A Charming Weekend Hideaway in Tagaytay

A charming sanctuary inspired by its peaceful and tranquil surroundings

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

The design of a space can be a reflection of the homeowner's personal style, hobbies, and interests. It can also be influenced by the surroundings. In the case of this weekend home in Tagaytay, interior designer Vera Villarosa and architect Hector Ligeralde chose a country theme to complement the land on which the property stands.

The house built for a soon-to-retire entrepreneur has classic details: a white picket fence, double doors, and an exterior finish that resembles traditional American clapboard siding. Inside, the rest of the space is just as quaint and romantic.

Read the original article ("Provincial Bliss") in the October 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 


A two-seater garden chair in the balcony makes for an idyllic spot for reading or for simply enjoying the cool breeze. Find similar throw pillows at Robinsons Department Store. 

Living Area

The sofa and the chairs in the living area were old pieces that the homeowner already had. The two chairs were reupholstered with playful pink fabric that interior designer Vera Villarosa purchased from Cotton Depot Textile in Glorietta 5, Makati City.

Dining Area

The dining table and chairs were custom-made by one of the furniture stores along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. A wall is spruced up with a dainty calico print wallpaper. 

Dining Area

A bar counter separates the kitchen from the rest of the areas on the ground floor. The bar counter was supposed to be made from a solid surface but since the homeowner had a limited budget, Vera used tiles instead.

White chandelier

The dining area is completed with a white chandelier hanging from the ceiling and decorative plates on the wall. 


Although most country-themed homes have white or light-colored details, the kitchen has a darker color scheme. In this space, the unexpected use of earth shades creates a warm and cozy vibe. It is also in line with the nature-inspired feel of the home.

Kitchen faucet

In line with the traditional look of the home, the kitchen faucet has an old-fashioned feel.

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Cabinet handles

Instead of the standard pulls, the kitchen cabinets are completed with floral-patterned handles. Find similar pulls at True Value, 6/L Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.

Wine and dish rack

A customized, built-in wine and dish rack is used to display and store the homeowner's wine bottles and various plates.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is located downstairs to make it more accessible for the homeowner. "Inisip namin, may edad na ako pagdating ng panahon. Mahirap umakyat,” she explains. A wallpaper with a simple pattern complemented by grayish-blue walls creates a relaxing ambience. The floor is covered with ceramic tiles that look like wood.


Artist Isaac Corotan (mobile 0916-596-6761) painted this delightful, storybook-style tree mural by the stairs landing. This accentuates the high ceiling and complements the country-theme of the home.

Daughter's Bedroom

For a delicate feel, the bedroom upstairs is furnished with a custom-made bed and a white side table. The space is completed with a valance, headboard, and ottoman that all have floral patterns.

Vera bought the fabrics for the curtains from Cotton Depot Textile in Glorietta 5, Makati City.


In line with the country feel of the home, the bathroom on the second floor has whitewashed louvered doors. Inside, wall-mounted shelves and a cabinet under the sink provide storage for toiletries and essentials. 


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