An Island Home with Bright Hues and A South American Vibe

This homeowner's space is as bright and colorful as her personality

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Homeowner Janet lives in a house with no doors—save for the main entryway, that is. Some may find this arrangement kind of unusual—the bedroom only has curtains to shield it from prying eyes and the bathroom is but a few walls away from the public areas—but not if one knows Janet.

Always the adventurer, Janet once spent two months in a katig, sailing from Boracay to Palawan. Her thirst for life is evident in her choice of colors for her home: vibrant yellow, deep red, and warm orange with a hint of violet for good measure. Of her design philosophy, she says, “Mix siya ng Oriental and South American style.” The Oriental influence is evident in the house’s open plan; there is also a lovely moon gate which gives her kitchen a quirky romantic charm. The South American vibe may be found in the bold colors. Some rooms are painted bright yellow and others in orange. The balustrade is done in orange but accented with yellow. It is this wonderful interplay of colors which makes this house such a fun space.

It is then surprising to know that Janet is just renting the place. That she took the time and effort to make this space her own—she painted most of the house herself—is another testament to her zest for life.

Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article (“Island Eclectic”) in the April 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

A bamboo daybed filled with comfy pillows dominates the living room. Janet and her friends love hanging out here. A red Vietnamese Lantern hangs from the ceiling, a gift from a friend who stayed over.

Decor Detail

Adding a quirky accent to the space is this hanging decor which resembles a coconut supported by a net.


A Chinese-inspired moon gate makes for great conversation starters. Janet says of her kitchen, “Like the whole house, it's open. Di ba tayong lahat, open lahat? That's the Filipino way of living.”

Kitchen Detail

The kitchen highlights a huge open window with white curtains. This setup allows light and air to stream into the space.


By the staircase, a drum made by a local Boracay artist is on display.


After a short flight of stairs, another artwork by Dan Soriano made out of saha ng niyog can be seen.

Memories of Home

Instead of family photographs, Janet brought in a mannequin and her mom’s old sewing machine to remind her of home. Her mom and sister dressmakers, and she and her sister actually have their own clothing company, Pukod Designs.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is refreshing in its sparse simplicity: the platform bed is draped in crisp white sheets, a mosquito net hangs from the ceiling, and on the wall, an artwork by Dan Soriano.

Master Bedroom Detail

Green floor pillows are found at the foot of the bed. She says, “Mahilig akong nakasalampak sa sahig kasi Pinoy ako.” The colorful bottles by the lampshade are part of Janet's collection.

Simple Add-ons

One of the many unique additions to Janet's home is this hanging lamp with a thin cloth covering the piece.


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