarangga, and she also taught pottery which the Celdran children dabbled into as well.
Bedroom This wooden four-poster bed has been Denise’s since she was 7 years old. The colorful wall mural is actually a mosaic piece that took her two weeks to complete.
Mosaic Collection Your own home should be a reflection of what you love and who you are. Denise Celdran’s home is a true inspiration that shows how your own masterpieces can be a part of your everyday life.
In Her Element Denise with her pet -- surrounded by the things she loves in her own personal space.

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