Mismatched Pieces Create a Charming Two-Storey Home

The homeowner’s penchant for putting together different pieces of furniture creates a warm and cozy house that’s ideal for entertaining

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Frenjick Quesada and Chako Hirayama

Mia Santos’ home holds much history from the moment it was built. She knows the story behind each panel, tile, or beam of the house because she was very much involved in conceptualizing the kind of home she wanted for herself. Her love for entertaining friends and family led her to create a layout for the house that was open, airy, and welcoming. With the help of interior designer Frenjick Quesada and his partner Chako Hirayama, they worked on the main layout of the house, then proceeded outwards to the main structure and finally, out to the house’s garden and landscaping.

The house’s main feature is its open layout – the living rooms flow easily into the dining area and open kitchen, while sliding doors open out into the lanai and garden. The use of warm colors – brown, caramel, tan, beige – added to the light and cozy ambience of the rest of the house. The furnishings were thoughtfully redesigned and reupholstered, creating a charmingly personal home with Mia’s taste evident in every nook and cranny.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez-Angluben. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Moving On") in the April 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area Mia loves to entertain at home, as these two plush and inviting sofas reveal. The tan two-seater and beige three-seater are not pairs, but they go well together because of the similar shapes. The room’s cream motif perfectly blends with the tan and beige sofas and wood tables. The sofa was reshaped and reupholstered by Larry’s. The bright red Eames lounge chair was a garage sale find from Mia’s dad and adds visual interest to the room.
Lounge Space for Anouk Mia's dog, Anouk, loves to lounge by the Living Area. As seen in this wider shot, wood accents are found within the house from the borders on the walls to the wooden beams that serve as dividers.
Dining Area This glass dining table from Restoration is paired with custom-made chairs that are simply designed yet very comfortable. The bare backrest adds an airiness to the room.
Kitchen Since the homeowner loves to entertain, it was only natural that she would choose to have an open kitchen in her home. This set up is perfect, as the open kitchen flows out to the dining area and the lanai.
Anteroom The anteroom’s floating shelves showcase Mia’s travel finds. The doorway leads to the master’s bedroom which has a mini reading corner with a reupholstered chair that was part of the 80s living room set. A patterned rug and banig floor pillows add a homey vibe.
Sitting Area Who says you need to hang paintings on walls? Because Mia didn’t want to drill holes into the walls of the house, she decided to prop her paintings against the walls or on easels. These chairs are part of the rest that are scattered around the house. This sitting area is Mia’s favorite spot in the house.
Master Bedroom The master bedroom in warm earth tones is illuminated by an old table lamp from Mia’s lola that has been transformed into a floor lamp with stand. The shade was replaced with a sleeker, more modern shape. The solid narra bed is from Restoration.
Home Office Use color to inspire creativity. This home office’s orange sofa bed is perfect to get those creative juices flowing. Floating shelves display Mia’s discoveries from Paris, as well as her golf trophies.
Lanai For a refreshing drink or quick reading time, the lanai offers a cozy, perfect spot.
Open Space Adding to the home's airy feel, an open area is found outside. In preparation for humid days, classy black ceiling fans are added, too.
Garden The garden provides a welcome respite with its lush greenery. Since Mia loves to entertain, this becomes an instant get-together venue.

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