An Eclectic Home for a Celebrity Chef

A celebrity chef mixes budget-friendly pieces and exotic finds in her own home.

Original Article: Angelo Comsti Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba

When beauty-queen-turned-TV-chef Sabrina Artadi moved into a new house a few years ago, she wanted the space to be warm, cozy and comfortable. The host of the cooking show Sabrina's Kitchen combined decorating techniques for an eclectic style with strong Moroccan, African and pan-Asian flavors.

To make the small house seem larger than it really is, Sabrina chose low walls that are only about four feet high and surrounded the space with lush greenery. She also installed folding doors to let the sunlight and breeze in.

Original article by Angelo Comsti. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("Cooked to Perfection") in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The front gate is decorated with two old door handles that serve as decorative plates.

Front Door

Sabrina bought the front door from a local antique store. She explains that she later found out that the style is similar to 16th-century carved wooden doors found in the palaces of India.


In the lanai are two antique narra chairs from an old Ilocos home. Two rectangular slabs of Mactan stones on old wood serve as a sturdy coffee table.

Lanai Pillows

A closer look at the pillows reveal the variety of colors and patterns.

Lanai Detail

The other side of the lanai is furnished with a grass-woven table and a pair of chairs bought for only P1500.

Recycling Idea

Old carpet swatches are used as pillow covers.


The foyer is furnished with an animal print chaise lounge. Sabrina reveals that the piece used to be covered in gold brocade.

Dining Area

The wooden table and matching chairs were purchased from a secondhand furniture shop in Bangkal, Makati. Even the colored hurricane lamps hanging above the table are affordable finds from the same place.


Sabrina got her fabulous home pieces from garage sales and secondhand shops.

DIY pillows

Rugs that are worn around the edges can be transformed into exotic pillow cases.


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