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An Eclectic 1960s House Gets a Style Update Post-Typhoon

The need to repair an ancestral home ravaged by Typhoon Ondoy gives way to tweak its design as well

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Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

After Typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc on the Valdez home—which was built in the 1960s—in 2009, it took him six months to fully pick up the pieces. Fortunately, the homeowner didn’t have to start from scratch, as the house was blessed with nimble bones. The groved ceiling was still intact — “Lucky for us, hardwood ‘yan [ceiling of the first floor]. Kung plywood ‘yan, wala, sirayan,” the homeowner says. His parents' and his own collections of old furniture and décor weathered the disaster, though there were also some casualties.

The homeowner decided to hit two birds with one stone with the repair of his house. From a practical standpoint, he needed to refurbish and replace accents and furniture and do some major and minor repairs; but he also decided to freshen up the house’s style with a palette consisting of subdued shades of green, blue, yellow, and bits of orange. His artistic flair was put to good use with the addition of a few curious and furniture pieces and updating the look of some fixtures and furnishings, such as muting the colors of the ceiling and staircase. “I find the subtle colors soothing for me now.”

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Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

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Read the original article (“Project: Revival”) in the June 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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