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An Open Layout is the Ideal Canvas for a Pair of Travel Bugs’ Home

A jet-setting couple decorate their home in Manila with travel finds amidst a neutral setting

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Vivian Gacad

Homeowners Andrew and Amy share a love for travel that has brought them to various continents around the globe. When they decided to finally settle – at least for the mean time – they chose Manila as their home base. Luck seemed to be on their side as they easily found a house they fell in love with.

With the help of interior designer Vivian V. Gacad, the new homeowners renovated and updated their home into a warm and cozy nook ready to house the many pieces of travel mementos they had accumulated throughout their travels. Vivian chose a palette of neutrals such as creams, tans, and caramels. This warmed up the house and became the perfect backdrop for the few pieces that the couple brought in from Kenya – a dining set and a few couches.

Nevertheless, the challenge was not only in choosing the right color scheme for the house. Instead, the couple were faced with the challenge of choosing which of the many souvenirs they have gathered throughout their travels would be best suited to be displayed around the house, with the intention of creating a home that celebrated the many places they’ve been to without it looking like a museum.

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Some of their favorite pieces showcased around the house are a Masai necklace, smoking pipes from Sudan, miniature figures of Hindu gods, tribal masks, and African fabrics. Apart from these mementos, Andrew wanted to bring a touch of nature into their home. Vivian was able to achieve this by bringing in pots of live plants scattered around the house.

Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Wanderlust”) in the December 2005 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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